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STUDENTS STRANDED IN HOTELS AGAIN! HOTEL?

HALLS? Carreg Bran Hotel, Isle of Anglesey

most of you will be enjoying W hile Freshers’ Week here at Bangor

University, there are approximately 50 students staying in hotels, some as far as the Isle of Anglesey, who are still uncertain where and when they will be accommodated in Halls of Residence. This can understandably

Bryn Dinas - Halls of Residence, Ffriddeodd Site

put a massive dampener on the first week of University life for those unlucky enough to be in this situation. The students have been put in the British Hotel in Lower Bangor; the Carreg Bran Hotel and the Anglesey Arms Inn, both on the Isle of Anglesey.

The reason being that there are not enough rooms available in the Halls of Residence. Bangor University allows many 2nd and 3rd Year students to stay in Halls during their time here, thus refusing entry to some 1st Years and temporarily forcing them to stay miles away. CONTINUED ON PAGE 3


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STUDENTS’S UNION, DEINIOL ROAD, BANGOR, GWYNEDD, LL57 2TH Tel: (01248) 388017 Tel: (01248) 388017 EDITOR - Clare Chadwick editor@seren.bangor.ac.uk Editor

Production PRODUCTION - Daniel Turner Assoc. Editor production@seren.bangor.ac.uk News

SPORTS Sports - Keyan Milanian sports@seren.bangor.ac.uk Lifestyle MUSIC-Music Manoj Koeri Movies news@seren.bangor.ac.uk

Culture

LIFESTYLE - Lucy Hill AOB lifestyle@seren.bangor.ac.uk What is Seren? Seren is the official English-language newspaper of the Students’ Union of the University of Wales, Bangor. It is written and produced entirely by students and is published monthly during term time. Get involved! If you’d like to write for Seren, or get involved in any other way, e-mail the relevant section editor or contact the editor directly at editor@seren.bang or.ac.uk.

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NEWS

Welcome... ..To another year and another edition of Seren! After a long and lovely Summer, the team and I have put together a paper which, we hope, will provide some useful information for all you newbies, and inspire some of our readers (old and new!) to join us, the Bangor Students’ Union Newspaper. In this issue you will find discounts on health and beauty consultations at The Complementary Therapies Centre on Page 4, something that I will certainly be taking full advantage of! Our Music Editor, Manoj Koeri, has provided you with a diary of how to conduct your nights in Bangor regarding music and alcohol, on Page 8, which if I were you I would certainly go by because, believe me, Manoj knows both his music and his beer! And the gorgeous Tony Heaney, your AU President, has kindly given us information about getting involved with the Athletic Union to start enjoying the many sporting opportunities available here at Bangor University. If you would like to join the Seren team then follow this one easy step: e-mail me and say so. It really is that simple! If you have an interest, be it news, music, films, sports or life in general, then you are half way there to becoming a writer for Seren. My job and my sub-editors’ jobs are to check and edit what you write, so you don’t need to be Shakespeare to produce a well written piece, just the enthusiasm to have a go and do it. Trust me it pays off: you will notice within a few articles that your imagination and ability to come up with ideas and write about them has improved hugely; you will also become more aware of your spelling and grammar, something which is a huge academic advantage at Uni and beyond. I’ll be at the Seren stall with members of the team throughout the Serendipity event in the SU during Freshers’ Week, so make sure you come along to it and have a chat with us about getting involved! Hope you enjoy this edition and I look forward to meeting you at the Freshers’ Fair!

