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A Very Select Committee M e m b e r s o f the H o u s e o f C o m m o n s E d u c a t i o n , Science and A r t s Committee visited Imperial College on Wednesday to look into student p o v e r t y . T h e a c t i n g chairman, Sir Gerard Vaughan M P , said that allegations o f hardship amongst students last summer had caused c o n c e r n and needed examination. The C o m m i t t e e , comprised o f seven Conservative M P s and five L a b o u r M P s , had a b r i e f to look into whether some groups o f students were affected by l o w incomes more than others; whether the maintenance grant and loan system provide adequate finance; whether the access fund was adequate and properly administered and whether vacation or part time w o r k should play a part in student support. After talks with the C o l l e g e a d m i n i s t r a t i o n , the C o m m o n s Committee met with members o f the I C student U n i o n H a r d s h i p committee, w h o gave numerical evidence o f average student income and expenditure. Z o e Hellinger, I C U n i o n president asked w h y the C o m m o n s Committee was only visiting Imperial College and no

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other U n i v e r s i t y . M r M a r t i n Flannery M P responded by saying that the report o f the committee had to be produced quickly - preferably before Easter. M r G e r r y Steinberg M P later told F e l i x that this was b e c a u s e the f i n d i n g s o f the Committee w o u l d be wasted i f a general election was called after the Easter recess. M s H e l l i n g e r and G r a h a m L a w t o n presented the preliminary findings o f the survey conducted over M o n d a y and Tuesday, w h i c h received just under 5% response

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from I C students. A number o f I C students were asked to attend, and amongst the issues raised was the time taken for student loans to come through. M r Steinberg expressed surprise as he said his 'daughter had got it w i t h i n 24 h o u r s o f a p p l i c a t i o n ' i n Nottingham. It was suggested that the delay was due to C o l l e g e processes. One member o f the C o m m o n s Committee reported that previously a C o l l e g e administrator had said that students should rely on their

Committee. parents until 21 years o f age. T h i s notion was refuted by the assembled students, w h o added that b r i n g i n g back housing benefit for students would be the single most important p i e c e o f f i n a n c i a l h e l p the Government c ould b r i n g . M o s t students said that it was very difficult to cope financially and vacation work never paid enough to make a significant dent in the overdraft. They said that overdrafts of a hundred pounds or more were considered a fact o f life.

Security Staff Roundup The fate o f the College security and messenger staff w i l l soon be decided. T h e C o l l e g e ' s G o v e r n i n g body w i l l take the decision on whether o r not to i m p l e m e n t proposals to sack 88 security staff at its next meeting on 22 January. Negotiations are still continuing the College even though adtninstration and the manufacturing unions officially ended negotiations last Wednesday 8th January. T h e Rector, S i r E r i c Ash, met Trade Union representatives on the m o r n i n g o f Wednesday 15th January, and gave

them a 'sympathetic' hearing,said Ian F r e n c h , o f the M a n u f a c t u r i n g , Science and Finance U n i o n , and M i c k Saul o f the National U n i o n o f Public Employees. They both added that the Rector said he would prefer a n in-house security system but financial considerations had to be taken into account. The Rector w i l l be also receiving a report from G o r d o n M a r s h a l l , director o f Estates, through C a r o l i n e F o x , Personnel director. M r M a r s h a l l described this report as factual, covering the negotiation process and containing

recommendations that were 'too complex to describe in d e t a i l ' . M r Steve N e w b o l d , Management Spokesperson, emphasised that the report from G o r d o n M a r s h a l l was ' a d v i s o r y ' but that it would contain the original proposals to sack security and messenger staff. The situation has not been helped by the release o f the new college telephone directory, which does not include any departmental messenger staff. A l t h o u g h this was described by G o r d o n M a r s h a l l as 'clearly a m i s t a k e ' a n d Steve N e w b o l d expressed surprise that 'anyone

w o u l d do something as provocative Mick as that d e l i b e r a t e l y ' . S a u l . ( N U P E ) , c o m m e n t e d that those staff at risk had also been left out )f a statement o f wages o f C o l l e g e staff w h i c h was released recently, and they had not been measured for new uniforms w h i c h usually occurs at this time o f year. The Rector met heads o f a l l Departments yesterday and it is expected that this meeting w i l l form the b a s i s f o r a n y p r o p o s a l recommended to the G o v e r n i n g body.


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17 January 1992

IN THE LIGHT OF TRUTH THE GRAIL MESSAGE by ABD-RU-SHIN The Grail Message "In the Light of Truth" which was proclaimed by Abd-ru-shin mediates the knowledge of the upbuilding of Creation; it explains the connections without a gap, and gives a survey of all events in Creation. It is addressed solely to the individual human being, because he alone has to bear the responsibility for everything he thinks and does. If he turns to what is good, all else will likewise turn out well. It has immediate effect upon marriage, the family and finally the entire nation! An important statement in the Grail Message is the explanation of the Laws of Creation. They work unitqdly, in the whole of Creation, in the earthly sphere as well as in the non-visible parts of Creation. A few of them shall be dealt with here. The Law of Reciprocal Action or the Law of Cause and Effect, which is aptly mentioned in the Bible (Gal. 6,7) as follows: "Be not deceived, God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that he shall also reap." This Law applies not only to the earthly but also to the spiritual seed and barvest! Therefore, if a man holds good thoughts, intuitive perceptions and deeds he will, according to this Law, reap a multiple or good in due course" on the other hand, if his volition is evil, dark retroactions will come to him to a greater extent. The choice between good and evil volition lies in his free will, in which the responsibility of the human being is also founded. In this Law is fulfilled the fate or karma of man. Hence if at some time he encounters a harsh fate for which he would even blame God, then he, through his own fault, has given cause for it, which may often have been long ago in former earth-lives. However, it lies again with man to turn everything to the good if he earnestly strives to observe the Laws and Commandments of God. In the Law of Sowing and Reaping, the Law of Reciprocal Action, lies also the solution to the frightful fates of the masses and of individuals among earthly mankind which we witness today, and which arouse compassion within us! Through the World Judgement there comes in addition into Creation an increased Spiritual Power, pressing all the good and bad deeds which have grown up over thousands of years to a quicker final release, and accelerating also the natural catastrophes! It is the time of the "end of this world", which Jesus foretold, in Chapter 24 of Matthew's Gospel. But only the end of this old, bad world, which after the World Judgement is to be followed by a new., good world, with the Kingdom of Peace of a Thousand Years on Earth! Also in the Revelation of John the old world and the new are described in spiritually portrayed pictures. The Law of Gravity can be observed when, for example, a piece of iron sinks to the bottom in a glass of water, whereas a piece of cork will not go down but remains at the top. The effect in the life of human beings is exactly the same. According to either its good or its evil volition, the human soul had made itself lighter or heavier. As a result, either it rises up to lighter regions, or it sinks down to lower, dark regions after its physical death.

The Law of Attraction of Homogeneous Species is apdy expressed by the popular sayings "Birds of a feather flock together" and Like attracts like". Even the whole social life of mankind on earth is influenced by it. Whether it concerns a union of peoples, races, or one from religious, social, professional, economic and political motives, human beings who in some way are suited to each other will always come together. The ancient peoples had some idea of the effect of this important Law, and followed it unconsciously, in that they separated into occupational and educational classes. In these each had the opportunity to live and develop on homogeneous sou.The gradually emerging division into upper, middle and lower classes, however, was wrong! On the one hand it produced envy and hatred, and on the other conceit, arrogance, as well as sloth, and finally, as a result, class-conflict. In reality, however, only the standing side by side and working together of all classes can henceforth produce a harmonious development. For then every class is of full value in its own way; it has abilities and merits which the others do not have; it is a necessary link of the whole. All social problems can be solved later, once this Law has been recognised aright. Lasting social peace and ascent will then be guaranteed. The Law of the Necessary Balance between Giving and Receiving When Jesus said "It is more blessed to give than to receive" (Acts 20,35), He had in mind this Law. All processes in Creation are subject to this Law, whether it oe the interplay of forces between the celestial bodies, or the sense ol -bal ance of the physical body. Day in, day out we observe it, though for the most part unconsciously, be it in breathing in and out, or when we endeavour to ' redress the balance" in something. On the other hand, we may come to harm when something "throws us out of balance", in great things and in small, for non-observance of this Law causes stagnation and disturbance, even decline and decay if the disregard continues. Thus this Law of Balance between Giving and Receiving will one day playa fundamental part in a true international understanding. The time has come for the peoples and races to stand side by side, mutually respecting, helping and furthering one another, in the recognition mat every people, every race possesses earthly and spiritual values which are indispensable to complete the whole, and which in turn other peoples and races do not have. That then stipulates a vital exchange of these values, an exchange that must hold the rightT>alance in accordance with the Law of Balance between Giving and Receiving! On 6th December 1991, it was 50 years since the death of Abd-ru-shin (Oskar Ernst Bernhardt). The author chose the name "Abd-ru-shin" in fulfilment of a former earth-life, which was the preparation for his present working. May these few references to the content of the Grail Message be enough to bring to mind the Work of Abd-ru-shin, who 50 years ago followed the Call of the Eternal One. With that was fulfilled his high task of bringing inner peace to the human beings and showing them the way to the luminous heights. The Grail Message "Inthe Light of Truth" by Abd-ru-shin is available in the Imperial College Union Bookshop or through your local bookshop.

