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UoB STUDENTS TO MARCH AGAINST CUTS TO EDUCATION by Jay Chinnasamy

Education: Is it a Commodity? Is it a Business? Is it for making Money? If you answer no to any of the above then read on - it is not! Alternatively, if you believe the answer is yes - it is, then I would say you can ignore this article and enjoy the rest of the paper. So, whether you say no or yes to the above questions it doesn’t matter because ‘education is a process of living and not a preparation for future living’ as stated by John Dewey in 1897. Education affects everyone’s life because it is part of their life. Education not only broadens the behav-

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iour and understanding of people at university and further education, but also sustains the intellectual foundation of a population and helps that country to remain or push to be a global leader in research and development. Educated people, on average, pay back more than what they have been offered through the educational system. The government should view educational spending as an investment rather as expenditure. Where the global market is developing radically through the advancements of technology, it is crucial that countries invest more on young people. If the government fails to do so, the gap between the rich and poor expands and the poor won’t be able to afford to get any formal education which in turn leads to other problems due lack of education. Although students and young people can borrow to pay for their future, the level of debt will add significant pressure on them. Continued on page 2

NEWS & FEATURES

AU AWARDS 2011

Dear All,

Lyndsay Murphy

It’s the End of an Era “I do my best to advise the university what students need or want and most of the time the university do listen and take on board the comments which is great.”

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o this is the last contribution to The Blend that i will have as my time in office is coming to an end. My year has had its difficulties and its downs but the ups have been so brilliant that overall they have outweighed the lows and I have done some brilliant things this year and have achieved and learnt one hell of a lot in such a small space of time. My highlight of the year was when i got the opportunity to go down to the Houses of Parliament and sit in the gallery and watch the MP’s debate about student tuition fees. It was such a fantastic opportunity and it was more comical than anything as the MP’s act so childish booing and hissing at each other. None the less it was amazing and I sat there for ages just listening to the debate unfold.

was not so brilliant during my time at university. When i first took up the position i was full of ideas and wanted to be so pro-active on everything but it was just not realistic for the job role. I bet most of you are wondering what i actually do as the President of the Students’ Union? Well my job mostly consists of meetings, Iattend them on a daily basis and I represent you the students at all of these meetings.vv Although it doesn’t sound like I do much, butI do work very hard to ensure that the students voice is heard and in these meetings that was my chance to improve the student experience this year and Ithink I have achieved that. I have helped students individually and

I initially wanted to be a sabbatical officer as i wanted to improve the student experience as mine

as a collective, an example is students told us they wanted longer opening hours in the library. We raised this with the university and they agreed to this, that was a small one but we have campaigned for bigger issues this year.

have changed it for the world. I would encourage anyone to run for a sabbatical position as it is potentially one of the best and worst experiences of your life but that’s what makes it so unique.

I wish you all good luck in your exams, assignments and completing university. Good luck for the future whatever you may end up doing. To the students’ of the University of Bedfordshire, staff and sabbs at I have also had a successful cam- the SU and staff members of the paign this year where i worked university it has been an absolute on environmental issues and ‘go- pleasure. ing green’. Through this campaign i achieved an award for the Students’ Union in the green impact with the Bronze status which was a great achievement and success and helps contribute to the long term strategic development of the union. For me my time here at the University of Bedfordshire is coming to an end, it’s the end of an era as i started here nearly 4 years ago now and it’s time to move away from the student life and into the real world YIKES!!!. I want to thank everyone who voted for me and supported me this year i have really enjoyed it. I am going to miss the SU and i want to thank everyone who works there for helping me out, giving advice and listening to me moaning from time to time. This has truly been a life changing experience and i wouldn’t

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After a year of exciting and memorable time, having bitter and the best experience, I am bidding adieu in few days to this position looking forward to other career opportunities, I would like to take a chance to remember and cherish our times together. It’s been great working together and knowing each one of you and it’s a pleasure to interact with and represent diverse student community and I feel proud too. Even though I miss you all, I am looking forward to new challenge and to start a new phase of my career. This is not a goodbye, only giving chance to another student. I hope newly elected team will bring change and the students will feel the change. Here I would like to thank all students who elected and gave me this great opportunity and who supported and encouraged me during my challenging times and also I would like to extend my best wishes to the newly elected executive team.

WELFARE AND ADVICE SERVICE END OF YEAR REPORT

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UBSU WELFARE AND ADVICE SERVICE [WAS] END OF YEAR REPORT

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heart tugging, spoken word piece about Love and Hate. The next act was a thought provoking dance by twins Mica and Sade Elliott featuring a poem by Careen, themed on Sex and Respect for your body. The Fashion Line, Cross Eagle was next. Raheem Bakare sung a few songs next, which was a nice treat for the females in the audience, he was followed by the fashion line KIA. Samuel Fitzpatrick read a poem about not playing HEART: What does yours look like? up to the stereotype of a black, young man. Next was a fast paced dance by Dorcas and Nazarena which gave the audience a nice look at quite a few Presented by Ashana Gr and Street Dance different styles of dance. Next we had Big Tobz Society (SDS) on Tuesday 17th was the Fashion performing a few of his raps. The last act was the and Talent Show which took place in Chicagos. talented Michael Hinchcliff who ended up singThere was a total of sixteen performances. It was a wonderful event where people with a pas- ing two songs for the night. And last but not least sion for fashion and people with all kinds of tal- was a surprise performance by Parralel Dance Duo ents got together to show Luton what art actual- UK ending the night remarkably. Afterwards there ly is. Art is somebody’s passion, what would some- was time left for acts and audience alike to chill one’s passion look like in a physical form? The an- out and, of course, make use of the dance floor. swer is in their performance. All in all the night was one to remember and you The presenters for the night were Yinka Kakuta, should look forward to future events like this in Deennis Owusu and Nikkita Da’Silva. First in the the new academic year. By Michael Everett line up was rapper Nate ‘Ocean Freaze’ followed “Art is more than paintings on a wall in a fancy Museum where noone understands what it’s about... An ARTFORM can take shape in anything especially performance!”

We are maintaining close links with our formal partner, The Foyer and are active members within Luton Advice Network.

Money Matters This year we have dealt with 300% increase in casework regarding finance Articles about budgeting and claimissues. To help to address this, a series ing tax back have been included in of basic budgeting and finance work- the Blend. shops have been put together to help students learn how to maximise their income and to prioritise their expenditure to help them to avoid problems like rent arrears and issues with paying utility bills. Attendance has been fairly low in relation to the amount of hard work put into setting up the project but it will be advertised more

UBSU was approached by the police and one of our commercial partners via Graham Dean and asked us to look at ways of addressing some issues of anti-social/unacceptable behaviour on the part of students when they have been drinking alcohol. Several articles have been included in the Blend around safe drinking and the possible implications of any bad behaviour, which gets reported to the University.

Taking a proactive approach, several housing articles have been published in the Blend and leaflets have been given out at every opportunity including at a recent Open Day. We hope this will help students to be aware of potential problems and to avoid them wherever possible.

MAY BALL 2011 FEATURING PENDULUM

It’s not all about the clothes you wear this summer; what you wear on your feet plays a huge role in putting together the perfect outfit. Last year it was all about gladiator sandals but this year it’s about baring all and showing as much of your feet as possible. Sandals with flowers are really popular for the day and they are what you need to make your feet look just that little bit more adorable. Genius right? Embellished sandals are the way to go if you’re wearing something simple as they bring life to an outfit. For all you ladies who don’t see the point of heels and are a fan of flats; sandals with beadwork or diamantes are perfect for that night out.

