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Introduction.

November Issue

This Edition: page 4

Season's greetings from everyone at the Bucks Student, and Bucks Students' Union!

Why become a Sabb? Will Hoskin, Student Engagement Coordinator (DMM), speaks to the current team about the benefits of being a sabbatical officer.

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Contributors Will Hoskin • Joe Collins • Jenny Wade • Ohio Orumen Daisy Howells • Georgina Holtby • Grace Yelverton Noel Cornford • Amy Hurst • Jessica Miles • Chloe Bampton Sarah Jackson • Kat Frei • Annisah Sunder • Heather O’Neill John Hogg • Aga Król • Jackie Nkatululu • Adrienne Fitzpatrick Gabi Cihakova • Joanna Chidgey • Hesham Saghir Luke Froud • Chloe Kimber • Jen Stones • Jade Carter Kat Piziurny • Lauren Roberts • Anna Zelazna Jack Blenkinsopp • Julie Botwood • Alix Todd • Zoe Moorton Sian Lipscomb • Greg Pike Want to see your name in the list above? Want to have your writing or artwork on show to thousands of people? Get involved. Email editor@thebucksstudent.com

Advertising For all advertising and media enquiries please contact the Students’ Union Communications and Marketing department. Simon McDowell - simon.mcdowell@bucks.ac.uk Articles in this newspaper do not necessarily represent the views of Bucks Students’ Union but are that of the specific author. View this edition online at bucksstudentsunion.org/communications.

Personal safety Jenny Wade, Vice President Education & Welfare, tells us why personal safety is something to take seriously.

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How employable are you? Sarah Jackson, Human Resources Manager, explains the importance of employability and talks about the sessions we run to help.

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Winterland First Year Music and Live Events Management students put on this year's Bucks Live Presents: Winterland event.

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Loud Mountains EP Joanna Chidgey, Events Promo Assistant, reviews local Wycombe band, Loud Mountains' debut EP.


4 November Issue

Sabbatical officers.

By Will Hoskin, Joe Collins, Jenny Wade & Ohio Orumen

WHY BECOME A SABB?

In March the elections for each of the three sabbatical positions are being contested and for the first time in recent history there are no incumbents in any of the three roles. We decided to ask our current Sabb team why they would recommend running to be a Sabb. Joe Collins, Bucks Students’ Union President For me, being President has turned out to be a dream job. Coming straight out of University, I can’t speak highly enough just how this role has prepared me for the real world. The role is massively varied, (one of the reasons I love it) working in an environment that is ever-changing helps you develop a wide ranging skill set as well as vast amounts of knowledge from the broad range of experiences you’ll be involved in. I decided to run for President not because of the title, but because I felt the role suited me. I consider myself to be a creative thinker, so thinking of new ideas on how to make lives better for students at Bucks is something I thoroughly enjoy and gain personal achievement from. The main thing for me about this job – you actually look forward to work, and a lot of that is down to the staff team within the Union. It’s a great place to work! My advice? Go for it!

Jenny Wade, Bucks Students’ Union Vice President Education & Welfare

Ohio Orumen, Bucks Students’ Union Vice President Student Involvement

I had no clue what to do when my course was coming to an end and a friend suggested I ran for VPEW as I may enjoy it.

It didn’t cross my mind until close to the nomination deadline to run in the Sabbatical Elections, I literally had less than 48 hours to make a decision. Nearly two years on and it has turned out to be the best decision I have ever made.

I had a good understanding of the Students' Union from working as bar staff in the Venue, being course rep and being a committee member of Snowsoc (Snowboarding Society). Through the role, you see the University and Students Union in a completely different light and you get to play a huge role in shaping their direction. Through sitting on 22 different committees, you get to discover first-hand how the institution is run and have the responsibility to represent over 6,000 student views. I’ve had the opportunity to run projects that I really care about, for example the Peace of Mind mental health campaign and have been able to undergo loads of interesting training and conferences. There have been so many changes since my first year at Bucks and I’m proud to have been a part in that. Not everyone can wake up every morning and look forward to going in to work!

Bucks Students’ Union gave me so much as a student and all I wanted to do was give something back. I never imagined I could be such a key influencer on the student experience of so many people. I’ve had the chance to co-lead the organisation of our Varsity fixture, upskill society and sports committee members through committee training; sit on the British University & Colleges Sport (BUCS) Board of Directors as an elected BUCS Officer and lead my own #BucksGirlsCan campaign to empower women to be active and liberate them from judgement. Bucks has changed me and being VPSI has developed my skills both on paper as well as in person. I thoroughly enjoy coming to work knowing that I have amazing colleagues who are there to help me better the student experience. If you’re thinking about running – remember the Nike slogan and Shia LeBeouf… Just do it.

If you are interested in following in the footsteps of Joe, Jenny or Ohio, please register your interest at bucksstudentsunion.org/representation.


National Student Pride weekend returns for its fourth year in London, spanning over three days from 24-26 Feb 2017. With over 1,800 students in attendance from more than 100 different universities across the country, it’s bound to be bigger and better than ever before! Hosted at the University of Westminster, Student Pride Weekend is a fantastic opportunity for Bucks students get involved in a unique and exciting event.

theme night on the Saturday in Heaven Nightclub, an event not to be missed! National Student Pride weekend has been named Best LGBT Event of the Year and is internationally recognised as an agenda-setting event, proving time and again that it is leading in breaking taboos and empowering young minds.

If you’ve never heard of National Student Pride before, now’s the time to learn more. Set up 11 years ago in response to an extremist group seeking to impose their beliefs on campus at Oxford Brookes University, Student Pride has grown considerably since its humble beginnings. The event has achieved significant growth since its move to London and has previously been hosted in Manchester and Brighton.

For many, this could be your first pride and for others you could have been going since its creation. Either way, you’re guaranteed to be in a safe space and have a great time celebrating such a significant event. As a non-profit organisation, all proceeds go back into keeping the event as accessible as possible.

Long before anyone else, their event has helped to capture the extensively celebrated and courageous spirit of the student community and as students of Bucks, you have a fantastic chance to be a part of that too. Tackling homophobia in sport, mental health and being trans, National Student Pride are unafraid to be the first to challenge taboo. The three day spectacle provides a number of activities and opportunities for all attendees to take part in. Over the course of the weekend you will have the chance to meet with panels, sit in on seminars tackling issues at the forefront of the community and attend the largest free LGBT careers fair with head-hunters from over 50 different corporations and community organisations. In addition to these daytime events, Student Pride will be hosting a very special

The best bit? Thanks to the Big Deal (available to all Bucks students), we are able to send you to this amazing event completely free of charge. Leaving early on the Saturday morning from the High Wycombe campus, you will arrive at the venue in time for the careers fair. Shared accommodation will then be provided so you can party in style without the worry of having to leave early to get back. A coach will be ready to return you to High Wycombe on the Sunday – not too early! To sign up and guarantee your place, we ask for a £5 deposit which can be paid through the event on our website. Keep an eye on our What’s On page to see when this is available to book - bucksstudentsunion.org/whatson. We hope to see you there!

