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Horoscopes – Page 34

Arts – Page 37

Students Working in “Appalling” Conditions

The Pav To Close

Disgrace: Mouldy carpets in the Adelphi building

Steph Bartup Editor The state of several teaching rooms in the Adelphi building have been described as “appalling and abhorrent” by one of the Students’ Union’s Sabbatical Officers. Joe Kirwin, Vice President of Arts, Media and Social Sciences says he is disgusted by the state of the rooms in the Adelphi part of the campus. He says: “Students in Adelphi have been promised new teaching rooms for ten years now. It’s ridiculous- one room [pictured below] is used for teaching, yet it’s in the middle of a corridor so other students are constantly having to pass through to use the toilets.” Other rooms in the building have mould growing all over the carpet and layers of paint peeling from the walls. In the basement of the building, students over 5”10 have to squat in order to move through a corridor without bumping their heads. Joe Kirwin adds: “I know that the University are planning to change the state of the building - in fact, I’m showing the Vice Chancellor, Martin Hall around the building soon, so that he can see the full extent of the problems. But students cannot be expected to work in these conditions.” The Adelphi building, located on Peru Street, is used by thousands of students studying subjects such as Performing Arts, Music and Journalism.

Halfway House: A corridor is used as a teaching room

The Pav will close its doors at the end of May

The Students’ Union THE STUDENTS’ Union will be closing its licensed venue, The Pavilion at the end of this semester. After almost 30 years of entertaining Salford students, The Pavilion will finally close its doors at the end of May. While it had once made a substantial financial contribution to the organisation, the income generated by The Pavilion that can be reinvested in the Union has steadily fallen from £114,000 in 2008 to just £20,000 this year. A loss of £3000 was forecast for 2011. If allowed to continue unchecked, the losses would have eventually threatened the financial stability of the Students’ Union as an organisation. In addition, the building has exceeded its life span and maintaining it to the required legislative standards would have involved significant expenditure. The Union felt that the losses reflected the decline in student demand for entertainments and a late night venue and that the large funds necessary to maintain it could better meet student needs elsewhere. Changing student demographics, financial pressures and a competitive job market mean that late night licensed venues and entertainments are no longer the priority they once were for students across the UK. At Salford,

an increasing number of our students live locally and commute into University, a fifth are distance learners or studying part time and over half are mature students. The Union remains committed to providing social space at Bar and Café Yours, and an outstanding retail offer across its three campus shops. This time last year, the University promised not to close The Pavilion until a replacement venue was available on campus. Since those discussions took place, substantial cuts in higher education funding have meant that the University has had to reconsider its investment options. In the meantime, the Union has taken this action to avoid substantial financial problems for the organisation in the future. To replace the service offered by The Pavilion, the Union will be developing an exciting programme of off-campus events including Welcome and Christmas Balls, and partnerships with city centre nightclubs to ensure we continue to provide great value nights out for Salford students. On campus, Bar Yours is committed to the expansion of its evening events to include a wide range of activities for students. The Union’s decision will mean it has more time and resources to allocate to the crucial areas that matter most to our members: ensuring an excellent academic

experience and enhanced employability upon graduation. It will use its pioneering Sabbatical Officer structure to ensure that the views and opinions of students are accurately represented to the University, and that the changes students want to see in their academic experience are delivered. It will continue to expand its student activities offer to provide wide ranging opportunities for personal development, helping Salford graduates stand out from the crowd in a competitive job market. There will be increased opportunities to run and participate in sports clubs and societies and to take part in trips and activities through the Give It A Go programme. USSU President Matt Webber said: “I know many students will be sad to see The Pav close, it’s been a big part of student life here at Salford for decades. However, it is clear that the

Union had reached a point where it could no longer continue to operate this as a venue, without it threatening the long term financial future of the organisation and the essential services we provide for students. We remain committed to providing students with opportunities to meet others and make friends, but in new and innovative ways that fully meet their needs.” University of Salford ViceChancellor, Martin Hall commented: “This is a sensible, businesslike decision. The University is committed to working with the USSU to provide the best possible student experience. As we are the university closest to the heart of Manchester, this includes taking advantage of everything that a great city like ours has to offer.”


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Student Direct:

WELCOME TO the final edition of Student Direct: Salford Edition of the year! It’s been a great year and thank you to all the avid readers of the newspaper, both in print and online, for keeping it so widely read. As this is my final week as Editor, I’m leaving you in the very capable hands of Emily Barker, who was recently appointed Editor for 2010/11. I’m sure Emily will do a fantastic job and I can’t wait to see her great ideas brought to life through Student Direct. If any of you out there would like to write for the paper next year, please email studentdirect-ussu@salford.ac.uk. It’s been great writing for you this year and seeing what amazing journalistic talent Salford has to offer. Thanks to everybody who has contributed and made the paper such a success; it could never have been such a great year without you. Steph

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STUDENTS ON the University of Salford’s fashion courses are celebrating this week after beating 27 other institutions to win the prestigious Drapers College portfolio award by unanimous decision. The awards took place at the British Fashion Council Graduate Preview Day Awards on 28 April in front of many of the most important people in the fashion world. The judging panel alone included Commissioning Editor of Drapers, Ana Santi; Buying Director of Womenswear for Selfridges, Anita Barr and London Fashion Week designer Todd Lynn. Representatives from many major brands were also present at the event, including Vogue Italia, Elle Magazine and Marie Claire. Ana Santi announced the result and said: “I was really impressed with the quality of the work, however it was a unanimous

decision that the University of Salford should receive the ‘Drapers Portfolio Award”. Bashir Aswat, the fashion programme leader at the University proudly accepted the reward on behalf of his students by announcing: “This is beyond amazing, the feedback has been phenomenal. I’m very proud of all the staff and students who are part of the fashion course. It’s even more exciting winning an award recognised by industry experts.” One of the students who took part, Louise McLoughlin, added: “To be part of the winning University and have my work selected makes me feel proud and gives me more confidence in my vision, especially because people from the fashion industry have seen my work.” It is hoped that the award will act as a valuable stepping stone into the industry once they have graduated, as well as giving them a chance to mingle with some of the big names. The student’s final collections will be presented on the catwalk on 25 May at Manchester Town Hall.

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The Judging panel

IDAHT Awareness Day Jodie Pritchard

Jenny Longworth STUDENTS ARE being warned about an email scam that has been circulating university email addresses across the country. The email states that it is from Student Finance England and asks students to send a reply detailing personal financial details to ensure that money is paid into their bank accounts. Student Finance England has confirmed that the email is not being sent by them, and advise students not to reply. A spokesperson for the company says that students should delete the email and not enter any personal details. The email, which includes a link for students to click on and ‘update’ their account information, has been sent to thousands of students across the country.

You Decide Results Lucy Atkinson STUDENTS FROM across the campus took part in the Students’ Union’s You Decide meetings last week. Sessions were held in each of the four faculties throughout the week, and were chaired by the sabbatical officer representing each faculty and USSU President Matt Webber. Over the week, a number of important ideas and suggestions were proposed, including the introduction of a free cash machine on the Allerton campus. Ricky Chotai, Vice President of Health and Social Care said: “The lack of a free cash machine is a huge problem for students on the Allerton campus. We’re currently lobbying the University about the issue as I definitely think a change needs to be made here.”

During the Health and Social Care You Decide meeting, where the issue of the lack of free cash machines was raised, students were also concerned by the cost of petrol for those having to travel to placements, as only students on NHS placements are reimbursed for their fuel costs. Ricky Chotai said: “I’ll definitely look into this problem - I’ll find out how other universities are tackling similar problems, and hopefully we’ll resolve this issue.” Other problems raised at the meetings included the issue of noise in the ‘silent’ area of the library; one student said that groups of students continually chat in specific ‘silent’ areas. Jim Dale, Vice President of the faculty of Business, Law and the Built Environment suggest that more severe penalties could be incurred by students who continue to break the rules.

Keep Your Valuables Safe For Free Chris Spiller

NEXT MONDAY, 17 May is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. The date is recognised annually to raise awareness and combat prejudice towards Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay and Transgender (LGBT) people, and both the University and the Students’ Unions’s LGBT Society are organising events to promote the day. Within the University, a rainbow banner will fly from the flagpole outside the Mary Seacole building for the first time and a timeline of important LGBT dates will be displayed in the foyer of University House. Regionally, the Queer Up North Festival takes place at locations around Manchester from 18-31 May and will include film showings, art exhibits and performances from hundreds of artists. For more information, visit: www.queerupnorth.com.

WARNING ● WARNING ● WARNING

STUDENTS CAN keep their valuables safe without charge through a new police scheme which involves registering electronic items such as ipods, mobile phones, laptops and DVD players, so that police can keep track of stolen goods.

The drop-in sessions will take place at the following times and locations:

Tuesday 11 May 11.30am-7pm in the Adelphi Library

Monday 10 May 11.30am-7pm in the Clifford Whitworth Library

Wednesday 12 May 11.30am-7pm in the Allerton Library.

Police officers will register your valuable items to the website www.immobilise.com, which keeps an archive of all electronic devices, and helps students keep track of their valuables. To register any of these devices and more, staff and students need to bring along the serial number, make and model of the equipment to any of the locations listed below, where PC’s Natalie Atkinson and Tony Beckett will ensure that students’ property is registered to the database.