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STUDENTS’ CORNER

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“Smother’ - Wild Beasts by Matt Hobbs Whilst ‘Two Dancers’ pushed the consensus that Wild Beasts were on the verge of something spectacular, ‘Smother’, their third album, sees the Kendal quartet achieve complete understanding and dominance. The juxtaposed softness of ‘Smother’ doesn’t so much endear but infect; from opener ‘Lion’s Share’ through to the frankly beautiful ‘End Come To Soon’, ‘Smother’ serves up ambiguity but allows glimpses of clarity. Velvet notes make sense of the most morose moments, swathing fuzzy yearnings, isolation and skin-sliding encounters into something ultimately beautiful. Ben Little’s guitar strokes meanwhile glide over and caress, perhaps best sampled in the backing-twinges of ‘Bed Of Nails’, a malaise-ridden climax, just like every track that follows it. ‘Smother’ is conceptually intrinsic and penetrating, its construction haunting and harrowing - embellished this album isn’t. ‘Loop The Loop’ freely employs cynicism but you can’t help but immerse yourself in every second of it as Hayden Thorpe utters in his trademark falsetto blood-boiler, “Oh don’t

you think that people are the strangest things?” ‘Smother’ doesn’t let up with the following of ‘Plaything’, a lyrically-aggressive flowing track fondled by the organic drums. It’s all meditated and methodical, but never contrived. ‘Smother’ never slips. But where does it leave Wild Beasts? With the monumental closing track ‘End Come To Soon’, it’s placed Wild Beasts in a clasp of artists who do just that - wistful, textured art drenched in reverb. Infectious and beautifully recondite, ‘Smother’ measures up as something near perfect.

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9/10 Top 3: 1) ‘End Come To Soon’ 2)’Loop The Loop’ 3) ‘Reach A Bit Further’

SweetMe is  a new delicious, affordable anf funky jewellery collection that would satisfy your accessories and imaginative needs. Creator Marsha Edwards is a creative stylista (see how that almost sounds like fashionista lol) with a whole range of fashion experience. Marsha won a Topshop competition representing LondonCollege of Fashion by designing a handbag to raise money fot the Teenage Cancer Trust. She has also assisted backstage at Diesel Fashion show during London Fashion Week and Ben De Lisis and Julien Mcdonald at the Royal Gala Fashion Show for HRM The Queen. Not only does she have a jewellery collection, she also has her own clothing range.   SweetMe is very eclectic kitsch with a sprinkle of ‘80’s fusion of styles which is used in both the clothing and jewellery. Charms on the necklaces and bracelets include ice-cream, cakes, strawberries and hearts. It would be hard not to take a bite out of your neckwear! So if you want to be exclusive and looking tasty this Spring/Summer, check out the collection on ASOS marketplace: https://marketplace.asos.com/search?q=sweetme and follow the blog http://sweetmecouture.blogspot.com/. While your becoming a big fan of SweetMe in progress, also add ‘SweetMe Edwards’ on Facebook.

Nearly every women and girl has experienced sexual harasment as one point in her life. Whether its having a someone shout remarks at you like ‘alright sexy’ whilst you walk down your local street or groping your bum in a night club. Most of the time the instigators are strangers and act when a women is going about her daily life. Its not only that it can make a women feel intimated and vulnrable but its an invasion of their human rights. No one should be subjected to non-consensual touching or name calling just because they are a women, regardless of what they are wearing or look like. Its not just sexual harasment, its gender-based sexual harasment. Sexual harasment is often seen as socially acceptable and trvial, when infact its an intrusive and distressing reality that many women have to learn to encouter. When women do resist and stand up men can sometimes respond aggresively as if we should of just kept our mouths shut and not of been so uptight, after all its just a bit of ‘banter’ right? These attitudes are making sexual harassment seem a mundane and inevitable part of life, when in fact its a serious offense that we have been socialised into accepting as a harmless bit of fun. I believe there are several reasons as to why sexual harassment is such a prevalent part of our lives, such as the media’s constant sexual objectification of women. The objectification of women and girls in the media has rocketed in recent years reducing

POETRY

LOVE LETTER BY Mulenga Nkamba

THIS IS MY FORTY-FIFTH DEPRESSING TUNE. TOSSING AND TURNING IT’S CLEAR WHAT’S HAPPENING RIGHT NOW TO ME. IT IS THE END OF THE BEGINNING BUT NOT THE BEGINNING OF THE END FOR YOU AND I. WE WORK. FULL STOP. NO AMOUNT OF ARTICULATION COULD EXPLAIN US. OH WHAT A 5 A.M. TÊTÊ-Á-TÊTÊ CAN DO TO MELT ONE’S HEART! WHO ELSE COULD PUT UP WITH MY WEIRD AND WONDERFUL QUIRKY SELF?

women to dehumanised body parts. Lads mags such as ‘Nuts’ magazine that would once have bee as mild porn are now placed with other general interest magazines like cars and film. Music videos contain nearly as much female nudity as the Lads mags. The billion dollar and ever growing porn industry normalisies and sexualises violence against women by often soley focusing on the women being restrained, dominated and humiliated by men for the pleasure of men. These influences around us everyday promote the idea that a womens sexuality is there to be consumed and that anyone has the right to consume it. Envisioning women as objects makes it easier to treat them like one. This attitude rears its ugly head when women experience everyday incidents such as car beeping, sexual name calling, nonconsensual touching and in more severe cases - rape. In order to fight these beliefs we need to stop over exposing and objectifying womens bodies and start respecting them. We need to abolish the toxic message that it’s okay to harass and to touch a women without her consent, because no one has rights to an individuals body apart from that individual. Next time you witness someone you know or a friend sexually harass someone consider what the women or girl could be feeling, and how would you feel if the person being harassed was your sister, girlfriend, mother, or daughter.

FEED MY UNIVERSITY CHALLENGE ADDICTION? OR EVEN STAY UP LATE DEBATING THE MERITS OF THE OBAMA GOVERNMENT? GEEKS TO THE BONE, YOU SEE BEHIND MY WALL BEAUTY IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER. AND EVEN THOUGH YOU CAN BE A STUBBORN, SARCASTIC, OPINIONATED, CRITICAL, ARGUMENTATIVE, RUDE, WIKIPEDIA-OBSESSED, AMERICANWANNABE, FRUSTRATING, SO AND SO I’VE EVER MET, YOU COULD BE THE MISSING PIECE TO THE PUZZLE. AN EXTRAORDINARY THING WHEN A FIERCELY INDEPENDENT EXTOMBOY FALLS HARD AND SWOONS PERHAPS THERE IS SOMETHING DEEPER AND ONLY PSEUDO-SCIENCES CAN EXPLAIN US JE T’AIME

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t’s very clear that if you actually give them a chance, videogames can offer some of the best experiences the media has to offer. Unfortunately like everything else in the world for every gaming masterpiece that offers something fun and fresh, there are literally 12 thousand dull brown first person shooters made specifically to make people more boring. So what can you, a student with limited time that has to be spread out between clubbing, sleeping, watching TV and occasionally going to lectures do? Well you can read the following list of what I consider to be the best games of 2011 thus far. And just remember that if you disagree with me then you are actually wrong as videogames are totally serious business, dude.

great things about. The new Kirby game from Nintendo for example which takes place in a world which could come from a place your Grandma could knit. While I haven’t tried this, it looks delightful and good enough to stop anyone from ending it all. If you liken to be scared however then you should try the sequel to Dead Space, cleverly titled Dead Space 2. While the first one had a lot of pacing problems I hear the second mixes things up by making things more action orientated. Finally Crysis 2 came out this year which promises to melt all faces that look upon it with it’s hi definition graphics made from angel dust probably. But those could all be terrible. Who knows.

So what better way to start this off with the sequel to one of the best fighting games ever made? There isn’t a better way so back off. Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 is some of the most fun you can have not using the vibrating function on your Xbox 360 this year. I mean, how can a game with Spiderman, Wolverine, Deadpool, Thor, Chun-li, Chris Redfield, Ryu, Dopey, Sleepy, Happy, Grumpy, Doc, Bashful, the Father, the Son, the Holy Ghost, the butcher, the baker and the candlestick maker, be bad? It can’t. It also helps that it has one of the most inventive and fast paced fighting game systems in recent years, making Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 one of the best games this year.

So here we are at the end. I’ve talked about the best games of the year so far but nothing comes close to this. The game which everyone should have played by this point, and if you haven’t you are literally an awful person. And this game is Portal 2. Yes another sequel but this sequel not only manages to be better than the original (which you should play beforehand, by the way), but also blows it out of the water. With a host of brain busting puzzles and sharply written dialogue, you can’t have more fun with a computer game unless a computer game can find a way to murder Michael Bay. But with the talents of Steven Merchant, Portal 2 is also the funniest game to come along in a while. But aside from being darkly hilarious it also manages to craft a story with character you actually care about. What’s this? A videogame with characters you care about? Say it isn’t so! And if that wasn’t enough the game also boats a co-op mode where you can explore all new puzzles with your friends or even someone you don’t know online. Basically I can’t say enough good things about Portal 2, so I’m going to shut up now so you can find out how good it is for yourself.

