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Editorial Hello Greenwich! Summer is just about here, which means fun, fun, fun. There will be partying, there will be travelling, but more importantly no more coursework and exams. Sadly, the Lat team has to say goodbye to you as this is our final issue for the year. I hope you all have enjoyed reading as much as we have enjoyed producing the magazine for you. To all the third years graduating and going out into the big, bad world: good luck. You can read what’s next for our editors (p.6).
index 4 words from the president 5 words from the sabbs 6 Editor's farewell 7 narcissistic generation 7 internet crazes
In this May edition we have articles from Lucy who brings you a summer festival checklist (p.14), Danny let’s us in on the best coffee in Greenwich (p.16), and Rüya has an interview with A Great Big World (p.18-19). If its reviews you want, head over to the music section for ones on Itch and Blair Dunlop. Also, let’s not forget photos from Varsity & more..
8 first year expectations
A massive thank you to all the contributing writers this year, you have been the best! If you are a returning student and want to get involved next term please do, Latitude Lookout needs you! Have a wonderful summer!
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Chenae (Editor in Chief )
THANK YOU! We’d like to thank the following students and staff for their contribution to this edition of Latitude Lookout: Sara O’Brien, Lucy Weller, Heather Scott, Rüya Yönak, Holly Ambrose, Olivia Sandwell, Dhanny Burridge, Trevor Sekeramayi, Patrick Ainley Mohammed Omar, Lauren Cadogan, Patrick Ainley, Louise Wilkinson, Olivia Hooper, Edward Jemes, Jamie Haines
Assistant Editor: Alexandra Sims Layout Designer: Mahesh Subramaniam Creative/Entertainment Editor: Sophie Hall Music Editor: Lucy Cave PR: Jade Burnett
9 a note to all freshers 10 coppa feel ladies 12 not so popular 13 secret of eternal youth 14 spice up your party 14 festival checklist 15 student spotlight: josh crooks 16 caffeine pit-stops in greenwich
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17 Blair dunlop REVIEW 18 a great big world 20 varsity 2014 22 writer's showcase 23 what the faq?
Words From the President with mental health issues. Head over to the campaigns section of our website (www.suug.co.uk/campaigns) to see more and most importantly get involved. If you see what I’m saying, some of these campaigns you don’t necessarily see. Now some may argue that it shouldn’t be this way, so we’re putting a big effort behind more Students’ Union awareness. You’re going to see more of your officers before the end of the year and you’re going to hear more about what we’re doing for you.
When thinking about what to write for my final piece of the year I came up with the subject of: ‘the bits you don’t see’. Despite what you’re thinking this is not the title for a campaign about sexual health, instead it’s an attempt at a different take on things.
CV, and maybe some partying—we do it all. In the second piece I touched on some of our campaigns, for example you’re all benefiting from 24 hour library provision on all three campuses thanks to a successful Union campaign.
There have been a few issues of the Lookout so far this year that have had my wonderful words of wisdom jammed into them. This is the final issue of the year, so I wanted to take an opportunity to thank the team at the Lookout for producing an awesome series of publications—and for giving me the space to spread the word (and you thought I’d forgotten about the sandwich puns).
The campaigns never stop, and we’re constantly pushing forward on issues that affect you. Some of these I’ve touched on; we’re continuing our hard work around anonymous marking of coursework and exams, we continue the work around improved feedback, we’ve refreshed our provision of information available on our website about student housing, we’re pushing forward on our Wednesday afternoon campaign, we recently passed a motion at Union Council to work towards signing the Time to Change pledge which will be a huge step in the provision for students
In my first piece way back in December I gave some colour to the depth and breadth of your Students’ Union, from sports to societies, to volunteering, enhancing your
Also happening between now and the end of the year are all of the events that we put on to ensure that we give you a suitable send off and that those that gave their time to the Union and to other students over the year are correctly rewarded. I’m sure by now you’ve seen all about our Summer Ball happening on May 23rd, it’s the biggest and most impressive summer event we’ve ever planned and it’s going to be incredible. For members of our sports clubs we have our annual Sports Awards to recognise achievement, followed later in May by our Union Awards to recognise volunteering and hard work. For students in Medway there will also be a Summer Ball event right after exams that is also bigger and better than ever.So hopefully you’ll see more of us soon and the not so visible will become clearer. Finally it’s for me to wish you good luck with exams, enjoy the summer, and if you’re leaving us and heading off to the world of work then good luck with that. For those coming back, we’ve begun fresher’s planning already. I’m excited! As always, follow me on Twitter (@PresGreenwich), find me on Facebook, and follow the Students’ Union (@sugreenwich).
Alex Brooks President
Words From The Sabbs
Hi, I’m Tony your current VP Student Activities.
Hi, I’m Kyle your current Vice-President
This year has been absolutely amazing and I would recommend the job to anyone who cares about the Students’ Union and its students. You get work with incredible people and meet even more. I am very fortunate in the fact that my role is something that I really enjoy doing, which is mainly helping committees from sports teams to societies, with everyday issues. There are also a few bigger picture things I have been up to as well though.
A sharp bolt of luck struck in my second year when I moved in with some “crazy” students who gave me the push I needed to venture forth and explore, meet, drink, socialize etc. Up until this point, my main goal was to get a 1st class degree, get a good job, makes loads of money, buy an island somewhere and live happily ever after.
So, even before I had started, I was having conversations with the Activities Team about starting up the Team Greenwich initiative I had spoken about in my manifesto. This was launched in Freshers’ week along with t-shirts and an online store to purchase Greenwich branded sportswear http://www. squirrelsports.co.uk/varsity/universities/england/ greenwich . Along with the Communications Coordinator, I produced a ‘What’s on Wednesday’ E-flyer that gets emailed to students every Monday, informing them of what sports and societies are doing that week. I looked into the universities policy on Wednesday afternoon lectures, and then tried to raise awareness of the policy to students. There are posters about it and the policy is at the bottom of each ‘What’s on Wednesday’ E-Flyer. I also had a part in the initial conversations with the university about the 24 hours library and had input into the Inter-Campus Bus Campaign. Along with Brooksy, I asked for money to be put in the proposed budgets for next year to subsidise roughly 50% of sports memberships. Also I am currently working on a proposal to the university to improve the sports facilities on campus. On top of all this I organised the sports tour, had a major part in organising the Freshers’ Ball, Sports Awards and Union Awards which are coming up. If there is one thing you take from this, please please please get involved with the union next year! There is so much they can do for you and they are always there to help!
