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The Union F***ed Up
Deputy News Editor
Here’s What They’re Not Telling You. Controversies are continuing to arise in an election that is proving more divisive than the previous one back in March. University of Portsmouth Students’ Union, as announced at the start of April, have had to re-run the elections for the role of President. This was due to an error which saw students at an
affiliated college (the International College of Portsmouth) vote when they shouldn’t have been able to. It has come to light since, however, that this issue was raised at the start of the initial elections week by then Presidential candidate Kunal Shah, who went as far as asking the head of ICP if they could vote. Kunal states that: “The manager there told me in no uncertain terms that they cannot vote and they are discouraging them to vote because they know that they have the ability to vote.”
He continues, “I then went back to the elections team and they took ages getting back to me. The Deputy Returning Officer finally got back to me and said that the University Clerk to the Board of Governors, said that no they can’t vote. The manager of ICP said strictly said that they cannot vote.” Yet, despite this, the error still happened. Upon further investigation, it has been revealed that past elections have had candidates canvas votes from the ICP. The Union released a
statement on Tuesday (29th April) saying that, “The Union is able to confirm that students from the above institutions who may have voted in the previous elections this year could not have affected the outcome of any election other than the presidential election this year.”
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The Ratells: Interview
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Anti-UKIP protest held in response to Nigel Farage’s visit Abi Lofthouse Last Monday the UKIP leader, Nigel Farage, visited Portsmouth to start the party’s southeast European elections campaign. As part of the day, Farage visited Portsmouth Guildhall where he held a talk with members of the UKIP party. It was an eventful day for UKIP after their ‘Common Sense’ campaign bus crashed into the canopy roof of Portsmouth and Southsea train station causing no injuries and only minor damage to the bus. UKIP have been under criticism lately following a series of allegedly racist remarks which were made by UKIP members. The UKIP candidate for Enfield told Lenny Henry to leave Britain and return to a ‘black country’ after Henry commented on the poor representation of ethnic minorities within British Television.
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Prior to this, UKIP was forced to suspend it’s ‘poster boy’ builder, Andre Lampitt, for its EU election broadcast after he was found to be posting racist comments on Twitter such as: “Muslims are animals their faith is disgusting their prophet is (a) pedophile.” He also said about Ed Milliband that: “He is Polish and not British so how’d he know what’s good for Britain?” Protesters met at 7pm
to begin the planned rally against UKIP. There were several recognisable faces at the protest, including Catherine Harper, the Dean of Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries. The protest was led by John Woods, President of Portsmouth Trades Council. After the rally, he told The Galleon why he was leading the protest, and his views on UKIP. “Many of us in the trade unions are very concerned about UKIP. They have a
really nasty, racist view, very anti-immigrant. They want to stoke up divisions between Eastern Europeans.” He then explained why people had gathered to protest: “All the time you see immigration being used as an excuse… it’s about racism and that’s what we want to get over. We want to have unity…Workers, black, white, asian, male, female, gay, straight… whatever it is, we don’t want to go down the division route. We
want to be united.” Whilst the protest continued outside, within the Guildhall there was disruption. Farage referred to the protesters as ‘thick’ and ‘pathetic’. Following this remark, one anti-UKIP audience member voiced her anger by blowing into a quacking duck-beak whistle before shouting out in protest against Farage’s words. She was escorted out hurriedly by the considerable security presence. As the rally was coming to an end, protesters were greeted with ‘The Real Portsmouth Division’, a group of people who were in opposition to the antiUKIP rally. They shouted anti-immigration views towards the protesters, however, they were blocked off by a series of police vans to minimise the potential of a clash between the opposing rallys. Fortunately, the rallys eventually calmed down without incident.
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Panel to review Education Funding Jack Backwell Universities UK, the club of university Vice-Chancellors which previously supported the rise in tuition fees, are set to look at ideas for reforming England’s university funding system. The panel will be chaired by UK president and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Surrey, Sir Christopher Snowden, who has claimed that he wishes to seek a “broad political consensus for a sustainable system of funding.” Among the panelists sit six other university leaders, including economist and Principal of
Hertford College, Oxford Will Hutton, and director of the Social Market foundation Emran Mian.
Mr Mian, a former civil servant, was also lead author on the 2010 Browne Review which advocated the trebling of university tuition fees. Recent figures from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) have shown that a sharp rise in student tuition fees will fail to save the taxpayer any money, as it is estimated that almost half of government-backed loans paid to students will never be repaid. It is thought that these findings may indicate the proposal for an increase in repayment rates. According to the reports, if graduates were asked to pay
12% of their income over £21,000 instead of the current 9%, the loan write-off rate would fall from an estimated 43.3% to 35.6%. It is also thought that if the repayment threshold were to be lowered from the standing £21,000 to £18,000, then further savings could be made. As a result, Sir Christopher Snowden has left open the possibility that the terms of student loan repayments could be changed to keep the current funding model sustainable. Concerns are beginning to arise regarding the intentions of the panel. It has become clear that the
over-riding purpose of the panel is to reduce the cost of loans to the state, not to investigate a fairer or rational funding system. The National Union of Students will be asked to prepare a submission to the panel through which they will voice their concerns. Their demands stand in opposition to the solutions hinted at by the IFS, as they maintain that they wish to see no increase in the repayment rate, and no lowering of the repayment threshold. The NUS will also be arguing for the abolition of student debt and the introduction of grants, and free education funded through taxing the rich.
Recent figures from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) have shown that a sharp rise in student tuition fees will fail to save the taxpayer any money”
NHS to consider heavy drinkers for liver transplants Nicola Rainbird Marketing and Publicity Manager
Those with severe drink-related liver disease are to be considered for transplants for the first time, it has been announced. This will re-open the debate over whether people who have selfinflicted illnesses deserve expensive treatment. This decision by the NHS Blood and Transplant Service (NHSBT) has come about during a national shortage of suitable organs. Concerns have arisen about whether or not donors would be reluctant to support the schemes of this nature. Health officials are aware about the sensitivities that surround their decision; however they have concluded that a pilot scheme is worthwhile. The scheme concerns those with severe alcohol associated hepatitis (SAAH). Those with SAAH
have previously been excluded from consideration because the prognosis was so poor. It is judged upon the prospect of them giving up alcohol after the transplant. Post transplant some patients can, in some cases, suffer from infection and bleeding,
as well as having mental confusion and deep jaundice. The pilot scheme is looking into treating those who are relatively young - between 18 and 40. In addition to this, these patients must have seen the doctor for the first time with liver disease and being diagnosed with a drink problem for the first time. Although the scheme to some may seem worthwhile, the timescale for this is also questionable. It is unknown just how many candidates the NHS will have to consider for the transplants and the time taken to assess the severity of their liver disease. As well as this, it remains to
be seen whether patients will be willing to change their lifestyle, should they been successful in receiving a transplant. Molly O’Shea, student at the University of Portsmouth said: “Alcoholism is a disease and it’s not a chosen way of life or selfinflicted. “Having a liver transplant is justified, so long as there is extensive help available to ensure that they do not return to alcohol once more.” A manager from the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) said: “Alcoholism is an addiction, just like other drugs, pills etc. “It’s not always something someone can control as they need help. If they have liver issues because of this then they need to address the problem first, then they should get the treatment they need.” Leanne Earnshaw, student at the University of Portsmouth
said: “Alcohol dependency is not necessarily a choice and that they should be given the choice to have a transplant. “However if people who desperately need a liver transplant for other reasons are not given it in favour of someone with alcohol dependency, than I am against that.”
Concerns have arisen about whether or not donors would be reluctant to support the schemes of this nature”
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The Union F***ed Up
Afro-Caribbean Student Awards to be held Pelumi Apantaku
Who will be your new president?
Aidan Williams Deputy News Editor
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This issue of the college not being able to vote has been heavily compounded by the fact that ICP students possess Myport logins and University of Portsmouth student cards. It means that, in practice, the only difference between an ICP student and a University of Portsmouth student is the fact that the former cannot be
involved in the democratic process in the Union. The college, which is situated on the University campus, shares the University’s bus and computer services. An attempt to rectify the issue with ICP students voting backfired, which left the Erasmus students at The University of Portsmouth unable to vote, a situation only resolved at 3pm on Tuesday 29th April. The Galleon can confirm that students from the ICP did vote in previous elections which potentially throws the validity of past elections into doubt. The Union meanwhile has limited its announcements to two brief press releases.
There is a further problem: the Union has failed to be transparent. This has been shown by the total lack of information that has been given out. Indeed this article’s focal point was originally a massive controversy until The Galleon was informed merely an hour and a half before send off deadline that the issue had been and gone. It was then subsequently revealed that many other controversies had happened but were not mentioned to us. Indeed we are aware of a number of questionable acts and information that we truly feel that you, the student body, should know about. Unfortunately our hands are
tied and despite our desire to print bold, breaking news we simply cannot compete with the Union’s complete lack of transparency. This issue is a bitter irony because the end result is the Union chasing us down last minute for fear of libel. Why? Because our one piece of controversial news, it appears, is merely one amongst many. In effect, there’s been so much swept under the carpet, that we still don’t even know about, that it would be wrong to report on just one issue.
University Round Up: News from around the UK Universities John King News Editor
Trinity St David University A group of male workers at the University of Wales have won around £500,000 in compensation after suing for sexual discrimination. The 23 men, made up of caretakers and workmen, took the University to an employment tribunal. They were aggrieved that they had been paid less than women workers on the same pay grade. At a hearing in Cardiff, the University’s legal team said they would no longer be contesting the claims and the workers received their compensation.
All language courses at Salford University are to be axed meaning that lecturers face ‘inevitable’ redundancies, a union has claimed. Modern Language courses at undergraduate level are to be gradually discontinued up until 2017. After a review of all courses, the University made the decision. Apparently students will not be affected by the changes. All courses will be phased out between now and 2017. Students will be offered the opportunity to study a foreign language module. However, a petition with over 2,500 signatures from students and staff has called for the decision to be overturned.
University of Cardiff
Griff Rhys Jones has ruled himself out of becoming the new Chancellor of Cardiff University after his original appointment was blocked. The University’s court had offered Mr Rhys Jones the role, only to reveal that his installation had been delayed, one hour prior to it taking place. It became apparent the reason of the delay was due to the university not having offered current chancellor Sir Martin Evans the chance to be chancellor again.
The African & Caribbean Student awards are scheduled to be held on the 30th May. This event is the first to be held since 2010 and was conceived to reward students of Afro-Caribbean descent and other notable groups that have contributed to the experience of Afro-Caribbean students in the 2013/2014 academic year. The event is put together by the Afro-Caribbean Student Society (ACS) of the University of Portsmouth in conjunction with Elevation Networks, Portsmouth Gospel Choir and Star 100. This event is also supported by the University of Portsmouth International office. The event will be held at the Royal Beach Hotel and is scheduled to start at 6:30pm. Mr. Tresor Kabeya, head of the organizing committee, said: “We want the students to have a befitting end of session dinner that will socially integrate the entire student community.” The event is open to any student and activities will include: dance performances, a live band, games and presentation of awards. Miss Tosin Teriba, a member of the organizing committee, noted that: “It is a proper Afro-Caribbean night with the setup showcasing rich cultural scenery for participants.” Miss Isata Kamara, an organizing committee member, said: “This is a complete event to relieve the after examination stress and bring every student of Afro-Caribbean descent together in a socially relaxed atmosphere.” To buy tickets and for further information concerning this event, you can visit the event page on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ events/713207578723232/.
It is a proper AfroCaribbean night with the setup showcasing rich cultural scenery”
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What’s the Deal With…Opinions? Sam Ward Opinion Editor
For the last year I have been privileged enough to hold the lofty position of Opinion Editor. I never did much like the name. It is too synonymous with a reckless lord of the mighty sword, the red pen. I can’t say why I did it. It certainly wasn’t for the money and the hoards of adoring fans are yet to materialise. It is a cliche to say so, but opinions are everything and nothing, and a cliche has to earn itself and this one truly did. They range from the perspicacious to the pointlessly verbose and emanate from the ivory tower
to the corduroy pub walls. Without descending too far into the rabbit hole and getting lost in a quixotic rumination on subjectivity, let me say that everything is crafted by opinion. Our world is an opinion. Kanye West is somebody’s idea of a joke opinion. I’m still reeling from the shocking decision not to award me and my team the Pulitzer Prize. Of course I am most pleased The Guardian uncovered the NSA’s mass surveillance, but the humble opinion section of this newspaper has done no less than divulge the meaning of life and death and journeyed through space and media with Dr. Seuss. That’s value for
money. Particularly as we’re free. Universities are institutional vineyards of opinion but if anyone asks they’re a mine for facts. We give it all meaning. Us. But don’t be so impetuous as to put it in an essay. Don’t give your subjectivity away unless you can give it a reference, I suggest Foucault. You do the rest. Maybe that’s why I was Opinion Editor; to offset my faculty sanctioned, hopeless quest for the Holy Grail of objectivity. I was no cherub when I rocked up on the shores of this island, I had seen things, man! I hadn’t foreseen a place where opinion was to be inured and not initiated. Where objectivity is a numbers game,
stacks down, cards up, two tens, that’ll do, that’ll do.
