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Monday 7 March 2011

Student Direct’s Club Guide starting with: The Royal Wedding – where is your invite Comment Page 4 Page 33

Fairtrade Week

Things You’ll Never Hear a Student Say Page 34

Dangerfield breaks voting record Photographs by Alex Eyre

Jonathan Green

The University and Salford Students’ Union are entering their second week of Fairtrade fortnight. In January this year, the University was awarded Fairtrade status and during the coming week are continuing to promote ethically sourced food and goods through a number of special events. Fairtrade covers everything from fruit to clothing. It is about gaining better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. On Tuesday 8 March they will be celebrating Pancake Day, serving up delicious pancakes with Fairtrade toppings from 1 to 2pm in the Chaplaincy. Later in the day there will be a Fairtrade in Salford Celebration event, which will have Harriet Lamb speaking about the Fairtrade Foundation. This is 3pm to 6pm in the Chaplaincy as well. The Students’ Union will also be holding a Fairtrade tea party with a quiz and a chance to win a hamper full of Fairtrade goodies. This will be at 12pm Thursday 9 March in Boardroom 1 in University House. For more information page/FairtradeFortnight2011

New student accommodation plans underway Mark Cockroft A project is underway to design an oncampus accommodation complex with 2000 new student bedrooms at the University of Salford. Student Life and the Students' Union are working together on the consultation project to secure the opinions of our current students regarding proposals for the new accommodation. The first bedrooms are expected to be completed by early 2014. All students were invited to complete a detailed survey about their accommodation preferences, and three focus groups took place this week to discuss the results in more detail. The groups included undergraduate, postgraduate, international and parttime students. Maria Lawton is a mature, part-time Physiotherapy student who lives with her parents in Preston: “I live at home because I don’t want to be in accommodation with fresher’s who are partying every night of the week. I came to the focus group to help provide future students in my position with a suitable place to stay on campus.”

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Caroline Dangerfield and Joe Kirwin as the presidency results were announced

The Vice Presidential candidates wait nervously for the results

The newly appointed Student Council

THE NEW SABBATICAL TEAM FOR 2011/2012 – Sophie Atkinson, Caroline Dangerfield, Tom Doyle and Christina Kennedy Emily Barker


here was not a seat to be found in Bar Yours last Thursday, as students packed inside to await the results of the University of Salford Students’ Union elections and to see who will be leading their Union next year. This year there were over 30 candidates for positions at the Union, including the newly elected Student Council. The night ended with the Presidential elections and the atmosphere was tense as only two candidates awaited their results. Caroline Dangerfield and Joe Kirwin have both worked as vice presidents for the Union; Caroline as a current officer and Joe as a former, so the competition was tough. The final vote came through and Caroline Dangerfield was named President for the Union 2011/2012 with 1,277 votes; beating the record set last year by current President Ricky Chotai for first preference votes. Caroline appeared close to tears as the results were announced, she said “I am just relieved and glad its over, thank you to everyone who helped and supported me through my campaign. It has been great fun, next year there are hard times ahead but we will work really hard to make sure this Union will be the best it can be.” The election for Vice President, which happened earlier in the night, took a shocking twist at 2.40pm on Thursday, as

• Over 2,300 votes were cast in the elections • Caroline Dangerfield received a record number of first preference votes • A current Vice President was disqualified from the elections current sabbatical officer Maros Kravec was disqualified. The Returning Officer from NUS, Emma Green, ruled he had breached the election regulations and in doing so gained an electoral advantage over other candidates; and consequently disqualified him from the contest. Her decision was upheld after an appeal was lodged with the Honorary Returning Officer prior to the count beginning. Maros said; “My disqualification on the last day of the election process was certainly a surprise to me. Due to a misunderstanding of Deputy Returning Officers, I apparently made a mistake which the Returning Officer accepted as enough of a serious reason for a disqualification.” “However, I am very pleased with the results of the elections and I would like to congratulate to all successful candidates.” As a result, all first preference votes for Maros Kravec were passed to any valid second or subsequent preference votes cast for other candidates. This will not affect his current role as Vice President.

This left only eight candidates in the running for Vice President; with only three positions available this year, it was a tight race. The rounds became more exciting as no clear winner emerged. Finally during the fourth round Sophie Atkinson and Christina Kennedy reached the quota of votes required to be elected. Tom Doyle and Jonathan Isaacs awaited the final transfer of votes, resulting in Tom Doyle being announced as the third Vice President for 2011/2012. Students rushed over to congratulate the newly elected officers. Sophie Atkinson praised all the candidates who ran and said “I am amazed, it’s just been a week of working really hard, I’m just so happy but I know next year will be difficult. I have worked with Tom before as a Trustee; I think it will be amazing.” Jonathan Isaacs said “You couldn’t have three better candidates, I am gutted of course but I do believe these three will be great for Salford”. Caroline Dangerfield was embraced by her new team as her Presidency was

announced, she explained “Though next year will be tough, we have an experienced and dedicated team who are going to make sure students are at the heart of everything and are kept in the picture.” The elections also saw the new appointment of Student Council, there were 19 students vying for the 15 positions available. The final list of Council members can be found online at Ricky Chotai explained during his speech that during his year as a vice president, everybody had said that a Student Council wouldn’t work and an election would never be contested. Ricky believed that this election, with 19 candidates proves that it can. The Student Council will scrutinise the work of the Union and the sabbatical officers in the coming year. The students were also asked to approve the Union's 2011-14 Strategic plan. With 968 students voting yes to 158 voting no, the plan was overwhelmingly endorsed. Sophie Atkinson, Jim Dale, Christina Kennedy and Jack Speight were all elected as delegates to represent the Union at the National Union of Students’ annual conference to be held in Gateshead in April. As the night came to a close, Ricky Chotai, current president of the Union said “The new team are fantastic; they have a real strong mandate to lead and take forward the Union in tough times. I want to give credit to everyone who stood though, as they all worked incredibly hard”

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February 7th 2011 / Salford Student Direct

New student accommodation plans underway cont. Castle Irwell: The current University accommodation

07.03.11 News Page 02 News Page 03 Comment Page 04 My invite’s in the post, right? Product Placement has landed Cynic’s Eye

The Review Page 05 Hot or Not Reel Big Fish Miles Kane Live Unknown Film Review

Features Page 06 Why Manchester is the place for me Erasmus Times

Union Page 31 Sabbs Column Contact Your Sabbs

Features Page 32 My University: through the eyes of a mature student

Lifestyle Page 33 Student Direct: Club Guide Fashion To Tip or Not to Tip

Breaktime Page 34 Top Ten Cartoon When I rule the world…

Sport Page 35 Cricket World Cup Salford Women’s Football in ten goal thriller Aresenal Jugdement Time

Sport Page 36 Men’s football

Editorial I have to make a confession; I am writing this editorial before the elections have been announced so I have no idea what happened, so instead of talking about the SU elections – I’ll talk the paper instead. There are only six more editions of Student Direct left to go (time really does fly) and this means that sadly my post is near to an end. However it does mean that one of you lucky students get to take it over for a year!

“Manchester would be a much better place for me to live and work as there is more going on, but I don’t feel the University currently offers an affordable alternative for me. Maybe the health students could have their own building as we all work different shift patterns and would respect each other’s varied timetables.” During each focus group, students were divided into groups to discuss some of the key issues that should be considered when designing

the new accommodation. Affordability, house and flat share sizes, communal living areas and on site facilities were all raised by the students, who worked together to create a list of advantages and disadvantages for each living option. Helen Chapman is the Student Life Planning and Promotion Manager at the University of Salford: “It is really important to understand what our students want, need and can afford in terms of their accommodation to

ensure what is built is suitable and affordable to all students. The survey and focus groups have allowed us to develop and deliver the most positive living environment when the new accommodation project is completed.” The detailed findings of the survey and focus groups will be presented at the Project Board, where the final decision of what will be built will be made. Student Direct will keep you informed of the latest developments as and when they happen.

