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HEFCE Cuts Hit Salford Steph Bartup Editor THE HIGHER Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has released its funding allocations for universities across the country for 2010/11. These see the University of Salford facing a budget cut of 2.1% this academic year- the eleventh highest reduction in HEFCE funding in the country. The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) distributes public money for teaching and research to universities and colleges. The National Union of Students is warning of “a summer of chaos” as the impact of the funding cuts is felt across the country. These will lead to a reduction in student places available in universities as almost half of institutions experience decreased funding. Taking into account the capital shift, the underlying reduction in grants from HEFCE from 2009/10 to 2010/11 is £123 million - 1.6 % in cash terms. Although these sums may not seem like huge numbers in

USSU Celebrate National Victories Karen Gaskell

DURING THE Easter break, USSU was celebrating two national victories- President Elect Ricky Chotai was recently elected on to the Board of Directors for NUS Services Limited, and on 15 April, it was announced that former USSU President Usman Ali has been elected as NUS Vice President for Higher Education. (continued on page 3)

Ricky Chotai (left) and Usman Ali

percentage terms, it has been reported that three quarters of England's universities are facing real-term budget cuts this year- and as the university with the eleventh highest cut to its HEFCE budget, Salford could be one of them- however, the University’s Vice Chancellor, Martin Hall says that the University is fully prepared for these cuts to the budget: “The 2.1% cut in income was a reduction of our HEFCE funding, which constitutes about one third of our overall income. Therefore the reduction in our overall income was less than 1%. These cuts are exactly as we expected. The biggest issue is really the reduction in the number of students that will be able to come to University because the Student Loan Company will not be able to support them with grants – that is the real story.” The government received fierce criticism from the NUS and educational institutions across the country when it was announced earlier this year that they would be cutting up to £500 million from universities’ budgets from 2010/11. This will guarantee cuts in the number of student places offered at universitiesas Student Direct reported before the Easter break, up to 300,000 students could miss out on a university education next year due to the number of places being cut. Wes Streeting, NUS President, said:

“There will be controls on student numbers that mean the number of student places for 2010/11 entrants will decrease from 2009/10 and estimates of the overall reduction vary between 5,000 and 15,000. This is despite a 23% rise in university applications for the year ahead and a student places crisis that left more than 100,000 applicants disappointed last year. It is clear that many applicants look to be disappointed this year unless there is urgent action to create additional student places.” He added: “We are now seeing the real impact of cuts spelled out for universities and students. Short term cuts will cause long term damage to students and universities. The government, and those who aspire to govern, must rule out further cuts to education, research and student support.” Under the funding allocations, the worst hit institutions are the University of Worcester and the London Business School, whose HEFCE grants will be cut by 13.3% and 11.9% respectively. The University of Salford Students’ Union Vice President Joe Kirwin said: “There have been savage cuts across the country. Salford has been hit particularly hard, and even though the University is very well placed to deal with these cuts, I’m still worried about the impact they will have on the student experience.”


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Hi everyone, WELCOME BACK! After a four week absence, Student Direct returns this week to give you the latest news, sport and features from across the campus. It’s also drawing closer to election time; for those of you eligible to vote, all students are being encouraged to sign up to the ‘Vote for Students’ pledge. We’ll give you more information on the campaign in next week’s Student Direct, but in the meantime, you can head to: to find out more! – Steph


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Jennifer Longworth THE UNIVERSITY of Salford has launched a brand new Pregnancy Aquatics, Nutrition and Health course which is the first of its kind in the UK. The course teaches health professionals how to successfully run aqua-natal classes for pregnant women. The five-day intensive course teaches processes and safe practices for planning, implementing and evaluating aquatic sessions for pregnant women. It also includes an exploration of public health issues like obesity, nutrition for health and

exercise, urinary incontinence and aquatic exercise. An aquatics programme can increase the physical wellbeing of expectant mothers, tackle obesity and support a normal active birth. Course leader Sue Baines of the School of Health, Sport and Rehabilitation Sciences said: “This brand new course will improve women’s health by encouraging safe physical activity during pregnancy.” The course is taught through lectures, presentations and demonstrations in the University’s swimming pool.

TWO SALFORD students helped break a fundraising record for the Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) in a two day collective in London at the start of this month. They joined over 100 students from nine different universities from 1-2 April and managed to raise a very impressive £50,288.66, breaking the £50k barrier for the first time since the event started 11 years ago. Natalie Savell-Boss and Dan Owens hit the streets in fancy dress and MRF T-shirts as part of the Loot 2010 effort, shaking buckets at commuters in tube and train stations for spare change. The record achievement is made all the more amazing by the current economic crisis. Laura Coakley, Community Fundraiser for MRF says: “We’ve been trying to break through the £50k barrier for 11 years and we wouldn’t have done it without the tireless efforts of our collectors. Thanks to Natalie and Dan, and we’ll see you at Loot 2011.”

Channel M Closure Will Not Affect Salford Students Vickie Scullard IT HAS been revealed that student producers at the University of Salford will not be affected by Channel M’s studio closure at Urbis. The channel, which ceased broadcasting its live news and sports show last month, has a partnership with the University allowing both undergraduate and postgraduate students to produce content for a selection of programmes. March saw the loss of 29 jobs from the company based at the MEN Media Building, which sits on the outskirts of Spinningfields, leaving just four members of staff – a massive 88% reduction. Although all original programming has been axed, the channel will be continuing to broadcast on air with the remaining members of staff overseeing networked and archived material which will include University-produced content. Professor Ron Cook, Head of Production and Director of the International Media Centre at Adelphi House, was keen to inform current and future media students that their

opportunity to take advantage of this unique production experience will not be affected: “As far as our students are concerned, the opportunity to make Ofcomcompliant programming for broadcast remains. The channel remains a broadcast channel and the production modules remain part of our courses.”

Despite the cuts, the channel, which is available to view on Sky 203 and Virgin Media 878, has recently launched itself on Freeview. Paul Barron, Series Producer at the University enthused: “Channel M has started on Freeview channel 200, and

The money will go to the Meningitis Research Foundation, which has raised an impressive £15.6 million since the organisation was founded in 1989. It is currently providing funding for 24 research projects into prevention, detection, and treatment of meningitis and septicaemia. The disease, which can kill in a matter of hours, results in six deaths per week and can leave survivors with after-effects including brain damage, deafness and amputations. For more information about the disease and how you can help, visit Natalie and Dan in London


we are actually expanding our output, having just added a new show called Wildtrack.” Wildtrack, currently being screened on the station, celebrates the work of MA wildlife film makers. Other programmes made at Salford include the new discussion series Grey Matters, arts and culture show Zeitgeist, and Royal Television Society Award winning programmes Reel North and Hitting Home. Although titles such as the Manchester Evening News have been sold to Trinity Mirror, Channel M has not been able to find a buyer and still remains a Guardian Media Group business. The University of Salford has been a partner and shareholder with Channel M since the channel was founded in 1999. It has a longterm education training partnership and a programme supply partnership with GMG. Professor Cook concluded: “The relationship between the channel, Guardian Media and the University hasn’t altered. We have a contract, they honour it, we honour it… so that continues and we go forward.” For more information visit

The 2010 Postgraduate Graduation Ball promises to be bigger and better than ever before. It will be a time for you to celebrate, reminisce and say your goodbyes in style. As the most important Postgraduate black tie event in the University calendar and as most probably the last event that you will attend at University, we hope that it proves to be a truly memorable evening. One last party, One very special venue, One night to remember…

Monday 31 May 2010 7.30pm Manchester United Football Club Trafford Suite Dinner Tickets – £35 STRICTLY BLACK TIE CONTACT: Search for Salford Postgraduate Ball 2010 on Facebook – you’ll find out how to book tickets here!

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Student Direct / April 26th 2010

It’s a Strange World...