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Felix 922

It sounds elitist, and it i s . I f anyone beleives that to get a first class degree i n one o f the not-sogood polytechnics produces the same quality o f education and the same quality o f people as, say, Imperial, they are either stupid or barking.'

In Tuesday's G u a r d i a n there was a feature concerning the possible break-up o f the federated University of L o n d o n . Defederalisation seems to be very fashionable nowadays, though I expect the process w o u l d be slightly more gentlemanly here than in e x - Y u g o s l a v i a . There are a lot o f arguments for and against defederalisation w h i c h I a m not going to repeat here - mainly because I don't k n o w them - but I w i l l repeat a quote from D r Derek Roberts, provost o f U n i v e r s i t y College.

In my experience, admittedly limited to two summer vacation jobs and a year o r t w o t r y i n g to find a real j o b (as a number o f people somehow d o n ' t consider w o r k i n g 80 hours a week a real job), the fact that I have an ' I m p e r i a l ' degree is completely irrelevant. U n l e s s y o u i n t e n d to f o l l o w the e x a c t specifications of your degree for the rest o f your life i n y o u r career, an 'Imperial' degree may be a positive handicap. T h i s may in part be due to the intensive method o f teaching, but also in part to the type o f student this place attracts. I really don't know.

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all i n v o l v e d . A n y b o d y wishing to stand for the post o f I C U President, Deputy P r e s i d e n t , H o n o r a r y Secretary (Events) or F e l i x editor should see their respective predecessors and despair. Papers go up o n February 17, hustings w i l l be held at St M a r y ' s o n M a r c h 2 and at Imperial on M a r c h 5. V o t i n g w i l l o c c u r o n 9 and 10 M a r c h .

Unfortunately due to I C U n i o n election rules, I a m not a l l o w e d to release all the information I might k n o w about any o n e o f the candidates. A p a r t from m a k i n g the campaign tedious, it means that you, the electorate, don't have a l l the information required to elect a suitable candidate. Since I don't have m u c h respect for rules o r accepted conduct, I w o u l d just ignore them, but this might mean an annulment o f the election, a rerun and generally a difficult life for

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Pissing Off Important People Dear Adam, A f t e r the recent i n d u s t r i a l problems with the messengers/security s t a f f at Imperial I have a m i n o r rant that I w o u l d i f possible like to see published o n the matter in general as I think that the real issue has been grossly c l o u d e d , I hope y o u w i l l bear with me: Imperial C o l l e g e is in desperate financial straits. It has no money at a l l . It needs to make some savings if it is to remain a viable concern. I don't think that too many people would disagree with the essence o f the above but the w o r r y i n g trend at the moment is to make the place into a money m a k i n g body without any thought for what this place actually stands for. This is an e d u c a t i o n a l institute first and foremost and the welfare o f the students should be its paramount concern. O n campus we now have a conference centre o c c u p y i n g a large section o f a student residence building when we are short o f housing, the sports centre is being turned into a general L o n d o n facility and large areas o f the campus that could be used as teaching areas are rented out to outside companies. O n top o f all this it seems that every service that we have in college from our security service to our catering outlets are being forced along the road to outside tender, a solution that provides a short term cash prize but jeopardizes the very

fabric o f the institution by providing us with permanent staff w h o have no loyalty to the college, w h o cannot be vetted by college and who are ultimately beyond the control of the college. M o r e o v e r I suspect that a few years d o w n the line college w i l l find itself in a very poor negotiating position and the cost o f this little exercise w i l l prove to be a rather bigger bite than it intended to chew. There is a bit o f a problem however, security is crap. Some attempts are being made to improve it, for example the wipe card system being installed, but this is approaching the problem from the ass end. T h e real p r o b l e m is in the staff. I can think o f at least two members o f the daytime security force who spend most o f the day in one bar or another in a state o f partial inebriation.. . O N O V E R T I M E ! There is no daytime security as such a n y w a y , in the daytime they are messengers and i f they are the night time staff they are on overtime. The solution to this problem lies straight at the feet o f the college management. It is a reorganisation of security, w h i c h ought to include the - f i r i n g o f the incompetent members o f the staff, the promotion o f the g o o d members and i f necessary the hiring o f new staff to fill any gaps. I don't think the union w o u l d object to firing a member o f security for being pissed o n duty! A taut system w o u l d be more

efficient, cheaper and would not have the effect o f alienating and angering a large number o f the college's staff apart from those (in many cases very competent and loyal) w h o w o u l d have their lives totally turned upside d o w n i n the middle o f a period o f recession where jobs are scarce. The w a y I see it c o l l e g e management are taking a p r o b l e m that they are not competent to handle and t h r o w i n g it into a someone else's p r o b l e m field for a short term hump o n the balance

sheet. Thought for the day, perhaps they are the people that should be fired and replaced by outside tender since they seem incapable o f performing, perhaps they are a useless m o n e y d r a i n o n the college's account? N.B. Before people start c o m p l a i n i n g that I have not signed this I w o u l d like to point out that I am a student and I have just pissed off some very important people. T h a n k y o u for bearing with m e . Name withheld by request.

Getting Fed Up Dear Adam. I'm getting fed up with people using your letters page to argue about whether Christianity is true or not. and t r y i n g to prove or disprove it. I don't believe this can be done. C h r i s t i a n i t y is about a relationship, and as such is a matter for experience. Let me illustrate with a story... I have a friend called J i m . Y o u have never met J i m , and only have my w o r d that he exists. I cannot prove his existence to y o u , nor can you disprove it. I can present evidence; so can y o u . W e can each explain away or disregard the evidence put forward by the other, and it is unlikely that this exercise w i l l change anyone's viewpoint. O n l y when y o u meet J i m for

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yourself (assuming he is happy to meet y o u ) w i l l m y c l a i m be substantiated. But I w o n ' t have proved it. J i m w i l l have proved his own existence. ...So let's have no more o f this proof and disproof, c l a i m and counterclaim—it's all so much hot air. C h r i s t i a n s , please don't push Jesus d o w n p e o p l e ' s throats. Atheists/agnostics/people o f other faiths, please stop trying so hard to prove us wrong—it can't be done. C a n we all just respect each other's personal integrity and let it drop? D o people have no other concerns to write about? Yours. Judith Robson, Centre for Composite Materials.


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Felix 922 Labour leader, Neil Kinnock, and his shadow economic team have announced their plans to pull Britain out o f recession, and to keep Britain out o f recession. The ' M a d e in B r i t a i n ' package builds o n the earlier success o f G o r d o n B r o w n ' s 'Industry 2 0 0 0 ' campaign. T o develop plans for technology and training, Shadow Trade Secretary, B r o w n , published a discussion document w h i c h was the basis o f a year long consultation with industry.

build a strong economy is to make the goods and services that people at home and abroad want to b u y . T h i s is h o w to secure j o b s that last, the way to create wealth to pay for a first class National Health, Service, higher l i v i n g standards, and a better quality o f life. What are the plans, and how w i l l they w o r k ? L a b o u r S h a d o w C h a n c e l l o r . John S m i t h , has the answer. ' B r i t a i n needs a real recovery, a recovery based o n investment in

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17 January 1992 goods. W e w i l l solve both sides o f the equation. L i k e our partners in Europe, we w i l l create a prudent financial system, with sensible credit management to prevent a Credit e x p l o s i o n d r i v i n g up inflation. Labour will end Conservative policy o f d r i v i n g up inflation through excessive price rises for water, electricity, transport fares, and prescriptions. U n d e r L a b o u r , inflation w i l l not be made in D o w n i n g Street. Investment. P r o d u c i n g the goods is just as important as controlling the money. Investment is a crucial ingredient in a successful counter-inflationary p o l i c y . T h i s is the real lesson c . G e r m a n y and Japan, where high levels o f investment in industry and in people have created economies with the capacity to g r o w faster for longer and w i t h less inflation than anywhere else. A s John Smith said at the ' M a d e in B r i t a i n ' launch: ' R e c o v e r y i n B r i t a i n must be investment led. W e must encourage i n n o v a t i o n and invest i n n e w technology, and i n the skills o f the workforce.' T o bridge the investment gap with o u r competitors, L a b o u r are proposing a new investment incentive, an enhanced capital allowance to enable industry to expand its investment out o f recession.

Declan Curry, IC Labour Society Press Officer, starts the election campaign. Oh God, it's started already.