Campaigns & Representation
That dream changed when I got involved with the Students Union. My eyes were opened to the truth about employees and the real working world. Ask yourself this question; Is a 1st class degree good enough? What does it prove? It certainly shows that you can research. It shows that you can write thousands of words and that you can use Google and Wikipedia. Does it show confidence? Ability to work under pressure? Organisation? Leadership? Teamwork? Communication skills? These are the skills employers are looking for and this is how you make yourself employable. Why do you think you go to an interview and they put you in groups to solve tasks? It took me a long time to realize that the Students Union is where you get these skills. Would you hire a fresh graduate with a 1st class degree with no skills except researching or a recent graduate with a 2:1 who was easy to communicate with, good team worker, confident, showed initiative etc. I know who I would employ. The Captain of the Rugby team demonstrates these skills when he leads his team, communicates with them, time manages, distributes labour. These are the skills employers are looking for. It might sound silly and pointless now but my advice to you is to join a sports team or society or even this very student magazine you are reading. This is where you learn the skills that will successfully take you to the next stage of your life.
Hi, I’m Owais I am so thrilled and honoured to have been re-elected for another year as your Vice President Education. So far this year we’ve been working on campaigns that will improve and enhance your academic experiences, whether this be the quality of the assessment you receive or the detail and timeliness of the feedback. We’ve also achieved giving you a 24 hour library provision that’s designed for you, having consulted students we picked the best weeks for 24 hour library access all three campuses—and, from what we hear, it’s working. We’re going to keep pushing ahead working on the campaigns that benefit you. We’re determined to have exams and coursework anonymised across the university, and that the policy of having feedback back to you within three working weeks is adhered to. And that the feedback is helpful to you. Employability is key on students’ minds and we’re working closely with the university to encourage a greater focus on future employment and entrepreneurial skills within the curriculum, and to highlight the importance of additional skills on top of your degree. Getting involved in student societies and playing sport is a great way to not only make new friends, but distract your mind from coursework and exams, get some exercise, and also build up skills that employers are looking for. Finally, I want to thank all of the student representatives across the university. Over 700 of you did yourself and your fellow students proud by taking on problems of all shapes and sizes and ensuring that the voice of students is heard at all levels of the university. Next academic year we’ll be looking to have even more reps to ensure we catch all the issues, whether they be academic or not.
gues / Editor-in-Chief Chenae Rodrigues / Editor-in-Chief This has been quite a year and I wouldn’t change it for anything. The role of Editor-in-Chief has been a learning experience that I’m so proud to have taken on. All of the editors goals and mine was to make Latitude Lookout worth reading. I hope we’ve done that for you! I’m a bit anxious and excited to move on to the next phase of my life - no more university, I’m officially a grown up! This will be my first summer in London where I’ll be interning with a music website for a couple months. After that it’s looking for a full time writing position with a music publication in London. Eventually I want to move to NYC, L.A or wherever my writing takes me. If all fails I’ll go travelling.
Alexandra Sims / Assistant Editor I want to thank the LL team who have made the task of producing each issue alongside many dreaded deadlines a great deal easier. Everyone volunteers their precious free time to fill the pages again and again, without them and the SU’s support we wouldn’t have a magazine. I also want to commend us for achieving it all argument free. We did it, guys! Secondly, though no less greater; to anyone who picks up a copy, whether you read one page or the whole thing, thank you, it makes the work worth it. I don’t know which direction I’ll be heading in now but I’ll be happy to experience even half as much. It’s been three non-stop years and above all, it’s been fun. Stay classy, Greenwich
Sophie Hall / Creative-Entertainment Editor With the end in sight, all I can say is that uni life has treated me pretty well. There are people I’ve met that I hope to still see/ like their statuses on Facebook long after graduation. Here’s a bit of advice for students about to go into third year; join various societies! Join a literature one, a sport one, a feminist one, a quidditch one (there is one, right?). You never know whom you’re going to meet and what you’re going to experience. If you don’t like the society, drop it (and try to do so before they make you pay the membership fee :P).
Mahesh Subramaniam / Senior Designer It’s surreal to think I’m finishing third year and parting ways with the University of Greenwich University (School of Witchcraft and Wizardry) It feels like I was finishing my first year just last week. Looking back I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my role as the Senior Designer of Latitude Lookout and I’m thankful for all the opportunities that were thrown my way, from formal movie screenings to interviewing singers on the set of their music video. Above all when I undertook this role I wanted the magazine to be something Greenwich would be proud off and I believe we achieved that. Thanks for reading and thanks for the memories, Greenwich!
Lucy Cave / Music Editor The end is finally here, and while a small part of me is saying, “Thank God for that!” I know I will probably cry like a baby once I graduate. It has been tough, but I would not exchange it for anything. After graduation I plan to stay in journalism, and looking to go into my once part time job full time! We can’t stress to you enough how important experience is – because one day this Uni life will come to an end and you’ll be flat on your butt. Goodbye Greenwich, I’ll miss ya.
Jade Burnett / PR This year I am extremely proud of the Latitude Lookout team for transforming the magazine’s image and shaping it into a more enjoyable student publication to be a part of. Being the only second year student in the editorial team, it’s going to be strange continuing working with the magazine without the other editors. Thank you for making me feel so welcome in your team; you will be missed! Good luck to all the readers and third year members of Latitude Lookout that are completing their degrees and leaving Greenwich. Next year we are eager to encourage new writers with a variety of interests to join our team and get involved!
Narcissistic Generation: The Selfie By: Trevor Sekeramayi People seem to think Kim Kardashian is a grandiose exhibitionist with an inflated self-view, superficial personality and shameless selfpromoting machine. But is that not basically all of us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook? Have you ever taken a selfie? Posted a holiday snap? A food snap? Welcome to the age of digital narcissism, a world of endless unlimited bragging possibilities. Ironically showing off has never been more celebrated.