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By Daisy Howells

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National student pride.


6 November Issue

Women's officer.

By Georgina Holtby

MEET YOUR PART-TIME OFFICERS:

Georgina Holtby

Women's Officer

Hello everyone! My name is Georgina, currently in my third year studying Dance and Fitness and I am Bucks Students’ Union Women’s Officer. Over the last few weeks I’ve been out and about speaking to students and raising awareness of the role. On Wednesday 9 November I was on Rusty’s Radio for ‘Women’s Hour’ with VPEW Jenny Wade and VPSI Ohio Orumen, during the show I briefly discussed my ideas for the future of women here at Bucks. So, without beating around the bush, Sexual Harassment is a very common occurrence, not only at our university, but in the community, the country, and the whole world. I plan to work with the Sabbs to expand the campaign of ‘#NeverOk’ to ensure that everyone is aware as to WHAT sexual harassment is, HOW to deal with it, and WHEN to watch out for it. It’s very common that people see sexual harassment as men not leaving women alone in a club, or continuous unwanted body contact, but it goes much further than this and it varies from wolf whistling or shouting out of a car, body shaming females for not responding the way they want them to, to even continuously making sexual innuendos via texts/calls, and general chit chat thinking that the woman may be enjoying it. During the past couple of years here at Bucks, it’s become more frequent that female students feel uncomfortable walking home on their own, not just at night, but during the day aswell. I would like to take the

My second aim is to enhance #BucksGirlsCan to help women feel body confident and sassy enough to go and take part in sporting activities without feeling judged. Attending Fitcamps 2016 allowed me to meet a very inspirational woman called Zoe McNulty, who led classes called ‘Strutology’ and ‘Raunch’. These classes were designed to invite those women who are uncomfortable with their bodies and their appearance, to join together and let loose in a class doing dance fitness to motivational and empowering music (everyone loves some Beyonce and JLo, right?). I would love to bring this inspiration to our Uni by creating classes for all the ladies out there who need to come out of your shells and reveal the inner goddess’s that I know you are hiding. There are already many opportunities with the FREE Big Deal classes, bookable through the Gateway Reception, these classes including Ladies Only Zumba, Spin, Body Circuits, Cardio Funk and more. There are also Sport for Fun Sessions such as Netball, Yoga, Volleyball & Cheerleading which are great ways to get out there. If you would like to try any of these classes out but don’t feel comfortable going alone, feel free to email me at suwomensofficer@bucks.ac.uk and when available I will come along with you,I can also be found on Facebook by searching for ‘Georgina Holtby’.

‘#NeverOk’ campaign further outside of the university

#NeverOk

and take it into the community, speaking to shop

#Holtby4Equality

owners, workers and drivers making them aware of what may be happening on the streets and what they can do to help.

#BucksGirlsCan #DamnRightILookHot


CIRCUMSTANCES We’ve almost reached the end of term (can you believe it?), and there's a lot to look forward to with a break from university. The opportunity for festive fun and welcoming a new year might just be enough to brighten our spirits now that the days are darker for much longer. But with the end of term looming those assignment deadlines and exams are fast approaching too. With the best planning in the world, there are occasions where something unexpected happens that causes a serious disruption to study. If this happens, ask The Advice Centre or Faculty Registrar for information about an Extension or Mitigating Circumstances. If it is obvious that an upcoming deadline cannot be met, it is best to ask the Tutor for an extension to make up the time lost. Extension requests can be made up to two working days after the assessment deadline. A claim for mitigating circumstances can be made where there has been “a serious disruption of studies caused by circumstances which are beyond the student’s control and which occurred in the period immediately preceding or during the completion of assessment tasks”. Claims need to be made within 15 working days of the assessment deadline or exam so no matter what has happened, get in contact as soon as possible to make sure there are no further issues caused by making a late claim.

Evidence is essential for making a successful claim so the best thing to do if there is an issue is see your GP or other professional service at the time, speak to the Advice Centre about what evidence might be necessary for your particular claim. Check out the University's helpful Mitigating Circumstances policy at bit.ly/2gedVCS and the regulations at: bucks.ac.uk/regulations.

Evidence is essential for making a successful claim... The Students’ Union Advisors are more than happy to offer guidance when it comes to University processes, so do not hesitate to get in touch. For High Wycombe call 01494 603 016, or for Uxbridge, 01494 605 180. You can also drop in to make an appointment. The important thing to remember is, if something does start to go wrong just before a hand in date or on the day of an exam, let your Faculty know and ask what you can do. The Advice Centre always welcome comments and suggestions about what students would like information on. If you have anything you would like to suggest in relation to academic issues, money, housing or any other issue, you can let us know by emailing us: suadvice@bucks.ac.uk.

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MITIGATING

by Grace Yelverton

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Mitigating circumstances.


8 November Issue

Personal safety.

By Jenny Wade

PERSONAL SAFETY

2016 marks the 30th Anniversary of the tragic disappearance of Estate Agent Suzy Lamplugh, who has remained missing ever since. Suzy, just 25 years old, disappeared on 28 July 1986 whilst out meeting a prospective client in South West London. Despite years of leads and investigations, Miss Lamplugh’s body was never found and in 1994, she was officially declared dead, presumably murdered. It was lunchtime when Suzy left her office to meet ‘Mr Kipper’ who was interested in a property – 37 Shorrolds Road, Fulham – as listed on her employer’s books. But by the end of the working day, when Suzy hadn’t returned, worried colleagues called home to find out her whereabouts. Later that evening, her car was found abandoned, unlocked but no trace of Suzy herself. It was a crime that shocked the nation. How could a young, professional woman just disappear in a vibrant and busy London suburb in broad daylight? It put into question the safety of those working alone, and not just at night or in secluded or troublesome locations. Suzy’s legacy remains with us to this day via the charity set up by her parents in her name. The Suzy Lamplugh Trust provides support, advice and education for those who work alone – like Suzy – or victims of stalking. Suzy was described as a confident young woman who knew how to manage herself; the problem was she hadn’t been taught how to keep herself safe. Paul and Diana Lamplugh initially set up the charity in their home to increase awareness in light of Suzy’s tragic disappearance. The trust has since grown over the past 30 years to keep people safe from violence and aggression. Milestones achieved by the charity include: campaigning for private hire vehicle licensing in London, being instrumental in bringing about the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 which dealt with stalkers, producing an award winning video about safe independence for young people and setting up the National Stalking Helpline. The Trust has also delivered personal safety training to over 50,000 people since its inception. Sadly, despite many investigations over the years and viable suspects interviewed, there’s never been enough evidence to prosecute. Suzy’s disappearance wasn’t the first or last to happen in the UK, but it was a tragic story that touched the nation’s

hearts and opened eyes to the dangers of working alone and not having a personal safety plan. Bucks Students’ Union is committed to raising awareness of personal safety and has put a lot of initiatives in place over the past few years to ensure students feel safe. Here are a few small steps you can take: • Grab a free personal alarm from the Advice Centre at either the High Wycombe or Uxbridge Campus by showing your student ID • Attend one of the free personal safety training courses we will be running throughout the year • Take advantage of the free SSHH bus, driving students from the Venue to their doorstep after a night out • Watch our ‘quick tips’ video for simple ways to protect yourself: youtube.com/watch?v=CnRRVr3otnk • For more information and support, visit the personal safety campaign page on our website - bucksstudentsunion.org/support/campaigns/personalsafety If you have any concerns regarding your own, or others safety you can contact us via email suadvice@bucks.ac.uk or come and see us - you can find our offices on Ground floor North Wing in High Wycombe or 1st Floor in Uxbridge.