A s a direct result o f this, G o r d o n B r o w n announced at the ' M a d e in B r i t a i n ' launch last week that L a b o u r is m a k i n g industrial policy the central d i v i d i n g line between L a b o u r and the T o r i e s . 'A Labour government is prepared to w o r k w i t h industry to address the training, technology, investment and regional challenges that face B r i t a i n ' , said M r . B r o w n . N e i l K i n n o c k told the conference at the Q u e e n E l i z a b e t h II Conference Centre that L a b o u r ' s M a d e in Britain strategy 'combines strong committment to economic stability with positive policies to build industrial strength'. Common Sense. The Labour policy, to be implemented o n day one o f government, starts from one simple commonsense fact: the only way to

industry and in people, not another candy floss consumption b o o m . ' L a b o u r believes that the first responsibility o f government is to create a stable economic framework so that business can plan and invest for the future.' A Stable Economy. L a b o ur is to combine sustained and b a l a n c e d g r o w t h w i t h stable exchange rates, steady and competitive interest rates, and l o w inflation. Labour w i l l maintain the value o f s t e r l i n g w i t h i n the E u r o p e a n Exchange Rate Mechanism ( E R M ) . Devaluation is not an option. Sterling went into E R M at the value it has averaged over the last twenty years, and there it w i l l stay. L a b o u r w i l l tackle inflation head on, and beat it. Inflation means too much money chasing too few

Labour will introduce a Manufacturing Investment E x p a n s i o n Scheme, offering a new tax allowance for investment i n technology and equipment. There w i l l be an enhanced first year capital allowance for certain catagories o f plant and machinery, and for investment i n innovation and design. Capital allowances w i l l be available for capital expenditure involved in product development. These enhanced allowances w i l l run for a fixed term to stimulate rapid increase in investment at a time when it is most urgently needed. L a b o u r w i l l also offer new tax incentives for individuals to invest in new and g r o w i n g manufacturing firms. Investments w i l l be set against tax, and the scheme w i l l run for five years. Science in Britain. T o bridge the technology gap, L a b o u r w i l l implement a new 'Scientists i n B r i t a i n ' research and development ( R & D ) incentive that w i l l offer the best incentives i n E u r o p e and p r o v i d e a direct s t i m u l u s to h i g h t e c h n o l o g y companies to build strength into the economy. T h i s n e w tax break will encourage additional research


17 January 1992 investment by firms. Strict rules w i l l ensure that the investment is genuinely additional. O n top o f the current 100% allowances for R & D , companies w i l l be awarded additional 2 5 % tax credit for investment made over and above that made in a base year. The policy w i l l be progressively revised to incorporate all investment in innovation i n c l u d i ng design and technology transfer. The 'Scientists in B r i t a i n ' policy w i l l have a considerable impact. It w i l l create a genuine incentive for new investment, and bring B r i t a in into line with the U S A , Japan and France, whilst meeting European C o m m u n i t y requirements w h i c h limit research grants to 2 5 % o f cost. T o complement the 'Scientists in B r i t a i n ' scheme, technology trusts w i l l be established throughout the country during the course o f the next L a b o u r government. These technology trusts w i l l be run by technologists and business people, and w i l l bring together universities, industrialists, financiers and government. The technology trusts w i l l have three main aims. 1. T o improve the quality o f technology transfer to smaller firms, ensuring that they have ready access to the best o f the world's new technologies. 2. T o open up laboratories and their technicians to help small and medium sized firms turn their ideas into c o m m e r c i a l products. 3. T o help in the c o m m e r c i a l utilisation o f ideas developed by universities and polytechnics in their area. A g a i n , the technology trusts w i l l build strength into the economy. Skills and Training. B r i d g i n g the skills gap is a c r u c i al factor in recovery, and L a b o u r ' s ' S k i l l s in the 90s' programme w i l l bring together the Department o f Trade and Industry ( D T I ) and the Department o f E m p l o y m e n t to do this. A L a b o u r government w i l l create a coherent national training p o l i c y . L a b o u r w i l l introduce a m i n i m u m training Contribution to prevent the bad employer riding free on the back o f the good. Companies should not be able to get a competitive edge by poaching the workers other companies have trained. W e w i l l therefore ensure that those employers w h o do not pay thier fair share contribute instead to local training funds. Y o u n g people w i l l have a right to learn under L a b o u r . W e w i l l give a much higher priority to the development o f National T r a i n i n g Qualifications, and prevent employers taking on 16 to 19 year

Felix 922 olds without a proper training contract. In addition to these measures to i m p r o v e t r a i n i n g , L a b o u r is w o r k i n g on proposals to create a University for Industry, building on L a b o u r ' s expertise and success in setting up the Open U n i v e r s i t y . Plans are being d r a w n up in close collaboration with industry, higher education, training and broadcasting institutions to create a modern high tech university to deliver a wide range o f courses. W a t c h this space! Backing British Exports. B r i t a in has always been a trading nation. O u r prosperity has rested on our ability to sell goods to the w o r l d . Export led growth is the o n l y guarantee o f sustainable growth. A L a b o u r government will introduce four measures to provide the basis for export led growth in the 1990s. 1. W e w i l l create a revitalised and integrated export service combining the trade functions o f the D T I , F o r e i g n Office, and the B r i t i s h Overseas Trade B o a r d . 2. W e w i l l ensure through our one stop advisory network that small firms wanting to export have a single point o f access to market information, advice and assistance. 3. L a b o u r w i l l launch regional export drives in B r i t a i n in collaboration with Chambers o f Commerce and regional development agencies.

Environment E x h i b i t i o n in year t h r e e o f the first Kinnock government. T h i s w i l l provide a platform and showcase for the new environmental technologies and give British industry an incentive to become a w o r l d leader in the environment. Backing British Industry. L a b o u r is the only party w h i c h recognises the central part that manufacturing must play in our future prosperity. L a b o u r believes that B r i t a in is at its best when we use our people's inventive genius to make goods and sell them to the world. A n d we k n o w that government has a positive role in helping industry to make it happen. O n l y a Labour government would be fit and able to do this. L a b o u r has listened to B r i t i s h business and industry. W e have looked at the best examples o f what our competitors are d o i n g . L a b o u r has w o r k e d out a real programme for recovery. O n the Road. Labour's campaign has hit the road. N e x t M o n d a y , we w i l l be in Yorkshire, and in the East Midlands on Friday. O n M o n d a y 27 January, L a b o ur w i l l be back in L o n d o n and the South East. Labour is now telling the country about its policies for sustainable recovery and stable growth. A l l we need now is for John M a j o r to go to the country.

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4. We will encourage A m b a s s a d o r s and other U K representatives abroad to deepen their knowledge o f B r i t i s h export industries and become more active in their support. Greening Industry. T h e great challenge o f the 1990s is to modernise industry to make it environmentally friendly. A Labour government w i l l announce urgent measures. New national and E u r o p e a n will research programmes encourage the development o f new environmental technologies, including application o f information and biotechnology. Technology trusts w i l l be encouraged to play a leading role in helping small and medium sized firms adopt more energy efficient and waste reducing processes. New labelling procedures w i l l also be introduced •to provide consumers with full information about the environmental and energy implications o f products. T o provide m a x i m u m public focus for the G r e e n i n g o f Industry, L a b o u r w i l l launch a Great

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17 January 1992

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Clubs & Societies

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Golds

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ULU Football

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except for the 5ths w h o are languishing near the bottom o f the Fourth D i v i s i o n . T h e 2nds and the 4ths have both got good chances o f promotion i f they can sustain their form till the end o f the season.

Four Little Dragons M a n y o f y o u Imperial C o l l e g e students think o f places l i k e Singapore, T a i w a n , H o n g K o n g and K o r e a as mysterious, fareastern countries to w h i c h y o u w i l l never travel. C e r t a i n l y the cost o f travel is high and the distances large, but they are w e l l worth the investigation and make good holiday destinations.

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T h e f o l l o w i n g tables show the relative positions (up till 2 3 r d December) o f the Imperial C o l l e g e football teams in the U n i v e r s i t y o f L o n d o n Intercollegiate Leagues 1991-1992. A s can be seen all the teams are d o i n g reasonably w e l l ,

A s a person from that region o f the w o r l d , I can tell y o u that the v a r i e ty o f the c u i s i n e w o u l d overwhelm a gourmet. The shopping makes a m o c k e r y o f the sales currently o n i n this country, because prices are so l o w . F u r t h e r m o r e , the e c o n o m i c success o f these countries makes

them no less comfortable to live i n than any other western country. Not more than forty years ago these places were backward and underdeveloped. T o d a y , they have caught up with the West and have economic growth rates far faster than any western country. Hence their collective name o f the ' F o u r Little D r a g o n s ' . I write this article to attract you to an e x h i b i t i o n , held by the Chinese, Singaporean, Taiwanese and Korean societies. A lot o f effort has been put into this e x h i b i t i o n , w h i c h w i l l have food and show culture, including caligraphy. D o take a look. The exhibition w i l l take place in the J C R o n 24th January.