On the handheld side of things the latest Pokemon games, Pokemon Black and Pokemon White were a shocking return to form for the series. With previous entries not really adding much to the series it was nice to see these new games add new battle systems, and even though the story has more holes than a block of Swiss cheese, it’s nice to see the series take a stab at crafting a somewhat dark story. The Pokemon themselves actually show some creativity as well the usual laughable entries (seriously, this game has an ice cream Pokemon. Lame). So if you can bear the looks from strangers at the till in Gamestation And alas, here our journey ends. I’ve given you a few games that are definitely worth your time, and I’ll let you explore those then Pokemon Black or White is a fine purchase. on your own time. Just remember that if you don’t like them On the independent side of the coin, Bit. Trip Flux made it’s ap- you are wrong and I, absolutely right. pearance on the Wii’s downloadable WiiWare service this year. The game as the name implies is one hell of a trip and plays a lot like Pong, if Pong was insanely fast paced and not like Pong at all. It’s not for everyone but if you have Wii and want something else to play that isn’t a tennis game that gets boring after exiting the title screen, then it’s definitely worth at least a look. Of course there’s going to be a lot of games that I just can’t fit in this list due to space and time. But put down that knife because it’s not all bad news as here are some small suggestions for games that while I personally haven’t experienced, have heard

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POETRY

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BY Asiyah Bukhari

SOMETIMES LIFE CAN BE HARD THROUGH ALL THE UPS AND DOWNS WE HAVE IT’S LIKE THE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL IS FADING AWAY THERE ARE NO SIGNS TELLING YOU WHICH WAY TO GO SO INSTEAD YOU MAKE YOUR OWN SOMETIMES YOU END UP AT A DEAD END OR AT A CROSS ROADS, BUT YOU STILL DON’T KNOW WHICH WAY TO GO SO JUST TAKE A STEP BACK AND THINK… HOW FAR ARE YOU WILLING TO GO, TO GET THE ONE THING YOU DREAM OF IS IT REALLY THAT FAR IN THE DISTANCE? OR ARE YOU JUST BLINDED FROM THE VOICES IN YOUR HEAD TELLING YOU, YOU CAN’T DO IT WHEN THE TIME COMES AND YOU’RE STRONG ENOUGH TO STAND UP FOR WHAT YOU WANT, TAKE YOUR DREAM, HOLD IT TIGHT AND HOLD ON TO IT BECAUSE ONE DAY YOUR DREAM JUST MIGHT FADE AWAY.

itive thing to all the people we met in one day, maybe that could make a difference to that person, it could put a smile on their face or even just brighten up their day. There are no directions to show us how to If only our lives were mapped out with di- have successful relationships and if there was live our lives and there will never be an inrections telling us where we need to go to a problem we could turn to the help page formation pack on how to deal with relaand find all our answers. achieve to our full potential. tionships or a help page which will have an Life isn’t always straight forward. There are answer to all our problems. Instead we all times we laugh, have fun and are happy, but sometimes we’re sad, alone and feel helpless. The truth is no one’s life is easy. Everyone has their ups and downs but what do us as individuals do to help others. When you’re walking around university all the people you pass ,have you ever wondered what burdens they may be holding on their shoulders, or are you more interested in what you’re going to have for lunch or just gossiping with your friends. We have all heard the phrase ‘life isn’t what it seems’ or ‘life isn’t easy’. So why don’t we acout darkness; drive cannot Darkness tually do something or say something to othcannot do that. Hate only light can ers or ourselves to make our lives a little bit can do that. love only drive out hate; more easy. These days it seems easier to do King, Jr. Martin Luther and say negative things about people, when in reality what does this really achieve? Has If only we had information packs on how to it ever occurred that if we all said one pos-

The following charts illustrate the distribution of the type of cases the service has dealt with this academic year (1st July 2010-May 2011) and total areas of student engagement.

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After the huge success of its 2009 predecessor, The Hangover, is back with part two. This time the boys trade their Las Vegas bachelor party for a safe, subdued pre-wedding brunch in the glorious city of... Bangkok? Phil, Alan and Doug travel to Thailand for Stu’s wedding, however, things do not go as planned, as they lose the younger brother of Stu’s fiancée. “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but what happens in Bangkok can’t even be imagined”.

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need to start believing in ourselves, and have a positive attitude towards life. When it feels like your whole world is falling to pieces, it’s up to you to make the first step. That first step could be the success to many paths that could be laid in front of you. You just have to pick yourself up and look at the brighter side because how can you seen anything if you’re still in the dark.

A rooster crows only when it sees Put him in the the light. dark I have seen the and he’ll never crow. light and I’m crowing. Muhammad Ali

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X-MEN: First Class

Released - 30th May Director - Matthew Vaughn Featuring - James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence The fifth installment of 1963 Marvel comic, XMen, brings about another origin film, this time focusing on the lives of Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Erik Lensherr (Michael Fassbender) aka Professor X and Magneto. The film is set in 1963, when Charles Xavier starts up a “school for gifted youngsters.” One of the many mutants that join is Erik Lensherr, Xavier’s best friend and future archenemy. Two years have passed since the Wolverine Origins which gained a worldwide gross profit of £225 million; Marvel are back to cash in on one of their most successful franchises.

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SPORTS & STUDENT ACTIVITIES

already under With summer 2011 closing in fast and the blockbuster season movies, yet way, I have decided to take a look at this years most anticipated cast of their to hit the big screen. Both Scream 4 and Fast Five reunited the shows early films; bringing names such as Courtney Cox (star of hit comedy back to the Cougar Town and Friends) and Jordana Brewster (Nearing Grace) Branagh cinema, whereas the hugely anticipated Thor saw director, Kenneth to life, and (Sleuth,The Magic Flute), bring Marvel Comic’s mythological tale brought movie, Caribbean the of Pirates latest the of vision Rob Marshall’s Johnny our favorite pirate, Captain Jack Sparrow, played by the ingenious Each of screen. big the to back Enemies), Public Wonderland, in (Alice Depp got me wonthese films has seen the start of the blockbuster season, which dering, what movies am I looking forward to most this summer?

Released - 26th May Director - Todd Phillips Featuring - Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms

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All of the administrative and case management procedures have been overhauled and improved and statistical data is now being submitted to the Welfare Committee each month.

FILMS TO LOOK FORWARD TO IN THIS SUMMER 2011 By Glen

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Crochet has been revamped and remixed in a major way. We’ve seen it on the runway as Mark Fast showed us how during fashion week with his ‘Faster’ collection and the trend is not what it used to be. The holes in the material add to its edge and you can find different types of garments depending on what you’re comfortable with. For those of you who don’t know what crochet is; it’s made from loops of yarn created using a single hooked needle and it can be found on the high street. The beige crochet waistcoats are bang on trend and they can be worn with a basic white-T with chinos and a pair or toms but if you’re more of a girly girl you’ll probably prefer to team it up with a pair of cute short and sandals.

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A recent feedback survey showed that 97% of students who have used the WAS service said they would recommend us to fellow students. Here are some of the things students had to say about WAS.

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be completed by October 2011. Copies of all of these policies are available on request.

Two very creative and effective awareness stalls were put together (1 at Bedford and 1 at Luton) offering information about safe drinking, sexual health and personal safety. Alcohol-free cocktails and free condoms were distributed and over 300 students engaged

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Work on the Welfare Review has continued and several policies have been update including, Confidentiality Policy, Advice Record Policy, Signposting and Referral Policy and a new Advice Service Standards Policy outlining what clients can expect from our service. The WAS manager requested that an audit takes place to review the CLS Quality mark which the service holds and work on this is well underway and should

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over 2 afternoons. This work was carried out in collaboration with BedSafe, Bedfordshire Police, and Alcohol Services in the Community, Chlamydia Screening and Luton Primary Care Trust.