ALCOHOL IMPACT Bucks Students’ Union and Bucks New University have now reached the stage of submitting our Alcohol Impact campaign evidence and will be assessed by our students on 7-8 Dec.

The past year has been an interesting journey in discovering social behaviours and drinking patterns of students. Learning what non-drinking members of the community look for in our provisions and how we go about catering for everyone in our venues and spaces. We have just finished the second year of the national Alcohol Impact survey too and will soon have results to compare our progress and awareness from last years stats. Alcohol Impact is an ongoing University and community project and we will continue to improve our offering, raise standards and actively continue learning as we go. Alcohol Impact ambassador Amy Hurst has written a second article for the Bucks Student sharing her outlook of the project and her experiences working with both the SMART and Alcohol Impact: ‘Substance misuse’ is a taboo subject that, more often than not, individuals consider themselves above and resistant to. During my second year of studying BSc Social Work, I completed a 70-day placement at Smart in High Wycombe. Smart provides initial support for individuals who experience various levels of substance dependency. My role within the organisation began with learning policies and procedures as well as completing required training. I then advanced to supporting individuals on a one to one basis as well as facilitating group sessions. As a student at university, there is often a lot of pressure to keep up with an expected lifestyle of regular drinking, partying and socialising whilst also achieving well. For some, this may work – there are those people (much to my annoyance) who seem to live Motivating individuals who want to achieve abstinence up to all these ‘student lifestyle’ expectations whilst from regular substance use is a key role of the support also achieving good results within their academic that Smart offers. However, Smart also provides advice studies. However, for many of us, this lifestyle can and guidance for safe practice for those who aren’t prove too much. ready to begin the journey of recovery. When exploring further into the world of substance When attending the Students' Union we were armed misuse, I realised how non-discriminatory this issue with information leaflets about various substances, is. By this, I mean that individuals from all walks of life, a supply of free condoms and a breathalyser. The from every social class and with varying experiences most popular attraction was the box of condoms that can find themselves needing support to gain back the we had on our table which supported Smart’s safe control that they once had. practice guidance. Towards the end of my placement, Noel from Bucks Students' Union got in contact and asked if we could attend a Students' Union event night to raise awareness of what Smart has to offer. We agreed, and got planning!

Understandably, students were a bit apprehensive when asked if they wanted to be breathalysed. However, once reassured that it was just to raise awareness of the units within the alcohol already consumed, individuals were keen to give it a go.

I worked with individuals who have had difficulty controlling their drinking habits from the day they drank their first WKD, whilst others found themselves on a slippery slope of losing control after years of just being able to drink socially in a pub garden.

For me, Smart was my first experience within the area of substance misuse. I really didn’t know what to expect. After simply saying ‘hello’ to the clients I would be working with, any preconceived thoughts and fears that I had were banished. I am able to see now how easily it is for individuals to lose that first inch of control which could either act as a wake up call or as the first push on the slippery slope of dependency. Raising awareness will hopefully encourage individuals to not only think carefully about their lifestyles but will also inspire them to help others who find themselves needing that extra bit of support and encouragement. Want to get involved with Alcohol Impact? We are looking for Ambassadors to work with us on various events and campaigns and two Students to be our assessors on 7-8 Dec on behalf of NUS. Get in touch with noel.cornford@bucks.ac.uk or pop into the Students’ Union offices on the ground floor of North block for more info.

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By Noel Cornford and Amy Hurst

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Alcohol impact.


10 November Issue

Creative writing.

By Jessica Miles & Chloe Bampton

CREATIVE WRITING Daydreamers are unique. You can make assumptions about them all you like but they are still unique. They aren’t lazy or bored or not simply paying attention, they are using their heads more than most people are in a single day. They can dream up worlds and situations quicker than most people can. They can come up with idea at a blink of an eye, rather like a magic trick. Daydreamers can live a million different lives all in the space of a day without having to move from the space they are in. While people are stuck watching the world around them, daydreamers are running from monsters or battling fierce dragons, helping their favourite characters with their problems, or maybe just living a different life to what they already have. They don’t grow old and wither away, they grow up and get more creative with life. And sometimes

their daydreams become reality for them. Daydreamers can show the world how to live again and how to see colour when all people can see is the grey around them.

Fat! Ugly! Whore! Hoe! Bitch! Slut! Slag! Skinny! Skanky!

People say that they are away with the fairies or in their own world, but Daydreams know the fairies and the other world so it’s okay.

Sexy! Gorgeous! Pretty! Stunning! We don't listen to them because we've

Truly it is.

an attractive heart?

Maybe you’re a daydreamer. Maybe you have been told to get your head out of the clouds or to stop dreaming and pay attention. Well here is some advice.

We don't believe we are Beautiful, Sexy, Gorgeous, Pretty because we listen

Never Stop.

ARE stunning.

You are unique. And special. That won’t ever change. Why should you change for them when they don’t change for you?

Don't let someone get you down based on looks, personality, the person you

We've all heard it before, but what happens when we actually start believing we are these things and we try calling for help but no-one listens and so block everyone out? When we finally find someone who calls us Beautiful!

been called so many names that we start to believe that they are what we are. What is better; an attractive person and an ugly heart or an ugly person with

to all the negative comments but we decide to ignore all the positive ones, because we don't believe we are those words. You ARE beautiful. You ARE Sexy! You ARE gorgeous. You ARE pretty. You

are. They are wrong, they don't know you or your story! So I may not know you right now, but you should ignore all the hate and focus on the positive vibes people bring you, they are your true friends, fake ones will talk about

Enjoy being a daydreamer, and enjoy your daydreams. But most importantly remember this. Daydreamers are unique.

you and destroy you, but real ones won't care. They will stick by you, stand up for you, help you through good and bad times. Someone like that is a keeper.

by Jessica Miles

by Chloe Bampton

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AGONY AUNT - MISS DIAGNOSED Miss Diagnosed tackles your problems, big or small. To get her advice, please email your question or problem to missdiagnosedblogger@gmail.com and we'll do our best to print her solutions! If you would prefer to be kept anonymous, that's fine too.

I have just got into a fairly new relationship and I know christmas is around the corner. However, I’m not sure what to get my new partner for Christmas? Any tips?