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League Tables 1991/92 N

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Tenpin Bowling Last Saturday the I C T e n p i n B o w l i n g team defeated Portsmouth P o l y 7-3 in a friendly. T h e A team lost 3-1 and thoroughly deserved the score line. C a p t a i n F l o o d tried in vain to lead the team to victory with a 513 series but to no a v a i l . The B team b o w l e d superbly to record a 4-0 w i n . Sam C h e r bowled a brilliant 5 2 9 series w i t h H a f A l Qasaab b o w l i n g a 487 series. T h e C team drew a close game 2-2 with Dave W i l k i n s leading the way with a 427 series. T h e ladies team, with two guests, came out o n top with a 3-1 w i n . In a very tight encounter L i z Scorey b o w l e d a 4 2 9 series while Jane Striebig got a 403 series. On

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U n i v e r s i t y 8-2 to qualify for the U C T B A quarter finals. The A team produced an abysmal performance and lost 3-1. A g a i n C a p t a i n F l o o d top scored with a 461 series. The B team b o w l e d w e l l to recorded a 4-0 v i c t o r y. S a m C h e r rounded o f f a great weekend with a 497 series. H a f A l - Q a s a a b and D o u g Gardner backed up well with 455 series. T h e C team stormed to a 4-0 victory w i n n i n g by 324 pins. G a r y M a b o w l e d a stupendous 525 series. The ladies team w o n the closest match o f the year so far 2.5-1.5 with the second game tied on 424 pins. Jane Striebig bowled well with a solid 409 series.

Dance W e l c o m e back! T h e dance club wishes to thank a l l the dance club members for the enthusiasm they showed last term, especially the beginners w h o helped to make the beginners classes so successful. F o r all those who didn't make it in the

Chess 17.01.92 A w a y match against F u l h a m II. Meet 6.30pm—security Beit H a l l . Result I C 5 — K i n g s H e a d II 3

first term and w o u l d like to learn to dance, there w i l l be a new beginners b a l l r o o m / l a t i n class o n Thursdays at 7 p m beginning o n 16th January. So come along and try it out!

Broomball Imperial B r o o m b a l l Tournament. F r i d a y 24th January. C o m e along to a meeting in Southside U p p e r L o u n g e o n M o n d a y at 12.30pm to sign up—everyone w e l c o m e (with or without a team).

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Stage Hands Wanted T h i s is a c r y for c r e w and a shout for set builders! Y e s . the time has come: this is a c a l l a l l y o u backstage people have been waiting for. Opsoc & Dr a m so c require an army of people to be back-stage c r e w a n d / o r set b u i l d e r s f o r t h e i r forthcoming production o f Grease (tickets on sale n o w in the U n i o n Office. Dramsoc Storeroom, Sherfield B u i l d i n g and from cast and c r e w members). The show w i l l be happening in

less than t w o weeks and the set is huge - so there are loads o f things to d o n e . E x p e r i e n c e is n o t necessary; we are l o o k i n g for w i l l i n g and enthusiastic people. Set b u i l d i n g is happening most lunehtimes in the Concert H a l l i n the U n i o n B u i l d i n g . Please turn up as often as you can. F o r any further information contact Richard H a r r i s o n o r Derek Hirst i n M e c h E n g o r the Dramsoc Storeroom - up the stairs by the U n i o n B a r .

Russian Scientist O n Friday January 24th Konstantin G r i n g a u z . a senior Russian Space Scientist at the I K I (Institute o f Space Research, M o s c o w ) , w i l l be visiting Imperial C o l l e g e . That evening at 6 . 3 0 p m i n E l e c E n g room 4 0 8 , he w i l l be presenting a talk which has been coordinated by the Space and Atmospheric Physics Department and I C U Students for the E x p l o r a t i o n and Development o f Space ( S E D S ) . Since S p u t n i k - 1 , w h i c h sparked off the space age in the late 1950's, the Soviet U n i o n has been sending probes to investigate the inner planets and the interplanetary environment. Throughout these 35 years o f 'in-the-field' space science research Konstantin G r i n g a u z has played a major role, from Sputnik to missions to M a r s , V e n u s and

Comet Halley. Konstantin G r i n g a u z ' s expertise lies i n plasma - charged particledetectors. Through his involvement w i t h instruments f l o w n i n Soviet spacecraft he has made a number o f discoveries. H e made some o f the earliest measurements o f the solar w i n d and hence discovered the plasmapause boundary, w h i c h m a r k s the e n d o f the p u r e l y terrestrial plasma regime in space. M a n y o f his detectors flew o n vehicles i n the Soviet planetary programme. Through these instruments he and his associates d i s c o v e r e d the cometpause at H a l l e y ' s C o m e t (the V e g a mission) and very large unexpected fluxes o f material d r a w n from M a r s b y the Solar W i n d (the Phobos mission).


17 January 1992

Felix 922

Music

Senseless Things- Easy to Smile

T h i s 12" comes with a Jamie H e w l i t t print from the back cover. It's a lovely print. £ 3 . 5 0 for an art print. A d m i t it. y o u pay more than that from the guy d o w n the South

Kensington subway, don't you? A n d this isn't just a b o r i n g black and white picture o f someone on a railway platform. N o , it's in colour. Record? What record. O h , got it. A n o t h e r cut from the First O f T o o M a n y a l b u m . Just y o u r average indie sound. N o t h i n g particularly outstanding. N o t h i n g particularly obnoxious. L o v e l y print though. Lise Yates.

Mega City 4

- Stop EP

What is the world coming to? There used to be things y o u could rely on, that a British summer is when the rain gets two degrees warmer, that the Conservatives w i l l cock up the economy and that Mega City Four records w i l l do serious, and I mean serious, damage to y o u ears. W e l l , one o f these is no longer true. O n the back cover is a little comment that they are against hard drugs, does this mean they condone soft

Mega

'ones? Probably. They have certainly m e l l o w e d out a lot since the last time I saw them when one particularly energetic member o f the audience decided that c l i m b i n g up on the speaker stack and throwing himself o f f the top was fun. H e got about as for as the Wright brothers' early efforts. W h y is this? I hear y o u ask. W e l l , y o u can answer that one yourself. Pebbles

City 4, on a roof.

The Magic Box 2

The Senseless Things,

So what do we have in the magic box for y o u this week. The Fat Lady Sings are an Irish rock group, who more prestigious publications than t h i s h a v e d e s c r i b e d as 'Ireland's finest band' ( N M E ). I ' l l be there and I ' l l be l o o k i n g out for you. T h e r e ' s a disco at the union i f you don't want to exert yourself, but just want to be pathetic. N o t h i n g on Saturday, I ' m afraid.

on a roof.

Ents Rave STUDENT LOANS

A s I was upstairs all night with all the hyper cool and trendy people I can't comment on Flood, or the two other groups that supposedly played that nobody k n o w about. T h e crap hardcore' dance music that is somehow m a k i n g it in the charts was nowhere to be heard. It was pure techno, rave, heavy house here. The sort of beats that measure 8.9 o n the Richter scale and i f y o u feet d i d n 't move here y o u have no soul. What more can I say, I had a great and groovy time and my legs have only just recovered. Pebbles

S P R I N G T E R M 1992 Appointments can be booked, in person, in R o o m 344 o f the Sherfield B u i l d i n g . A t present, interviews are available from 1 l a m - 1pm and 2 p m - 3.40pm at 20 minute intervals. M o n d a y to Wednesday inclusive. V e r y shortly, I w i l l be able to offer interview slots on all days o f the w o r k i n g week and, hopefully, before l a m and after 4 p m as well. A s soon as the arrangements for this are finalised I shall c o n f i r m them as widely as possible around the C o l l e g e . Tony Cullen, Assistant Registrar.

Flood peformed d u r i n g the N e w Y e a r ' s C a r n i v a l last F r i d a y night. The dictionary defines 'flood' as: 'inundate, irrigate, deluge with water, fill to o v e r f l o w i n g , come in great quantities.' T a k i n g these definitions in the ever traditional reverse order—they were a four-piece band, so they didn't come in great quantities. The Ents lounge certainly wasn't filled to o v e r f l o w i n g , but they d i d have an audience o f over thirty for the whole performance. N o one was deluged with water, though it may have crossed the minds o f some o f the audience. Irrigate, er, I ' l l pass on that one. A n d finally inundate. W e l l , I can't see them being inundated with offers, especially not from us again. Bland

I'd stay in and watch Brazil if I were you. O h no, home alone. A s for Harlesden, I doubt that any o f the R S M rugby team w o u l d go there alone, so I suggest that you go with a friend. Poddy Music E d .

TONIGHT The Fat Lady Sings, etc. Clapham G r a n d , £ 7 British R a i l from V i c t o r i a o r Waterloo to C l a p h a m Junction. It's o n St. John's H i l l outside the station entrance. MONDAY Wendy Page Mean Fiddler Acoustic Room, £ 4 T u r n right out o f W i l l e s d e n Junction tube (Bakerloo). Right again, and carry on along this road until y o u get to a bank. T u r n left along H i g h St. Harlesden, and it's on your left. THURSDAY Kingmaker, Sensitize, etc. U . L . U . , £6 See last w e e k ' s F e l i x .