All the information is on page 3 of this paper and I urge any budding journalists to apply. There isn’t really a job quite like it! On a similar topic, the SU annual awards are coming up and this is your chance to nominate other students for an award. From societies, to sports and even this very paper – if you want some more information head over to Apart from that I hope you have all been enjoying the sunshine and that you all placed your vote (tut tut if you didn’t). If you want to contribute in the final remaining weeks of the paper then don’t hesitate to get in touch – contact me or any of the editors (who you can find at the bottom under contacts). My email is and my number is 0161 351 5432, or if you bump into on campus feel free to say hello (though I may look at you blankly while I try and work out how I know you, that’s part of the fun though). Keep reading, Emily x

Media Collective Nominations open for the SU REMINDER! Annual Awards STA Travel . . . STUDENTS’ UNION ANNUAL AWARDS 2011 Nominations are open for the Students’ Union Annual Awards – this is your chance to nominate those students you think should be recognised for their extra curricular achievements. Anyone involved in student activity groups, student media or student representation could be the recipient of an award and categories range from New Student to Society of the Year. Any student can nominate another student for an award and any student can be nominated for an award. Make sure you give a brief explanation of your reasons for nominating. Go to to find your nomination pack and the list of categories. The winners will be announced at the Students’ Union Annual Awards event on Wednesday 6 April. Keep the date in your diary – this will be the biggest Union night of the year and a great way to celebrate student achievement with friends before the start of exams. For more information contact Tracey Robert on 0161 351 5400 or


We want to know what you think about Student Direct, Salford’s own student newspaper and the Students’ Union website. Is the paper catering for your needs? Are there any big changes you would like to see happen? What would like more of? The Media Collective is for you, the students at Salford, to tell us what you want! The collective will be taking place in Boardroom two in University house at 12pm on Wednesday 9 March. You don’t have to be involved with the paper or the Union to attend, we want students from all over campus from media to nursing; everybody is welcome! Help us make our media as good as it can be. All copies of Student Direct can be found on For more information contact Emily Barker on or 0161 351 5432.

the world’s largest student travel agent, will be coming into the University of Salford on Tuesday 8th March to offer prizes to students with an interactive roulette game. Look out for them on campus during the day, and you will have the opportunity to play for a number of travel prizes. Students can also discuss their next exciting adventure with a STA representative and find out what offers they might be entitled to. The University visit is part of STA’s prize giveaway where a massive prize will be on offer every month for 12 months. The prize could vary from round the world flights to adventure tours and volunteering projects. This month, one lucky person will win 2 flights to Kenya and a 9 day African adventure for two. Entry details can be found at their Facebook page

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Students showcase artwork in Salford Mark Cockroft Hospitality Management students from the University of Salford are organising an art exhibition this month at Islington Mill in Salford. ‘Showcase’ is being run by Sean Lyall, Franco D’elia and Sean Bingham, and is aiming to provide a platform for students to display their work to peers, family and the art community from around the city. The event is being held on Tuesday 29 March at Islington Mill, which is a five minute walk from Adelphi campus, and is scheduled to run from 7pm until midnight. There are still spaces left for students who wish to feature their work in the event. The areas of interest include photography, fashion, film-making, embroidery, painting and sketches. Contact Franco at for further information. One of the students involved in ‘Showcase’ is Chelsea Harris, currently studying Stylist and Fashion Photography in her third year: “I got involved in ‘Showcase’ to promote myself and my work. I saw the opportunity advertised around the Adelphi campus. It is an exciting prospect to be able to show my work in an environment open to the public.”

Your walk to University; on the big screen Amanda Mace

International students at Salford have been given the chance to win an Apple iPad. The competition is hosted by the University’s International Relations Team and to enter, you must create a short film. Your video must document either your daily journey from your accommodation to the University, or your top five favourite places in Salford or Manchester. The challenge is open to all international students at the University, and requires no specialist training or experience! If you wish to borrow equipment from the University, the team may be able to help you, but even the use of a simple camera phone is welcomed. It’s your creativity that matters the most - let your imagination run wild! Do you know an interesting fact about your most loved Mancunian landmark? Have a funny tale about

A complimentary glass of champagne will be provided on arrival and canapés will be served throughout the evening. Sean Bingham is one of the students organising the event: “We want to do something that will benefit other students and not just ourselves. We’ve had a great response from the Student’s Union who have sponsored the event, and we have promised to donate back to them.”

Each entry must be two minutes or less and should be uploaded to the University’s frequently visited International Youtube channel by midnight on Thursday 31 March. A voting period will then follow, so if you enter, be sure to spread the word about your video. Finally, a judging panel consisting of International Recruitment staff will pick one lucky winner from the three most popular films. Wesley Hackett, who along with Rachael Ryan is responsible for marketing and communication for prospective international students, feels that taking part in the competition will have numerous merits. “Apart from winning an iPad, we hope that our international students will benefit by trying something new and creative by making a film, as well as getting out and about in Salford and Manchester to explore aspects of the cities that they may not have experienced.” He went on to say: “The collective nature of the competition also allows sharing of views and thoughts on life in Salford, and the experiences of living life as an international student. As a final bonus, the competition provides an easily accessible platform for students to demonstrate to friends and family back home what their lives overseas are like.”

Tickets for the event are just £5. To purchase, please contact Sean at or by phone on 07723072133.

Make-up artist helps student nurses

your route home? There has never been a better time to share your stories.

Contact or for more information.

Salford Reds bid farewell to stadium

This practical experience combines with the University’s state-of-the-art clinical stimulation ward where students work with computerised mannequins that have a pulse, respiratory movements, arteries and recorded voices. Melanie Stephens of the School of Nursing and Midwifery worked with Davy on the project. She said: “The simulated wounds are extremely life-like and prepare the nursing students for the real-life scenarios they will face by helping them to develop the essential skills and competencies necessary to treat wounds effectively.” Davy Jones said: “It was great to put all the special effects knowledge I’ve learned over the years into practice in a teaching environment. From the student’s reactions to the experience, we seem to have struck the right chord. This course is unique and I know the students will talk about it for a long time.”

In international news, there has been major unrest in Libya where forces are striking out against the current leader, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. Gaddafi has become a topic of satire among many, after his somewhat baffling speeches on the news last week. He has promised to fight to the ‘last man and woman’ and warned that thousand of Libyans would die if Western forces intervened. The UN has suspended Libya from the Human Rights Council citing the violation of human rights as their reason. Forces loyal to Gaddafi have moved into rebel territory in the east and are currently battling for an oil installation in the town of Brega with arms dumps being bombed in nearby Ajdabiya. Thousands of people have fled the country with an estimated 80,000 Libyans fleeing to Tunisia, with more expected. The UN Secretary General has said that he believes about 1,000 people have so far died in the violence engulfing the country. Home Secretary Theresa May has called pay cuts for police officers ‘unavoidable.’ She has been accused of clearly undervaluing the work of officers and the fact that morale would suffer as a result of pay cuts. The government is planning to cut its funding for the police by 20% by 2015. Mrs May's speech comes ahead of the publication of a review of police wages and conditions next week. The review will consider cuts to overtime payments, and housing and travel allowances, and will also suggest changes to shift patterns, and procedures for retirement and redundancy.

Kevin Commons. The hearing in Workington is expected to last up to six weeks. According to government figures, crime in Manchester rose by more than 13% in just one month. Greater Manchester is home to the most burgled street in Britain, Greenacres Road in Oldham, which had 27 burglaries in January, nearly one every day. The figures were released on national crime maps, launched by the Home Office last month, which allow residents to see crime levels on their street. A new website has been launched to celebrate the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. The official Royal Wedding website will be regularly updated with pictures of the couple, videos and links to information as well as being the first place for people to find information on Miss Middleton’s wedding dress. The website may even feature a live web stream broadcast of the wedding itself. It comes two months before the big day itself, for which some 1,900 guests have been invited, including David and Victoria Beckham, Elton John and 200 members of government.

Derrick Bird, the gunman who committed suicide after killing 12 people, was apparently ‘paranoid’ and ‘suicidal’ in the days leading up the shooting. Bird’s best friend, Neil Jacques told an inquest that Bird was petrified that he would be sent to jail for tax evasion and was convinced that his brother David, who he killed, was plotting against him with his solicitor


An award-winning make-up artist is recreating wounds for Salford nurses to treat.

The life-like wounds such as incisions, lacerations and abrasions enable students to build upon their knowledge and gain skills and confidence in treating patients.



Nicole McCarthy

Davy Jones has won an Emmy, a BAFTA and a Royal Television Society award for his make-up and prosthetics on films including Blade 2, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers and Doctor Who.