With all my deadlines due, I’m becoming really stressed and weighed down. Any suggestions on how to balance my workload?

I hope this helps.

- Anonymous I wouldn't get them something too expensive. Maybe a small bottle of perfume or some sweets or just something that they would appreciate. Try to find out some of their hobbies and get inspiration from that. For example, if they like to travel, get them something related to it like a scratch off world map.

- Miss Diagnosed

- Anonymous It is said that for every 20 minutes of work you should take a five minute break. This method is usually used for revision but I think it’d work for assignments as well. I also suggest that you try to do your work on the day that the assignment is set or more explained by your lecturer as the information will still be fresh in your mind. I personally have made an alarm one or two weeks in advance from my assignment due date in order to ready myself for motivation and to notify myself of the upcoming deadline. I do not recommend overworking yourself, as they say; Work Hard, Play Hard.

I’m worried about my girlfriend. She doesn’t think that anyone in our class is her friend and I don’t know how to convince her that they all actually like her. What should I do? - Anonymous I would recommend just comforting her. In time she will start to realise that everyone likes her in your class. Just being there for her may make her feel more comfortable and perhaps trying to help her interact with her classmates will help her become more open.

I hope this helps.

I hope this helps.

- Miss Diagnosed

- Miss Diagnosed

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12 November Issue

Employability.

By Sarah Jackson

HOW EMPLOYABLE ARE YOU?

Bucks Students’ Union continually strives to make life better for its members whilst they are studying, but we also want you to succeed when you leave with your degree. How employable you are should be on your mind throughout your time at university, not just in the months leading up to you leaving. The more skills and experiences you can gain during your time here, the more prepared you will be for the world of work and a successful future. Thanks to The Big Deal, many of the experiences you will need are offered FREE of charge giving you the opportunity to develop your transferable skills. Whether you develop these transferable skills through our societies, volunteering opportunities, sports team or by attending an activity you can be secure in the knowledge that you will be more work ready than graduates of other institutions. Following feedback from you as to how employable you think you are, here’s how we can help you to succeed:

“I'm so scared to go into my industry and I don't know if it's what I want to do” Whether you are clear on your career path or not, there is great value in skilling up! Many of our skills sessions are generic to any industry giving the opportunity to gain additional certification in the following: emergency first aid, paediatric first aid, public speaking and much more.

Our Business Pathway Workshop, starting on Tuesday 29 November, can help you establish where you want to go and can be booked through our website. In addition, the Careers Department at the University can provide 1 to 1 advice on your chosen career path at their drop in sessions held Monday to Friday from 1-4pm in the Library at the High Wycombe Campus. Drop in days are held at Uxbridge on the first Friday of each month.

“I don't really know what certificates I need for being my desired graduate role” Come and talk to us! We can work with your course leaders and lecturers to provide sessions that are course-specific and will assist you in securing your desired role. The Careers Department can also work with your course to host a dedicated careers fair or an employer Q&A for your industry. Your lecturers just need to contact them.

“I didn't even know we had a careers department” Bucks New University Careers Department is based on the first floor of North Wing at the High Wycombe

Campus. In addition to the drop in days, you are welcome to contact them to discuss support that will be relevant to you. Student Success Ambassadors can come into your lectures to inform your class of all the services on offer – make the most of it and get in touch.

“I rarely receive information regarding potential career choices or opportunities” Register on MyBucksCareer. Doing this in year 1 would be best but it is available to all students and don’t think it’s too late! From the careers page on the Bucks website (bucks.ac.uk), click on the MyBucksCareer link and use your usual Blackboard log in to sign in. There is a huge range of resources available here including online self-development modules, a career planner, mock interview scenarios and templates for CV’s and cover letters. You can also search available jobs nationwide. A regular ‘careers newsletter’ will then be sent to you ensuring you always know what’s current in your industry. To sign-up to any of our FREE skills sessions, visit the What’s On page on our website. For more information you can pop into the Union offices or drop us an email at sutraining@bucks.ac.uk.


For many of us the election results on November 8th in the USA were shocking and pretty frightening. People have since been questioning how this is going to affect the lives of women, Muslims, ethnic minorities and the LGBT+ community not just in America, but also here in the UK. As a woman who has grown up in a culturally diverse community, the result has made

Anonymous: “In my opinion, I can sit here and wonder why would America choose

me question which direction the world is moving. Coming to Bucks and now living

Donald Trump? Was Hilary Clinton not good enough? Well the decision has been

in High Wycombe, a place which is so wonderfully diverse, I thought it important to

made and Donald Trump is officially the new president of America. In all honesty

hear from students and staff about how they feel since hearing the result…

I don’t believe he was elected because he was the right person for the job or

Annisah Sunder: “The Trump election results were shocking as I knew from before

because the majority of America is racist. I think people just wanted change and

they were revealed that if he was ever voted in power it would be very restricting and ultimately scary for people of ethnic minorities, immigrants and people of the

Trump was the face of change. In life to get something you never had, you have to do something you have never done. Therefore I think they took that risk in order for

Muslim faith. Even though I don't live in America, just knowing that someone with

them to get the change they never had.”

such a strong headed attitude is in power gives rise to 'justified' hate crimes not only

Ohio Orumen: “The fact that a clearly racist, misogynistic and ignorant man

in the US but also in the UK.”

endorsed by the KKK is now President-Elect of the USA is a shame. I expect hate crimes in the US to increase tenfold because people with the same mind-set will be thinking, "If Trump can act like that and become President, so can I". Hopefully with time, Trump sees the error of his ways and is a better fit for the role than we think.” Heather O’Neill: “I was so disappointed when I heard the results that Donald Trump was the new president. It was heart-breaking to think about how the LGBT community, people of colour and women will be affected by his win. America made a very bad decision!” Anonymous: “In light of the events of both Brexit and Trump's election, there are two things that truly shock and frighten me. One is the fact that people seem to be perfectly fine discriminating against others for things they can't control, be it skin colour, nationality, sexuality or even gender. The second thing that scares me is the death of intellectualism and the complacency of the general public to prefer a series of comforting lies over a bitter truth. The promises made by both Trump and the Leave Campaign in Britain were practically made to be broken, and the division they've caused is shocking, especially since the exact same people are now calling for unity after actively dividing the people into "Us vs Them". Some people went and voted with their hearts instead of their heads - which would be fine, if it weren't the future of an entire nation, and possibly the planet, at stake. And it scares me to think that liars and criminals are the ones who could well be dictating our futures” John Hogg: “The recent political turn to the far right is shocking. That inept not-evenpoliticians can be raised to the highest offices based on nothing more than flailing hatred without any ideas is frankly evil. But ultimately they have no power, as they have no idea what they are doing and the people they are representing are still in the minority. Instead it is the people hiding in their shadows, the violent racists, the conversion therapy touting extremists, the rape apologists that are the real menace. But people like Donald are allowing the normalisation of people like this having office and power and media spotlight and it is a real, harrowing worry for the world. Donald and Farage and Johnson are ultimately jokes, but they are by no means harmless.”

