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WHY A SAY?

University of Bedfordshire Students’ Unions Annual Student sAtisfaction surveY 2010 (15th November – 15th December 2010)

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/UBSU_aSAY2010-2011

UBSU is making every effort to develop and extend its services to its members. As a developing and membership led organisation we are keen to listen to your views every year, ensuring the satisfaction of the services and welcoming the opinion of the members. Hence, we would request you to take part in the survey (UBSU_aSAY20102011). To take part in the survey please go online to the following link above. This survey provides you with the opportunity to express your views which will be heard by the Students’ Union. This helps your students’ union to improve and implement your opinions in all your activities. Thanks for taking part in the survey.

Best Wishes!, By Jay Chinnasamy

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Special guests – Luton Youth Cantores Thursday, 9 December at 6.30pm St Mary’s Church, Luton Free entry including mulled wine and mince pies Donations will be taken towards LAMP – www.lamp.uk.net

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n Tuesday 30 November more than 100 students from across the University attended the Students’ Union’s Annual General Meeting and voted on motions (proposals) put forward by fellow students about the running and direction of UBSU. The most hotly debated topic was the proposed removal of the VP Communications position, to be replaced with a Communications internship of 1-2 years. It was argued that sabbatical officers did not always have the required level of skill and experience for the technical role, and that current marketing by UBSU needed to be improved. After a long discussion, the proposal was passed with the proviso that within three years UBSU will look into reintroducing the VP Comms position if finances al-

low. The internship will be a new position open to all recent graduates of the University and will be available from 01 July. More details will be available soon. UBSU will also be looking at the Student Officer positions and will be adding a Communications Student Officer, as well as removing some of the positions that are never filled. This was suggested and approved to increase representation to all students at the University. From this week, sabbaticals will also be increasing their accountability to you, the students, by publishing what they have achieved each week and what they have been working on. You will also be able to see where they will be each week and what campus they will be working from. This

can be viewed on the website under the ‘Your Union’ tab. Other motions passed included an increased representation and support for PhD students at senior University committees due to the University’s recent policy of scrapping the ‘write up’ fees, a comprehensive review of the student activities provision, a tightening up of sports teams behaviour and discipline and also a motion to overhaul the funding for societies. For more information about the AGM and motions passed, please contact UBSU President Lyndsay Murphy lyndsay.murphy@beds.ac.uk

The AGM, what you decided… It’s all change!

By Jon Stanley


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BEDFORDSHIRE MARCHED AGAINST EDUCATIONAL CUTS AND TUITION FEE RISE

EDITORIAL

Hundreds of students from the University of Bedfordshire marched in the historic national demonstration against educational cuts and tuition fee rise on 10th November, which saw over a 50000 students joining together nationally. This is a biggest demonstration within the student movement for over a decade. University of Bedfordshire students were involved in a peaceful protest and expressed their solidarity towards

the anti-tuition fee rise movement. Even after the march we have shown our solidarity as many students have written to their MP’s to vote against the tuition fee rise. Nationally, we still have a strong campaign under progress, I urge students to write to their MP’s regarding their concerns over the tuition fee rise. This is the right time to stand up as a student to give a voice for the future of education. Also, ask your friends, family members and every one who this affects to write to their MP’s. Together we can win the campaign. The rise in student fees and educational cuts would increase the gap in society and many students will lose spaces at University in future. I would say as a good nation, the government should make more investment into education to drive the future of a knowledge-based economy. Once again “I urge you to act now, because never blame it on the act of people who are in power, but on the in-act of people who brought them to power.” By Jay Chinnasamy

We welcome any content in the form of pictures, letters and articles, however we reserve the right to edit everything that is submitted. If there are any issues with the content please take this directly to the Editor Yinka Adeniyan Yinka Adeniyan UBSU - Campus Centre Park Square, Luton LU1 3JU Yinka.Adeniyan@beds.ac.uk 01582 479 368

Contributors Rebecca Heard, Ciaran O’Brien, Jon Stanley Robyn Sach Editor Yinka Adeniyan Writers Anna Kingham, Jay Chinnasamy Tautvydas Tamulevicius, Robyn Sach, Andrew Goodman, Andrew Clements, Sophia Mead, Ariel Mcpherson, Ciaran O’Brien, Evi Earle, Paula Mayes, LouiseTadiar,DishonArivandham Jon Stanley, Leigham Stone, Rob Searle, Lucinda Rodrigues, Robyn Sach, Steven Lambart, Sophia Mead, Shuang Zhang, Mary Norman, Andreas Vasiliou, Fillippos Makridis, Alex Raspin, Matt Stratton, Matt Hobbs, Merle Niederhuefner, Muhammad Raheem Awan & Yinka Adeniyan Design Layout Yinka Adeniyan A SPECIAL THANKS TO THE ENTIRE UBSU TEAM FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO THIS PAPER.

IS THE LRC ANDROID APP A WASTED INVESTMENT? It looks like someone is really excited about the new LRC application for android phones. All the posters and the banner on the main website look really nice, but first thing you learn in marketing (which I am studying), is that you can only fool people once - advertising will encourage them to try, but if you don’t have a good product, it won’t stick. The current version of application needs a lot of work. Instead of doing something that comes naturally to mind when thinking about the LRC, it does things like leading you to the library via GPS and Google map, or simply directs you to the main website (its faster to do it yourself, instead of using additional application which only opens your default browser anyway).

due, or lecturer suggests a reading list. There is more - book rooms (for societies) or pods (for group work), ask for technical help (not by email, but by direct message system, so you could get someone to help you and continue with the lecture asap), check the working hours, your balance (for printouts) and many other things could be done. Expensive to develop? Why couldn’t we make a competition for people who study computers and programming? Or make an assignment?... Aren’t there hundreds of students like that? In general, I am glad that someone out there is trying to move ahead with the times. And I am not surprised it is the LRC, because they always provide a premium service. Smartphones are becoming more and more “if you don’t have a good sophisticated, and people who have them product, it won’t stick” would appreciate yet another efficient way to interact with the University. The first step Books are the first thing that comes to my is made, lets hope that this is one of many mind - search for them, reserve them, renew ahead, and not the final one. them - that is the things that need to be implemented, so you could do it anytime you By Tautvydas Tamulevicius get the notice about the book being over-

DEMO 2010 FROM A STUDENT’S PERSPECTIVE Demo 2010 took place in London on the 10th November 2010. It was supposed to be a peaceful protest through the streets of London with 52,000 students from all over the country, marching against the raise in tuition fees. Unfortunately the march took a turn for the worse. As the students walked past the Conservative Headquarters, Millbank was ambushed by a small group of socialist workers. You could tell there was going to be trouble when we reached this point of the march, when people started covering their faces and putting hoods on. The first attack was in Millbank Tower, where a green smoke bomb was set off inside and the fire alarms were set off, then people stormed the building. They were quickly removed from the building. Outside in the Millbank centre a sit down protest started. It seemed to be going peacefully until a small group of people took it upon themselves to start a riot. Millbank was not heavily policed and students managed to break into 30 Millbank, by smashing the main doors. Nick Clegg and David Cameron effigies were being burnt in the middle of the crowd. People from the march then continued to smash the windows on the ground floor of the Millbank Centre. A fellow journalism student and myself went along to the march, and we were at the front of the protestwhen it started to take a turn for the worse. I was interviewing a fellow student from The University of Bath at the front of the protest, when a glass window was smashed over the top of our heads, and an orange flamethrower was set off. It was an extremely scary point of the march. I continued to stay at the front of the march interviewing people, once the windows had been smashed, it looked like the march was beginning to take a better turn, a sound system was set up and the students all came together and was dancing throughout Millbank and the centre. Unfortunately it didn’t stay this way when members of the march managed to get to the top of the building. A fire extinguisher was dropped from the roof, luckily no members of the public were harmed, but at this point we all realised that the march was not going the way it had been planned. From being there at the frontline of it all, it was one of the scariest moments of my life being covered in glass. It was a shame to say that our peaceful protest had taken a turn for the worse. You can get involved, even if you didn’t go to the march simply log onto www. demo2010.org and you can access letters which you can send to your local MP’s to ask them to repeal the bill when it reaches parliament. Although our march took a turn for the worse we can still help to make a difference. Robyn Sach


3 Valuing your feedback

The National Student Survey (NSS) kicks off in the New Year 2011 and it’s your chance to make your opinions count at a national level. The survey takes a maximum of ten minutes to complete and you can collect loads of freebies for filling it in, so don’t miss out. Eligible final-year students will be able to complete the survey between January and the end of April 2011. Last year eight students won £50 Amazon vouchers after being entered into a prize draw to thank them for taking part. One of the winners, Sharon Dooley, said: “I think the National Student Survey is very important as it gives students a chance to speak out.” Charlotte Stone had just completed her BA in Childhood and Youth Studies when she said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my university experience and have been lucky enough to have some great lecturers.” The results are published on Unistats.com for future students to see and are also made available to those institutions taking part. By Anna Kingham

STUDENTS STRIKE OUT! Bedfordshire students and UBSU Staff headed to London on 10th November to join the national protest against rising tuition fees. Central London came to a standstill when 50,000 students from all over Britain marched through the streets in protest. What began as a peaceful march trying to put across a serious message showing their dismay at the dramatic raise in fees and cuts in funding sadly ended in violence when the Millbank Tower was hijacked by a minority of students, causing riot police to move in.