Caroline Steer AH YES, the summer is nearly here and to celebrate I have spent the past few days planning my much deserved holiday. Lying on a beach somewhere with a fancy cocktail in my hand; well, more like squashed in a caravan parked in Scunthorpe on my salary. But hey who really needs seven days in the sun? In fact let’s face it, due to recent ecological events it doesn’t look like I’m going to be able to head anyway remotely sunny for some time. Whilst reading about all this volcano erupting business grounding the world to a halt this week, I suddenly remembered a very interesting article I had spotted the Telegraph website recently. Apparently, a British passenger was extremely surprised to wake up from his long haul flight to Vancouver this week, not at an airport, but in an aircraft hangar. Kris Lines, a lecturer from Staffordshire University, was travelling to the area to speak at an international conference. After making himself comfortable on his connecting flight to Vancouver, he succumbed to sleep and didn't wake up until an hour and a half after the plane had landed. "I got woken up by a guy in a fluorescent tabard," Lines told the Telegraph. "He was as surprised as I was. "I was on an empty plane, being nudged on the shoulder and I thought everybody had just got off two or three minutes ago." In fact whilst he was in his slumber, not only had the plane landed and passengers disembarked, the vehicle had also been towed down the runaway to an aircraft hangar without him waking at all. "The moral of the story is you either set an alarm or wear something fluorescent when you fly!" he said. Perhaps a caravan in Scunthorpe isn't such a bad idea after all…

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THE STUDENTS' Union Annual Awards will take place this Wednesday, 28 April 2010. Tickets are on sale now, but you must buy them by this Monday 26 April! If you or one of your friends has been nominated for an award, then make sure you’re there on the evening, as all the winners will be announced on the big night. The event will be held at the prestigious Palace Hotel in Manchester on Wednesday 28 April. Join us to celebrate student achievement. This is set to be the biggest Union night of the year - where else would you get to celebrate with all your friends and hundreds of other Salford students?! The night includes a drinks reception, three course meal, awards ceremony, DJ and disco until late. The highlight of the night will

be an exciting awards ceremony where we’ll celebrate the achievements of Salford students. The nominations are up at but even if you’re not nominated, come along and celebrate the end of a great year! You can buy your tickets from General Office in University House; they cost £25, but the first 200 are just £19.95. For more information, and for updates on the event, go to:

The Political Perspective Cleggmania Leaves Cameron With Egg On His Face Chris Slater THE LIVE televised Prime Ministerial debates divided opinion before they’d even happened. Many couldn’t wait to watch history-in-the making and were talking of ‘gamechanging’ moments. Others, however, said they’d rather watch paint dry, or as it’s sometimes called, Wife Swap. You could say it was politics vs. anti-politics. Nick Clegg’s ‘victory’ last Thursday confirms it is the latter which is defining the public mood. Political purists and supporters of Labour and the Tories certainly were left feeling incredulous at how after a couple of smiles, cheeky one-liners and anecdotes about a man and a dog, Nick Clegg is the darling of the country. But Nick Clegg-over, so-called for once telling GQ magazine he’d slept with ‘no more than 30’ women, is capitalising on the thousands of disillusioned voters. The Lib Dems’ popularity has shot up, seeing them lead a couple of polls and pushing Labour into third in many.

On the face of it, this is terrible news for Labour and all but eliminates their chances of winning the election outright. Not quite. Labour’s vast majority in the last election, coupled with the quirks of our electoral system mean Labour could finish third in terms of votes and still gain the most seats, such is the mountain the other two parties have to climb. It is David Cameron who is now faced with a problem even messier than the egg that was thrown at his shirt in Cornwall last week. Gordon Brown seems intent on sticking to what we might call the ‘I agree with Nick’ strategy of damage limitation. But Cameron needs those votes and has to find a way to counter Cleggmania. Yet this Thursday’s debate on foreign affairs could turn out to be another tough gig. Clegg can point out the Lib Dems voted against the Iraq war, a definite vote winner. Clegg has become the darling of anti-politics and Brown and Cameron better get used to this or have the election Nick-ed away from them...

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IF YOU’VE logged onto w w w. s a l f o rd s t u d e n t s .c o m recently, you might have noticed a few differences to your Union’s website. While the website is still undergoing some great developments, we now have a series of new links on the right hand side; so if you want to watch videos from your Union, have a flick through the photo gallery, listen to Shock Radio or maybe even read the online version of Student Direct, now you can! There are also loads more news stories, updates to clubs’ and societies’ pages and more! So head to now, and see the changes for yourself! (CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1) Usman was voted in as the VP for Higher Education at the NUS Conference in Gateshead, and won on the last round of transferable votes, coming from second place to first with the transfers. Usman faced fierce competition from six other candidates, but emerged victorious. He succeeds former VP for Higher Education Aaron Porter, who was elected as NUS President. Usman is Salford’s first full time NUS Officer since Dermot Kehoe in 1992 who was also elected as VP for Higher Education. He said: “It was an amazing and humbling feeling to see the reaction from the crowd when it was announced that I had won.

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To win by nine votes showed how close it was and how good the other candidates were. As I mentioned on my speech, I plan to be on campuses across the country 'Putting Policies in to Practice,' mobilizing students and engaging them on higher education issues.” Usman’s involvement in the Students' Union began as a chair of the Islamic Society; he was then elected Vice-President Activities in 2007/8 before being voted in as President in 2008/9. As President he received the highest number of votes in a USSU election for ten years. He added: “It is a challenging year ahead, especially with the outcome of the funding review. I will fight tooth and nail to ensure that top up fees are not raised

and we have a fairer alternative for all students. I stand for widening participation and widening access for all students.” The University’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Martin Hall, said: "Usman made a great contribution to our university as President of the USSU. His election to national office recognises this, as well as his potential for leadership at a critical time for the higher education sector as a whole." As an elected member to the Board of Directors for NUS Services, Ricky Chotai will sit alongside three other students from unions across the country, and will assist in supporting unions in retail trade operations as well as providing support services.

The Gossip Lucy Jones SANDRA BULLOCK is expected to file for divorce from her cheating husband Jesse James. Sandra, who has been in hiding since the claims came out over a month ago, has decided that she wants to “fight back“ - she is expected to file for a legal separation later this week. “She needed time away to sort everything out by herself. Now, she is ready to stop hiding and start fighting back,” a source has said. “It’s over between Sandra and Jesse. For a while, it looked like she was going to forgive him, but not now. Way too much has happened and after spending time alone, Sandra has realised that she deserves better. It’s not going to be easy but she’s an amazingly strong lady. Don’t worry, she’ll survive.” Hopefully this will teach Jesse James a thing or two, but I doubt it. As we’ve seen before in these situations (yes, Ashley Cole, I’m talking about you), some people never learn. ROBERT PATTINSON is apparently so in love with Kristin Stewart that he has proposed to her “several times”. The couple, who

announced they were together in February after months of speculation, allegedly believe that they are soul mates. A source has said: “Rob is so in love with Kristin, he has proposed to her countless times already; he’s just waiting for her to say yes.” The source added: “They believe they’re soul mates and want to be together forever. They’re just really happy they’ve found each other.” Aww, won’t they have lovely little sulky children… AND IN keeping with this week’s theme of marriage; Charlotte Church and Gavin Henson announced their engagement this month in OK magazine. The couple have been together since 2005 and have two children together, two year old Ruby and Dexter, 15 months. Henson proposed to Charlotte on her 24th birthday in February. “I was really emotional. I absolutely did not expect it. It was brilliant,” Charlotte said. “It was perfect the way it happened - it was a lovely day, it was really awesome, the ring was perfect, and he was lovely.” She added: “I think we may as

well get married soon. There’s no point in hanging around, we’ll probably have about 100 people.” Typical to Charlotte’s “she’s just like one of us” manner, she actually dropped her engagement ring down the plug-hole last week, whilst she was washing her hands. The ring was rescued by plumber Andy Ward who found it trapped in the U-bend within minutes. Well, that’s a relief. Congratulations to the happy couple, I’ve always been a big Charlotte fan. All this talk of engagements and marriage is making me all gooey… Sigh.

Soulmates: Kristen and Rob

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LIKE MANY people, I am drawn towards the easy viewing of property shows. ‘Escape to the Country’, ‘Location Location Location’ and similar productions offer calm, nonintimidating viewing which raise healthy discussion amidst jealousy and desire at unreasonable budgets. An escape to the country is a just request if you can entertain the costs. Acres of outside space, vast farmhouse kitchens, exposed centuries-old woodwork and mini orchards all suggest increased expense; but with around a typical budget of £500,000 you could potentially get away with a dream home. A recent couple’s pre-requisites included outside space equi-distant from each others’ parental homes, with easy walking distance to a quiet village public house, small eatery and tranquil village picturesque life. Oh, it also had to be en- route to their respective workplaces and have outbuildings in order to create an office. Ok then, not much work to do in hunting for this standard house! If £500,000 is a typical budget then surely a typical salary would have to be around the £100,000 mark, which unless I am very much mistaken, is incorrect and comes in more around the £20-30,000 mark if you are lucky.

However, having found three similar dream homes which the rest of us can only contemplate in a future life, surrounded by paddocks, stables, sea views and acres of open fields for walking dogs and children, the prospective couple are then landed with the usually overbudget price tag. That mansion that you’ve been looking at, without having actually requested the price, that’ll cost you £600,000. And that’s £100,000 over budget! But that does not matter, because this is reality TV and people cannot wait to sell their former residences for considerably less than they are worth. "I'm sure we can do a deal with the current owners, somewhere closer to the £500,000 budget," say the over privileged presenters. So, we are left with the understanding that if I went looking for my first house for say £150,000, but decided I wanted to purchase a property at £200,000, that should be fine as the current occupants will undoubtedly shave a quarter of the value off the asking price just to get a quick sale! With the creative vocabulary of a Sussex yuppy, I am sure new age, young professional couples will discover their perfect homes within equi-distance from their required amenities. Hey, the Liberal Democrats are currently topping the polls - anything is possible.

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The Week in Pictures DREW FORSYTH – PHOTOGRAPHY EDITOR Here’s what our activity groups and Sabbatical Officers have been getting up to over the Easter break; if you have any photos you would like to submit for the ‘Week in Pictures’ feature, please email them to me at, and we’ll include them in next week’s edition. Thanks to Almost Famous and Ultimate Frisbee for their snaps this week! For more pictures, and to see additions to the Union’s Photo Gallery, log on to now! You’ll also find the answer to the WTF?! competition on the Student Direct link on the website.