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By Kat Frei, Annisah Sunder, Ohio Orumen, Heather O’Neill, John Hogg and Anonymous

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14 November Issue

Student kitchen.

By Aga Król

CHEWY CHRISTMAS BISCUITS Ingredients for biscuits:

110g margarine

110g caster sugar

110g golden syrup

225g self-raising flour

2 tsp ground ginger

2 tsp Lotus Biscoff spread (optional – it makes biscuits taste even more delicious) Ingredients for decorating:

1 bar white chocolate

Christmas sprinkles

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To prepare:

Preheat the oven to 180oc and grease a baking tray or lay it with baking paper.

Melt the margarine, caster sugar, golden syrup and Biscoff spread gently in a pan over a medium heat.

In a big bowl, prepare all of the dry ingredients.

Once everything has melted and is entirely combined, move the mixture to the big bowl and mix the dough.

Once it’s cool enough to handle, roll the dough into 50p-sized balls and place them on your tray. The biscuits will grow so leave some space between them. To make them look even nicer, you can use a teaspoon to flatten dough balls.

Put the baking tray into the oven for about 10-12 minutes, or until biscuits are golden-brown on edges.

Remove tray from the oven, let the biscuits cool down so they will not fall apart. Once cool, biscuits are ready to be decorated! To decorate: Break the chocolate bar into pieces, put them into a bowl and melt in the microwave. Put the writing icing pens in a cup with hot (not boiling!) water, heads down.

Let your creativity do its thing!

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Exciting, affordable, winter fun for all the family! Skating Rink // Ferris Wheel // Fairground Rides // Face Painting // Bouncy Castle // Food Traders // Live Music Stages // Market Stalls Bucks Live presents ’Winterland’, a family fun day hosted by Bucks New University Music and Live Events Management Students. ‘Winterland’ takes place on Saturday 3rd December 2016 between 11am and 5pm at the Bucks New University Campus in High Wycombe. The Bucks live team are returning with an invitation to High Wycombe and its surrounding communities to join in the fun at our Winter Extravaganza. Winterland will feature an exciting array of Winter-Themed fun for all of the family, including an all weather skating rink, a Ferris Wheel, Fairground Rides, Hot Food and Drinks and the ever popular indoor ‘Inflatable Zone’.

There will also be great entertainment on two separate stages, including live music from fantastic artists who have recently featured on Radio 1’s BBC Introducing Series, The Holmer Green School Choir and Rock Band, Jack Little from Bicester’s Rock School and acoustic duo Poor Ballads. Even more exciting artists and performers will be added shortly. Entry to Winterland is FREE, the fun begins at 11am and will run until 5pm. A 30 minute session on the skating rink can be booked in advance at and costs only £5 for everyone. Advance booking is recommended as spaces will be limited on the day. Tickets can be booked through SEE Tickets at: bit.ly/2fBws8D.

Children’s wristbands for unlimited rides on the Ferris Wheel and Fairground Rides and admission to The Inflatable Zone are an additional £5 and will only be available on the day from the Box Office. Come on down and join us to enjoy some Winter fun at Winterland! Follow us: Facebook: /BucksLivePresents Twitter: @BucksLivePrsnt Instagram: /bucksliveprsnt Website: buckslive.co.uk For further information email: buckslivepresents@gmail.com

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By Jackie Nkatululu, Adrienne Fitzpatrick and Gabi Cihakova

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20 November Issue

Loud Mountains EP review.

By Joanna Chidgey

LOUD MOUNTAINS On Friday 11 November, local band Loud Mountains released their debut EP Love One Another. Formed by Sean and his brother Kevin Duggan who originally hailed from Connecticut before moving to the UK to pursue their music careers. Sean lives in Wycombe and currently studies Spatial Design here at Bucks and is the cowriter, mandolin player and one of the lead vocals alongside his brother. The EP is introduced with Walking On A Ton, which starts with a typically Americana guitar riff and is soon met with the full band sound, featuring a harmonica and perfect harmonies. Kevin’s voice is really given the opportunity to shine during Waking Up, when it starts with him singing accompanied only by an acoustic guitar. Likewise, Sean sings lead vocals in Eloise, which despite being one of the slower and more heartfelt songs, still incorporates slidey electric guitar parts and beautiful harmonies from the Duggans. Walking On A Ton, She’s A Fire and Lethal Remedy are the more typically Americana and upbeat tracks, but Lethal Remedy also manages to mash with a 50s rock sound, especially in the verses and the guitar solo. Sean has said that Loud Mountains’ influences come from who he and Kevin grew up listening to, “Tom Petty, Counting Crows, Third Eye Blind, Whiskeytown, Bright Eyes, Ryan Adams and Conor Oburst. Our love for the Americana genre

and roots music also has a huge influence on the songs we write”. Loud Mountains are releasing this EP through Clubhouse Records, a leading Americana label. Co-founder Tristan Tipping has said that “Americana is based on song-driven music, roots and traditional instrumentation. It’s a very broad spectrum, taking a lot from country and folk, and Loud Mountains sit at the rockier end of the genre”. He also expresses how delighted the label is to be releasing the band’s debut EP. “We have been bowled over by their raucous live shows, I guarantee you’ll be blown away by their live performance”. Loud Mountains will be performing at The Snug in High Wycombe on Tuesday 29 November, AKAs Banbury on Friday 16 December and at Brooklyn Bowl in London supporting Danny and the Champions of the World on Saturday 17 December. For more information check loudmountains.com. Love One Another is available now to buy on iTunes at £3.95, stream on Spotify and Apple Music. Physical copies can be bought from the band’s online store loudmountains.bigcartel.com or clubhouserecords.co.uk.


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22 November Issue

Game review.

By Hesham Saghir

Shooters have gone through a dramatic shift of late – beige, bland shooters, filled with corridors almost feel like a thing of the past. One of the shooters I believe started this shift in the genre is Titanfall. With its expansive movement options and speed., it really gave the genre the shot in the arm it desperately needed. Even Call Of Duty, (which the Titanfall developers created) expanded on their movement, with wall running and double jumping. That with the thematic change are telltale signs of being inspired by Titanfall. The game really goes for spectacle and the feeling of empowerment, through amazing little instances of what I can only describe as hype. Everything about the game feels fluid, kinetic and exciting! Very little of it is scripted, creating a thrilling experience. You begin to run on foot much like any other shooter. Aiming down sights shooting at enemies, standard stuff that will suffice for the early game. Then Titans are introduced into the mix, as well as players who are taking full advantage of the game's mechanics. You attempt to wall run which helps you gain momentum. It doesn't feel tacked on in any way as

you can use it to climb to vantage points, you may even use it for a quick escape. Incorporating it with your grappling hook allows you to zip around while carrying the momentum from the wall run. All of this movement and action without a single button prompt. It all feels very organic, creating exciting scenarios with the mechanics provided.

dealt with from afar. Make sure to use the terrain to your advantage. As previously mentioned you gain a lot of speed and momentum from wall running so incorporate that into your strategy. Maybe even consider taking anti-Titan weapons like grenade launchers, or rocket launchers when dealing with titans wielding swords.