I’m still reeling from the shocking decision not to award me and my team the Pulitzer Prize”
For lack of a better word I have been ‘professionally’ cultivating opinion for the last year. The blessing of it was I never knew what would grow, flower or thorn. Fortunately, I cut my teeth but
never my hand. I don’t know what the career prospects for the opining troubadour are. I haven’t much thought about it until I heard the chains of the drawbridge slink along their opening slide and reveal a place on the horizon so many have described to me as the ‘real world’. I suppose the best I can hope for is a space for my voice in the choir and a desk under which to sleep. I am taking the role of Opinion Editor with me, so I’ll always be that gardener. Next year will react.
Could pension reforms have repercussions? Corinne Cox As students, it can be assumed that pensions are probably (read definitely) not at the top of your list of current priorities, especially with deadlines looming and exams just around the corner. However, recent changes to the budget could well have implications for us in the future, the next generation of tax payers, making it important for us to question the motives of the current government’s radical alterations to the pension system to determine whether these were really in the best interests of retirees and the gradually improving economic climate or primarily their own selfinterest in light of the upcoming elections. Recent changes announced by George Osborne at the end of March gives retirees much more freedom with their workplace pensions allowing them to withdraw lump sums (potentially the entire pension) and no longer making it compulsory to buy an annuity (which ensures a regular income); the potential downfalls are not hard to imagine as with this new found freedom comes the responsibility of ensuring that it is used wisely. The first 25% of withdrawals will remain tax free, however further or complete withdrawals following this will be counted as taxable income which, with many retiree’s keen to access more of their funds, could see a much needed boost to the economy. However, the fact
that these changes will come fully into play at a strategic point just one month before next year’s elections seems potentially vote-driven as many retirees and savers praise the recent reforms that will give them greater freedom of access to their hard earned funds and could potentially swing their votes in favour of the Conservatives in May 2015. Although these changes give individuals more freedom with what I completely understand is
their money, a part of me can’t help but question what will happen to those who do not use this freedom responsibly. If the nations retirees draw their pensions in their entirety and spend with no clear budget, something which Pensions Minister Steve Webb even seemed to endorse (and no doubt immediately regretted) when he stated that we should ‘let pensioners blow their cash on a Lamborghini if they want to’. It will ultimately be the state and its taxpayers who will inevi-
tably bear the brunt of the subsequent repercussions and compensate for this systems downfall. Whilst retirees will still have access to the state pension (found to be one of the lowest in Europe) if there is a drastic increase in pensioners relying on this as their sole source of income having spent their workplace pension we will simply see rising figures to the already large numbers of elderly struggling to stretch insufficient state pensions to cover living costs.
One of George Osborne’s ludicrous defensive arguments against the potential irresponsibility of those withdrawing money was to provide people with ‘estimated death dates’ in order to encourage them to think wisely about what to withdraw and to budget sufficiently throughout their retirement. However, statistics are just that. No matter what predictions doctors and scientists can make based on geography, lifestyle and eating habits there are always exceptions to expectations, and again this provides the opportunity for retirees to find themselves in financial difficulties even if they budgeted ‘responsibly’ by adhering to George Osborne’s predictions. But what about those who want to be assured they will have a regular income in their old age? Suggestions indicate that annuity may become more expensive to buy with the new system in place perhaps cornering those who would usually have opted for it into taking lump sums and being taxed for it. It is a radical new system which has the potential to backfire and leads to the motives of the current government to be placed in the limelight; the changes seem somewhat rash and it is doubtful that the retirees engaging in the system were the party’s number one priority as the emerging potential downfalls indicate.
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The cute problem with elections Hamza Jamal 2010 was my first year at the University of Portsmouth. The first year of course is just discovering what it’s like to be away from home and restrictions, so no time for anything serious. The second year comes and you hear about the SU and elections but, as an International student, my Arab instinct kicks in and voices in my head start telling me “It is the CIA trying to get you”, so my reply was “no boliticz for me habeeby!”. In the 2013 elections however, I was approached by a very passionate candidate. He started explaining to me what his goals KOFI AGYEMANG were and how he would achieve them. I was impressed by his talks in our events. passion so I voted. He won in the When the voting started, I began elections, and for the past year I asking random students on whom have seen him delivering what he did they vote for and why. Some promised and more. He held many of the answers were humorously beneficial campaigns, he helped saddening. “He was smiling in the societies, he guided students, and picture”, Yes, a nice smile solves all he even took a big chunk of his time of our problems! “He’s my friend’s to help one international student get friend,” such a loyal friend you are. exempted from paying the rest of “I just did it randomly,” everyone his fees due to financial problems loves a spontaneous person! “She he had because of a war back in his was cute, and I am weak for that!” home country! That’s just sad… “I was told to vote 2014 Students’ Union elections for that individual,” were you told started. As a Master’s student and by The Godfather? Did he make the president of the Islamic Society, you an offer you can’t refuse? “He’s I felt obliged to be involved in the from my country,” what a patriot! whole process. I avoided dictating “I can’t remember, I just wanted who one should vote for, and them off my back,” Mr Bill Gates, gave my colleagues and society sorry for taking precious minutes members a brief summary of the of your time. “They give candy to candidates’ manifestos. We even the voters!” What about those on a hosted some candidates to give diet? Of course there were people
who voted after reading manifestos and speaking to the candidates, and when asked them why that individual, they would give solid unbiased justifications. This is a good voter, but sadly, his vote is equal to a random choice. One of the largest most successful empires that existed was the Muslim Empire 1400 years ago. The Prophet Muhammad indicated that the best way to make community decisions is by elections and consultation. After his death, the knowledgeable people of the Muslim world gathered and elected their next leader. I would like to believe that in a university setting, where the students are people of academia, the election process for the students’ representatives should be a thoroughly studied out process. Our votes should not be
The 411 on Breakfast For as long as man has walked the Earth, breakfast has provided him with the necessary energy for the day’s exerts. To prepare him for a day of hunting, grunting and spearsharpening, prehistoric man would likely gorge on roast antelope from the previous night and wash it down with a pint of wolverine blood. These days a quick bowl of Corn Flakes and cup of PG Tips seems ample for a day of emailing and pencil-sharpening in the office. It’s easy to spot those who haven’t had a decent breakfast; they’re usually grumpy and agitated.
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So it comes as no surprise that there seems to be a direct correlation between skipping breakfast and biting your colleague’s ear off because they ate the last custard cream. The hungry resort to almost anything in their pangs of desperation. If you observe them closely, you’ll notice how it all begins. It starts with them harmlessly chewing their pens. Be warned though: by late morning they’ll be nibbling practically any office appliance within reach. It seems they gravely misunderstood the meaning of a staple diet. Cereal proves to be a popular
choice as most of the preparation has already been done for you. It’s pre-cooked, pre-packaged, and pre-approved by upstanding mascots such as talking monkeys and steroid-enthused tigers. Toast is also a good choice, though most will agree that the pinnacle of all breakfasts is the Full English. Although a Full English breakfast requires more preparation than the above, it does exactly what it says on the tin. It makes you full. The other drawback of this timeconsuming meal, though, it is that it doesn’t come in a tin. And if it did, would you really want to eat it? Only one thing tops a Full English
Words, still a classic
given because of the popularity of Kinnan Zaloom the candidate who happens to be Deputy Opinion Editor the captain of the football team or the cutest cheerleader. No wonder a The timeless capability of 6th year PHD student at our Univer- communicating through the use sity was with the opinion that these of words. Heard or read, they can elections are a popularity contest. make us cry, love, imagine and Who is to blame? In my opinion, wonder. I’m yet to see someone it is the society leaders, the course suffer an anal prolapse due to reps, the captains of sports teams, ingenious stringing together of and anyone who has a platform in words, but where there’s a will, the University. Those who have there’s a way. They’re wonderful taken on their shoulders the respon- on their own and sometimes even sibility of leading certain groups and better when used in combinasocieties should start involving their tion. Some of them sound or look members with the election process the same yet they can mean two by educating them about the impor- different things! The simplicity of tance of the Students’ Union and combining phonetics to express how a good Sabbatical Officer will an emotion or expression sounds bring benefits to all students. Avoid like an absurd yet amazing capabeing biased. Voting for people bility; it’s horrific to wonder as to based on their looks, country of where we would be without them. origin or friendship ties is senseless. Not a day goes by without words This is not a third world country being utilised. Pity they’re usually where your friend in a high position used to convey rubbish about can benefit you. what miserable combination of Finally, a sense of responsibility chemicals we had for lunch or should be shown from the candi- they’re being read in sensational dates running. They should not view newspapers reporting about the these elections as a competition. latest showbiz scandal. Even Sure the game should be played and this column in ways is a violation campaigns need to be big, but for against the innocence of words. the sake of the students, give them Like any other classic, who solid reasons to vote. The Universi- can say what actually makes ties are turning into businesses that them brilliant? Tasteless and milk the students out of cash. This odourless, I’m quite speechless could only be stopped if we had the (or shall I say, wordless?) what right representatives in the SU. One have we to gain from them? candidate addressed our society Where do they come from? Are and by the end of her speech they they some sort of vegetable that said: “We vote for you!”. She told we have cultivated in our brains? them: “Read the other candidates’ If so, do they have a positive manifestos first.” nutritional value? When will the Daily Mail announce that they are carcinogenic? Where do they go when we’re not using them? Some say a book or two can be written on words, and that’s not including the books that could be written on letters, sentences or punctuation. Yet, and that’s breakfast in bed. This a leather bound compilation of event is strictly reserved for special words to describe words doesn’t occasions — such as deciding sound like a comfortable toilet you’re going to eat your breakfast in read. The sheer paradoxical bed. The true joy of it, though, lies in nature of the content would send the fact that you don’t have to get any person into a state of confuup to eat it. Usually it’s a surprise sion that no words would be fit to from a close one, as a gesture of describe. love and affection. Perhaps the only A classic through and drawback of this, however, is that through, words will never be you don’t have a choice what’s on forgotten. Maybe one day they your plate - especially if what you will achieve the legendary status wanted comes in a bowl. that numbers have. In gratitude They say breakfast is the most towards words, I am going to important meal of the day, so make finish this article without the use it count. If you’re having trouble of them. deciding what to eat, just remember this: always go with your gut instinct.