SUMMER EDITION

ACS Kings and Queens: Bedfordshire Contestants

Policies and procedures

A drink too far

Between 1st July 2010 and 3rd May 2011, we have dealt with 86 housing cases. The types of issues WAS is now working in partnership with Housing commonly seen have been problems with tenan- Hand (HH) which is a web-based house finding sercies, homelessness and problems with repairs and vice designed specifically for use in student’s unions. There have been some teething problems but kiosks deposits. are now installed and the company is working hard to encourage local agents and private landlords to advertise via HH. Anyone wishing to advertise will have to sign a Code of Standards and students can also vote for their favourite agents and leave video feedback.

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widely and we hope attendance will increase. Attendees were given a Certificate of Attendance as an incentive. Those who did attend said they found it very useful.

“Since July 2010 WAS has helped students reclaim or save £23,000. This includes negotiations with landlords for return of deposits, University refunds and consumer disputes. “

Happy Housing

by student Mars with a rap about university life, next was a summer wear fashion line by one of the presenters; Ashana. Barfour Asihene was next; with a gospel rap which encouraged the audience not to stay down when life’s troubles hit. Then there was another fashion line by Yaina which encouraged the ‘I care but don’t have time to overdo it’ look, followed by a heart pumping dance by the SDS, lead by AJ Bediako and Sarah Badcock. The fasion boutique, Labels, took place next with a range of clothing suitable for those who like brand wear. Next in line was our very own Yinka Adeniyan aka MrKookies with a thoughtful,

WAS has supported many areas of UBSU work outside Wel- The Bedford Caseworker supported the VP Education in a 2 fare work, including Diversity and Community Week, the day Wii party to obtain student feedback on University aselections and NSS. It facilitated community welfare events sessment evaluation. 120 students took part. such as a World AIDS Day Stall in collaboration with BedsWAS also co-facilitated 5 focus groups (21 students) to colBodyPositive. lect student views to be included within the UBSU Strategic Plan.

Partnerships

Along with all other UBSU services, the WAS at Lu- problems. We engaged with over 20 students, some ton has moved to new premises within the Univer- of who arrived with nowhere to live. We invited our sity’s Campus Centre. The office has a waiting area, partners; The Luton Foyer, to attend and they were on open areas for staff to see students and a purpose- hand to give housing advice. built confidentiality room. This year was the first year we did not have a WelThe service also welcomed 2 new members of staff, fare Sabbatical Officer and so it was decided that staff a part-time (25 hours per week), term-time only Wel- members should each select a project area and work fare Caseworker at Bedford and a Welfare Caseworker on them for the whole year rather than trying to manwho is based at Luton (30 hours per week) and does age and run lots of campaigns, which has been done outreach to Putteridge Bury, Aylesbury and Butter- previously. Ideas were put forward and discussed at the Welfare Committee before the projects were givfield on a monthly basis. en the go-ahead. The team put forward their ideas New colleagues have been fully inducted and have based on trends in our casework and a request from attended a wealth of training courses: Housing, Sex- the police, one of our commercial partners and our ual Health, Customer Care, Equality and Diversity and Commercial Manager, Graham Dean. Data Protection (this list is not exhaustive). The 3 projects were Happy Housing, Money Matters The WAS team worked over ‘Key Weekend’ this year to and a Drink too Far. welcome new students and to deal with any urgent

Ajay Gowda Vice President Education

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Other areas of work

I must say I was hugely surprised when I heard there was going to be a sequel to the 2008 DreamWorks comedy, yet here we are three years later and the all star cast are back to reprise their roles. Jack Black did a tremendous job in well… um… playing himself, under the alias of Po, a clumsy, out of shape Panda who was chosen to become the next Kung Fu master; and he will bring back the laughs this June, in the sequel of the animated comedy. This time Po will join forces with the Furious Five (Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu and David Cross) to defeat the emperor albino peacock, Lord Shen, (Gary Oldman) who attempts to take over China and threatens the very existence of Kung Fu itself. This film is guaranteed to bring some laughs.

With Captain America, X-Men: First Class and Transformers 3 all coming out this summer, the Green Lantern seems to have been pushed aside and left to collect up dust, however I still have high hopes for this crime fighting superhero, even if I haven’t read a single comic, review, or graphic novel. After watching Ryan Reynolds play Wade Wilson/Deadpool in the 2009 Wolverine Origins, I knew that he was becoming a hugely promising actor, and with his performance in the late 2010 thriller, Buried, he is definitely someone you want to keep an eye on. In Green Lantern Reynolds plays Hal Jordan, a test pilot who is given a mystical green ring that gives him unearthly powers, as well as making him a member of the intergalactic regiment, the green lantern corps, who are tasked with keeping the peace within the universe. Due to come out a month before Captain America, can the Green Lantern help DC fight against their increasingly popular rivals, Marvel Studios?

Transformers: Dark of The Moon

Released - 1st July Director - Michael Bay Featuring - Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Hutington-Whiteley and Tyrese Gibson After the huge success of the first two films, Bay is back with his third and final film of the franchises with “Dark of the Moon”, a film based around a Cybertronian spacecraft that is hidden on the moon, which was first discovered by Neil Armstong in 1969. The Autobots and the Decepticons are on a race to reach the spacecraft and learn its secrets. With Michael Bay promising to rid of the goofball humor, and to provide a coherent story, things that the filmmaker seemed to forget when making “Revenge of the Fallen”, and with Rosie Huntington-Whiteley replacing Megan Fox as the eye candy, this film is shaping up to be as great, dare I say better than the first film.

Captain America: The First Avenger

Released - 29th July Director - Joe Johnston Featuring - Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving and Richard Armitage Probably the most anticipated film of the summer by comic-book and film-buffs alike, Captain America: The First Avenger is the origin film of Steve Rodgers, (Chris Evans) a volunteer for a top secret research project to become Captain America, a superhero dedicated to defending… well you guessed it: America. This will be the fourth and final origin film before the Avengers, set for May 2012, the others of course being Tony Stark’s (Robert Downey Jr) two Iron Man films and the god of thunder’s (Chris Hemsworth) self titled, Thor, film released earlier in the year. Can Captain America live up to its expectations? Find out on July 29th.

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...TILL WE MEET AGAIN Moving on to bigger and better things, that’s what I’ve been told. Since the disappointment of not being able to extend my time here at UBSU it was a hard pill to swallow as believe it or not I really feel I still have a lot of fire in my belly to make changes for student’s here at the University Of Bedfordshire. Nevertheless I have thoroughly enjoyed my time thus far and surely will not be taking this experience lightly. I’ve met new people, worked with amazing students, laughed smiled but thankfully didn’t cry. The students I’ve worked with this academic year have come as a great pleasure, from the contributors to the newspaper also to the students that have helped and supported all my projects and events. In May some students where recognised by the UBSU team and myself for their contributions to the Student. The likes of Ariel McPherson, Shannon Major, Sophia Mead, Sarah Badcock, Lucinda Rodriguez and Leigham Stone. Overall I fully appreciate every article submitted, as I know it takes effort to put it together so thank you all. With more writers than last year, and having online access, everyone’s contribution to the readers to the writers has helped, The Blend bigger success than ever before. So what’s new you ask? Well a lot of new faces are going to be around next year in particular the four new sabbaticals John Perkins and Shaun Scott-Johnson in the Luton Campus and over in the Bedford Campus you have Matt McCaffrey and Ram. These guys are all up for the challenges next year and speaking to some of them recently they can’t wait to get into it. Other faces you may not see as often but our new Marketing and Commuications Manager Sam and Marketing and Design Officer Marratt both based in Luton and will be working in the office GM16, so don’t be shy to say Hi when you see these people around as remember they are here working for your best interests.