Many students, including Danielle Daly, who is studying here at Bedfordshire was at demonstration, and saw the violence as “proof of the students’ anger” towards the cuts, however she believe that the violence “has taken away from the initial point of the march”. Our Students’ Union’s own Yinka Adeniyan goes on to summarise the event as receiving a “cold-hearted reaction” but being a “warm-hearted protest”, Adeniyan, amongst others, felt the march “was over-shadowed by the Social Activists party claiming all the headlines for the wrong reasons.” Throughout the sea of demonstrators most banners, placards and t-shirts, sported by students and lecturers alike including those from Bedfordshire, were aimed at the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, who pledged to vote against a rise in fees before

gaining a place in government. He is now being seen as a traitor to those who voted for him - especially when a large number of first time voters in his contingency of Sheffield Hallam are students. Clegg stated in an interview on breakfast television the morning after the demonstration that

he “should have been more careful” about signing the pledge and now fully supports the new plans for the fee increase - which PM Cameron is set to implement. The fees which currently stand at around £3,299 a year are set to rise from 2012 to a staggering height of up to £9,000. Clegg stated that these increases will allow “poor, bright kids,” to receive the education they deserve as not one student will have to pay the fees whilst studying - they will just have a debt of around £27,000 when they exit university. Current students that have been asked about the fees and cuts have admitted that the increase would put them off studying in the future, no matter when they have to pay the debts. Amilea Vella, psychology student, speaks of how she would “probably not bother” attending if she had to pay the increase as “once you’re working there won’t be much any money for yourself when the uni debts have been taken”. Unfortunately it now appears that the angered, passionate cries of students will fall on deaf ears for fairer fees, as the only coverage coming from the event refers to the violence that took place - not the betrayed, fearful and outraged message that was trying to be put across by the students. It seems to be true what they say - action speaks louder than words. By Sophia Mead

On the Proposal to Scrap Writeup Fees for Research Students Dear Vice Chancellor,

At a recent training workshop on ‘Self Management and Organi-

sation’ provided for research students, Professor Angus Duncan stated that you had recommended that write up fees for PhD students be eliminated. Professor Duncan has stated that this is to help completion rates of PhD students. The length of a full-time PhD is theoretically three years. I say theoretically because in practice hardly anyone is able to complete in this time. Things go wrong, plans have to be changed, and one inevitably has to wait for committees or contacts to respond at various stages in the process. What often happens is that the bulk of the work is done in three years, but a fourth year (or part of a fourth year) is needed in order to finish writing up. Due to the reduced resources that a student in the write up stage needs, a reduced fee is usually paid for this fourth year. Over the summer of 2010 the Higher Education Funding Council of England (HEFCE) released some troubling statistics. Times Higher Education ran an article on the data (available at http://www. timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?storycode=412628). The important finding as far as the University of Bedfordshire is concerned is that it was shown to be one of the worst performing universities in the UK for PhD completion. I can understand how troubling this must be, and that you must be seen to do something. However, you will not make our lives as research students any better if this proposal is passed. Research students, by and large, are not rich. Many research students have families, and are already on very tight budgets. Even without financial concerns, we are already under a great deal of stress. Every research student I know is now under even more, thanks to this proposal. I began my studies with the expectation of the write up fees being available. I am now left in the position of having to locate a substantial sum of additional funds. Many of us had an expectation that we would have four years to complete our work in. We are now being told that we should take no more than three years, despite many of us knowing how rarely this is possible. I know a number of people who are now contemplating whether they will have to drop out. Will this improve the figures for the University of Bedfordshire? This proposal will not help us complete our research any quicker. We do not need ‘motivation’ in this form. I think that this proposal also demonstrates a basic confusion over the identity of research students. Most of us pay fees. Some of us are sponsored by outside bodies: organisations or governments. Most of us are not employed by the University in a permanent capacity. Surely our relationship with the University must be as customers to a service provider. Yet we are being essentially told to expect sanctions for not meeting a deadline that very few are ever able to meet. Perhaps employing us all would be a step in the right direction? That, unfortunately, is unlikely to be a practical solution. I am sure that there is a sensible way forward. I do not think that the removal of the write up fee is the proper approach. We will not idly stand by while our strains are unnecessarily increased. I beg you to open a dialogue with the research students of the University, regarding both the fees and the expectations of time. We want to succeed, just as much as you want us to, if not more.

By Andrew Clements, PhD Student


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A SELF-HELP GUIDE TO HOMESICKNESS AND CULTURE SHOCK Leaving home and moving somewhere new will be exciting and you would have spent a good deal of time in choosing your university and preparing for the inevitable changes in your life. Despite plenty of planning, lots of students are surprised by the effect that the changes can have, and some experience homesickness or culture shock. Whether you are an International, EU or Home student, there will be some new challenges for you to face in the first few weeks away from home. You may come from a country where the climate is much warmer, where you don’t hear English spoken everyday or where the food is completely different. You may not be accustomed to the diversity of our student population or you may be leaving behind a family you have never been away from. These changes affect people differently but feelings that students sometimes experience are: loneliness, nervousness, shyness, anxiety or not trusting people. They sometimes get more headaches than normal, don’t eat properly or feel withdrawn. All of these feelings and side effects are unpleasant but are quite normal. There are lots of things you can do to help yourself settle into university life and adjust to your new environment. Here are some tips on what you can do along with some useful contacts: • Remember that many other students will be feeling the same as you-you are not alone • Keep in touch with family and friends from home • Make new friends by joining in with Students’ Union clubs, societies and activities or by volunteering

• Staying in touch with your own faith community may be very important to you so get in touch with the multi faith chaplaincies at the University, the Treehouse (Luton) and SeedBeds (Bedford). The Chaplains and assistants can let you know about faith events and places of worship both in the University and the wider community • Make sure you eat well...plenty of fruit and vegetables and drink plenty of water. Find a supplier of food which is familiar to you and what about inviting other students to cook and eat with you? • Everyone in the University community wants you to enjoy your time here and to be happy, healthy and successful. There are plenty of people to help you get through if you are feeling a bit down.

UBSU are asking you to be more aware of safety issues when traveling home. However you are getting home you need to stay aware of your safety and your surroundings.   When it comes to getting home, its best to take a registered taxi, if you can. Here are some smart tips to keep you safe. Make sure you use a reliable and licensed firm, and keep these numbers in your mobile phone. Try and keep money for a taxi separate so that you don’t spend it during the night, and if you can pre-book your taxi home early in the evening. When using private hire taxis always ask the operator for a description of the car (colour, make, and so on) and check these details when the vehicle arrives, make sure you are entering the correct vehicle by confirming the booking with the driver (ask them your booking details) and always ensure the driver is wearing their private hire badge. Never enter a car that you have not booked and never get into a vehicle which is not displaying their licenses. Remember, cars cruising the streets are illegal and uninsured. If you are using a hackney taxi ensure that the driver is wearing their hackney carriage driver’s badge and make sure that the vehicle is fitted with the rear yellow license plate. Whether you are using a private hire or hackney cab try not to go home alone. If you have to use a taxi on your own, always sit in the back seat, behind the driver. It is also a good idea to make a note of the license number of the taxi, text this number home, or to a friend, when you start your journey. And remember that if at any point you feel threatened, trust your instincts ask the driver to stop in a busy area and get out of the car.

What it is... The NHS is currently running a scheme called ‘Walk on in’ which provides free condoms to under 25s. Who can get it... Anyone under 25 who is living, working or studying in Luton can register for a Condom Card which then entitles that person to free condoms. How it works... You can register for a C-card at different sites across Luton. In order to register you need to provide your initials, date of birth, gender, ethnicity and the first part of your postcode.

Useful contacts: For sports, activities, clubs and societies contact Ciaran.Obrien@beds.ac.uk

Where to come to get your condoms... You can get free condoms from a number of different outlets across Luton. For full list visit www.dontcrossyourfingets. co.uk Your nearest registration/distribution point is UBSU Advice Centre, Campus Centre H111.

For the Treehouse (Luton) contact Andrew.Goodman@beds.ac.uk

All of the outlets should display the Walk on in logo

For SeedBeds (Bedford) contact Cass.howes@beds.ac.uk

How to use condoms – the facts: • Check the packaging is not damaged/no cracks or tears

For volunteering it‘s Zane.dzerina@beds.ac.uk

• Check the expiry date – eg 20010/12 = yr/mth

Always check out www.ubsu.co.uk to keep up-to-date with events and remember…even though you are not at home, University can be your home from home! By Louise Tadiar

HAVE FUN, BUT GET HOME SAFE!

Have you got your C- card???

Once your home, always ask the driver to wait until you are inside your home before they drive away, and use a buddy system, you can arrange to call a friend when you get home, or get a friend to call you to check you got home safely. If you can’t get a taxi home, try and avoid going home on your own, ask a friend to walk home with you. If you do end up having to go home on your own, always be aware of your surroundings. Do not listen to your MP3 players or IPods or talk on your phone while you are walking, it might make you feel safe, but you may not hear someone approaching you. You could choose to carry a personal attack alarm, which you can buy from the Students’ Union for £1. If you do decide to carry one, don’t carry it on your handbag or pocket; you wont be able to find it if you need it. Carry it in your hand when walking around. Walk with confidence; try not to look scared or vulnerable as this can make you an easier target and be sure to avoid shortcuts which are not safe, such as alleys and parks. Be smart, stay safe and have a safe journey! By Paula Mayes