The internet is becoming saturated with selfpromotion and driving an addictive need for the approval of online peers which is only escalated by the selfie. So is the selfie narcissistic? Those with narcissistic personalities are often seen as arrogant, self-centered and have a grandiose view of their own abilities. Sure, there’s nothing wrong with seeking others’ approval – a healthy identity actually depends on paying careful attention to what others think of us. Furthermore, the need to be appreciated is a cornerstone of both psychological wellbeing and living in civilization. The rise of digital narcissism is problematic as it puts enormous pressure on people to achieve unfeasible goals. So remember who you are, staying grounded and follow your own dreams. Oh and keep duck facing.
Is the selfie along with the rise of social media making us more narcisstic? A selfie can be defined as a picture taken by one’s self, with the intention of uploading it on social media. Remove the ‘E’ from selfie and add ‘SH’ and what do you get ‘SELFISH’. There are many types of selfie from silly to sultry to sad, the more adventurous funeral selfie, the belfie (seriously, #butts if you dare) and the charity no makeup selfie. The third most popular hashtag on Instagram is #me and #selfie has more than 35million posts. While the Oxford dictionary named selfie the word of the year 2013.
Internet Crazes: Harmless Fun? By Dhanny Burridge Internet crazes are something that people across the world can enjoy and spread onto others, although in some cases the enjoyment of the craze become somewhat different from what it started out as. People think that they need to better one another so they put themselves in certain situations to achieve their goal. When looking at internet crazes, it is clear to see that they have become increasingly popular over the past couple of years. This is because more social media sites are allowing people to share their ‘crazes’ across the world from various media platforms. It seems that from the days of Owling and Planking, the virtual craze has now become
something in which the people who are participating can harm themselves and nominate somebody else to do the same. Necknomination is an example of this, and started off as friends nominating others within their social group to neck a pint of beer, but quickly escalated into something more serious as people started to add spirits and food into their drinks. Some who were nominated decided to drink the beer or make a parody video telling others that it is a lot healthier to drink a pint of water, whereas the vast majority of people decided that they would drink pints of spirits. This still didn’t seem enough as people then started to add smashing a glass bottle on their heads to indicate the end of the challenge,
or as one particular video of a man in Wales, included him drinking vodka, cigarettes, eggs and a baby chick. As a result of this internet craze, people have become seriously ill. Journeying further into the peculiar side of internet crazes you can find something known as the ‘SellotapeSelfie’. It was begun by university student Lizzie Durley, the 21 year old got the idea after watching the film Yes Man. Thousands of people across the United Kingdom took to the sellotape selfie. This led to the popularity of the craze spreading across the ocean, where the actor Jim Carrey, who Lizzie got the inspiration from, actually posting one of himself.
First Year Expectations Before going to university, I had so many expectations for it. People always say ‘it’s the best time of your life’… but is it? Don’t get me wrong, this year has been one to remember, but it’s A LOT different than how I imagined. Expectation 1: I’ll get drunk and have crazy nights out every weekend… This expectation remained throughout Fresher’s Fortnight, as that was amazing and 100% lived up to expectations. But after that, I had more work to do, and less money to spend, and a lot of the time I ended up staying in doing work, or having quiet drinks with my friends rather than going clubbing. Expectation 2: I’ll make amazing new friends and drift apart from the ones back home… Of course I’ve made friends here who I hope to always stay in touch with, but if I’m being entirely truthful, I will always go back to the ones I’ve had for years. If anything, the time away from my friends back home has made us closer as we miss each other more and realise how much we love each other. There’s no chance of us drifting apart. Expectation 3: You’ll find out who you want to be and where you want to live… I always thought that when I came to university in London I would know that this is where I want to stay and live forever. But now that I am actually here, I am not so sure. And while I love my course, I still have no idea who or what I want to be. When I came to Greenwich, I thought everything would change, but in reality I am still the same person I was in the summer. So maybe it didn’t completely live up to expectations, and maybe it isn’t the best time of my life, but I will never forget it.
Scurrying around the King William building, I had to embarrassingly ask a student ambassador to locate its entrance for me; good start. My steps were getting quicker and my eyes were constantly flitting down to my wristwatch to assure myself that I wouldn’t be late for my first ever lecture at university (although when I eventually arrived in class I still had over twenty minutes to spare.) A herd of silent students huddled outside the classroom door, all disputing whether they should be the first to make conversation. As a student commuting from my home in Essex, I worried that everyone had already made friends at a wild freshers’ party and I’d be the only loner in the corner but was pleasantly surprised at how friendly everyone was. A new friend and I went along to the Freshers Fair. As soon as we set foot in the hall we were given free alcohol and a slice of Domino’s pizza; if the University wanted to welcome their students, they were certainly going about it the right way. After being approached from every angle to join a range of societies and clubs the stall that particularly caught my eye was Nando’s. I discreetly laughed to myself as I watched students humiliate themselves in the pursuit of free chicken. Already, University was not quite what I was expecting. Despite the daily battle against the early morning rush hour and late night dash to get coursework finished, overall my first year of university has been an interesting mixture of worthwhile lectures, making friends and hazy hangovers. With the end-of-term surge of deadlines and exams approaching, the realisation of how hard University is has only just hit me…looks like I’ll be spending more time devoted to my studies than down the SU from now on...
A Note to All Freshers HOW TO PREPARE FOR SECOND YEAR! By: Sara O’Brien The end of your first year is approaching! This means come next year the excessive partying is often times replaced with extensive coursework and deadlines. There are a lot of things to consider both academically and socially before September. Here are some tips to help you prepare for your second year of University! 1. Speaking from the view point of an experienced procrastinator, once trapped in what now seemed to be a never ending rut of catching up on reading and struggling to make deadlines, I am telling you now: do the suggested reading! Do it preferably in advance or you will begin to regret it. Come the beginning of second year, all your marks count towards your degree, which means it is necessary to have your coursework, reading, and deadlines planned and understood in advance. 2. Not only is your second year one of the most important years academically, but it is also a time when many consider moving away from home or out of student halls. Some important things to consider are where to live, who to live
with, what to do, and where to begin. Be sure to choose the people you live with wisely. No one wants to move in with someone, just to find out a few months rent later that their new “roomie” is either living like a primitive or beginning to show symptoms similar to Britney Spears circa 2007. Being friends with someone does not always mean they are the best person to move in with. 3. Come to clear understandings with the people you consider living with on things such as prices, location, furnishings, and any other specific requirements you may have in advance to avoid confusion and misunderstandings. 4. When you decide to start looking for places to live depends on when you want to move in. In London, properties move quickly, so be ready to make informative, quick decisions as soon as possible, if not on the day of the viewing. 5. A wise idea would be to put a break clause in your contract. This provides you with an opportunity to move out if you wish before your
official contract is up. 6. Personally, my housemates and I have not had the best luck with estate agents. We’ve learned that we need to be clear and assertive with regard to what we are looking for to avoid a lot of wasted time and miscommunication with the agencies. Be wary, as many of the estate agents are more concerned with their commission rather than your interests. 7. Beginning your search may seem difficult and stressful. Keep in mind that Google is your friend as are websites like ‘Rightmove’ and ‘Zoopla’, which are also downloadable smart phone apps. All being said, the end of first year can seem, at times, distressing with second and third years looming overhead, but is not too much to worry about if you allow yourself to prepare well enough in advance.