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Gender bias in science: still a problem Claire Lamb The history of science contains a long line of brilliant, successful females whose passion and hard work has proved invaluable to our understanding of modern science. One of the most famous examples is Rosalind Franklin, who played a key role in the discovery of the structure of DNA. Her dedication and passion for a field which was heavily dominated by men led to arguably one of the greatest discoveries in the history of Biology, but her credit is often overlooked. Her work was shared with Watson and Crick, who beat her to publication of the structure of DNA. They both went on to receive a Nobel Prize after her death. ARGONNE NATIONAL LABORATORY Franklin still receives little to no credit or recognition for the critical pay gap costs full-time women role that she played. Granted, this over £5,000 a year. In STEM was the 1950’s; surely one would (Science, Technology, Engineering assume situations like these are and Maths) qualified areas men long gone. But unfortunately not; outrank women 8:1. This leaves gender bias in science is still women massively under-reprepersisting. Whilst it may seem sented in the scientific commushocking, there are still countless nity, making up only 13% of higher examples of female contributions posts in science. to science being overlooked, left Whilst I can’t argue that efforts in the shadow of their male peers. are being made to recognise We consider ourselves in modern and address these issues, the society to have moved past such situation is far from ideal. As a bias and blatant discrimination, but Biology student, I personally find it have we really? somewhat intimidating to consider In Britain today, women still earn a position in such a male dominated 15% less per hour than men. This field, for some reason with the view
that because I am a woman I don’t belong or am in some way inferior in an area that I am very passionate about. I know I am not the only person that feels like this, leading to a worrying realisation that we as females are somehow being conditioned to do what is subconsciously ‘expected’ of us as women, a result of perceptions and biases combined with the expectation to settle down and have children. Gender stereotypes come into play long before university. In my own personal experience when I was applying to study Biology
I was told by my peers and even my own parents that science was ‘a boy’s subject’ and to study something ‘nicer’. Without the constant reminder of this stereotype, research has shown girls who attend single-sex schools are almost two and a half times more likely to go on to do A-level physics than those in co-ed schools. Whilst in areas such as Biology, a high rate of female undergraduate students gradually trickles out when it comes to senior academic positions and further study. Efforts have increased to interest young girls in choosing science,
these efforts are squandered if women scientists then go on to face disproportionate and systematic disadvantages compared to men in the same field, despite similar qualifications and abilities. Such efforts to reduce this gender gap include participating in Athena Swan Charter, which many universities are a part of, including Portsmouth. Athena Swan aims to help advance women’s positions in STEM qualified areas, help institutions promote gender equality and encourage a diverse range of people to study science and engineering. Whilst this is, of course, a brilliant and worthwhile scheme, it is sad that in this day and age we are still fighting against such obvious discrimination, whether it is conscious or not. Dr. Joy Watts, a senior lecturer in the Biology department and part of the Athena Swan committee, stated ‘It is essential that we encourage more young women to start and continue in STEM careers, supporting them to achieve longterm career success in a highly competitive area. Recently, at the Athena Swan conference focusing on Unconscious Bias at the University of Portsmouth — Paul Walton (University of York) clearly defined these issues as fairness in the workplace: ‘it is not just a women in science issue. By creating a more diverse and equal workforce we will all benefit.’
The Best of British Television? Mike Newman Isn’t it great to be British? Tea, Fish & Chips and of course, the Queen. Events such as hosting the Olympics, Andy Murray winning Wimbledon as well as the birth of Prince George, have helped to ensure that we have all been having a jolly good time. However, whilst the last few years have injected national pride, they have also regressed ideas of what it means to be British. The question of Scottish independence will soon be answered. Yet in a literal manifestation of David Cameron’s big society, the BBC has created a set of programmes which dare us to defy the union. The Blitz spirit is being wrapped up in Cath Kidston paper and delivered to your house
thing a public broadcaster should question. The last two winners of the Bake Off and Sewing Bee have been essentially well healed middle class women. In a time of growing economic inequality what message does this send to people on the bread line?
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by Lord Kitchener. The Great British Bake off, Sewing Bee and now the Big Allotment have updated the make do and mend attitude for the 21st century and condensed it into a reality TV show. A competition in which those who love their country the most can measured in stitches and piped icing. Being patriotic
should not leave you feeling like a member of the EDL with a can of Stella in one hand and a tattoo of St George on the other. However there is something subversive and unsettling about this current set of programming. Whilst there is nothing wrong with baking a cake or producing your own jam, extolling social conservatism is some-
The Blitz spirit is being wrapped up in Cath Kidston paper and delivered to your house by Lord Kitchener”
There seems to be a lack of relevance in such programmes for poor
inner city children and families. Not only does this apply to people living in cities but also to anyone living through economic hardship. This kind of television seems to suggest that we should forget poverty, rising food prices and energy bills and grab our sewing needles to patch up our troubles. Sometimes people need escapism and patriotism which is fine, but it should not be patronising: a Victoria sponge is not going to aid someone’s rise out of poverty. We need to acknowledge the hardship they suffer, and provide programmes which understand social inequality help tackle these problems. But maybe we should just keep calm and carry on; after all it should all be over by Christmas.
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The ‘M’ Word: A misunderstanding Abi Lofthouse The British, in their masses, seem to retreat to a Cold War mindset at the mere sight of the ‘M’ word. Although I’m not a devout follower of Karl Marx, I agree with several of his ideas and arguments which I, personally, do not see as a negative thing. From high school I moved to a different Sixth Form to study the one subject that had always stood out to me - politics. However as I began to study my A Levels, one of my other subjects grabbed my full attention. The marvelous subject of Sociology. It slowly broadened my mind, allowing me to see past my previous centre-left views. Whilst a mind-numbingly boring course of A Level Government and Politics yawned on in the back of my mind, Sociology was screaming in my face. It was something different. A whole new set of ideas, perspectives and opinions. As the two years passed, my views moved further to the left, landing me bang in the centre of socialism. I had also found myself agreeing with many of Karl Marx’s statements. Surprisingly, when I shared these views, they were dismissed or looked down on by many people. Not just by those hypnotised by the Daily Mail’s scapegoating headlines, but by friends and teachers. Maybe it was because at the time I lived in Essex,
politics may believe this is too much of an idealistic concept, which is not a valid enough excuse to dismiss or degrade those who believe in these values. Recently we saw comedian Russell Brand speak out about his political views on Jeremy Paxman’s Newsnight. From this, arguments and opinions spewed on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook. We witnessed fellow ‘liberals’ such as Robert Webb, turn their backs on Brand’s slightly Marxist views on the government and voting, returning with a rather snobby ‘Go read some fucking Orwell’. Which, I’m almost certain, Brand will have read, and it most probably helped him form his far-Left views.
These political views are for people who want equality for everyone”
an area pumped with ‘New Money’, consumerism and bankers high on their bonuses. It seems Marxism and Socialism are still categorised with the extreme likes of Kim Jong-il, Stalin and Trotsky, who ironically have views nothing alike Marxism or Socialism, but twisted these ideas to suit themselves. Even Marxism
and Socialism in themselves are vastly different ideologies, so forgive me for grouping them together. Marxism, in short, suggests revolution is needed to overthrow the inequalities forced upon society by Capitalism. Socialism, however, believes this would be achievable through reform. Neither agrees with
totalitarian governments such as North Korea, China or Russia. Both of these political views are for people who want equality for everyone - no poverty, no racism, no overarching media, no consumerism and an equal balance of wealth. They do not agree with dictatorships or police states. People of the right/centre of
In the advanced society we live in, I personally, would have thought this negative view would have dissolved, at least slightly, but it seems we are still stuck in the close-minded past.
The Butchery on Vegetarianism Kinnan Zaloom Deputy Opinion Editor
sOne of the most surprising aspects of converting to vegetarianism, is not the weird look I get at Iceland for buying every type of meat osubstitute, neither is it the incessant attitude my mother has when reminding me that meat tastes great and that I need all the protein -I can get, it’s the strange opposittion I receive from a large amount tof people. As if I am a threat to -their association to meat, my ideology and I must be destroyed. -If anything, vegetarians are leaving more meat for them to enjoy. It’s a win, win situation. But no, we must enjoy consuming what everyone else consumes. I neither go round lecturing
others about the ills of devouring meat, prophesying that the end is nigh and we must repent and submit to all that is Quorn. Nor do I wear a large vegetarian advocacy hat exclaiming how great vegetarianism is and how great a person I think I am (although, on second thoughts, that is a great idea). So I do not understand people’s comments when I am asked or compelled to admit that I do not eat meat. From being told in a committee meeting for this very paper to simply ‘Get out’ to being told that I am ‘So moist’, the remarks do vary widely. Although I do understand that they are said in good humour and they mean no harm, I already have to put up with the lack of vegetarian sandwiches included in meal deals and learning
to cook actual meals with vegetables. I neither want a helpline or a crisis appeal for distressed and miserable vegetarians and vegans, just for people to act decently as they normally do with most peoples’ life choices that don’t affect them. One disturbing aspect I have
discovered since not eating meat is the marketing and social acceptance that meat is a manly condition of life. From steak and blowjob day to being told “Vegetarian? More like vagitarian”, there is a clear impression that we are still required to adhere to the norms of the misconceived male caveman when it comes to meat. Without the consumption of meat, huntergatherer becomes gatherer and we are now as useful as females. It shows that as much as we like to think that we are ‘modern’, ‘civilised’ or ‘tolerant, our civilisation still rests on the animalistic ideals of the cavemen. A regression to comfort our guilt. For all those who still are ready to disregard me as some sort of fool who isn’t up to their moral and
social understanding, the Quorn monster will come for you. In a few decades time when ‘normal’ meat will become unsustainable, Quorn will be there for you. With all its dry succulency and creamy aftertaste, it will consume you. Fear the meat substitute. If you’re lucky, we would have genetically modified to rear Quorn as an animal by then.
I neither want a helpline or a crisis appeal for distressed and miserable vegetarians and vegans, just for people to act decently”
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Four reasons you should give up meat Abi Lofthouse Have you ever thought about cutting meat from your diet? If so, why didn’t you? This article will argue for vegetarianism with four reasons why you might want to give up meat. Even if you’ve never thought about it, this will tell you why you should be thinking about it. A meat-free diet doesn’t just benefit the environment, it’ll benefit you. Becoming a vegetarian isn’t just about giving something up, it’s equally about what you gain. 1.
The first reason you should become a vegetarian is perhaps the most obvious. You’ll save animals’ lives. Many animals are bred purely for food. PETA found that many animals live in squalor. Across the UK, many chickens, pigs and turkeys live in cramped, dark warehouses. These animal factories‚ are so over-crowded, their inhabitants do not have the space to sit down, let alone get any essential exercise. Some are so over-fed, that they are crippled by their own weight. These animals will live a brief life, then they’ll be packaged into a lorry heading to the slaughterhouse. Next comes a long, agonising journey with no food or water and extreme weather conditions. Some animals die before they even reach their destination. If they are lucky‚ enough to survive, their throats are cut and they are then hung upside down, still conscious, until the life has literally dripped out
of them. Chickens’ sensitive beaks are cut off before they are thrown into boiling pots to remove their feathers and kill them painfully. You can stop this. PETA has calculated that the average vegetarian will save around 100 animals per year.” This is due to the decrease in demand for meat products. That amazing fact alone should have already swayed you to give up meat. 2. Easy yet adventurous eating You may think that a guilt-free diet may be harder to cater for. This is far from the truth. You don’t even need to give up the food you love. You can still eat sausages, chicken, bacon, ham‚ just meatfree versions. The range of Quorn products available is so vast: from sausage rolls to pasties, scotch eggs to hot dogs, every craving is sure to be covered. One thing I’m personally waiting for is a Quorn Kebab shop on Guildhall Walk‚ If buying from capitalist companies isn’t your thing, there are plenty of recipes available on websites such as vegetarianrecipeclub.org or cookveg.co.uk which will help you cater for your every need. They’ll teach you how to perfect your Creamy Quinoa Mushroom Risotto in no time.
with before: Falafel, Tofu, even the dreaded salad. Plus, there’s no chance of you getting Salmonella from a meet-free roast dinner. If you love to go out to eat, you don’t need to cut restaurants from your life either. Becoming a vegetarian has forced me to try different meals at my favourite restaurants. It has also encouraged me to try new cuisines, such as the Moroccan restaurant on Elm Grove, Touareg, which has a large selection of veggie-friendly choices. I thought that going veggie would be hard because of my allergy to nuts. However, I’ve realised there is so much variation within the vegetarian diet that you can avoid almost any allergy without wasting away. 3.
Without lecturing you, or boring you with facts and figures, I want to prove to you that vegetarianism has many health benefits. Naturally, as a vegetarian, you will eat more vegetables. If you are like me, that thought may discourage you.
Becoming vegetarian helped me brave the horror of vegetables and healthy eating. It has helped me find new ways to get my five-aday, rather than occasionally eating a boring apple or plain salad”
A favourite of mine are Linda McCartney’s Vegetarian Sausage Hotpots, which surprisingly count as one of your five-a-day. The spiciness and flavouring leaves you satisfied and unaware that you just ate a healthy meal. The average vegetarian not only consumes fewer calories per day, their cholesterol levels are generally much lower too. The average veggie’s cholesterol is 161. The average meat-eater’s cholesterol is 210. For once, I will let the facts do the talking.
Something I’ve found, is that vegetarian cooking is adventurous yet simpler than cooking meat. There’s much less preparation involved. No need to remove stringy fat or bloody veins. You get to explore different types of food you’d never bother
Cases of heart disease, cancer and obesity are also more common within meat-eaters. This is due to the amount of saturated fat there is in meat. Although, this is most probably because there are more people that eat meat in the world than there are vegetarians, so naturally more meat-eaters would suffer from these diseases. But overall, as a vegetarian you’ll generally eat less saturated fat and more protein due to products such as Quorn. We’ve all seen the ad with Mo Farah. If the slight chance of becoming an Olympic gold medallist doesn’t encourage you to eat Quorn, then I’m not sure what I can say to persuade you.