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Hot or Not Steph Bartup Editor Paul Weller – Wake Up the Nation (album) His 1970’s classmates are either dead, doing panto or ‘finding themselves’; either way, they’ve certainly not dedicated themselves to music in the way Weller has. This is his tenth solo album, and damn good it is, too. The Ghost It’s Pierce Brosnan in the role he was born to play – the Prime Minister. And in the current political mess we’re in, he certainly gets my vote. Intriguing, dark chiller- well worth a watch. Plan B – The Defamation of Strickland Banks (album) The album’s named after a film which Plan B (aka Benjamin Balance-Drew) starred in and directed several moons ago, don’cha know. Never heard of it? Us neither. Luckily, he stuck to what he’s good at and produced a very catchy album. Professor Green – I Need You Tonight (single) Another expert from the Doctor Dre school of medicine. All you INXS fans out there (numbers questionable) might be angered by his sampling of their anthem, but it’s undeniably catchy.

Not Diana Vickers – Once (single) Ah, the clawed, bizarre voice which that Cowell bloke discovered on The X Factor last year is back. Not a bad debut single, but her quirkiness is unlikely to remain an ‘endearing’ quality for long. Kate Nash – My Best Friend is You (album) You know, the one that sounds like Lily Allen’s annoying younger sister. No? Ok, well she has been off the ‘music scene’ for some time now – and with a return as mediocre as this, her comeback’s not likely to last too long. Whip It Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut and Juno’s Ellen Page come together for this fairly unremarkable film about a girl who would rather roller blade than enter beauty pageants. So . . . just do that then? And then we wouldn’t have to sit through this. One of your Arts Editors will return to this column next week – unfortunately Icelandic volcanoes just don’t stop for Student Direct’s deadlines…

Egyptian Hip Hop Alec Hulton OVER THE last ten years, it seems that indie music has seen a bit of a decline. Today, we see seemingly endless lists of bands that could be placed under the umbrella of “landfill indie”. Indie was once the music that gave us bands like The Smiths, The Stone Roses and later The Strokes and The Libertines; but they have recently been replaced with bands like Scouting for Girls and The Kooks who spew out the same old crowd pleasing, meat and two veg hits. Therefore it seems natural for people to say enough is enough. What could be more different to blokes strumming their guitars with stage images that echo old traditions from the 50’s and 60’s? Erm...synthesizers, electronic drums and women. Hence the revival of 80’s tinged synth pop of La Roux, Lady Gaga and Little Boots. So where do Egyptian Hip Hop fit into this? They are set for success this year, having already gained a foot in the door of the mainstream media after less than 12 months as a group. The quartet- who incidentally aren’t from Egypt and don’t rap- contains two members of the sadly deceased “8-bit electro scuzz” band Copycats; Nick Delap and Alex Hewitt. Drummer Alex Pearce also recorded some songs under the name Leveret. Despite only having two songs on their MySpace page (‘Heavenly’ and new single ‘Wild Young Child’, which were produced by Late of the Pier front man Sam Eastgate) and originally only playing a handful of gigs, the band have attracted a lot of attention; notably with a generous feature in NME as well as playing a Radio One session and having had an article about them written in The Guardian. All the members of the group are either 17 or 18, so the amount of

attention they have had so far is pretty impressive. They are currently unsigned and are on tour across the country. The group’s genre is best described as ‘pop-with-a-difference’. They are also very guitar orientated; but with enough about them to escape the claws of the indie landfill. However – and more importantlythey seem to be crafting a new sound that people can’t pigeonhole, despite trying, to the great Manchester bands of the past. People seem to believe in some sort of lineage of tradition dating back to the Buzzcocks punk all the way to the traditional rock of Oasis creating a defining sound that new bands inherit. Hopefully Egyptian Hip Hop – amongst other Mancunian bands-can start a new movement for the city, liberating themselves from the stereotypes of the “Manchester sound”.

Everyday People? Drew Forsyth MAY 1 and 2. A normal Bank Holiday weekend, one might assume? Not quite so normal however, if you were to take a stroll down to the Lowry on that weekend. In fact, you might just be in for a shock. The weekend of May 1-2 will see the arrival of world renowned artist Spencer Tunick, who has been commissioned by the Lowry as part of the ten year celebration of the centre’s ‘creative excellence’. Not so crazy, so far. But read on… Tunick is renowned for site-specific landscapes in which he photographs hundreds or even thousands of nude volunteers, and previous installations have been staged in Sydney, Montreal, Barcelona and Gateshead, featuring mass gatherings of nude participants posed in artistic formations within major urban landscapes. Through Salford and Manchester, Tunick will create his first ever multiple site installation with volunteers being taken in a convoy of heated buses to eight locations over the course of the weekend. The project itself is being billed as Tunick’s first visual response to the work of another artist for the entirety of a project – the work of LS Lowry. The artist will focus on the

concept of ‘everyday people’ for the Salford and Manchester installation as a reference to the compositional style of LS Lowry, whose works depicts a mass of bodies going about their daily lives. Spencer Tunick explains: “Salford and Manchester presents an intriguing prospect for my latest UK installation based both on the rich industrial heritage that exists across both cities and the art of LS Lowry. LS Lowry's paintings depicting the mass of everyday people who contributed to the industrial machine of the 20th century, also provide an interesting frame of reference in terms of the compositional possibilities of the installations.” Sadly, the deadline for volunteers for the event has passed, with over four times the required number of people registering on the Lowry website, hoping to be a part of the installation. Fortunately, this reporter has already registered and is currently awaiting confirmation to see if he has made the final cut . . . in the mean time, better get to the sunbed! The exhibition, “Everyday People: Spencer Tunick at The Lowry”, takes place between Saturday 12 June – Sunday 26 September 2010. Entry is free. For more information go to, and for more information about the artist head to

An example of Tunick’s previous work.

TV DOCUMENTARY Buz’s Alternative


No Distance Left to Run:

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Blur Luke Cloherty DAMON ALBARN, Graham Coxon, Dave Rowntree and Alex James are four men from Essex who collectively made up one of the biggest rock bands these Islands have ever produced. ‘No Distance Left to Run’ is a chronological, biographical look at the history of Blur, and the careers of the men who made the group a staple part of the ‘90s music scene. At times the show is heart-wrenching and at times uplifting. With talking heads from each member throughout the programme, it gives the viewer a real insight into the group. As friends who had met at Goldsmiths College in London, they went on to record some of the UK’s best known anthems. The show charts that progression right up to 2009, documenting their

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subsequent reformation which culminated in headlining Glastonbury and two gigs at London’s Hyde Park. The personal touches really give the documentary an emotional edge and lead the viewer into a feeling of being involved every step of the way. The guys come off as nice, normal people who are all great mates. To see them go through all of the usual troubles that eat up modern rock bands isn’t terribly shocking these days, but to learn of their progression through it is rather inspiring. Half of me expected some kind of rendition of Bob Marley’s Redemption Song at the end, given the nature of the show as it does all get a bit teary eyed, but it’s certainly genuine. All round, a great show and well worth a look on iPlayer or YouTube if you missed the original airing.

AT THE risk of sounding like a tosser, I’ve watched this Manchester based rapper really improve these past couple of years. I still have old recordings of his on my hard drive from way back when (which I may put on eBay when my loan runs out) and although there was talent then, he’s really showing his true potential now, with better beats, better recordings, and more attitude. This ‘Happy Birthday Mixtape’ was released free last weekend, and I’ve hardly stopped playing it since downloading. The beats are tight, the lyrics are hard hitting, and just in-your-face enough to be classed as “edgy” without pissing anyone off. Add in some really clever and impressive sampling then you’ll smile and think: “Where do I know that from?” Opening track “Eighteen” was one of the highlights for me, (despite the “happy birthday” singing at the start, because I’m a miserable git) with a killer beat which at the start doesn’t sound quite right...but

when the vocals kick – it sounds pristine. Amazing. Halfway through is track ‘Through the Window’; hard hitting hip-hop with some Bigfoot signature lyrics talking of his accomplishments these past few years...and rightfully so, say I. Break this up with uplifting female vocal samples and some drum breaks with string work to boot, you’ve got a serious recipe for a groundbreaking tune. In true mixtape fashion, we have a few snippets of tracks here too, huge tune ‘Feel like a King’ and one I’ve never heard called ‘Payback’ featuring guest vocals from that guy Sway. My only beef with this is that I wish they were full versions. I know how good ‘Feel like a King’ is, and that ‘Payback’ tune sounds promising too. When you’ve reached this high point of the mixtape, you get some slower, epic numbers such as ‘I’ve Seen So Much’ bringing us nicely back down to earth with piano melodies, distorted guitars and lyrics about Bigfoot (or as his mother named him, Andy) “giving away his best for f*g free”, which I’ll tell you for the same price, this is his best. ‘Happy Birthday Mixtape’ is available to download from:


April 26th 2010/ Student Direct


Student Direct / April 26th 2010


State of the Union With USSU President Matt Webber


Salford at NUS Conference

It’s Your Last Chance to Give It A Go! The programme-which will be returning in the next academic year - comes to an end this week, but there’s still time for you to try out Belly Dancing or Yoga.