Looking for a place to rent? Check out the Students’ Union’s new housing guide online at http://www.suug.co.uk/welfare/housing/housingguide/
Coppa Feel Ladies By: Jade Burnett
teams across the country; The University of Greenwich’s Uni Boob Leader is Second Year PR and communications student, Maisie Goldney. Maisie, accompanied by other students from the University of Greenwich, visited Sparrows Bar to spread the message and encourage sign-ups to the reminder service. In addition to this, they visited surrounding London University open days dressed as boobs to get the message across to as many young people as possible. This monthly text reminder service is available to the boys and girls of Greenwich. To sign up to the text ‘Green’ to 70500.
The charity CoppaFeel! was founded in October 2009 by Kirstin Hallenga who, due to her young age, was misdiagnosed twice with Breast Cancer at the age of 23 and is now living with secondary breast cancer. CoppaFeel!’s mission is to ensure that all breast cancers are diagnosed at the earliest stage possible. The charity specifically targets young people, because when detected early, treatments are more effective and the survival rates are higher. By cultivating a strong student presence, the charity CoppaFeel! aims to eradicate the taboos and common misconceptions around checking boobs from a young age. The goal is to encourage you and those surrounding you to feel comfortable checking your boobs and to have the confidence to seek medical referral if you were to detect abnormalities. It is important to know what is normal for your boobs and making this check a regular part of your monthly routine! CoppaFeel!s aim is to be at every University in the UK and, to achieve this, CoppaFeel! have recruited student volunteers to lead Uniboob
CoppaFeel! instigates a new campaign annually; this year the theme is all about recruiting your fingers (aka your little soldiers) to check your boobs. This military theme will invite students to visit recruitment stations – manned by the Uni Boob Team, to receive enrolment cards and medals for enlisting their fingers to Coppafeel! This year the campaign is being supported by Boohoo who have equipped teams with lots of merchandise and a 20% discount to boohoo.com for every student who enlists their little soldiers! Maisie ran the London marathon on the 13th April to raise money for the organisation. If you’re interested in supporting her, check out her fundraising page www.virginmoneygiving.com/MaisieGoldney To find out more about the campaign and discover photos of what uni boob-based activities are happening up and down the country, Visit www.uniboobteam.com or follow @uniboobteam. Lastly, Applications are open for next year’s leaders, visit http://uniboobteam.com/getinvolved/ and get involved! Get checking girls!
SAVE YOUR LIFE! D UL CO S OB BO UR YO G IN OW KN S, GREENWICH GIRL 10
Occupy your summer Disclaimer: This is not for those volunteering to build orphanages in Cambodia or scuba diving in Mauritius, it’s for the ones who say they will do these things but end up staying in bed till 5 in the afternoon and shower once a week if they’re feeling up to it. We know you have ambitions and aspirations but it’s ok, it’s summer, you don’t have to feel guilty about being lazy anymore. Here we have compiled a list of things to do over summer so you’ll spend less time aimlessly scrolling down Facebook/Tumblr/Twitter. By Mahesh Subramaniam, Alexandra Sims, Lucy Cave and Mohammed Omar.
Miyazaki films - Spirited Away, Castle In The Sky, all his movies are enertaining and there’s something about the animation that’s so soothing. Fish Tank - Michael Fassbender is in it, you don’t see his shame though. Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon - From the director of Brokeback Mountain, this is an epic Chinese tale with a feminist twist. Filth - Directed by David Fincher. James McAvoy goes bat crazy on drugs.
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American Horror Story - “Surprise B*tch” The Sopranos True Blood Enlightened - Laura Dern plays a woman whose recovering from a mental breakdown. Hilarious, infuriating, poignant and enlightening. Dead Like Me The Wire Breaking Bad - duh The Returned- A French supernatural drama. Worth the subtitle reading. Firefly- Just in case you’ve missed this gem. Community - #sixseasonsandamovie J’amie: Private School Girl - Satirical portrayal of Australia’s upper class. Be sure to check out Summer Heights High too. Top of the Lake
Pitch Perfect - Oh oooh oh oooh uh oh. Rebel Without a Cause -classic James Dean.
Hunter x Hunter (2011) - In my eyes, this is MUCH better than Naruto and I highly recommend any fan of ‘the big 3’ to give this a go. Durarara!! - I’ll admit that the name sounds nutty, but this is by far one of the coolest animes released in the last couple of years.
Liz Green - Haul Away! English songwriter Liz Green takes you on a little journey in her second album ‘Haul Away’ a great listen when you are just soaking up the sunshine. Pixies - Indie Cindy. Pixies are back! It’s their first album in 23 years and these legends are still as great as ever. Eurovision - Whatever ridiculous yet catchy songs emerge from this year’s contest.
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Game of Thrones - If you don’t watch it by now then you’re actively avoiding it. Don’t. It’s not going to end anytime soon so come on just hop on the bandwagon. Archer Orphan Black
Mass effect series Dragon Age series - this game will mould to the choices you make, plus Dragonage Inquisition comes out October and it looks awesome, everyone will probably be talking about it, you don’t want to be left out. Last Of Us - zombies and paternal bonds with that little girl who looks like Ellen Page. The Walking Dead - It often crosses over with characters from the TV series. It’s a gripping game and it made me cry in a good way. Beyond Two Souls - The one that Ellen Page is actually in.
Crazy Taxi- Old school arcade comeback. Mindless fun for your phone or tablet.
Not So Popular An interview with the feminist collective dedicated to providing a platform for young artists and writers. By Chenae Rodrigues.
