THE FRESHERS EDITION
Freshers’ Focus: HudLive and HudComedy // The Face of Freshers’ Fest // Hud On a Budget // Season Starter: Huddersfield Town #22
Message from the Editor To all our new students, welcome to the University of Huddersfield, and to all our oldtimers – welcome back! T’HUD Magazine is back and better than ever with some cracking articles in our first edition of the year, and a bunch of online content too. If you don’t already, make sure to follow us on Twitter @THUDMag, and give us a like on Facebook for the latest student media updates. It’s been a strange summer to say the least, with politics going absolutely mental, and we’ve lost some legends too. Back to a bit of normality for a lot of us, with loads of awesome freebies and events to fill your boots. Did you know that students on average spend 58% of their student loan in the first 100 days of their studies? Hold onto your pennies folks, the bank of Mum & Dad has an expiry date you know. The Freshers Edition Produced by these lovely people Editor Callum Griffin Art Director Sam Dickinson Sub Editors Alice Dunn Georgia Arundell Liam Sephton Chloe Ross
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By Georgia Arundell, Entertainment Editor
Freshers’ Focus: HudLive and HudComedy It may be hard to believe but that time of year has come around yet again – FRESHER’S WEEK IS BACK! For the incoming load of freshfaced first years, Fresher’s is a time for settling in, making friends and, it goes without saying, consuming the odd alcoholic beverage or two (obviously just to calm your nerves right?)
For the returning students who have spent their summer working to pay off their overdrafts and messaging their uni mates to tell them how clubbing without them isn’t quite the same, Fresher’s is an excuse to party hard without the worries of your new friends judging you (much!) Whilst pre-drinks and trying out all the clubs and bars on offer are a major part of Fresher’s Week, Huddersfield’s annual events HudLive and HudComedy are an opportunity to give your livers a well-earned rest and enjoy two impressive line ups brimming with world class acts! With five Top 5 singles and a Grammy to their name, a special guest from the UK electronic group Clean Bandit, Neil Milan will headline this year’s HudLive. The four-piece from Cambridge, best known for tracks ‘Rather Be’, ‘Real Love’, ‘Stronger’ and most recently their collaboration with X Factor’s Louisa Johnson on hit song ‘Tears’, will bring their DJ set to Storthes Hall Park this Fresher’s. Also set to perform on the mainstage this year is singer-songwriter Becky Hill. Rising to fame on the first series of The Voice UK, Hill has stepped away from the reality show’s spotlight and ventured into the electro scene, scoring herself a UK number one with single ‘Gecko (Overdrive)’ alongside electronic producer Oliver Heldens. With an instantly recognisable raspy voice, it’s easy to identify her other collaborations, standouts being Rudimental’s track ‘Powerless’ and Wilkinson’s hit ‘Afterglow’, two songs that are sure to pull in a good crowd at this year’s event. Also part of the HudLive line-up is British producer and songwriter TIEKS, the brains behind the summer anthem ‘Sunshine’, as well as a DJ set from British 4
“There really is something for everyone this year, so make sure you get down early so you don’t miss a thing!”
comedian and Xtra Factor host Matt Richardson. There really is something for everyone this year, so make sure you get down early so you don’t miss a thing!
Man, Wrong Age’ show across the country, the Live at the Apollo star is having a break, ready to take to the stage at the Lawrence Batley Theatre this Fresher’s Week.
If you fancy a break from the HudLive mainstage and small home-grown talent is more your thing, then check out the Allotment Stage at HudLive, where you will find performances from our very own students at the University of Huddersfield. You never know, these bands and artists could be performing on the main stage at a future HudLive event, so why not catch a sneak peek of them before everyone knows who they are!
If that wasn’t enough, also hitting the stage are Katie Mulgrew, Danny McLoughlin, Elliot Steele and back by popular demand as compere for the evening, Adam Rowe. If you fancy a comfy seat and a chance to laugh out loud, then this is an event not to miss! Tickets are selling quickly so make sure to visit the Huddersfield SU website where you can purchase yours for HudComedy on Thursday 22nd and HudLive on Friday 23rd September. See you there!
HudLive is not the only event with a stellar line up this year. HudComedy is back yet again, with a fantastic bunch of comedians ready to have you in stitches. This year’s headliner comes in the shape of frantic funny man Russell Kane. Although busy touring his ‘Right 5
By Alice Dunn, Online Editor
The Face of Freshers’ Fest Freshers’ week has forever been notorious for its drunken antics, countless pub crawls, and the 3-day hangover that follows. Being absolutely trollied all week is just standard, and if you don’t wake up cuddling a traffic cone, what kind of fresher are you?