Shaun Scott-Johnson

John Perkins

Matt McCaffery

Ram Chaitanya

But hey don’t forget the current sabbaticals Lyndsay, Dishon and myself are still working for you and representing you. Any farewell cards and treats are more than welcome. I know you’ll miss us because deep down we’ll probably miss you too. I’d also like to highlight the achievements of the staff I’ve been working with, one in particular who sits opposite me in the office.Yes I’m talking about Ciaran O’Brien. A great guy, these past weeks his pulled of Dayz in Mayz, Sports Tour to Spain and the AU Awards. He gets a lot of stick by you students but still comes into work ready to fight and provide for you with everything he can realistically provide. Always willing to go out of his way for students to make their experience here special. As much as you could say, “yeah it’s his job”, you have to commend the guy for his sheer drive and enthusiasm to his work. So the award for the most dedicated staff definitely goes to Ciaran O’Brien. But wait before I start getting stick from other staff at UBSU. Believe me all year I’ve worked with them and yes they really do work hard for you students. It’s not a pat on the back they’re looking for but I’m sure a little bit of appreciation would be nice. So here’s my thank you to the UBSU staff for their great efforts this year. Becky Heard for the extra special Elections we had this year, Linda and Daphne for the friendly advice, The Welfare Team for all their support to students, Our recently appointed CEO Michele who has done great so far. Graham and the Bar staff for putting on an amazing May Ball and my good friend who is sadly leaving but will hopefully be back Jon for being a great mentor and selling all those hoodies and NUS cards. Don’t know what I would have done with out you all. So don’t forget to get involved, all staff here at UBSU are here to help you not just the sabbaticals, check the back page for details on how to contact them. This is a very very small edition but I really felt it was worth the print as a final statement to my achievements. 7 Editions of the blend *wipes forehead* what a year. What’s next for me? Well I’m off back to London to look for a new job, I will probably be back to Luton (I mean you can’t get rid of me that easy) So Farewell UBSU, till we meet again…

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04 Lyndsay Murphy

It’s the End of an Era

have changed it for the world. I would encourage anyone to run for a sabbatical position as it is potentially one of the best and worst experiences of your life but that’s as a collective, an example is stu- what makes it so unique. dents told us they wanted longer opening hours in the library. I wish you all good luck in your exWe raised this with the university ams, assignments and completing and they agreed to this, that was a university. Good luck for the future small one but we have campaigned whatever you may end up doing. for bigger issues this year. To the students’ of the University

“I do my best to advise the university what students need or want and most of the time the university do listen and take on board the comments which is great.”

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o this is the last contribution to The Blend that i will have as my time in office is coming to an end. My year has had its difficulties and its downs but the ups have been so brilliant that overall they have outweighed the lows and I have done some brilliant things this year and have achieved and learnt one hell of a lot in such a small space of time. My highlight of the year was when i got the opportunity to go down to the Houses of Parliament and sit in the gallery and watch the MP’s debate about student tuition fees. It was such a fantastic opportunity and it was more comical than anything as the MP’s act so childish booing and hissing at each other. None the less it was amazing and I sat there for ages just listening to the debate unfold.

was not so brilliant during my time at university. When i first took up the position i was full of ideas and wanted to be so pro-active on everything but it was just not realistic for the job role. I bet most of you are wondering what i actually do as the President of the Students’ Union? Well my job mostly consists of meetings, Iattend them on a daily basis and I represent you the students at all of these meetings.vv Although it doesn’t sound like I do much, butI do work very hard to ensure that the students voice is heard and in these meetings that was my chance to improve the student experience this year and Ithink I have achieved that. I have helped students individually and

I initially wanted to be a sabbatical officer as i wanted to improve the student experience as mine “Art is more than paintings on a wall in a fancy Museum where noone understands what it’s about... An ARTFORM can take shape in anything especially performance!”

HEART: What does yours look like? Presented by Ashana Gr and Street Dance Society (SDS) on Tuesday 17th was the Fashion and Talent Show which took place in Chicagos. There was a total of sixteen performances. It was a wonderful event where people with a passion for fashion and people with all kinds of talents got together to show Luton what art actually is. Art is somebody’s passion, what would someone’s passion look like in a physical form? The answer is in their performance.

of Bedfordshire, staff and sabbs at I have also had a successful cam- the SU and staff members of the paign this year where i worked university it has been an absolute on environmental issues and ‘go- pleasure. ing green’. Through this campaign i achieved an award for the Students’ Union in the green impact with the Bronze status which was a great achievement and success and helps contribute to the long term strategic development of the union. For me my time here at the University of Bedfordshire is coming to an end, it’s the end of an era as i started here nearly 4 years ago now and it’s time to move away from the student life and into the real world YIKES!!!. I want to thank everyone who voted for me and supported me this year i have really enjoyed it. I am going to miss the SU and i want to thank everyone who works there for helping me out, giving advice and listening to me moaning from time to time. This has truly been a life changing experience and i wouldn’t

heart tugging, spoken word piece about Love and Hate. The next act was a thought provoking dance by twins Mica and Sade Elliott featuring a poem by Careen, themed on Sex and Respect for your body. The Fashion Line, Cross Eagle was next. Raheem Bakare sung a few songs next, which was a nice treat for the females in the audience, he was followed by the fashion line KIA. Samuel Fitzpatrick read a poem about not playing up to the stereotype of a black, young man. Next was a fast paced dance by Dorcas and Nazarena which gave the audience a nice look at quite a few different styles of dance. Next we had Big Tobz performing a few of his raps. The last act was the talented Michael Hinchcliff who ended up singing two songs for the night. And last but not least was a surprise performance by Parralel Dance Duo UK ending the night remarkably. Afterwards there was time left for acts and audience alike to chill out and, of course, make use of the dance floor.

All in all the night was one to remember and you The presenters for the night were Yinka Kakuta, should look forward to future events like this in Deennis Owusu and Nikkita Da’Silva. First in the the new academic year. By Michael Everett line up was rapper Nate ‘Ocean Freaze’ followed by student Mars with a rap about university life, next was a summer wear fashion line by one of the presenters; Ashana. Barfour Asihene was next; with a gospel rap which encouraged the audience not to stay down when life’s troubles hit. Then there was another fashion line by Yaina which encouraged the ‘I care but don’t have time to overdo it’ look, followed by a heart pumping dance by the SDS, lead by AJ Bediako and Sarah Badcock. The fasion boutique, Labels, took place next with a range of clothing suitable for those who like brand wear. Next in line was our very own Yinka Adeniyan aka MrKookies with a thoughtful,

Dear All, After a year of exciting and memorable time, having bitter and the best experience, I am bidding adieu in few days to this position looking forward to other career opportunities, I would like to take a chance to remember and cherish our times together. It’s been great working together and knowing each one of you and it’s a pleasure to interact with and represent diverse student community and I feel proud too. Even though I miss you all, I am looking forward to new challenge and to start a new phase of my career. This is not a goodbye, only giving chance to another student. I hope newly elected team will bring change and the students will feel the change. Here I would like to thank all students who elected and gave me this great opportunity and who supported and encouraged me during my challenging times and also I would like to extend my best wishes to the newly elected executive team. Ajay Gowda Vice President Education


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06 WELFARE AND ADVICE SERVICE END OF YEAR REPORT

UBSU WELFARE AND ADVICE SERVICE [WAS] END OF YEAR REPORT Along with all other UBSU services, the WAS at Luton has moved to new premises within the University’s Campus Centre. The office has a waiting area, open areas for staff to see students and a purposebuilt confidentiality room.

problems. We engaged with over 20 students, some of who arrived with nowhere to live. We invited our partners; The Luton Foyer, to attend and they were on hand to give housing advice.

This year was the first year we did not have a Welfare Sabbatical Officer and so it was decided that staff members should each select a project area and work on them for the whole year rather than trying to manage and run lots of campaigns, which has been done previously. Ideas were put forward and discussed at the Welfare Committee before the projects were given the go-ahead. The team put forward their ideas New colleagues have been fully inducted and have based on trends in our casework and a request from attended a wealth of training courses: Housing, Sex- the police, one of our commercial partners and our ual Health, Customer Care, Equality and Diversity and Commercial Manager, Graham Dean. Data Protection (this list is not exhaustive). The 3 projects were Happy Housing, Money Matters The WAS team worked over ‘Key Weekend’ this year to and a Drink too Far. welcome new students and to deal with any urgent The service also welcomed 2 new members of staff, a part-time (25 hours per week), term-time only Welfare Caseworker at Bedford and a Welfare Caseworker who is based at Luton (30 hours per week) and does outreach to Putteridge Bury, Aylesbury and Butterfield on a monthly basis.