• Use a condom with British kite mark or CE mark • Push the condom down to one side and rip the edge on the other side, do not use scissors or other sharp objects to open the packaging as you may damage the condom • Make sure the condom is the right way up before putting in on • Pinch the tip of the condom to stop air coming in and roll down to the base of penis, air trapped in the condom could cause it to break • Do not use oil based lubricants such as baby oil or lipstick with latex condoms as they may cause the condom to break • Remove condom soon after ejaculation while penis is still erect and dispose of it, do not flush a condom down a toilet • NEVER use a condom more than once • REMEMBER no contraception can provide 100% protection against pregnancy • Only condoms can protect you from STIs and pregnancy at the same time if used correctly If you have had unprotected sex and you are worried that you may be pregnant or have an STI you can visit www. dontcrossyourfingers.co.uk for advice and information on sexual health or you can drop in to see us at the Student Union Advice Centre, Campus Centre, H111 or email: ubsu. advice@beds.ac.uk REMEMBER some STIs have no symptoms so if you think that you are at risk it is best to get tested. Better Safe than Sorry. Please note that you can still get free condoms from the Advice Centre if you are over 25 but we cannot register you for C-card. http://www.brook.org.uk/about-brook-luton/ccard-walk-oninhttp://www.dontcrossyourfingers.co.uk/mysite/documents/ condomflyerDec08EMAIL. pdf http://www. ccardfreecondoms.co.uk/ free-condoms-in-bath. php http://www. peterborough.gov.uk/pdf/ CYPS-C-Card-Leafleta.pdf By Evi Earle


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UBSU understands that for many, though not all students, drinking is a vital part of your university experience. With that in mind, and with Christmas parties round the corner, we would like to highlight things, which may affect you when you are out socialising. The B.A.N.D scheme is something which ALL pubs and clubs in Bedford town centre have joined. The idea of B.A.N.D is to combat and reduce alcohol related anti-social behaviour, reduce the supply and use of drugs and to tackle underage drinking in Bedford town centre. So what does this mean to you, as students? Well according to B.A.N.D, anyone who is arrested in or outside a licensed venue in Bedford town centre could potentially be barred from EVERY pub and club who is signed up to the scheme. Bedford town centre venues are working together to operate a banned from

one, banned from all policy. There are currently around 35 people who have had such a ban enforced on them. You do not have to have been charged with an offence or attend court; a police reprimand or caution is enough for the B.A.N.D policy to be enforced. This could mean you would be unable to drink in any pub or club in the town centre for up to 12 MONTHS, and this would be administered by all door staff at all town centre venues. So when you are out with your mates be mindful that an arrest for violence, assault, criminal damage or the use and supply of drugs could result in a 12 month banned from one banned from all punishment being enforced.

Enjoy yourself and have fun with your friends, but if this involves you being out in the town centre make sure you don’t get B.A.N.D. By Paula Mayes

Welfare and Advice comes to Bedford Bedford UBSU now has a newly opened Welfare and Advice Centre; you can find us in the Students’ Union on the Polhill campus. We offer a free, impartial and confidential advice service to ALL University of Bedfordshire students. So whatever problem you may have, whether it’s with your accommodation, finances, your health or any academic problems (or any other difficulties you may be experiencing), you can come and see us. We are always happy to help in any way we can and if we can’t help ourselves we will know someone who can. We offer an advocacy service for those who need it. We provide condoms and Chlamydia home testing kits, both of which can be collected free of charge from

the Bedford Advice Centre. We also stock personal attack alarms which can be purchased for £1 (£1.50 for staff members) and provide personal safety information including lists of licensed taxi companies in Bedford. So should you feel like you need a little help to work out how to resolve any problems you have, or if you just need someone to listen then the UBSU welfare service is here to help you. So why not drop into the Bedford SU Welfare and Advice Centre?. By Paula Mayes


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AN INSIGHT INTO CHRISTIANITY

The University of Bedfordshire is proud to be rich in culture and religious diversity. To celebrate this, each month we will be looking at a different religion to help us learn more about each other. This month we take just a brief look at Christianity. Christianity is the most popular religion in the world with over 2 billion adherents. 42 million Britons see themselves as nominally Christian, and there are 6 million who are actively practising. Christians believe that Jesus was the Messiah promised in the Old Testament and that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. They also believe that God sent his Son to earth to save humanity from the consequences of its sins. One of the most important concepts in Christianity is that of Jesus giving his life on the Cross (the Crucifixion) and rising from the dead after the third day (the Resurrection). Christians believe that there is only one God, but that there are three elements to this one God: o God the Father o God the Son o The Holy Spirit Christians worship in churches and their spiritual leaders are called priests or ministers. The Christian holy book is the Bible, and consists of the Old and New Testaments. Christian holy days such as Easter and Christmas are important milestones in the Western secular calendar. Jesus Christians recognise Jesus as the Son of God who was sent to save mankind from death and sin. Jesus Christ taught that he was Son of God. His teachings can be summarised, briefly as the love of God and love of one’s neighbour. Jesus said that he had come to fulfil God’s law rather than teach it. Justification by Faith Christians believe in justification by faith - that through their belief in Jesus as the Son of God, and in his death and resurrection, they can have a right relationship with God whose forgiveness was made once and for all through the death of Jesus Christ. The Trinity Christians believe in the Trinity - that is, in God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Some confuse this and think that Christians believe in three separate gods, which they don’t. Christians believe that God took human form

as Jesus Christ and that God is present today through the work of the Holy Spirit and evident in the actions of believers. Life after Death Christians believe that there is a life after earthly death. While the actual nature of this life is not known, Christians believe that many spiritual experiences in this life help to give them some idea of what eternal life will be like. The Saints These days, the word saint is most commonly used to refer to a Christian who has lived a particularly good and holy life on earth, and with whom miracles are claimed to have been associated after their death. The formal title of Saint is conferred by the Roman Catholic and Orthodox Churches through a process called canonisation. embers of these Churches also believe that Saints created in this way can intercede with God on behalf of people who are alive today. This is not accepted by most Protestants. In the Bible, however, the word saint is used as a description of anyone who is a committed believer, particularly by St. Paul in the New Testament (e.g. Ephesians 1.1. and 1.15).

The Bible The most important Christian texts are the two volumes of the Bible, called the Old Testament and the New Testament. The Old Testament is the original Hebrew Bible. The New Testament contains the story of Jesus and the early Church.

By Ciaran O’Brien

How did we (UBSU) celebrate BHM? UBSU recognised the significance of Black History Month On 27th & 28th Oct at special events organised around campus. The celebration included an interactive exhibition Top 10 Most influential Black personalities in UK for the year 2010 according to Power List foundation, Cultural food festival – African Caribbean and Asian food

SPIRITUAL ART University Centre Milton Keynes welcomed the great and the good last night to an exhibition of interfaith art. The evening was a celebration of religiously inspired art created by artists of different faiths from across the city. Hosted in the light filled first floor atrium, the art took centre stage and created a focal point for conversation. Anouad Kassim, chair of Milton Keynes Art Heritage and Culture Organisation arranged the evening in conjunction with Adrian Pinckard head of Art, Design and Media at UCMK. It was a busy evening with two separate talks held in the lecture theatres to explore the art concepts in greater detail. Those who attended were impressed by the art and the idea behind the evening. Steve Barnes, the chaplain at Willen Hospice expressed his belief in the importance of fostering relations amongst people of faith. He said: “As a minister I am very interested in interfaith events. At Willen Hospice we cater for people of all faiths so it is good to come here tonight and be immersed in

tasting, Black History Quiz, Movie night and Storytelling. Many of our students from various backgrounds participated and got involved. Over100 students celebrated throughout the day, with more than 30 students actively engaging in the evening entertainment. By Dishon Arivandham

other cultures. This type of events helps us to understand one another better.” Kathryn Dunn, the former inaugural vice-chair of Milton Keynes Council of Faiths, thought that the mix of art and faiths was exactly what communities needed. She said: “The art is so lovely here tonight; so bright and vibrant, it takes you into another world. It is so important that communities get to know one another, that way media stereotyping does less damage to our thinking.” Faiz Kayani, 15 attended with his sister Yusrah Kayini, 12, who both saw the evening as an opportunity to see the positive side of having faith. Mr Kayani said: Often the media uses stereotypes that I find upsetting. It is good to come here and be amongst people who think differently.” Maryam Beg, a biologist, and friend of the curator Mr Kassim, came along to support the idea of interfaith dialogue through art. She said: “Faith is a common theme; it should bring people together. Nobody could view tonight as threatening, it is a good environment in which to meet and talk. My only concern is that art is seen as a bit middle class; it might not attract a wide enough audience.” By Mary Norman

PAG A N S P R OT E S T AG A I N S T “ FA L S E ” H A L LO W E E N . Holy Day unrest results in mass protest. There was growing unrest among the Pagan ociety that their annual holy day is now thought of as a gimmick, rather than a serious religious event. As the growth in Halloween gets bigger with each year, so do the negative views. Lizzie, the head of the Pagan and Wiccan Society, blasted Halloween as “embarrassing” and “false”. She commented: “Samhain (Halloween) is now classed as nothing but sweets and costumes and nothing more. It is another excuse for money making antics and gluttony. To us, it is a major holiday and an important part of our religion. The fact that it is now nothing but a marketing tool is very sad and disrespectful for us.” Samhain is a holiday that celebrates death and is a time to honour those who have passed away. For Pagans, death is nothing but the cycle of life.