PC’s Natalie Atkinson and Tony Beckett

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Student Direct / May 10th 2010 www.student-direct.co.uk Steph Bartup Editor

It’s a Strange World...

Caroline Steer AH, THE exam season. Doesn’t it just make you want to cry? Four weeks without going out and spending every waking hour in the library cramming like you’ve never crammed before. It’s not the nicest time of the year to say the least; but spare a thought for a bunch of students in Nepal who are being forced to re-take one of their recent exams. According to digitalspy.co.uk the group of unlucky pupils will have to complete their assessments again after stacks of their unmarked papers were eaten by rats. The documents from Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan University had been locked away in a storeroom at the local police station. However, this didn’t stop the hungry rodents from nibbling away at the papers, rendering them unreadable and resulting in a re-take being called. The University has been accused of showing ‘utter negligence’ and criticised for allegedly storing the papers in a building with a leaking water pipe. Police inspector Ram Prakash Chaudhary said: “The exams were two and half months ago. We kept the answer papers in a secure room. But a few days ago we discovered that some of them had been eaten by rats. "We told the university officials about the problem straight away. But they only came to pick up the papers today, after the news came out." So beware of any hungry looking Salford rats, they might cause you more stress than you think!

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From University Student to Film Producer: “It’s Been One Hell of a Ride!”

AVING GRADUATED with a degree in Performing Arts from the University of Salford less than a year ago, Rebecca Clare Evans has had an extraordinary 12 months. Not only has she co-written her first script, which is about to be put into production as a film, she is also co-producing the movie. The film, Colour Candy, is about the dangers of gang culture, and sends a clear message about the terrible consequences of using knives, drugs and guns. The feature is set in Moss Side in Manchester, and exposes the harsh reality of the city’s problem with gang violence. “After training at through my performing arts degree, I felt that through my experiences and knowledge of the industry, I wanted to create something that was meaningful and eye opening to the public”, explains Rebecca. “This topic has been a growing issue for many years in Manchester, but never has a film been made about it in our area. We really hope that we can make people think twice before getting involved.” Colour Candy will feature

The Political Perspective

TIME TO MAKE YOUR MIND UP

Chris Slater SO HERE we are; the last issue of the year and the last Political Perspective of this election campaign. By the time this column goes to press the country will have spoken and we may have a new government, or not as the case be. That will have been your choice of course, and that has been one of the most surprising, yet reassuring aspects of this election. Despite claims that the expenses scandal would leave millions disillusioned with politics and see turnout plunge to a record low, thankfully this hasn’t been case. I hope you all went out to vote on Thursday, if not, you should have. It’s been the closest and hardest fought election for a generation; since 1992 for that matter. 1997 was indeed a turning point, but was also always a nailed-on Labour victory. Where as 2001 and 2005 have almost slipped under the radar of political history. The TV debates have written this

campaign into the history books even before the result is known. The political purists have been quick to rubbish them as episodes of a ‘political X-Factor.’ But to see party leaders discussing a policy for over an hour on prime-time TV can only be seen as a good thing and they should now become a staple of political process. So should a wider phenomenon, which has grown out of the debates. This time we have had a genuine three horse race and hand-on-heart, even those who support the two main parties would have to admit the emergence of the Lib Dems is good for British politics. If the hung parliament many are anticipating does materialise, we may even have a new proportional voting system which will cement this. Gordon Brown last night called it the ‘people’s election’ and this may be the most valid thing he’s said all campaign. Spin may now be a dying art form, which seems as good a time as any for me to hang up my pen...

performances from some popular household names, such as Simon Webbe from boyband Blue, and former Hollyoaks actress Leah Hackett. ‘Resident Evil’ actor Colin Salmon is also in talks to appear in the movie. Rebecca says that many actors are keen to get involved with the project due to the nature of the storyline: “Simon Webbe was raised in Moss Side, so this project is close to his heart; I met Leah Hackett's dad through a friend and he told her about the project and she contacted me. Also we are now getting named actors approaching us.” Rebecca and her co-writers created the script, which was inspired by the heartbreaking tale of one of her co-writers, Michaela Richardson, and the experiences of gang life in Manchester that she had witnessed first-hand. “After speaking to Michaela about her past, and about the friends that she lost to gang culture, and as a mother, I felt compassionate towards family members who had lost their children. Brothers, sisters, parents, anyone could be affected in such a way.” “Being so involved with the production has been such a journey”, she continues. “From the research period, where I was interviewing people on the streets of Moss Side, to writing, to producing the film.” The team behind the film are

working closely with groups such as Mothers Against Violence and the Greater Manchester Police (GMP) to use the film to warn young people about the dangers that gang life can hold in store for them.

This topic has been a growing issue for many years in Manchester, but never has a film been made about it.

“My passion for the subject became stronger as we did more research through groups such as Mothers Against Violence, and we really wanted to create something that could show the devastating effects that a life of gang culture can lead to. Once involved, the individual has no control over what happens”, says Rebecca. Once the script had been completed, production company Goliath contacted the three writers to discuss the prospect of turning the script into a feature film. “Goliath Productions heard

about the film though Facebook and asked to see the script. Two weeks later, we were in London having a meeting with Martin J Thomas who is now our producer”, says Rebecca. Throughout the process of finding funding, actors and locations, Rebecca effectively took on a producer’s role in addition to having written the script. “Martin told me I deserved the title co-producer in our film”, she smiles. “He was actually that impressed with my work that I’m now also associate producer on his next movie, which is called Service Man.” So what’s next for this busy alumni member? “Well, we’ll being filming in June once we’ve completed the final stages of funding, I want to continue acting and I also have plans for two more feature films”, says Rebecca. “The BBC have also emailed me as they had heard about Colour Candy, enquiring about filming behind the scenes to show a short documentary before the film premiers.” It looks like this former student certainly has a bright future ahead of her. “It’s a pretty exciting industry”, she says with a grin. “I can definitely say that so far, it’s been a hell of a ride.” For more information, search for Colour Candy on Facebook.

The Gossip Lucy Jones BLACK EYED Peas front-man Will.i.am has revealed that he “still can’t believe” Ashley Cole cheated on Cheryl. He told OK! magazine: "I just still can't believe Cheryl was ever cheated on. I mean, what has to be going through your head to cheat on Cheryl? "She's the most beautiful woman in the world. Once you have her, a man can't do any better. It's just crazy. She ain't even the sort of girl that's out there flaunting it or anything like that; she's a real good girl." He went on to say that he felt Cheryl needs rescuing, and that he would be there for her no matter what. Now it has been reported that bandmate Fergie has been teasing Will.i.am about his comments. A source told The Sun newspaper: "Fergie has been telling everyone she's more likely to sleep with Cheryl than he is. Everyone has been teasing him about his crush. But when Fergie came out with this, everyone fell about laughing. She's mentioned it a few times now. And even Cheryl thinks it's hilarious." Oh dear, doesn’t sound like there’s much chance of a Cheryl/Will.i.am romance – what would we call them anyway? Chez.i.am? Willryl? Will.i.Chez? Nah, it doesn’t really work does it- and that’s when you know a romance is doomed. I would really love it if I could get through one week without having to write about a man cheating on his wife, but I’m afraid it is not meant to be. This week Bones and Angel actor David Boreanaz revealed that he has cheated on his wife of eight years. Boreanaz has said he was forced to come clean about his infidelities after a former mistress threatened to contact media outlets. Boreanaz told People magazine: "Our marriage has been tainted with my infidelities. I just want to be open and honest. I was irresponsible. I was associated with a woman who I was involved with and had a relationship with. She asked for money.

I felt as though I was being blackmailed or there was some sort of extortion. "We're working on our marriage. We're working on repairing what has been damaged so badly." It’s depressing quite frankly... Also this week, Michael Jackson’s long time friend and physician has claimed that the late pop icon was gay. Dr. Klein claims that Michael had an affair with his office manager Jason Pfeiffer and that he was “the love of [ Jackson’s] life”. He said to gossip magazine TMZ: "Was [ Jackson] gay? Yes." Klein’s claims were meant to dispel rumours that Jackson was a paedophile, but they have led to Klein receiving “a lot of horrible death threats”. Michael’s father Joe Jackson has also rubbished the claims, telling TMZ: "It's not true. Michael was not gay." Lastly I would just like to say; since this is the last column I will ever write for Student Direct, I would like to thank everyone who has read it. I’ve had the most fun writing for the paper this year, it has been a fantastic opportunity and I am very sad it has come to an end. Keep gossiping everyone!


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never vote for a party that advocated the scrapping of Trident without replacing it with a like for like.

I Voted for the Conservatives A FEW weeks ago I had a horrible thought. What if Labour wins the election? Could I stand another five years of this nanny state nightmare? In order to help try and bring some change, I voted for the Conservative party. Here is why. Over the last 13 years in power, the labour party has done little to improve the country significantly. The NHS is as overrun as it ever was and being strangled by expensive red tape. The Armed services are underfunded. I can tell you from a firsthand account that managing the finances of some areas of the Navy is like managing those of a bankrupt company. Community cohesion is

I Voted for Labour WHEN I got my postal vote a few weeks ago, I decided to vote Labour. Do you want to know why? There are many reasons to vote Labour; but true enough, if it’s a good looking, smarmy Prime Minister who has been PR’d to within an inch of his life, Gordon is not your man. It’s true; the country has just gone through some tough times, and the recovery is just beginning, so let’s not put it at risk by electing a Conservative

a s bad as it e v e r was; the B N P a n d E D L surging i n popularity is an example of this. It’s time for a change.