4. Vegetarianism will open your mind!
You will understand the importance of not eating meat. And, hopefully you will gain more respect for the environment and society as a whole‚ As Mahatma Ghandi stated: ‘The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way it treats their animals.’
You will not become a hippie. Nor will you involuntarily take on a Left-Wing political stance. You will be immersed in a new part of society. You will become part of a culture that has respect for life and the environment. That said, your new-found vegetarianism may come with a severe case of self-righteousness, which, sadly, many
Give up meat and gain a lot more than just healthy, guilt-free eating. AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH SERVICES
Sex and Relationships
The perks of being single at university Sasha Morris Your years at university are all about experiencing new things, meeting new people and generally having the time of your life before you have to get a job and start paying bills yourself.But it’s hard to enjoy that sixth Jaeger Bomb when you’re worrying about your partner waiting for you at home. As a person who has been both single and in a relationship at university,
I definitely know which is the more fun option. If you decide you want to carry on the fun and pull an all nighter with those hilarious people you just met at the bar, you have no one to answer to. You can do whatever you want and not face the wrath of a disappointed face for the rest of the next day. Adding to this, having a significant other takes up a lot of your spare time so you probably
won’t go out as much as your single friends in the first place, which could lead to you feeling isolated after they start meeting up without you. You are also eliminating that age old worry of mixing your partner with your friends and praying that they get along so you don’t constantly feel like you are in the middle. Don’t forget the eternal battle of finding the perfect balance between spending time with your
friends and your other half whilst managing school work and any other hobbies. Let’s face it, having that special someone is exhausting; especially for us lazy students. There is also the important point that we are all still in the first quarters of our lives and studies have shown that when we fall in love, we lose an average of two friends — most people fall into a relationship bubble and stop making effort with
other people. We should not forget this is our time to make mistakes, not get enough sleep and to have all the fun we can get before we have to commit to a job and have real responsibilities. I believe we are too young to attach ourselves to another person for such an indefinite length of time.
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Festival looks — for less Claire Stapley
that it needs. Missguided do the cheapest kimonos that are in the price range of £15-20. Festival season also means wellies or boots. As a student you need to think about budget, so Hunter’s are not an option unless you find them at a discounted price. The majority of online retailers such as Missguided and ASOS stock cheap and cheerful wellies for a fraction of the price. The standard green wel-
Everybody’s favourite time of the year is approaching: summer. With this comes holidays, trips to the beach, ice cream, and of course — festivals. - Whether you are off to a day festival or one that lasts two or three days, you need outfits that are not l only great to look at, but are also great in terms of practicality. Last year’s festival season brought to n us the birth of the festival kimono. Originating from Japanese culture, the kimono has made its way onto the high street and into the festival scene. . Kimonos come in all shapes and sizes and look great over any fes! tival outfit, as the various colours and fabrics available on the high street can give your look the pop FLICKR/TOASTKID -
lie is available as well as pastel and neon colours, which are in trend for summer. Shorts are every festival goer’s staple item. Not only do they receive the majority of the dirt you sit on during your festival period, shorts seem to be the only acceptable item to be made dirty and still look fashionable. Studded shorts dominate the festival scene year after year, but FLICKR/SHLALA unfortunately cost extortionate easy to make as studs on eBay amounts online and on the high can be as cheap as £3 for 100. You street. Vintage or charity shops are can get them in different colours, always a go to as shorts stocked shapes and sizes to create your are often Levi or Lee cutoffs and own unique designs. end up having a much longer lifeBaseball jerseys are slowly time in your wardrobe. Vintage creeping their way into the festival shorts also tend to be cheaper than wardrobe. These sporty gems are the high street as they are consid- great in any kind of weather, as the ered second hand. light fabric and small air holes deStudded shorts are also super signed for sport is ideal for sweaty
festivals. Baseball jerseys also are a staple item for colder weather too, as you can layer them with camisoles underneath and chunky knits on top to create a sporty, festival look. Last but definitely not least: the dreaded bum bag. There are mixed reviews on this particular festival accessory, as despite the practicality of them, they are a sore reminder of the 16 year old you saw at V Festival sporting it with hot pants, a bottle of water and a pair of fake Ray Bans. Despite this, bum bags are seen at festivals year after year because they are easy, and come in every colour under the sun. The majority of bum bags should be under £7, and if you pay more than that, you are being ripped off.
Hidden Gems of Portsmouth: The Tenth Hole Tearooms
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the cheesecake was fantastic and worth every penny spent; it was less than five pounds, so it didn’t put a huge dent in my student budget.
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I’m now in my final year of uni.versity, so you would think that I would’ve been to all of the places I’d want to visit, well wrong. There are still so many things I need to check of my Pompey bucket list‚ before I graduate, but back in January I got to check one place off; the Tenth Hole Tearooms.
The Tenth Hole is a delightful little place, located on Eastern Parade on Southsea seafront, it’s adjoined to a nine hole golf course, but the food is really what this place is about. I went on a rainy after,noon, but as soon as we got there I instantly forgot about the delightful British weather outside, and was transfixed by all of the food and cakes they had displayed.
-For a rainy Wednesday afternoon it was actually quite busy. You could tell they had built up a loyal base of customers, and it was easy to see why; the staff were all very friend-
Some of my friends I went with couldn’t even finish their cakes, I suppose you don\t realise how filling it is. So make sure you don’t go there on a full stomach, as you will definitely regret not finishing it!
ly and the place very welcoming and cosy. It was very refreshing to go somewhere that wasn’t in Gunwharf or Guildhall walk. The tearooms itself is on the small side, but we were lucky enough to get seats inside to escape the rain. Once we got our seats, we went up to order our food, and if it’s the cakes you’re after (the main reason people go to the Tenth Hole), then I can ensure you won’t be disappointed with the range of cakes they have on offer. From your more
traditional carrot cakes and apple crumble to the more adventurous Oreo sponge and Honeycomb cheesecake, there is something to cater for every sweet tooth. I chose the mint aero cheesecake, with a coffee to go with it, and after eventually paying (they had problems with the card machine, so I recommend always bringing cash), I got to sit down and see if the food actually lived up to the standard I had been expecting. I’m not much of a pudding person, but
The Tenth Hole tearooms is without a doubt somewhere you have to visit whilst you’re in Portsmouth. Even if you’re not a particularly sweet-tooth person, like myself, you will definitely be converted by the range of deli-
cious cakes they have on offer.
Being located on Southsea seafront, it’s perfect to go to if you’re on a day out at the common, and with summer now around the corner (which will hopefully bring some half decent weather), then now couldn’t be a better time to go.
If your family are down visiting, then I recommend also bringing them here; it can be a perfect opportunity to show them a different area of Portsmouth, and avoid the big restaurant chains in Gunwharf, whilst also having a nice day out along the seafront.
Friday 2nd May 2014
Societies in the spotlight: Show Choir Abi Lofthouse
tional student I joined Show Choir because I love to sing but also because singing is a language everyone understands. Show Choir and its Union Performance, Societies Showcase.members made me feel a little more connected to Portsmouth Uni. I wish we had something similar at my home university in Germany.”
Do you love to sing? Dance? Perform? Or even just make friends with new people? If you do, Show Choir could be the place for you. Rather than boring you with a long list of why you should join Show Choir, here’s some feedback from members: Rebecca Wright, Show Choir Member:”I’m in The Show Choir because I love to sing and love to perform. Show Choir is like my extended family, full of great people! It is a society where I have been able to meet lots of friends who also have a passion for singing and performing too! I really enjoy our various performances as enables us all to grow our confidence!” We are a young society; this is only our third year. We are also quite a small society, with around 40 paid members. But we are always looking for fresh faces. Jane Morton, Show Choir President: “Being part of show choir has been one of the biggest parts
of my university experience! We really are like a big family and I always feel at home and happy singing with the Show Choir. There is nothing that cheers me up more after a rubbish day than going to rehearsals and seeing everyone! Unlike usual choirs, we pride ourselves on the fact that the members choose what we sing. This usually consists of chart music, musical numbers, some Alternative songs, and, our favourite, mash-ups! These are songs mashed together with similar melodies. A recent mash-up we learnt and performed was Counting Stars, One Republic mashed with Timber, Ke$ha. Jen Schreder, Member and Erasmus Student: “As an interna-
We are also devoted to our regular performances, which happen at least once a month around the Portsmouth area. Over the past few months we have performed at The Fat Fox, The Union and The One Eyed Dog. Shireen Wong, Show Choir Member:
If you are someone who is passionate about singing or you sing non-stop, Show Choir is where you belong”
Joining Show Choir has definitely
been one of the best parts of Uni life! Our weekly practices have allowed us to become one big family, improved our confidence and participate in regular performances. “ We are also well-known for our ‘Bring and Sing’ performances, where members get the chance to sing their favourite solo or team up with a group of friends and perform songs they have worked on away from our Tuesday rehearsals. Emma Lawson, Show Choir Member: “One thing I love about the Show Choir is how comfortable you feel when you join. I really love singing but I am not very confident. I wanted somewhere I could sing, develop my confidence and meet new people; Show Choir allows me to do that. Everyone makes you feel so welcome, you all get to know each other really quickly and it really helps you to feel comfortable while your singing.” Recently, our new society covered new ground by participating in a national Show Choir Competition, Masters of Show Choir at The Royal Holloway University, Surrey. After four hours of rehearsal per
week, performances to help fund our travel costs, we performed in the competition and did ourselves proud. Rebecca Wright: “One word for ‘Masters of Show Choir’ - amazing!” All the hard work we had put into it learning harmonies and choreography was well worth it! Even though we didn’t win anything, we came away with our heads held high, having learnt a lot within just one day! We did Portsmouth proud, and I would happily do it all over again!”
Shireen Wong: “All those numerous rehearsing hours we spent together was all worth it as we did an outstanding performance; enjoying every single second on stage and singing our hearts out to the audience. It was an awesome experience that I will never forget!”
We meet once a week in the Activities Room, upstairs in the Union every Tuesday 6:30pm - 8:30pm! Come along, it’d be great to see some new faces! Keep an eye out for some of our upcoming performances. We will be performing at The Student Awards Night and Unifest in the next couple of months!
Sex and Relationships
Online Dating: Tinder Tales Danielle Butler Deputy Editor
Driven by irritability with being single, a general boredom with life, and revision procrastination, this month I decided to give Tinder a try. I hadn’t heard much about it previously; just that everyone seemed to be on it.
I didn’t warm to it immediately. The hot, interesting, potential-to-belove-of-my-life types stayed quiet, and the types who were ‘looking for fun bby, wink face’ were in abundance”
I realise that Tinder is renowned for people just looking for a bit of fun, but how some of these guys (and I’m sure the girls can be just as bad) get anywhere is totally beyond me. This statement goes
out in particular to my good Tinder friend, Chris, who wished to meet ‘my boobs and my funny parts’. It’s safe to say I swiftly declined his charming advances. Eventually, I got talking to a few guys who seemed fairly decent and sweet. But even then I realised, there is no way to tell if Tinder=Truth. I thought I’d hit the jackpot when I got talking to Adam, a 20-something Jenson Button look-alike. At least he looked like Jenson in his profile picture; the black and white, sunglasses wearing, and flatteringly angled picture. On closer inspection this was not the case. Then there was David, who started off cool and interesting, but the conversation just collapsed, and it made me wonder what anyone was ever hoping to gain from Tinder. I may be naïve here - but even if you’re gagging for it this doesn’t seem the best way to go.
My theory was confirmed when a friend of a friend, Graham, sailed off in to the sunset to meet his Tinder match and sailed right back with chlamydia. The dubious photos and awkward small talk aren’t exciting and KATIE TEGTEMEYER they aren’t fun. And that is just one of the things I dislike about Tinder. Plus, finding that a hotty has Then there’s the brutality of the big liked you in return can give you red ‘nope’ across your rejectee’s a nice ego boost, particularly if picture - and the knowledge that you’ve been single for as long as someone has just slapped a big red I have. ‘nope’ against yours. Last but not least, if I do ever fall madly in love I don’t want our story to be ‘we met on Tinder’. Call me old fashioned, but I want my story to have a bit more spontaneity and spark than that of a mobile phone app. All names in this article have been changed to save any embarrassment, mainly for the poor sod who thought it was a good idea to utter the words ‘boobs’ and ‘funny places’ in a chat up line.