USSU’s Give it a Go programme of one-off events and activities has just two more activities for you to try out this semester!

Belly Dancing (which is for women only) takes place this Tuesday, 27 April from 6-7pm in the Main Hall of the Allerton Building. Come along and try out the sensuous Middle Eastern artit’s not too late to try out a completely new activity! The hour long session costs £3.

If you fancy something a little more relaxing in the run-up to exams, our weekly Yoga session is a great way to unwind. Our trained instructor shows you how to tone your body and relax the mind - it’s a great break from revision! The session takes place this Thursday from 4.30-5.45pm, in Boardroom One, University House, and costs £3. For more information about the Give it a Go programme, and to see photos from the events we’ve held this year, go to: www.salfordstudents/giag

It could be anything about studying at Salford, from improving your timetabling to receiving a higher quality of feedback and assessment.

Is There Anything You Want to Change about University Life? Then come along to one of the You Decide events next week! The Students’ Union represents your interests at the University, so this is an opportunity to tell us what issues matter to you and what you want done about them.

Everyone is welcome at the meetings, just turn up to the one for your Faculty. You can participate as much or as little as you like. Each event will be hosted by the sabbatical officer representing your Faculty. They will be on hand to chat to you about anything that you feel needs changing or improving at Salford- and as past successes, like 24-hour library openings during exam times and lighting in Peel Park have shown- your ideas can develop into real-life change! Below are the dates, times and locations for students in each faculty to come along to:

Faculty Arts, Media & Social Sciences

Date Monday 26 April

Time 2pm

Business, Law & the Environment Health & Social Care

Tuesday 27 April


Tuesday 27 April


Science, Engineering & Environment

Monday 26 April


Location Room to be confirmed, Adelphi Building Room 725, Built Maxwell Building Room A127, Allerton Building Room B7, Newton Building

In mid-April the other sabbatical officers and I went to the National Union of Students (NUS) annual conference. Whilst there, we campaigned for Usman Ali, who was President of Salford’s Students’ Union last year. Usman was running for the Vice President Higher Education role in NUS which he won! This is a really great moment for the University of Salford as it means over the next academic year students will be represented on the big national issues by a fellow student from Salford.

New Pro-Vice Chancellor Academic appointed The Pro-Vice Chancellor Academic at the University has been appointed and will take up his post in July. The successful applicant is Huw Morris, who is currently at Manchester Metropolitan University. I was fortunate enough to sit on the interview panel for the appointment and am delighted Huw was appointed. The role of the PVC-A is a very important one. They champion great teaching throughout the University and for those who will be studying here next year, I hope you will experience some of the differences that the new PVCA no doubt will be hoping to make to improve the quality of teaching and learning at the University.

General Election – Vote for Students Back in 2005 at the last General Election, only 61% of those eligible to vote actually did… hardly representative! What is even more interesting (if you like numbers) is that if you take out seats around universities, the turnout figure is almost 73%. From those figures (for those who do like numbers and are still reading) this suggests that students as a group do not vote. I accept there is some flaw in this argument, as some students will vote in their original home constituency if they have moved to go to university. But why does this all matter? Well, with future cuts to Higher Education, this could mean that you may not get as much for your tuition fees next year as you do now. Currently, Salford only had a 2.1% reduction in its grant from HEFCE forthe next academic year, but the cuts for all Universities may well befar greater post-General Election. Your Students’ Union is running a ‘Vote for Students’ campaign which is about highlighting how various MP’s will vote on the future of university education, including how much and where money goes, as well as how much tuition fees will rise to. To find out more, go to:

Students’ Union Annual Awards

On 28 April at the Palace Hotel in Manchester, we will be finding out the winners of various awards including ‘New Student of the Year’ and ‘Society of the Year’ as well as faculty student award winners, which is new for 2010. Apart from the awards, there will be a three course meal and late disco and DJ. It’s always a good night and well worth coming to. You can buy your tickets from General Office in University House and they cost £25; though the first 200 will be going for just £19.95. For more information, go to:

Sabbs Ask, You Say. . . Every week, your sabbatical officers will be asking a different question to students in each of their faculties regarding university life – so if you see them around, tell them what you’re thinking! This week, the sabbs have been talking to students in the Science,Engineering and Environment (SEE) faculty.

This week’s question is:

“Have you signed up to vote for students yet?”

Go to or email your Vice President (addresses opposite) for more information.

NUS Black Students’ Campaign Conference – would you like to attend? Ricky Chotai

black students, to set policy and to provide networking and workshop sessions.

THE STUDENTS' Union has one free delegate to the NUS Black Students’ Campaign Conference, which will take place from 22-23 May.

The Conference will be held at The Adelphi Britannia, Liverpool, and is open only to black students; the term ‘black’ is used to refer to African, Asian, Caribbean and to all those who self-define as Black.

The purpose of the Black Students Campaign Conference is to discuss matters of concern to

Jim Dale

Ricky Chotai

Joe Kirwin

VP for Business, Law and Built Environment Email:

VP for Health and Social Care Email:

VP for Arts, Media and Social Sciences Email:

Amber Burrows 2nd Year Geography “Yeah, It’s a really important thing to do.”

Ian Jiggle Pop Duerdin 2nd Year Wildlife “Have not done yet but am on to it now!”

Shaun Davison 2nd Year Physics “Of course, and everyone else should too.”

If you would like to put yourself forward to attend the conference, please do so by either of the following methods: Tel: 0161 351 5424 or email: To find out more out the Black Student’s Campaign check out

For all the latest updates, news stories, videos and photos, log onto your Students’ Union website, now!


April 26th 2010 / Student Direct

e h T Blue Belle goes dating . . . So under the good name of research I decided to embark on a mission to find out how exactly one goes about finding love in the modern age. With speed dating, internet dating, slow dating, social circles, pubs, clubs, blind dates and supermarket dating all available, surely we should be able to find love easier than ever before? Well; let’s just say the path to true love never does run smoothly and I have put myself through some horrendous experiences all in the name of research, so that all the single readers amongst you can have some insight into this world of alternate dating without having to dip a toe into those dangerous waters…

Finding Love Online… So first on the to-do list was to penetrate the world of digital dating- via websites. I know what you’re thinking; people on them are desperate, old or absolute mingers and don’t even try to deny this because, my sweets, I too once thought like you.

“OH ALICE” whined my friend Tina, “Why can’t I get a boyfriend?” Words I have heard many times over the last few years, not just from Tina, my perpetually single friend, but from pretty much all of my close friends and confidants. Now, if you have already read my Blue Belle column, you will be aware that I have no problem meeting guys (at least for flings and one night stands) but as for long term boyfriend material? Well, let’s just say my past relationship history reads like a particularly brutal massacre in a history book, so I am always somewhat surprised to find I am the ‘go-to’ person when someone wants to talk about anything boyfriend related.

First of all I had to pick a couple of sites to set up my profiles. Not too bad, but it was slightly awkward when I was in the library surrounded by people when Dating Direct’s ‘Start meeting new people today!’ sign flashed up. I actually started to get a healthy dose of paranoia as I had to scour facebook for nice enough pictures to put on my profile; but soon I had a profile on both Dating Direct and OkCupid (bizarrely advertised as the ‘Google’ of online dating… no, I don’t get it either). OkCupid is actually choc-a-block with students from around Manchester and beyond; honestly, if you have an assignment coming up, it’s great procrastinating material. The site has a nice little filter machine so you can only let through certain ages and the like, and it even matches your profile to others with similar interests- how lovely. It was on this site that I entered the circle of internet dating. I was chatting with Michael for a few weeks, he had a few rather nice pictures on his profile and all was going well. We eventually managed to fit a meet up into our busy schedules (or shoe shopping as I like to call it). So we arranged to go to a gig. Now I have to say; I never thought a first date could be so complicated! Was it a first date or just a casual meeting? If it’s just a casual meeting should I wear heels or no? Anyway, I went for heels in the end and tottered my way to Night and Day. It wasn’t a bad gig and turned out to be a surprisingly perfect venue for first dates/meetings because you have ten minutes of talking, then half an hour of music followed by ten minutes of talking, etc. This leaves no time for awkward silences ensue! Hurrah! So all round the date was good…or would have been if I was in any way attracted to Michael. Real Life Michael and OkCupid Michael looked very different indeed. So pitfall number one: Beware flattering pictures… But I didn’t give up on OkCupid, oh no, I still ventured on it every couple of days, out of vanity more than anything. There is nothing more fun than seeing the little pink box that says, ‘hey someone thinks you’re a fox baby’, or something similar… Anyway, not long after the crappy date with Michael, I was online when the OkCupid messenger popped up. It was a

30-year-old lawyer called Andy who was posing with a yacht in one picture and by the Taj Mahal in another… I could be onto something here! I told him I was an aspiring journo and it seems Andy has rather powerful connections. So powerful, in fact, that he could guarantee me a placement at the Daily Telegraph! The only thing he asked in return was that anytime he was in Manchester, I would have to spend the night with him at his hotel. Now, whilst I have had sex with random strangers before, I felt that since I would be pursuing a career in journalism, I should have a bit of integrity, hold on to a few principles and all that. So I gently eschewed him with a pleasant but firm hand. So problem number two arises. Beware the creepy pervs.