When you activate stim the whole world begins to blur as you feel yourself propelled with unprecedented speed. Everything around you bends and shifts as if you were about to break time itself. Capable of leaping distances not thought possible, propelling across the battlefield.

More importantly, know when you are at a disadvantage and pick your battles. There may only be one titan but there may also be an enemy pilot who is equally effective at taking you out while you are mounting his or her ally.

Wall running with this perk active gives you a thrilling sense of motion. Not only can you use this to hunt down your enemies, but if a Titan notices you activating this ability it’s useful for a hasty retreat. Titans act as player-controlled bosses. Each Mech is unique and can be handled in different ways. The slower ones can be approached more directly. Whereas the smaller and faster ones are best

My recommendation for Titanfall 2 comes from the fact this game is a complete package. The story mode is great and is an amazing way to introduce you to all the mechanics bit by bit. There are some genuinely funny moments too, which is a rarity in this type of big budget game. The story mode along with the multi-player does a fantastic job making you feel like a protagonist of your own super robot anime.


‘What’s this?’ I hear you say, ‘A game starring Genghis Khan and George W Bush?’ No. I, of course, refer to the PS2 classic game series - God of War. Through the trilogy of hack and slash games, the player stars as Kratos, a Spartan General during Ancient Greece - the times that the gods of Olympus ruled all . Kratos starts as a warrior in the Spartan army, and by the end of the trilogy he is a God killing machine, who at this point has completely murdered every God on Olympus (except Aphrodite), as well as taken down some of the most fearsome creatures in Greek mythology: including a Hydra, Medusa and even Harpies. He even took on legends such as Hercules, Cronos and Icarus.

normally via murdering their original owners. The series also includes platforming and puzzle solving sections, to not only add variety to the game play, but also make the player think. In both battles and in environments, there are quick time events, to keep the player on their toes, as well as emulate the feeling of being on a dangerous adventure.

sound is a treat for the ears, making you feel like you are in a movie like Clash of the Titans. The sounds you hear throughout the game not only immerse you in the game's world, but also gets you hyped for the games best point of all; the bosses.

The graphical side of God of War is also quite excellent, with each level being both grand and creative, from those of Greek temples, to the underworld, to Mount Olympus itself.

1) With the quick time events, practice makes perfect; prepare to fail a few times.

In regards to the trilogy’s over-lying plot, I don’t want to reveal what happens due to it being a gaming experience, if I spoil it for anyone, I would be doing you a huge disservice.

Continuing this trend of excellent quality is the sound design as well as the actual level layouts, with each level including areas that make you think, as well as areas where you can go absolutely berserk in combat.

The gameplay of God of War is primarily a hack and slash style of gameplay using several different weapons that you procure throughout the game,

As always there are hints I would like to give for anyone to enjoy these games:

2) The only way to beat anything thrown at you is violence, violence and more violence. If you can beat it up or kill it, DO IT!

In conclusion, the God of War Trilogy is a must play for any PlayStation fan or people who love Greek mythology, and if you want to play these games yourself, God of War 3 was recently re-released for Speaking of sound design, from the sounds that play the PlayStation 4 and the other games are available when you attack, to actual character dialogue, all the on the PlayStation network store as well.

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By Luke Froud

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24 November Issue

Movie review.

By Chloe Kimber

The year is 1926 and Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) lands in New York carrying a case of magical beasts, unbeknown to the muggles or ‘No-Majs’, as non-magical people are called in America, or the wizarding community. When a No-Maj named Jacob Kowlaski (Dan Fogler) mistakes the case for his own, havoc enthrals threatening both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds. For so long we have been waiting for another story from J.K Rowling’s magical world, one that explores witches and wizards before Harry Potter and Voldemort, and finally we have been blessed with it. Adapted from the short novel, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, we are exposed to a whole new era of the wizarding world, one that excels in enticing us with magical spectacle but also shows a much darker side to the world and new villainy. Despite being considered a prequel to Harry Potter, you do not have to have watched the films to enjoy this. Whilst of course, the film was maybe slightly underwhelming for all those who love Harry Potter, this was probably to be expected. Especially considering Potter’s global success. It can’t be denied though; the film is still amazing to watch. It’s the perfect mix of drama and fantasy; containing all the magic we know and love but also introducing whole new wonders and beasts, which were quite literally fantastic; the special effects and camera work fully succeeding in transporting you to a new magical realm. Alongside this, it explores a new bleak side, the overall look and tone of the film looking more like a horror film than a fantasy. However, this is perhaps understandable with David Yates as the director. The same man being responsible for the dark end to the Harry Potter franchise. This merely adds another depth to the film, and takes it away from the more child-friendly narrative of Harry Potter and appealing to it’s now grown up audience. It

reflects upon important issues of today’s society about accepting each other and looking after our animals and environment before it’s too late. All the while accessing your inner child and making you wish you could disappear into a suitcase full of extraordinary beasts and magic - especially with all the horrors taking place in 2016. Don’t get me wrong, this film is definitely worth a watch, especially in 3D. Even if you’re not a massive Potterhead, go for Jacob (Fogler) and Queenie Goldstein (Alison Sudol), whose relationship is so endearing and warming, you will find yourself demanding that they have their own spin-off film, instead of the five already in production. Of course, if romance doesn’t appeal to you, there’s the fact that Eddie Redmayne is the protagonist, and I mean how could you say no to him with all his sweet and awkward charm. Plus, it doesn’t look like it’s going away anytime soon, so you might as well indulge yourself in the magic rather than fight it, and while even I think five films is excessive, I know full well that I’m going to the midnight screenings of those too.


Nursing fun for everyone. After the successful launch of Nursoc last year we are delighted to introduce Nursoc this year as an official society! We now have an elected committee made up of the delightful Chair, Jenny Stones, Jess McHale as Secretary and Gavin Kelly as treasurer, all ready to lead the band of weary student nurses in Uxbridge’s own health and social society.

drink’ quiz hosted by our resident Students’ Union guru Mark Sweeney, which will then be followed by a trip to Uxbridge’s first class night club Liquid, for those that are interested.

in nursing, social and community work to have fun outside of their course and placements. Things like social events, guest speakers from the world of health, charity work and support networks for all us students.

