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STUDENT NEWSLET TER M AY ‘15

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WELCOME TO THE VIBE

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W E A P P R E C I AT E A L L T H E CO N T R I B U T I O N S F R O M S T U D E N T S A N D S TA F F W H I C H H AV E G O N E I N T O C R E AT I N G T H E N E W S L E T T E R . As you all continue to grow in your studies and ambitions, we are also seeking to grow and provide even better content with every issue. We strive to give you an experience that informs, engages, and entertains you. This issue, we have started to feature new content and begin reaching towards new horizons with more evolved content. Happy reading!

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T O U R I S T F O R A D AY

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STUDENT NEWSROOM St Patrick’s graduation 2015 Awards Talk from Double Tree representative Your new Student Council officers

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D E S T I N AT I O N O F T H E Y E A R

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NO DREAM IS TOO BIG

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A N I G H T O F FA S H I O N

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MID -SEASON MONOCHROME

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L AW S T U D E N T R E C E I V E S V I C E CHANCELLOR SCHOL ARSHIP AWA R D

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T H E I N AU G U R A L FA C U P

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JUIC Y LIFEST YLE

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FIT 4 HOME

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T O UR IST FOR A DAY

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TO U RIST FO R A DAY

Most of us have lived in London for the majority of our lives, but have never seen the true beauty of the city and what makes it a must-see destination for millions of people around the world. So, why not take a day off from being a busy Londoner and become a tourist for a day in your city? 06

WA L K I N G T O U R The great thing about Central London is that all the best places are within walking distance. Explore some of the popular areas in Central London, from Oxford Street and Piccadilly Circus to Leicester Square, Covent Garden, and Soho. You’ll soon discover places and things you never noticed before. Find unique hidden places - get your walking shoes on and become the new Dora the Explorer! BUS TOUR This is the ultimate tourist activity! Take a trip around London with the Original Bus Tour


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hopping on and off to view the most wellknown places in London, such as Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London. TFL RIVER BUS TOUR Sail in style along the Thames to Hampton Court, Embankment, North Greenwich, and Westminster with the TFL River Bus Tour. All you need is a topped up Oyster card to experience London from a new perspective. E M I R AT E S A I R L I N E Touch the sky with the Emirates Air Line cable car and bask in the beauty of London from 07

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above. Travel across the River Thames and see the skyline like you’ve never seen it before V& A M U S E U M Experience the finest collection of Italian Renaissance sculpture outside Italy at the Victoria & Albert Museum, as well as fashion from the eighteenth century to modern times. This museum will certainly not let you down. Experience the finest collection of Italian Renaissance sculpture outside Italy at the Victoria & Albert Museum, as well as fashion from the eighteenth century to modern times.

R E G E N T S PA R K Regents Park is a great place to be any day of the week, whether you’re visiting London Zoo, taking part in sports, taking a boat ride on the river, or just relaxing and admiring the landscape. Whatever you do, it’s a great way to enjoy a family day out.


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STU D ENT N EWS ROOM


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ANTH O NY K AL AG BO R , BUSINESS MANAG EMENT Duncan House

We were excited to celebrate the graduation of our February 2013 students at St Giles Church. It was a phenomenal day, seeing the students’ hard work pay off. They all celebrated the special day with their loved ones. Professor Khan gave a passionate, motivating speech during the graduation ceremony, telling students and staff to continue striving for success no matter the obstacle. He also reminded students that with their new degree, the sky is the limit. We also celebrated outstanding results by giving out awards. Technology student Roman Cerny graduated with 15 distinctions, and won the Principal’s Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement. He identified a specific need in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) by noting that its capital, Kinshasa, has no transport infrastructure: people rely on taxis. Roman’s HND project proposal was for a web-based taxi service for Kinshasa, which was described by the assessor as ‘very impressive and innovative’. ***

T H E T R A N S N AT I O N A L E D U C AT I O N AWA R D F O R E N A B L I N G G L O B A L I S AT I O N Malika Kenzhebaeva (Business) T H E PAT R I A R C H AWA R D F O R MOST DILIGENT STUDENT Oluwasegan Ikuesan (Technology) A S P I R E T O I N S P I R E AWA R D S Jonathan Osanyingbemi (Student Experience) Archana Arora (Health and Social Care) Ibrahim Conteh (Business) ***

NAOM I T WUMA SI, TECHNOLOGY Duncan House studentofficer.technology @students.st-patricks.ac.uk I S A B E L L E C H I PA R E , T O U R I S M & H O S P I TA L I T Y Duncan House studentofficer.hospitality @students.st-patricks.ac.uk M AT H I A S E B I O M U S U K U, L AW