EDITOR Mark Cockroft

Students and staff at the University of Salford are being offered the chance to watch Super League Rugby for free as the Salford City Reds bid a fond farewell to their home stadium. The Reds are celebrating their final season at The Willows, which has been their home for 110 years. Next season, a new £26m purpose-built stadium will provide a match day experience that meets the expectations of a 21st century family audience. The club hopes to generate an increase in revenue that will provide funds to invest in the team and fulfil their aim of returning Salford to the very top of Super League within five years. To mark the occasion, the University has been invited to go along to a game at The Willows to help the Reds say goodbye to the stadium that has been home for more than a century. The University has been a partner

of the Reds for a long period of time, with the team’s training base located at our Castle Irwell campus. The first team squad make extensive use of the pitches as well as other facilities including the Tom Husband Leisure Centre. The club want to give something back to the staff and students as a thank you for the fantastic support the club has received. Each student and staff member is entitled to go to one free game this season. All you need to do is apply online for a Stadium Access Card. The games kick off at 8pm and you can expect to see an evening of exciting, high impact collision sport played in front of a family audience who create an electric atmosphere that you all can add to. Pre-match entertainment is provided by Manchester’s Rock Radio, and The Willows Fans Bar is open inside the stadium before and after the game for everyone to wet their whistle. For more information, and to apply for your free Stadium Access Card, go to

c. £16,000 pro rata Fixed term contract August 2011 to June 2012 The Students’ Union is looking for a current Salford student to be the editor of the Salford edition of Student Direct next year. Student Direct is both the weekly voice of the Students’ Union and an opportunity for students to create, write and edit their own weekly newspaper. If you’re a final year or postgraduate student looking for a year’s work experience in journalism, or a first or second year student looking for a placement position, we’d like to hear from you. Applicants should either have a track record of contributing to Student Direct, or should be studying a journalismrelated course and be able to supply evidence of relevant work experience. You will need to be self motivated and flexible in your approach to undertaking the role. In addition you will possess excellent time management skills and will be highly organised in managing your work.

The post will start on Monday 22 August 2011 and run through to the 1 June 2012. If you feel you are up to the challenge, application forms and further details are available at: or from Helen Burke, University of Salford Students’ Union, University House, The Crescent, Salford M5 4WT, or telephone 0161 351 5400, email Please note that CVs will not be accepted as applications for this role. Closing Date for Applications: Monday 4 April 2011.

04: Comment

March 7th 2011 / Salford Student Direct

Comment A Cynic’s Eye View

Yeah, my invite’s in the post, right? Callum Wright

In preparation for the upcoming royal marriage of His Royal Highness, Prince William of Wales, KG to Miss Catherine Middleton, last week saw approximately 1,900 invites sent out for guests to attend to the happy couple on April 29 at Westminster Abbey. Of which, a lucky 650 will be further invited to attend the reception at the palace, and 300 of them will be invited to dine privately with the newlyweds in the evening. Huzzah! But who really cares? Aside from the monarchists, of course. Oh, and the tourists. But who cares about them? In fact, who cares about any of them? I’m an island. A one man island. Numéro Uno. That’s who I care about… In truth, I think we should all

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care, even if just a little bit. What we’re about to experience this year is something to go down in history books our children and grandchildren will read and write about, and if not them, most certainly their children and grandchildren. This isn’t a normal marriage between two peers of the realm. This is the marriage of a future King of England who is more accessible than any of his ancestors, to a woman who is just as accessible and everyday as if you were to walk through Selfridge’s. If the idea of being able to say ‘I watched their marriage take place’ to the future generations of your family as you hand out our generations’ version of Werther’s Originals isn’t enough for you, let’s look at some other reasons why I think you should, or indeed truly do care. Evidently, there’s the extra day off over the weekend. Who doesn’t like an extra day off to go plan DIY projects, or skip reading material for university, or go shopping, partying, drinking in a cold and dark room… Sit back down if you just said that you don’t, because evidently you’re a liar. Memorabilia. I’m not just talking about the stuff spouting out congratulations, or with greyed photos of the happy couple beneath a poorly overlayed Union Jack. Because people ‘don’t care’ so very much, there’s a plethora of satirical memorabilia to tuck into! Take, for instance, the plates released by KK Outlet, which lists among everyday items on ‘Kate’s Wedding List’, a tiara, and the peerage of Oxfordshire. I suppose, I’m beating around my point at the moment. I’m

Laura Johnson Comment Editor

Prince William and Kate Middleton to watch or not to watch, that is the question? trying to say that, those that don’t care have unconsciously cared enough to consciously decide to not care. And beneath this ‘apathy’ you’ll actually find an almost Fawkes-esque backlog of sentiments. It’s not that you don’t care about Wills and Kate, you’ll wish them a happy marriage as you would any couple, whether you know them personally or not. You’re just unhappy with the coverage and the system in general, and that’s what you’re trying to give the cold shoulder to. Why is their marriage given such significance over your cousin Rachel’s, when she’s been planning her wedding on that date for almost a year now? What use is the monarchy in our democratic society other than for spending oh so very lavishly

(imagine the cost of those 1,900 invitations)? Whether you like it or not, the society in which we live with a royal family has combined with Hollywood culture. We don’t afford royals the same awe as our forefathers did; we do, however, afford them ‘celebrity’ status, and it’s because of this that they are given such significance when they commemorate these everyday rituals and ceremonies. Let Wills and Kate have their day. Don’t spoil it for them because you hate the system and the media spin. They can’t help what society burdens them with. Save your grudge for after their big day. Besides, what’s the use in spending your free day off moaning? Save it for the following working week.

This week, New Zealand was struck by a deadly earthquake that killed over 100 people and left many others missing. Now, just before I launch into my usual tirade, I’d just like to say that the families of those affected in New Zealand have my utmost sympathy, and I’m not intending to cause any offence by the cynicism that is about to ensue. My issue is, surprisingly (or not) with the way that the disaster was covered in the British media. Perhaps it’s because New Zealand is an English-speaking excolony, and a Commonwealth cousin, and a fully functioning liberal democracy, but the devastation wreaked by the earthquake seemed to receive a markedly different coverage in the media than the earthquake in Haiti did, or, perhaps, the floods in Pakistan. This seemed particularly disproportionate in light of the fact that considerably more people died, were injured or made homeless by the latter than by the former. When dealing with Pakistan and Haiti, the media seemed to regard those countries as shattered nations on the brink of falling apart; when dealing with New Zealand, the comparatively small death toll was repeatedly emphasised, along with an image of a community pulling together to help rebuild – as though that same community spirit had not been present in Pakistan and Haiti. Sometimes I despair at the stereotypes which the media nurtures.

Product Placement Has Landed breaks will secrete through the television shows we watch, thus bombarding us with more and more useless commodities which we, the poor, unsuspecting audience will aspire to consume, simply because the glamour gang on the box are doing so. The whole idea may seem ludicrous at first and may not be as heavy as suggested, we will just have to wait and see.

American Idol stars drink from Coca-cola cups onscreen and it looks like we’re going to follow.

Anthony John Rodden

Product placement has finally hit our screens so prepare to see your

favourite television personalities drinking bottles of Coca-Cola in full view of the audience. ‘This Morning’ has been the first television show to implement product

placement, by making a £100,000 three month deal with Nescafé when Ofcom removed the ban of advertising products within television shows. So what are we to expect from the future? Well products which are usually advertised in commercial

The idea of companies paying considerable amounts of money in order to get their products noticed by us, the public seems awfully American, considering companies have paid millions of dollars every year in order to raise awareness of their products within American television shows and films. It also implies that we are a passive audience

and so we will buy anything so long as it’s useless and consumed by a figure we all know and love. So we should prepare (not that it will be that shocking) to see say, Roy Cropper using Hovis bread in his Café, with a wide selection of Oasis, Fanta, Sprite etc, which are all owned by Coca-Cola (small world isn’t it) Luckily however, product placement will not be seen in children’s TV shows, which of course are targeted towards a particular audience who get over excited over the latest toy on an advert, let alone on ‘The Teletubbies’ (am I behind the times?) Imagine, Tubby toast with a brand attached to it, or perhaps Noo-Noo with ‘Dyson’ written across its side.

News programmes will also be exempt from such advertising which again is a relief due to the nature and responsibility that the News has towards its audience. The positive implication of this form of advertising is that programmes will get more funding for television shows, which is always good news (so long as they aren’t utterly pretentious) Perhaps this is a fantastic idea, so long as the products are not thrown in our faces at every available moment. The issue is that we will succumb to this idea of the Americanisation which could generate impossible aspirations for those who cannot afford such products due to their own personal situations, but hey, we are not a passive audience are we?