Although the idea of trick-ortreating does derive from a long tradition of Pagan practices, it has somewhat lost its true meaning. Children dressed in costumes and were used, as a process, thousands of years ago, when house owners would dress children as demons to sway actual demons that may be present that the house was already under the presence of the dark forces. For this act, the children were rewarded with treats and food. This is widely believed to be the origins of trick-or-treating, although not too many people are aware of the fact. The majority of the Pagan faith agrees that the holiday has lost all meaning of its true heritage. Some are less alarmed than others, however. Vincent Nicholson, an online blogger for the Pagan Society told me: “The thing is, all religious holidays have been forgotten for their

origins. How many kids know what Christmas and Easter are about? How many kids know why we give out gifts and eggs? As long as we know what it means, does it really matter? Of course, I do understand why people are angry about it but nothing can be done. We could preach all we want but it wouldn’t change. I never took part in the protest.” The idea of protests comes from within the Pagan circle. Online bloggers and website promoters had been working overtime, trying to recruit members of the public to join their protests before 31st October. The protest was to ignore the commercial aspects of the holiday and to get people to truly understand the nature of Samhain. The aim was to boycott the “Americanised” tradition of the holiday and to try and teach people the true values. One

blogger suggested that Paganism should be taught in schools alongside Christianity and other “cosmopolitan” and “mainstream” religions, writing: “Why not teach the ideas of Paganism in schools? Every person should have the chance and opportunity to learn what they want. I certainly wish I had the chance to learn this in school” Speaking to John Stone, the Chairman of the Pagan Society at the University of Bedfordshire, he expressed mixed views on Halloween. “I hold a ritual, to honour those that have passed. I light a candle for the spirits and then I reflect on the past year.” John planned to hold a traditional ritual at the university in honour of Samhein, but was disheartened by the small group of people interested in Paganism. He explained what the ritual consists of: “We cast a circle and call in the elements and the Gods Anubis and Hecate, both guardians of the spirit world. We invite our ancestors’ spirits

into the circle and we light candles for them.” Although John is a traditional Pagan, with strong beliefs, he does contribute towards the modern style of Halloween. “ I do dress up, yes. It is something I enjoy doing, but I usually dress as a vampire, since in a way it represents the darker side of human nature” If one could take anything from Pagan views and beliefs it would be that they view all things as equal. They view death as a cycle, and no man, mineral or matter has a higher rank than the other. Although the modern Halloween is classed as disrespectful to some Pagans, others are willing to see past it. For most, religion is a personal choice and a sacred part of them. Some will continue to fight the modernized world, battle to re-establish the proper meaning of the holy day. Internet forums were made for this very purpose, and they are not hurting anybody by doing so. By Steven Lambert


DIWALI AND EID

 UBSU, the International Office and the Treehouse have once again joined forces to deliver both a Diwali and an Eid celebration on the Luton Campus.  On Wednesday 10th November, a Diwali celebration was held in Park Square, where a local priest from the Hindu Mandir in Luton held a pooja, following an introduction and speech from Revd Andrew Goodman, University Chaplain.  Afterwards,  180 students enjoyed a luscious feast laid on by the International Office before being treated to a large selection of music which was played by students, including Hindi, Gujurati and Tamil songs. The night was filled with much talking and laughter, and after a great deal of dancing, all students, staff and sabbaticals left with smiles on their faces!   Then on Tuesday 23rd November, an Eid celebration was held, with support from the Pakistani Students Association (PSA). Nasir Akram, a friend of the Treehouse from the local Muslim community, welcomed everyone and then PSA President, Muhammad Raheem Awan, followed by starting the event. Over 180 students were again present, and a large buffet meal was enjoyed by all. After eating, some students got involved in a number of games,

and the night ended with a mixture of songs and even a dance competition!   Future events planned by UBSU, the International Office and the Treehouse include Christmas, Hanukkah, Holi, Shivaratri and MORE! Keep your eyes open for future promotions.... By Ciaran O’Brien

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Studying in the U K as a Chinese student Have confidence and look to the future!!!

Hello everyone. I am an international student from the joint programme between Bedfordshire and International College at Beijing. This is my first year and everything is different from my life back home. When I arrived here, the first day, sleeping in the unfamiliar dormitory, I missed home very much. But I knew I needed to get used to the new circumstances as soon as possible. To overcome the language barrier and improve my English, to study my major and to find a part-time job to support my living, etc. I know now is the time for action rather than to reminisce. Now, I have been here for about two months. Some bad things have upset me while some happy things make me build confidence. After I settle down here about three weeks into term, I lost £300 pounds in my room because I forgot to lock the door. I was very upset and crying. But my roommates and friends are very compassionate. They helped me to contact the police and they comforted me. Although I haven’t got the money back I felt the warmth in this new environment. Thanks to them!!! The main difference between the dormitories in the UK between China is one person in a room for dorms in the UK. In China, sometimes 4 or 6 share a big flat. So I am very satisfied with the living conditions. And about the studying, my lecturers are all

excellent. The good thing is (because my major is media practices), some films and television programmes which I cannot access in China I can view. The lecturers are patient to all my questions. I can learn a lot of various interesting things. Although it’s simple some words such as “Well done, good” will give me a lot of encourage. I find it hard to read an article without checking the dictionary all the time but thanks to the language centre, for helping me. Then talking about my hobby. I am a big fan of Japanese Animation. There was an anime expo and cosplay performance in London. But I wasn’t sure how to go there, and whether to book the tickets or buy the ticket after I reached the last station as I have never been to London. My classmate Sarah helped me. She introduced me into the anime and manga society of the university. I am very appreciative about this. In the there are a lot of people who love anime and manga and we had a fantastic time at the Expo. So, if you have some problems, just ask about the people around. They are very kind. Finally, that’s all my two month’s life. Haha, I hope every international student feels encouraged and is looking forward to the bright future!!! For more information about the activities and sport you can get involved in, please visit www.ubsu.co.uk/studentactivities or come and see us in the Students’ Union. By Shuang Zhang


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THE GOLDEN YEAR - OU EST LE SWIMMING POOL Laced with sadness for many reasons, Ou Est Le Swimming Pool’s debut could be their last album It’s impossible to review Camden synthpop Ou Est Le Swimming Pool’s debut album The Golden Year without mentioning the tragic suicide of frontman Charles Haddon. Similarly, it’s impossible to listen to The Golden Year and not be amazed and saddened at the same time, purely because what Ou Est have produced so well may be their last. The decision to switch ‘You Started’ as the album opener ultimately proved poignant. Harrowing piano notes scatter like raindrops in your mind to the point where they force themselves out your eyes as Haddon declares, “You have started the beginning of my life.” Frankly, beautiful doesn’t do it justice. Things are kept in check and injected with pace when Ladyhawke-like ‘The Key’ drops before ‘These New Knights’ attacks every sense in your body via a throbbing bassline that could demolish a building. It’s all very deliciously synth-pop, yet it somehow manages to shrug off the 80’s decor that has followed La Roux, Ladyhawke and the like for so long. The Golden Year and Ou Est remain very much in 2010. In this sense, they’re the real pioneers for current synth-pop. The aptly named ‘Curtain Falls’ best displays this as Haddons love felt lyrics float over a 2010 Phillip Oakley backdrop which borders on Justice-esque synths. It’s slightly exaggerated but brilliant none the

less. Debut single ‘Dance The Way I Feel’ is Ou Est’s ‘D.A.N.C.E.’, whilst highlight ‘Jacksons Last Stand’ announces Ou Est as one of the most exciting bands in Britain at the moment. People will suggest The Golden Year only garners such attention and praise because of Haddons suicide. They couldn’t be further from the truth. ‘Better’ sounds like a Sega MegaDrive crying in La Roux like eccentricity as Haddon mumbles to himself, “The quiet walls are more than a friend could be.”, and ‘Our Lives’ lays bare the frontman’s ability to mean every single word he sings. Yes, it’s unlikely that Ou Est Le Swimming Pool will carry on. The tragic loss of Haddon not only as a musician but a friend will test their resolve. But then again, it could be the catalyst that pushes Ou Est into the band they should be. They’ve played Glastonbury before. What’s to say they can’t play the Other Stage in a couple of years? As The Golden Year proves, they’re more than capable. 7.5/10 Top 3: 1) ‘Jacksons Last Stand’ 2) ‘You Started’ 3) ‘Curtain Falls’ By Matt Hobbs


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Tus all. However what does it mean to you as an individual. ‘‘When it comes to Not everyone has the satisfaction of celebrating it with family & friends, everyone has a different story to tell. So i went around asking students what is it they are looking forward to this Christmas. Christmas, what do you As for me well it’s a seat infront the telly, sky+ remote at hand and flicking through the festive sport and movies. I mean what else is there to look forward to the most?’’ do during the holidays?

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April “Spending time with mum & dad, I don’t get to see that often. 1 day out of the whole year me & twin brother don’t argue.

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Danyelle “To be honest at this age not too much, but the gifts, the food and family around you that’s pretty much it.”

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my family, because I’m from Ireland, I don’t get a chance to go home during studies.”

Paige “Spending time with the family. The festiveness, the Christmas songs, and the feeling you get… It’s a happy time of the year. The feeling spreads to everyone.”

Jane “The thing that I most look forward to at Xmas is my little Son shaking with excitement as he opens his mound of presents.”

Ashana “Shopping, movies, playing the Nintendo Wii with my family & making dumplings.”

Derek “I look forward to spending time with friends and family. It is always a pleasure to eat my mums food.”

Uddy “I have an extended family so I don’t get to see them all the time; only once a year. We don’t get presents we get money instead. Reynel ‘Presents, but I don’t even get that anymore. So it’s spending time with the family, Christmas dinner and boxing day sales.”

Next issue: Valentines Edition, New Answer Me This: “What would your ideal valentines gift be?” If you have an opinion on this and wish to share it with the student body? Send a max of 100 words to: yinka.adeniyan@beds.ac.uk

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Day 1: Christmas Tunes

As the snow begins and Christmas is near, what better way to get into the Christmas spirit than by listening to the must have festive songs. So here are a few to get you started:

Mariah Carey All I want for Christmas Paul McCartney Wonderful Christmas Time Destiny child 12 Days of Christmas John Lennon Happy Christmas Aly&Aj Jingle Bell Rock.

Day 2: Love actually

Right; by now you should be all festively tuned up for those snowy walks. But what about the nights, when the snow is thick and it’s too cold to even think about venturing outside? Well, there’s nothing better than a romantic, British comedy when snuggling up in the warm at night. Try renting Love actually, it is defiantly worth it and a must watch festive movie.