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Billiter Campus studentofficer.law @students.st-patricks.ac.uk

As part of St Patricks’ Fresh Futures initiative, we recently welcomed special guest Charilaos Athanasopoulos from Double Tree by Hilton Hotel to give a talk to our hospitality students. Mr Athanasopoulos challenged the students’ knowledge of the industry and how hotels become successful. His talk was followed by a question and answer session. His inspiring words of ‘if I can do it, you can do it’ and ‘dream a big dream’ motivated students and got their minds buzzing. The talk most definitely reflected the ethos of Fresh Futures: ‘aspiring to inspire’. It was a great success, and we look forward to the next talk. ***

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We would like to welcome our new Student Officers to the Student Council! They are: 09

studentofficer.business @students.st-patricks.ac.uk

T E R E S A PAU L O, H E A LT H & S O C I A L C A R E Billiter Campus studentofficer.health @students.st-patricks.ac.uk

Your officer is expected to: • Help improve student life • Ensure that you have a voice to implement change • Ensure you have an enjoyable learning experience Each campus now has a Council Office for the officers (R502 at Billiter Campus, R112a at Stratford Campus), so you can visit them during their office hours to discuss any college issues. If you wish to meet your Student Council Officer, please check the available times posted outside the Student Council Office. Alternatively, you can contact them via email. Please make sure that you ONLY email the officer that represents your school.


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Year FLO RIDA Florida is a place where the whole family can enjoy the summer. With amazing beaches, theme parks, and unlimited activities, the Sunshine State has something for everyone!


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THE BE ACH SCENE If all you want to do is relax, then soak in the sun at the beaches Florida has to offer: • Clearwater Beach, where you can enjoy the waters that are between the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay • Delray Beach, which includes a beautiful village and an arts district • Sanibel Beach, an island where you can gather beautiful shells 11

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EXPLORE The Sunshine state has no less than 15 parks, including household names like Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort, Busch Gardens, and SeaWorld. These are ideal places for family fun! Love a little adventure? Get your walking shoes on and discover the Florida’s national parks, forests, and swamplands. You might even meet the residential alligators! The Everglades are your best bet for outdoor adventure, with hiking, kayaking, and hot-air ballooning as just a few of the ways you can explore the landscape.

S T O R E S A N D R E S TAU R A N T S Take some time out from the hectic activities, unwind with shopping at the city-sized malls and more restaurants than you can imagine: • The Mall at Millenia, with over 150 shops and restaurants as well as regular events • Premium Outlets, America’s largest outlet chain with all of the top brands • The Florida Mall, which offers 1.9 million square feet of pure retail therapy


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By Sophelia Gentles

We live in a world that shows a limited amount to what we can do. However, many do not realise that life does not make us: life is what we make it. We have the ability to determine how far we want to go. As children, there was no such thing as having a dream that was too big: if you wanted to go to the moon, you could go to the moon. Every crazy dream was encouraged, just as much as the last one. Any person you told about your thought of going to the moon would say: “You can be whatever you want to be, and do what you set your mind to.” But as we get older, these possibilities seem to become less available to us. Is it because we no longer have the tenderness of a child? Or is 12

it that like a child outgrows their toys, we too should outgrow dreaming? I don’t know about you, but I’d go back to my childhood if it meant I could be whatever I wanted to be and do what I set my mind to. Maybe life as we know it isn’t the way it should be. There are unlimited possibilities around every corner, and they should be grabbed, not feared. It’s that first step that can take you from where you are to where you want to be. Step outside of the box that the world put you in, and explore a new world that is defined by your aspirations. Because no dream is too big.


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Fashion students from St Patrick’s College recently took over Stratford Circus Arts Centre for a fashion show. Their designs combined Asian, African, Caribbean, Japanese and European culture with sharp modern style and craftsmanship. The fashion show was attended by over 200 guests and featured 55 looks, including gowns, party dresses and dramatic theatrical pieces, as well as suits and modern daywear for men and women. Over 60 HND and degree student designers, models, and make-up artists took part. The show was choreographed and compered by fashion presenter Emma-Louise Maw. It gave the

graduating designers, their guests, families, friends, and other students from St Patrick’s the chance to celebrate the creativity of the fashion school. Students were also able to network with invited fashion professionals. The designers of the night definitely showed they have what it takes to be part of the fashion world.