So why the Tories? I like David Cameron’s trust in the people of Britain and his trust in the ingenuity and potential of Britain. He suggests that community cohesion is not an issue to be dealt with by government, it is a social issue and that improving community relations can be trusted to the people and their running of community organisations. Cameron has trust in British enterprise to get us through this recession and keep up with China and India in the race for growth.

Recent weeks have seen Nick Clegg’s support increase dramatically. Why did I not jump on board this band wagon? Well, as I mentioned earlier it is very difficult to know just what could’ve been expected from a Lib Dem government. They have flipflopped on many issues: the euro, the economy, property tax. There is vagueness about defence, indecision on tuition fees and no commitment on the NHS. They don’t seem to know what to do if in government. Besides, I could

Cameron has committed himself to some tough, unpopular, but necessary decisions. For example, cuts in the excesses of public spending that are required. This can be done by cutting wastage and red tape. Brown insists on continuing to increase tax credits and benefits which is virtually an untenable idea. Cameron, as far as I can see, is a realist. He appreciates that there is a deserving poor who should be helped and has proposed not to take the money from the help that

government. The Tories would remove billions from the economy this year putting 1000’s of jobs and small business at risk. We can and must not put the economic recovery at risk. Clegg and the Lib Dems have talked a lot about fairness for people but most of it is false; they have promised to cut child tax credits, p u t t i n g children from the poorest families at risk. The Lib Dems want to cut the number of university places, meaning many able college students will be unable to go to universit y; they will also m a k e massive cuts to the defence budget putting thousands of job at risk. Labour is the only party which offers equality and fair social policy. They have also created the concept of offering out-of-work citizens jobs, and have pledged to cut their benefits if they refuse to take on said employment. The party has also done a lot to help women in the past few years. They introduced

legislation to double maternity pay and increased maternity leave to 12 months, and the number of men convicted for domestic violence has also increased under their reign. I genuinely believe that the rights of LGBT men and women would not be safe under a Tory government. Labour scrapped the homophobic Section 28 clause, created by the Tories, and civil partnerships have been introduced under our Labour governmentI personally doubt that the same would have happened under a Conservative leader. Possibly the most important reason I am backing Labour is the work they have done internationally. Since coming to power in 1997, Labour have tripled Britain’s Aid budget, cancelled debt to all third world countries and contributed almost £1 billion to fight Aids, tuberculosis and malaria. Ok, Labour has made mistakes, and it’s fair to say that the party is no longer enjoying the high popularity which was evident in the Blair years. But Brown has led the world through the toughest of times. Not the most attractive thing to look at, but he can get the job done and that’s why I’m willing to give him a chance. I certainly wouldn’t want to turn this general election into a chance for the dreaded conservative party to take charge.

they need but from expensive inefficiencies within public services. The Tory leader is not afraid to say that he will stop benefits for those people who simply cannot be bothered to work. And why shouldn’t he? There are far too many people sponging off our economy and yet Brown is set to increase National Insurance tax, forcing those people willing and ready to work to pay out even more of their hard earned wages, to pay off the debts that his government got us into in the first place. No political party is perfect. And once all the moat/duck house jokes died down, it was clear to see that Cameron’s party really is the only one to lead us out of the recession and into a future that will get people into work, out of poverty and out of the wasteful and tax evading government which we currently have presiding over us. Labour is tired and worn. It is time for a change. The Liberal Democrats do not offer a viable and coherent vision. The Conservatives do offer a realistic change and I hope they prove me right over the next five years.

I Voted for the Liberal Democrats I AM the definition of a floating voter. Even until the very last moment when I pulled my postal vote from its envelope and looked, nonplussed, at the scant options before me, I had no idea who to vote for. I blame the electoral system. Perhaps if there were just three options – Cameron, Brown or Clegg – my choice would have been somewhat easier. But despite the emphasis placed on the three leaders, you must, too, look to your local councillors and MP to make

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A Cynic’s Eye View

sure that local issues in your area will be addressed. You’re not, essentially, voting for a party leader. You’re voting for an MP. Herein lies my confusion. The MP for Pendle, where I live, is an eccentric Scottish character called Gordon Prentice. He’s Labour, unfortunately, but he’s also a bit of a radical back-bencher, who always campaigns about local issues and is not shy from criticising his own party if he doesn’t agree with them or thinks that their ideas conflict with the issues he represents in his constituency. Despite my revulsion towards the Labour Party, I was almost tempted to vote for Prentice. Then I remembered that voting for Prentice would mean that he would be one vote closer to another term in office as an MP, which would mean the Labour party as a whole would be one seat closer to another government. I would never forgive myself if the Labour party were reelected and it was my fault. Since my recent defection from the Conservative Party, to, officially, liberal feminist, for which there is no party in the world, the Conservatives were no longer an option. Not only did I, as regular readers of this section will know, have a huge dislike for Eton-

educated, plummy-voiced, fleshyfeatured, faux family-orientated Cameron, but the councillor in my area that was to stand for MP-ship was a bit useless, too. He had done some charitable work, or some suchlike, but I had developed an intense dislike to him a few years earlier when I had asked him a question about Trident and he had refused to answer it properly, not even when I pointed this out. Finally, the Liberal Democrats. I suppose this must have seemed a worthy choice for a liberal feminist. Yet the councillor for Pendle was almost invisible; I’d never even heard of him until the election campaign began. I refused flatly to vote BNP, UKIP or the Christian party. My pen hovered uselessly over the ballot paper. So who did I vote? The million dollar question. I voted Liberal Democrat and did the one thing I told myself not to do – I voted on the basis that I liked what Nick Clegg and Vince Cable were saying very much. Vince Cable is an economic whizz kid – he predicted the recession and is probably the best tool the Liberal Democrats have. The more influential Cable is, the better it will be for the government of the day. Clegg himself deeply believes in what he is saying about fairness and I believe that he really is the best of a bad bunch, having the passion to carry his ideas through. Trident and the EU are often seen as black marks against his name, but no leader is perfect. So I voted Liberal Democrat. By now you will know who won the election, and whether or not my vote made a difference.


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You Ask, Sabbs Say. . . State of the Union As it’s the last Student Direct of the academic year, we decided to hand the power to you, the students. So for one week only, the Sabbs answer a question from you! The question was asked by Natalie Geraghty, a Journalism Masters student:

“What’s been your biggest achievement as a Sabbatical officer this year?”

Jim Dale

Ricky Chotai

Joe Kirwin

VP for Business, Law and Built Environment Email: vpblbeussu@salford.ac.uk

VP for Health and Social Care Email: vphscussu@salford.ac.uk

VP for Arts, Media and Social Sciences Email: vpamssussu@salford.ac.uk

“I really liked getting involved with the Town Takeover campaign. I thought it was great to see so many students there, and we even got a piece in the Manchester Evening News.”

“Mine would be the transformation of the concourse on Allerton Campus, but more importantly making sure the opinions of Health and Social Care students have been heard throughout the University and the Union.”

“I’m really pleased to have increased the Students’ Union presence over at Adelphi.”

With USSU President Matt Webber president-ussu@salford.ac.uk

THIS IS the last Student Direct of the year which also it means it’s my last column as I finish my role as Students’ Union President this summer. Since I began my undergraduate degree at the University in 2005, the Students’ Union has undergone several dramatic changes. It has more than doubled the number of student activity groups, incorporated faculty-based sabbatical officers, built a new bar after the old one burnt down and as you will see from this week’s paper, taken the difficult but I believe correct decision to close The Pav for good this summer. During my two years as a sabbatical officer I’ve seen and been part of big changes throughout the University, which has been a privilege. The Students’ Union has secured 24 hour access to the library for examination and assessment periods, mobilised students to get lighting by Wallness Lane in a park which had previously been home to many attacks, increased shop opening hours, started numerous campaigns in particular about the future of Higher Education and seen large increases in the number of societies and clubs. Additionally, we have introduced Rec Nights for societies and clubs and one-off trips and activities for students. But that’s not to say that there aren’t challenges ahead. The ‘You Decide’ meetings haven’t worked so well this year and the emphasis needs to be more on your experiences than just holding us to account; after all, that’s why you come to University. Also, without a nightclub on campus the Union has the opportunity to create new social events as well as more one-off events like the Christmas Ball and the Annual Awards.

That will of course be up to next year’s new sabbatical officer team to work out how to come up with what students want. I want to wish the best of luck to Ricky, Jim, Caroline, Christabel and Maros next year who I’m sure will do a great job in leading the Students’ Union. In terms of the future for students I believe the key challenge is making sure you get the right job once you leave university. Combined with the investment of attending university (I was told this was about £60,000 on average when fees, debt and loss of earnings are all pooled) and the ambition to get a job at the end of it means that students expect a great deal more out of their time here. Quite rightly, many students want to get involved in extra curricular activities whilst at university (apart from the fun aspect, they also pepper up a CV) and that’s where the Students’ Union comes in. For those still at the University next year I’d definitely recommend getting involved in the Union’s activities. You have almost 80 clubs and societies to join (and you could create a new one) or you could become a student rep. There are plenty of opportunities here and employers want to see more than just a degree these days. Someone posed an interesting question to me the other day which was: when you’re sitting next to someone on your course in a lecture you should ask yourself what makes you different from them if the two of you should apply for the same job? For those graduating this summer I hope you’ve enjoyed your time here and best of luck in wherever you go next. It has been a privilege to represent students at Salford for the last two years and I have enjoyed every minute of it.