With speed dating, internet dating, slow dating, social circles, pubs, clubs, blind dates and supermarket dating all available, surely we should be able to find love more easily than ever before?

Next up: Dating Direct. Now Dating Direct takes itself much more seriously than OkCupid; there is even a success stories section where you can see beaming couples on their wedding day, gushing that Dating Direct gave them the chance to meet the love of their lives. How sweet. I have to admit, I felt a bit mean going on this site where people seem genuinely hopeful that the next person they message could be ‘The One’ and hoping for their own happy ever after. I had a look about on it and for a while nothing was really happening- until Nick. Nick looked lovely and smiley in his pictures and his profile looked impressive. We chatted for a bit and decided to meet up, this time at a park. Apprehensive, I was expecting a bit of a minger again but instead felt joy unbounded! He looked like his pictures (hottie hot hot baby!). We chatted away and had a lovely time. Before we knew it, it was getting dark and he had to leave to go to work. Off he went and five minutes later, I got a text from Nick to say how lovely a time he had. An hour later, Nick text again, asking what I was up to. Half an hour later, he text again asking why I hadn’t replied. Two hours later and he started to throw a bit of a fit; ‘Why aren’t you texting back, did you not have a nice time? I really like you.’ You get the picture. Three days, seven calls, hundreds of texts later and I cut off all contact. Pitfall number three: Beware the clingy barnacle! Ok so internet dating was a bit of a flop, but it was a fun experience; just bear in mind that it’s easier to hide weird personality traits when you are protected by a flattering camera and a computer screen.

Finding Love in Under a Minute… So, what next? Speed Dating! Now I had the opportunity to go Speed Dating in town, alongside fabulous young professionals, but I figured that since there was a Give it A Go Speed Dating session at the Pav, that was the way to go. I grabbed Deenie and off we went. If none of you have been to the Pav’s Speed Dating event then let me set the scene for you… there were candles, there were tables, and there were about 30 boys to seven girls. All very romantic and incredibly dark, might I add. It was actually quite a fun evening really, apart from meeting my ex-boyfriend’s best friend and running into a few old mates from first year (tip number four: Be weary of previous conquests). There were some really nice guys though and, despite the fact that nobody

thought I was interesting enough for a second ‘date,’ I had a good night. Especially when Deenie and I ended up getting drunk with a few of the lads from the event and wound up back at theirs! My night ended rather unsuccessfully but now Deenie, well hasn’t she gone and ended up dating one of the boys she met at speed dating! Hark! We have found a winner! So, my adventures in alternate dating have been brief, but they have been fun. I hope that if you are single and wanting to inject a bit of lurrrve back into your life that I have helped you think about fabulous new ways to get out there. Love does not always blossom in a club, so put yourself out there and remember that even if nobody else does, I love you all, my darling readers.

Alice Blue


April 26th 2010/Student Direct


Highlights of the University Year

Can’t Cook, Will Cooks

Gemma Blackman Features Editor

Ten: The Holidays. Everyone loves university life, but sometimes it’s nice to just go home and have your food cooked for you and have a television to while away your hours with. Will Chiswick

Nine: Give It A Go activities. From photography to pole dancing, first aid training to fun days out, Give It A Go has been a big success for the Union, getting people involved in hobbies they would never have considered before coming to Salford.

Eight: Activities Fair. This wasn’t just a treat for the new students; it was also a chance to catch up with friends for those of us who had experienced the Fair last year. Everyone got the usual bags of free stuff and learnt more about the clubs and societies – the free pizza was also a highlight!

Seven: Tinsel Town Tuesday at the Pav. This was one of the best nights I’ve ever spent at the Pav; not only did it play all the Christmas cringers but there was a free chocolate fountain, a snow machine and the most people to turn out since the Save Our Pav campaign.


USSU Elections. I’ve never been much of a politics fan, but even I got drawn in by the debates surrounding the elections of the new sabbatical officers for next year. The hustings and the results were all very intense, but all ended happily with a great new team democratically elected for the job.


Word and Mouth’s production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. This was a great way to start the Halloween celebrations, and audiences were stunned by the quality and professionalism shown by the cast and crew.

Four: Welcome BBQ. This was a fantastic idea and a great way for students new and old to make some new friends. Free food, free entertainment, and the sun was shining; what more could a student ask for?

Three: Christmas Ball. A tradition that I, for one, am glad the Union decided to bring back. A great night of great food, music and friends, it was the perfect way to bring in the Christmas holidays.

Two: Girls’ football team success. The university has had some great sporting successes this year, with the biggest being the girls’ football team winning their league just before Easter. It was a great achievement for the girls and one they can be proud of for a long time to come.


Students’ Union Annual Awards 2010. Although technically not a highlight because it is yet to happen, the Annual Awards 2010 is going to be my highlight of the year as I’m sure it will be for many others. A four-star hotel, three course meal, awards and DJ, this promises to be a night to remember.

HELLO FOOD fans. I regret to inform you that I am gravely ill. I can’t sleep, my breathing has become irregular and I’m often hysterical, incoherent and confused. My famously dour demeanour has been replaced by one of upbeat chirpiness; it could even be mistaken for joy. And the cause of this possessed madness? While I don’t profess to be any kind of medical authority, it would seem to stem from the fact that I, your bachelor with the spatula, am hopelessly in love. Now I’m still in charge of enough of my faculties to know that you, while reading this over a coffee between lectures, would not want to be bored/sickened/(is there a verb of making others jealous?) with the details of this romance. I’m also quite aware of my word limit and that this is a cooking column and not cliché corner, and as such will try to relate the rest of the remaining 650 words to how those of you lucky enough to be in a similar situation can make the most of your membership to this most exclusive of clubs. It seems that this is the worst possible time to have one’s head in the clouds as one of them, so we’re told, is made of volcanic ash. While this has played havoc with the world’s air transport systems it seems to have had only a positive effect on our fair island’s weather. For almost three full days now, Manchester has been bathed in glorious sunshine and with my new found optimism, I can only assume it will continue. Which to me can mean only one thing; plenty of romantic picnics. The secret to a successful picnic is planning. Choose a location; somewhere that at least one of you are familiar with, maybe with a scenic view, somewhere you can be alone and somewhere you can relax. Make sure you have all the right equipment:

a blanket to sit on, another in case it gets cold, plates, glasses, something to carry everything in, maybe an MP3 player with speakers, maybe a guitar for some serenading, sun cream, squirty cream or bug spray if you’re near any water. Lastly, of course, you’ll need some food and drink to take; otherwise your picnic will just be sunbathing. There are loads of different things that are perfect for picnics, but here are a few ideas if you get stuck on jam sandwiches.


The Romantics’ Picnic

• 150ml milk

This recipe cheats a bit by using readymade pastry, but you can make your own by rubbing together margarine and flour before binding with a little water.


5. Cook at 180°c for 30 minutes or until the centre has firmed and the crust is golden.

• Ready-rolled short crust pastry

6. Allow to cool before taking along.

• Bacon or sliced ham

For an extra treat you could finish with strawberries and champagne. While champagne from the Champagne region can be quite expensive, something you might want to look out for is sparkling wine from our very own Kent.

• One onion, finely chopped • Two eggs • Four tablespoons double cream

Potato and Avocado Salad

• 100g grated cheese

This can be made the morning of your outing and, in anticipation of an Indian summer; this recipe is a variation of a raita I usually make with curries.


Ingredients • Potatoes • Avocado • Natural yoghurt

4. Cover the base of the pastry with cheese before adding the bacon/ham and onion. Cover this with another layer of cheese and then pour in the egg and cream mixture.

1. Follow the instructions on the packet to make a cooked base for your quiche. 2. If using bacon, cut into small pieces and fry with the onion. 3. In a jug or bowl, mix the eggs, milk and cream and whisk lightly with a fork.

Due to the changing climate the rolling hills of England’s garden now has an almost identical terroir (winespeak for ‘all-round conditions’) to those of France’s most famous wine province, but at a fraction of the cost. Whatever you do, I hope you have as perfect a time as I do whenever I’m in the company of the one I love; have fun, take care and go cook yourself!

• Paprika • Chopped basil (optional)

Method 1. Peel and chop the potatoes into roughly inch cubes. 2. Bring a pan of water to the boil with some salt and a little oil. 3. Boil the potatoes for about 10 minutes so that they are soft all the way through but still keep their shape. 4. Drain the potatoes and leave to stand until cool. If left for ten minutes, you can then put them in the fridge to speed this up. 5. Halve the avocado and remove the stone. With a strong teaspoon scoop out small portions and add to a large mixing bowl. 6. When cool, add the potatoes to the bowl and mix round. Add the natural yoghurt a spoonful at a time, until the potatoes and avocado are evenly covered but not swimming in yoghurt. 7. Sprinkle a little paprika and chopped basil, if using, and mix thoroughly. Keep in the fridge until setting off and eat as a starter or a side.