What inspired Not So Popular and how did you come up with the name? It began purely as a platform for artists and writers who wanted people to see their work. Even Van Gogh was ‘not so popular’ at one point. What is your overall vision for the collective? To become a media outlet, or an arts label, providing a platform for voices not otherwise heard on mainstream media. In the future, we want more people to hear those voices and to be involved. We are a collective, and we want to be a space where people feel their work is valued. Collaboration is the key! What kind of events do you put on? We put on events such as Poetry for a Pound (a spoken word poetry night in shop windows that costs just £1 to get in), $ister $ister, Not So Forum, and various pop-up art exhibitions supporting young artists and their work. What happens at a ‘$ister $ister’ night? Mostly, a lot of dancing! But, we play female fronted hip-hop, R&B, garage and grime, and only have female DJ’s. We kept finding that nights in London were promoted by and run by men, playing songs about ‘f*cking bitches’ and being a ruffneck bro. So, we decided to hit ‘em with a little Blu Cantrell. Will there be a ‘$ister $ister’ event or ‘Poetry for a Pound’ event soon? The next $ister $ister is April (date TBC). It’s being held at Juno in Shoreditch. What makes you different from other feminist collectives? There are currently some amazing collectives
doing their thing for feminism, producing brilliant ‘zines and writings (Girls Gets Busy, Cuntry Living, The Vagenda, etc). It’s great to see everybody doing something different, but for the same cause. I think Not So Popular’s difference is that our work is multimedia (live shows, art, print, video, music), and our aim is to always encourage discussion. Tell us about your most successful event so far? I don’t know how you’d measure success, but it terms of feedback, my favourite was our most recent one, ‘Not So Forum: Who Owns Women’s Bodies?’ (soon to be released as a video online). It was a filmed forum with a studio audience, including the speakers Angela Towers from No More Page 3, Katie Lowe from Fat Girl PHD, and chaired by Billie JD Porter from Vice. The feedback from the audience and speakers was incredible; everybody enjoyed the discussion and felt they really got to discuss the objectification of women in the media. How did Not So Forum get into fruition? We (myself and Jade French, the founder) realised we spent most of our evenings with our friends drinking cider and talking about feminism and gender, and what it was to have a body that wasn’t like Beyonce’s, but then also love Beyonce?! We thought people might want to watch more articulate people relate the same ideas. Do you think there is a lack of platforms for feminist commentators? Yes and no. Tumblr feminism is great; it makes the word accessible again. Making what is essentially a political movement “cool” is pretty hard, and with Tumblr not only do you have the
power to get your voice out there, but people who agree can reblog it. So, anything that brings people to thinking about their place in the world is great – but feminism is more than fashion. There are some really grim aspects to female disempowerment around the world, and considering that not everyone has access to the Internet it can cut out a whole load of people who need the chance to have their voices heard too. You also need humour in a movement, and Tumblr can do that. When you have humour you can highlight how ridiculous it is that women and men still are not considered equal in many ways (check out the blog Make Me A Sandwich). To complement all this, I think you also need something substantial trickling down and making sense of all this stuff – culture, art, music, Riot Grrrls, Judith Butler, Pussy Riot, Everyday Sexism, Hollaback, slut walks, One Million Marches, signing petitions, volunteering, starting collectives and having conversations with people. What’s your hope for feminism this year? What milestones would you like to see reached? Certainly in national politics, I would like to see the election of more women to Parliament at the next election, and the banning of Page 3. But to do any of this, we need unity. So I’d say my biggest hope for feminism this year is that young women don’t let people drown out your voice and always be sure of power of your conviction. Feminism can’t always be all things to all people, but it can help you put your thoughts on injustice into words and bring you closer to a community of people doing amazing things. www.notsopopular.com
DISCOVER THE SECRET OF ETERNAL YOUTH By: Professor Patrick Ainley The elixir that humanity has been seeking throughout its long history – the secret of eternal youth, remaining young forever, has been discovered by students at the University of Greenwich and is shared by millions of students up and down the country. For youth is no longer fleeting. It starts sooner and lasts longer. Childhood is quickly over as new generations grow up earlier, but then youth lasts longer as successive generations leave school later (at 18 officially next year), stay on at college, go to uni’ as undergrads, then postgrads, before internships and endless training and retraining, all in hopes of permanent and secure jobs that are increasingly hard to find. Meantime, students, who make up nearly half of all young people, pay exorbitant rents before returning to their parents after living away at uni’, or on gap-years, or travelling for a while. They work at a succession of part-time jobs – if they can find them – sometimes doing two or three simultaneously while supposedly studying. Young people get used to such a life from sixth form on.
And it’s not such a bad life because commitments can be put off, like mounting debts that will never be repaid. Most women will not have their first child until they are in their 30s, while a third of men in their 20s and perhaps a quarter of young women live with their parents. People rarely meet long-term partners and friends at uni’ like they used to do. In fact, it’s like being in an eternally repeated episode of Friends – a student-like life of endless entanglements that never move on. American psychologist John Arnett calls this new phase of life ‘emergent adulthood’. It follows the preceding phase of in-between childhood and adulthood that another American psychologist, Stanley Hall, ‘discovered’ and labelled Adolescence in 1901. Hall declared the teenage years ‘a moratorium’ or time out between the dependence of children on adults and the independence of adults achieved by having their own dependent children. A whole industry of clothes, music and entertainment developed around the post-war teenager. Now the industry of education or training has expanded around ‘extended youth’, which
is a rival term for the same thing but stretching beyond teenage into the 20s and 30s – 40 in Japan! And all because there are fewer jobs for young people in the current continuing recession, when employees have not been laid off so much as new workers have not been taken on. What ‘portfolio’ jobs remain are increasingly outsourced and contractual; the actual tasks simplified and deskilled by automation. Qualifications for them are not required for their performance, but just as a screen employers use to sort out the mass of applicants, pushing those with lower grades further down the jobs queue. So everybody is running up a downescalator of inflating qualifications and you have to run faster and faster just to stay in the same place. This is the eternal youth that students have discovered. Meanwhile, the real future is running out as global warming hots up, seas turn acid and ice melts. Everybody knows we can’t go on like this but we all pretend that we can!