The Year in Pictures DREW FORSYTH – PHOTOGRAPHY EDITOR

Here are the best bits of this University year in pictures; and what a year it’s been! We hope you’ve enjoyed it and have a great summer. Keep logging on to www.salfordstudents.com for more pictures!

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What To Do With Your Leftovers . . . Poet’s Corner Gemma Blackman Features Editor WE ARE fast approaching the end of the year and that dreaded time when we have to go through our cupboards and find that rotting potato at the back which has been making the kitchen smell all year (we’ve all been there). So, we’re here to give you a few tips on what to do with all the leftovers before you just throw them away.

Omelette: Leftovers: Eggs, ham, cheese, spring onions, peas, sweet corn. The beauty of an omlette is that it’s really easy to do and you can pretty much put anything into it, as long as your taste buds are strong enough! You’ll need at least two eggs, preferably three for a good sized base. 1. Heat some oil in a frying pan; this will need to be very hot before you pour the whisked eggs into the frying pan. 2. Crack the eggs into a cup or jug, add a little bit of salt and pepper and if you’ve got it, some Lea and Perrins (it literally goes with everything and adds a little bit of spice to the meal). Stir the eggs until the

yolk and white are mixed but for no longer than 30 seconds because that pulls in too many air bubbles and will make the mixture too fluffy to add the extra ingredients. 3. Pour the egg mix into the frying pan, making sure the oil is very hot first (not by sticking your hand in it though, that’s just stupid!). After 30 seconds, the mix should be going firm so keep the liquid part of the mix moving. 4. When most of the mix is firm, add your choice of ingredients onto half of the mix (if it has fallen apart by now just add it into the pan anywhere; it’s going to be a mess at the end regardless!). 5. Cook for another 30 seconds then fold the other half over itself, making a half moon shape. Flip the whole omelette to cook the other side. 6. Serve.

2. Boil the pasta for eight minutes, or until the shapes are soft. At the same time, boil the chopped tomatoes. Drain the pasta and cook in the tomato sauce. Add tuna if you have no meat products 3. Chop up the meat or tuna into small morsels and add to the pasta in tomato sauce. Boil the vegetables and then add. 4. Put the full mix into an oven-proof dish and cook at 190*C for 15 minutes. 5. Five minutes from the end, grate some cheese and sprinkle on top. If you have any plain crisps leftover you can crunch those up and put them on the pasta before the cheese as well. 6. Serve and enjoy. And voila! I hope you all have a great summer and we will see you in September.

Pasta Bake: Leftovers: Pasta, bacon, chicken, cheese, vegetables, chopped tomatoes, tuna, crisps. Another dish into which you can put anything savoury and the outcome will be surprisingly delicious. 1. Defrost the meat products if you have any then grill (the healthiest option) while the pasta is boiling.

Mishal Saeed Poetry Editor

Identities What gives a more torturous blow; To search for an answer, Or a question you don't know? What’s more hectic; To find a beginning, Or to look for an ending? What’s more difficult; To live up to expectations, Or to avoid disappointments? Which would better fit. To lament a selected path, Or to regret not choosing it? What would weigh heavier. To deal with someone's presence, Or to fill up a devoid absence? What would be more helpless. To aim as high as you can and fall, Or to aim low and achieve less? Put forth all these queries Or ask yourself just one: Would you burn underwater Or would you drown in fire?

Doing Work Experience In A Prison Jenny Longworth A LOT of people have misconceptions about what prison life is actually likeI know I did. I thought it was pretty much an easy life and that the judicial system wasn’t harsh enough. If I’m honest, I don’t think I could have been further from the truth. Whilst I can’t comment on male prisons, as the institution I visited, Styal, was a female-only prison, I now think that prison is a place where people are fighting a constant battle to keep their heads above water. I took part in the HMP Styal project with other students from the University, whereby every couple of weeks, a group of us would get together and travel to Styal to help the inmates create their own magazine called Innit, which is published three times a year. Our job was to help produce and edit content written by the prisoners, and to chat to them about their experiences and what they wanted to put into words. Before entering, students are required to attend a mandatory security induction at the prison, where they are briefed on safety procedures and advised what to do in an emergency situation. This is pretty daunting as you have to discuss some frightening situations, for example, what to do if a fight starts in front of you.

The experience of working at the prison is going to be one that stays in my mind forever and has been one of the best things I have done at University. Before going in I didn’t really know what to expect and as I got to the gates for the first time, my stomach was going crazy with butterflies. (I don’t think the 6am start and being sandwiched onto a sardine-tin-like early train helped much!) However, after my first day I had an amazing buzz and couldn’t wait to go back. When you get to the front gate you have to show your I.D and are given a wristband much like the ones you are given on entry to a nightclub. The prison guards count the number of visitors throughout the day and if there are any anomalies, the prison goes to a standfast. This means there is no movement and no-one is allowed to stir until everyone has been accounted for. I was mistaken for a prisoner a few times which may have accounted for a few stand-fasts! Sadly, self harm and suicide attempts are rife at Styal and visible everywhere you go. Many of the women who work on the magazine are prolific self harmers, and the consequences of their actions are often plain to see by the deep cuts which they bare. David Murphy, who worked on the Christmas edition of Innit, said: “The self harm is awful but it’s one of those things that you have to deal with; we’re there to

work with the women to better the magazine so that’s what we have to do.” Work at Styal is not all doom and gloom though. The magazine is put together in the weekly creative writing

One inmate recently asked for her release date to be delayed so she wouldn’t miss the final deadline of the magazine she’d been working on.

classes run by Kate McCoy, the theatre and arts co-ordinator at the prison and the University’s contact at Styal. These sessions tend to be good fun with warmup exercises and brain storming sessions about what the women want to see in the magazine. Then in the afternoon, the team move to a computer room, much like a newsroom environment and work together to produce the pages of the magazine. A typical edition of the magazine contains articles about prison life, interviews with members of staff, information to help new offenders cope

during their time at Styal, poems and short stories, showbiz gossip, puzzles and competitions. Many of the women at the prison suffer from mental health problems with about 80% having a serious drug or alcohol problem. Tom Walker, one of the students who worked on the Easter edition, said: “They choose projects like the magazine to make their daily life that bit more bearable.” The women that I worked with were all so friendly and respectful that sometimes it was easy to forget that they were serious criminals. The magazine sessions are something to look forward to for them and it is really fulfilling for them to see their work in the final edition. Kate McCoy said: “The students involved in the project have been on a learning journey, which has asked them to re-evaluate their own prejudices.

Their involvement has definitely helped us create a more dynamic and up-todate Innit magazine.” Sara Eyre, part time journalism lecturer at the University of Salford said: “Our presence at Styal could potentially contribute towards the rehabilitation of some of the offenders. One recently asked for her release date to be delayed so she wouldn’t miss the final deadline and publication of the magazine she’d been working on.” The women who create Innit come from all walks of life and have all committed crimes of varying severity some need more help than others. However, all of the women interested in compiling the magazine are creative and many see it is a form of escapism for the life they are currently living. If you’re interested in working on the Styal project, contact Sara Eyre: S.Eyre@salford.ac.uk.

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Charity Challenge

Seven: FIND A NEW HOBBY OR RETURN TO AN OLD ONE. If it’s finally learning how to play the guitar or getting back to that Rubik’s cube you never did figure out, spend your months wisely so you can impress your friends with your new skills in September.

Part Three Drew Forsyth Photography Editor

IT’S EARLY on a Sunday morning when I meet Emma at the dance studio, along with her dance troupe, who are ready rehearse for upcoming charity dance show ‘Dance 4 Life’ of which Emma is the director. As we head upstairs to the canteen, I’m struck by Emma’s enthusiasm for her show, and the passion of her dancers who she has instructed to warm up whilst the interview is taking place. “I thought of Dance4 Life around Christmas time. It’s to raise money for charity- Cancer Research UK specifically; Dance4 Life came out of their ‘Race for Life’ style of event. We’re dancing and raising money for the charity.” As for getting volunteers to dance in the show, she says: “We blasted it all over Facebook as well as getting help from Almost Famous (The University of Salford’s Theatre Company). We also put up posters and through word of mouth and Almost Famous helping out, we got people to an audition and got a group together. I have 14 dancers, but there are ten dance schools involved as well.” Thanks to

local schools and support, Emma says there are now more than 100 people involved in the show. “Dave (Dewsnip, Emma’s partner and Technical Director for the show) and I sent letters to dance schools all over the Greater Manchester area and we didn’t know if we’d get replies, but the people are really up for it, and they’ve all got stories themselves.” Once all of the recruits had been signed up, Emma then faced the daunting task of choreographing the routine. “I decided that to do all the choreography myself would be just too much, as well as organising the whole show and holding down a full time job, so I’ve enlisted the help of a dance teacher who teaches at a school in Rochdale, as well as two ex-University of Salford students. Preparations are going really well, although there’s only five weeks before the show! It’s been hard work organising everything to slot together.” The reasoning behind her involvement with the charity is undeniably tragic, as Emma tells me the story of her Aunt, who sadly died after battling cancer in December. “She was diagnosed just before Christmas, and it was thought that it was treatable,” says Emma. “But two weeks later, she went back into hospital and we found that it had spread all over her body.” As we walk out of the studio, I’m touched by Emma’s brutal honesty when talking about her family, and her catchphrase she has used throughout the interview: “Everyone has a story”. And you know what? She’s absolutely right.