Poet’s Corner Shamoon Bhana

Confessions of a Rebel I was a fool who did what I wanted This made me feel cool and others feel daunted. I spray painted walls, and drove stolen cars While hanging around in malls and drinking late in bars. I got into fights and robbed ladies purses While roaming the nights and throwing mouthfuls of curses. I carried a knife, if things got hot around the collar; I loved this fast life. I was never short of a dollar. Or friends for that matter and the harem of girls Particularly the latter, their eyes like pearls. We loved to take drugs and get on a high While the girls took a shrug and helped us live the lie. We were hated by our rivals, who pelted us with stones.

You see this game was about survival and sometimes, that broke bones. The cops hated young punks and we were always arrested. The prison cells stunk; they were dark and infested. People seem to think that jail is a place of brotherhood For those that made bail, maybe life turned out to be good. A few days in the cell, was enough to break a man down. It was like being in hell and you could tell by his frown I am trying to go straight, but I am always pulled in. In this unfortunate fate and life of sin. Most of my friends are dead now and I am to blame. Every night I have nightmares and my head fills with shame. I have nothing left now; I am like a lonely beach pebble. I always question and think of my confession as a rebel.


April 26th 2010 / Student Direct joining the gym and getting suitable clothes for the task, my training was severely lacking. The most I had walked in training was four miles, five days before the actual walk.

Personal Travel Guide…

So it was with some trepidation and a lot of excitement that four friends and I arrived at Manchester Central on Saturday night. We were amazed at the sheer number of people taking part - nearly 15,000 - and felt very emotional reading who people were ‘shining’ for, and their stories behind their walks.

Charity Challenges Part One Gemma Blackman Features Editor OVER THE next two weeks, we’ll be featuring different people who have overcome a challenge to give to charity- first up, it was my turn to don my trainers and torch for a midnight walk . . . “The challenge? A 13 mile walk around Manchester on a Saturday night. I first heard about Shine, Cancer Research’s first ever night time marathon (or half-marathon), whilst shopping in Manchester. I would never claim to be the fittest or healthiest person on the planet, as I’ve luckily never been someone who needed to exercise to stay in shape. So when I asked my friend, a self-confessed gym geek, to do the walk with me she was shocked; I had never challenged myself to do anything like this and it was thoroughly out of the blue to want to walk 13 miles for anything! However, it was important to me to raise money for Cancer Research, a charity I cared deeply about after losing my aunt to breast cancer 10 years ago. So we signed up with a three month window in which to train; unfortunately, despite

Ten o’clock arrived and the night-time atmosphere was electric; walking under the start sign, we couldn’t help but scream out in excitement. Four miles later, the excitement had all but vanished as we already began to hurt. The first pit stop loomed and we finally felt a glimmer of hope, until we saw the queue for the toilets. Thirty minutes later we set off back on the road, cheered on by a very supportive, drunken Mancunian population. The further along we went, the fewer people we saw around. The city must have been covered by the walkers’ illuminated helium balloons, which shone with small lights inside them. The sight of the balloons in front of you was amazing and so much of my inspiration to continue came from the strangers around me. Reading about the children and family members these people were walking for made us so proud; the pain was bearable when placed in a context like that. Six hours after we set off, we crossed the finish line with tears in our eyes. We received our medals, freebies and voucher for a free bacon roll at 4am and we were in heaven. All the pain just melted away at the thought of the lives we had just saved by simply walking. I will always look back on this experience and feel such pride for the challenge that I set myself and completed.”

Shakira Flores-Heatley IN A two part feature, I’m going to be investigating the world of holidays; where’s best to go for a romantic break, and what’s the best destination if it’s a break with friends that you’re after! Either way, read on , because there’s something for everyone...

with your loved one. There are so many wonderful places that you can go to feel the romance, whether you’re on a budget or you’ve been saving for months for the perfect break. Naturally, there are places that are undeniably romantic and that everyone needs to visit at some point in their lifetime, like Paris or Venice.

Even though exams are looming, it won’t be long until the summer arrives- and getting through the rest of the semester will be a lot easier if you have an amazing holiday to look forward to!

Paris is such an amazing city! Everything just calls for misty eyes and rose-tinted glasses; many say that the French aren’t really that friendly, but if that’s the case you’ll just be even happier to have that special someone there with you! And if you have some money to splash out, the Marriot Hotel on the Rive Gauche is a beautiful place to stay at.

So, this week I’m looking at places to go

But if you’re thinking of something less obvious in which to flaunt your love, Venice is a beautiful city (and the people are

very nice!). The Piazza San Marco is the central plaza and one of the most famous places in Italy. It’s a very romantic city, and a ride on a gondola is a must, while you’re there. Now, for a more exotic holiday, Lanzarote is a fabulous place. The sun, the beaches, the relaxing atmosphere… there’s nothing that seems impossible when you’re in a place like that! You can enjoy all your amazing nights dancing away, or you can just kick back and chill; or even go for a bit of exploring in the national park of the island. I hope you all have an amazing summer with your loved one, wherever you may end up; and when you do, take lots of pictures, because it wouldn’t be a holiday without them. And don’t forget, my hints don’t lie; so if you go to any of these places, think of me and think ‘Thank you’!

For more information about the Cancer Research Shine event, visit: h t t p : / /sh i n e .c a n c e r

Weekly Horoscopes with Mystic Mishal

You may need to experiment with different ways to achieve your goals. You're all about big ideas and big events. Try your best to get your priorities straight. Perhaps taking up gardening, model making or some other craft will help you to relax. Think practical thoughts if you really want to see the light. Don't settle for less than the best. Professionalism will be of utmost importance. You may be faced with more details than you normally like to handle. Unless you are careful, miscommunications or misunderstandings may occur. Think deeper to find a way to make your job easier. Your ability to communicate on many levels will help you to gain support. Don't ruffle the feathers of those you care about most. You are best to work at home, clearing up overdue projects. Don't be angry, but be on your guard. Strength begins with courage and you happen to have lots of that. Don't allow others to press your emotional buttons. Promises may have been broken, but you need to conserve your energy for more positive use. A little weekend get-away may be just what you need. There may be too many things to decide on at once. You'll have to work step by step to achieve more realistic improvements in your life. Someone close to you will remind you of something very important; something you may have almost forgotten along your way. You will communicate easily and should be able to develop new friendships. Secret affairs will only lead to heartache.

Someone you care about may not be too well. Mingle with those who can help you get ahead. Expressing yourself in novel ways should lead you down new avenues. This is an ideal time to reunite a group that has been growing apart. Once you do, you'll have a keener understanding of how things work. An official announcement will open a new connection. Leaders are born, not chosen. Recent events have made you aware of how precious life is. Offers you receive may be exciting, but you'd rather be busy with your own projects than with someone else's cause. Sincerity will put you far ahead of your competitors. You may attract attention if you mingle socially. Don't let any small misunderstandings get in the way. Focus on forming business partnerships. Keep calm. Someone around you is bouncing off the walls. Cash in on a fresh start by opening your mind and learning about people. Things will come more easily to you once you do; you won't require any permission for the truly important things. You may have felt restrained lately, but you'll soon feel like you could climb mountains. Patience will be required, but more important is focus. You'd much rather start something new than commit yourself to tired old business. This is the perfect time for you to find a new approach to gain much needed support. Family outings that aren't expensive will be enjoyable and help strengthen ties.

Acknowledge your lover's needs. You may want to talk to your boss about your future goals. The old routine is getting your spirits down. You don't know whether to embrace or run away from them. Overwhelming feelings put you back in touch with who you really are. Listen to others’ ideas on how they plan to handle the situation and plan your strategy accordingly. You've done it all before, so now all you have to do is recall your magic and make it appear. Your every desire will peak the passion meter. Beware of a fairweathered friend who may be trying to pull the wool over your eyes. You can make changes to your home that will be pleasing to all concerned. This is not the best time to take a risk, to gamble or spend money you really can't afford to part with. Problems with bones or teeth may mess up your schedule. Answers will come more easily than usual. Write down your thoughts, ideas and concepts. Study other things that tie into your ideas. Others will be amazed by your ability to see past the immediate and through to success. Depression may result if you don't get to do things your own way. Go out with friends or family. Don't expect support from your mate. Lately, you seem to have been taken off track from your personal interests and goals. Other situations have taken over and become a real priority for you.


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Hayley’s Here to Help!

Cuticle Removal? Are You Mad?!

Every week, our resident Agony Aunt Hayley will answer your questions on everything from sex to education. If you have a problem you’d like an answer to, email the editor at and we’ll pass them on!

Health & Lifestyle


Dear Hayley,

Dear Hayley,

I’ve just come back to Uni and am starting to revise for exams but I’m getting so stressed out with everything. I sit at my desk all day but none of the information seems to stick- I’m getting so frustrated. Is there anything you can recommend?

I’m going travelling for three months after Uni finishes in June, and am trying to work out the best travel insurance- it seems to cost a fortune! Can you recommend any websites to purchase it from?