Happy Housing Between 1st July 2010 and 3rd May 2011, we have dealt with 86 housing cases. The types of issues commonly seen have been problems with tenancies, homelessness and problems with repairs and deposits.

WAS is now working in partnership with Housing Hand (HH) which is a web-based house finding service designed specifically for use in student’s unions. There have been some teething problems but kiosks are now installed and the company is working hard to encourage local agents and private landlords to advertise via HH. Anyone wishing to advertise will have to sign a Code of Standards and students can also vote for their favourite agents and leave video feedback. Taking a proactive approach, several housing articles have been published in the Blend and leaflets have been given out at every opportunity including at a recent Open Day. We hope this will help students to be aware of potential problems and to avoid them wherever possible.

“The WAS continues to grow and d and confidential service to all UoB new projects and training its staff t

Money Matters “Since July 2010 WAS has helped students reclaim or save £23,000. This includes negotiations with landlords for return of deposits, University refunds and consumer disputes. “

widely and we hope attendance will increase. Attendees were given a Certificate of Attendance as an incentive. Those who did attend said they found it very useful.

This year we have dealt with 300% increase in casework regarding finance Articles about budgeting and claimissues. To help to address this, a series ing tax back have been included in of basic budgeting and finance work- the Blend. shops have been put together to help students learn how to maximise their income and to prioritise their expenditure to help them to avoid problems like rent arrears and issues with paying utility bills. Attendance has been fairly low in relation to the amount of hard work put into setting up the project but it will be advertised more

A drink too far UBSU was approached by the police and one of our commercial partners via Graham Dean and asked us to look at ways of addressing some issues of anti-social/unacceptable behaviour on the part of students when they have been drinking alcohol. Several articles have been included in the Blend around safe drinking and the possible implications of any bad behaviour, which gets reported to the University. Two very creative and effective awareness stalls were put together (1 at Bedford and 1 at Luton) offering information about safe drinking, sexual health and personal safety. Alcohol-free cocktails and free condoms were distributed and over 300 students engaged

over 2 afternoons. This work was carried out in collaboration with BedSafe, Bedfordshire Police, and Alcohol Services in the Community, Chlamydia Screening and Luton Primary Care Trust.


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develop, offering a free B students, launching to a very high level”

Other areas of work WAS has supported many areas of UBSU work outside Welfare work, including Diversity and Community Week, the elections and NSS. It facilitated community welfare events such as a World AIDS Day Stall in collaboration with BedsBodyPositive.

Partnerships We are maintaining close links with our formal partner, The Foyer and are active members within Luton Advice Network.

Policies and procedures Work on the Welfare Review has continued and several policies have been update including, Confidentiality Policy, Advice Record Policy, Signposting and Referral Policy and a new Advice Service Standards Policy outlining what clients can expect from our service. The WAS manager requested that an audit takes place to review the CLS Quality mark which the service holds and work on this is well underway and should

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be completed by October 2011. Copies of all of these policies are available on request.

The Bedford Caseworker supported the VP Education in a 2 day Wii party to obtain student feedback on University assessment evaluation. 120 students took part. WAS also co-facilitated 5 focus groups (21 students) to collect student views to be included within the UBSU Strategic Plan.

Shout About A recent feedback survey showed that 97% of students who have used the WAS service said they would recommend us to fellow students. Here are some of the things students had to say about WAS.

“I DID NOT EXPECT UBSU TO BE SO “THIS SERVICE IS O DEDICATED” VERY HELPFUL T ” UOB STUDENT Y N A ” E C I G SERV N I Z A “VERY HELP “AM FUL, I T R O S P U P U P S P O R U R “WITHOUT YO UE MY STUDIES” UNDER TIVE AND STANDING” TIN CANNOT CON

All of the administrative and case management procedures have been overhauled and improved and statistical data is now being submitted to the Welfare Committee each month.

The following charts illustrate the distribution of the type of cases the service has dealt with this academic year (1st July 2010-May 2011) and total areas of student engagement.

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SUMMER EDITION

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Crochet has been revamped and remixed in a major way. We’ve seen it on the runway as Mark Fast showed us how during fashion week with his ‘Faster’ collection and the trend is not what it used to be. The holes in the material add to its edge and you can find different types of garments depending on what you’re comfortable with. For those of you who don’t know what crochet is; it’s made from loops of yarn created using a single hooked needle and it can be found on the high street. The beige crochet waistcoats are bang on trend and they can be worn with a basic white-T with chinos and a pair or toms but if you’re more of a girly girl you’ll probably prefer to team it up with a pair of cute short and sandals.

It’s not all about the clothes you wear this summer; what you wear on your feet plays a huge role in putting together the perfect outfit. Last year it was all about gladiator sandals but this year it’s about baring all and showing as much of your feet as possible. Sandals with flowers are really popular for the day and they are what you need to make your feet look just that little bit more adorable. Genius right? Embellished sandals are the way to go if you’re wearing something simple as they bring life to an outfit. For all you ladies who don’t see the point of heels and are a fan of flats; sandals with beadwork or diamantes are perfect for that night out.

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Film Reviews

Green Lantern

Released - 17th June Director - Martin Campbell Featuring - Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively and Peter Sarsgaard

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already under With summer 2011 closing in fast and the blockbuster season movies, yet ted anticipa most years this at look a take to way, I have decided cast of their to hit the big screen. Both Scream 4 and Fast Five reunited the shows comedy hit of (star Cox y Courtne as such names bringing films; early to the back Grace) (Nearing r Brewste Jordana and Cougar Town and Friends) Branagh cinema, whereas the hugely anticipated Thor saw director, Kenneth to life, and (Sleuth,The Magic Flute), bring Marvel Comic’s mythological tale brought movie, an Caribbe the of Pirates Rob Marshall’s vision of the latest s Johnny our favorite pirate, Captain Jack Sparrow, played by the ingeniou Each of Depp (Alice in Wonderland, Public Enemies), back to the big screen. got me wonthese films has seen the start of the blockbuster season, which ? dering, what movies am I looking forward to most this summer

The Hangover 2

Released - 26th May Director - Todd Phillips Featuring - Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms After the huge success of its 2009 predecessor, The Hangover, is back with part two. This time the boys trade their Las Vegas bachelor party for a safe, subdued pre-wedding brunch in the glorious city of... Bangkok? Phil, Alan and Doug travel to Thailand for Stu’s wedding, however, things do not go as planned, as they lose the younger brother of Stu’s fiancée. “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but what happens in Bangkok can’t even be imagined”.

X-MEN: First Class

Released - 30th May Director - Matthew Vaughn Featuring - James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence The fifth installment of 1963 Marvel comic, XMen, brings about another origin film, this time focusing on the lives of Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Erik Lensherr (Michael Fassbender) aka Professor X and Magneto. The film is set in 1963, when Charles Xavier starts up a “school for gifted youngsters.” One of the many mutants that join is Erik Lensherr, Xavier’s best friend and future archenemy. Two years have passed since the Wolverine Origins which gained a worldwide gross profit of £225 million; Marvel are back to cash in on one of their most successful franchises.

Kung Fu Panda 2

Released - 10th June Director - Jennifer Yuh Featuring - Jack Black, Angelina Jolie and Jackie Chan I must say I was hugely surprised when I heard there was going to be a sequel to the 2008 DreamWorks comedy, yet here we are three years later and the all star cast are back to reprise their roles. Jack Black did a tremendous job in well… um… playing himself, under the alias of Po, a clumsy, out of shape Panda who was chosen to become the next Kung Fu master; and he will bring back the laughs this June, in the sequel of the animated comedy. This time Po will join forces with the Furious Five (Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu and David Cross) to defeat the emperor albino peacock, Lord Shen, (Gary Oldman) who attempts to take over China and threatens the very existence of Kung Fu itself. This film is guaranteed to bring some laughs.

With Captain America, X-Men: First Class and Transformers 3 all coming out this summer, the Green Lantern seems to have been pushed aside and left to collect up dust, however I still have high hopes for this crime fighting superhero, even if I haven’t read a single comic, review, or graphic novel. After watching Ryan Reynolds play Wade Wilson/Deadpool in the 2009 Wolverine Origins, I knew that he was becoming a hugely promising actor, and with his performance in the late 2010 thriller, Buried, he is definitely someone you want to keep an eye on. In Green Lantern Reynolds plays Hal Jordan, a test pilot who is given a mystical green ring that gives him unearthly powers, as well as making him a member of the intergalactic regiment, the green lantern corps, who are tasked with keeping the peace within the universe. Due to come out a month before Captain America, can the Green Lantern help DC fight against their increasingly popular rivals, Marvel Studios?