SHOW DATES ARE Thursday 10 June at 7:30pm and Saturday 12 June at 2pm and 7:30pm. FOR TICKETS, EMAIL dance4life2010@hotmail.co.uk with your name, the show you would like to come and see, and the number of tickets you require. Tickets are numbered and are all charged at £5, payable by cheque, or pay on the door.

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Six: CHARITY WORK. Whether it’s

Things To Do This Summer Gemma Blackman Features Editor

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ANNOY YOUR SIBLINGS. This was always a favourite pastime during the summer holidays when we were younger so why not remind your brother or sister that you are home for four months by constantly bugging them?!

Nine: WATCH DAYTIME TELEVISION. As students, we are constantly working hard and never have any time for television during daylight hours… so now is the perfect time to catch up on T4 or Jeremy Kyle!

Eight: GET DRUNK. The summer is the best time to start drinking at midday and not stop until the early hours because you don’t have to get up to go to lectures or hand in essays. So go and enjoy yourselves!

volunteering for a few hours in the local soup kitchen or going to Africa to build schools, you could spend your summer improving someone else’s life. Plus it looks great on your CV!

Five:

WORK. You could get a head start on all the reading for next year or even get a job in the real world; either way there is always work to do and the money comes in handy for the first week back!

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HOLIDAY. Get away for a few weeks and go and sun yourself in an exotic location. Even better when your parents are paying for it all! Or go away with your friends; it doesn’t have to be exotic; camping in Wales would suffice just to get away from all the stresses of the student lifestyle!

Three:

FESTIVALS. The summer is all about festivals for the music lovers among us. There are Leeds and Reading, Bestival, Download, Glastonbury or V festival to choose from. The choice is yours!

Two: BACKPACKING. For the travellers at heart, four months might be best spent travelling all over Europe, Asia, America or anywhere you choose. There is a whole world out there and an entire summer in which to explore it all.

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THE WORLD CUP. Of course, the time has come for every football fan on the globe and those who admit to liking football once every few years, to join forces and watch to see which country is the best in the world. Matches start 11 June, with England kicking off on the twelfth, and the final is 11 July.

A mature friend will help you meet your commitments. You will find that you are able to clear up a number of small but important details. You may not be too pleased with the actions of those you live with. This week is all about being the perfect example for others to follow behind. Lucky day: Wednesday.

This week, bring your leadership qualities to the surface and help organise your efforts. Think big. Take action, stop procrastinating. Face any emotional problems head-on to avoid situations getting out of hand. You are best to concentrate on work.

Try to reduce your social and professional obligations. Get as much work done, alone, as you can. Advancement can be yours if you put your efforts into work related matters. This is the time to take the reigns and to direct things in a calm and practical way.

Domestic changes will improve your outlook. A careless remark could get you into trouble with a colleague, watch what you say. Loved ones will lend much support.

Unlucky number: Five. This week you need to slow things down a little. The flood of energy that you have been on will seem to trickle down to a stream. Remind people of their talents rather than their vices, yourself included. The energy you'll directly deal with this week is geared towards helping you put your ideas and creative visions into action. Forget the past and focus on the future. Your senses will take you for the ride of a lifetime. Try to include as many other people as possible. Your fast thinking will ensure new connections where none existed before. It's best to assume that the world is exactly as it appears. Your intellectual charm will win hearts and bring opportunities that you least expect.

Person to look out for: Taurus.

Your determination to succeed may become your greatest asset. Control your anger. This is the time to pull out all the stops and really follow through on what you know inside needs to be done. Responsibilities and professional matters will make you wonder whether you really want to continue on your current path. The information that you've been seeking for weeks may come to you now, but it still might not be entirely clear to you. A person in authority may ask you an incriminating question. You need to take a long, hard look at yourself and your personal situation. There is a possibility of a start of a new romance or rekindling an old relationship. Whatever the case, passion will rein high. This is not just about romance; it can also be about friendships and professional partnerships. Travel and communication will be lucrative for you. Take things very slowly and remain alert and aware.

If your inner voice is loud right now, express yourself. Patience will be required but your positive attitude will be exactly what others need in order to laugh and gain some perspective. Spirituality will loom in the background. This week focus your attention upon the factors you now have control over. Good luck charm: Flowers. Questions will be asked and you'll have all the right answers. You'll get a lot more if you use honey instead of vinegar to attract your audience. You should get involved in competitive sports this week. Negative feelings or emotions have a way of sneaking up on you, so find a way to remain in control no-matter of what might happen. A positive attitude will help if you're bent on selfimprovement. Remember your friends and love them for all their charming ways, but don't overlook their selfishness. Prepare to deal with the consequences of your involvement in someone else's personal affairs. Your confidence will stabilise your position. Don't bend to the pressure (of Scorpions especially). Keep your emotions in check by reducing your stress level. You'll make a good impression by showing your compassion. Perhaps the biggest factor to consider right about now is that when things are set up just the way you've wanted them, you will need to be wary of your mood swings. Try to keep it constant to make the best of what you get.


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Looking Back… Mazher Abidi Arts Editor WHAT WITH Eyjafjallajökull leaving opinionated Arts Editor Tom and equally opinionated Arts Editor me stranded in Europe, the Easter holidays breaking things up and lots of you lovely people out there giving us plenty of content to fill our pages with, we haven’t had the space for ourselves in the Arts office at Student Direct towers. It can get cramped. But as it’s the last issue, both Tom and I have pulled rank to get some much deserved extra space so we can go out on a bang. I thought I’d wrap up my year on the paper with a final lowdown on the highs and lows, and what I think (or hope) will happen later this year. No recent music look-back could ever be complete without charting the rise of the female. Florence flattened the door down towards the end of last year with Ellie Jackson (you’ll know her as La Roux), Bat For Lashes and others following her, but this year we’ve had Ellie Goulding and the delectable Marina and her Diamonds joining them. Rihanna, Lady Gaga a n d Beyonce are well settled in the top 40 (Is this a good or b a d thing?

thing. We’re all for the fairer sex on these pages, so long as they’re actually talented and not using their popularity to publicise their crap music (take note, Cheryl Cole). It would be very easy and terribly lazy to point to some obvious recent chart success stories. Plan B and Jamie T have all charted round the turn of the year, and well done to them both. Jamie T we’ve known about for a while, and Plan B surprised me (in a good way) when I saw him live at the Royal Albert Hall earlier this year. Off the beaten track, have a listen to the re-released Grammy nominated album by Phoenix, Xfm’s 2010 New Music Award winners The XX and keep an eye out for Jack White’s next project (whatever it may be) whilst listening to the new White Stripes live album. Elsewhere, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Manchester’s very own Doves have brought out new albums already; Courteeners’ second album was grown up but still kind of so-so and indie favourites Interpol gave a taster of what they’re

Tom Miller Arts Editor

planning for 2010 by releasing single “Lights” as a download. MGMT, Hot Chip and Vampire Weekend will all be releasing new material, and if rumours are to believed, so too are Arcade Fire and (finally!) Klaxons. About time, too. And what of bands no longer with us? Noel, Liam…this bit’s for you. Liam has always been a prat but got away with it thanks to his brother’s songs giving his admittedly powerful voice a platform. But does the world really need the album of Songbird’s and Little James’ that he’s threatening us with? Probably not. But then we don’t need his Pretty Green clothes, yet there they are. Noel’s album of Live Forever’s, Masterplan’s and Don’t’ Look Back In Anger’s should be better, but will they be released this year? Again, we await further news… Have a top summer, and make sure y o u ’ r e blasting out the tunes in the summer sun that I’m reliably informed we’re going to be getting. Maybe.

IT’S ALMOST the summer, which means it’s almost the most important season of the whole year – festival season! It’s time to pray for good weather, drink plenty of (ahem) liquids, take a lot of (er…) things you probably shouldn’t and (hmm) get friendly with people normally you wouldn’t even think of talking to if not under the influence of something or other. Also, it means all the bands that you didn’t get to see over the year, or bands that have reformed, or just bands that surprise you that they’re playing can be seen all in one weekend! Bliss! The bigger festivals like Glastonbury and Leeds (not Reading) have some fairly decent acts this year. Glasto boasts Muse and the mighty Stevie Wonder, whilst Leeds has the return of the Libertines (which in no way whatsoever was ever expected ever, yeah?)

Maureen, portrayed by Lucy Jones, and Billy, by Sean-Lee Gordan. The two characters are the gormless lovable people of their respective groups, separately unwittingly making people giggle and together making the audience roar with laughter.

continue for three nights, two hours at a time.