Day 3: Special Delivery

D a y 4: Capturing everything

You need to capture those holiday special moments. The best way to keep memories is with camera. A phone is all well and good but the quality isn’t always too great. If you have a camera great, if you haven’t I suggest you get one.

Day 5: Nails

French manicure? Whatever you like, get it done before Christmas. It’s one of those little things that will complete your Christmas look.

Day 6: Sledging

If you have a hill near you, defiantly try sledging, It’s great fun and even if you don’t have a sledge, just go sliding down, be brave! Yeah its cold, yeah you might fall off the sledge and get wet but, it’s Christmas, who cares? Oh and there’s ice-skating, so many places have an outside rink during December, it’s tons of fun!

Day 7: Dressing up

Christmas is coming up in 4 days and you need an outfit! I think reds, smooth velvet, pale blues and anything sparkly is what Christmas is all about.Buy a pair of heels to match that dress, a pair of comfy cute shoes for your casual days, a pair of boots for those snowy walks and you’re all set!

Make sure all presents and cards are wrapped, labeled and sorted before Christmas, otherwise you could be facing a huge disaster. It might sound cheesy but if you can, buy a card making set. We aren’t five anymore so they don’t have to look dreadful; it also shows that a lot of thought has gone behind it. Every one loves receiving a card that’s had a little time spent on it.

Day 8: Cookies

Christmas cookies are always fun, there’s loads of easy recipes on the Internet. Kids love to do it and I know when it comes to Christmas I always take a day out to bake some cookies with my little cousin.It might not be much but she loves it and it only takes an hour of my day.

Day 11: Your hair

It’s Christmas eve and whether you admit or not you wont be sleeping too much because it’s CHRISTMAS tomorrow!! Something you may want to try at night to get perfect? Your hair. Glitter hair spray if you’re brave? Or maybe just a sparkly hair band. There’s Might not seem like a big thing but no crime is taking the sparkles overboard at Christmas, oh, it so is. Red is one of those colours it’s the only time of year we can do it and get away with it! that stand out and at Christmas it’s alShow off your face and pin your hair back into a nice clasmost a crime to not have red lips. So head down sic bun or have it down pushed back with a headband. into town and pick out a shade for Christmas day!

Day 9: Red Lipstick

Day 10: Me day

Have a “me” day. Just take time out to just relax and be you. Lush is a great store when it comes to bath soaps and those little balls that fizz. If you haven’t tried one then you are missing out! Also Body Shop are great for facial washes, masks and body creams. All their stuff is natural, so no need to worry about sensitive skin. Try the tee tree facial wash and strawberry body butter!

Day 12: Christmas Day

Its Christmas day there’s no task for today just have fun, relax and enjoy the festivities. When everything gets a little crazy and your having to thank people for presents just remember what Christmas is all about. Maybe today you can thank your family for being by your side rather than that new cardigan they brought you? It’s early but have a very merry Christmas. By Lucinda Rodrigues


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Do you have the Amazing Four Friends? ARE YOU COOL WITH THE NEW UNI HOMIEs? Making true friends at university is sometimes hard, but I already have a group of friends that all intertwine into all occasion, The Amazing Shift Shapers. These friends have everything when my home friends are too busy. Everybody has friends too far away, so make the best of the friends while you’re here.

Do you feel as if you have a friend for every occasion? I think we all categorise our friends or associates to groups, for instance who belongs in the circle and who is out. As the saying goes “Show me your friends and I can tell what kind of person you are.” But what if this is my identity when I am raving. I like having fun people but when I am studying the nerds or ambitious ones get a call. I even categories my best friends. There is one friend for emotion, a protector, shopaholic, alcoholic, spiritual, mind readers, innocent one, smarty pants (I just hope they never get this article!) I think friends are like your partners; they shouldn’t be exactly like you, which is the fun of it. Like my ultimate BFF is a B*** and people always say that we don’t suit as friends. “If you were her would you be friends with you?” The answer is probably NO but you love someone because of their differences. Start to realise what kind of friend your friends would categorise you in; don’t be surprised when they tell you.

How far would you go for a friend? No matter how much you think you have grown you’re never too old to be played. People who you think are friends are actually just people you know. They is always a of limit of what you would do for a friend, that will help you categorise, like would you lend that person money without asking for it back, or jump into a fight or help them out with homework. The simple things determine a strong relationship, but do realise that your peers could be useful contacts. The things you would do for someone just because of the wonders of your ability. Just be nice, think of the Secret Millionaire.

Do you always have to impress? Skills are useful to have in friendships; the one with the car, cooking lover, funny one, stylist. People always share their ability with their friends and it’s a better way for them to bring you more options in the future. Let them be aware of your skills, the potential in life will differ.

Staying safe this Christmas Christmas is the time for celebration, and spending time with your family and friends. New Year is a time of saying goodbye to a year gone by, and bringing in the coming of an amazing year, but throughout all of the celebrating, your safety should be your number one priority. Over the Christmas break it is important that if you go out with your friends, drinking and partying, that you remain safe. If you are away from home always make sure that you have ‘emergency’ money. Keep a separate section

Whilst out and about never leave your drink unattended. If someone you do not know wants to buy you a drink, then make sure that you go with them when buying your drink, and that you keep an eye on it. If you do leave your drink unattended then do not go back to it, you never know if someone may have put something in your drink. Over the Christmas period there are a higher percentage of drinks getting spiked as people get careless.

of your purse or wallet for extra money to make sure if you get separated form your friends that you can get a taxi home safely. If you are using a taxi over the Christmas break then make sure that you use a registered taxi firm and always call in advance. Do not get in a car without seeing proof of identification. Wherever you go this Christmas make sure that you have a taxi firm number in your So keep safe! phone, or a keyring, or a card in your purse or wallet. Only use a firm you can trust.

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Can you go in the deep end? For some newcomers always be aware of what you can or cannot say to the people you have just met. Always be direct even though it can be dangerous; you could be respected. If you’re not a good judge of character or they have tempers don’t be direct. It is not going to make them change their minds. ‘Girls, do I look bad? Think it best for you to change. Guys, do I look bad? You look like a furry chicken.’ Never take things to heart but beware of the way you say things (boys are the best bitches.) Learn to test the water, see how far you can go. If things never work out, you have friends at home (hopefully) but if you’re lucky, you have friends to take home. By Ariel McPherson


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Rugby captain John Perkins is “Ecstatic” about the talent of both the rugby squads and has set his sights on the 1st team winning the league this season. John is in his third and final year of university now. He has played and captained the rugby men’s team for two seasons and every year his side has improved. True, this season the talent he has to choose from is vast compared to previous years, but good individuals don’t necessarily make a good team. However, in this case, good individuals make a “Mustard” team. John is very excited about the new recruits and feels silverware is a more than realistic goal. This year he said: “Our aim this year is for one of a teams to win our league. We should be able to achieve a one-two in the table. “Anything outside the top three would be a disappointment. The most positive thing is we have a large squad so even if we do have injuries this season we will have the strength and depth to put out two strong teams.” Mentioning the new lads he said: “They are looking great. We have some amazing talent there and a few have played or still do play at a competitive level. Some of them have played for quite a long time, they have a lot of experience and I’m hoping it will benefit us and we can use that over the season.” “When we set the team up in my first year we had between 5 and 15 players but now we have around 50, so that’s brilliant for us. I’m really excited about the new season and some of our new recruits look sharp, look keen, look mustard.” As the old saying goes - you learn from your mistakes. Last season the rugby team fell just short, of promotion after a couple of disappointing results and performances saw the league title slip away. So where did it all go wrong last year? “Last season could and maybe should have gone better,” said John, “But sometimes things just don’t go your way. Some of the players didn’t turn up on occasions, we had a lot of injuries as well, then before we knew it we had lost two games on the bounce and we were in third place. This year should be a different story.” With so much optimism in the air and last year’s mistakes aiming to be rectified, the season ahead looks good. Already the rugby men’s 1st team have won all three of their opening matches, so a few more wins on the board and maybe, just maybe, John will leave the University with a winners medal around his neck. By Leigham Stone

University of Bedfordshire students take action to refurbish local charity Noah, SIFE @ UoB Luton, 26th November 2010 - How do you create a sustainable business model for a not so well known charity that supports homeless, unemployed, criminals and others in need by selling second hand furniture? The newly-founded SIFE society of the University of Bedfordshire and its President Irina Bucsa formed a workforce to answer this question. The society is run like a small business itself with responsibilities in the fields of HR (Heidi Petijova), Finance (Jennifer Moses -Obah), Corporate Relations (Anna Konova), Communication (Andreas Vasiliou), Marketing and Sales and Project Management (Merle Niederhuefner). The progress and outcome of the project and a professional business plan will be presented at the upcoming regional SIFE competition in March 2011 and compete with project from other Universities of the area. About SIFE International: Founded in 1975, SIFE is a US based non-profit organisation which involves 42,000 Students at over 1,500 Universities in 40 countries. This makes SIFE the world’s largest student organisation. A central event is held annually to evaluate and celebrate the work of participating students, who compete at the SIFE national competition and a world-cup ceremony. The SIFE projects have the purpose to support others and – on a small scale – make the world a little better. The project mutually benefits both the University and Noah Enterprise by giving students the opportunity to learn in practice what responsible leadership means and utilising that knowledge to implement best practice business etiquette. Jose Martin, Transport Manager of Noah’s Luton based furniture shop states:

“it’s good to have someone new on board. I believe it will help us raise awareness among the community... and that’s the most important thing raising awareness about what Noah does, where Noah is going and what we do here”. The UoB SIFE society is confident that “By working with Noah Enterprise Luton’s BEST KEPT SECRET will finally be exposed and the spotlight will be on Noah”. To find out more and participate: Projects. Contact: President: Irina Bucsa – irina.bucsa@study.beds.ac.uk HR Manager: Heidi Petijova – Heidi.petijova@study.beds.ac.uk