Transformers: Dark of The Moon

Released - 1st July Director - Michael Bay Featuring - Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Hutington-Whiteley and Tyrese Gibson After the huge success of the first two films, Bay is back with his third and final film of the franchises with “Dark of the Moon”, a film based around a Cybertronian spacecraft that is hidden on the moon, which was first discovered by Neil Armstong in 1969. The Autobots and the Decepticons are on a race to reach the spacecraft and learn its secrets. With Michael Bay promising to rid of the goofball humor, and to provide a coherent story, things that the filmmaker seemed to forget when making “Revenge of the Fallen”, and with Rosie Huntington-Whiteley replacing Megan Fox as the eye candy, this film is shaping up to be as great, dare I say better than the first film.

Captain America: The First Avenger

Released - 29th July Director - Joe Johnston Featuring - Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving and Richard Armitage Probably the most anticipated film of the summer by comic-book and film-buffs alike, Captain America: The First Avenger is the origin film of Steve Rodgers, (Chris Evans) a volunteer for a top secret research project to become Captain America, a superhero dedicated to defending… well you guessed it: America. This will be the fourth and final origin film before the Avengers, set for May 2012, the others of course being Tony Stark’s (Robert Downey Jr) two Iron Man films and the god of thunder’s (Chris Hemsworth) self titled, Thor, film released earlier in the year. Can Captain America live up to its expectations? Find out on July 29th.

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EY ALL, its Léopard-ma- tion the talent within our comrie (Leo) and Daniel Har- munity. This year, the pageant ris your ACS Queen and is proud to be raising awareKing! ness for the Sickle Cell SocieAs you all should know, we ty: www.sicklecellsociety.org. have made it to the finals and In 2010, Nicholette Quartey we will like to say a big special was the exceptional winner thanks to everyone that voted of the ACS Queen title and but the supporting does not this year we hope to bring the stop there. crown back home with us to Just to inform you all a bit more BEDFORDSHIRE. Please keep about ACS Kings and Queens; the 12th June 2011 free in It’s the inter university beauty your diaries – when the finale pageant with entrants being a will be taking place. Info about male and female from the Afri- tickets will be out soon (please can Caribbean Societies in bid add Nicholette Quartey on Fato become crowned ACS Kind cebook). Feel free to check and Queen. The aim “unearth- out pics from the ACS Meet & ing hidden talent within the Greet which took place on the African-Caribbean communi- 6th April. See you all at the Fity” is about bringing to frui- nal. God Bless.

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“Smother’ - Wild Beasts by Matt Hobbs Whilst ‘Two Dancers’ pushed the consensus that Wild Beasts were on the verge of something spectacular, ‘Smother’, their third album, sees the Kendal quartet achieve complete understanding and dominance. The juxtaposed softness of ‘Smother’ doesn’t so much endear but infect; from opener ‘Lion’s Share’ through to the frankly beautiful ‘End Come To Soon’, ‘Smother’ serves up ambiguity but allows glimpses of clarity. Velvet notes make sense of the most morose moments, swathing fuzzy yearnings, isolation and skin-sliding encounters into something ultimately beautiful. Ben Little’s guitar strokes meanwhile glide over and caress, perhaps best sampled in the backing-twinges of ‘Bed Of Nails’, a malaise-ridden climax, just like every track that follows it. ‘Smother’ is conceptually intrinsic and penetrating, its construction haunting and harrowing - embellished this album isn’t. ‘Loop The Loop’ freely employs cynicism but you can’t help but immerse yourself in every second of it as Hayden Thorpe utters in his trademark falsetto blood-boiler, “Oh don’t

you think that people are the strangest things?” ‘Smother’ doesn’t let up with the following of ‘Plaything’, a lyrically-aggressive flowing track fondled by the organic drums. It’s all meditated and methodical, but never contrived. ‘Smother’ never slips. But where does it leave Wild Beasts? With the monumental closing track ‘End Come To Soon’, it’s placed Wild Beasts in a clasp of artists who do just that - wistful, textured art drenched in reverb. Infectious and beautifully recondite, ‘Smother’ measures up as something near perfect.

SweetMe

9/10 Top 3: 1) ‘End Come To Soon’ 2)’Loop The Loop’ 3) ‘Reach A Bit Further’

SweetMe is  a new delicious, affordable anf funky jewellery collection that would satisfy your accessories and imaginative needs. Creator Marsha Edwards is a creative stylista (see how that almost sounds like fashionista lol) with a whole range of fashion experience. Marsha won a Topshop competition representing LondonCollege of Fashion by designing a handbag to raise money fot the Teenage Cancer Trust. She has also assisted backstage at Diesel Fashion show during London Fashion Week and Ben De Lisis and Julien Mcdonald at the Royal Gala Fashion Show for HRM The Queen. Not only does she have a jewellery collection, she also has her own clothing range.   SweetMe is very eclectic kitsch with a sprinkle of ‘80’s fusion of styles which is used in both the clothing and jewellery. Charms on the necklaces and bracelets include ice-cream, cakes, strawberries and hearts. It would be hard not to take a bite out of your neckwear! So if you want to be exclusive and looking tasty this Spring/Summer, check out the collection on ASOS marketplace: https://marketplace.asos.com/search?q=sweetme and follow the blog http://sweetmecouture.blogspot.com/. While your becoming a big fan of SweetMe in progress, also add ‘SweetMe Edwards’ on Facebook.

Nearly every women and girl has experienced sexual harasment as one point in her life. Whether its having a someone shout remarks at you like ‘alright sexy’ whilst you walk down your local street or groping your bum in a night club. Most of the time the instigators are strangers and act when a women is going about her daily life. Its not only that it can make a women feel intimated and vulnrable but its an invasion of their human rights. No one should be subjected to non-consensual touching or name calling just because they are a women, regardless of what they are wearing or look like. Its not just sexual harasment, its gender-based sexual harasment. Sexual harasment is often seen as socially acceptable and trvial, when infact its an intrusive and distressing reality that many women have to learn to encouter. When women do resist and stand up men can sometimes respond aggresively as if we should of just kept our mouths shut and not of been so uptight, after all its just a bit of ‘banter’ right? These attitudes are making sexual harassment seem a mundane and inevitable part of life, when in fact its a serious offense that we have been socialised into accepting as a harmless bit of fun. I believe there are several reasons as to why sexual harassment is such a prevalent part of our lives, such as the media’s constant sexual objectification of women. The objectification of women and girls in the media has rocketed in recent years reducing

POETRY

LOVE LETTER BY Mulenga Nkamba

THIS IS MY FORTY-FIFTH DEPRESSING TUNE. TOSSING AND TURNING IT’S CLEAR WHAT’S HAPPENING RIGHT NOW TO ME. IT IS THE END OF THE BEGINNING BUT NOT THE BEGINNING OF THE END FOR YOU AND I. WE WORK. FULL STOP. NO AMOUNT OF ARTICULATION COULD EXPLAIN US. OH WHAT A 5 A.M. TÊTÊ-Á-TÊTÊ CAN DO TO MELT ONE’S HEART! WHO ELSE COULD PUT UP WITH MY WEIRD AND WONDERFUL QUIRKY SELF?

women to dehumanised body parts. Lads mags such as ‘Nuts’ magazine that would once have bee as mild porn are now placed with other general interest magazines like cars and film. Music videos contain nearly as much female nudity as the Lads mags. The billion dollar and ever growing porn industry normalisies and sexualises violence against women by often soley focusing on the women being restrained, dominated and humiliated by men for the pleasure of men. These influences around us everyday promote the idea that a womens sexuality is there to be consumed and that anyone has the right to consume it. Envisioning women as objects makes it easier to treat them like one. This attitude rears its ugly head when women experience everyday incidents such as car beeping, sexual name calling, nonconsensual touching and in more severe cases - rape. In order to fight these beliefs we need to stop over exposing and objectifying womens bodies and start respecting them. We need to abolish the toxic message that it’s okay to harass and to touch a women without her consent, because no one has rights to an individuals body apart from that individual. Next time you witness someone you know or a friend sexually harass someone consider what the women or girl could be feeling, and how would you feel if the person being harassed was your sister, girlfriend, mother, or daughter.