Discuss…) so all signs point towards some powerful female vocals sticking around. That can only be a good

Stags and Hens Performed by Almost Famous Gemma Blackman Features Editor ‘STAGS AND HENS’ is the fifth production from the Almost Famous Theatre Company this year, and the first comedy play for the society. The play was chosen by debuting director Ben Sadler, who says that this Willy Russell classic is one of his favourite plays. For a second year student and first time theatre director, Sadler did a fantastic job, bringing together an excellent script and an exceptional cast line-up to bring us a compelling story that left the audience on the edge of their seats. Although slow to begin with, as we learnt more about each character the audience was pulled into the story and the conclusion evoked sympathy and shock. The introduction of the character of Peter, played by

Joe Watts, was the catalyst for drama and suspense. The on stage chemistry between Joe and Betsy Enticknap-Laird, playing the part of Linda, was spell-binding, pulling the audience into a whirlwind of emotions. The most outstanding male character was James Ledsham’s Eddie, whose physical presence had viewers gripping their seats in terror. Eddie’s character was undoubtedly the most challenging to portray and James did a superb job, especially considering this was his first performance with Almost Famous. The anger emanating from the stage had my heart racing as soon as he entered the stage which contrasted so greatly to his character after he’d been taken off-stage by Bernadette, played by Amy-Jane Ollies, that you could not help but laugh. Another coupling which had great comedy value was

Among the ladies, the finest character portrayal was Kathryn Eleri Wilson’s Carol. Her sharp, cutting remarks had us laughing throughout the play and her character developed until you couldn’t take your eyes from her. Kathryn also had the best Liverpudlian accent from a non-scouse actor which she can be very proud of, as this accent is notoriously difficult to

This storyline would have been nothing without the brilliant dedication shown by all the cast and they should all be very proud of what they achieved. If you haven’t seen an Almost Famous production yet, there is still time. Much Ado About Nothing will be performed at the Robert Powell Theatre on 12-13 May, so look out for posters for more details. There will also be a variety show, with singing, dancing, comedy sketches and much more coming soon. Keep checking www.salfordstudents.com for more information!

and Axl Rose and a backing band – whilst they’re still calling themselves Guns ‘n’ Roses. But there’s also some rather interesting artists playing various other festivals that might tickle your fancy. Eminem is playing T in the Park, as well as Oxegen Festival (for those of you from Ireland), which will be amazing as it’s his first gig in the UK for years. Oh, and then there’s the small matter of The Strokes playing Isle of Wight Festival and RockNess – how exciting is that? Vampire Weekend, whilst playing Glasto, are also doing IOW Fest, T in the Park and Latitude – the latter being one of the most awesome new festivals out there. Latitude also has Belle and Sebastian playing, along with Noah and the Whale, and Laura Marling. Lovebox in London boasts the return of Roxy Music, which is very exciting if you like them. There are also all these metal bands playing Sonisphere and Download. Normally it’s not something that we like to rabbit on about (sorry) but this

year it seriously looks like good competition for the other festivals. There’s the small matter of AC/DC, Rage Against the Machine and Aerosmith headlining the festival, and other bands like Lamb of God, Billy Idol, Slash (yeah, take that, Leeds!) and Stone Temple Pilots playing. Oh, and Them Crooked Vultures – and they’re bloody amazing. Sonisphere has Rammstein, Placebo, Alice Cooper, Anthrax and Iron Maiden, amongst others. Quite exciting, really. Of the smaller festivals, Bestival looks like one to really shine this year. The Prodigy, Dizzee Rascal and Flaming Lips are top of the list, but also The XX are playing, as well as Hot Chip, Tricky, Delphic, Simian Mobile Disco and dan le sac Vs Scroobius Pip. All very exciting, it must be said. So that’s your lot. Go forth and fall in mud! Don’t forget to take enough supplies (not saying exactly what of…) and remember; it’s only a good music festival if you don’t remember any of it.


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Drew Forsyth Photography Editor With four months off over the summer, it’s highly likely that you’ll want to get out of the house, enjoy the sunshine, soak up some culture and listen to some music. But with so many events taking place over the summer, how do you choose where to go? Well, look no further. Here is your guide to the festival season across the UK…

Edinburgh Fringe What is it? The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival on earth, and one of several festivals taking place in Scotland’s capital each August. In 2009, the Fringe was made up of a record-breaking 2,098 different shows giving a total of 34,265 performances in 265 venues. When is it? Fringe 2010 will run 6-30 August. How much is it? It really varies on how many shows you go to see. A good show costs around £8, but to see top name comedians, you’re looking at closer to £15. How do I get there? By bus: Both National Express and Megabus run services to and from Edinburgh. By train: Best bet is to check out www.nationalrail.co.uk By plane: Check out www.edinburghairport.com. By car: Just drive there. Simples.

Leeds Festival What is it? If you’ve been living under a rock for the last 20 years, the Leeds Festival (paired with the Reading Festival) is an annual music festival that takes place in Leeds. Headliners this year include the Arcade Fire, Blink 182, and Guns N’ Roses. When is it? The August Bank Holiday weekend; this year 27-29 August. How much is it? Sadly, tickets have now sold out, but there are rumours of returns going on sale in the near future. How do I get there? By bus: See www.seetickets.com/readingandleeds or www.nationalexpress.com/leeds By train: See www.crosscountrytrains.co.uk By car: Just drive there. Simples.

Download Festival Radio 1’s Big Weekend What is it? It’s Radio 1’s biggest annual festival, which is located in a different part of the UK every year- 2010 is Bangor, North Wales’ year. Acts such as Rihanna, Scouting for Girls, Plan B and Florence and the Machine are headlining the two day event this year. When is it? The Big Weekend is from 22-23 May How much is it? Unless you were lucky enough to win free tickets in the Radio 1 ballot, you’ll either have to watch it on TV, or listen out for ticket giveaways on the station. How do I get there? By car: Driving to Bangor isn’t too hard, and there should be plenty of parking around the Faenol Estate site. By train: Bangor has a train station, and you can either hop on a bus or get a taxi to the park itself.

What is it? The Download Festival is a three day rock music festival held annually at Donington Park; formally known as Monsters of Rock between 1980 and 1996. This year’s headliners include AC/DC (their only festival appearance this year) as well as Rage Against The Machine and Aerosmith When is it? The weekend 11-13 June. How much is it? A weekend ticket plus three nights camping costs £170. How do I get there? By bus: National Express will be offering services to and from the festival. By car: Tickets for the car park cost £15 in advance or £20 on arrival. By car-share: Check out www.FestivalBUDi.com to lower your carbon footprint.

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Glastonbury What is it? The Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts, commonly abbreviated to Glastonbury or Glasto, is the largest Greenfield music and performing arts festival in the world. The festival is best known for its contemporary music, but also features dance, comedy, theatre, circus, cabaret and many other arts. When is it? The Glastonbury Festival 2010 will take place from 23-27 June. How much is it? Sorry, tickets have already sold out! How do I get there? By bus: Both Seetickets and National Express are running buses from destinations around the country direct to Glastonbury Festival Coach Station By car: You will not get near the Festival without your vehicle routing sticker or car parking ticket. Car parking costs £15 per car. By train: The best railway station to reach the Festival is Castle Cary. There's a free shuttle bus for Festival ticket holders running between the train station and the Festival Bus Station.

What is it? Every year, Fairport Convention stages an annual three-day folkmusic festival titled Fairport's Cropredy Convention. The festival has expanded from a one-day event first held in 1980 to the current festival which presents a varied line-up of music, but Fairport Convention always plays the closing set on the Saturday night. When is it? The weekend of 12–14 August. How much is it? A weekend ticket will set you back £85. How do I get there? By car: The best route is to travel to Banbury on the M40 motorway. By narrowboat: There’s somewhere for you to moor in the village of Cropredy, right next to the festival. By train: Banbury has a mainline railway station. Walking: Camping is free if you arrive on foot!

Notting Hill Carnival What is it? The Notting Hill Carnival is the largest festival celebration of its kind in Europe. Every year the streets of West London come alive with the sounds and smells of Europe’s biggest street festival. Twenty miles of vibrant, colourful costumes surround over 40 static sound systems, hundreds of Caribbean food stalls, over 40,000 volunteers and over 1 million Notting Hill carnival revellers. When is it? The Notting Hill Carnival dates for 2010 are 29-30 August. How much is it? Free! How do I get there? By train: Jump on a train to London (www.nationalrail.co.uk), then take the tube to Westbourne Park Tube Station.


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Hayley’s Guide to Surviving a Festival Hayley Weatherilt HERE ARE my top tips if you’re a lady (or guy) going to a festival and don’t like the idea of “roughing” it… Buy a ‘she wee’, because it saves you time when you’re going to the loo and it saves you having to squat over urinecovered seats when you’re drunk! They’re about £10/ £11 on ebay and they come in a pink box with an extension pipe, definitely worth it! ( Just don’t drop it down the loo!) In addition, toilet paper is probably the most essential item that you’ll need with you!

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Buy a solar shower if you want to wash your hair or have a mini shower whilst wearing a swimsuit (I say mini because you can’t strip off, but it’s better than nothing!) Again, ebay is the best place to buy one.