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Salford Student Direct / March 7th 2011

the RE-ViEW Hot or Not Tom Miller

live RE-ViEW

HOT LYKKE LI – WOUNDED RHYMES – Basically the best album to be released by a female artist this year so far. There’s so much soul on the record, with a bit of garage rock and folky stuff, whilst getting the “pop” thing down to a tee. Buy/download this. JESSIE J – WHO YOU ARE – Basically the second best album to be released by a female artist this year so far. She’s written for everyone, and this album was sort of always going to be huge, but it is good. And “Do It Like A Dude” is growing on me. There, I said it. DOES IT OFFEND YOU, YEAH? – THE MONKEYS ARE COMING – It’s just ridiculous! The dancepunksters of DIOYY are back with one hell of a tune. It’s got everything you need, crunching bass, epic synth lines and dirty drum beats. The album is gonna be huge. KITSUNE – KITSUNE PARISIEN – So damn French, so damn cool. The label’s new release mixes the old with the new artists, and this could only be done by those people with the stripey jumpers and the berets, really. THOSE DANCING DAYS – DAYDREAMS AND NIGHTMARES – It’s not bad, and there aren’t enough girl bands out there. In a totally male dominated record industry, it’s sort of a shame there aren’t more bands like these ladies around. Just drop the 80’s synths.

NOT NOAH AND THE WHALE – L.I.FE.G.O.E.S.O.N. – After their last album, it’s such a shame they’ve gone down this route. In the same way that it’s a brilliant pop song, you can’t help but feel if they went down the concept album route more we’d have a fantastic album oriented pop band on our hands. DROPKICK MURPHYS – GOING OUT IN STYLE – If only they were. They’re good at what they do; just what they do isn’t very good. Still, they’re lefties and are supporting the Wisconsin unions. So that’s something. BEADY EYE – DIFFERENT GEAR, STILL SPEEDING – About as pleasing as finding out your dog is going to die.

Sara Joyce

Tuesday the 22 February saw the long awaited return of ‘Reel Big Fish’ at 53 Degrees in Preston. And oh what a show! Three supporting acts started the night off with a bang; New Riot performed a few tracks although the atmosphere was a little hard to break as they began their set quite early in the night and at this point the audience was scarce. As the crowds began to gather, The Skins appeared, a London based Reggae band with an interesting

contemporary twist. The lead singer was on lead guitar, with a female vocalist centred with an eclectic mix of wind and brass instruments; she really stole the stage with talent. Next came the crème de le crème of support acts; Suburban Legends....all the way from Orange County, they were incredible; a six piece band with lead and bass guitar, drums, lead singer and an amazing brass duo on trumpet and trombone. If Scissor Sisters and Orson came together to play Ska, Suburban Legends would be the outcome. The stage presence of the vocalist was out of this world, he really got the crowd warmed up

film RE-ViEW

Unknown Danielle Wynne

Certificate: 15 Release date: 4th March 2011 Director: Jaume Collet-Serra Starring: Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger Dr. Martain Harris (Neeson) awakes from a coma after a car accident and discovers that no one knows who he is, not even his own wife (Kruger). Lost in Berlin, he struggles through the impossible task of reclaiming his identity.

Neeson picks up pretty much where ‘Taken’ (2008) left off, his typecast role as the manly protector makes it a very obvious action film and it is easy to let the many chase scenes wash over you. But there are some quite clever layers that make up for this; the conclusion of the story is unexpected and twists directly away from the tender exploration of marriage that is comfortably expected. The opening scenes in gloomy Berlin are incredibly tense and the panic both husband and wife feel as they are separated is conveyed excellently. If you’re looking for an easy watch with a lot of explosions and car chases, but with an intelligent twist, then Unknown is a good choice.

and screaming for more. The brass duo had some rib tickling choreography going on behind the lead singer, a truly amazing act with an extraordinary edge.

to begin with but it was soon forgotten as the group got into the swing of things. For what appears to be a group of middle age men, they certainly still have their mojo.

As Suburban Legends left the stage, the theme tune to Superman came through the speakers and the room shook as people began stamping their feet, jumping and rocking round the floor; the lights went down and sure enough Reel Big Fish came onto the stage opening with ‘Sell Out’ – it was electric.

Their fashion sense left a lot to be desired but again, that brass/electric rhythm worked brilliantly and the crowd was soon drifting back to the good old 90’s and that underground Ska Punk sound.

It took a while for the sound engineer to perfect the show, the vocals were drowned by the band

Aaron Barrett, lead singer and only remaining founding member kept the crowd entertained with the odd play on words and half a dozen takes of Suburban Rhythm in styles from country to metal. It was a laugh and soon saw the beginnings

of a huge ‘crowd surfing’ wave which stole the show for a short time while security were attempting to drag them into the stage gutter before being swept onto the stage. They performed many hits including She’s Got a Girlfriend, Trendy and Brown Eyed Girl. Beer took them into the finale with crowds screaming for more and so they returned from the rafters with yep you guessed it... Take On Me! A real feel good gig and the pleasant surprise of entertainment from the supporting acts gave it overall great value for money at £14 a head.

Miles Kane: LIVE James Bell

Awaiting the optimistic sound of debut solo album ‘Colour of The Trap’, a sold out Manchester Deaf Institute buzzed as Miles Kane bounced on stage armed with an 11 piece set which would raise the roof within the hour. With an April release approaching, it was time for Kane to prove to die hard indie fans that he is not just best mate and sidekick to Alex Turner, but a musician with something promising to prove. Following five piece, Scouse band: Sound of Guns, who were already successful in unleashing a can of contagious lad energy into the 200 capacity venue, Miles Kane and his new band opened with a crowd pleasing ‘Come Closer’ highlighting the George Harrison-esque tone of Kane’s vocals accompanied with a similarly impressive anthemic chorus. This was soon preceded by 60’s reminiscent slower tunes: ‘Telepathy’ and ‘My Fantasy’, the latter of which contains backing vocals from Oasis legend, Noel Gallagher on the unreleased album. ‘Quicksand’ was the next track to show any potential success for Kane’s solo career as fans soon cheered along to the cheery, pop-fitting melody despite having only briefly been introduced to it that evening. Now half way through the set, Kane uttered grateful applause to the audience in between sips of his beer:

“Nice one Manchester for singing along with these songs you don’t know yet, means a lot to me that you’re here. Thank you.” Having embraced the basic contents of Miles Kane’s forthcoming album, it was now the added pleasure of Beatles hit ‘Hey Bulldog’ which had the crowd roaring as the ascending piano riff set the entire room on fire before a massive finale of his debut single ‘Inhaler’. Set List- Come Closer, Telepathy, My Fantasy, King Crawler, Take the Night, Quicksand, Rearrange, Counting Down, Hey Bulldog, Invisible, Inhaler. ‘Colour of The Trap’ is due to be released on 25 April on Columbia Records. For more information go to


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Features Coming of Age brings a new meaning to Growing Old Gracefully Sara Joyce

The Great North Museum: Hancock in Newcastle is currently hosting the coming of Age exhibition; part of a nationwide campaign aimed at challenging negative perceptions of ageing by fusing the art & science of ageing together. Many people in society are openly guilty of acting fearful of age and ageing. It is certainly a taboo subject. Years of dedicated research into technology, creating a spectacular revolution

of ‘must have’ gadgets, yet we cannot comprehend the end of life and prospect of ageing. Unbeknown to man, the average age of life expectancy has in fact significantly increased over the last 200 years, predominantly since the 1980’s. Previous demographic forecasts showed an imminent ceiling to life expectancy; however these earlier predictions are increasingly being shattered by current findings. Lucy Jenkins, curator of the exhibition, looks at challenges, opportunities and responsibilities it brings to a new older generation.

Erasmus Times Seeing dreams, doing yesterday Anne Salomaki ageing than in this striking way. It’s clear in the message it conveys yet the artwork is incredibly thought provoking. The exhibition is a collaboration between scientists at Newcastle University’s institute of ageing and health and artists, Andrew Carnie, Annie Cattrell and Jennie Pedley.

The ‘Changing Age’ campaign hopes to encourage ‘greater recognition of the positive contribution older people make to society’. Of course, traditionally, people pass on in order to make way for new life and we know that life expectancy hasn’t always been so high, but when you consider the already increasing pressure on our economy, particularly the NHS; one of the greatest necessities for an ageing population, how will society cope with this great increase in older people?

Each visual piece has a small story attached to it; usually of hope and triumph. The models signify the importance of having a network of friends and support to maintain a happy life and this is also the general consensus for their longevity. It is easy to walk away having left a part of yourself but bearing a piece of the magic within the exhibition, leaving you inspired to take care of yourself and others in the hope that you prolong life, happily in good health.

Well, this exhibition explores the rationale of the ageing process in a superb visual way. Often art is the greatest medium for education, so how better to educate people and promote

Art does have a wonderful way of revealing a subject to create many different interpretations and perspectives. This exhibition is most definitely a good example of a variety of mediums used to portray a subject in a way that continues to ‘filter through our consciousness long after the initial viewing’. The Coming of Age exhibition is running throughout February and March 2011, entrance is free and programmes are £8. It is a must for anyone with a keen interest in art and photography as well as creating a dynamic approach to our inevitable ageing population and perceptions of the older generation.