Finally if you’ve got any questions about the society or just want to know more about how you can get involved, feel free to contact any members of the committee with your queries:

Exciting upcoming events include a Christmas movie night taking place at the Uxbridge campus, a trip to winter wonderland and a ‘bring your own food and

Jen Stones: jennystones96@hotmail.co.uk Jess McHale: jessmchale@gmail.com Gavin Kelly: 21510636@bucks.ac.uk

We’re also planning on running our very own campaign, ‘Nursoc Knows’. This is an initiative set up to help student nursing through the bumpy yet exciting road of placement. ‘Nursoc Knows’ is a buddy Recently, we hosted a welcome night on campus in order to showcase what Nursoc is about and show how system that allows first and second year students to easy it is for people to get involved with the society, all buddy up with a third year student through their first weeks of placement so they can ask any questions or of which was done over a casual food and wine filled atmosphere! It was a great success and plenty of ideas queries they may have regarding placements. were shared from the students as to what they want So if Nursoc sounds like a bit of you and something from their society over the next academic year. you’d be keen to be part of, sign up today at bucksstudentsunion.org/organisation/8409. Nursoc aims to bring students together interested

Rusty’s Radio is now seeking presenters, producers and those with an interest in radio. If you think you have what it takes to make it in radio, please get in touch: Email: suradio@bucks.ac.uk | Facebook: Rusty’s Radio Or stop by the Students’ Union office.

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By Jen Stones

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26 November Issue

Feminist society.

By Kat Frei

A NON-GENDERED CHRISTMAS

I LOVE Christmas shopping. I love choosing gifts and spending time wrapping them up nicely for my loved ones. This year I get to buy for my two half-siblings who are both young enough to love absolutely anything I give them. What I love about buying for them is that they have yet to be influenced by the social norms of gendered toys and activities, giving them more freedom to play with whatever they like. Going into any toy shop you will find nearly everything is categorized by gender, usually in bright pinks and blues, encouraging us to seek out gender stereotypical toys for our children. Now most people probably don’t think twice about this and head to over to the aisles, deciding on whether to buy their two year old niece a princess costume or a doll, and their nephews a police car or pirate ship. To me this seems absurd that we would choose to limit our children from such a young age, encouraging different activities based on old fashioned stereotypes. As a psychology and sociology student as well as the chair of the Feminist Society, I have learnt how much the choices of toys and activities shape our children’s beliefs about their own capabilities. When we purchase these gifts there are underlying messages which we are sending to our children. Girls should want to be ballerinas, princesses and fairies, with the focus on their clothes and how they look, whereas boys should want be superheroes and pirates, focusing on adventure and bravery. These gender stereotypes that we put on our children can be extremely damaging. They can make little boys feel embarrassed and ashamed for wanting to dress up as a fairy or for wanting to join a ballet class. They can teach girls to believe that their worth is based on their attractiveness and not on their abilities and strengths. With this in mind I urge you to be mindful when purchasing gifts for young children this Christmas, think outside the box, imagine what you would have liked to have played with as a young child and perhaps weren’t allowed. Let’s allow our children

the freedom to make their own choices, even if that choice is for a little girl to want to dress up as a princess, let it be her choice. If you would like to learn more about gender stereotypes and toys, visit lettoysbetoys.org.uk, or to learn more about gender stereotypes or any other gender issues join BNU Feminist Society - bucksstudentsunion.org/organisation/8567. The University is currently running a campaign #BucksGirlsCan - This campaign is about liberating women from fear of judgement when being active. If you want to get involved then join the Facebook group, or contact Vice President Student Involvement, Ohio Orumen, on ohio.orumen@bucks.ac.uk.


YOGA SOC'S FIRST SESSION After the thrilling first two weeks of Freshers', when my body thought I had given up on it, I decided to take a well deserved break and participate in a free Yoga class. I was a bit nervous before going, as I hadn’t been to Yoga in three years and wasn’t sure if I would be able to follow the class as well as I wished to. However, as soon as I spoke to our teacher Jemita, she reassured me that everything would be fine.

My favourite part of the class by far was when Jemita walked around the room and gently rubbed lavender oil on each persons shoulders. This action alone was so comforting and really made me feel like I had taken part in a truly beneficial activity.

She began by introducing herself and Emilee (Chair) and then told us of her connection with Yoga and what the class would entail. Each person then found a place on the floor and we started with some deep breathing exercises before repeating a set of five sun salutations. These were great for the overall body as they stretched each muscle from head to toe. After teaching us more poses such as “Butterfly” and “Downward Facing Dog”, Jemita explained to us the benefits of Yoga to both the body and mind. We then finished the class with some breathing exercises accompanied by soft music.

STUDENT OPPORTUNITY PARTNER COLLEGE LIAISON As a Partner College Liaison you will have the chance to represent the students in your college, providing a credible voice and promoting student engagement at a local level. You will be the key Union contact for all student activities, including organisation, coordination, promotion and gathering feedback to present back to your college representative at the Union. As a member of the Union team you will get: • Excellent career experience (e.g. communication, networking, organisation, project planning) • Ability to positively influence the student experience for yourself and other Bucks students at your college • Development opportunities that complement your studies • A greater understanding of the work delivered through students’ unions and the wider student network • £5.55 - £7.20 + holiday pay per hour.

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After taking a group picture of the class, Jemita and Emilee sent us on our way. Even though my muscles were stiff the next day, I cant wait for future classes as I know it will help my fitness levels, as well as keep a positive mind-set for the future!

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28 November Issue

Airsoft society.

By Kat Piziurny

IF YOUR PARTNER P*SSES YOU OFF, TAKE THEM AIRSOFTING! Hello, my name is Kat and I like to shoot people. Oh wait, trust me, this is not what it sounds like!

My favourite part of an airsoft session is when the marshals call all the “guys”, “ladies”. As I usually

I’m an Airsofter! What is that, you ask? Well, let me tell you reader, it’s a really fun sport where you get to run in the woods or abandoned shopping malls while shooting opponents with real looking guns. But luckily they are not real, they shoot BBs! Does it hurt? Not

am the only girl there, I like to bring them down by showing them that they are no better than me. I run, I shoot, I yell and think strategically just like them. Or… maybe just a tiny, tiny bit better. It’s just really satisfying to hear guys (who might think that they are better and stronger than us), are being called out

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as ladies. But to be fair, they should be honoured,

(Paintball is more painful.)

because we rock.

Airsofting to me sounded at first as a very manly thing. It has been described to me as a military based, less amateur paintball game and to be fair, I think that was the main bit that convinced me to try it. The manliness of it. The worst thing is that when you google “Airsoft women” a lot of the pictures you come across are just girls in bras and cameo shorts which, trust me - is not what we run around in. (Especially when it’s

If you are interested in joining our society (girls, please, I’m all alone in here!) contact me on kasiapiziurny@gmail.com or just use our official e-mail bnuairsoftsociety@gmail.com. You can also join our Facebook page BNU Airsoft Society and prove to the guys that #BucksGirlsCan.

cold or raining). It’s all muddy and sweaty, but in the end you get to shoot guys that piss you off. It’s kind of a therapy session. That’s why you should take your partner with you!