Tinder does have its benefits. It’s good for a bit of fun; trawling it for hottys is procrastination at its finest”
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Posh for less dosh Alex Bee Fashion Editor
The Made In Chelsea bunch certainly seem to have it made when it comes to fashion. Although Proudlock’s most recent tartan suit may
be a little harder to pull off when sat in a lecture, and I don’t think I’d wear Louise’s orange, fur-lined cape to The One Eyed Dog, looking like an MIC member doesn’t have to mean an empty wallet. Customise, craft and create an expensive look for less money. High street stores often sell a pared down version of designer items for a fraction of the price. With a little extra searching you can put together a cheaper look that wouldn’t be out of place at the bluebird cafe and may even have Millie Mackintosh swooning. You can pick up a printed shirt like Jamie’s cat printed piece easily
ing a sport luxe numbered tee is truly on trend, but slightly off budget. Thankfully you can find a similar shirt at Topshop for £22. If you already have an old sports jersey, you can create this look by adding a mesh vest over the top, also available at Topshop for £22.
Sophie was seen in her usual spot next to Victoria, wearing a brightly coloured pyjama style shirt. Choose a similar navy blue number from Urban Outfitters for £20. Wear with shiny, blow-dried tresses tumbling over the top.
in River Island. An Africa print shirt from the high street store is £28. Wear with a plain blazer like Jamie to intensify the pattern that peeks through at the collar. Emily’s friend Victoria, who we met in episode 3 of series 7 wear-
Skydiving…“It’s what travellers do” Molly Stooke I wouldn’t consider myself a daredevil.
The thought of throwing myself out of an aeroplane 14,000ft above the perfectly safe, sturdy ground actually causes me to slightly hyperventilate.”
So god only knows why I decided to do exactly that when travelling through Australia. I think it had something to do with the expectations of ‘what travellers do’. A typical bucket list is often made by prospective travellers to release their ‘wild side’ and ftake part in exotic activities you most certainly won’t be able to do in England. For example, my list featured ‘stealing a tuk tuk in Thailand’, of course that was illegal and highly dangerous but sounded like something ‘travellers would do’ so, alas, it made it onto my bucket list. But for the record, it did not get crossed off. e One slightly more realistic addi-tion to the list was skydiving. I was in Cairns, Queensland, at the time and I had been told it was probably the best place in Australia to do one. We went through a company
called Skydive the Reef, where we paid around $330 for a 14,000ft jump. This meant we would be free-falling for sixty seconds. One. Whole. Minute. Once the pain of handing over my hard earned cash was over, we were driven via minibus to Mission Beach with about 10 people, who were clearly over-compensating for their nerves with a fictitious grin stretching from ear to ear. After the safety talk, I met my skydive partner, Mark, who was less than hilarious; making inappropriate jokes about running out of small harnesses so I would have to wear a large one instead which I, and I quote, ‘could slip out of but it’ll be fine’. With my nerves worsened, we made our way to the surprisingly miniature aeroplane. It
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took about 20 minutes to reach altitude, which was without a doubt the longest 20 minutes of my life. Nevertheless, I seemed to be more bothered by the wasp that was trapped in the aeroplane with us than the fact that I was about to be thrown out of the plane, plummeting to the ground at 120mph. Once the door was opened, sharp cold air filled the plane and the realisation of what I was about to do hit me. However, being the first to jump out of the group I had no time to deliberate. Mark and I shuffled forward to the door where I hung my legs out of the plane. Then gradually, my whole body was dangling out of the door whilst Mark got into position behind me.
Before I knew it, we were gone.
The only way I can describe the sensation of falling is floating — floating in midair. Once the splitsecond feeling of butterflies had gone, my body was almost sensationless”
Well, apart from the fact that the force of the wind was making it hard to breath whilst sculpting my face into unsightly expressions. Sixty seconds passed in a flash and before I knew it the parachute
had been released (thank god). I was given the stirrups that effortlessly directed us through the air. We had about three minutes until we reached the ground so I then had time to appreciate my surroundings. It was utterly peaceful and the air had gotten warmer. The land was vast and in the distance you could see The Great Barrier Reef. The ground was soon beneath my feet and I suddenly became overwhelmed by the whole experience. My false grin controlled by nerves was now a genuine one. The adrenalin in my body had just caught up with me and I was suddenly leaping about in pure euphoria. No other experience has ever come close to the high I was feeling that day and I can safely say that this was the beginning of my newfound obsession for skydiving.
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Living with a volcano in your back garden: Sicily Gemma Dsouza Travel Editor
The media portrays volcanoes as deadly, science portrays them as dangerous, religion portrays them as powerful, but to Sicilians, the volcano Mount Etna portrays opportunity and comfort. Nicknamed the ‘boot of Italy’ is the beautiful island of Sicily in the Mediterranean Sea, south of the mainland. The island is a stunning setting, typical of an Italian city, with continental influenced architecture and buildings with lurid lemon yellow paint-jobs. The island is special and unique, built of an array of mixed landscapes, so different from one another. From idyllic sun-kissed palm trees to multiple in-line olive vineyards, contrasting against miles of sterile land caused by volcanic eruptions. Of course, the most dominating landscape is Mt. Etna, the most active and largest volcano in Europe, with a height of 3350 metres, three times the size of Snowdonia in Wales. Mt. Etna, positioned in the north east of the island is it’s focal point. To my surprise, Sicilians seemed content living with a constantly-erupting volcano in their back gardens. The locals I met adored the volcano, taking pride in Etna, disregarding the fact that it has caused problems in the past. Mt. Etna has not caused tragedy, since no deaths have even been historically recorded from its effusive (lava flows) and mildly
explosive (strombolian) eruptions. This is not to say that these eruptions are small or infrequent, in fact quite the opposite. During the duration of my stay in Taormina two weeks ago (the nearest city to the volcano), Etna erupted twice, with lava exploding and splattering upward into the air which we saw from the hotel balcony. Italians in general are very laid back people, following the Mediterranean trend of siestas, relaxed work and enjoyable, long evenings with family and friends. Sicilians are the very extreme of this stereotype. Hundreds of times have Sicilians watched Mt. Etna erupt in the past, destroying thousands of roads, houses and agricultural land in the process. But due to their laid back attitude, they wait until lava flows past and finish, then start to slowly rebuild roads and houses, without hassle, trouble or complaint. Mt. Etna also creates a lot of
opportunity for Sicilians. The lava, when cooled, creates different types of rock used today for building construction, house flooring, facades and the typical dry stone walls used in the countryside. Even huge cathedrals are built entirely from black lava stone. The lava also has a positive impact on agriculture, important in the Sicilian economy. The land becomes increasingly fertile, which is why Sicily is renowned for its olive vineyards and citrus fruits, in particular oranges and lemons. I made sure I had tried the famous Sicilian lemonade, handmade in front of me in a market. My jaw tingled when I drank it. The sour, cold sting hit my brain immediately but after getting used to it, I started to enjoy the famous lemonade that was just soda water, squeezed fresh lemon and sugar. Of course every country has its wealthy areas and poorer parts, but
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during my trip, Sicily stood out to me as a poor country, divided from Italian wealth. The deserted, long and narrow roads in amongst what I would call the slums of Sicily, takes you completely out of your comfort zone, especially as me and a friend were almost mugged. Some people said they were opportunists who took advantage of two tourists walking through back alleys of Catania with iPhone 5’s and cameras. Other people said they were locals, doing what locals do best, and sadly, with very high crime rates in many of the cities, it was in some cases expected. However in other cities and niche towns on hill tops, wealth was not hidden. Dolce and Gabanna, Giorgio Armani and Miuccia Prada ruled the cobbled streets, with women window shopping, drooling over £10,000 handbags.
Exclusive beaches that bounded these cities were all owned too. What was free however were the views, which were worth more than money could buy. On our last day, we hiked up the hills, through towns and villages on an incline no treadmill could replicate, until we reached the top. Views of the amphitheatre, the crystal clear sea, rooftop pools, pastel coloured terraces and hills of open green space filled our vision. We had learnt a hell of a lot in a week: do not assume hiking a volcano is easy, do not underestimate the hangover you get from a €1.55 Sicilian bottle of wine, do not keep your iPhones on you when you’re walking in the slums of Sicily and when life gives you lemons, guarantee soda water and sugar.
Move on and leave the past behind Nicola Slade Why should you leave the past behind? Because it is the past. It’s an obvious answer, but it’s a lot easier said than done as most of you will know. Everyone says the present is exactly that, a present. It’s cheesy, but it is also true. Many people waste the present and therefore future dwelling on the past. What they wish they could change, they could have said, they could have done instead of what they actually
did. By doing this, they’re living in the past but why?
It is basic human instinct to have regrets and wish you could change your mistakes”
but at the end of the day you can’t. It is a fact of life that we all
have to live with, the only thing we can do is move on and learn from our mistakes. Everyone has heard those two words that sting a little bit; move on. Yes they sound harsh but in reality it is the best thing anyone can do for their emotional and mental health. Everyone has regrets that they wish they could change but it is impossible. When I say impossible, I don’t mean one of those ‘nothing is impossible’ impossibles, I mean impossible. There are memories to hold on to and memories to for-
get. The ones people should forget however end up being the ones they hold on to. If you break up with someone and then regret it for instance. Why are you regretting a decision you made? The main reason people regret breaking up with someone
is because they miss them. Again, missing someone or something is a basic human instinct but there was a reason you broke up with that person and that is what needs to be remembered. It is always hard to move on from the past but you need to remember the reason you made those decisions and stick to them because it is the only way to carry on. Life is a beautiful thing that should be cherished; you only get to live it once so wouldn’t you rather live for the future than the past?
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The Ratells: The next ‘Best Unsigned Band’ Cameron Oldridge
when our name was read out; it’s nice to be recognised for our hard work, I guess…”
Deputy Arts and Entertainment Editor
It is safe to say that 2013 was an incredible year for Ashley, Daniel, Samuel and Ben, AKA The Ratells. In addition to supporting the likes of Kaiser Chiefs and The Boomtown Rats, as well as a huge 16-date support tour with Room 94, The Ratells sold-out their first ever headline tour in October 2013. The band is perhaps best known for their close relationship with fans through the use of social media. Whether it’s updating their blog or replying to their ever-growing Twitter and Facebook following, this strong relationship with fans was influential in the band’s music video for their 2013 summer hit ‘Faces’. Comprising of photos of their fans, the song gained thousands of views within days of its release and was subsequently named in the Top three Tracks of the Year by BBC Introducing SheÔ¨Éeld. More recently, the band was rewarded for their hard-work and dedication to their music by winning ‘Best Unsigned Band’ at the 2014 Exposed Awards. Along with another relentless touring schedule, and various festival slots already confirmed, the rest of 2014 looks set to be an amazing time for the band. Despite an ever-growingly busy schedule, The Galleon managed to speak to drummer Ben Stubbs, about their success and what the future holds for this aspiring band. According to Ben, the band started playing together under a different name around six years ago and after a few line-up changes, the band settled as a four-piece roughly 18 months ago. “We started out playing covers, with no real intention of
We love being out on the road, with our best mates, playing shows and watching people lose their s**t to it. You genuinely have to pinch yourself sometimes!”
making our own music; that just kinda happened and came from nowhere”. Remarkably, Ben admits that the group, in a certain light, formed out of boredom. “We’re just four guys who started a band in my garage so we had something different to do with our time other than going up to the school field with a bottle of vodka every night.” When asked about their musical influences, Ben felt that it becomes easy to pigeonhole yourself when you start to reel off a list of bands and artists. He instead stated that “I think the most honest answer would be that we are influenced by our pasts, our upbringings and, probably most of all, by each other and our complex relationships with each other”. He also feels that their recent success can be traced back to their distinctive musical sound. “There’s an element of pop, there’s elements of rock, and I think that’s
the beauty of our band; it seems to appeal to a whole wide range of people.”