Gemma Blackman

I speak the Queen’s English, order saveloy sausages at the chip shop and used to consider anything North of London as “The North”. Yes, I am a Southerner.

And yet, I have found have found my true home right here in Manchester. Every time I return to Manchester, I long for the looming Beetham Tower- it is my symbol to tell me I am finally home and I could not live without it. I had never been much of a city girl. Sure, I visited London regularly and would not consider myself a tourist when I went there, but in all honesty, I had always been a small town or village girl. I loved the quaintness of village life; everyone knowing who you are, discussing the new neighbours in the village store and organising the village fete every July.

So, when I chose to come to uni up North I guess I didn’t really know what I was letting myself in for. My first visit to the university I went round the Trafford Centre and thought it was so glamorous. But I thought that was the extent of Manchester. How little did I know! Thankfully in my student house in first year I had a couple of people from Manchester, and other areas of the North, that knew the city and they soon enlightened me. Even now I would never claim to know every part of Manchester, and I doubt I ever will. But I have found my home

here, in the shops of Market Street, the bars of the Northern Quarter, the clubs of Oxford Road and Princess Street and the vision of The Hilton. When I return to the South and visit London I long for the smile from a stranger, the charity workers pestering you as you flit between H&M and Selfridges, even the cold, wet weather of Manchester. There is a Southern stereotype that we are rich, unfriendly, snobs. I met with this stereotype when I first came here, everyone expecting me to be aloof as soon as they heard me speak. But I honestly think I am more North (except in voice) than some of the

Let’s pretend you’re in Starbucks with a new friend (I know this may not be the most interesting imaginary play ever, but bear with me). Your mum calls you. “Where are you?” she asks, in your own language. If your mum always gets overly excited about your potential future spouses, you might not want to tell her that you’re having a latte and a scone with a friend of opposite sex (unless you’re gay, then it goes the other way around. Requiring that your mom is not only easily excited, but also knows you’re gay). If you’re French or Spanish, you can only lie. Amigo and amiga, ami and amie – they’re different things. In English you can get away with all this by only referring to “a friend” instead of him or her. In Finnish you don’t need to bother to even think about it: you refer to everyone and everything as “it” anyway. “Hi mom, I’m having coffee with someone, it’s a friend from the university.” Might not sound respectful, but yes, it’s convenient. Language shapes the ways we think, whether we want it to or not. One of the hardest things in learning a new language is managing to reshape your thinking.

Yorkshire men and Mancunians I have met. I love the strangers that offer to help if you drop your shopping everywhere, the little old lady that smiles at you as you walk past, and the shop keepers that call everyone love. The stereotype comes from London, where life is very rushed, there is no time for common courtesy let alone a brief smile on the Tube that could be misread. Most Southerners are not like that, but it’s hard for the stereotype to be dispersed because I am one lone kind-hearted Southerner in a sea of Northerners. My only give away of my

Are you buying something in a shop, at a shop, from a shop? Are crying over, about, of, on? Before exams; English speakers study and rehearse; my German speaking friends spend time “learning”, whereas I was “reading”. I “see” dreams, when English speakers “have” dreams. My friend from Hong Kong was having a hard time using different time tenses: for him there was only the present tense, and if something happened yesterday, he said “It happens yesterday”. I think that’s so simple that it’s genius. My depressed nation doesn’t have a future tense, so for me it’s completely normal to say “I do it tomorrow”. We foreigners might sound funny with our made-up structures and especially with our directly translated idiomatic expressions. And sometimes not only funny; occasionally others don’t have a clue what we mean. But that’s the beauty of it. The logic is there, but without knowing the language it’s quite impossible to see it. You might not learn the language, but you get a glimpse of how it works. And it’s learning, after all: learning new ways of thinking. They might seem insignificant, but they help us communicate, understand and get along. And laugh WITH each other rather than AT each other.

Southern roots is my voice. I was fortunate enough to befriend another Southerner in my first year and she has kept me from completely changing my dialect but the odd word slips in- I say dance instead of daRnce, bath instead of baRth but other than that, I still say “I am going to the shops” and still refuse to try chips and gravy (gravy is for roast dinners and that is that!). But overall, give me Beetham Tower over 20 St Mary Axe any day, The Trafford Centre over Bluewater and The Ritz over Liquid and Envy. Home is where the heart is and mine is right here in Manchester, and always will be.


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essence and in order to guarantee booking a coach we need to know as soon as possible how many people want to come down and march with us. Please, if you are interested in coming on the march then fill in the form by going to the following web address As always you can check out more information at Also this week is the second week of Fairtrade fortnight. The University and Students’ Union has recently received Fairtrade status and we continue to improve our Fairtrade provision. If you would like to help us celebrate the University’s new Fairtrade status then join us at our Fairtrade tea party in Boardroom 1 at Univeristy House on Thursday from 12 o’clock. There will be lots of Fairtrde goodies for you as well as a Fairtrade Quiz with the winner taking home a lovely Fairtrade hamper. I hope to see you there. Well I hope the week goes well for you and that it is as sunny as last week and I’m sure I’ll see you out and about.

Well the Students’ Union Elections are over, but life still goes on. I must point out at the time of writing this I still don’t know who has won yet! There is still four months to go until the new team come in place, and there is a lot to be done in those four months. In this time the University will decide at what level it wants to set it tuition fees at from September 2012 and the Students’ Union has an important role to work with and influence the University to make sure that the outcomes is as good for students as it possibly could be. Meanwhile the fight against the Government’s Cuts still goes on and

Boardroom 2 in University House, 12pm Wednesday 9 March: The Salford Social The Venue, 10pm onwards £2 for tickets when bought in advance Thursday 10 March: Fairtrade tea party with a quiz and a chance to win a fairtrade hamper Boardroom 1in University House, 12pm Thursday 10 March: Quiz Bar Yours, 7pm

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in Manchester. Don’t worry - nothing else has changed: it is still every Wednesday from 10pm and will play everything including chart, 80’s, 90's, dubstep, disco, 60’s , with a bit of indie thrown in for good measure. One thing is for sure, this isn’t like any other night at the club!

Contact Your Sabbs: Ricky Chotai:

Maros Kravec:


Vice President Business, Law and Languages.

Jim Dale:

Caroline Dangerfield:

Vice President Science and Technology.

Vice President Health and Social Care.

Wednesday 9 March: Media Collective. Tell us what you think of Student Direct and the website.

the Venue

Just like for the national demo in November we will be organising the trip down to London and back to take part in this action, but time is of the

Vice President Arts and Humanities.

Tuesday 8 March: Comedy Night Bar Yours, 7pm

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once again there are important events going on that you can get involved with. The biggest and most important is another march in London on 26 March. This one will be bigger than any other before and will see Students’ Unions joining other Unions and collectives from up and down the country. It is quite a vital time to take action to show the Government that there is a mass of people is this country who really need to be listened to.

Christabel Brown:


Tickets are just £2 in advance from General Office and Bar Yours in University House, and the Students' Union shops in Horlock Court, the Allerton and Adelphi Buildings Most drinks only £1. Keep checking the website and Student Direct to find out special themed nights at the Salford Social. Come to Bar Yours beforehand from 7pm for pre drinks and head down to the Venue after for Salford’s only student night out!


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My University:

Book Review

through the eyes of a mature student Sara Joyce

I’m a first year undergraduate BSc (Hons) adult nursing student. I have just celebrated my seventh Wedding anniversary and have two beautiful boys. My personal experiences inspired me to go into nursing. I grew up caring for my father who was diabetic and then sadly he was diagnosed with kidney failure before he passed away in 1995. I was 12. My mum is deaf and has osteoporosis and other arthritic problems. It was a very difficult time and I was in and out of foster care a lot due to my mum’s ill health. Life wasn’t easy and I left school with no qualifications because I missed so much schooling being in care. However difficult life was; it’s made me who I am today. I had and still have many interests. Art and Music are my greatest passions in life. I’ve been painting since I can remember and had work exhibited in various museums and galleries, while being part of an art society on the Fylde Coast. I taught myself to play the piano in school and last year started learning the guitar. When I’m not playing instruments or painting, I’m singing! I absolutely love going down to my local open mic night and listening to everyone before getting up and bellowing out Alanis Morrisette or Liza Minnelli! I’ve always felt comfortable on the stage. I still get nervous but it’s an amazing feeling when I capture everyone’s attention with my voice...