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chrome No matter the season, you can always rely on a monochrome look. Modern and versatile, black and white is always in fashion. Whether you prefer to keep things simple, or play around with patterns, explore what you can do with monochrome with some help from our fashion guide and get ahead of the trends. DRESS This jersey sweat dress is perfect for those who like their fashion comfortable and adaptable – dress it up with statement jewellery or pair it with hi-top Converse for a more casual look. Topshop, £30

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Functional and hands free, the cross body bag is making a fashion comeback this season. Zara, £19.99

SCARF Accessorise any outfit with this simple white scarf with metallic trim. The light material is perfect for a cool summer evening. Soft striped scarf. Zara, £17.99

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SPRING SCENTS Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey Eau de Toilette Natural Spray: from Issey Miyake, this fresh fragrance has a fresh, floral and woody aroma, with hints of lilies and freesia. Get into the spirit of springtime with this delicate scent. John Lewis, £35, 50ml. Diptyque Baies Scented Mini Candle: From the ever stylish Diptyque, comes one of their most famous scents, using a sophisticated blend of floral rose and blackcurrant leaves. John Lewis, £20.

T R E N D A L E R T: DENIM SHIRT DRESS

Denim is in for the spring and summer seasons this year – but with a twist. This black denim shirt dress holds a grungy appeal, suitable for either office wear or an evening out. Pair it with sandals in the hot summer or high boots in the cooler springtime. Topshop, £55

SANDALS Create an effortlessly chic style with these white heeled sandals. Ideal for a day on the sands or a relaxed evening in a beach-side restaurant. Miss Selfridge, £35 R U C K S AC K B AG A contemporary take on the classic backpack design, as well as being resilient and functional, this perforated backpack is ideal for a summer city break. Topshop, £40

S U M M E R T- S H I R T An essential addition to your summer wardrobe, wear this simple tee with block colour palazzo trousers in black for a fashionable look on a tighter budget. Wear with a leather jacket during cooler weather or accessorise with a silver cuff for a night-time twist. Mango, £14.99

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LAW STU D ENT R ECEIVES VI CE CHAN CELLO R SCH O LARS H I P AWAR D


LEGAL ADVI CE CE NTRE TO L A U N C H IN MAY

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Arlene Scott, who is studying law at St Patrick’s, has been awarded with the Vice Chancellor Scholarship Award from the University of East London (UEL). The scholarship rewards students who have achieved academic excellence. It is the highest scholarship that the university provides, with £27,000 to cover the tuition fee for her first year. Arlene has expressed that this may not have been possible without the hard work and support of her lecturers at St Patrick’s. She said: “Due to your never ending support and encouragement with my studies, application to university, and my subsequent interest to apply for a scholarship, I have won the Vice Chancellor’s scholarship award.” In order to qualify, she had to demonstrate her commitment to the community. Arlene put forward her social enterprise, Young People’s Project, an advocate service for people from disadvantaged backgrounds who have been affected by domestic violence. The project has collaborated with the London Borough of Lewisham to work with young people from a variety of ethnic backgrounds between the ages of 14 and 16, educating

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them on the law. It provides visits to the magistrate’s court and the Old Bailey, allowing young people to sit in on various cases to improve their understanding of the law system. Magistrates were so impressed with the initiative that they have offered to come and talk with the young people in the future. Arlene is expected to graduate from St Patrick’s this July with a full HND in Law, starting her degree in Law at UEL in September 2015. She would like to thank St Patrick’s and all of her lecturers, Stephen Airey, Kareesha Maitaram, Uriah Bajela, Christopher Ojoko, and Margarita Dimitrova for their support throughout the course. We congratulate Arlene on her achievement and wish her the best in all her aspirations.


T H E INAUG URAL FA CUP

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The St Patrick’s ‘Green Machine’ football team, Patrick’s Players, recently competed in the inaugural FA People’s Cup. The Football Association (FA) organised the tournament in order to integrate as many communities as possible. It attracted hundreds of 5-a-side football teams, each hoping for the opportunity of going all the way to Wembley for the FA Cup final. St Patrick’s Players only spent a week preparing for their first match, but still managed to surprise many by qualifying second in their group and playing in a closely contested quarter final which was decided with extra time. All the players showed great spirit and have vowed to come back next year, bigger, better, and bolder. 21


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J U I CY LI FESTYLE

By Sophelia Gentles


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Ever since my aunty introduced me to the world of juicing I have loved it! It’s a fun and easy way to get your five a day, be healthier, and improve any medical problems. It’s so simple that anyone can do it: all you need is a juicer and your fruit and vegetables, and you’re good to go! Try some of these recipes, whether it’s for a specific occasion or just pure juicy enjoyment.

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The pain of a migraine can make you feel like your life is about to end. I suffer from severe migraines, and the only way to get rid of them was to turn the light off, hide under the covers, sleep, and hope it was gone when I woke up. If you eliminate certain foods like chocolate, bananas, cheese, milk and eggs from your diet and drink this juice, it is sure to ease your pain.