Revising is always a pain, and getting started is the hardest part. The best way to do it is to make a timetable of revision and make sure you get a few of hours of work in a day, based around your various modules you have exams for. It would make sense to start with the module you have an exam for first and then gradually work your way through it. Don’t assume you have to do everything in one go, because then you'll feel overloaded with information. Take your time with it and remember to take regular breaks so your concentration stays with you. There's a really good revision timetable on /2010/weekly_planner.pdf that you can fill in and print off.

Jonathan Griffin

I have found through personal experience the best insurance website is Travel Supermarket ( because you only have to fill out one form, it finds some really cheap deals and it breaks down what the insurance covers in a simple table. A word of warning though; make sure it has delayed baggage cover because my airline lost my baggage on the way to Dubai last year and it wasn't found for two days, so I had to buy clothes and toiletries with my spending money because my insurance didn’t cover this kind of problem. Some insurers do cover for this, though, so make sure you get it included.

Flash cards are always a good way to revise; just keep going through them until you know the answers off by heart, and revision sessions with friends can be a way to make revision fun. Snacks and drinks are also advised throughout the day to keep up your sugar levels, increase concentration and make everything seem better!

Every girl loves a manicure and a pedicure, and ladies I agree: nice nails are sexy! My problem is not with the care but the possible destruction caused by you and in worse cases, paid professionals, when removing cuticles. The cuticle is commonly seen by beauty therapists as “ragged, dried, peeling and unattractive” but dermatologists (skin doctors) see it as your friend. Let’s first look at what you so eagerly want to be rid of. The cuticle extends from the proximal nail fold (PNF) to the nail plate; it is composed of modified stratum corneum (outer layer of skin) and therefore is rarely even. The purpose of the PNF and cuticle is to protect the structures at the base of the nail, particularly where the nail is formed, from environmental insults such as irritants, allergens, bacterial and fungal pathogens- basically all the nasties.

So you see, ladies, the cuticle is your friend and helps protect the PNF. The problem seems to be that improper technique or knowledge leads to damage to the PNF when removing cuticles. Although the PNF is well adapted, physical or chemical damage can lead to infection or inflammation. An infection is what podiatrists call “paronychia”. Acute paronychia may follow a break in the skin, with redness, swelling and pain. At this stage, medical treatment is advised, usually with antibiotics. If there is no response to the antibiotics after two days, then surgical intervention may be required. In the worst cases, the patient will lose the nail or even suffer permanent disfigurement. So ladies; be informed and know the risks.

So You Want To Be . . . Not a day goes by when the headlines aren’t screaming about how the country has run out of money, there are no jobs, and if you’re graduating from university then you can expect to spend the next decade on the dole . . . So, to try and save you all from days spent watching Jeremy Kyle, we will be introducing a different career each week in the hope that you might find something you like!

a Security Specialist? Rupert White WE'VE ALL watched spy movies and we have all wished we could be James Bond or Jason Bourne; but what if the chance to be like these people was potentially a reality rather than a faint childhood hope? The security industry is one that offers genuine opportunities for people to have a little excitement in their day-day lives compared to the normal mundane nine-to-five role where the only fun you may get is from flicking elastic bands at your boss and seeing how far you get before they catch you. There are various ways to get involved in becoming a security specialist, mainly through online applications for specific organisations' respective websites; however, there are times when they may come looking for you. There are numerous areas of security that you can become involved with and each comes with its

own rewards or benefits to society. Taking the first obvious career choice for those of you who want an exciting job, there is the UK police force. With your desk taking the form of policing the streets and protecting the citizens of the UK, no one day is ever the same, as many officers will tell you. One day could be spent writing up an incident report from a robbery, the next could see you donning full riot gear and controlling a hostile crowd at a football ground or organised rally. Alternatively, you could look at a career in either UK Immigration and Customs or the UK Border Agency, whose TV series (UK Border Force) gives you a good insight into how these agencies operate policing the nation's entry points. If this sounds promising but not quite up your street, then you may want to look at the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) or Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre (CEOP). These two law enforcement bodies require candidates who have the ability to think outside the box in order to solve serious crimes committed both in the UK and

abroad, and also employ people as intelligence officers to gather information on the whereabouts and activities of suspect and tagged sex offenders. For those of you who like the sound of this but are also considering the armed forces as a career, why not look into the military police? These people are trained primarily as soldiers (Army), or airmen/women (RAF) to enforce discipline within the armed forces and enjoy the same benefits and training as those in the civilian role. As you are part of the armed forces you can also apply for an operational tour through which you'll utilise your skills and expertise gained from the service completed, and afterwards you can look forward to a high demand for your skills in the civil job market. Hopefully by now you will now be interested in a career in one of the previously mentioned security organisations, but if you're still not convinced then why not look at MI5, MI6 or GCHQ? MI5 is responsible for the intelligence and security of domestic affairs within the UK and is

actively engaged in programmes of espionage prevention, intelligence gathering on potential terrorist suspects and the monitoring of potentially dangerous groups and individuals who threaten British security. Or if you like the idea of this but would like to travel aboard to do your job, maybe you should look at the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS or MI6). They have Operations officers gathering intelligence on targets and suspects that threaten both British and allied interests abroad and feed back their intelligence reports via covert methods for analysts and policy makers to make informed decisions on. Alternatively, if you are somewhat of a specialist with electronics then the Government Communication Headquarters (GCHQ) may be the place for you. Responsible for the majority of UK intelligence gathered through various electronic means of wire tapping, listening devices and radio intercepts, these people are intelligent thinkers who must evolve their operational methods to meet the new challenges faced from terrorists using the latest

technology to remain undetected. If you speak a second language, this will also be a huge advantage and may determine which area you are assigned to for operations. Thank you and good luck. This message will self destruct in five seconds. Could you be the next James Bond?

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The Week in Tom Doyle Quotes Arsene Wenger whinges – “I don’t know who will win the title now – and I don't care.” Birmingham boss Alex McLeish – “You have to dust it off like dandruff and show what you can do.” Fergie after not being happy with German team Bayern Munich’s protests – “Typical Germans.” Fergie again – “I used to get a letter from a supporter saying I was off my head because I wasn’t playing Steve Bruce at centre forward, although in fairness it was probably Brucie writing it himself – or his granny.” Silly reporter – “Phil . . .” Lee Westwood – “I’m Lee. Phil is coming in a minute. He'll be wearing a green jacket.”

David James – “We won't get into Europe because we haven't registered – such is the optimism at our club!” Blackpool manager Ian Holloway – “Are we good enough to reach Wembley? Can I grow a wig and dance in high heels? Of course we can.” Roy Keane's wise words – “Attempts on goal is like going to a nightclub. You could speak to 50 girls but if you're going home on your own, it's no good, is it? You could only speak to one and go home with her!” Dorian West on his prop Soane Tonga’uiha – “It's not affected him. He's a prop. He's only thinking of his next scrum and his next meal.”

Jose Mourinho – “I am very happy at Inter. I am not happy in Italian football - because I don’t like it and they don't like me. Simple.” Avram Grant – “His movement for his goal was unbelievable, he was at the right place at the right time. I think he will play until he is 51. That is in two years.”

Chants of the Week Swansea fans to financially challenged Cardiff – “What's that coming over the hill, is it the taxman, is it the taxman?!” Relegated Portsmouth’s fans – “We’re gonna win the league!” Crystal Palace fans to Bristol City keeper Dean Gerken – “Does your burger know you’re here?”

What Did We Miss? Tom Doyle AFTER A busy month of sport, it’s time for a little catch up. The top of the premier league continues twist and turn more than an average Lionel Messi run, with Manchester United and Chelsea seemingly relying on the other in order for them to be in with a chance of winning. At the other end of the table, Wigan came from 2-0 down to beat Arsenal leaving Hull, West Ham and Burnley to scrap for survival. The volcanic ash cloud caused havoc with last week’s European football matches, forcing the travelling teams to spend time on buses rather than the planes they’re used to. Jose Mourinho managed to get one over another of his former clubs with

a 3-1 win over Barcelona in the San Siro which should make the return leg very interesting. In the other Champions League semi-final first leg, Bayern Munich grabbed a 1-0 lead over Lyon after both teams ended the game with 10 men. Bayern will be without star player Franck Ribery in the second leg and potentially the final, after his cynical challenge earned a straight red card. Perhaps the most touching story of the past few weeks was that of Phil Mickleson, who won the Masters Golf tournament almost a year after his wife, Amy, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Mickleson, who wore a breast cancer awareness badge on his cap throughout the tournament, fought off the challenge of the rest of the field with some brilliant strokes to

earn himself his third green jacket in Augusta. He followed that with an emotional embrace with his wife who he later said had been his inspiration throughout the tournament. Poor driving left Tiger in the woods several times, but some spectacular shots saw his return fairly successful and with extraordinary media interest. In the Grand National A.P McCoy finally won after 15 years of trying. The result means that bookies were left massively out of pocket with an estimated £50 million loss over the weekend. Despite the win, McCoy’s joy was short lived as he received a £30 fine and three points on his licence for driving whilst on the phone just days later. I suspect he feels karma dealt him a fairly generous hand on this occasion though!