I don’t know whether life threw me into so much or I naturally love being involved with so much but I often get told to calm my life down and not take so much on. I couldn’t imagine my life with any less to be honest. I went back to college and got my GCSE’s along with an NCFE in Legal and Criminal Psychology and Certificate in Higher Education in Criminology. Since then I qualified as a Reflexologist and perform treatments in my spare time. Before coming to university I ran my own business; a bookshop and tearooms. It was jointly run with my husband Darren, we used to do many things to raise awareness and money for children’s charities, particularly Ronald McDonald Children’s Charity, helping parents of sick children be closer to their loved ones. This derived from the sad loss of our daughter in 2004. Prior to this I was a support worker and volunteered as a mentor and advocate for the Youth Offending Team and Children’s Rights Service. Choosing to come to university at any point in life is difficult, but as a mature student with two young children it can be quite scary. I obviously have a house to run, many many bills to pay as well as childcare to pay for, a car to run and school uniforms, not forgetting new shoes every other month! The support that is available is incredible. The university really stick their neck out to help with matters from finances to counselling and brushing up on academic skills. Yes you are an adult learner and in many ways it’s up to me to seek help and support, but having said that, if you make lecturers and staff aware of your difficulties you will not be left to carry the burden alone. The university becomes a second home, so I find myself using the time to interact with many activities and people across many departments. There have been many barriers over the years, and as well as everything I've already mentioned, I was diagnosed with Epilepsy in 2006. Nobody knows why, but it has been suggested that it could be a side effect of stress and everything I’d been through. It was very difficult t o

accept but now it's just another part of me that drives me forward even further. The occupational health in Peel building are really understanding and reassured me that it wouldn’t hinder my practice placements and they are a great form of support if I ever worry about being discriminated against (which thankfully hasn’t happened yet) or have any difficulties with my illness. As well as them, University House offer an array of services to help students in different ways and have a fantastic support network for mature students like myself. The Access to Learning Fund is a God send; helping me to get through those difficult times and pay for unexpected school trips and uniforms. I’m part way through the Salford Student Life Award and thanks to them I’ve completed several study skills workshops and I’m volunteering with research as part of Salford University’s College of Health and Social Care. I’ve thrown myself into life here at Salford, because I know how short and precious life is. I also want others to be more aware of all the exciting things you can get involved in and the incredible sense of satisfaction and achievement when you can make things happen.... it’s also a way of showing my own children opportunities that I didn’t necessarily have when I was young, and as they grow, I’m still learning myself so I push the boundaries of life to guide and help them explore too. And it’s never just about my own children or family, I often feel like it’s a calling in life to help others open their eyes to life and everything in it. We simply don’t take enough time to sit back and reflect, and despite my colourful and complex lifestyle I do step back from time to time and look at life and others passing by. I’m fascinated by nature and our planet, and enjoy thinking about life 100 years ago and I am often amazed at how life has evolved so enormously in such a short space of time. If I wasn’t doing nursing, I’d do history, politics and philosophy! Who knows, maybe I will one day! But I certainly know that if it wasn’t for the overwhelming support here at Salford, I simply wouldn’t be able to pursue my aspirations of becoming a nurse. If I had any advice, I would say; “don’t waste time, respect life and life will respect you, look beyond what you see and don’t be afraid to learn or try anything new!”

Revelation or Devastation? Kirsty Durbin

This widely anticipated first in the Sanctus trilogy is being called the biggest thriller of the year, and by God does it deliver! Simon Toyne’s debut novel is set in the historical Turkish city of Ruin, and centres around an ominous and secretive citadel

at its heart on the cusp of an apocalyptic debacle. From the word go, Toyne grabs us by our metaphorical hands and shouts ‘Run!’ as the walls of religious certainty crash down around us. Dare I say, more inventive and compelling than ‘The Da Vinci Code,’ by the time you reach the end, you’ll be thinking that Dan Brown must of walked up to the boundaries and set up camp, waving at Simon Toyne as he whizzed past on his portable trail bike. I challenge you to try and put this book down. Sanctus – Simon Toyne. Out 31/03/11

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To Tip or Not To Tip? Kirsty Durbin

Tipping can be a social etiquette minefield. How do we know when and when not to tip? When is it included in the bill? And what does a service charge actually mean? Technically in Britain it’s completely down to you whether you tip or not, whether it be servers, bar staff, pizza delivery or your local hairdresser. If you feel like you’ve received awesome service and want to show some appreciation, then go for it. Some places include a service charge on the bill but obviously if you feel this undeserved then you can request it to be removed. For those of you who have never worked in a bar or restaurant or have never watched ‘The Bartender Hates You’ on You Tube (seriously! – take a look) here is a short but comprehensive guide to what not to do and why you should tip.

Money Makes the World Go Around In most places the tips go directly to the staff and not into a pay-packet, which means cash in pockets. People are far more likely to spend money if it’s burning a hole in their wallet and so the money goes back into the economy faster. This means we all keep each other in a job. Hurray!

Bar and Bar Alike It’s likely that the staff in bars and restaurants know each other from one bar to the next, this is especially true in the cities. People working in the service industry have

everlasting respect and sympathy for one another and you’ll find that if you piss off staff in a restaurant on Deansgate, a bar in the Northern Quarter may find they are ‘full’ when you show up at their door.

Heebie Jeebie Freebie Occasionally you might get a freebie, whether this be half a pint of Becks or a slice of garlic bread with cheese. You can guarantee that unless you’re being compensated for something this is a genuine friendly gesture from someone having a pleasant day and trying to spread the joy. Remember not to over tip in this instance as it sort of defies the point and means you’ll be effectively paying for it anyway…

You’re Barred! Remember that a bartender doesn’t necessarily have to serve you. If you are rude or too drunk then a bartender or server can refuse you service whether they are a senior member of staff or not. So no finger clicking, don’t swear at the staff and wait you’re turn, after all you don’t see people in Topshop screaming at staff and demanding T-shirts so why should you see it in bars? So whether you chuck a few coins on a plate in exchange for some questionable yellow sweets, stealthily shake a fiver into you’re bartender’s hand or simply pay for what you’ve had and save you’re pennies. Remember that there really aren’t any clear rules on tipping in Britain…sometimes you could leave a server looking disgruntled with a five pound note and other times you could make a bartender grin after a hearty thankyou…Just.No.Clicking!

Spring Fashion Natalie Bowyer

One exciting garment of this year’s must-have wardrobe is dungarees. Yes, dungarees are back! The comfy, denim, all-inones that were popular in the 90s are making a comeback. Top stylists suggest that in order to make dungarees work this season, they should be teamed with killer heels and huge earrings but, undoubtedly, they would be perfect to throw on before a nine o’clock lecture! Another must-have this spring is cat-eye sunglasses which are finally making their comeback since the 50s and 60s. These attractive, eye-protecting, movie star glasses are going to be huge this season. Cat-eye sunglasses are a retro wardrobe essential and come in all colours, shapes and sizes. This season, cat-eye sunnies with sparkling gems, glitter and rhinestones along the outer edges will be available for us to buy from our favourite stores.



Conor Magee and Mark Magill

Since its establishment in 1994 Sankeys has continued to make people party with an atmosphere that other clubs could only dream off. Located on Radium Street, Sankeys is slightly off the beaten track in a maze of warehouses just out of the centre of Manchester which sets the scene perfectly. There is an extremely welcoming and friendly vibe in the club, with a low ceiling and a large visual screen behind the DJ, which really adds to the intensity of the night. Laurent Garnier, one of the many big talents to play at Sankeys, emailed personally to gush about how his recent Sankeys gig sat in the top five of his career - a sentiment echoed by The Chemical Brothers after Bugged Out!'s 15th birthday at Sankeys. Club manger Duncan Vincent stated "The venue would be nothing if the crowd was s*** and in Manchester we've got the best you could have. In a lot of cities, you go to a club and noone knows each other and you can really feel that. But it's like a village community at Sankeys - most people kind of know each but anyone's welcome." Rather than a faceless corporate entity, Vincent's Sankeys is a club in the truest sense of the word, a rite of passage for anyone who has clubbed in this city. However it's taken more than wildly hedonistic crowds and bottomless passion to get Sankeys recognised as a true worldbeater. Its attention to detail is intrinsic to everything it now represents, with the crystal-clear Phazon system, Disco Panel LED lights, outdoor cinema, Amnesia-style Megatron nitrogen cannons (the only of their kind in the UK) and queueeradicating barcode entry system, all making for unique, innovative touches that make it more than just your standard Saturday night out.

MUST-HAVES 2011 Spring is just around the corner and, as we gear ourselves up for a season of warm weather, Easter eggs, and exam revision, we should take a moment to immerse ourselves in the forthcoming season’s biggest trends.