• 1 inch raw beetroot • ½ apple • 1 inch slice pineapple • 1 inch slice lemon • ¾ litre mineral water • 1 sports bottle or flask

¼ pineapple 1 orange 1 inch lemon 1 teaspoon manuka active honey ***

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• 2 apples (golden delicious or royal gala) • 1 large handful spinach • 1 inch stem broccoli • 1 inch slice cucumber • 1 inch slice lemon • ½ inch fresh ginger ***

R OYA L R A S P B E R R Y KID’S FRUIT Y SPECIAL Not all juices are for health purposes. Here’s a juice that is great just because it tastes good! Kids will love this recipe! Involve your children and help them have fun and live a healthier lifestyle at the same time. • 1 juicy orange • 1 apple • 1 kiwi fruit (peeled) ***

H 2 0 24 H O U R SUPER DE TOX CO L D WA R This flushes out your system, giving your stomach a 24 hour break from any kind of heavy digestion and cleansing your body from the inside out. It was a challenge when I first tried it, but it was worth it.

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Battle your blocked nose and sore throat with this juice recipe, and you’ll get back on your feet in no time.

• 2 apples • 1 large handful fresh raspberries ***


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Want to start getting in shape for summer? Don’t wait to sign up to a gym: here are 5 exercises you can do at home! These are simple, equipment-free, and work every part of your body. Do these frequently, and you’ll see a difference. Get ready, get set, get fit! 24


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FRONT PL ANK Target Body Part: Abs, back Starting Position: Lie on your stomach with your elbows close to your sides and directly under your shoulders, palms down and fingers facing forward. Instructions: • Slowly lift your torso and thighs off the floor. Keep your torso and • legs rigid. Do not allow any sagging in your ribcage or low back. • Continue to breathe, keeping the abdominals strong while holding this position. Try to hold it for 30 seconds or more. PUSH-UPS Target Body Part: Arms, chest, shoulders Starting Position: Come to a hands and knees position with your hands directly under your shoulders. Your fingers should face forward and your knees should not touch the floor, bringing you to plank position. Keep the abdominals/core engaged to brace the torso. Your head should be aligned with your spine. Instructions: • Slowly bend the elbows, lowering your body until your chest or chin touch the mat or floor. • Now press upward through your arms, straightening the elbows. • Keep the torso rigid and head aligned with your spine.

S Q UAT J U M P S Target Body Part: Buttocks/hips, legs, thighs Starting Position: Stand with your feet hip-width apart, arms by your sides. Engage your abdominal/core muscles. Instructions: • Shift your hips back and down, and continue to lower yourself until you feel your heels begin to lift off the floor. Maintain a flat back by bending forward at the hips. • Keep your head facing forward and position your arms where they offer the greatest degree of balance support. • Now jump up through your lower body, fully extending your hips, knees and ankles. As you jump into the air, try to keep your feet level with each other and parallel with the floor. Land back into the squat position. 25

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• Try to land softly and quietly on the mid-foot, rolling into the heels. Always push your hips back and down to absorb the impact of landing, and do not lock your knees. B E N T- K N E E S I T- U P/C R U N C H E S Target Body Part: Abs Starting Position: Lie on your back with your knees bent, feet flat on the floor and heels a comfortable distance apart with legs slightly open. Instructions: • Place your hands behind your head. Nod your chin slightly as you slowly curl your head and shoulders off the mat. Pull your rib cage together and toward your pelvis. • Continue curling up until your upper back is lifted off the floor. • Hold this position briefly and then lower yourself slowly, with your head being the last part of your body to touch the floor. F O R WA R D L U N G E Target Body Part: Abs, buttocks/hips, legs, thighs Starting Position: Stand with your feet together. Keep a straight back, with your head facing forward parallel to the floor. Engage your abdominal/core muscles. Instructions: • Slowly lift one foot off the floor and step forward into the lunge; focus on a downward movement of your hips toward the floor. Avoid driving your hips forward. • Continue lowering your body to a comfortable position or until your front thigh becomes parallel with the floor. • Keeping your back straight, step back into your starting position and repeat, alternating your legs, as many times as possible.


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Read on for our list of exciting things you can do this summer...

MAY’ 15

JU N E’ 15

BANK OF ENGLAND VISIT

BANK OF ENGLAND VISIT

‘MIND MASTER CHALLENGE’ QUIZ EVENING

I N T E R - CO L L E G E F O O T B A L L TOURNAMENT

S T U D E N T S V S S TA F F F O O T B A L L M AT C H

‘MIND MASTER CHALLENGE’ QUIZ EVENING S T U D E N T S V S S TA F F F O O T B A L L M AT C H

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