When reminiscing about 2013, Ben simply replied that it was “the best year of our lives without a doubt”. The experiences of supporting big bands, especially The Boomtown Rats, have allowed them to grow and develop. “You learn so much being on the road, especially playing with other bands, it’s helped us mature I
guess you could say.” Ben states that they noticed a change after the release of ‘Faces’ last June; it is around this time Ben remembers the shows started becoming busier. “Our first show of last year was in Manchester, I’d say there was no more than 20 people there and the last show of the year was at Manchester Academy and there were hundreds of people there screaming every word back and wearing our t-shirts; it was fucking deafening”. When asked about ‘Faces’, Ben was, and still is, very modest about its success. “We put some CDs for sale on our website and they sold out within the first few hours”. This modesty continues when asked about their recent win at this year’s Exposed Awards. “It was pretty crazy enough to be nominated but to win the thing as well, was something else. Our table erupted
the academic year comes to an end, we bid farewell to several writers and sub-editors on The Galleon’s Arts & Entertainment team on the cusp of graduation, including our Screen Editor Peter Lyons, our Online Editor Emma Leahy, our Gaming & Technology Editor Tom Breakwell, and our Deputy Editor Cameron Oldridge. Without these people, the Arts & Entertainment section of The Galleon would be 6
or 7 pages of blank paper, and so everyone at The Galleon would like to thank them for their incredible contributions over the past year, and wish them all the best in whatever they do in the future. From everyone at The Galleon, we would like to wish you a wonderful summer - don’t forget to log on to our website, galleonnews. com/artsents, for a boatload of entertaining and insightful reads!
There were 100’s of people there screaming every word back and wearing our t-shirts; it was deafening”
Whilst 2013 was undoubtedly a busy year for the band, with the release of their Behind The Fire EP and their upcoming tour, it seems that 2014 is busier, bigger and, most importantly, more entertaining for these lads. “We’ve been off the road for three months now and we’re itching to get back. Playing live is the heart of this band and the one thing we enjoy more than anything. I love being out on the road, with my best mates, playing shows and watching people lose their shit to it. We’ve been building up to this for a long time now. We haven’t properly released anything for around 10 months now, and we’ve matured and learned a lot more as a band since then. I think it’s safe to say we’ve never felt as excited about a song as we do about this one, it’s a beast and we can’t wait to unleash it; you genuinely have to pinch yourself sometimes!” ‘Faces’ and ‘Behind The Fire’ are now available to download on iTunes.
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s Once again, the Arts & oEntertainment corner of The Galleon website is bursting at the seams with exclusively online rreviews and features. Fast-rising -Scottish rockers Fatherson’s debut album, I Am An Island, and Aussie pop princess Iggy Azalea hightcharting single, ‘Fancy’, both face tthe verdict of The Galleon, as well -as Richard Ayoade’s sophomore directorial effort, The Double. Other
review subjects include Marvel Studios’ latest outing, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, while Marvel: Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. gets given the ‘For Dummies’ treatment. You will also find a double bill of book reviews on the website: Richard Arthur’s travel journal I Of The Sun and Lucy’s Christopher’s Stolen. As Bob Dylan once said: the times they are a-changin’, and as
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Kermit and co try to do it all over again Muppets Most Wanted In cinemas now
4/10 Peter Lyons Screen Editor
Muppets Most Wanted is the latest film in the Muppets franchise, attempting to build upon the critical and commercial success of The Muppets released in 2012.
some mildly entertaining musical numbers, Muppets Most Wanted ultimately falls short of the previous film. Taking place immediately after the finale of the last film, the Muppets decide to do a sequel. They can’t quite decide what to do, until supposed tour manager
and subtly named antagonist Dominic Badguy (Ricky Gervais) suggests they go on a grand world tour. Meanwhile, Kermit the Frog lookalike and apparent number one bad guy, Constantine (Matt Vogel), has escaped a Siberian Gulag. After tricking his pursuers into arresting Kermit, Constantine
quickly reunites with Dominic, who (shock horror) is the number two bad guy. The pair then continue to travel with the Muppets, using the world tour as a cover for breaking into museums. It is quickly revealed that they plan to steal the crown jewels, because they’re bad guys
Muppets Most Wanted maintains the semi reflexive and light-hearted style that was utilised so well in the previous film, but feels lacking in comparison”
Whilst the film delivers light hearted comedy, celebrity cameos and
and that’s what bad guys do. While the rest of the Muppets are convinced that nothing is amiss, Kermit is stuck in the Gulag with prison officer Nadya (Tina Fey), who intends to stop him escaping, and seems to be the only woman in Russia. Muppets Most Wanted maintains the semi reflexive and light-hearted style that was utilised so well in the previous film, but feels lacking in comparison. The comedy elements of the film are amusing, but the musical sequences are mostly uninteresting. Perhaps the most detrimental factor to the overall enjoyment of the film, is that the trailer falls in to the trap of showing the majority of the good bits as well as the plot. What’s left to be seen in the film itself leaves Muppets Most Wanted feeling quite disappointing. Though as was pointed out to me, in the opening musical number ‘We’re Doing a Sequel’, they do specifically say “everybody knows that the sequel’s never quite as good”…
Spidey sequel hangs by a single thread The Amazing SpiderMan 2 In cinemas now
6/10 George White The wise-cracking webhead returns in the next instalment of the latest adaptation of the Marvel comic classic, with Andrew Garfield continuing his role as the young, fun-loving superhero. This time round, director Marc Webb, seems to have taken a different approach to the web-slinger and has focused heavily on his alterego Peter Parker’s social life, most importantly his on again/off again relationship with Gwen Stacy (in spite of a promise he made to her late father to keep her safely distant from his vigilante deeds). Unlike its prequel, which centred around Spider-Man’s origin story and Dr Curt Connors/The Lizard, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 focuses mostly on the origin of the super-charged Electro. Jamie Foxx’s electrifying performance as Electro (AKA Maxwell Dillon)
the Spider-Man canon, then The Amazing Spider-Man 2 does its job. It must be said that although the film seemed unfulfilling, it was simplyM because the trailers promised more than it actually gave which became more evident as the film continued. It is suggested that if you go to see the film, then you should forget what the trailer asserts and expect aN decent, well-acted and entertainingI film which attempts to move away from the typical superhero4 blockbuster film, replacing the emphasis of action for how beingC Spider-Man affects Peter Parker’sD relationships with others, both socially and romantically. W d s M R i p o h c o
brought to life a clever depiction of the super villain with an obsessive disposition that had yet to be seen in the Spider-Man canon. Despite this, the film suffers from the same curse that struck Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 as it recklessly forces the Green Goblin, a complex criminal genius worthy of his own movie, in towards the final fight scene. In doing so, there was no time to give one of Spider-Man’s favourite antagonists the screen time they deserved.
Additionally, Rhino is unworthy of being mentioned as one of the key villains, disappointingly used as a simple cameo despite the theatrical trailers portraying his appearance as one of the major fight scenes. As if to rub additional salt into the wound, the film’s post-credit scene, as is expected from all Marvel films, seemed less to do with adding to an overall Marvel story in a clever teaser-likemanner. It had blatantly inserted a trailer for X-Men: Days Of Future
Past instead. This left one feeling cheated having already watched a vast portion of the overall credits, after a series of disappointments, for a simple theatrical trailer that added very little excitement for the upcoming film. For the fans, the movie seemed to fall short of expectation, leaving them wanting more, especially with the action one expected. However, for those who want to see a film that will entertain for a few hours and who don’t officially follow
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Why Watch… Sci-Fi?
Richard Warburton Let’s get something straight: enough has been written about Star Wars to sink an Imperial Star Destroyer, so the less said about that whiny little twerp Skywalker, the better. Science fiction, whether in book or film form, tends to induce gagging sounds from perfectly open-minded souls who may even have enjoyed Gulliver’s Travels or The Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde, both genre classics. Kingsley Amis comes to the rescue with a neat definition of sci-fi, whose narratives he concluded should concern a “situation that could not arise in the world we know, but which is hypothesized on the basis of some innovation in science or technology”. Thus armed, let’s have a look at some
of the lesser known gems, that while some may have lasers and spaceships, they certainly won’t have a patois-babbling Gungan from Naboo. Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker is a slow movie so if you like Michael Bay’s Transformers films, then this is not for you. In fact if you like the Transformers films, you are probably nine, so Tarkovsky isn’t for you. This is Tarkovsky doing low-fi sci-fi, following a guide taking people through The Zone to The Room, where all their wishes will be granted. Snail-paced, Russian and devoid of special effects, bar the jaw-dropping kiss-off in the final scene. What’s not to like? 12 Monkeys (1995) is Terry Gilliam’s other great sci-fi movie. This one beats Brazil for sheer brass to unite Brad Pitt and Bruce Willis (minus the smirk) in a bamboozling
time travel mystery about a plague that ravages earth in the future. The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951) does have lasers admittedly, and has been tainted by an unfortunate remake (which thankfully nobody saw). Aliens, like the ones in The Abyss, have decided humanity is past its sell-by date and ready to be destroyed. The ambassador with the bad news lands in NYC and spends some anonymous time among locals before deciding we are worth another go. Problem is, big robot Gort is primed to push the button unless his boss can get back in time. “Klaatu barada nicto” - don’t forget it! Silent Running (1971) has botanist Bruce Dern tending an orbiting greenhouse, its contents the surviving plants from an earth now devoid of foliage. His desperate attempts to conserve his gardens are touching, an ecomovie with a hippy you can actually root for. Sci-fi is not going anywhere, so for every Oblivion we can hope for a District 9. Godzilla is imminent, although it has to throw off the memory of 1998’s debacle, and from the trailers it looks like a big boring cousin of Pacific Rim. However, reasons to be cheerful lie with Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar; due later this year, its plot is shrouded in secrecy for the right reasons I expect…
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Students’ final film projects to hit the big screen Peter Lyons Screen Editor
Third year students from the School Of Creative Arts, Film & Media at University Of Portsmouth will be showcasing their final year film projects on May 21st at Southsea’s Kings Theatre. The event features seven short films in a variety of genres, including horror, thriller, documentary, comedy and others. Tickets are available online on the Kings Theatre website for £3 in advance, or £4 on the doors. The films being shown include Once Upon A Time By The Sea - Stephen Morley, who produced the film, labels it as a mix of “modern western, drama and black comedy”, and also provided a short synopsis: “While attending a fancy dress party with his girlfriend, Billy is approached by a young cowboy and western fanatic, Doc. When Doc is rejected by Billy, she
plots an irrational revenge.” Another film being showcased at the event is Hollow. Chris Harvey, who worked on Hollow for his final project, describes the film as a psychological mystery, stating that “Hollow is a poetic journey that goes through the disconcerted mind of a young woman. Follow her as she carefully treads in the lonely forest and rediscovers her identity. Other films being screened at the event are Work For Idle Hands, Idiom, Purgatory, Believe it Or Not, and Joy Visit the Kings Theatre website, kings-southsea.com, to purchase tickets and for more information on the event, or follow the University Of Portsmouth Third Year Film Screening page on Facebook: facebook.com/ UoPthirdyearfilmscreening
‘Noah’: an epic(ally boring) conquest
animals, Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky serves up an awesome retelling of this great Biblical tale of courage and sacrifice.
In cinemas now
What should have been an epic, superb picture instead dissolves into a dark, bizarre melodrama”
Deputy Arts and Entertainment Editor
When Noah (Russell Crowe) dreams of catastrophic floods, he seeks advice from his grandfather Methuselah (Anthony Hopkins). Revealing the dreams foretell of an imminent disaster, sent by God as punishment for man’s corruption of the world, Noah embarks on his pre-determined destiny to construct a vessel to save the lives of the innocent. Along with his wife Naameh (Jennifer Connelly), his three sons Shem (Douglas Booth), Ham (Logan Lerman) and Japheth (Leo McHugh Carroll), and daughter-
in-law, Ila (Emma Watson), Noah sets about constructing a giant wooden ark. The impending flood is not the only challenge Noah faces however, as a violent tribe of
warriors, led by his nemesis Tubalcain (Ray Winstone), want the ark for themselves. With astonishing special-effects, including a vast menagerie of CGI
You take a robust leading man in Crowe, add a renowned supporting cast of Connelly, Winstone, Watson, and Hopkins, and you have the recipe for a two-hour epic tale. And whilst this film had all the ingredients to be a whimsical retelling of a biblical tale, it becomes more tedious and overdramatic as
the movie progresses. In typical Aronofsky fashion, what should have been an epic, superb picture instead dissolves into a dark, bizarre melodrama during the latter half of the film. It tells a good story, but it attempts to be way too ambitious, relying heavily on CGI work and failing to be gripping, ultimately leading it to become an overtly average movie. I had very high expectations for this film, and not to say that I hated it, but unfortunately I was let down a bit. Luckily the performances are great, and really what saves this film from being a total mess. Noah is a film with big set pieces, and grand storytelling, but it just doesn’t truly capture your sense of wonder. The film had so much potential to be much better than it actually was.