Spice Up Life Spice Up Your Party By Heather Scott Well done! You’ve made it! It’s the end of term, and for most of us the end of the academic year. You’ve ploughed through essays, coursework and deadline upon deadline. Through blood, sweat and tears (hopefully not so much blood), you’ve avoided insanity (just), and proved you’re not the numpty everyone thought you were! I say this calls for a party… The Top 5 End of Year Party Ideas 1.‘The Job You’ll Never Have’ This theme is a fun idea for all you graduates that finally have to put that degree to some good use in the working world. The
idea is to come dressed as the least likely profession you will ever be employed as. If you’re an English student, come as a plastic surgeon. If you’re a Performing Arts student, come as a firefighter. If you’re a Mathematician, come as a checkout operator. Hopefully none of these work out to be true. 2.‘I Shouldn’t Be Here’ Party For all my gate crashers out there, this one’s for you. This particular party requires you to dress as anything BUT going to a party. Forget worrying about looking like the hottest partygoer, and think more scuba diving, business meeting, or bedtime nightgown.
3. ‘Quentin Tarantino’ Film students will like this one. Come dressed as anything Quentin Tarantino related. Think suits and ties for Pulp Fiction, ninja style for Kill Bill and bad southern accents for Django. 4. ‘Blackout’ Unscrew all the light bulbs, draw the curtains, tell everyone to bring a flashlight and turn the music up! 5. ‘Surprise the Pizza Delivery Guy’ My personal favourite; invite everyone round, call the pizza delivery guy, then when he arrives throw him a party! Repeat all night long. Pizzas and partying…
Festival Checklist By Lucy Weller The festival season is coming up so it’s time to make bottles there’s always a massive queue, and they are sure you’re prepared. Whether you are going for a usually located near the portaloos, which is not a day or a week there will be essential items that you place you want to be standing for very long! will need to make your experience a fun one.
If you are staying overnight you will need to take a tent to your festival. It may be a good idea to practice putting up the tent before you go to the festival because you could end up standing in the rain for hours trying to work it out. It may also be a good idea to take the weight of the tent into consideration, because it is likely that the point where you are dropped off at the festival will be miles away from the camp site and you will have to drag it all the way there.
Food & Drink
Food and drinks in a festival can be expensive so it is important to take your own. If taking tinned food remember to take a tin opener. Bottled water is important because although there are taps to refill
Whilst on the subject of portaloos, another essential item is toilet paper as there is no guarantee that there will be any left in the toilets, particularly on the last day of the festival. It is possible that during your time at the festival you will not have access to a shower. Although everyone is in a similar situation and so you won’t stand out if you haven’t washed properly in a couple of days it is nice to be able to freshen up a bit. Baby wipes and dry shampoo may be the quick fix at a festival as they are the most popular piece that is needed for a few days camping. of footwear and there are many styles to choose from that will ensure that you stand out from the Festival Wear crowd. Hats can also be an important piece of attire It seems that wellies are a staple item for any festival- at a festival. As with wellies, they are practical as goer in Britain. With the constant threat of rain and they can protect from the rain, sun and suspicious muddy fields at a summer festival it is a practical liquids are stored in plastic bottles and thrown into decision. Wellies can also be a fashion statement crowds of people
Student Spotlight: Josh Crooks By Sophie Hall
The University of Greenwich is currently one of the most in demand film sets for Hollywood blockbusters, something students should take advantage of. Director and writer, Josh Crooks explains the process of putting together his third year feature film project that cost a little under £1000 to make (self funded). The other students who helped make this film possible were producer Kai Inglis, director of photography Nikoletta Nemeth, sound director Chris Brame, co-editor Olivia Rose Hughes and VFX Supervisor Adam Cant. What’s the title of the film and what’s the plot? The title is Narcissists. The film is about a missing tourist in a futuristic setting. We see three sides of the whole ordeal with that situation; we see a crooked cop, a private detective and the criminal who did the kidnapping. Originally when I came up with the idea, I wanted to intercut the stories so we would see a little bit here, a little bit there. It wasn’t until I saw The Place Beyond The Pines back in April where they’d weighed the stories one after the other that I thought that’d be the way to do it. I thought it’d keep things interesting, but also allow the audience to follow what was going on, without trying to confuse them.
Is the film a short film or feature film? It’s a feature film; we’re aiming for ninety minutes. The idea was to do a big crime movie, sort of have your cake and eat it too kind of movie. There are a lot of sub divisions, there’s noir, there’s futuristic kinds of stuff and we wanted to do a little bit of everything and sort of get it all out in one.
What was the shooting schedule like? The final shoot was seventeen days, and editing started in December for the first lot of shooting. We had two one and a half week periods with a couple of months in between. We had already done a lot of editing for the first one, we have literally just finished shooting the second block and editing has started for that now. We think we’ll be done by
the end of April. Well, that’s the aim anyway. What advice would you give to any students who are thinking of making a film, especially on your scale? It’s all a learning experience. You might work on a shoot for one or two days, and you sort of learn every now and again, but when you do a seventeenday shoot, you’re working with people in such a sort of repetition that you learn how to work with each other better. You can sort of fuck up a little bit and then the next day just go “right OK I did that wrong, I can do this better”. The best advice I could give would be to just go out and do it. If you’re serious about doing it then that’s the best thing I think you can do.
For any more information on the film,visit their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Narcissistsfilm 15
Caffeine Pit stops In Greenwich By Dhanny Burridge
If you’re like me and coffee plays a very important part in your life, then you need to know where the best coffee is being served. Being students, we need to also consider the prices in which these places are selling it. The obvious places in which you could go to get your coffee and know the standard of what it is you’ll be getting is Starbucks and Costa, these place are pretty good however but as I found out being a student you won’t be able to afford to get your coffee there all the time. Over the past three years of living in Greenwich, however, I have found a couple of places that are both affordable and give out a good quality of coffee for the price.. Some of these places are located very close towards the university so that you don’t need to travel too far to get your morning coffee before lectures, I’ll place my best three underneath.
The Junkshop opposite the rail station,
it is not a place you would think has a café. However, beyond the stacks of oddities and grandparent treasure there is a little area at the back with a garden where you can get homemade cakes, coffee and tea for as little as £2.
Black Vanilla sits between the market and Oxfam. This little parlours offers other things among its award winning gelato. With a great reasonably priced range of coffee, I would place them as a close second, tastewise, to Starbucks.