Freshers’ week has forever been notorious for its drunken antics, countless pub crawls, and the 3-day hangover that follows. Being absolutely trollied all week is just standard, and if you don’t wake up cuddling a traffic cone, what kind of fresher are you? However, in recent years, students seem to be moving away from the boozy nightclubs and heading towards tea parties, food festivals and comedy clubs. With figures from the Office for National Statistics showing that the number of 16-24 year olds that drink has fallen by more than two thirds, it’s possible that the traditional Freshers’ celebrations are on their way out. So what could possibly be to blame for this decline in party animals? One of the biggest factors is probably the rising cost in tuition fees over the years. With some universities now charging over £9000 in fees, university is the most expensive it’s ever been, and it’s becoming extremely difficult for students to spend as much as in previous years. University often used to be seen as somewhere to go whist you decide what else to do with your life, with lots of people attending just for the uni lifestyle. Now, the whole experience is just too expensive, and the majority of students are there because they know this is what they want from life. We can’t afford to miss whole days of lectures whilst we’re in bed with a hangover, or skip that last 5pm lecture just because we want to get ready for the next night out. To make matters more difficult for some students, this year has brought the scrapping of maintenance grants, leaving students with the only option of a repayable loan. With this adding to the already large amounts of debt, the idea of splashing the cash on nights out is seeming less and less appealing. Therefore, events such as festivals and fayres are becoming much more popular; you can spend as little or as much as you see fit and you don’t have to pay a hefty ticket price. 6
“The number of 16-24 year olds that drink has fallen by more than two thirds”
Universities seem to be acknowledging the change in their students, too. This year, Huddersfield Freshers’ not only includes the immensely popular HudCrawl and HudLive events, but offers so much more for students looking to avoid the alcohol. A Taste of Hud (a 3 course dinner party held in the Packhorse shopping centre), a food and craft fair, a vintage clothing fair and HudMovies are just some of the amazing events on offer to all students, including those that are Teetotal. More often than not it can feel like the purpose of Freshers’ week is totally forgotten. The main aim, first and foremost, is to bring a whole new bunch of people together. It’s there to help people make friends, share their interests, and most importantly
be themselves. Being a Fresher should be a new and exciting experience for absolutely everybody, not something to shy away from. The nervousness will fade, and your confidence will grow. The overwhelming fear of having to drink to fit in shouldn’t worry anyone; the week is there to settle down and get used to your new surroundings. With plenty of amazing Freshers’ events happening here at Huddersfield, as well as loads of great societies, it won’t be hard to find something for you. Whether its sports that are your thing, or you’re more interested in your student magazine, there’s something for everyone for everyone to get involved with.
By Chloe Ross, Lifestyle Editor
Hud On a Budget One of the most exciting weeks of your life is upon you, a time to revel in your new found independence and mingle with your classmates. However, amongst all the jubilation, there’s a chance that Freshers’ week can be pretty costly on your wallet without some careful planning. That being said, here are some tips to make the most of it without breaking the bank!
Don’t pay full price for your books
Avoid the late night takeaway
Don’t sign up for every single society you come across
So many people sell their text books second hand on sites like ‘Abe Books’, so never pay full whack for them online unless you absolutely have to. Make use of the library as well, you never know what you may be able to find for no cost at all.
It’s always tempting to splash out on a greasy quick meal when you get in from a night out, but this can be the biggest downfall during Freshers’. Try prepping a quick meal you can nuke in the microwave when you stumble back instead.
Collect freebies from the Freshers’ fair
Plan a communal shop
Attend the free events
As you walk around the Freshers’ fair, take EVERYTHING. You never know when it can all come in handy. Stationery, discount vouchers- you name it, they’ve got you covered
You’re more than likely living with a few other people whilst you’re at university, so group together and try and plan a communal shopthere’s nothing better than sharing the cost of your house essentials to save a bit of cash. It can help to build up morale and teamwork too!
The university hosts a number of free events to get involved with, such as Hud Movies, Campus Tea Party and Hud Quiz! They are just as much fun as the paid events so get involved!
So many societies at university will be welcoming your interest, but only get involved with the ones you are sure about sticking to before you commit to paying all of the joining fees.
Pre-drinking is your friend
Take advantage of that student discount
Plan a weekly budget
Try having a few drinks at home with your flat mates before heading out on the town. You’ll be amazed at how much you can save! However, do drink responsibly of course and don’t overdo it before you make it out.
So many places offer money off with your student ID card. Join sites like Uni Days and Student Beans and discover exactly where you can save, from retail therapy and a nice meal out.
Take advantage of that student discount
Wetherspoon’s is always a cheap shout
You know how much you’re going to receive for your student loan each time, so write out your expenditure for each week to make sure you don’t leave yourself short; it may be wise to account for a little more spend for Freshers’ week. The money has to last you until January, and you don’t want to be that person who has to ring home for an extra handout from the Bank of Mum & Dad because you’ve blown all your money during freshers.
Ask family if they have anything they wouldn’t mind donating to you to cut down on unnecessary costs.
For food and drinks alike, Wetherspoon’s is one of the cheapest options. Visit The Lord Wilson near the Kingsgate Shopping Centre and check it out!
Freshers’ week is one of the best weeks of the year, so make sure to get involved as much as you possibly can, or you may regret it!
By Liam Sephton, Sports Editor
Season Starter: Huddersfield Town It may have only been a month since the season started, but Huddersfield Town’s unbeaten start hasn’t gone unnoticed with the bookmakers – who now make them fourth favourites to win the Championship.
Four wins by the odd goal and a draw away at Aston Villa have put Huddersfield top of the table. Even at this early stage some fans are daring to dream of promotion. Town are a side that not many outside of West Yorkshire foresaw as contenders for a top half finish, let alone automatic promotion.
against Wolves purely on the basis that Wolves “sacked my mate Kenny Jackett”. He doesn’t help himself, does he?
Everything has gone to plan for the Terriers recently. Crowds are up, revenue is up, the new signings have settled well and the team are winning matches. Head Putting Huddersfield’s success into some perspective: coach David Wagner, Jurgen Klopp’s former rightin the last 10 seasons, three teams top at this stage hand man, is seen as a long term appointment for have gone on to win the title while three finished in the Huddersfield; a man who can help push Town back to bottom half. So, there’s a case for both sides of the the top flight for the first time in 45 years. argument. If you’re stuck for something to do on a weekend, then Sky Sports’ Ian Holloway predicted a month ago the John Smith’s Stadium may be the place for you. that Huddersfield would finish rock bottom. With a With adult tickets starting from £15 – and under 18s 12 point lead over Blackburn Rovers, who currently from £5 if you look young enough – it’s hard to find a occupy 24th place with one point, I think Town will club in England offering better value admission prices fancy their chances of finishing above Owen Coyle’s at the moment. rabble. However, Holloway seems to have changed his tune recently – predicting a 2-0 win for Huddersfield