Jonathan Macpherson

THE GLOBAL economic downturn obviously didn’t get inside the wrought-iron gates of the All England Club with the announcement that the singles’ champions at this summer’s Wimbledon will each receive £1million - the biggest Grand Slam prize money in tennis history. This was a good day for Roger, for Rafa, possibly even for Andy if he can reverse his poor form The stakes are higher this year for Federer and Co.

of late; win Wimbledon, and you’ll not only move up the tennis rankings, but up the Forbes rich list as well. The All England Club says that the increase in prize money of £150,000 is to offset the fall in value of the British pound against the dollar and the euro. But when you see the prize money now compared to 10 years ago, the figure has nearly doubled. This trend shows how tennis is starting to compete with other major sports and competitions

in terms of prize money and can only provide a greater incentive for youngsters getting into the sport. For years sports like football, F1 and more recently cricket, have attraced talented young sportsmen and women in Britain through the prospect of high wage and prize packets, where tennis has fallen by the wayside. Yet with the global economic crisis, these sports are now finding themselves in a position where they need to tighten their belts; but now tennis seems to have bucked that trend. And, as the leading players are believed to have ‘jackpot clauses’ written into their endorsement contracts, winning Wimbledon would be worth considerably more than a million pounds to the top players. There would be a bonus from their sponsors, and a hike in appearance fees. If Murray is this year’s Wimbledon champion, he could expect to earn an extra £10-20 million over his career – I think it’s time to get practicing!

MY FIRST impressions of Danielle Baker, or Dani as she prefers to be called, caught me a little off guard. Perhaps wrongly, I expected her to be your stereotypical competitive female fighter: as one of Britain’s top athletes, I was expecting her to be very forward, confident, maybe even slightly aggressive. In contrast to this, Dani is polite, friendly, and, as this is our first meeting, ever so slightly shy. Her rating as a third dan taekwondo black belt speaks volumes though, a s

does the fact she is jetting off to Holland in two days to compete against some of the best in Europe. I spoke to Salford’s rising star about preparations for the upcoming contest and how she manages to balance the pressures of international competition with her studies here at Salford. To start us off, how long have you been doing taekwondo? I started when I was seven and I’m 19 now... so 12 years. How often do you train? Five times a week. I train Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays for two hours, then once a week in the gym doing strengths. All the cardio is covered in the taekwondo training. What's happening in Holland this weekend? It’s called the Dutch Open and it’s one of the competitions around Europe which contribute points. It’s these points they add up when it comes to picking the

teams for the big competitions like the World Championships and the European Championships. What else have you got lined up this year? I’m looking at the Commonwealth Championships in India towards the end of the year; and also the Student World Championships in the Summer. How have you found juggling training and university work? Well, one of the big reasons I came to Manchester was because I train here and Salford’s not that far away. So far it’s been ok and as I’m doing a Sports Science degree it has all tied in quite nicely. It’s not been a problem yet, but I’m only in first year so we’ll just have to see how it goes! Do you use any of the Salford facilities to train? I use the Tom Husband Leisure

ction .

Sports Editor

Tom Walker

Dani in a

Wimbledon Avoids Economic Crisis

A Man’s World?

Centre. It’s quite handy that it’s so close to where I’m studying as I can go there if I’ve got a couple of h o u r s bet ween lectures and do s o m e weight

training. It’s also good if I’ve got to lose a bit of weight for competitions just to go and get on a treadmill for 20 minutes. Have you found taekwondo has changed you as a person in any way? Yeah, absolutely! After taking a couple of gradings and competing in a few competitions when you come face to face fighting an opponent, I found once you’ve done that a lot of things don’t worry you as much. Talking in big groups and things like that in particular became a lot easier for me. Are you quite a competitive person by nature? Yes. I’ve had ups and downs but generally, I like to win! What would you say to other people, particularly girls, who may be considering taking up a martial art like taekwondo? Go for it! I know a lot of people think of it as more of a boys’ sport but it’s a real confidence booster, really good for fitness, toning and things like that. It’s a good thing to do with your friends as well, and if you get into it properly it’s quite addictive in a way. I could never imagine leaving it! Do you think it could be done more as just a recreational pastime to stay fit for people who are perhaps a bit less competitive? Definately! It can be a lot more fun really, if you aren’t interested in competing seriously. It’s also a good way to get rid of a lot of anger. You can take it as far as you want. Are you looking to go for the Olympics in a few years? I’m going to see how it goes. The selection process for the Olympics is really tough but I’m just going to see how I do over the next couple of years and see what happens.

Horse Racing Looks to Students for Spectatorship Thomas Castle LATER THIS month, organisations Racing For Change and the British Horse Racing Authority will give students free entry to some of Britain’s racecourses. In a bid to bring horse racing to a newer, younger and more vibrant audience Racing For Change want to try out a number of strategies to show young people how exciting horse racing can be. PR Director at Racing For Change, Nick Attenborough, said: “We are programme testing in about six universities at the moment and trying to understand what students want and what would interest them

about horse racing. We are even appreciating how freshers’ week works so we can offer students opportunities to go racing, not into betting shops, but actually attend the races.” As well as researching into what would attract younger people to the races, Mr Attenborough added: “We need to discount the races more and we need to make the day interesting. With horse racing, the more you learn in general the more captivating it becomes. If large groups are willing to go to the races from universities we could work alongside jockeys and trainers and arrange other events and entertainment during the visit. We could also look into

organising visits to stables. Our responsibility is to get racing to be more exciting.” The Universities of Bristol, Exeter and Cirencester are all keen on creating programmes and promoting horse racing and Salford could soon join them. The free entry to racecourses initiative needs to continue and be supported by racecourses in the local area; and with enough help from Salford and Manchester students, there may be enough support to claim discounted tickets at local racecourses like Haydock Park and Chester. To try racing for free later this month go to

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Inside: Meet Salford’s Taekwondo Champion


EXHILARATING PLAYOFF DECIDER Jonathan Macpherson Sports Editor


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SALFORD WOMEN’S Hockey team has won an enthralling relegation playoff decider against Liverpool University. Salford came from behind twice to see off the challenge from Liverpool and win the game 4-2 – including two goals in the last five minutes. A loss for Salford would have meant relegation to the fifth tier of the BUCS northern league, and Liverpool taking their place in the fourth tier. Captain Sophie Laxton said: “It was a game we needed to win and it was a well deserved win in the end.” It was a “Do or Die” game for both teams but it was Liverpool who started the game brighter and opened the scoring within the opening five minutes. The ball was played into the box from the right wing and flicked into the path of an unmarked Liverpool attacker. The ball was parried well by the Salford keeper but was expertly kept in play for another Liverpool forward to bundle in. This early setback kick started Salford into life and in the next few minutes they had several chances to draw level. A great run by Chloe down the left was squared to Sophie Laxton but her shot was narrowly wide.

Another great run down the left and sprint into the box then brought a great point-blank save from the Liverpool keeper. But Salford couldn’t be denied for much longer and moments later they found themselves level by a magical goal from Beth Topping. The ball was played out of defence and Beth took the ball from the half way line, holding off the last defender, before powering into the box and coolly slotting the ball past the Liverpool keeper. Both sides were looking to gain the advantage; soon, after three short corners, Liverpool finally made the third one count with a low shot drilled from the edge of the area. If Salford’s first goal was a moment of magic, their second goal was a real poacher’s effort. A short corner was taken wide by Salford before being crossed into the D where Em was in the right place at the right time to flick past the hapless Liverpool keeper. The second half proved to be a far more comfortable affair for Salford; however they had to wait until the last 10 minutes to gain the lead. From a short corner, the ball was slammed home by Sophie Laxton after a scramble in the Liverpool D. This goal settled Salford’s nerves whilst the Liverpool players were losing theirs.

With five minutes to go, a Liverpool player was yellow carded and, from the resulting free hit, the ball was played quickly up field where Beth Topping took control before confidently stroking the ball into the net. Laxton said: “It took us about 10 minutes to settle down but after that we were the better team. We were on top of them for the rest of the game. We took advantage of playing on the break and the front players played really well. Our midfield looked really exciting going forward, our defence looked really solid too and they didn’t get past us that much. “ She continued: “It was tough. Liverpool played well and the weather was really warm today as well, which took a lot out of the players.” Sophie and the team can now look forward to continuing to play in the fourth tier and she believes that the team will perform better next season. “We didn’t deserve to go down and it would’ve been a big punishment. We’ve stayed up now and playing at the standard we feel we should be at. “A lot of the players we have this year are freshers or second years, so we are still developing as a team. Next year we should be able to perform better and improve on our fifth place finish.”

Salford Students Swim for Charity Justine Holmes THE UNIVERSITY swimming team has completed a 5K sponsored swim to raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care. Five members of the team swam 200 lengths each, and hope to have raised around £300 for the charity. The quickest team member, Charlotte, swam the lengths in an

amazing one hour, three minutes and 54 seconds. The other four swimmers, Ognyan Ducher, Andy Lawe, Justine Homes and Peter

Durkin completed their lengths between one hour and six minutes and one hour and 48 minutes. Congratulations to all!

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