Where did you get the name for the band from, I know it has something to do with the Kenneth Anger film? It was on a long list o f other names, and we p i c k e d that because o f the imagery o f the f i l m y o u k n o w , S c o r p i o R i s i n g w e ' d sort o f associate ourselves with that, y o u k n o w , that sort o f imagery. A n d that's why b a s i c a l l y , it's quite simple. W e l l , u m m , anyone got a light, sorry. I thought you sounded like Primal Scream, on the album.Is that intentional? N a , N a it's just that y o u k n o w , the thing with that is that it's just a d i r e c t i o n , y o u c a n see that that' s... y o u k n o w it' s a change not to hear N e d ' s A t o m i c D u s t b i n . Do you intend to follow Primal Scream, into the Loaded thing? N o , they follow us...no we do our o w n things...yeah I suppose just like they have their bit... that's their mentality. T h e y ' v e got their o w n bit w e ' v e got ours, whether we do two things that are the same I mean, well they w o n ' t be. They went through that relief thing where they changed a lot o f things hopefully w e ' l l be able to do that in the future. Is techno really the only interesting thing around? It's not the only interesting thing, I prefer the guitar sound, it sounds very nice, you know... Theoretically though it's the only new thing that had happened m u s i c a l l y , truly y o u k n o w , new. That's all we meant... y o u k n o w , Techno is totally new like, well like guitar playing was new in '66. W e l l it can be taken two ways really y o u can look at it as something new w h i c h therefore is good or y o u can look at it as something new w h i c h is shit w h i c h e v e r is the w a y y o u look at it. The trouble with techno is that it pushes people d o w n y o u know it's not, it's music for people who are dead heads...it's used by so many people y o u k n o w . . . some o f it's really bad, especially the E culture inside especially with all the opiated E that's going into it, it's getting everyone into s m a c k . . . It makes people be ordinary, it's like muzak. Sometimes when y o u hear it and one minute it's brilliant and makes y o u r hair stand on end/then that a l l . . . w h a t was it country and western for the red- necks. It's like err E generation C & W , but it is new. W e l l y o u k n o w all forms o f guitar music have been done, apart from ours

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the singing really should make people think. It should sound brilliant and aggressive and get inside people because y o u listen to the words o f the song, it means something to y o u after a couple o f times o f listening to the words. Y o u know what they're singing about and i f y o u don't get it right y o u make up your o w n meaning for it. Y o u ' v e then got something personal with the song , you can listen to that indie stuff and y o u can't understand the w o r d s , as they're aren't any really. O r the words that there are are just pop blab. It's all quirky little catchphrases. What is your message then? T h i n k for yourself, y o u know and listen to this, it's really loud and really c o o l , yeah. T h a t ' s about it really. Y o u k n o w the way I write songs is to try and use words that people wouldn't normally use. W e l l we want to be e x c i t i n g and dangerous and sound wise and well mentally stimulating. W e don't write songs for other people y o u k n o w we just do it ourselves. W e

don't say like lets sound like the Charlatans this week and just record like I ' m sure many other bands do. W e ' r e not in any scene really y o u know. Did George Bush's collapse scare you at all? N o not at all really. I think D a n Q u a y l e w o u l d make a fine president. Would you like to see a punk revival? N a , it's a pile o f shit, pub rock, played by kids y o u k n o w . I mean when it was in its time it was brilliant but musically it's nothing it's shit. It used to be good but it's gone, it's totally gone y o u k n o w . It was more important than disco but personally you know I don't like the sound o f it. I ' m more a Genesis, P o l i c e sort o f fan. What's the worst gig you've played? M i l t o n K e y n e s , no, no that was good that was the best one. D e r b y , Derby that was a horrible g i g . W e did the C h a r l t o n gig the day after w e ' d played U L U , we went d o w n

there like as stars it was brilliant there were people all over the stage y o u k n o w we went d o w n as well as anything and that was our 99th g i g and we thought that our next gig was going to be even better and then we played at this youth club yeah it was like a labour club and there was kids in the audience... needless to say that w e ' v e not got the same agent n o w . When is the next time you're coming to London. W e ' r e playing the Marquee in early M a r c h , so that's about a month and a bit away. What do you want the last line to be of your interview? M a r i j u a n a , fuck, Satan, k i l l , dogs and err what's the other one? W e are c o m i n g to eat your c h i l d r e n . The end.

The Lise Yates interview.

Scorpio Rising D o y o u remember when Primal Scream were good ? Eeeeek, Loaded! N o before that, do y o u remember the first album? Eeeeek, Screamadelica. No, Primal Scream. When Primal Scream were a g r o u p with guitars. T h e y were good then, y o u know. Eeeeek, Higher T h a n The Sun, that's good. N o it's not. N o w sod off, and stop interrupting. I ' m trying to review this. This sounds like the Primal Scream o f that era, the Primal Scream we , I, knew and love. W i t h guitars, and melodies, and l y r i c s , and I ' m beginning to sound like m y D a d . W h a t ' s m o r e , it has become the new resident on m y record de c k, forcing Carter back into its sleeve. The A side's very g o o d , but I can't tell y o u the titles, as no-one's told me. A l l the songs on it are great, and I think two o f them are called F r e e d o m . S o there. I t ' s a lot better t h a n Screamadelica. Eeeeek, No it's not. SOD OFF.

Well what is your influence? I ' m rather more influenced by the effect a group's had rather than what they sound like. Y o u k n o w , there is only so much y o u can do with guitar and a set o f drums, but Scorpio

Rising,

not on a roof.

Lise Yates, and Magenta.


Reviews

Felix 922

17 January 1992

Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey motivations and unclear issues here. Everything pootles along cheerfully, and in the most part entertainingly as T e d (n B i l l ) dice (and Twister) with Death, hob-nob with the Easter Bunny and Einstein. O h , Joss A c k l a n d plays Death. This everyone in the F e l i x Office has mentioned so far, so I guess it must be important. O h , sorry, Joss A c k l a n d isn't Death, he's the baddie. H o p e that's clear.

D i d y o u k n o w that Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey is yenruoJ sugoB s'deT & IliB backwards? W h a t ' s more, d i d y o u k n o w that this film should really be called Good Bill & Good Ted's (as opposed to Bad Robot Double Bill and Bad....) Bogus Journey? W e l l , that's the plot out o f the way. N o w I can get on with discussing the small print. O h , o k a y , this is h o w it runs: in a completely gratuitous plot twist, the producers decide to resuscitate B i l l n T e d for a new adventure. T h i s involves an incomprehensible scheme from the future w h i c h for some reason means that the princess babes ( i f y o u haven't seen the first m o v i e , the chances are y o u w o n ' t understand this one) are w h i s k e d away into time and space. F o r a

still more further, and i n c o m p r e h e n s i b l e r e a s o n , this means B i l l (n Ted) have to go to H e l l , H e a v e n and back in order to save them. D o n ' t w o r r y , y o u won't m i n d a l l this confusion during the

movie. A n y w a y , the baddie then goes on to send back some E v i l Robot Do u b l e s whose sole a i m is to confuse the issue still further. Y e s , even m o r e . W e ' r e talking m u r k y

The People Under the Stairs

The man w h o created F r e d d y (and sold the rights, daft git) puts the willies up y o u once again. A young black boy from the ghetto is c o n v i n c e d to a i d h i s s i s t e r ' s boyfriend in robbing their nasty landlord's house to pay the rent and get his mother 'that vital cancer operation'. T h i s is not as easy as it seems, as the house is very w e l l protected with bars and locks. One burglar gains entry and doesn't come out, so the others go i n . Once in, they find a Rottweiler from hell, and when the landlords come back their situation is grave. The house is tricky to get into and impossible to get out of. If the fanged fido, soundproof double glazing (Ted M o u l t w o u l d be proud i f he wasn't dead) (to stop outsiders hearing the shotgun wielded by the psycho husband in his all-over leather bondage suit and the odd booby trap) isn't enough to contend w i t h , there are people under the stairs

who are so hungry they w i l l eat anything that comes within arms' reach. In his wanderings, the b o y , k n o w n as ' F o o l ' , comes across the mad couple's daughter, a prisoner w h o m he must save. Faery tale stuff, i f not quite Brothers G r i m m . The macabre ' T o m and Jerry' chase that ensues is very c o m p e l l i n g and holds taut suspense. The odd couple o f wedded landlords are played rather nicely by Everett M c G i l l and W e n d i e R o b i e (the couple B i g E d and

N a d i n e from T w i n Peaks) with plenty o f humour and more than a pinch o f sadism. The story is original and exciting even though it degenerates to a fairly predictable (but satisfactory) ending. Great f i l m , even i f it is pure exploitation. James Farrentino says, ' F o r s o o t h , twas a gradely swath o f c e l l u l o i d and d i d I make merry aplenty'. H e ' s spot on.

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The Amazing Machine Under the Bed

L o o k , y o u ' l l enjoy it, okay ? It stars K e a n u Reeves (watch out for him as a homeless rent boy in the future. N o , I ' m not kidding) and A l e x Winter (the other one. H e was one o f the L o s t B o y s ) . T h e y ' r e too old. But they're okay anyway. A n d no, it's not as good as the first one. That's what y o u wanted to k n o w , wasn't it ? A l l y o u ever bloody want, isn't it ? W o r k my bloody fingers to the bone, cuh .. O h yeah, the music is complete shite. The Most Excellent Flying Gerbil

The Ghosts From Grand Banks

Arthus C C l a r k e ' s latest w o r k . The Ghost from the Grand Banks fits right in with what we have come to expect from one o f the oldest science fiction authors still w r i t i n g . The book is his contribution to the myth o f the Titanic. In this case, the novel deals with attempts to salvage the cruise ship in the early part o f the next century. A s is inevitable in fiction such endeavours do not go smoothly. The plot, however, is not important; rather it is an excuse for C l a r k e to take us on a trip through his dreams and beliefs about the next m i l l e n i u m . The w i l d ride that ensues covers all manner o f subjects from M a n d l e b r o t sets to the habits of deep-sea octopus. A l o n g the way the reader is kept entertained and amused. If, at the end, y o u wonder what the novel was all about, w e l l at least it served to pass a few hours during term. W o r t h l o o k i n g at. Nicholas F a r r o w .