Maggie’s Café is located on the
border of Greenwich and Lewisham, next to Tesco. If you’re out shopping for the day it is the perfect place to stop and get a coffee, their house coffee isn’t of a terrible standard considering you can get a bottomless cup for £1.50.
P.s. You can always grab a cheap cuppa from our very own SU during term time. 16
Music Reviews Itch 'The Deep End' By Jamie Haines
When The King Blues bowed out with the release of “Long Live The Struggle” in July 2012, it wasn’t long before frontman Jonny ‘Itch’ Fox released his debut solo EP, “Manifesto Pt. 1: How To F***ing Rule At Life” online on November 26, 2012. Almost 18 months later, on March 24, he will release his debut album, “The Deep End”. From opener “Life Is Poetry”, it is clear from the onset that Itch has moved on from The King Blues. For a start, the album is clearly radio friendly to a large extent. “Life Is Poetry” is given a rock feel thanks to a guitar line which accompanies the vocals, whilst the second track “Sun Goes Down” has dubstep influences. “Homeless Romantic”, featuring guest vocals from Taking Back Sunday’s Adam Lazzara, is a clear single, made for radio with an anthemic chorus, much like Tinie Tempah’s “Written In The Stars”. “Laugh” is another very radio friendly track, one of my favourites from the album. “Like I’m Drugs” once again tries to experiment with a more electronic sound. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come across as anything more than something Professor Green might release, which isn’t helped by Itch’s voice, which sounds very much like Professor Green. Following on is “Another Man”, a thankful breath of fresh air! It’s a very 60’s inspired track musically, something that would go down well at a disco, and the chorus with vocals from Megan Joy is a joy (excuse the pun!) to listen to! The verses of “Bottom Of The Glass” are brilliantly written, and it would definitely be one of my favourites on the album, if it wasn’t for the awfully written chorus. It clearly is written to be simple and catchy, but it’s far
Here at Latitude Lookout we are constantly looking for the bright new stars set to take over, and we always want to get there first. Ladies and Gentlemen, let me introduce you to Blair Dunlop
thing, you will still find yourself humming along to the tracks. House Of Jacks can sit perfectly in both genres, and we definitely love a cross over.
While Dunlop’s gearing up for the release of his second album, he is still quite unknown, so let’s tell you everything you need to know. He is an ex child actor (he played young Willy Wonka in Tim Burton’s Charlie And The Chocolate Factory… we’re not making this up) but now he is following up his debut album “Blight and Blossom” with “House Of Jacks”…how did it do?
Tracks to look out for include the beautiful Fifty Shades Of Blue and title track House Of Jacks. The greatest thing about this album is the fact that none of the tracks fall into the skip category, you find yourself listening to every single track because you wonder if you’re going to miss something special. Take it from us, you wouldn’t skip pages in a book, so don’t skip any of the songs and you’re going to find yourself lost.
Dunlop’s vocals take you on a wonderful journey from beginning to end, with a simple yet effective tune as each track progresses. Despite its folk roots, the tracks are really quite viable and commercially friendly and even if folk is not your
We have seen a lot of great crossover folk acts over the last year, and we wouldn’t be surprised if Blair Dunlop’s “House Of Jacks” continues that reign as we get into the summer. It is perfect summer listening…we’re in love already.
too simple and unimaginative for my liking. However, “Not My Revolution”, more reminiscent lyrically of The King Blues, is a much better track, and whilst the chorus is simple, it’s not too catchy. It is a very chilled out tune, whilst still being full of angst. Title track “The Deep End is all about lyrics and the rhythm of the vocals, with a minimalist instrumental underneath. It’s edgy, and all about the delivery. “Children Of The Revolution” is a clear tribute to legends past, with mentions of Jonny Rotten, Jimi Hendrix and Joe Strummer. “Best Shot” is another electro-influenced track, with yet another attempt at an anthemic chorus. At this point in the album, the typical formula has become rather boring. Closer “Ricochet” has an electro-ska feel to it during the verse, but then has clear dubstep sections during the chorus. It seems to conflict, though whilst this is far from the best track on the album, there are worse. It’s sadly not my thing, and whilst I was a fan of The King Blues when they were together, I don’t find myself enjoying Itch’s solo work as much as I hoped and expected to. This, by no means, is a reason to not check it out. It is well worth a listen, as there is such variety there is sure to be a song people will enjoy. It is an album clearly aimed at the charts, and has a very similar sound to artists currently in the public eye, like Tinie Tempah, Professor Green, and, at a push, Example. Top Tracks: Life Is Poetry, Not My Revolution.
Blair Dunlop By Lucy Cave
A Great Big World A Great Big World is that band you’ve been hearing on the radio for a while. They are an indie pop band from New York, formed by Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino in 2011. Their single Say Something and debut album ‘Is There Anybody Out There’ We had the opportunity to chat with them. By Rüya Yönak
How did you come up with the name? Ian: We came up with the name from a lyric from our song “Cheer Up” which goes “It’s a great big world and there’s no need to cry” and we just felt like that summed up what our music is all about. It’s positive and hopeful and larger than life and we wanted to pick a big name. (laughs) Your songs are very cheerful, how did you decide on this genre of music? Chad: I don’t know if it was a conscious decision. Ian and I are both very positive people and that was just sort of the music that came out and also these songs feel like chapters in our life. Every song that we’ve 18
written is written for a purpose and it’s written for a specific reason. For instance, “Rockstar”, we wanted to use that song for motivation and even the song says something. We were both heartbroken and we used that like our therapy to write about the emotions that we were going through. Ian: We also feel responsibility, I mean people are listening to what we’re saying and it’s really important no matter what we’re doing, to do it with love and to just be positive and enjoy to the world and then everything would be better. (laughs) Who/What were your inspirations when you were making your music? Chad: When both of us were growing up
Disney musicals were very very big in our homes and I think that definitely has a big influence on our style. You know, later on, for me personally in high school and college The Beatles were a huge inspiration and also Stevie Wonder or Boys II Men and other soulful artists as well. Ian: And for me, it was a lot of piano based artists. So, Randy Newman, Elton John and Ben Folds. I am a huge Donny Osmond fan, again that ties into the whole theatrical thing and the music is very theatrical. You’ve had great success with ‘Say Something’ and ‘This Is The New Year’ was covered by Glee. How’s the success been for you?