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SOCIAL LADDER Climbing is a great way to socialise, learn new skills and get fit. The Climbing Soc has a lot of success with our sessions and trips. We meet at the Gateway at 6pm every Tuesday where we will jump on the Students' Union bus to Amersham three times a month. On the last Tuesday of the month we head off to Reading where we will experience a different and bigger venue. Amersham is a much smaller climbing venue than Reading but they both have the opportunity of top roping and bouldering. We provide all equipment and sessions free of charge, all you need is £2 to £3 for the bus or you are welcome to make your own way there.

a fun and challenging way of improving your grip and technique. After our session we usually go to the pub for a drink, some food, and a good old chat. People who attend regularly have the chance to learn how to belay, which is a great transferable skill if you wish to go climbing on your own initiative, on days when sessions are not on.

TRIPS

We have experienced climbers going every week who can teach you all about climbing with ways of warming up, starting easy for beginners and progressing your climbing with strength, technique and confidence.

We have outdoor climbing trips every year with our regular members. In the past we have been to locations such as Portland and Swanage in Dorset and Snowdonia in Wales - both beautiful places by the coast and great locations for climbing, where we have also done trekking and coasteering on these trips too.

We usually start off with a warm up and bouldering, and then proceed to top roping. We sometimes play limbo involving the rocks, which is

We are currently in the process of organizing extra climbing sessions in new locations on a different day for those who cannot make it on Tuesdays.

WHAT OUR MEMBERS THINK: “Really good atmosphere which making great friendships. With the pleasure of the thrill and challenge” Cédric Tigier “The friendships I have made through climbing have been amazing, and have encouraged me to push myself further in terms of physical strength. Climbers genuinely want others to take an interest in the sport as it becomes more and more popular!” Hannah Garcia “It's great fun! a non-competitive environment in which to learn to climb and make friends.” Jon Fenwick “BNU Climbing is a great chance to try a popular sport which is both fun and sociable. You get the opportunity to visit a few climbing walls which would normally cost you lot and gain experience on both the top rope and bouldering” Kat Frei “Thanks to Climbing Society, I’ve met a lot of amazing people, learned new things and increased my strength. I love it!” Anna Zelazna

INTERESTED IN JOINING US? All people are welcome to sessions with or without experience. Amersham - £2 for bus Reading - £3 for bus

GET IN TOUCH Facebook - Bucks New Uni Climbing Society Email - bnuclimbing@gmail.com SnapChat - BNUclimbing

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By Jack Blenkinsopp

ALL ABOARD SNOWSOC Have you always wanted to try Snowboarding or Skiing? Or just want to get some practice in? Well now’s your chance to start and get yourself mountain ready! Sign up to the lessons through the student union website, and get yourself started on Boarding/Skiing, for £17.50 per lesson/recreational session or £45 for all three lessons. This will get you ready for some ‘Bucksnowsoc. Main Event!’ tour madness, and it’ll be the cheapest and best chance you’ll have to learn to ski/board. Here’s some quick tips on boarding to get you started before you go on the lessons:

Tip 1 - Stance: Knees bent, feet should be slightly wider than shoulder width, to give you a nice even pressure. Tip 2 - Turning: Look where you want to turn and the rest is all about changing your weight distribution from toe to heel on each foot. Take it slow and get the technique right before trying to build up speed, and it'll all start to fall into place. Tip 3 - Falling: You will but don't worry! If you're falling forward land knees first then forearms NOT hands that’s how things get broken. If falling backwards; butt first and keep your head up, but most importantly, GET BACK UP! Tip 4 - Book up ‘Bucksnowsoc. Main Event!’ tour: You’ll have an amazing time on tour with the rest of us in SnowSoc, shredding the mountain and making some great new friends. We’re heading to Andorra for Main Event! (31 March - 8 April 2017). Hit us up at our Wednesday socials or check out our Facebook page for more info: @Bucksnowsoc. Snowsoc out!

INTERESTED IN GETTING INVOLVED IN COMPETITIVE SPORT? There is still time to join! We have 19 different competitive sports: American Football

Cheer

Golf

Rugby

Athletics

Cricket

Men’s Hockey

Swimming

Badminton

Dance

Women’s Hockey

Taekwondo

Men’s Basketball

Men’s Football

Karate

Volleyball

Women’s Basketball

Women’s Football

Netball

Check out the Students’ Union website for more details on what we offer and how to get involved competitive sports: bucksstudentsunion.org/sport. Alternatively you can come into the Students’ Union High Wycombe Office and speak to Charlotte Thomas in the Sports Department. “Swimming is a great way to help me keep fit, but is doesn’t just allow me to push myself and achieve my PBs. I get to watch my team achieve great things and support and motivate them as they do, knowing they’ll show me the same support.” Chloe Kimber – 2nd Year Film & TV Production Student


BUCKS LADIES FC

The season for Bucks has started off brilliantly on and off the pitch. With a great new intake of both fresher’s and seniors in not just numbers but also talent, the team has been able to create a strong connection and united feeling from the start. Bucks Ladies took part in the wear Pink for Breast Cancer evening, with some people going as far as to try and change their hair colour to pink! Pictures were taken, money was raised and the event was shared over social media, grabbing the attention of fellow students, friends and family. The ladies have also recently assisted the British Legion with the ‘The Poppy Appeal’, going out onto the streets of Wycombe promoting the sale of poppies, badges and wristbands whilst spreading the word and engaging with the community. Many girls helped out, some using what little time they had on lunch breaks, some giving up their entire day. Girl’s Football Week was a big deal for the team. We were not only determined to show off everyone’s skills but also to try and gain some new recruits. We collected numerous short clips and created a film. Sophie showed great skills whilst she was at work, Julie sent over a video of her using a bagel whilst she was in Canada competing in the OCR World Championships, and much more. Check out the video on our social media accounts! The girls aren’t solely focused on football, and their commitment to other activities is fantastic to see. Lauren Head plays for Chesham Ladies Rugby Club, looking to be a seriously promising player. We have Julie representing

the Obstacle Course Racing Sport, having just finished 30th at the World Championship in Canada, and flew home on four hours sleep to make the first away game of the season. We have several girls gaining skills and qualifications, such as Casey with her Door Supervisor Course to be part of the Events Team in the Student Union Bar. The club would also like to congratulate the First Years for their great start to university life, not just within football, but also with their courses; transitioning into the student lifestyle and being away from home is not always easy, but our girls seem to have hit the nail on the head. For the first time in the club’s history the ladies are fortunate enough to have some great sponsorship from ‘All Time Security’. The company has assisted us with the purchase of 16 rain coats for the players to have at training, games, and volunteering events, making our girls look unified on and off the pitch. They also sponsor our Player of the Match, and at the end of the season will be presenting the Player of the Year award. Check out their website for more information about what they do: alltimesecurity.co.uk.

With so much happening off the pitch it is amazing the team have much time left to not only train but participate in matches and meetings too. The team has already formed a great bond, which has allowed us to have a great connection on the pitch. The games have been intense with fantastic phases of play. The girls are looking very strong, but the best part is that it is only the beginning of what is shaping up to be a fantastic season.

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