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V.I. Warshawski sentence. It's saved me so much drudgery over the years). So V I goes to w o r k , armed with only her self-righteousness and a series o f annoyingly trite messages about succeeding in the man's w o r l d of the private eye biz. A s she does so, she uses what might be generously termed 'feminine w i l e s ' ; if y o u prefer, she tarts about.

O k a y , here's the story. Kathleen T u r n e r (self-confessed 'hottest w o m a n in H o l l y w o o d ' , a r f arf) plays V I W a r h a w s k i , w h o I ' m reliably informed is a 'toughtalking, fiercely independent, sexy P.I.'. L e t ' s take that one part at a time, shall we? First up, M s . T u r n e r is not the hottest woman in H o l l y w o o d ; she's one o f those secondary celebrities trapped in the half-way hell o f mediocrity. S e c o n d , V I W a r s h a w s k i isn't tough-talking (she just looks that way). T h i r d , 'fiercely independent' means, in this context, a few lines thrown in for authenticity. F o u r t h , ' s e x y ' .. w e l l , each to their o w n , I guess. W a r s h a w s k i strikes up a casual flirtation w i t h an ex-hockey player

A n d that's really where this f i l m falls apart. T h e script is pretty dreadful, reeking o f every halfassed cliche in J i m M c C l i c h e ' s B i g Book O f Cliches; in fact, everything hinges o n the fact that V I is a w o m a n . Not just any w o m a n , she's supposed to be intelligent and independent, so how come this boils d o w n to batting your eyelids in times o f danger and genital-injury self-defense ? H e l l , I can do that, but no-one's m a k i n g a movie about me. (would you believe it?) and hey! he gets w i p e d ! A n d furthermore! he has! a young daughter! w h o is at risk from a sinister conspiracy for

money and land! Drug-dealers and real- estate dealers, scum o f the earth, that's what I say. Y o u can w o r k out the rest ( G o d , I love that

Freddy's Dead

Queen gags aside, this f i l m really is pretty poor. O k a y , Queen gags included. It's set ten years from now when a l l but one o f the E l m Street kiddies has bit the b i g one (ooer) and the final dude is nearly c r a z y . H e ends up in a j u v e n i l e rehabilitation a s y l u m and meets a few new bits o f c l a w fodder and a couple o f psychiatrists w h o even half believe h i m for'a change. T h e kid has no memory so it's back to Springwood (Freddy ville) for revelations o f F r e d d y ' s past and a few stiffies (fwooar). W h o is F r e d d y ' s child? H o w did he get his dream powers? W h o . gives a toss? W h y is it ' F r e d d y ' s D e a d ' when he was dead in the first film? W h y did W i l e E . C o y o t e always fall for the 'tear through the painting' gag? Buggered i f I k n o w (save the Freddy bits)! There are only four deaths in the m o v i e (including F r e d d y ) , and Freddy dies in 3 D ! ! That crap red-

A no-no. If y o u ' r e really an intelligent and independent w o m a n , run like h e l l . The Flying, Intelligent, Independent (and Male) Gerbil

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green 3 D that barely worked on T V a few years back, and then only the last ten minutes of the film. The plot changes from special effects a-gogo to A - t e a m slug out between U n c l e F r e d and his fickle baby knives, (plenty o f g r a t u i t o u s baseball bats, etc. pointing out o f the screen). N i c e cameos by that git w h o ' s engaged to W i n o n a R y d e r (not any more - E d . H a ha ha) (who had scissors for fingers), a bloaty sarcastic stumpy 'comedienne', and an ageing rocker (School's O u t dudes). The effects are pretty cool and the first death is very funny P L U S over the end credits all the best effects from the whole set o f nightmares are shown (the poster was right, they saved the best till last). A right poor film that's just there to grab your cash. It may be the last film for Freddy but be prepared for Freddy - the next generation. The Amazing Machine, , The Final Countdown

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Felix 922 Stress came to as the pop up bouncer grabbed h i m in a bear hug and pulled h i m down underneath the nightclub floor. The opening closed above h i m and he was dropped on to a c o n v e y o r belt in the pitch darkness. N o t yet recovered from the flight, fright and head butt Stress did not resist being carried along through the dark as the c l u b ' s correcting system d i d its w o r k . ' D r u n k e n slob!'

Stress's feet signalled the approach o f a truly awesome noise. Stress whimpered and began pedalling like m a d . T w o voices boomed at his back. "WE'RE COMING!' 'WEIRE STUNNING!' 'YOU'R E RUNNING!" 'WE'RE GUNNING!' Legs a blur he glanced around and gasped. It wasn't very difficult to recognise his earlier foe, ghetto

The Inner System Chapter 10; Perception. Troy Tempest leads us along the nebulous fibrils of surrealism.

A robotic hand whacked h i m in the face. 'Animal!!' A bucket o f water poured d o w n on his head. 'Dirty pig!' A set o f clubs p u m m e l l e d his body as he passed underneath. ' A l l right you!" A blinding white light shone in his face. D o n ' t y o u E V E R come in this club again!!' T h e voices and the light cut out, the c onve yor rolled h i m on to a chute and he slid d o w n and out into a dark c o r r i d o r behind the c l u b . Stress lay there, dazed. Thoughts swam i n his m i n d . ' I ' v e got to get out o f this place. T h i s people are crazy! R i d i n g around on strange contraptions under U V lights, their society divided into meaningless classes. M o r t a l l y afraid o f m i n o r skin problems and different clothes! I 'v e got to find a ship and escape.' He pulled h i m s e l f up and s t a g g e r e d d o w n the c o r r i d o r towards the sounds o f traffic. H e strode on to the main track and keeping to the far w a l l , began walking towards the head end o f the city. 'Untanned!! H e ' s untanned and walking!!' People stopped in their tracks i n the tracks around. M a n y looked at h i m in fear and revulsion, others began to hurl abuse and close in on h i m . Stress suddenly remembered his o w n appearance, hidden up until now by d i m lighting. H e backed up against the w a l l . H i s pulse raced and the military chemical factories inside h i m began putting in some more overtime. ' T h e pursuit cops are c o m i n g ! ' The c r o w d s ' heads turned to the source o f the rising quadrophonic sound. Their distraction gave Stress the chance to run out into the track and grab a B M X bike o f f a surprised schmuck. In the distance he could make out two tall figures moving through the other motorists at twice normal speed, strange boxes attached to them. T h e vibrating o f the ground beneath

blasters s h a k i n g a n d phrases b o o m i n g but w i t h h i m w a s something n e w . O n a motorised skateboard trailing blue smoke was a robot shorter but thicker with a massive speaker o n each shoulder and a megaphone welded to its mouth. They were speaking alternate lines over the sound crashing out o f the four amps.

' * * I n ititate anti-motorist terrain**' In response all the inner system people moved o f f the track and ahead o f Stress the normally flat track turned into a garden o f ramps, h o l e s , b a r r i c a d e s and h u m p s . Y e l p i n g with fear Stress pedalled straight on to the first ramp, up into the air and over a barricade, d o w n to the g r o u n d , s k i d d e d a n d carreered straight towards a skip sized hole. Behind h i m ghetto blaster leaped the same ramp while megaphone, his voice somehow short circuited into just percussive sounds, rolled up and sloping wa l l and bore d o w n on the fugitive. The beat closed i n . 'WHILE W E STILL ROLL!' 'TSSHH T T A H T TSSH T T A H ! ' YOU'RE OUTA CONTROL!' ' H M M B M M PAH SH B M M D M DAH!' 'HEADING FOR A HOLE!' KKRRH KRRRH D U M DUM DUMM!' 'THAT'LL EAT YOU WHOLE!'

' W E ' L L G E T Y O U ZITS!' Unable to disagree or change the 'AND SCORE SOME HITS!' bikes course Stress rode straight ' B L O W Y O U T O BITS!!' ' W I T H into the hole, somersaulted over the A B E A T T H A T FITS!' bike and crashed into the far w a l l . P e d a l l i n g l i k e c r a z y Stress The robots rolled up on the flat couldn't make the bike go any faster. A n o t h e r b l o o d y system i track, finished their rough track, stood before the prey they'd tracked invention! B e h i n d h i m a k l a x o n and shot h i m . voice spoke.

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Just when y o u thought it was safe to go to a rag meeting a term full o f madness, chaos and general frolicking all around the country has emerged. T h i s term looks set to follow the successes of last term and maybe even exceed the amounts collected so far. (Of course it's going to exceed the amounts collected so far - it's a mathematical inevitability - Ed.) So, what have we got lined up for you? T o ensure that y o u have absolutely no time free in between the lectures and the bar nights, it all starts on Sunday 26th January, with a raid o n a l l the halls around college. W e are hoping to storm the halls and ensure that everyone has a rag m a g , a tee-shirt and a generally lousy Sunday. See y o u r hall rep i f y o u want to get involved on that one.