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GREEK AND CYPRIOT SOCIETY: TRIP TO WARWICK

The SIFE society welcomes FRESH ideas for starting NEW PROJECTS & ACTIVITIES. by Andreas Vasiliou and Merle Niederhuefner

On the 7th of October the Greek and Cypriot Society had arranged a day trip to Warwick Castle, a medieval castle located in Warwick, Warwickshire. The Castle was built on a bend on the River

UoB SIFE Members at Volunteering Fair (from the left) Irina Bucsa, M. Sameer Ali Jinnah & Heidi Petijova

PSA Welcome Party: An Eye Catching Event! The University of Bedfordshire has students from about 120 countries of the world, he urged students to spread a message of love, peace and harmony as ambassadors of their countries and cultures. Students were entertained with refreshments throughout the event and they also enjoyed music of their own choice. The Pakistani Student Association (PSA), in collaboration with UBSU, arranged a welcome party on 5th November for new and returning students. It was the first main event by PSA during this current academic year. In this marvelous event students got an opportunity to congregate with students from different countries, cultures and religions. The event was started with recitation of Holy Quran and Praise for Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him). It was amazing for the audience to listen to Various games and competitions were folthe Pakistani National Anthem and giving lowed by prizes for the winners. This made standing tribute in flying Pakistani and British the event more stunning and interesting for flags followed by national songs. participants. Another important aspect of the event was that it had been attended by Indian, PSA President Muhammad Raheem Awan, German, Thai and Caribbean students which appreciated the efforts of University of Bed- indicate that the Pakistani Students Associafordshire and UBSU in his speech for providing tion is appropriately playing its role to bring opportunities to new students to get famil- closer the students of diverse cultures. By Muhammad Raheem Awan iar in new environment and culture through these kinds of events. Considering that the

Avon in 1068 by William the Conqueror. Fifteen members of the Society attended this event, which turned out to be a fun and exciting adventure in the historic medieval Castle. On the arrival of the group in the Castle there were many interesting, entertaining side shows performed by fantastic characters, including a short show of King Arthur’s Excalibur in which the group had a chance to participate in. After enjoying the side shows the group had the opportunity to take a tour in the facilities of the caste, in which furniture and wax figures were displayed in order to give visitors the feeling of how people used to live in the 1060’s. At the Castle premises the group had the chance to dine in the restaurant after finishing the tour and also buy souvenirs from the little souvenir shops. The Society was pleased that members had a great time and is promising to organize other great, similar adventures for the members to enjoy. By President: Filippos Makridis


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BEDFORD TEAM

DATE

OPPOSITION

HOME / AWAY

RESULT

LUTON TEAM

DATE

OPPOSITION

HOME / AWAY

RESULT

University of Lincoln Men's 1st

Home

L 5-3

Basketball Men's 1st

10-Nov

Cranfield University Men's 1st

Home

W 79-59

Badminton Women's 1st 10-Nov

University of Warwick Women's 2nd

Home

W 5-3

Football Men's 2nd

10-Nov

University of Northampton Men's 3rd

Home

W 3-0

Football Men's 2nd

University Of Bedfordshire (Luton) Men's 1st

Home

D 2-2

Football Men's 3rd

10-Nov

Anglia Ruskin University (Cambridge) Men's 1st

Home

L 9-0

W 9-0

Basketball Women's 1st

10-Nov

University of Leicester Women's 1st

Away

L 60-62

W 4-2

Football Men's 1st

10-Nov

University of Bedfordshire (Bedford) Men's 2nd

Away

D 2-2

W 7-0

Football Women's 1st

10-Nov

University of Nottingham Women's 2nd

Away

W 6-3

Badminton Men's 1st

Football Men's 4th Football Women's 1st

10-Nov

10-Nov 10-Nov 10-Nov

Cranfield University (Bedfordshire) Men's 1st University of Bristol Women's 1st

Home Home

Hockey Women's 1st

10-Nov

University of Lincoln Women's 1st

Hockey Women's 2nd

10-Nov

Anglia Ruskin University (Cambridge) Women's 1st Home

L 2-0

Netball Women's 1st

10-Nov

Newman College 1st

Away

W 36-29

Netball 2nd

10-Nov

University of East Anglia 2nd

Home

W 40-28

Rugby Men's 1st

10-Nov

Staffordshire University Men's 3rd

Away

W 51-3

Rugby Men's 2nd

10-Nov

Anglia Ruskin University (Cambridge) Men's 1st

Home

W 55-0

Rugby Women's 1st

10-Nov

University of Nottingham Women's 2nd

Away

L 46-10

Basketball Women's 1st

10-Nov

University of Nottingham Women's 1st

Away

L 60-45

Football Men's 1st

17-Nov

University of Bedfordshire (Bedford) Mens 1st

Home

L 1-0

Football Men's 1st

10-Nov

University of Cambridge Men's 1st

Away

L 2-0

Football Men's 4th

17-Nov

Cranfield University (Bedfordshire) Men's 1st

Home

W Walkover

D 2-2

Netball Women's 1st

17-Nov

University of Bedfordshire (Bedford) 3rd

Home

W 49-21

W 8-3

Rugby Men's 1st

17-Nov

Aston University Men's 2nd

Home

W 55-0

17-Nov

University of Worcester Men's 5th

Away

L 3-1

Football Men's 3rd Football Women's 2nd

10-Nov 10-Nov

University of East Anglia Men's 2nd University of Warwick Women's 2nd

Home

Away Away

Hockey Men's 1st

10-Nov

Nottingham Trent University Men's 3rd

Away

W 6-3

Football Men's 2nd

Netball 1st

10-Nov

University of Birmingham 4th

Away

W 42-38

Football Men's 3rd

17-Nov

University of Northampton Men's 4th

Away

D 3-3

Netball 3rd

10-Nov

University of Lincoln 2nd

Away

L 39-24

Hockey Men's 1st

17-Nov

Oxford Brookes University Men's 3rd

Away

L 3-4

Rugby Men's 1st

10-Nov

University of East Anglia Men's 1st

Away

W 20-17

Hockey Women's 1st

17-Nov

Anglia Ruskin University Women's 1st

Away

L 3-0

Tennis Men's 1st

10-Nov

De Montfort University Men's 1st

Away

W 10-2

Rugby Men's 2nd

17-Nov

De Montfort University Men's 2nd

Away

L 22-5

Tennis Women's 1st

10-Nov

University of Birmingham Women's 2nd

Away

L 12-0

Rugby Women's 1st

17-Nov

University of Northampton Womens 1st

Away

L 36-26

Basketball Women's 1st

17-Nov

Nottingham Trent University Women's 1st

Home

L 58-64

Football Men's 1st

24-Nov

University of Nottingham Men's 4th

Home

L 1-1 (lost on pens)

L 2-1

Football Men's 4th

24-Nov

Staffordshire University Men's 4th

Home

W Walkover

24-Nov

Oxford University 1st

Home

L 8-99

Football Men's 2nd

17-Nov

University of Northampton Men's 1st

Home

Football Men's 3rd

17-Nov

Coventry University Men's 3rd

Home

W 10-0

Netball 1st

Football Women's 1st

17-Nov

University of Worcester Women's 1st

Home

L 6-1

Rugby Men's 1st

24-Nov

Oxford Brookes University Men's 2nd

Home

L 20-3

Football Women's 2nd

17-Nov

University of Nottingham Women's 2nd

Home

W 6-2

Basketball Men 1st

24-Nov

DeMontfort Men's 1st

Away

L 75-125

Hockey Women's 1st

17-Nov

University of Warwick Women's 1st

Home

L 3-0

Basketball Women's 1st

24-Nov

Newman College Women's 1st

Away

W 89-33

Netball 1st

17-Nov

Oxford University 2nd

Home

W 49-35

Rugby Men's 2nd

24-Nov

University of Nottingham Men's 5th

Away

L Walkover

Rugby Men's 1st

17-Nov

Anglia Ruskin University (Cambridge) Men's 1st

Home

W 63-10

Netball Women's 1st

01-Dec

University of Leicester 2nd

Away

L 37-25

Rugby Men's 2nd

17-Nov

University Of Worcester Men's 2nd

Home

W 17-8

Tennis Men's 1st

17-Nov

University of Leicester Men's 2nd

Home

W 10-2

Badminton Men's 1st

17-Nov

University of Leicester Men's 2nd

Away

L 8-0

Badminton Women's 1st 17-Nov

Nottingham Trent University Women's 1st

Away

D 4-4

Basketball Men's 1st

17-Nov

Cranfield University Men's 1st

Away

W 65-48

Football Men's 1st

17-Nov

University of Bedfordshire (Luton) Men's 1st

Away

W 1-0

Football Men's 4th

17-Nov

Anglia Ruskin University (Cambridge) Men's 2nd

Away

W 3-1

Hockey Men's 1st

17-Nov

University of Leicester Men's 2nd

Away

L 3-1

Netball 2nd

17-Nov

University of Nottingham 4th

Away

W 31-27

Netball 3rd

17-Nov

University of Bedfordshire (Luton) 1st

Away

L 49-21

Rugby Women's 1st

17-Nov

University of Nottingham Women's 1st

Away

L 12-5

Basketball Men's 1st

24-Nov

Staffordshire University Men's 1st

Home

L 67-61

Badminton Women's 1st 24-Nov

Loughborough University Women's 2nd

Away

L 8-0

Basketball Women's 1st

24-Nov

University of East Anglia Women's 1st

Away

L 65-62

Football Men's 4th

24-Nov

Oxford Brookes University Men's 3rd

Away

L 3-3 (lost on pens)