Clare Chadwick, Seren Editor

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STUDENT JUMPS FOR CHARITY Bangor’s 2002/03 SU President fearlessly jumped 10,000 feet from a plane for Mencap last week. Andrew Wilson, a 3rd year student at Bangor University, made the brave decision to parachute for Mencap, a charity for people with learning difficulties, three months ago. The event, which raised £387.50, took place in Whitchurch, a two hour drive from Bangor. The parachute jump was not the first money raising scheme Andrew has embarked on; in 2001 he ran the London Marathon, where he raised over £1600 for Refuse, a charity which helps women and children who suffer from domestic violence. He has even bungee jumped for charity in the past! Seren spoke to the Andy to find out more about the parachute experience and his other charitable activities. When asked why he chose to raise money for Mencap he said: “I volunteered for Bryn Y Neuadd a couple of years ago for Student Volunteering in Bangor and found it an amazing eyeopening experience. Nobody there has the same disability, each person is different with their own unique character and I wanted to do something for them. I fancied doing something a bit different like a parachute jump and it really was the most exhilerating thing I have ever done!” Andy went on to explain that he was given a twenty minute talk before being taken up in a small plane to do the jump. The engine was turned off and the door was opened where he, strapped on to the front of an instructor, sat down with his legs hooked under the side of the plane. Before he had time to think he was falling through the sky doing 130mph! After about 30 seconds the parachute was released and they slowly drifted down for 5 minutes, during which he could take in the beautiful sights below him, including the famous Mount Snowdon. Congratulations on the successful jump and good luck with your next daring escapade (whatever that may be!) If you have any plans for, or have taken part in, any money raising events for charity then email the Editor to have your story printed in Seren.

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NO FRESHERS WEEK FUN FOR 50 STUDENTS!

By Clare Chadwick CONTINUED PAGE 1 Unfortunately some 2nd and 3rd Years abuse the privilege of having the option to stay in Halls and they arrange for a proportion of their corridor to remain in the same rooms for another year, rather than all move out and separate. Others often apply to stay in Halls in case they decide over Summer not to move in to a flat; when they start the term they tell the University they no longer desire to keep their room so it is given to a waiting 1st Year. It seems then, that the problem lies not so much with the University, but with those who stay in Halls for two or even three years for no better reason than it delays them from living in the real world outside Halls. I know all too well the importance of being in Halls for the first week. I know this because I was one of the students last year put in a hotel on the Isle of Anglesey for ten days. The hotel was nice enough but it did not compare to the excitement of having a room in a corridor full of other freshers who are out to have fun and settle in where they are to live for the next year. Friendships are made fast in the first few days and being put in a corridor over a week late when everyone already knows each other can be very daunting. It is for this reason that Seren has investigated how students in hotels can seek help and advice about settling in if they are having problems. Firstly be positive, many students are not drastically affected by being moved into Halls later than others, it is simply an inconvenience. Secondly, don’t go unheard. Go to the Accommodation Office in the Students’ Union and explain

your situation. If you have still not been moved out of the hotel then ask them if you are one of the next few to be moved, the knowledge that you will be out soon will take a lot of stress off you. The waiting list is normally no longer than ten days, so try not to worry too much. Then go to the Advice and Representation Officer, Katherine Croft (again, found in the SU) and let her know your accommodation problem, she will take down your details and pass on any complaints. You can contact the Accommodation Office for more information about Halls of Residence, if you have a separate query, on 01248 382034. The University has made some changes since last year to aid those housed in hotels. They now provide a mini-bus to do round trips round Bangor, stopping off at important places such as Main Arts for students to register, the Students’ Union and the Ffriddoedd Site where they can use their meal vouchers, another aid introduced this year. A free bus pass has also been provided, allowing students to travel to and from Bangor if, for instance, they are staying in the Anglesey Arms Inn or the Carreg Bran Hotel. We are Seren believe that although these changes will make moving to Bangor a little easier for those in hotels, it is still unacceptable that anyone should be put there in the first place. Why are new students again being refused a place in Halls for this vital first week? Why have they closed off Reichel Halls of Residence to Undergraduate students when they know of this problem? Something needs to be done to stop it happening again next year.