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Retro Reviews Streets Of Rage Sega Mega Drive
7/10 Sebastian Stungo
The prodigal son returns Infamous: Second Son PlayStation 4
9/10 James Strudwick
Take to the streets and demolish some goons in Sega’s classic title, Streets Of Rage. Released in 1991 for the Mega Drive, it was a direct competitor to established beat-’em-up favourites such as Double Dragon and Final Fight. There are three characters to choose from: Adam, Axel and Blaze, who are all ex-cops determined to rid their “once peaceful city” of human scum. They all have the same basic functionality with simple combos, grapple attacks and jump kicks, but a few subtle differences in power, speed and range set them apart. All characters have access to one police call per round/life, where an officer rolls up out of nowhere and nails the baddies with a napalm bomb that the player is conveniently resistant to. Pipes, glass bottles, knives and baseball bats can also be found and used for all the wrong reasons. The combat does feel slightly clunky at times, especially during boss battles. The bosses do not suffer much hit-stun and will instantly attack you if you break a combo; particularly frustrating for new players. Thankfully, with enough patience, they can be easily exploited due to the simplistic AI. Environments throughout the game are dark and grimy, giving an impressive feeling of urban decay. The outstanding soundtrack by Yuzo Koshiro matches this perfectly, with hard hitting 90s dance-inspired tunes. Although unrefined and largely overshadowed by its flashier sequel, Streets Of Rage 2, the first game is still thoroughly enjoyable, and will evoke fond memories for anyone who had the fortune of owning a Mega Games 2 cartridge as a child.
The eagerly-awaited PlayStation4 exclusive, InFamous: Second Son, was finally unleashed last month, and having played it for many hours now, I can safely say that it has definitely lived up to the hype. Second Son starts a new story with a new character, Delsin, and takes place seven years after the events of InFamous 2. A change in character comes a change in powers, and this time it’s a pretty major change. Delsin’s superhuman power is that he can take the other powers of super humans, therefore throwing open a whole load of opportunities to get multiple powers. The fact that you can now get multiple powers gives an innovative touch to the game, meaning that you can switch between the powers when you have gained multiple powers, in order to complete missions in any way you like. One of the powers now available to you is ‘Smoke’: Smoke is the first power you get and one of the abilities that entails is ‘Smoke
Dash’. One press of the circle, and Delsin will teleport a few paces in a cloud of smoke, and doing this never gets old! Another cool ability that the smoke power gives you is being able to smoke dash through air vents onto the tops of buildings within a second. This ability comes in handy when you need to get out of fights and away from enemies. With a new character also comes a new area to explore, which this time is the city of Seattle. Seattle is a great location and has lots to do apart from the main story missions. This includes new ways to reduce the D.U.P. control in the different areas of the map, doing graffiti on the walls (Deslin is a graffiti artist),
and ‘District Showdowns’. District Showdowns give you a chance to completely rid an area of the map of D.U.P. soldiers, but you are only able to take part in these district showdowns when you have reduced D.U.P. control in the area to 30% or below.
A change in character comes a change in powers, and this time it’s a pretty major change”
Another great thing about InFamous: Second Son is that developers Sucker Punch Productions are releasing free downloadable content for it. This comes in the form of the InFamous Paper Trail, which you have to register for online. InFamous Paper Trail is a mixture of doing interactive things on the InFamous website and missions on the game on the console. It adds even more great things to do in the game when there are already many side-missions to do already. Second Son is a must-get for InFamous fans, and PS4 owners in general!
A grounded prelude to ‘Phantom Pain’ Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes 7/10 Tom Breakwell Gaming & Technology Editor
Ground Zeroes is a strange beast. It serves as a prequel to Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (which is yet to be released) and is priced at £24. While the price is certainly something to be happy about, I was nervous heading into the game having heard the campaign lasted just under an hour. Is such a game worth your hard-earned cash? Rather then playing as Solid Snake you play as Big Boss, whose DNA led to the creation of both Solid Snake and Liquid Snake. Complicated? Perhaps.
Then again, Metal Gear is a rather complicated series when it comes to storylines… The main mission within the game consists of you infiltrating a base at night under heavy rain. While the game retains the same old third-person viewpoint, the combat feels far more refined, with Big Boss entering into slow-motion if found by enemy soldiers, giving
you time to pick your shots. The mission is short, there is no denying that. Although if you collect everything along your way, you are looking at a play through of up to two hours. On top of that, there are side missions placing you at the same base, but in varying conditions. As a result, Ground Zeroes offers a lot of replay value for those seeking out sought-after
achievements and trophies. The game also looks great. From the atmospheric opening cut-scene, you are met with superb lighting effects and excellent character modeling. The sound design is also superb with the guns sounding beefy. Yet Ground Zeroes feels overpriced. In an age of DLC and even free games, the £24 asking price is steep to say the least. While side missions are on offer in the form of different objectives, the missions still take place at the same base as the main mission. The side missions in themselves, while fun, feel as if they were added there to justify the price of the game. For veterans of the Metal Gear series, Ground Zeroes is a must, but for newcomers, I honestly believe you should wait for a price drop.
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A sunny season of culture Charlotte Ekin Hands up: who got bored over Easter? If you are anything like me, then running out of your student loan meant you had no money to go out, and therefore no good reason not to revise and get that final essay written. Well, now that the loans are in and we are all back, there’s just a few things that will be happening on this sunny Isle to keep you entertained over the next few weeks and leading into Summer. Summer for me means avoiding the sun at all costs, and what better place to do that than our very own Kings Theatre. Most of you should be familiar with it by now, but for those of you who have yet to visit, put one of these events on your calendar: After over 10,000 performances on the West End, Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers will be making the Kings its home after Easter. The legendary tale of twins reuniting after being separated at birth will be in Southsea from May 6th — 10th. From June 19th — 21st, the Kings will also play host to multiaward-winning local performance
group CCADS and their version of The Who’s rock opera, Tommy. For anyone who likes their musical history, the beautiful local theatre was used for the Pinball Wizard scenes of the original 1975 movie, and featured Elton John on the stage in a pair of stilts and giant Doc Martens (ask your dads). Over the summer, the theatre also plays host to the regularirregular performing delights of Joe Black and his always entertaining House Of Burlesque. Meanwhile, the Youth Theatre will be performing The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe and Oh, What A Lovely War!. On September 19th, the Kings Theatre plays host to esteemed actor, writer and comedian Michael Palin. Monty Python star Michael is famous for travelling the globe, and this visit is in support of the publication of more of his travels, specifically his diaries Travelling to Work 1988 — 1998. His first ever one-man stage tour looks back at his adventures around the world, along with anecdotes from his 50-odd years appearing in tv, radio and movies. If stage productions aren’t your bag, then we aren’t finished
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yet. There is also a photography exhibition at the Kings from May 5th — 16th by Hansigne photography. Fie Hansigne Rude Petersen is a self-taught photographer from Denmark who regularly photographs bands in Portsmouth venues such as The Fat Fox and The Registry. This will be her debut exhibition, and not one to miss.
If not one of those take your fancy, then you are probably reading the wrong section of The Galleon. For the rest of you, try and also head down to the Kings on May 21st to support your fellow students, as the third years over in School of Creative Arts, Film & Media will be showing off their year’s work.
Ignore red, Scandinavian crime fiction is very much the ‘new black’ Buried Angels Camilla Läckberg
7/10 Nick Meadows For the last few years, many of us have been drawn to the novels of Jo Nesbo, Stieg Larsson and Henning Mankell, myself included. Before I picked up The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, my only history of crime fiction was a couple of John Grisham ‘holiday reads’.
In defiance to her younger years, Läckberg is very much an
old fashioned crime writer” Flavour of the week right now though, and with good reason, is undoubtedly Camilla Läckberg. April 10th saw the release of her newest novel, Buried Angels, but this is far from her debut novel. I must admit, until the press began hyping her most recent outing, I was unaware of her existence,
but a bit of digging has proved my ignorance. In her homeland of Sweden, a country with a population of 9.5million, she has shifted 4.7 million books. She has totalled sales of 11 million across 55 countries, outselling even Larsson. All this from a beautiful, yet unassuming 39-year-old woman whose love for the genre began when she stumbled upon her father’s Agatha Christie collection. The influence of Christie on her own writing is evident. In defiance to her younger years, she is very much an old fashioned crime writer. She follows the traditional way of writing a crime novel: the ‘whodunnit’. The Swede keeps stuffiness at bay though, by infusing her take on the everyday life of her two protagonists, the depth of character adding to the overall drama of the story.
The protagonists in her novels are a married couple; crime author Erica and Patrik, a detective. The way the couple deals with married life and its trials and tribulations is as engaging as the mysteries themselves. Buried Angels begins in the Easter of 1974. A family abandons their home on an idyllic Swedish island and everything in it, including their one-year-old daughter Ebba. Years later, Ebba returns to the island with her husband after losing their only child but within days, their house is the target of an arson attack. Patrik and Erica are fascinated by the mystery of Ebba’s abandonment, and the family’s tragic history. When blood is discovered in the cabin, old ghosts are awoken. Patrik and Erica are now on the hunt for a killer, who will stop at nothing to keep the past buried…
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Does anybody read these days? Nick Meadows Culture Editor
Prisoners’ rights have always been a contentious issue, but decisions by the government may have removed one too many ‘privileges’ from lags. However, earnest Justice Secretary Chris Grayling’s ideas may have been, the blanket ban on prisoners being able to receive packages from friends and family whilst incarcerated has led to many arguing that this will ultimately have a negative effect on the rehabilitation of offenders. My concern here, and I am far from alone, is that prisoners can no longer be sent literature. The ban is designed to keep contraband out of prisons, but how much more than that is it really denying the prisoners? Although the image of prisoners having a television in their room and access to pool tables and internet often stirs up very heated debate, it is my belief that access to a good book is as much a right as it is a privilege. Grayling was quick to defend his position, stating that there was no intention of keeping books away from inmates, but merely making prison officers lives easier by removing the grey areas of what is or isn’t allowed inside by simply banning everything. Yes, the detainees still have the same library access as regular citizens, but how much good is this, really? I honestly can’t remember a public library ever having the title I was looking for. Shadow Justice Secretary Sadiq Khan has been quoted as saying “educational levels in prisons are a national disgrace 40% of those behind bars have the reading age of an 11 year old”. Surely, on that evidence there should be an emphasis on making reading (or at the very least the ability to learn to read) in prisons mandatory, not a privilege?
Access to a good book is as much a right as it is a privilege”
Friday 2nd May 2014
Bury 4 — 4 Portsmouth: Eight goal thriller at Gigg Lane BURY
Pompey safe under the helm of caretaker manager Awford
Jordan Webb Sport Editor
The Galleon’s first game away from home couldn’t have got any better, after Bury surrendered a three goal lead as Pompey drew level in the dying minutes of the game. The game looked all tied up after the Shakers went 3-0 up after 49 minutes, but despite a slight resurgence from the travelling Blues, Hallam Hope’s third to put Bury 4-2 up in the 87th minute seemed to have sunk the Blues, who are unbeaten in their last six games. But Danny Hollands’ long throws into the Bury box started to cause havoc for the hosts and Sonny Bradley reduced the deficit to just one goal in the 88th minute, sending the 1,498 travelling fans into a frenzy. Four minutes of added time was signalled by the fourth official, sparking yet another insidious level of energy amongst the Fratton Faithful as Pompey pressed for an equaliser. And in nigh on exact replication of the goal just minutes earlier, Wes Fogden levelled the score at 4-4. Trevor Carson was beaten three times by Hallam Hope, who bagged Bury’s first league hat-trick since 1999. The Shakers dominated the first half, with Portsmouth lucky to only be 2-0 down. But a bold move from caretaker manager Andy Awford to play Sonny Bradley up front rejuvenated the Pompey side, with the Blues enjoying the spoils of the second half. Speaking to BBC Radio Solent, Andy Awford said: “We left ourselves a mountain to climb and we climbed it. We changed a lot at half-time and we changed things in the second half and we managed to nick a point. “I’ve learnt an awful lot today about the players and even the players that weren’t used. The spirit’s good in that dressing room and well done to the boys .”