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Invest in a bum bag (yes, they’re back!) from ASOS because they look nice, and they keep all your stuff safehundreds of people get robbed at festivals every year, and this is a great way to keep your valuables where you can see them.

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You’ll definitely need baby wipes- they’re good for getting rid of mud and freshening up, and are very cheap to buy from most supermarkets and chemists.

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As for sneaking booze in the arena, as well as a bum bag, you will need a hip flask, because you can hide it anywhere like your bra or your sock. You can get hip flasks from pound shops, but I got a nice one which is a decent size a while ago from ebay for £6, so check out online retailers too, and go for one which holds at least 6oz.

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Dry shampoo is a must! Boots have got some for £2.

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When it’s dark at night you’ll definitely need a torch. This comes in useful when making your way back to the campsite from the arena and for going to the toilet in the dark… Don’t forget sun cream and a hat because if it’s sunny (fingers crossed!) you will need it!

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If you want to get your very own light-weight fold away toilet (it’s essentially a stool with a loo seat on top which you put a rubbish bag in the middle of ), you can get them for £10 from this site: http://www.1st-harrison.com/ shop2/index.php?act=viewProd &productId=290 Buy an Energizer phone/usb charger from Quality Save for £2. It will be a life saver for you!

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What If... I don’t agree with the marks I have been awarded – can I challenge them? You must have grounds for appeal; you cannot submit an Academic Appeal if you do not agree with the mark you have been awarded; you cannot appeal against academic judgement. The first stage of the Academic Appeals procedure will assess whether you have grounds for appeal. Full details of the Procedure and grounds for appeal can be found in your Programme Handbook or online at: http://www.governance.salford.ac.uk/cms/resources/ uploads/File/AQA/36_Academic_Appeals_Procedure. pdf I had mitigating circumstances that impacted on my ability to study but I did not submit a PMC at the time of assessment? There is potential to appeal, however there must be evidence available which for good and reasonable cause was not submitted in accordance with the PMC Procedure at the relevant time. I submitted a PMC but it was rejected; how do I appeal this decision? You cannot appeal the decision of the PMC Panel directly. When the PMC Panel convenes they make the decision to accept or reject a PMC based on the information presented to them. They will look for such as things as relevant evidence and the timing of events. You can only lodge an Academic Appeal if further evidence becomes available that was not available at the time of the PMC submission. When can I appeal against my results? You can only submit an Academic Appeal once you have received your official notification of your results ‘as confirmed by the Board of Examiners’; you then have 10 working days in which to submit your intention to appeal from the date of the letter. You can only appeal against the decisions made by the most recent Exam Board; i.e. you cannot lodge an appeal against a decision an Exam Board made last year. What if I cannot gather all the evidence required within the time limit? You need to lodge your intention to appeal within 10 working days; if you cannot gather all the evidence

required within this time, for example if you are waiting for medical evidence, use Section 4 of the proforma to indicate that you are in the process of gathering the relevant evidence. You will then have four weeks from the date of the Board of Examiners letter in which to submit this evidence. What if I am outside the 10 working day time limit? If you have missed the deadline you will need to have good reason as to why you could not submit your intention to appeal within 10 working days. If you do not have good reason, your appeal may be considered out of time. How do I submit an Academic Appeal? You will need to submit the Academic Appeals Proforma, available online at: http://www.governance.salford.ac.uk/cms/resources/ uploads/File/AQA/academic_appeals_form.doc You need to explain your situation in a covering letter to accompany the pro-forma. You will need relevant evidence to supplement your letter. You can submit your Academic Appeal to the person detailed on the pro-forma; alternatively you can submit your Academic Appeal in person to Isite, located in University House, the Adelphi Building or the Allerton Building. What will be the outcome of my appeal? It is impossible to advise you whether your Academic Appeal will be upheld or not; however you should be aware that your marks will not be raised as a result of a successful appeal. Generally an outcome would be to allow you to have a replacement attempt at a piece of work or to remove penalties applied for late submission. Where can I get further details or advice if I want to submit an Academic Appeal? You can contact the Students’ Union Advice Centre for further details or an impartial and confidential discussion about your situation. Email: advicecentre-ussu@salford.ac.uk Telephone: 0161 351 5400

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 Pub Landlord

Rupert White WELL, I guess this is it ladies and gentlemen; the time has come to finally say goodbye and wish you good luck in whatever role or situation life places you in after university. It's been a hoot to write these weird job roles for you each week and hopefully you have had at least some inspiration into where you think you might go after uni. If the answer is no, fear not, for I have one final option for you to consider. Just imagine; it's the summer, the sun is setting, the people are thirsty and you are there, standing in the door way welcoming people to your very own pub. I put it to you that at the end of the day, your local boozer, be it the Wallness, the Pint Pot or the Crescent here in Salford or your favourite village pub back home is always a warm and inviting place to go and relax with your friends and talk about the great times you have had over the past year during your studies. It's always your local pub that you

seem to end up in on Christmas Eve when you haven't seen your old friends for a while and then suddenly, as if walking through the wardrobe into Narnia, there they all are, standing with a cool, fresh pint waiting for you. If you're wondering how you can possibly get involved in this you should know it is easier than you think. At present, due the recession, there are numerous pub properties available for lease hire which is a good way to make a start without committing yourself to a lump sum up front for a property. Take some time to scout around and put some ideas together that you can discuss with friends; you may also have to put in a proposal to the local council and village senate (such is the way that these organisations like to operate) in order to confirm your plans for the premises. Being a pub landlord is mainly about getting the right atmosphere for the location it is in, for example; if you situate a modern, contemporary public house in a quiet village with population of 99.5, you will struggle to stop the beer getting

stale in the taps. However, if you go too old-fashioned in a fairly fresh, modern town, you will more likely see tumbleweed before you see a friendly punter. Secondly, you need to be clued in as to what sort of ale or beverages you want to have on offer. The usual Stella, Carling and Becks with a few alcopops are always a given, but it's the speciality beers that breweries offer which draw the new faces in as well as the regulars, as everyone is curious to try a new tipple. Finally, decor is key as many, if not all of you will know, the moment you walk

through the door you can tell deep down if you're going to enjoy the night before you even make it to the bar. The great thing is about being a pub landlord is that it's entirely up to you - that is if you want to just sit back and take life slow with just enough input to keep your regulars coming back, then you can -this seems to be the way my local is run, but if you have a little bit of vision and some energy, then before you know it your boozer could be the number one place to start and finish a night out; or be where local families like to come

and sit outside in the hot summer sun. There are also the obvious jobs to take care of in between pub life: hiring cleaners to fix up the place after each night, ordering enough stock to ensure that you are set for the offer) combined with the hiring of staff and the securing of an appropriate license to sell alcohol. So there you have it folks, my final bit of hopefully useful career advice. My best wishes to you, goodbye and good luck. This is Rupert White signing off......


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The Week in Tom Doyle Quotes

Surprise play-off team Blackpool’s manager and ‘The Week in Quotes’ favourite, Ian Holloway - “I went to wave at a few fans and almost got strangled. I wish I hadn’t brought my wife as she nearly got beat up!” And - “When I came here I was promised a bonus if I kept the team in the division. If we go up I’d better check I’m still eligible for it!” And - “I feel like dancing but won't because I have to keep my emotions in check as we haven't achieved anything yet.”

Mark Schwarzer on how to keep hold of Roy Hodgson - “We’ll lock him up in a room or something so he can’t go!”

Wolves fans to David James “Tina, Tina, give us a wave!”

Gael Clichy on Eastenders - “I’ve lived here for seven years and watched it twice. It’s even worse than French TV.” Mark Lawrenson - “Chelsea should be very happy that Kyrgiakos has the ball. He is like a geek bearing gifts!” Sam Allardyce - “If you expose the opposition’s weaknesses enough, then, in the end, those weaknesses will be exposed.” Excellent punditry from Alan Hanson - “This chance is unmissable and well, er, he misses it!”

Ken Doherty after Mark Selby smashes a glass at the snooker “That’s his biggest break of the afternoon so far, Dennis!"

Sports Editor WHO SAYS you have to be young to play sport? Well, whoever it was certainly hasn’t told snooker legend Steve Davis and Rangers football captain Davis Weir. Despite neither being in their twenties any longer, the sun is still shining on their careers. Steve Davis rolled back the years last weekend with a magnificent 13-11 win over defending

Snooker legend Steve Davis

3. Which three football teams have been relegated from the Premier League? 4. Where has Formula 1 World champion Jenson Button revealed he is moving to?

Chants of the Week Iverness fans after being promoted back to the SPL - “We are back on Fifa, We are back on Fifa, nah nah nah nah!” Fulham fans to the tune of Bubbles - “We’re forever reaching finals, reaching finals in Hamburg. We’ll be on the beer while they’ll be stuck here, watching Eastenders with their old dear. We’ll be on the Reeperbahn, they’ll still be in Dagenham. We’re forever reaching finals, reaching finals in Hamburg!”

6. Which batsman became the second ICC World Twenty20 centurion last week? 7.

A father and son played in the same county cricket team last week. Can you name them?

8. Who is women’s tennis’ world number one? 9. In which two events did Beth Tweddle gain gold medals at the European Gymnastics Championships? 10. How did MotoGP rider Jorge Lorenzo celebrate his victory in Spain?