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Homeopathy is a safe, effective and non-toxic system of medicine. It recognises that the body has a natural tendency to heal itself whatever the problem but sometimes it needs reminding – and homeopathic remedies do just that in a safe and gentle way, with no risk of addiction. Almost any ailment, be it physical, mental or emotional can be treated with homeopathy but some which may be familiar to students are insomnia, concentration/memory problems, addictions of any kind, hangovers (!), exam stress/anxiety, panic attacks, glandular fever, acne, hormonal issues such as PMS, self esteem and confidence issues, home sickness and headaches. Homeopathy can also strengthen our immunity and so reduce the frequency of recurring colds and infections whilst increasing our sense of well being. Fees (inc. remedies) – student concessions £25 initial appointment, £20 follow ups. Heather is also offering a half price inital consultation on production of this article. Call: 01248 352336


LIFESTYLE

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MISSING THE PLEASURES OF HOME COOKING? Let’s face it; beans on toast can only go so far! Fancy extending your culinary repertoire and even trying to substitute the pleasure of your Mum’s cooking? Then ensure you have the store cupboard essential: the ‘Very Lazy’ range from the Creator’s of Fine Food - English Provender Company - it will give you the taste, nutrients, texture and flavour of fresh ingredients even when you have little time (or skill)! This tasty Very Lazy range includes prechopped Red Chillies, Onions, Garlic, Shallots and Ginger that will make it easy to add instant pizzazz to your eating! Impress your mates with your culinary expertise and make cheap food go further by following these simple but, oh so delicious cooking ideas: For a speedy snack: add 5tsp of Very Lazy Onions and 2tsp Very Lazy Garlic to fried mushrooms, place over crusty bread, top with cheddar cheese and grill until golden…mmm.

For a hot night: Whether you are entertaining your friends or someone special, make it a night to remember with a mouth-watering chilli. Fry beef mince, half a tin of chopped tomatoes, peppers and kidney beans then add just 3tsp Very Lazy Red Chillies, 2tsp Very Lazy Onions and 2tsp Very Lazy Shallots to really turn up the heat… These are just a few ideas to get your tastebuds tingling and with just a pinch of imagination the possibilities are endless with Very Lazy. What’s more these dishes are all healthy, so you can look after your body as well as your bank balance! If you’re craving the pleasures of homecooking but barely know a sieve from a spoon, English Provender Company really will come to your rescue! The Very Lazy range is available at all major supermarkets priced between £1.58 and £1.79.

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More students thatn ever are seeking help for depression More students than ever are seeking help for depression, university counsellors say. The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy says the findings from its annual survey of student mental health will cause concern for parents, colleges and government. The association says many students complain of “the twin miseries of debt and poverty”. Its evidence suggests that at least 10% of students who sought counselling were suicidal or had attempted to kill themselves.

STUDENT SERVICES HOW THEY CAN HELP YOU Seren spoke to Gwenda Blackmore from the Student Services, found on the 3rd Floor of the SU, to discuss what they do and why the Services are so vital to the well being of students in Bangor. Gwenda explained how the team are there to: “help with any problems the students are faced with, including: loneliness;homesickness; anxiety & depression; self-harm; parental separation or divorce; relationship problems; problems involving sexuality; sexual abuse; rape and assault. If a problem is drug or alcohol related then they can refer the student to a confidential service which will give them all the help they require.” If you need help or advise then your first point of contact should be Gwenda, so pick up the phone and call 01248 382024.

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BANGOR PUB AND CLUB GUIDE As a Fresher you will probably be given countless maps to help you find your lectures and your halls and this is all well and good, but how do you find your way around in Freshers week? Noticing this dilema Seren has come to your rescue and provided you with a map to the main pubs and clubs around Bangor. With this map and

Manoj’s music guide on the next page you’re bound to have a good week.

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So this map can be used to locate all of the best places for music in Bangor and all of the most popular student locations. If you are feeling adventurous though try out some of the other pubs around Bangor, there’s lots on offer to suit all tastes.

We would like to point out though that this is not a complete map of all the places to go in Bangor. This map shows the locations of some of the most popular destinations on a nights and should provide a good starting point.