Football Women's 1st

24-Nov

Loughborough University Women's 2nd

Away

W 3-1

Football Women's 2nd

24-Nov

Oxford University Women's 2nd

Away

L 3-2

Despite the domination of the Oxford forwards, praise has to go to the Luton defence. The hard hitting and Netball 1st 24-Nov De Montfort University 2nd Away W 90-5 the determination to not let Oxford Netball 2nd 24-Nov De Montfort University 1st Away W 37-30 get into a passing rhythm was evident Football Men's 1st 24-Nov University of Derby Men's 3rd Away W 6-1 from start to finish. No one can quesFootball Men's 2nd 24-Nov University of Northampton Men's 3rd Away W 4-1 tion their effort which made, for any Football Men's 3rd 24-Nov Nottingham Trent University Men's 2nd Away L 0-4 spectator, a thoroughly entertaining Hockey Men's 1st 24-Nov University of East Anglia Men's 1st Away L 3-2 match to watch. Badminton Men's 1st 01-Dec De Montfort University Men's 2nd Home W 7-1 The start was an edgy affair with the ball being kept in the forwards as Luton Badminton Women's 1st 01-Dec University of Warwick Women's 1st Home L 7-1 looked to test their opponents in the Netball 3rd 01-Dec Nottingham Trent University 4th Home L 36-25 tight with a number of pick and drives. Basketball Women's 1st 01-Dec University of Wolverhampton Womens' 1st Home W 65-61 They were rewarded in the third minute Netball 1st 01-Dec Oxford University 1st Away L 42-28 when an Oxford player infringed at the ruck, Chris Stubbs stepping up to convert the penalty from near the 22. Oxford started to settle into the game and began stringing Oxford Brookes 2nds overcome resilient Luton 1sts 20-3. some phases together but couldn’t break down a resilient LuThree leagues separated the two Rugby teams going into ton defence. Their forwards began to make ground around the this 2nd round cup encounter. Oxford were massive favorites, rucks and exert pressure on the home sides scrum and lineout. however, as the game paned out, they didn’t have it all their After a period of exerted pressure the ball was kicked own way. through by Oxford. John Winters did well to get back and gathLuton  came out the blocks firing. They were determined er the ball but was forced to carry over his own line by a strong to keep their 100 percent winning record intact and for large Oxford chase resulting in a 5m scrum to the visitors. chunks of the match they must have felt they had more than a Oxford got the shove on at the scrum and managed to drive chance of producing an upset. Although the home team gave the Luton pack back over the try line, the number 8 dropping a more than valid effort they will be a little disappointed with on the ball for a try under the posts. the way Oxfords forwards dominated. Luton committed far too The try was converted to take the score to 7-3. many bodies into the rucks, so when the ball was out the home Oxford came straight back looking for a second score to kill side were outnumbered. off the game but strong tackling kept them at bay, Ross WilRugby Men's 1st

24-Nov

University of Warwick Men's 3rd

Away

W 21-13

Rugby Women's 1st

24-Nov

St Mary's University College 1st

Away

W 33-30

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liams putting in a number of big hits. Luton found it hard to get the ball moving quickly with the visitors doing well to slow the ball down in the rucks. A strong defensive line from Oxford seemed to have Luton in check until the ball was spread blind from a midfield ruck on half way. Quick hands created an overlap which sent Niall Dunkley racing off down the wing. A pass inside to the supporting John Winters took Luton well inside the Oxford 22 with the visitors scrambling back in defence. From the ruck the ball was spun wide only for a big tackle on Josh Wolfe to force a knock on just short of the line. Oxford regained their composure and steadied themselves, earning a penalty on the Luton 22 which was kicked to make the score 10-3 at half time. The second half began as the first half ended, with Oxford piling on the pressure looking for another score. Luton in comparison began to struggle as their opponents superior fitness began to tell. Midway through the second half Oxford had the try they wanted. After sustained pressure near the Luton 22, the ball was spread wide where gaps appeared in the home sides defence and Oxford sent their centre through for their second try. The conversion was missed. Luton’s defence began to struggle and found themselves back in their 22 with a few minutes left. Quick ball allowed Oxford to spread the ball wide where an overlap appeared sending the winger clear to touch down in the corner. Luton can take heart from the performance against a strong team who remain unbeaten. By Matt Stratton


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November - Deceber Results & Fixtures 2010-11 BEDFORD TEAM

DATE

OPPOSITION

HOME / AWAY

Basketball Men's 1st

08-Dec

University of Leicester Men's 1st

Home

League

Football Women's 1st

08-Dec

University of Birmingham Women's 2nd

Home

League

Rugby Men's 1st

08-Dec

University of Northampton Men's 1st

Home

League

Rugby Women's 1st

08-Dec

University of Birmingham Women's 1st

Home

League

Tennis Women's 1st

08-Dec

University of Warwick Women's 2nd

Home

League

Basketball Women's 1st

08-Dec

University of Cambridge Women's 1st

Away

League

Rugby Men's 2nd

08-Dec

University of Nottingham Men's 4th

Away

League

Badminton Women's 1st

12-Jan

Oxford University Women's 1st

Away

League

Basketball Women's 1st

19-Jan

University of Nottingham Women's 1st

Home

League

Football Men's 3rd

19-Jan

University of Cambridge Men's 2nd

Home

League

Rugby Men's 1st

19-Jan

University of Nottingham Men's 4th

Home

League

Tennis Men's 1st

19-Jan

University of East Anglia Men's 2nd

Home

League

Badminton Women's 1st

19-Jan

University of Warwick Women's 2nd

Away

League

Hockey Women's 2nd

19-Jan

Harper Adams University College Women's 2nd

Away

League

Rugby Men's 2nd

19-Jan

Oxford Brookes University Men's 2nd

Away

League

Badminton Women's 1st

26-Jan

Nottingham Trent University Women's 1st

Home

League

Football Women's 1st

26-Jan

University of Leicester Women's 1st

Home

League

Netball 2nd

26-Jan

University of Nottingham 5th

Home

League

Netball 3rd

26-Jan

Newman College 1st

Home

League

Tennis Men's 1st

26-Jan

University of Cambridge Men's 2nd

Home

League

Basketball Women's 1st

26-Jan

Nottingham Trent University Women's 1st

Away

League

Netball 1st

26-Jan

University of Worcester 1st

Away

League

Rugby Men's 1st

26-Jan

Oxford Brookes University Men's 2nd

Away

League

Rugby Men's 2nd

26-Jan

University of East Anglia Men's 1st

Away

League

Football Men's 1st

02-Feb

University of Bedfordshire (Bedford) Men's 2nd

Home

League

Football Men's 3rd

02-Feb

University of Worcester Men's 3rd

Home

League

Football Men's 4th

02-Feb

Oxford Brookes University Men's 4th

Home

League

Football Women's 2nd

02-Feb

Nottingham Trent University Women's 2nd

Home

League

Hockey Men's 1st

02-Feb

University of Nottingham Men's 4th

Home

League

Hockey Women's 2nd

02-Feb

Nottingham Trent University Women's 4th

Home

League

Netball 1st

02-Feb

University of Warwick 1st

Home

League

Rugby Men's 1st

02-Feb

University of Bedfordshire (Bedford) Men's 2nd

Home

League

Rugby Women's 1st

02-Feb

University of Warwick Women's 1st

Home

League

Tennis Women's 1st

02-Feb

Nottingham Trent University Women's 1st

Home

League

Football Men's 2nd

02-Feb

University of Bedfordshire (Bedford) Men's 1st

Away

League

Hockey Women's 1st

02-Feb

Loughborough University Women's 4th

Away

League

Netball 2nd

02-Feb

De Montfort University 1st

Away

League

Netball 3rd

02-Feb

University of Leicester 2nd

Away

League

Rugby Men's 2nd

02-Feb

University of Bedfordshire (Bedford) Men's 1st

Away

League

Rugby Women's 1st

02-Feb

University of Warwick Women's 1st

Home

League

Tennis Women's 1st

02-Feb

Nottingham Trent University Women's 1st

Home

League

Football Men's 2nd

02-Feb

University of Bedfordshire (Bedford) Men's 1st

Away

League

Hockey Women's 1st

02-Feb

Loughborough University Women's 4th

Away

League

Netball 2nd

02-Feb

De Montfort University 1st

Away

League

Netball 3rd

02-Feb

University of Leicester 2nd

Away

League

Rugby Men's 2nd

02-Feb

University of Bedfordshire (Bedford) Men's 1st

Away

League

Lights out for cup dream UoB (Luton) 1 1-1 University of Notst

tingham 4th (Nottingham win 4-3 on penalties) Luton’s interest in the BUCS Football Cup ended in farce as the 1st team crashed out in extraordinary fashion to a team two divisions below them. An accident on the motorway caused the Nottingham team to arrive at 3 o’clock, a full hour after the scheduled kick-off time. With light already fading it was agreed by the captains that both teams would press ahead with the tie regardless, playing 30 minutes a half instead of the regulation 45 minutes each way. Having waited over two hours for the game to begin, Luton started poorly and were immediately put under pressure by a hungry and determined Nottingham side.

