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November 2011 Improvements for International Students

International Students Officer Elections

The International Committee at SUSU has just met for the first time this term. The committee makes sure that all international students are supported by SUSU, have their voice heard and feel integrated into life at the University of Southampton. The International Committee works on issues that are important to you, so whether it’s getting more study resources for international students or arranging fun nights out, they need you to let them know what you want from SUSU.

There is also currently a position available as the International Students Officer, who is the chair of the International Committee and takes the lead on ensuring international students are supported and represented by SUSU.

Here’s whose on your committee at the moment!

An introduction to your International Committee: Henry Lee Vice Chair

Nominations for this role open on Thursday 10 November 2011. All you need to do is think about what you’d like to do for international students during the year, type it up and submit it online at elections. You will have until Monday 14 November 2011 to nominate yourself and can begin campaigning to win votes from Wednesday 16 November 2011. If you’d like to know more about the position please contact Frankie Fry, your Vice President Welfare & Communities on

Diwali was on Wednesday 26 October. Diwali is the Festival of Light and is celebrated by Hindus. It was a fantastic day at SUSU with food, music, mendhi, a film and even sparklers! Andria Lysiotou Treasurer

Sanaz Yeganefard Events Co-ordinator

Djamila Silva - Public Relations Co-ordinator

Lynn Nguyen Asian Representative

David Barretto Ian European Representative

Nana Okra Abankwa African Representative

Nadia Papasidero Union Council Representative

Meera Burgess Union Council Representative

Chloe Green – Equality and Diversity Officer Josh Davies – Ethical and Environmental Officer Sam Ling – Union President Frankie Fry – VP Welfare and Communities There are currently vacancies on the committee for the following roles: • International Academic & Visa Coordinator • A second Public Relations Coordinator • America’s Representative • Oceania Representative • Pre-sessional Society Representative We will also be looking to recruit some volunteers to help with all the events and activities we hold. If you’d like to get involved and find out more email your Vice President Welfare & Communities Frankie Fry on

International Student CV Workshops Come along to an interactive session designed to give you the principles of writing an effective and well-structured CV. This workshop is open to international students on both undergraduate and postgraduate programs. Attendance and participation in the workshop will earn you 10 points towards the Graduate Passport ( These workshops are being held throughout November, but places are limited so you will need to book your place by visiting: eventcalendar

Staying Safe – Frankie’s Top Tips Frankie, your VP Welfare & Communities wrote a few weeks ago about some simple things that you can do to stay safe and prevent crime. This month, with winter here and the evenings getting darker, it’s particularly important for you to “Take the safe route home.” - Try to avoid walking home alone in the dark. If possible, walk with friends and stay on well-lit main roads. - If you’re out late at The Union or studying in the library in the evening, you can take the Safety Bus home. It runs from 20:00 every night, and for £1.50 will take you direct to your door. - If you are a cyclist, make sure you can be seen in the dark by fitting lights on your bike, and using a reflector waistcoat/band to help ensure that drivers can see you. This includes pedestrians too. To see Frankie’s other Safety Tips, read her blog post here.

Safety Talk: There is also a Safety Talk being organized by the Chinese Societies at SUSU, with the security team from the University as well as a member of the local police attending to answer questions. Come along if you’re worried or concerned about anything regarding your safety. Monday 7 November at 18:00 in Building 54, Room 4011 (Lecture Theatre A)

Settling International Workshops Last month, your VP Welfare & Communities submitted a bid to receive funding from the University for “Settling International Workshops”. We’re happy to announce that Frankie was successful with her bid, and so throughout Semester 1 SUSU is holding Settling International Workshops, which are all about helping you to settle into University life. There are two workshops being held in November, these are on:

Friday 11 November, 18:00 – 20:00, The Bridge (Building 42) Sharing experiences, from both studying and living, at the University of Southampton Friday 25 November 18:00 – 20:00, The Bridge (Building 42) How to cope with studying in a different culture Feel free to come along to share experiences, ask questions and socialise with other international students. There will also be free food provided!

Events in November Dia de Muertos – The Concourse until Friday 4 November 2011

Why do people in Britain wear poppies in November?

The Mexican Society (MexSoc) at SUSU will be displaying an “Altar de Muertos” in Pod 1 of The Concourse for the first week of November as part of their celebrations of The Day of the Dead. Why not come along to celebrate with them?

La Bodeguita – Every Friday in The Bridge

Give your Friday night a Latin twist with fantastic music, a great selection of cocktails and tasty food ideal for sharing with your friends. La Bodeguita is every Friday in The Bridge from 21:00 until 02:00.

Union Council – Monday 21 November 2011, 17:00 – 19:00

Union Council is one of the highest decision making bodies at SUSU, and anyone can attend to get their views and ideas heard. Want more events for international students? Let SUSU know by coming along!

What else is happening in November? Bonfire Night

Celebrated in the UK every year on the 5 November, Bonfire (or Guy Fawkes) Night commemorates an attempt by conspirators in 1605 to kill King James I and destroy the Houses of Parliament. Barrels of gunpowder were planted in cellars beneath the Houses of Parliament, however the plot was exposed and Guy Fawkes, a member of the conspirators, was arrested before he was able to ignite the gunpowder.

Poppies are worn to show remembrance for those who have lost their lives in battle. After World War I, Armistice Day began on 11 November 1919 and on the nearest Sunday to that date (Remembrance Day), all wars are remembered. At 11:00 a two minute silence is observed and poppy wreaths are placed onto cenotaphs in towns and cities. On television you can see the Queen placing a wreath onto Whitehall Cenotaph. The Annual Remembrance Sunday Service in Southampton is on Sunday 13 November, and starts at 10:55. Find out more by clicking here.

Southampton’s Christmas Festival Market Opening on 17 November The Christmas Festival Market returns to Southampton, and will be officially opened by the Mayor of Southampton at 18:00 on Thursday 17 November 2011. The evening will begin in the Marlands Shopping Centre, where the Mayor will join Father Christmas to switch on the Christmas lights. For more details about the celebrations, click here to visit the Southampton City Council Events page.

This night has been celebrated since then, and each year there are firework displays and large bonfires across the UK. You can also try a toffee apple, which is a traditional Bonfire Night treat! If you’d like to celebrate Bonfire Night this year, there is a firework display in Mayflower Park in Southampton on Saturday 5 November 2011. Find out more and buy tickets at

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