KEY: 1 - Ffridd Bar 2 - Rascals 3 - Patrick’s Bar 4 - The Menai 5 - Amser/Time 6 - Main Bar 7 - Yellow Pub 8 - The Castle 9 - Fat Cats 10 - Joot 11 - O’Sheas 12 - The Ship Inn 13 - Octagon 14 - The Belle Vue 15 - The Greek Taverna 16 - Wetherspoons 13

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MUSIC

by MANOJ KOERI

MONDAY

T H E BA N G O R M U S I C D I A RY

Time - 60’s 70’s and 80’s. Cheesy music from back in the day. Open with licensed bar from 8pm to 1am. One of the best nights in Bangor. Free entry.

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

Have a drink (or ten!) in your local,

Trash,Main Bar - Alternative music. Three rooms playing Punk and Ska, Metal and Indie from 8pm till 1am with loads of drink promos. Occasional live bands in Jocks bar. One of the best nights in Bangor. NUS card needed. Free entry.

not much on music wise.

Yellow Pub - Karaoke. From 8pm with usual talented local singers and loads of rubbish ones too! Free entry.

FRIDAY Time - Chart music. Open from 8pm till 1am with a gate fee of £4. Joot - Chart music with guest djs. Open till 1am with a late bar.

THURSDAY

Rascals - Karaoke. Takes place from 8pm in intimate surroundings. Free entry. Joot - Chart music with guest djs. Open till 1am with a late bar.

Octagon - Student Night. Chart music with guest djs. £3 gate fee

SATURDAY Main bar - Chart music. Entrance is £2 and is defiantly one of the best nights for students. NUS card needed.

from 8pm till 1am.

SUNDAY

Paddy’s - Karaoke- Guaranteed full house on a Sunday night. Free entry.

Yellow pub - Alternative musicDJ’s playing the best in punk, ska

Greek Taverna - Live musicGuaranteed full house on a Sunday night. Bands play jazz and renditions of classic songs.

and metal. Free entry.

Free entry.

There will also be a number of events throughout the year that will be either one-offs or monthly events. The best way to find out about these is to check out the posters if you’re in halls. if not check in the events section on the intranet.

demonstrates the loud and the calm, coming together into an epic four minutes that would make Iron Maiden proud. James, Dan, Pin and Dan W have truly provided music to allow each person to appreciate the finer points of metal.

SIKTH

“The Trees Are Dead & Dried Out” - “Wait For Something Wild” “Look at the sky! Look at the sky! Look! At! The! Sky!” is what the twin vocal assault of Mikee Goodman and Justin Hill urge us to do in the roller coaster of a track entitled “Skies of millennium night.” If we all took that advice we would see that the stars are shining brightly for the future of the North London sextet. Having formed in March 2001 the band went on to release two critically applauded EP’s containing tracks which have sneaked their way onto “The Trees…” with brand spanking new versions of the same songs. “Pussyfoot” and “Hold My Finger” show all the bands progression and allowed them to chop and change things on already acceptable tracks. This may annoy old school fans of the bands as these old un’s seem to dominate the album.

OTHER EVENTS

But with that, the band has still been able to combine their energies and unique brand of hardcore madness onto the remainder of the tracks. Album opener “Scent of the obscene” starts off with a funky slap bass line which is the basis of a wonderful track. Then leading into to an amazing chorus that, sung by Justin, is guaranteed to have the scores of Sikth fans screaming. Passion is the word which I’d use to describe Sikth and “Peep show”

Ambition is also another word to associate with the crew. The eerie and haunting piano sonatas of “Emerson Pt.1” and “Pt.2” make hairs on the back of your neck tingle. With its divine mood, you really wouldn’t expect it from any band making this genre of sound. With influences ranging from Dillinger Escape Plan to Nick Cave, to the no-nonsense trash of the likes of Pantera, Sikth provide a monster of an album with fourteen tracks of crazed madness. An almost perfect cd will make every other band faint with envy. Worth the wait.

8/10


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FRESHERS WEEK SURVIAVAL GUIDE element of this Freshers Week A key for many of you reading this will

undoubtedly be lots of alcohol fuelled nights out. In most cases though this will mean suffering the consequences the next morning. If you are in this position take a sobering look at ten weird and wonderful hangover cures that should help you through the rest of the week and hopefully years to come. (WARNING: Try these at your own risk!)