Student Direct’s Club guide

We watched their popularity soar in 2010 and this year will be no different – clogs are back. Clogs are the latest runway trend and are an essential item for your spring 2011 wardrobe. They look great with a pair of jeans and a blouse top, or with a pair of leggings and a tunic top for everyday occasions. Also, if teamed with a stunning miniskirt or dress, clogs would look fabulous for a night out! Spring 2011 will also see the increasing popularity of the adorable watch necklace locket. This accessory trend is extremely dazzling and practical. If you’re getting bored of the wearing-a-watch-on-yourwrist look, wear it around your neck instead! Watch necklace lockets comprise of the face of a watch attached to a lengthy snake chain. This accessory is very flattering and can be worn with almost anything! Spring collections are available to purchase in stores now and, as London Fashion Week comes to a close, we must say goodbye to wintery blues and say hello to spring 2011!

This makes it understandable why Sankeys has been so richly acclaimed in DJ magazines throughout the world. In MixMag Magazine it was placed the in the top 20 clubs two years running with some believing it is the best club on the planet. In regards to price, it’s not one the cheapest clubs out there, however it’s well worth it! You really pay for what you get with the big name nights have attracting huge global talents such as Benny Benassi, Fake Blood, Wolfgang Gartner and many more. On these nights admission would be around £12 and a double vodka and mixer would cost £6.50 or a bottle of beer at £3.50. On regular student nights admission would cost £5 and drinks would be £5 for a double and mixer or £3 for a beer. On a big night Sankeys the party goes on to 5am but on a student night it’s wrapped up at 3/4 am.

Sankeys next up and coming events include:

Metalheadz – Goldie, Goldie, Camo and Crooked, The Prototypes (Friday 4th March) Sankeys Carnival – SIS and Onur Ozer (Cocoon) (Saturday 5th March) Kaluki – Dyed Soundorom, Shonky, Pete Zorba (Saturday 12th March) Kissy Sell Out joins forces with rising star A1 Bassline to hit Sankeys with their explosive electro mash-up styles! (Friday 25th March) And many more which can all be viewed on their website.


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Breaktime Gemma Blackman Who said naptime and lecture-time couldn’t be combined?

Top Ten Things You’re Never Likely To Hear A Student Say Gemma Blackman

Last week we gave you the top ten things you will hear or say as a student with “I overslept” topping the lot. This week, we’ve come up with ten statements you will not hear the average student say.



“Let’s go out for dinner.” Unless out means to the drivethru up the road it’s very unlikely.

“I love the library.” This may have been uttered but trust me, it was sarcasm!

NINE “I just bought another pair of Christian Louboutins.” Very expensive designer shoes. Can be replaced with any designer label.

EIGHT “I only shop at Waitrose.” Students couldn’t afford the cost of milk in Waitrose, never mind anything else!

SEVEN “Turn the heating up.” Heating costs money, extra layers do not. Simple.

SIX “Let’s just splash out.” The only thing we are likely to splash out on is alcohol for a cocktail party and even then we’ll buy the cheapest options.

FIVE £600? Er… Primark it is then.

“I haven’t missed a single class all year.” Being a student is as much about the late nights and lie-in’s as it is about the classes. Nobody is perfect, especially not students!

THREE “I can’t wait to get a real job.” Even if the real job is in the career you’ve wanted since you were ten, you’d still rather still be a student. Don’t deny it.

TWO “I love 9am classes.” Nobody does. Not even the lecturers.

ONE “I’ve never seen Come Dine With Me.” If you’ve said this – what have you been doing for the past three years?! Turn the telly on – it will be on somewhere. Watch it now! Apologies in advance for how many hours you will waste watching other people’s week’s progress! Hours of quality dining entertainment.

With overthrowing in Egypt, death patrols in Libya and a worldwide recession I wondered if anyone could do a better job of ruling the world than us adults. And then it hit me, we need someone so innocent they don’t know what a war is, let alone how to start one, someone who is seeing the world for the very first time and can see everything that was wrong with it. We need to let the toddlers rule!! So this is my take on what the toddlers would get up to if we put them in charge.

RULE ONE Everyone must talk like a Lady Gaga song. Toddlers are still beginning to come to grips with the language and the only adult who seems to understand what they are saying is Lady Gaga. So the toddlers would make everyone talk like Bad Romance. Ra-ra-ah-ahah-roma-roma-ma. Much easier for the rulers to understand.

RULE TWO Everyone must dress in bright clothing to make the world a happier place. Toddlers are very happy creatures and the reason for this is all the happy people on their favourite television programmes. Nobody is stealing babies or getting away with murder in ‘In The Night Garden’- everybody is happy to live with everyone else and that is a harmony this world needs and the toddlers can offer.

RULE THREE The final rule is a simple one. Nap time. Toddlers rarely lose people’s information that makes them susceptible to fraud, accidentally insult supporters with their microphones still on or borrow more money than exists in the world and all this is because in the middle of the day they get to take a load off and just chill out for a few hours. A lot less mistakes would be made if we all had nap time. Fact.

Sport :35

Salford Student Direct / March 7th 2011

Sport Salford in ten goal thriller


Catch up Tom Kural

Salford Women’s Football 1st 6 vs MMU Women’s Football 1st 4 James White

Salford Women’s Football team came out on top in a ten goal thriller against rivals from across town, Manchester Metropolitan. It was a hard fought match, throughout it seemed the momentum and the score could and did change dramatically. The opening was tense, neither team really settled, but Manchester Met had the early advantage. Salford could barely get out of their own half, however they began to wake up and started creating chances and very quickly went 1-0 up thanks to a goal from striker Kayla Meh. In reaction to going behind MMU started to up the pressure on the Salford defence, with the home side preferring to wait for a counter attack utilising the long ball. As such the action was end to end, with both sides having good chances on goal. Salford

had several one on ones with the MMU goalkeeper but couldn’t find the back of the net. The momentum of the match however changed when Salford let in a soft goal from MMU, which was quickly followed by another goal from the away side. MMU had showed that in this half they were the side that wanted to win more and Salford had let the lead slip after a promising start. Salford were disheartened at half time with the score standing at 1-2, but were determined to get back into the game, challenge for the ball and give everything they had to retake the lead. It seemed like this revitalised Salford team were going to equalise with another great one on one chance with the MMU goalkeeper, but again Salford were denied the goal. Disaster struck as MMU scored for a third time and despite Salford showing real quality they were caught on the counter attack and conceded a goal. The

home side seemed to be down and out. However in a show of true grit and resilience Salford scored, through midfielder Nicola Connor and brought themselves right back into the game, 2-3. The comeback did not stop here, Salford could sense that the momentum of the game was behind them again and midfielder Amy Broadhurst scored two goals in a quick succession to put Salford back in the lead, in what can only be described as a sensational comeback, 4-3. The drama was not over yet however, MMU seemed to have flopped and Salford put a fifth goal in the back of the net, again scored by Nicola Connor from a free kick. After this goal though Manchester Met were the side who were inspired to comeback into the game, the pressure on the Salford defence was solid, but Salford stayed strong and nothing came of the many MMU attacks.

Until in the closing minutes of the play, the visitors put away a fourth goal, the match still looked like it could go either way. The pressure was on Salford right till the last minute, when they finally broke into an attack themselves and in a dramatic twist MMU gave away a penalty, Nicola Connor happily scored to complete her hat-trick. The full time whistle blew and the final score stood at 6-4, both teams had moments of great play but overall were the better team and the scoreline reflected this. It was a truly fantastic game of football. Salford captain, Lauren Digby, had this to say of the match, “I give credit to all the girls in the Salford team to today, they were pure class. In the first half MMU wanted it more, but we showed great resilience in the second half and got the result we wanted. This makes up for them beating us when we played them away.”

Arsenal – Judgement Time Richard Ballout

Arsenal are entering their most decisive period in years. Having gone five seasons without winning one single trophy, they now find themselves hunting for honours on four fronts. They are in the final of the Carling Cup; 2-1 up going into the second leg of the last sixteen in the Champions League; second in the Premiership; and should be through to the sixth round of the FA Cup. Long gone are the days of Henry, Pires, Ljungberg, Bergkamp and co at Arsenal.