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Barely 15 minutes in, a lapse in concentration from Dennis Nyarko in a relatively unthreatening position allowed the opposition an unchallenged strike at goal, which was impressively dispatched from 25 yards, giving Nottingham the lead they richly deserved. With light fading dramatically, the vociferous Luton support were probably glad of the fact that they couldn’t see what was happening in front of them. Luton failed to muster a shot on target in the remainder of the first half, and it was at half-time that the home side finally began to live up to their tag as favourites. Almost immediately after half-time a through-ball from Christopher Lewis offered a chance to fellow striker Obi Nene, who stylishly lobbed the keeper to grab his first goal of the season. Lewis and Nene were the pick of the bunch for Luton, linking up time and time again to produce some outstanding saves from the Nottingham goalkeeper,

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LUTON TEAM

DATE

OPPOSITION

HOME / AWAY

MATCH TYPE

Football Men's 2nd

08-Dec

University of Warwick Men's 4th

Home

League

Football Women's 1st

08-Dec

Oxford Brookes University Women's 1st

Home

Cup

Rugby Men's 2nd

08-Dec

University of Derby (Buxton) Men's 1st

Home

League

Football Men's 4th

08-Dec

Oxford Brookes University Men's 4th

Away

League

Rugby Men's 2nd

08-Dec

Staffordshire University Men's 3rd

Away

League

Rugby Women's 2nd

08-Dec

University of East Anglia Women's 1st

Away

League

Basketball Women's 1st

08-Dec

Coventry University Women's 1st

Away

League

Hockey Women's 1st

19-Jan

Loughborough University Women's 4th

Home

League

Hockey Men's 1st

19-Jan

De Montfort University Men's 1st

Away

Cup

Football Men's 3rd

19-Jan

Staffordshire University Men's 6th

Away

League

Football Men's 2nd

19-Jan

University of Warwick Men's 4th

Away

League

Rugby Men's 2nd

26-Jan

University of Northampton Men's 2nd

Home

League

Football Women's 1st

26-Jan

University of Nottingham Women's 3rd

Home

League

Basketball Women's 1st

26-Jan

University of Northampton Women's 1st

Away

League

Football Men's 2nd

26-Jan

Staffordshire University Men's 5th

Away

League

Hockey Men's 1st

26-Jan

Anglia Ruskin University Men's 1st

Away

League

Netball Women's 1st

26-Jan

Nottingham Trent University 4th

Away

League

Rugby Men's 1st

26-Jan

De Montfort University Men's 2nd

Away

League

Rugby Women's 1st

26-Jan

University of Nottingham Women's 2nd

Away

League

Basketball Men's 1st

02-Feb

University of Cambridge Men's 2nd

Home

League

Football Men's 2nd

02-Feb

Staffordshire University Men's 5th

Home

League

Football Men's 3rd

02-Feb

Staffordshire University Men's 6th

Home

League

Netball Women's 1st

02-Feb

University of Lincoln 2nd

Home

League

Rugby Men's 2nd

02-Feb

University of Derby (Buxton) Men's 1st

Home

League

Basketball Women's 1st

02-Feb

Anglia Ruskin University (Cambridge) Women's 1st Away

League

Football Men's 1st

02-Feb

University of East Anglia Men's 1st

Away

League

Football Men's 4th

02-Feb

Anglia Ruskin University (Cambridge) Men's 2nd

Away

League

Rugby Men's 1st

02-Feb

University of Northampton Men's 2nd

Away

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the most notable being an acrobatic scissor kick from Lewis that seemed destined to hit the back of the net. Again Luton were frustrated as Captain Anthony Kew rattled the crossbar with a thunderous half-volley, before Lewis was denied once more by the Nottingham ‘keeper who was by this stage keeping his tiring team in the game almost singlehandedly. With the light all but gone, and the game rapidly turning into a shambles, the referee blew the full-time whistle. With no light or time to play extra-time, it was decided that the game would go straight to penalties. All of the first six penalties were successfully converted before Nyarko’s weak effort was comfortably caught by the Nottingham goalkeeper. Nottingham dispatched their next effort, meaning that the responsibility fell to Nathaniel Beckett to keep Luton in the game, and he proceeded to smash his effort against the

crossbar leaving Luton to ponder what might have been. Theoretically this was a game that Luton should have won comfortably, but in reality the darkness was extremely dangerous for both teams and the 60-minute match was simply a game that shouldn’t have gone ahead. By Alex Raspin Luton: Stone, Olowo-Okere, Beckett, Jones, Phillips, Kabuye (Omotosho 50), Nyarko, Kew, Aga, Nene, Lewis.


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STOPS PLAY!  

November was an exciting month for our University sports teams - but early December has seen mostly postponements due to the adverse weather conditions up and down the country! The 10th November saw Basketball Men’s (Luton) 1st beat Cranfield Men’s 1st 79-59, Netball (Luton) 1st continuing their unbeaten league run against Newman College 1st by winning 36-29, and Rugby Men’s (Luton) 1st dominate Staffordshire Men’s 3rd in a match which saw them win 51-3. Rugby Men’s (Bedford) 2nd thrashed Anglia Ruskin (Cambridge) Men’s 1st 55-0, and Football Women’s (Bedford) 1st beat Bristol Women’s 1st 4-2.    The high scores continued  at the Bedford Campus on the 17th November as Football Men’s (Bedford) 3rd heavily defeated Coventry Men’s 3rd 10-0, Rugby Men’s (Bedford) 1st beat Anglia Ruskin (Cambridge) Men’s 1st 63-10,

and Netball (Bedford) 2nd narrowly beat Nottingham 4th 31-27. On the Luton Campus, Netball (Luton) 1st beat Bedford 3rd 49-21, Rugby Men’s (Luton) 1st beat Aston Men’s 2nd 550, and Football Men’s (Luton) 4th were awarded a walkover against Cranfield Men’s 1st, thus walking away with the 3 points without even kicking a ball!  Highlights from the 24th November included Basketball Women’s (Luton) 1st registering their first win of the season by beating Newman College 1st 89-33, and Football Men’s (Luton) 4th being awarded a second successive walkover against Staffordshire Men’s 4th. On the Bedford campus, Netball (Bedford) 1st thrashed De Montfort 2nd 90-5, Football Men’s (Bedford) 1st beat Derby Men’s 3rds 6-1, and Football Women’s (Bedford) 1st overcome Loughborough Women’s 2nds to win 3-1. 

 The 1st of December brought mainly postponements, due to frozen pitches, ice and snow all over the country. A few matches did proceed however, as Badminton Men’s (Bedford) 1st beat De Montfort Men’s 2nds 7-1, Netball (Bedford)  3rd convincingly beat Nottingham Trent 4th 36-25, and Basketball Women (Bedford) 1st were victorious against Newman College 1st winning 89-33.  At this halfway point in the season, we are well placed to win a number of leagues as the season concludes next term. UBSU wishes all of it’s sport players a very Happy Christmas, but hopes that not everyone gorges on too many mince pies, as the season will kick off again on 19th January 2011. Have a great holiday - and see you soon! By Ciaran O’Brien

UBSU

SPONSORS EXPERIENCED STUDENT

U Tournament of Champions playing against World Number 12 Arslam Iskander(ABOVE), Australian Open playing against World Number 4 David Palmer (BELOW).

YOU CAN’T SQUASH THIS!

BSU is proud to announce that it will be sponsoring one of our students, Adil Maqbool, who is an experienced squash player and has been ranked as high as 66th in the world.  Adil Maqbool, 22, was born and brought up in the UAE. Since the tender age of 3 he has been playing squash under the watchful guidance of his father cum coach, Maqbool Khawaja. Adil was a very well established junior player on international junior squash circuit who at the age of 15 years had already won more than 17 international junior titles from countries as diverse as Scotland, Spain, Germany, Denmark, France, Sweden, Netherlands, England, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore and United States of America. He attained the NO.1 on the ESF International Rankings in the Under 13, 15 and 17 categories.  Being born in Abu Dhabi, the capital of UAE, he has the honor of being the youngest ever UAE Men’s Open Champion at the age of 12, the country’s Number 1 ranked player at the age of 13 and of being the highest ever world ranking player to be born in the UAE, in both the Junior and Senior World Squash Circuits.  By the age of 15 he had already achieved the NO. 1 position in International Junior Under 17 Ranking and at the same time had started the International Senior World Circuit (PSA Circuit). At 15 he quit the junior circuit, and started participating in PSA circuit events. Starting at a ranking of 300+, within a year and a half he broke into the world’s top 100 and achieved a career high ranking of 66 in June ‘09. Since joining the PSA he as spent over 43 months in the top 100. Currently Adil has been on a break form the professional squash tour for the last six months in order to concentrate on finishing his bachelors degree; he is doing his final year in the Computer Science Undergraduate program at the University of Bedfordshire. On finishing his degree in the summer of 2011, Adil

Hong Kong Open playing against former World Number 1 Therriy Lincou

is planning on going full time on the pro tour. He is also representing the Bedfordshire County in the Inter-County championships playing at the No.1 string for the team and has already reached the quarterfinal of the ongoing Beds County Closed Championship. His future fixtures include the CSRC Open 2010 being held in December in Canterbury and the Boston Open 2010 being held the week after. His National (UAE) achievements include being the winner of over 40 National junior titles, 30 National senior titles, and he has been the 7-times Abu Dhabi Open (National Open) Winner. Internationally, he has been the winner of 17 international junior titles and been ranked No.1 in the European junior ranking U13 in 2000, No.1 in the Asian junior ranking Under 13 in 2000, No.1 in the European junior ranking Under 15 in 2002 and No.1 in the European junior ranking Under 17 in 2003. Upcoming international events which he will participate in include: OPEN DU GARD 2011 in France LE SPORT OPEN 2011 in Wales INTERNACIONAL D’SQUASH ESPORTIU in Spain ARTEMIS EDINBURGH OPEN 2011 in Scotland To find out more information about Adil and his global achievements, please visit www.adil-maqbool.com By Ciaran O’Brien


The Blend - Christmas Edition 2010  

This is the third edition of the student newspaper 'The Blend' - Edited and designed by VP Communication - Yinka Adeniyan - email for more i...

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