Two Cities Boat Race Results To find out how Salford’s Boat Club did in the Two Cities Boat Race, which was held in Salford Quays on Saturday, go to www.salfordstudents.com now!

Avram Grant makes a mathematical error - “I just want to say one simple word. Thank you.” Arsene Wenger - “When you are at Arsenal, you are at Arsenal. When you are somewhere else, you are somewhere else." Arsenal fan gets his geography wrong after losing to Blackburn “Oh f*** off you north-east scum!"

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2. Tottenham sealed fourth place and therefore Champions League qualification with a 1-0 victory over Manchester City. Who scored the winning goal?

7. Matthew and Tom Maynard 8. Serena Williams 9. Unevan Bars and Floor 10. He jumped in a lake

Kitson responds - “Now it's like I'm responsible for everything. Cloudy in Stoke? That’s Kitson’s fault. The traffic’s terrible? Blame Kitson for that too.”

Epic fail from MC Rob Walker as he introduces Steve Davis “Please welcome snooker’s finest ambassador, he knocked out Mark King and John Higgins to get here. Still a force to be reckoned with now, in his fifties. Ladies and gentlemen, he’s a legend - Dennis Taylor!"

5. Which football teams do Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg support?

4. Guernsey 5. Raith Rovers, Aston Villa and doesn’t support a football team respectively 6. Suresh Raina

Tony Pulis after Tuncay and Kitson’s disappointment at being substituted - “Today people tend to show petulance, and I am talking about Tuncay and Kitson here . . . they live in a bubble and realities of real life wash by them.”

Tottenham’s Benoit Assou-Ekotto, an honest man - “I play for the money. Football’s not my passion. I don’t understand why everybody lies. The President of my former club Lens, Gervais Martel, said I left because I got more money in England, that I didn’t care about the shirt. I said: ‘Is there one player in the world who signs for a club and says, Oh, I love your shirt? Your shirt is red, I love it.’ He doesn't care. The first thing that you speak about is the money.”

Jose Mourinho’s Inter Milan defeated Barcelona in this year’s Champions League Semi Final. Which Inter player received a red card in the second leg?

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And he continues - “All I did was constantly beat whoever they put in front of me, I'm never going to get my just due. All these fighters they put in front of me, they’ve all been cake walks for me. I'm Floyd Mayweather – all the rest of them are just fighters.”

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1. Thiago Motta 2. Peter Crouch 3. Hull, Burnley and Portsmouth

Floyd Mayweather is a modest man! - “Muhammad Ali is one hell of a fighter, but Floyd Mayweather is the best. Sugar Ray Robinson is one hell of a fighter, but Floyd Mayweather is the best.”

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champion John Higgins. At the age of 52, nearly ten years older than any other player in the competition, he still showed he is a class act and proved over three sessions that the result was no fluke. They say that age can impact on your concentration and consistency, particularly in snooker, but Davis showed no ill effects. In the same weekend 39-yearold Rangers captain David Weir still showed he has the physique and condition of a man ten years his junior, as he lifted the Scottish

Premier League trophy after a 1-0 win over Hibernian. These two aren’t the only examples of great sporting achievements by elder statesmen. Some of the greats in other sports have also shown that they are willing to buck the trend and pit their wits against the next generation. In The Open Golf Masters last year Tom Watson, who was 59 years old, lost out to Stewart Cink in a thrilling final hole play-off. The five time champion defied the fans, critics and betting odds to take the game right down to the wire and prove that age can be no stumbling block. Martina Navratilova created tennis history in 2006 when she won the mixed doubles in the US Open at the age of 49, nearly 15 years after her last singles ranking event win. This goes to show that you don’t have to be young to play sport. You certainly don’t have to be young to win. These players are a true testament to how passion, commitment, hard work and a sensible healthy lifestyle can defy the age old theory that when you reach a certain point in your life, you’re over the hill.

(continued from page 40) The boys also suffered disappointment in March loosing the second Varsity Rugby League match against the University of Manchester. Salford had won the inaugural Varsity game last year in an enthralling 11-10 victory, however this year the result was far more one sided. Despite beating Manchester 2414 only a few months earlier in the league, Salford suffered a crushing 26-8 defeat. After the game, coach Danny Barton said: “It’s a really disappointing result, but I don’t think I could’ve asked any more of the lads. I thought Manchester played really well tonight and were really up for it. I just think it was their night.” Salford Men’s Rugby Union teams can also be proud after completing solid campaigns this season. Speaking earlier this season after an outstanding 28-5 home victory over Chester, 1st team Captain Joe Best said: “We’ve been playing really well and we’re going to be up there at the end of this year, definitely.” And his prediction proved to be accurate as the 1st team finished the season in 3rd place, winning nine of their 15 league games. The Men’s 2nd team also had a very consistent season and finished in second place, six

points off Bangor in first place. The team only lost one of their league matches this season; however this one victory proved to be most telling. It came in the penultimate game of the season against their title rivals Bangor with a morale sapping 43-7 defeat. For Salford Women’s Rugby Union 1st team it was to be a disappointing end to a promising season. After four wins in the first five games, the team would have hoped to continue that form into their remaining games however the opposite proved to be the case. After a devastating 60-0 away defeat to top of the table Liverpool Hope University, the girls went on to lose three of their last four games in all competitions and dashed their early season promotion hopes. It also proved to be a disappointing end to the season for the Women’s 1st Team Netball team after a similarly promising start. The girls won five of their first six games in all competitions but couldn’t maintain this consistency in the New Year. After two narrow defeats in November to Liverpool Hope and Liverpool John Moores, the team went onto lose four of their last five games, most of these being away from home. But for Salford Women’s 2nd Team their season proved to be

the complete opposite in terms of results. After only one win in their first six games the team looked like they would be facing a struggle to avoid relegation. However a narrow 39-37 home win against Edge Hill proved to be the catalyst for a change in fortune. The team went onto win two of their last three league games to finish respectably in mid-table. For the Salford Men’s Hockey 1st team it proved to be a disastrous campaign on all fronts. They finished bottom of the North West Hockey League Division six after only winning four of their 22 games. The team also finished bottom of the BUCS Northern Conference 3A, losing all 10 of their games. The Men’s 2nd team fared much better than their 1st team counterparts finishing third in their division with only three defeats. For the Women’s 1st Hockey team, the season came down to a nervy final game relegation playoff against Liverpool. Despite falling behind twice during the game, the team rallied in the second half to win the game 4-2, a result which brought relief to Captain Sophie Laxton She said: “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 should be playing at.”


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A Year’s a Long Time for Salford’s Teams

Jonathan Macpherson Sports Editor WHAT A year it’s been for the University of Salford’s sports teams. There have been many ups and downs, twists and turns and false dawns which has made this sporting year such a memorable one. And now with the BUCS sporting calendar reaching its conclusion for another season, Sports Editor Jonathan Macpherson reflects on a year of titles, tribulations and emotional finales for Salford’s sports teams. It proved to be a year of mixed emotions for Salford’s football teams.

The Men’s 1st team nearly crowned off a very consistent season with promotion. However, with Tony Wigham’s men only needing one win from their final two games to secure top spot and promotion, they contrived to only pick up one point which left them cruelly in third place. For the Women’s 1st team, their consistency was rewarded as they secured the top spot in their division with their final game. The ‘bananawomen’ made their job slightly more difficult than it should have been, losing 4-2 at home in their penultimate game of the season to title rivals Chester. However they held their nerve and showed their quality against Cheshire to win 2-1.

Captain Lauren Digby said: “We’ve been at the top of the league all season apart from one week, so I think we deserve to go up. “I can’t wait to be coming back next year and competing in the league above” The Men’s 2nd and 3rd teams were this season competing in the same division and strangely enough, it was the 3rd team who finished above the 2nd team in second and third place respectively. The two teams went head-tohead twice this season with the 2nd team winning 5-2 in their first encounter and the 3rd’s exacting revenge in the reverse fixture winning 2-1. It was also a mixed year for Salford’s badminton teams with

the 1st team finishing second in their league and the 2nd team finishing a more disappointing sixth place. The 1st team, captained by Lee Ashworth and Tom Mallory, guided their team to seven victories in their 10 league games, losing only twice. They finished only three points off first place and will go into next season looking to go that one step further. For Salford Men’s Basketball 1st team it proved to be a disappointing end after what had been a great start to the season. Captain Thomas Redmore had led his team to four wins from their first five games before the Christmas break.

However in January, the team’s form hit a downward spiral and they succumbed to losing five out of their last six games in all competitions, ruling out any hope of gaining promotion this year. The Men’s Basketball 2nd team did not fare any better in their league this season either, finishing in eighth position. Their season was the mirror image of the 1st team as they won only one of their first six games. However, the team bounced back towards the end of the season finishing with two victories to ensure their place in the same division next season. In Rugby League, Salford finished in second place in the

North West Division One league. The team, coached by former Salford City Reds player Danny Barton, had won an impressive seven out of their first eight games and went into their penultimate game of the season against Cumbria University needing a win to guarantee the title. However, Salford lost the game 22-6 which allowed Cumbria to leapfrog them and get into pole position for the title. Salford needed a win in their final game of the season at home to Lancaster to have any chance of winning the league but failed to deliver the result needed and the game ended with a 0-0 draw. (continued on page 39)

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