Rag Update

F o l l o w i n g that is the major rag event for the term. Y o u ' v e had Tiddlywinks, you've had Monopoly n o w Cluedo. Your chance to raid the whole o f L o n d o n in an attempt to solve the c r i m e , ' collect loadsa dosh for W i n g e d F e l l o w s h i p and generally run riot. There w i l l be lots o f other rags there, a huge party afterwards and prizes for the team with the highest points (details w i l l be given o n the day o n h o w to score). W a t c h this space for further information o n how you could be part of the biggest thing since the last b i g thing that came along. O n Saturday 15th February, yes the day after the Guilds Ball so most of us w i l l be hung over, there is the 'Back in Time' collection for B I B I C (the B r i t i s h Institute for B r a i n Injured C h i l d r e n ) , more details to follow. The next weekend, 22nd February, there's a rag raid to Bath. Generally a good place to

Penguin, acting

collect as it's full o f mindless tourists w h o are foolish enough to spend 'at least 5 0 p ' o n a rag mag. The weekend after that is the Oxfam 'leap'. Suggestions include taking part in the F i r k i n pub leap or even ' L e a p Draughts'. A n y more ideas please b r i n g them to the R a g meeting o n F r i d a y lunch time. O n M a r c h 4th we have a C i t y o f L o n d o n licence to 'collect as we know best'. T h i s includes stations, the stock-market, the underground and anywhere else we can possibly cause a fire hazard. Some time later in M a r c h there is the Mencap Parachute Jump. If you are interested in taking part please pop up to the rag office (ask directions from the U n i o n Office in Beit Quad) and get a sponsorship form and further details. A l s o , o n M a r c h 15th, the F u n R u n for Oxfam. A n annual event, held in B i r m i n g h a m , w h i c h loads o f other people w i l l be taking part i n . T h e run is about three miles but is generally done for fun rather than competition. Sponsorship forms available from the usual places! Just a final note, anyone wishing to vote in the forthcoming elections for the post o f R a g C h a i r should attend the Extraordinary General M e e t i n g or E G M o n February 6th in the Junior J C R at one o ' c l o c k . R e m e m b er the office is now open every day at lunch time so i f y o u have any questions, suggestions or need some where to sit and chat feel free to pop i n .

Rag Chair, with a multitude of ideas to ruin a weekend.

B e y o u n g , be foolish and be part o f it! Penguin

Dear Marge Marge blunders on.

Dear Marge, I'm a budding young physicist and I ' v e fallen i n love with m y relativity lecturer. I try to ask really clever questions but he just doesn't seem to notice me. I b o r r o we d my sister's special, non-drip, waterproof royal blue mascara; but all in v a i n . What next? Yours Mr. P.H.I. Dear Mr. P.H.I., There are four solutions to ensure that no-one w i l l ever find out about your p r o b l e m ; 1. K i l l h i m . 2. K i l l yourself. 3. K i l l everyone else in the world. 4. Stop writing to F e l i x ! Y o u r s Marge. The Wise W o m a n .

H m m m , well it seems as though I caused a little friction in last weeks issue. A p o l o g i e s go to M e l a n i e , I know that y o u don't fancy T r i g g e r and I don't blame you either as he snores in bed! D i d y o u know that Thames T e l e v i s i o n seem to be migrating into college staff? Steve N e w b o l d (marketing director), Valerie Straw (estates). K e i t h R e y n o l ds (head o f security) and S i m o n Westerman (catering manager) are all part o f this weird breed o f personnel. A document leaked to F e l i x reveals certain other facts regarding these people. It seems that everything going o n in college is in some way connected with Thames. This list includes the fire alarm experts, new card entry systems and the mess up in relation to the sports facilities. The document also reads: 'Call CM. The Destroyer.

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have a flood, as in mechanical engineering, the chances are that he w o u l d have got rid o f experts who could have prevented it. H e is as much use as an earache.' If y o u ask me the person w h o released this document is treading on exceedingly thin ice and really ought to watch his/her back just in case someone concerned stabs back. Another interesting fact is the number o f new personnel w h o weren't included o n this list. It makes y o u w o n d e r what the intention o f the document was. Just to e n d . a small note to the two people caught bonking under the snooker table o n the third floor on Saturday night. W e w o u l d just like to say that y o u have no style, if y o u ' r e going to do it in the snooker rooms w h y not on top o f the table. I w o n ' t mention any names but we know who you are...


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17 January 1992 A n up-to-the-minute guide to events in and around Imperial C o l l e g e . The deadline for entries for this page is the M o n d a y p r i o r to publication.

FRIDAY Hang Gliding 12.30pm Southside Upper Lounge. 12.30pm PicoCon Helpers ICSF Library for helpers of this ICSF organised event. Conservative Soc 12.30pm Physics 737. Rag Meeting 12.40pm Union Lounge. Everyone welcome. 1.00pm Labour Club Meeting Maths 408. Club members welcome. Friday Prayers 1.00pm Southside G y m . See Islamic Society. 4.30pm Kung Fu Union Gym. C.L'. Prayer Meeting J.OOpm 413 Maths. Christian Union Meeting 6.00pm 308 Computing. Swimming 6.30pm Sports Centre. Fencing Club Training 6.40pm Club training. Shaolin System Nam Pai Chuan 7.30pm Southside G y m . Water Polo 7.30pm Sports Centre. Southside Disco 8.30pm Southside Bar.

Southside Upper Lounge. Parachute Club 12.30pm Brown Committee Room. Yacht Club Meeting 12.45pm 253 Aeronautics. New members most welcome. Sailing most weekends! Basketball Club 5.30pm Volleyball court. Men's Team. Fitness Club 5.30pm Southside Gym. Beginners. Dance Club 6.00pm J C R . R'n'R/Latin. Adv/Medals. Afro-Carib Meeting 6.00pm Concert Hall. Swimming 6.30pm Sports Centre. Dance Club 7.30pm J C R . Beginners' Rock ' n ' Roll. IC Shotokan Karate 7.30pm Southside G y m . Water Polo 7.30pm Sports Centre. Dance Club 8.30pm J C R . Latin Beginners.

JEWISH SOCIETY Annual General Meeting 1.30pm Tuesday 21st January in the S.C.R.

come along and support your J.Soc

SATURDAY

TUESDAY

Kung Fu Club 4.30pm Wu Shu Kwan in Southside Gym. IC Shotokan Karate 10.00am Southside Gym. Ladies Tennis 12.00pm At college courts. Membership £6. A l l new members welcome. Cycling Club 10.30am

C . U . Prayer Meeting 8.30pm Chaplain's Office Riding Club Meeting 12.30pm Southside Upper Lounge. Boardsailing 12.30pm Southside Upper Lounge. AudioSoc Meeting 12.30pm Southside Upper Lounge. Cheap records and equipment hire. Radio Modellers 12.30pm Southside Lounge. Cathsoc Mass 12.30pm Mech Eng 702. Followed by lunch. 12.30pm Ski Club Meeting Southside Lounge. Put you name down for this year's ski trip. Sailing Club 12.30pm Southside Lounge. Environmental and Appropriate Tech 12.45pm See club for details. PhotoSoc 1.00pm Southside Lounge. Ents Meeting 1.00pm Ents/Rag Office. Up two flights on the East Staircase, first office on the left:' Legs, Bums, Turns 1.00pm Southside Gym. Organised by Fitness Club. Radio Modellers 5.30pm Mech Eng. Fitness Club 5.45pm Southside Gym. Intermediate.

Meet at Beit Arch.

SUNDAY West London Chaplaincy Sunday Service 10.30am Anteroom Sherfield Building. Men's Tennis Team Practise 11.00am College Courts. Players of any ability. Annual membership £6. New members welcome. Catholic Chaplaincy Mass.il.00am 53 Cromwell Road. Wargames 1.00pm UDH. Fitness Club 2.00pm Intermediate. Kung Fu Club 4.30pm Wu Shu Kwan in the Union G y m . Catholic Mass 6i.00pm 53 Cromwell Road.

MONDAY RockSoc Meeting

12.30pm

Amenesty International 5.30pm Clubs Committee Room. Wine Tasting Soc 6.00pm Union Dining Hall. Dance Club 6.00pm J C R . Improvers Ballroom and Latin. Canoe Club 6.15pm Beit Quad store or 8.30pm in Southside Upper Lounge. Judo 6.30pm Union Gym. Dance Club 7.00pm JCR. Adv/Medals Ballroom & Latin. Grease Rehearsals 7.30pm Room 308. Huxley Building (terminal room A ) . 8.00pm Yoga.. Southside Gym. Caving Club Meeting 8.00pm Southside Upper Lounge.