FEED MY UNIVERSITY CHALLENGE ADDICTION? OR EVEN STAY UP LATE DEBATING THE MERITS OF THE OBAMA GOVERNMENT? GEEKS TO THE BONE, YOU SEE BEHIND MY WALL BEAUTY IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER. AND EVEN THOUGH YOU CAN BE A STUBBORN, SARCASTIC, OPINIONATED, CRITICAL, ARGUMENTATIVE, RUDE, WIKIPEDIA-OBSESSED, AMERICANWANNABE, FRUSTRATING, SO AND SO I’VE EVER MET, YOU COULD BE THE MISSING PIECE TO THE PUZZLE. AN EXTRAORDINARY THING WHEN A FIERCELY INDEPENDENT EXTOMBOY FALLS HARD AND SWOONS PERHAPS THERE IS SOMETHING DEEPER AND ONLY PSEUDO-SCIENCES CAN EXPLAIN US JE T’AIME


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THE BEST GAMES OF 2011 THUS FAR BY STEVIE GRANT | STUDENT WRITER

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t’s very clear that if you actually give them a chance, videogames can offer some of the best experiences the media has to offer. Unfortunately like everything else in the world for every gaming masterpiece that offers something fun and fresh, there are literally 12 thousand dull brown first person shooters made specifically to make people more boring. So what can you, a student with limited time that has to be spread out between clubbing, sleeping, watching TV and occasionally going to lectures do? Well you can read the following list of what I consider to be the best games of 2011 thus far. And just remember that if you disagree with me then you are actually wrong as videogames are totally serious business, dude.

great things about. The new Kirby game from Nintendo for example which takes place in a world which could come from a place your Grandma could knit. While I haven’t tried this, it looks delightful and good enough to stop anyone from ending it all. If you liken to be scared however then you should try the sequel to Dead Space, cleverly titled Dead Space 2. While the first one had a lot of pacing problems I hear the second mixes things up by making things more action orientated. Finally Crysis 2 came out this year which promises to melt all faces that look upon it with it’s hi definition graphics made from angel dust probably. But those could all be terrible. Who knows.

So what better way to start this off with the sequel to one of the best fighting games ever made? There isn’t a better way so back off. Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 is some of the most fun you can have not using the vibrating function on your Xbox 360 this year. I mean, how can a game with Spiderman, Wolverine, Deadpool, Thor, Chun-li, Chris Redfield, Ryu, Dopey, Sleepy, Happy, Grumpy, Doc, Bashful, the Father, the Son, the Holy Ghost, the butcher, the baker and the candlestick maker, be bad? It can’t. It also helps that it has one of the most inventive and fast paced fighting game systems in recent years, making Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 one of the best games this year.

So here we are at the end. I’ve talked about the best games of the year so far but nothing comes close to this. The game which everyone should have played by this point, and if you haven’t you are literally an awful person. And this game is Portal 2. Yes another sequel but this sequel not only manages to be better than the original (which you should play beforehand, by the way), but also blows it out of the water. With a host of brain busting puzzles and sharply written dialogue, you can’t have more fun with a computer game unless a computer game can find a way to murder Michael Bay. But with the talents of Steven Merchant, Portal 2 is also the funniest game to come along in a while. But aside from being darkly hilarious it also manages to craft a story with character you actually care about. What’s this? A videogame with characters you care about? Say it isn’t so! And if that wasn’t enough the game also boats a co-op mode where you can explore all new puzzles with your friends or even someone you don’t know online. Basically I can’t say enough good things about Portal 2, so I’m going to shut up now so you can find out how good it is for yourself.

On the handheld side of things the latest Pokemon games, Pokemon Black and Pokemon White were a shocking return to form for the series. With previous entries not really adding much to the series it was nice to see these new games add new battle systems, and even though the story has more holes than a block of Swiss cheese, it’s nice to see the series take a stab at crafting a somewhat dark story. The Pokemon themselves actually show some creativity as well the usual laughable entries (seriously, this game has an ice cream Pokemon. Lame). So if you can bear the looks from strangers at the till in Gamestation And alas, here our journey ends. I’ve given you a few games then Pokemon Black or White is a fine purchase. that are definitely worth your time, and I’ll let you explore those on your own time. Just remember that if you don’t like them On the independent side of the coin, Bit. Trip Flux made it’s ap- you are wrong and I, absolutely right. pearance on the Wii’s downloadable WiiWare service this year. The game as the name implies is one hell of a trip and plays a lot like Pong, if Pong was insanely fast paced and not like Pong at all. It’s not for everyone but if you have Wii and want something else to play that isn’t a tennis game that gets boring after exiting the title screen, then it’s definitely worth at least a look. Of course there’s going to be a lot of games that I just can’t fit in this list due to space and time. But put down that knife because it’s not all bad news as here are some small suggestions for games that while I personally haven’t experienced, have heard

By Asiyah Bukhari

POETRY

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BY Asiyah Bukhari

SOMETIMES LIFE CAN BE HARD THROUGH ALL THE UPS AND DOWNS WE HAVE IT’S LIKE THE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL IS FADING AWAY THERE ARE NO SIGNS TELLING YOU WHICH WAY TO GO SO INSTEAD YOU MAKE YOUR OWN SOMETIMES YOU END UP AT A DEAD END OR AT A CROSS ROADS, BUT YOU STILL DON’T KNOW WHICH WAY TO GO SO JUST TAKE A STEP BACK AND THINK… HOW FAR ARE YOU WILLING TO GO, TO GET THE ONE THING YOU DREAM OF IS IT REALLY THAT FAR IN THE DISTANCE? OR ARE YOU JUST BLINDED FROM THE VOICES IN YOUR HEAD TELLING YOU, YOU CAN’T DO IT WHEN THE TIME COMES AND YOU’RE STRONG ENOUGH TO STAND UP FOR WHAT YOU WANT, TAKE YOUR DREAM, HOLD IT TIGHT AND HOLD ON TO IT BECAUSE ONE DAY YOUR DREAM JUST MIGHT FADE AWAY.

itive thing to all the people we met in one day, maybe that could make a difference to that person, it could put a smile on their face or even just brighten up their day. There are no directions to show us how to If only our lives were mapped out with di- have successful relationships and if there was live our lives and there will never be an inrections telling us where we need to go to a problem we could turn to the help page formation pack on how to deal with relaachieve to our full potential. and find all our answers. tionships or a help page which will have an Life isn’t always straight forward. There are answer to all our problems. Instead we all times we laugh, have fun and are happy, but sometimes we’re sad, alone and feel helpless. The truth is no one’s life is easy. Everyone has their ups and downs but what do us as individuals do to help others. When you’re walking around university all the people you pass ,have you ever wondered what burdens they may be holding on their shoulders, or are you more interested in what you’re going to have for lunch or just gossiping with your friends. We have all heard the phrase ‘life isn’t what it ; ss ne seems’ or ‘life isn’t easy’. So why don’t we acrk da t ot drive ou ot nn Darkness cann tually do something or say something to othca e at H . do that that. only light can ers or ourselves to make our lives a little bit do n ca ve lo ; only drive out hate more easy. These days it seems easier to do King, Jr. Martin Luther and say negative things about people, when in reality what does this really achieve? Has If only we had information packs on how to it ever occurred that if we all said one pos-

need to start believing in ourselves, and have a positive attitude towards life. When it feels like your whole world is falling to pieces, it’s up to you to make the first step. That first step could be the success to many paths that could be laid in front of you. You just have to pick yourself up and look at the brighter side because how can you seen anything if you’re still in the dark.

A rooster crow s only when it sees the light. Put him in the dark and he’ll never crow. I have seen th e light and I’m crowing. Muhammad Ali


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The Blend Summer Edition - 2011  

This is the seventh and last edition of the student newspaper 'The Blend' - Edited and designed by VP Communication - Yinka Adeniyan - email...

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