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Christmas Issue 2011

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Bangor Women’s Society

Campaign Update and Upcoming Events for Students Picture by Gaynor Thomas from the North Wales Chronicle.

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omen’s Society (WomSoc) are a mostly-campaigning society open to all students, regardless of gender. We do a lot of work on feminist issues (feminism is for everybody!) but we also have nonpolitical activities like our weekly knitting group, who meet every Monday in Blue Sky at 3:30pm. However, this month, we have a very important new campaign that we think will make a big difference for the good of all students at Bangor. There will soon be a survey making the rounds on our own SU website regarding students’ experiences of verbal harassment while they are out on the streets of Bangor and its surrounding communities. You may even have experienced a form of harassment without realising it; but in a nutshell, street harassment is any unwanted comments or other ‘out loud’ behaviour such as shouting, whistling, honking, or lip smacking. It can have sexual, racial, disablist, or homophobic overtones, and it can have a really negative effect on how you feel about being out and about in town. What we at WomSoc would like to know is, how do Bangor students experience this kind of thing, and what can we do to help put a stop to it and make you more confident as you carry out your degree here in North Wales? So with all this in mind, we’d like to ask you along to our big winter event, Reclaim the Night. It’s an annual march

we host that is open to everyone that protests victim blaming and encourages marchers to reclaim their streets as safe spaces which are not intimidating. We used our march last year to raise awareness of the high levels of sexual assault and the intimidation of women students through abuse, harassment, and stalking; this year we’d like to open the floor to you, our student body, to share your experiences. We depart from Main Arts at 5:45 on December 7th, march through College Park and past Octagon, and rally at the town clock around a quarter past 6. If you’d like to carry a placard or poster, please come along the day before to our placard making party at 4pm in the SU committee room. Materials will cost you £1 and we would like to recycle the wood for next year’s march (when we hope to provide the materials for free). If you are more interested in what WomSoc actually do, please come to the FREE day-long event on Normal Site on December 7th, called Sister ACTivist. It is run by NUS Wales Women’s Campaign and is open to self-defining women students. That means if you live your life as a woman, or if you believe you are a woman, you are welcome to come along. To register all you have to do is email jo.caulfield@ undeb.bangor.ac.uk, our SU President, and she will sort out the rest for you!

Jennifer Krase

Checkmate!

The return of Bangor’s Chess Club

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inally! Bangor has a chess club again. For nearly five years Bangor students have been deprived of a place where they can go, play chess, make friends and enjoy a good chat. As a relatively new society we offer weekly meetings where we play chess, usually on a Thursday 6pm, in the Welsh seminar room (check Facebook for venue). Afterward we go to the pub and continue our chat there talking about the days events ect. We feel that many people, who would like to play chess casua l l y, are put off by the

fancy moves and strategies more experienced players tend to use. That’s why we offer a no strings attached casual playing venue. Don’t know how to play? We offer coaching too! We will also be organising a grand tournament for every student in Bangor, under or post graduate, with the grand prize being a mysterious unannounced item and the honour of being the reigning Bangor chess champion for that year! Any questions? Don’t hesitate to email us at: chess@undeb.bangor.ac.uk and don’t forget to find us on Facebook.

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Societies

A Christmas Carol B

angor University Music Society is getting into the Christmas spirit and gearing up for its annual Christmas concert. Showcasing the musical talents of Bangor’s students from a variety of courses, such concerts are always great successes; with an eclectic programme of classical, film, pop and Christmas music, the concert on December 10th is set to be no exception. Taking the reins of orchestral director this year, Rob Thompson has selected a variety of music, including the theme tune from Gladiators and Bizet’s Carmen Suite no. 1. “The orchestra has taken really well to some challenging repertoire and a variety of genres”, says Rob, “there has been a fantastic improvement across the semester and it is shaping up to be a great concert. I’m especially looking

forward to the orchestra teaming up with the choir and baritone soloist Rob King for Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols.” This year, Phil Gietzen leads the MuSoc choir. He has selected a fun and varied programme, including ‘Bear Necessities’, Billy Joel’s hit ‘Lullaby (Goodnight My Angel)’ and the Christmas classic, ‘Fairytale of New York’ by The Pogues and Kirsty McColl. “We have been working hard this semester and have really come along way. It’s great to see so many people enjoying singing together”, he says. “A particular highlight has been working on ‘Fairytale of New York’. If you are coming to the concert expect lots of variety, including your favourite Christmas carols!” Speaking of MuSoc as a whole, Chair Collette Astley-Jones says “Mu-

Soc is open to everyone with any interest in music, whether it’s singing or playing in an orchestra, everybody’s welcome regardless of ability! On top of that, people with a passion for music studying different courses get the opportunity to perform in a laid-back and fun atmosphere”. She continues, “Every member puts a lot of effort in and each year the concerts get better and better. This one is going to be amazing!” Tickets are just £3 for students and children and £5 for adults, so there’s no excuse! Come along to Prichard-Jones hall for a night of fantastic music! For those who are interested in joining MuSoc in semester 2, membership for the semester is only £5. All are welcome, and we hope to see you there!

Rob King

Beaumaris Victorian Day L

30 actors from BEDS transform Beaumaris into a Victorian Christmas paradise ast weekend 30 actors from BEDS took to the streets of Beaumaris to help transform it into a Victorian Christmas paradise, marking a year since BEDS’ first period acting event. In that time, the society has been heavily involved in 5 community events across North Wales, from entertaining the 30,000 visitors that attended the Conwy Feast festival to organising the inter-society Medieval Day out in Beaumaris. This most recent foray was yet another brilliant example of the positive role that students can play in the local commu-

nity; with BEDS being specifically invited back after the success of last year. As well as a series of mock trials in the historic courtroom and a parade through the town, BEDS played a role in the Mayor’s speech, with one character stealing the microphone (in good spirits) and claiming that he was the real mayor, before being led off by costumed policeman, much to the crowd’s delight. The Mayor of Beaumaris said “A great atmosphere was created by all involved and I must commend BEDS on a job very well done.” Throughout the event, the public were obviously

enjoying BEDS’ involvement as much as the actors enjoyed taking part. Alongside the obvious fun that can be had with an event like this, the community benefit of positive engagement activities like this cannot be understated. We would like to thank all the actors that took part and the directors who put such a huge effort into making this event a success. We would also like to thank the organisers for being so amazingly helpful!

Antony Butcher

Seren - 221 - 2011/12 - December Issue  

This is the December 2011/12 issue of Seren, Bangor Univeristy's English Language Newspaper. Produced by students for students.