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Pain Killers & Antacids

Alcohol is a stomach, so aspirin and ibuprofen (also irritants) may make matters worse. Antacids will protect your stomach lining and ease acid indigestion. Meanwhile, a couple of paracetamol should quell the brain-splitting headache.

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British Fry Up

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Water

Fat contains lots of calories, so you’ll get a energy boost. Eggs & meat are rich in the cysteine, which is thought to be good at clearing out toxins. You may get indigestion due to your stomach’s current state though

Alcohol is a diuretic and, taken in excess, you’ll get extremely dehydrated. Water - lots of it - is the best way to deal with this. A pint before bed & when you get up. Then every hour during the day until you feel completely cured. Guaranteed to work!

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Caffeine

Some people swear by a can of coke,tea or black coffee. These only have short term effect After this the caffeine adds to your current dehydration making you feel worse.

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Stay Drunk!

Hangover sufferers regularly trough tomatoes to ease their symptoms. They’re rich in vitamin C, which gets depleted after a booze binge. This is why the classic hangover drink, Bloody Mary, is so popular.

Russians have been curing hangovers by drinking brine from pickled vegetables for years. A brewery has even produced a briny cabbage-water hangover drink. Salt is one of the minerals you’re short of after a heavy night so get sprinkling !

Also guaranteed to work! Well we’re students aren’t we? What else are we here to do? Work?

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Hair of the dog

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Fruit Juice

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Sleep

Not for the faint-hearted! Research has shown it works - but only temporarily. While your body is busy dealing with a new intake of booze, it suspends its torture until you’re done drinking again - and then it’s back to hangover hell.

Juice, especially squeezed, works well because it replaces lost vitamins & the fruit sugar (fructose) boosts your energy levels. If it feels too acidic, water it down, or try less acidic vegetable juice.

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While slumped in a drunken haze, your body is working overtime to sort out the mess you’ve made. This uses lots of energy and is why you feel so tired. Sleeping in will give your body more time to recover.

P.S.

A trusty A to Z may also come in handy if you wake up somewhere unfamiliar this week!


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CLUBS & SOCIETIES

JOIN THE OTC NOW! By Rob Giles It’s hardly known but Bangor University has an Officer Training Corps that was set up three years ago. What sets it apart from the other clubs thought is we get paid roughly thirty pounds for each day we participate, and it’s not all diving through bushes with a rifle. Adventure training plays a high part. Last summer the major expedition was to Kenya and Tanzania where we assaulted Mt. Kenya and Kilimanjaro, normally such a trip would cost a few grand but thankfully the army paid.

MT. Kilimanjaro, Kenya

Over Christmas the annual Ski Trip took place in Austria which was greatly enjoyed by all especially with the drunken tomfoolery. Somehow all the 2nd years managed to gain their City and Guilds leadership qualification - a useful addition to any CV! For the moment all activity has ceased as we prepare for exams but Annual camp should be a nice little earner and the following trip to scale Mt. Blanc will be spectacular. MT. Blanc

time is the first two weeks of the year. After that everyone is taken to Cardiff and issued with all the kit. See us at Serendipity and more information can be found at our presentation on Sunday 28th September, 6pm, in Main Arts lecture theatre, or email: Hannijte Lowe(peua5a@bangor.ac.uk) or myself, Rob Giles (bsua4c@bangor.ac.uk).

If you want to join the only possible

REACH NEW HEIGHTS IN BANGOR By Andy Hall

UMWC is the University Mountain Walking Club. With over 130 members last year we are one of the largest clubs in Bangor. This is probably due to the fact that we cater for every level of fitness, from the highest level.. ascending by lunatic routes and tackling several mountains a day, to the more pleasant strolls up an easy route of the mountain. UMWC is a great way to see the amazing National Park of Snowdonia, which is right on our doorstep. We go out into the mountains every Saturday and have at least one social event back in Bangor every week. For Freshers’ Week this year we are

heading up Snowdon, the highest mountain in Britain outside of Scotland. Both on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th an easy, medium and hard walk will be heading to the highest point in Wales. Last year we managed to get everyone to the t o p and that was n o mean task when we

had two double deckers full of people heading up there! This is also a great trip to go on to meet new people. Everyone is welcome: members and non-members alike, its just £3 for the whole day. To join us, turn up at about 9.15am under the curved lounge outside the entrance to the Students’ Union. Please come and see us at the Freshers’ Fair, or check out our website www.undeb.bangor.ac.uk/umwc for more information. No equipment is required, however after the first few outings walking boots will be required. Come and join us for this weekend and achieve new heights in your first week here in Bangor.