WEDNESDAY Fitness Club 12.45pm Southside Gym. Intermediate. Bike Club 12.45pm Southside Lounge. Cycling Training 1.30pm Meet at Beit Arch. Wargames 1.00pm U D H . A l l welcome. 1.15pm Micro Club Meeting Top floor N W corner Union Building. Kung Fu 1.30pm Union Gym. DramSoc Improv Class 2.30pm Union SCR (old Union Office). Professional tuition. Diving 6.30pm Swimming Pool. Shaolin System Nam Pai Chuan 7.00pm Southside Gym. Basketball Club 7.30pm Volleyball court. Kung Fu Club 7.30pm Union Gym. W u Shu Kwan. Libido 9.30pm Ents Club Night in Union Lounge.

THURSDAY Fencing Training 11.30am Intermediate & advanced coaching. Balloon Club Meeting 12.30pm Southside Upper Lounge. Y H A Meeting 12.30pm Southside Upper Lounge. Postgrad Lunch 12.30pm Chaplains Office (10 Princes Gardens). Fencing Training 12.30pm Beginners Training. F :ncing Training 1.30pm General. Gliding Club Meeting 1.00pm Aero 266. Fitness Club 5.30pm Southside G y m . Advanced. Midweek Event 5.30pm Chaplains Office (10 Prince's Gardens). Dance Club 6.00pm JCR. Intermediate/Advanced Ballroom & Latin.

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What's On Judo Club 6.30pm Gym. Dance Club 7.00pm JCR. Beginners Ballroom & Latin. Real Ale Society Meeting 7.30pm Union Lounge. Lots of good booze. IC Shotokan Karate 7.30pm Southside G y m . Dance Club 8.00pm J C R . Improvers Ballroom & Latin. Southside Disco 8.30pm Southside Bar. ICC A G Soup Run 9.15pm Meet Weeks Hall Basement.

Small A d s • S H O T O K A N K A R A T E Club. There w i l l be three lessons for beginners o n M o n d a y 20 and M o n d a y 2 7 . A l l abilities w e l c o m e . • WANTED-Opus Challenger disc drive 5 !4 " o r any other disc drive with D F S for B B C computer. M . K . H . K i m , Aero 2. • FOR SALE-BBC B+ Microcomputer, Monitor, Dual disk drive, discs etc £ 2 0 0 . R i n g Rex on Int 3518 o r 071-731 2526. • A N Y P E R S O N w h o believes they had parts stolen from their bikes o n o r about Wednesday 8th January 1 9 9 2 . Please contact P C 1 2 4 A B Dunlop or P C 8 6 0 A B W i l c o x at Rochester R o w P o l i c e Station, 63 Rochester R o w S W 1 . T e l 071-821 1212. • PLEASE COULD everybody w h o sponsored me in R a g W e e k , pay up—thanks, S a m . • W A N T E D — V W Camper or similar watned for around £ 5 0 0 . Must be a reliable runner. Contract C h r i s o n 071-225 8672 o r ext 8672 days o r 071-228 5325 weekends. • ACCOMMODATION—Large double r o o m in Battersea, 2 mins C l a p h a m Junction B R and buses. Share flat with two female students. £ 8 0 for one person, £ 4 5 each for two (exclusive). R i n g 071-228 5325 evenings. • Y O U Bastards, I ' m still paying rent on that flat! Stef. • CRICKET NETS—Lords 8.00pm-9.00pm. Meet South K e n tube 7.00pm.

TO ALL STUDENT HALL & HOUSE REPRESENTATIVES PLEASE attend the 1st ICU Accommodation Committee meeting at 12.45pm Union Dining Hall Students' Union Building Beit Quad TUESDAY 28th JANUARY For more info, contact J.D. Griffiths on ext 3502


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News

Prizes

Let Off Boring

M e r c u r y Communication and Texas Instruments are sponsoring this year's ' Y o u n g Electronic Designer A w a r d s . ' Prizes up to £ 2 5 0 0 can be won.

T h e d r i v e r o f the car that broke the leg o f Stephen D o r m a n d u r i n g a mascotry kidnap attempt last term w i l l not be charged by the police.

U n i v e r s i t y students can w i n up to £ 1 0 0 0 in course sponsorship for designing a device to perform an everyday task. The project w i l l be judged on environmental and social awareness, as well as c o m m e r c i a l viability and usefulness. The entries can be part o f course w o r k and joint entries are also a l l o w e d . Entry forms can be obtained from Y E D A Trust,24 L o n d o n R o a d , West Sussex. T h e c l o s i n g date for entries is 31st D e c e m b er 1992.

Open Book The opening hours o f the L y o n Playfair library could change when the m e r g e r w i t h the S c i e n c e M u s e u m L i b r a r y is complete. Proposals made by M r s M a g d a C z i g a n y , the C o l l e g e l i b r a r i a n , include opening the library at 10.00am, one hour after C o l l e g e opening. T h e C o l l e g e day is due to change from 9.30am - 5.30pm to 9.00am - 6 . 0 0 p m from 1 October this year. T h e student representative on the L i b r a r y committee, M r G F r a n k l i n , is due to research the acceptibility of the proposals amongst the student body. There is due to be another meeting at the start o f February to c ont i nue d i s c u s s i o n s into this matter.

The police were considering p r e s s i n g charges o f ' r e c k l e s s d r i v i n g ' and ' d r i v i n g without due care' against the d r i v e r , w h o received a letter on Saturday stating that 'after consideration' no action w o u l d be taken. The police are believed to have taken into account that M r D o r m a n did not w i s h to see charges pressed, and that other witnesses to the accident gave favourable statements to the police.

A U n i o n disciplinary committee held last week decided that as there was no actual violence as a result o f the i n c i d e n t , and as the ownership o f Theta could not be proved by the R C S U , no action could be taken. F o r this latter reason the 'theft' cannot be reported to the police.

EGM

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There w i l l be an Extraordinary General M e e t i n g ( E G M ) o f the Student U n i o n on Thursday 6th February in the Junior C o m m o n R o o m ( J C R ) at 1.00pm. The deadline for the submission o f motions is Thursday 30th January. The main purpose o f the E G M w i l l be the election o f a R a g chairman.

The M i d l a n d bank are l o o k i n g for four first year students to act as an editorial advisory team o n a new magazine they intend to produce. The w o r k w i l l not be paid. Contact Sophie W o o d f o r d at ' R a s p ' o n 071 376 8494.

Crime Roundup Over 20 thefts have occurred on and around campus since the beginning o f the year. Stolen items include wallets, cash, cheque books and two fax machines. One o f the fax machines was stolen f r o m the Civil Engineering department and the other from the Chemistry b u i l d i n g . O t h e r items stolen f r o m that department include a stereo hi-fi system and a compact disc player. The Sherfield b u i l d i n g has also suffered a spate o f attacks since the start o f the year, w i t h the theft o f

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The ex-members o f the R o y a i C o l l e g e o f Science U n i o n ( R C S U ) w h o removed the R C S U mascot, Theta. last N o v e m b e r in protest against the new mascotry rules w i l l face no disciplinary action, although the incident almost caused a fight in the bar.

a miniature television and the attempted robbery o f an office wall-safe. A visitor to the Science M u s e u m library lost their mountain bike, worth over £ 6 0 0 , w h e n the c y c l e rack to w h i c h it was l o c k e d was stolen. T e r r y B r i l e y , Security Officer, has urged everyone around college to be more vigilant and to ensure that offices are locked when empty as the majority o f the recent thefts were from u n l o c k e d , unattended rooms.

Grub Students and staff at part o f Imperial Heathrow A i r p o r t , concerned about the in their refectory.

The last price rise was implemented at the start o f the new term and is the third increase in three months. College management have received complaints from members o f staff at S i l w o o d , and have noticed that many students are boycotting the refectory. S i l w o o d ' s accommodation and catering manager, M r . Parsons, refused to comment on the recent increases and the affected students have yet to decide whether to take formal action.

Free Access O n l y 288 students at Imperial C o l l e g e have applied for access funds, which contain about £ 2 0 0 , 0 0 0 o f government money allocated to help relieve student financial difficulties. The students who have applied so far may receive £ 7 0 0 each unless more students apply. The C o l l e g e has to allocate all the funds available or face cutbacks in the money available for the fund next year. British and European Community students who have been resident in the British Isles for three years before the start o f their course are normally e l i g i b l e . A p p l i c a t i o n forms and further information can be obtained from the Student Finance Office, room 344 Sherfield. The c l o s i n g date for applications is 8th February.

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The number o f companies attending the ' m i l k r o u n d ' , w h i c h puts many students in contact with employers, has halved in the past two years.

A n article published in N e w Scientist on the 4th February claims that the number o f employers participating in the ' m i l k r o u n d ' at Imperial C o l l e g e has dropped due to excessive charges to participating companies. M r John Simpson, Director o f the Careers A d v i s o r y Service, said that the article had created adverse publicity for potential students, and that the charging policy had been in

place before he became director o f the Careers Service. M r S i m p s o n commented that this year's drop in numbers was much less than other universities were experiencing. H e emphasised the importance o f the ' m i l k round' in p r o v i d i n g jobs to graduates, and said that a change in the p r i c i n g system was being considered.

Zoe H e l l i n g e r , U n i o n President, said that she w o u l d be pressing several points about the operation o f the careers service with M r Simpson in the very near future.

S i l w o o d Park, C o l l e g e near are said to be price increases

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