Jordan Webb Sport Editor
Portsmouth FC, having sat precariously above the drop zone just over a month ago, are now mathematically safe thanks to a revival under caretaker manager, Andy Awford. Since Awford took over from Richie Barker on 27th March, Portsmouth won their first five games under Awford’s authority, and drawing to Bury, leaving the Blues unbeaten since Barker’s dismissal after a flurry of poor performances. A win against Plymouth on Saturday 3rd May will send Portsmouth into the top 10 in League 2, an impeccable achievement given the dangerous positions they have sat in the league so far this season.
Speaking to BBC Radio Solent, Awford said: “I’ve got plans in my own head in case I am manager of Portsmouth Football Club. Until I’m asked and we sort it out they will remain in my head.” The 41-year-old former Pompey defender, who is the club’s academy manager, is no doubt a popular choice amongst the supporters at Fratton Park, but Awford is keen to have control over the restructuring of the squad if appointed manager. He said: “There needs to be lots of discussion, the board need to think carefully, things have to be right.” “If I was lucky enough to be the next manager of Portsmouth Football Club who is going to be the next academy manager? That worries me, we have to get that right. “We have to make sure the
football club is built from bottom to top and it isn’t at the moment. We have to lay some foundations so the day I move on from this club we’ve got to make sure the club is sound. It’s been mistreated for far too long. “Longevity of the football club is everything. Now we are safe, now is time to put some building blocks in place so that what happened, never happens again.”
Regardless of whether or not he is appointed, the remarkable turnaround that Awford has produced in the latter end of the season has left many fans contemplating what could have been were he to have been handed the position much earlier on in the season.
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The death of the number 10 in football Rory Allen It’s late on a Wednesday night and I don’t have much to do. I’m watching Real Madrid vs Sevilla. The man of the match for me: Ivan Rakitic; a Croatian playmaker who plays in what is known at ‘the number 10 position’. A lot has been made of the apparent death of this role as pace and power is making a resurgence into the modern game. Watching Sky Sports, you often hear Gary Neville talk about everyone wanting to play in the elusive position but no one seems willing to run in beyond final third lines. Too many players wanting to be number 10’s that get all the glory and have no responsibility. I want to question this all too frequent belief, as I believe the number 10 is still alive and kicking. First, let me clarify as to what classifies a number 10 in my eyes. The most obvious being a midfielder who has the license to roam between the lines of the oppositions midfield and defence. They are usually
alongside one or two defensive midfielders behind them. The second is a fairly recent role also known as ‘the false 9’ role (think Lionel Messi). Confusing I know but don’t let the name fool you. This is usually the central figure of a front three dropping slightly deeper to help link the transition from defending to attacking. However the pivotal difference here is that there is more of a demand on this player to penetrate in beyond at the right time in order to create an outlet or stretch teams. Lastly is the most recent adaptation of the number 10 which is an interchangeable front line of numerous number 10s. Teams all too often are lacking willing runners to go in beyond and penetrate as pundits like Neville have pointed out on numerous occasions. This is because too many number 10s in one team is causing intricate football leading no where. As with the best teams, balance is key. The recent shift back to pace and power in the modern game will actually aid
the clever number 10’s. This is because craft, technique and an eye for a killer pass becomes more and more crucial in a game where 22 strong, fast athletes are fighting for space. I am already starting to see many players understanding their number 10 roles with more intelligence. For example, Gotze’s has played as both an orthodox number 10 and a false 9 for Bayern this season and added something completely different to a almost perfect team. Coutinho at Liverpool linking the midfield to the attack expertly always looking to penetrate defensive lines whenever he can to play to the pacey strengths of his side. These players and others prove to me that my favourite position in football is not dying, just simply evolving. Players are looking for new ways to be creative. Perhaps the popularity of the role became inflated and has subsequently damaged its reputation. But by no means is the number 10 dead.
Rory runs his own blog which you can follow at http://roryallen10. wordpress.com/
Where did it all go wrong for David Moyes? Aidan Williams Deputy News Editor
David Moyes’s torrid time at Manchester United ended with his controversial sacking on the morning of 22nd of April leaving Ryan Giggs in charge for the last four games of the season. The blunt statement is that regardless of the result of the last four games Manchester United are almost certainly guaranteed to finish 7th. Moyes has acted classily in his dismissal though. On Wednesday 23rd of April he released a statement through the League Managers Association thanking everyone at the club with no hint of bitterness. It’s possible to read into his omission of any mention of players (including player assistant manager Ryan Giggs) but it was a classy and dignified statement despite the LMA subsequently
heavily criticising the sacking. Where did it all go wrong for David Moyes? He started in an uneasy fashion, not wanting to appear too rash in decision making he passed over a deal for Thiago Alacantra from Barcelona, which was understood to be all but done when he came in. Following this pursuits of players seemed to go nowhere: Ander Herrera, Cesc Fabregas to name
just two attempted targets. The transfer window would eventually come to disappointment with a £27 million deal for Marouane Fellaini completed on deadline day. This was compounded by the fact that attempts to sign Fellaini’s teammate Leighton Baines also fell through. Questions could have been asked about Fergusons rapid departure leaving new/novice
duo Moyes and Ed Woodward in control of a summer. The results began well with Moyes winning the Community Shield in his first competitive match. However this is somewhat misleading - the sacking would have come earlier had they surrendered the Community Shield to the recently relegated Wigan. The first half of the season wasn’t bad though. Beating Bayer Leverkusen 5 - 0 was a highlight and the team were on a six game winning streak at the turn of the new year. At this point United were only two points outside the top four and still progressing well. January was when the tide really turned. The team won just two matches out of seven which took them out of the League cup - defeated by relegation threatened Sunderland over two legs - and by Swansea in the FA cup. Losing in the league to rivals Tottenham and Chelsea
damaged their league position and the signing of Juan Mata from Chelsea for £37.1 million seemed more to appease the fans. This ended up proving true as the Spaniard struggled in finding his right position under Moyes and as a result has not had the desired impact. In truth that seemed to sum up Moyes’s main problem as a whole: his inability to get the best out of his players. The team that has lined up this season, on paper, has always been very strong. In practice it’s proved too blunt on too many occasions and tactically dull. The flyover message calling for him to be sacked seemed to strengthen his position. However it seems when the United board of executives were faced by the rapid improvement of Everton in Moyes’s absence and the decline of United under Moyes, it proved too much and he had to go.
Friday 2nd May 2014
VP Sport Rich Glover reflects on year at the helm of Athletic Union
Jordan Webb Sport Editor
With Rich Glover’s tenure as VP Sport coming to a close, The Galleon caught up with Rich to look back on the year gone by. So Rich, the year is almost done, how have you found it? It’s been phenomenal. I’ve loved every minute of it and I really can’t believe it’s nearly all over. How much do you think you’ve achieved since you started in June? Well, I definitely feel that if I had another year then there would be lots more time to change things, but I think I’ve made a good start. Participation
think I can honestly say I’ve done a good job of achieving that. You followed on from Cat Redding who was previously in the position. How did you find following in her footsteps? Cat and I are really good friends and following on the work Cat was doing and following up on some of the areas that were left behind by her was my initial priority. Of course, you’ve managed to smash the membership record in the AU… Yeah, that’s right. We have over 3000 members in the union and I think we’re just shy of 3,300 at the moment which is a tremendous improvement on previous years. With more members we can improve our sporting prowess. Hmm, but what about Varsity? Didn’t that dent our sporting prowess somewhat? Well, when you looked at Southampton this year, especially after the trouble at Varsity last year, they wanted it way more, even from the very early phases of preparation. There were an awful lot of extremely narrow games, such as the 3pts on the buzzer in the men’s basketball, which ended up going viral online. Unfortunately.
and growth were the two main things on my manifesto around about this time last year and I
We’ve heard you’ve developed a somewhat embarrassing accolade? Would you care to share? Yep, I’m now the first VP Sport to lose the Varsity Cup!
Haha! I knew it was going to be tough and they were so scared of cocking it all up. On reflection, if you could go back and change anything over your time as VP Sport, what would it be and why? Erm, I think I’d have to say planning. Yeah, planning in general, and if anything it’s become something I’m now really good at, but when I first started I was so disorganised. Like I’ve said to Nick [Johnson,
2014/15 VP Sport], you really need to use the summer to plan loads and get settled in whilst the students aren’t here. There’s been quite a lot of change in the union this year. Has this affected you in any way? It has been quite a turbulent year in the union with all the staff changes but I think we’ve worked together really well. There were times when I was doing things that weren’t part
of my remit but that’s the thing about the union, you just have to really understand it’s one big family and everybody will help one another.
What would your biggest bit of advice to Johno be for when he starts in June? You need to be excellent at communication. It’s a very open organisation and you have to talk to a lot of people. I also never really asked for help, but there is so much support there,
Fancy yourself as a budding writer or handy with a design? Then why not jump aboard next year and b Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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so definitely ask for help if you need it. Like I said to him, you need to have a plan. I wasn’t prepared all too well.
It was indeed a really tough time for the entire city. On a more upbeat note Rich, what will your plans be after your tenure as VP Sport is over? Well, I’ll be back into uni and doing my mechanical engineering masters. So I won’t be completely gone!
But it isn’t the end just yet. What’s occurring between now and June? Well, there’s thew AU dinner, which is by far the highlight of the sporting calendar. It’s going to be such an amazing night and I can’t wait if I’m honest. Outside of the AU, it’s been a very difficult year for the Union. What would you say has been your lowest point throughout it all? Hmm….well the lowest point for everybody was dealing with the tragedies in the university. It was an extremely difficult time for all of the sabbatical officers, but I honestly believe everybody handled it as best as they could given the circumstances. It showed that we all had the ability to remain focussed even when faced with the most horrendous tragedy.
Well we wish you the absolute best of luck and no doubt we’ll see you around campus next year! Cheers buddy.
We have over 3000 members in the union and I think we’re just shy of 3,300 at the moment which is a tremendous improvement on previous years”
Should you have any questions for Rich, you can contact him at email@example.com or visit him during his office hours in Gun House (back of Waterhole bar). Similarly, you can find him (occasionally) on the lacrosse field.... but don’t hold your breath
Rugby 1sts win cup final Rich Glover VP Sport
Being one of the last major fixtures of season with only the out door cricket to be completed. The Rugby cup final against Bucks New Uni was set to be a big game. After several rearrangements the date was set to be the 29th April. This was never ideal for either team, having 5-6 weeks off from playing and the additional pressures of coursework and hand-ins, both teams were needed to work exceptionally hard to make this the cup final count! Having previously met with Bucks New Uni back in March with a convincing win of 38:10, it was looking like a confident game from the boys. It was evident at the start of the game that UPRFC 1st were
a little rusty from the time away from the pitch. But this was soon brushed off as they ended the first half ahead. The second half saw both teams pick up the pace and get back in to the rhythm of high caliber rugby that they are known for. With both home and away supporters cheering on all of the breakdowns, rucks, mauls and scrums. The second half being a lot closer than the first with the occasional break through from Bucks New, however the consistent training throughout the year certainly paid off for UPRFC to bring home a great win. With the final score of 25-17 Overall, it was a very tense game with ups and downs. All of the boys on UPRFC1st deserve a massive well done for all of their hard work this year; ending their season with a
double, winning both their League and Cup. A round of applause for those Magnificent Men!
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Jordan Webb Sport Editor
Pompey safe under Awford Page 20
Moyes sacked ! Page 21
Glover reflects on year Page 22
The University of Portsmouth cheerleading squad will be travelling to the United States of America next summer after winning the Grand Championship co-ed category of the National Cheerleading Competition. Lead by president Avive Martin, the squad have had a successful few months, winning the Western Classic 2014, Open all-girl cheer level 3 competition, with an impressive score of 90.05. But their most impressive result was at the National Cheerleading competition, where they competed
against non-university squads, where they won the competition with a near perfect score. Adding to their already stellar record, the girls were crowned Grand Champions at the BCA Nationals, beating 25 other teams, including teams with male competitors.
All the hard work we have put in has really paid off”
This means that the girls will now become an all-star squad, allowing alumni members to compete for the
squad when they travel to America next year. The squad also came 2nd out of 9 teams at the British University national cheerleading championships. The squad often train arduously up to seven times a week at either Priory School, the Spinnaker sports centre or at the Mountbatten Centre. Club President, Avive Martin and Vice President, Imogen Brown said: “All the hard work we have put in has really paid off. It’s been great for us and our coach, Bethan Williams, to see everything fall into place.” The teams success come off
the back of winning Outstanding Contribution at the University Sports & Recreation Awards, as well as Vice President, Imogen Brown, winning the Community Coach award.
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