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SPORT

TONY HEANY

AU PRESIDENT

Hello and a big AU welcome to Bangor!

And welcome to the 2003/04 Season of Sports in University! This year will be just as good if not better than last – all we need is you to join in and make things happen for the AU! We’ve got the BUSA league, UWAU Welsh Cup, Merit leagues, Gala’s, Walks, TOURS, and the propping up of Main Bar on a Thursday night. We have everything from Archery and Athletics to Volleyball and Windsurfing including all major University sports clubs and a lot of the smaller ones! And the best thing is if it’s not already in existence then we’re here in the Union to help you get it up and running! Things happen fast in University so don’t let all that training that you’ve done up to now go to waste! If you’ve just perfected that triple somersault, achieved a personal best over 200m or just been crowned “try scorer of the season”! Maybe you just enjoy kicking football or having a swim in your spare time? Are you bored of the “usual” training or sport and fancy taking up a new sport or interest? Then come along to the AU! WE NEED YOU! All you need do is join the AU (pop down to the Union and pick up a card) and then you have the choice of ANY or ALL the clubs to join! With over 35 clubs to join you are spoilt for choice! Have-a-go sessions will be running all through Freshers Week and some clubs even run have-a-go’s during the year! Pop along before you join to see if you really do enjoy the activity and then join up! Keep an eye on the AU’s new website (www.undeb.bangor.ac.uk/au) for the latest fixtures and results of the games that we compete in!

BUSA AND UWAU angor has the distinct advantage B of being a Welsh University! We get to compete in BUSA (The British University Sports Association) and in the UWAU (The Universities in Wales Athletic Union) leagues. Both of these are governing bodies for University Sports and all in all there are over 150 Universities and Institutes affiliated!

There are twenty-two AU clubs involved in BUSA and if you are involved in these teams then you usually end up playing on a Wednesday afternoon. If things go well for you in your club then there is always a chance of being selected for the British University Games (BUGS) or even to compete for the Welsh National Squad! Outside of these two leagues there are numerous other events held by the AU and it’s clubs during the year. Gala’s, walks, trips, tours, intervarsity competitions, shoots… you name it we can do it (probably). Keep an eye on the website or in contact with Tony to find out exactly what’s happening.

CONGRATULATIONS - You’ve chosen Bangor! POSSIBLY - the best value University in the UK PROBABLY - the most attractive study location in the UK DEFINITELY - the city with the best team in Welsh football Playing in the Welsh Premier for the last ten years, Bangor City is the best performing North Wales team - twice each Championship and Welsh Cup winners.

attractive football won them third place in the League and a League Cup runners-up spot.

fans in the Welsh Premier. Home and away, more attend matches involving Bangor than any other team.

Bangor has also represented Wales in Europe five times - in Poland, Iceland, Sweden, Yugoslavia and, recently, in Romania where they fell prey to Transylvanian outfit Gloria Bistrita.

Under former international Peter Davenport, Bangor aim to add silverware to the praise won last season. Eye-catching players include powerhouse midfielders Ricky Evans and Owain Jones, and all-action forwards Lee Hunt and Paul Gedman.

Come to Farrar Road, and find out what Saturday afternoons were made for!

Last

Figures show Bangor that has the best

season,

Bangor’s

Next home fixtures - 27 Sept v Porthmadog - 12 Oct v Haverfordwest County - 25 October v Aberystwyth Town - 11 November v TNS

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This is the September 2003 issue of Seren, Bangor Univeristy's English Language Newspaper. Produced by students for students.