Chad: It feels like a dream come true. I mean, connecting with this many people is why we’re doing this. It’s beyond anything we could have ever ask for. Ian: It makes us feel fulfilled and like we’re not alone. It’s actually quite hard to process most of the time. What was the biggest difficulty you had to go through in order to become where you are today? Ian: I mean, going back to when Chad and I met and we started doing this, it’s just really hard. When you’re a kid you have all these dreams and as you grow older and you, I am not saying that my family didn’t support me and Chad’s family didn’t because they always did, they always wanted us to do what we loved. It’s just hard, because you get scared. There’s so many things out there and there’s still fear in you. I feel like we learn that we can’t achieve our dreams when we get older. So, for me the hardest thing was realizing that I can do this and being fearless and overcoming that fear and just really going for it and, what Chad said, risking it all but you’re not really risking anything. I think because you’re doing what you love. Chad: I think I would say similar. Like, Ian and I had day jobs that we didn’t really like but we were writing music that we loved and all we wanted to do was music and to take that leap of faith and jump into music full time was the hardest decision but the greatest decision of our lives. What advice would you give to young musicians? Ian: I would say, believe in yourself number one. You have to believe that you can do this or no one’s going to believe for you. It can be very hard to follow your heart when a lot of people tell you not to and I would also say that be fearless, when you’re writing. Don’t be afraid to be who you are and show yourself, that’s how you’re going to connect with people. Chad: Risk it all. If this is what you want to do, music is what you want to do, then do it. There’s no one stopping you… Ian: But yourself Chad: But yourself. 19
writer's showcase Hi everyone! Thank you for all of the submissions for the final issue of this academic year. Since I started being the Creative Editor in September, it’s been a joy to read and edit everyone’s work. Next year I’ll miss the envy I had of reading everyone’s superior poetry skills to mine own. Make sure to keep an eye out to see when you can submit your work over the summer to the new Creative Editor for the September/October issue at LLcreativesubmissions@gmail.com Sophie Hall, Entertainment and Creative Editor.
WHEN YUH GIVE ME MY RAGS (line taken from a poem by Vasko Popa) When yuh give me my rags yuh don’t Jus give dem to me - yuh throw dem at my feet Don’t think I won’t bend to pick dem up; I have Moved in strange ways before yuh many a time Don’t think I can’t cut out de dependency It no harder than takin off tight jeans Don’t think I can’t forget de way yuh walk I can fill my eyes with someone else’s swagger Dis is all that between us now; de echo Of words spat in anger, love jus a shadow On de lung.
By Lauren Cadogen
MARCH One step Two step And I’m out of the shadow One glance, and I’m not convinced To look strong is to be blinded. I see the light that is your golden beauty I stare deeply into that sea of blue. The morning’s fog has lifted I see clearly what I missed before Your warmth tingles my skin And I’m glad to have known you If only for a day By Louise Wilkinson 22
BORROWING FROM SPIDERS This fever is a spider black and every-leggéd
MAN AND GOD And men loved darkness rather than light. JOHN 3:19 God, the Numbers created, And Man, Mathematics devised. God was surprised, That Man created this. God, the Senses gifted, And Man, Art unveiled. God was surprised, That Man this unveiled. But Time passed. And Man fell ill. Boredom was created, And Reason faded. Man, War followed, And God repented bitterly. Evil made us all alike, God said to himself bitterly. By Edward Jemes
on my spine and I am frozen to it; perverse and needing a soul painting the shapes - rehearsals - of webs by my accidentalcues. This fever is a spider slow and everywhere when you stop looking sorry and not ever on its own web always borrowing from other spiders nestling in my glistening dark. By Olivia Hooper
What the FAQ? Frequently Asked Questions answered by your own Students’ Union Advice Service Got a room with a view for me? I applied for a room in Halls for next year, but I didn’t get in. I’m looking for somewhere else to live, but I’ve never rented somewhere on my own before. What do I do? Don’t panic! Landlords may want tenants to sign up early for next year, but in practice there will still be properties available if you start looking after your exams. Think about who you will rent with, what your budget is, and where you want to live. Greenwich and Blackheath are expensive, but sharing might be affordable. What about elsewhere? Eltham? Charlton? Woolwich? What would be easy travelling to Uni, but also affordable? Read the Students’ Union short guide on private renting: www.suug.co.uk/welfare/housing/ housingguide/ . If you want more information, read the London Student Housing Guide (you can download a copy at http://studenthousing. lon.ac.uk). If you have more questions, feel free to talk to your Students’ Union Adviser if you’re not sure what to do next. And if you’re given anything to sign by your landlord-to-be, then get advice before you sign if you don’t fully understand it.
Student Finance and the Withdrawal Method – To pull out or not?
I was on a Foundation Degree before I came to the University to study for a full degree. I’m now in my final year, but I was really ill last term. I was in hospital for a while, and then resting at home for a couple of months after. I came back to study in January , but I was too far behind with my studies. My tutor says I should consider interrupting, and come back next year to repeat my studies. But Student Finance England says that this is the final year of funding for my tuition fees: they can’t pay my tuition fees if I come back next year. If I carry on now, I’m not expecting to even pass my degree. But there’s no way I or my family can afford to pay tuition fees and support myself if I repeat the year. Whatever I do, I’m worried I won’t be able to complete my degree, and just owe a hell of a lot debt for the effort. For starters, it’s good you’re seeking advice. Your tutor may well be right concerning your studies, but it’s not as simple as it sounds to interrupt. The information you’ve been given may not be the full story. We would always suggest that students get advice on how interruption (or withdrawal) may affect future student finance (or visa conditions for international students). Do you know that Student Finance England could give you an extra year of funding if there are “Compelling Personal Reasons” why you need to repeat the year? There’s no reason why you cannot ask SFE to consider your personal situation if you can get supporting evidence. This is discretionary: there are no guarantees, but you’ve got nothing to lose by asking. Why not speak to the University’s Money Doctor Service for further information on this? To speak to a Money Doctor, go to: www2.gre.ac.uk/current-students/student-finance/money-doctors/speak-toa-money-doctor
Got questions of your own? Email the Students’ Union in confidence at: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 020 8331 8267
For further information, see:
www.suug.co.uk/welfare (Avery Hill & Greenwich-based students) www.gkunions.co.uk/advice (Medway students) 23