Since their last success- the 2005 FA Cup - Arsene Wenger has built a team who have developed and grown, but have consistently fallen short at pivotal moments in the season. Wenger has defended and kept faith in his squad throughout, resisting the temptation to take a deep dip into the considerable amount of funds available to him. It can only be to his credit that he has stuck true to this approach in the current climate of football. The Arsenal model is Wenger’s model: A brand of technical, freeflowing football, with an emphasis on creativity above anything else. Wenger’s stubbornness to change has drawn many critics, but the

culmination of years of patient team-building, appears to be finally showing genuine results. Getting through to the quarterfinals of the Champions League will undoubtedly be a huge challenge to Arsenal, not least because it looks as if both Cesc Fabregas and Theo Walcott will not be available for the secondleg at the Nou Camp. Barcelona at home are nothing short of formidable, and for Arsenal to come through this tie victorious will be a huge achievement. Should Arsenal be triumphant, this will surely shoot their confidence through the roof heading into the last eight of the Champions League. The fact that Arsenal were able to beat

Barcelona in the first-leg is in itself some feat, and showed to the football world the quality and capability of Arsenal. The Premiership is within sight for Arsenal, and they generally look like the main challengers to Manchester United. A look at the remaining fixtures for both sides appears to show that Arsenal have the easier run-in. Man United’s experience may in the end prove to be the crucial factor in where the title will end up, but Arsenal have throughout the season demonstrated a maturity and attitude that they have failed to show in previous seasons. Whilst winning all four trophies is extremely unlikely to happen, triumph in one or two would be the end of the long wait for Arsenal, and what is more, it may signal the start of this Arsenal generation finally maturing into a squad with an all-important belief and winning mentality. These next few months are well and truly critical for Arsenal. As Wenger has repeated numerous times this season they need to rise to the challenge, and this will prove that they are capable of doing the most crucial of things in any sport; winning trophies.

England were one run away from creating history last Sunday in a dramatic tie with India that many have labelled the best World Cup match of all time. Having been set a mammoth 339 to win by the opposition after Sachin Tendulkar had completed his 47th ODI ton, Andy Flower’s men were facing an uphill struggle just to reach a respectable score. Captain and Man of the Match Andrew Strauss had other ideas, blitzing his way to a 158 from 145 balls. Strauss’s century was the highest ever score by an Englishman in the World Cup and he said afterwards, ‘it was a remarkable game of cricket and a great advert for the 50 over format’. Victory seemed assured as England cruised arrogantly to 2812 in the 43rd over, but a collapse of 4-25 saw the contest swing bang in India’s favour. It was not over yet though, some hefty hitting from the

lower order left Graeme Swann needing just 2 off the final ball for an England victory. He could only manage a single though, leaving the teams deadlocked and the match tied. It was a moral victory for England after being set such a huge target and the manner of their chase shows they are very real contenders in this tournament. Earlier on Tim Bresnan had bowled exceptionally to claim 5-49 with superb reverse swing, although areas of concern still hover around the fielding and Jimmy Anderson, who recorded his worst ever ODI figures in ten costly overs. Stuart Broad sat out due to illness and should be in line to return for the game with Ireland. The result leaves England with a strong chance of qualifying for the quarter finals, but they will be left wondering what could have been.


Title is still in their grasp James White

Salford’s Men’s 1st team captain Tom Roberts still believes his team has every chance of winning the league. Robert’s men have two games remaining and are currently five points adrift of leaders Warrington. The odds are against Salford but their skipper has a positive attitude heading into the final two fixtures. He said: “I think we will win the league, we need to win our last two games and need Warrington to slip up, I believe we can win it”. The team have won three consecutive matches with their latest coming at Castle Irwell after a 2-0 victory over Cheshire 3rds.

These results have provided the team with renewed optimism. Roberts added: “We’ve been in great form, we’re very confident and I’m very happy with the recent performances.” Salford are relying on Warrington to lose in their penultimate and final game of the season if they are to have any chance of closing the gap. Warrington are currently in poor form picking up one win in their last four, losing their latest game 5-0 against Salford. Salford on the other hand need to play Chester 3rds in both their remaining league fixtures and need to win them both to with stand any chance of winning the league.


March 7th 2011/ Salford Student Direct


Salford Women’s Football in Ten Goal Thriller Arsenal: Judgement Time

Match Report Salford Men’s 3rd



Bangor 2nd


Tom Kural

The Third team bounced back from their derby defeat last week with an emphatic 6-0 victory over Bangor Seconds on Wednesday. Braces from striking duo Paul Flanagan and Matt McDermott inflicted most of the damage with Andrew Zouchs and Richard Brierley completing the rout. The thirds were boosted by the return of Skipper Zouchs, who sat out last week’s encounter through illness. Both teams went in to the game level on points, knowing whoever won would be in a commanding position for the league title. A lively start at a sun drenched Castle Irwell saw the hosts take the lead as early as the 4th minute when Flanagan showed a superb turn of pace to cut inside, beat his man, and rifle home a low finish. Matters showed no sign of improving for the Welsh outfit five minutes later when good build up play on the right flank forced a good save from Danny Ferris’s effort. The third’s doubled their lead soon after, Matt McDermott capitalising on poor defending to bag his first of the afternoon via the post. Zouchs’ men were rarely, if ever threatened, and keeper’ Matt Hollins was often left basking in the March sunshine. The match petered out somewhat until half time, with the thirds sitting comfortably on their 2-0 advantage. Bangor would have hoped to regroup during the interval and make more of what could be a crucial second half. Any chance of a fight back slipped further away however just 3 minutes after the restart when McDermott’s curling effort was parried in the net by the opposition keeper’. Half time substitute Kingsley Junior nearly made it 4-0 just moments later after being set free, but he could only fire wide of the post. Skipper Zouchs did make it four in the 65th minute with a simple tap in after Ant Holland’s header was well saved from close range. Bangor appeared to have one eye on the coach home, switching off defensively moments later, allowing Flanagan to add his second with a cool finish from an acute angle. A deft chip from Rich Brierley completed the 6-0 score line in the dying embers of a one sided affair. After the game, Captain Zouchs praised his players for responding to last week’s loss and stated cryptically, ’last week’s setback was the reason for this week’s triumph’. Quite.

Salford first team secure third consecutive win 2 v MMU Cheshire 3rds 0 Salford Men’s 1st

James White

Salford secured their third consecutive win after comfortably beating Chester 3rds despite playing the majority of the second half with ten men. The win keeps Salford’s chance of promotion still mathematically possible but they heavily rely on other results to go their way. Salford are now within five points of Warrington who sit in first place with six points to play leaving them with a small chance of winning the title. Two goals from Joe Neild were enough to seal the victory but his impressive first half display was left scarred after he later saw red for decent. Salford got off two the better start as they dominated possession in the early stages with their main threat coming from the trickery of Neild on the right.

The first goal came in the forth minute from a softly awarded penalty after a foul on Morgan Lewis. There seemed to be minimal contact but the referee Mike O’Neill did not hesitate and pointed to the spot. Joe Nield stepped up and powerfully side footed into the top corner which left the keeper motionless. Salford’s midfield trio of Tony Wigham, Colin Thorton and Josh Francois looked in control of the play. The home side’s hard work paid off when they hit Cheshire break. A superb move opened Cheshire up down the right. Tom Roberts beat his man on the dead ball line and calmly picked out the unmarked Nield who netted it first time with a composed finish. Salford should have made it three moments later after a loose pass from the keeper saw Morgan Lewis bearing down on goal but he was unable to capitalise as his shot was easily saved by the goalkeeper.

Cheshire showed some strong character and started to dictate the play but despite some good possession they never threatened to score and where restricted to launching long balls into the box which were easily dealt with. The home side where reduced to ten men just after half time after Nield’s persistent decent earned him two yellow cards in the space of a minute. Salford’s ten men never looked in trouble though as Cheshire’s toothless attack caused little problems for the centre back pairing of Tom Roberts and John Makin. As the game went on the ten men looked the team most likely to score after some great counter attacking play. This time Lewis rolled his defender and let fly but his stinging shot was straight at the keeper. Electric pace from wide outlet Riess Francis meant Salford were always dangerous on the break.

Reiss himself created several goal scoring opportunities but they were all dealt with by the busy Curley in Cheshire’s goal. Cheshire never looked likely to take advantage of the extra man, with their only attempt in the second half sailing over the bar. Salford’s captain was pleased with performance, he said: “It was a game of two halves but we played extremely well despite having ten men.” Salford look to pile more pressure on the top two as they host second placed Chester Men’s 3rds at Castle Irwell next Wednesday. Salford Men’s 1st: Chris Hampton, Rob Williams, Tom Roberts (c), John Makin, Rob Frost, Tony Wigham, Josh Francois, Joe Nield, Colin Thorton, Reiss Francis and Morgan Lewis Cheshire Men’s 3rds: Jimmy Curley, Anthony Osbourne, Sam Treagus, Sam Emsell, Dave Jakes, Steve Marvin, Zack Stienberg, Mike Jones, Adam Soley (c), Daf Denkins, Jamies Dennis.

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