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UNION COUNCIL DELAYS PRESIDENT-LED BID TO BAN SALE OF THE SUN Council representatives listen to students’ demands in surprise move to push back ‘the most polarising motion in recent years’. George Allen

PHOTO BY MIKE HAMMERTON wenty-three council representatives this month voted to postpone UEC’S proposal led by President Richard Brooks, to take The Sun from the union shop in an attempt to gain further consultation with students. Richard argued that the sale of The Sun may contravene HUU’s Zero Tolerance to Bullying and


Harassment policy and the safe space created for members, which sabbatical officers voted 4-1 in favour of, with only Jamie Boote against the motion branding it “censorship”. Richard also argued that The Sun, unlike other newspapers, was out of place at a university: “The content of [The Sun] and the values that it espouses are not appropriate for a Higher Education institution.” Once a decision such as this is

made by sabbatical officers, it is taken to Union Council in order to consult with members. With the short space of time between the sabbs’ decision on Friday 18th October and Union Council on Monday 21st, elected representatives attending the vote had only one working day to canvass the opinions of 18,000 students before making their decision. A last-minute handwritten proposal put forward by popular

Student Trustee Nathan Gregory requested that Union Council postpone the vote. The proposal was co-signed by four other Council Members – including Chair LGBT+ - and subsequently voted for by an overwhelming majority of twenty-three in favour, two against and two abstaining. Talking to The Hullfire, recently elected Chair of Union Council Thom Rawlinson – who is seen as something of an elder

statesman of HUU politics - said the motion to ban The Sun was the most controversial proposal in recent memory: “I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a polarising motion come to council before. “There are certain motions where students swing all in one way or the other. “The Sun motion is a different kind of motion than one we’ve

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G E O R G E INFAMY, INFAMY, THEY’VE ALLEN ALL GOT IT IN FOR ME The most wanted man on Campus has a brand new column


’ve learnt, now, that more people dislike me than they do like me - especially in the Union. At the HUU Media Awards last year, despite starting a news website that beat The Hullfire’s readership by thousands of readers and breaking every single major news story, I received no awards. I did, however, receive the longest and most abstruse piece of abuse in my life from someone called Daniel who attended the awards, in the form of a comment on The Tab. I suppose it’s a trophy of sorts. It all began with the publication of What Not To Wear - an article in the Fashion section of The Hullfire deemed so offensive that it contravened the Zero Tolerance to Bullying and Harassment policy.


hen you tell someone you are the editor of the Hullfire they react in one of five ways:

A, Whats that? This reaction though depressing and a little worrying (and evidence that the union really does not reach enough students) is actually the kindest, because once explained to that person what we are, they usually react with a mix of admiration and “oh my goodness you must be so busy”. The fact that 30 seconds ago they didn’t know what The Hullfire was, completely eradicates any of the flattery. B, Oh I thought that was George Allen.

This has become a running joke among my friends. Referring to Mr Allen (deputy editor and acting news editor) as my boss seems to wind me up enough for it to be repeated four or five times a day. George is infamous because he set up The Tab and looks like Draco Malfoy. George is not my boss. I am his.


C, Is that like The Tab?

E, I hate The Hullfire, they print mean things.

The Tab is run by a national organisation started at Cambridge University. We are the newspaper of Hull University Students. D, “WHY DIDN’T YOU PRINT MY

Probably because it wasn’t very good. I realise this newspaper is not free of mistakes, but if your writing is not funny, clever or interesting it wont be printed. This not a pamphlet for the union.

Have you ever read a newspaper? Journalists don’t vomit rainbows and flowers. If you don’t like what we print and you think you can do better have a go yourself.

Grace Wood - Editor


It was this, and the subsequent frustration I felt with a union who were so scared of being un-PC that they had to stop my writing, that drove me to start The Tab Hull. So, my ‘career’ began in anger and for a long time it was fuelled by it. I wore that anger and the fact that I was disliked as a badge of honour. Much like my hero, Morrissey, every jibe or insult thrown my way was a cause for celebration and a proof. As a case in point, I still have the complaint letter that student Stephen Lim and his friend wrote about What Not To Wear framed on my bedroom wall. It’s a curious thing. But, the shiny desks and well-funded Union called my name again. I was voted in as deputy editor of The Hullfire and I’m running its news section. At The Tab, I’d learnt how to criticise the Union and University, how to spot the massive screw ups that get swept under the carpet, and how to get that quote that makes a headline. Last year I stood on the sidelines, watching The Hullfire wither and die as it became a Union pamphlet. Its biggest news stories came in press releases from the University’s marketing office. Over the years, it had become a joke. Now it’s back. We’re questioning the University’s recruitment strategies and challenging Liberation Groups to justify their existence.

ever had to council before. It’s finally made councillors realise how much they have to go out there and engage with students. That can only be a very good thing for HUU, essentially.” In capacity as Chair of Union Council, Thom is unable to convey a political viewpoint, but when asked about the views of his council he claimed that they remained open-minded: “I think the majority is still undecided. I know a lot of councillors are undecided and that’s why they wanted to go out and speak to students a bit more. “[Councillors] shouldn’t just go on their own morals. We’re elected to represent the students. We’re not elected as some sort of silly little group of dictators.” When pressed for clarification on why The Sun had been picked out for its contravention of the Zero Tolerance policy when Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler and Fifty Shades of Grey are sold in the Union Waterstones, Thom stressed the instrumental value

of other texts: “Mein Kampf can be sold in Waterstones because there’s a lot of people who do history degrees, philosophy degrees, where it’s an integral text for their degree. “I’ve never really heard of The Sun being used as a text for a degree.” This newspaper reported the proposed banning of The Sun in the days between the sabbs’ decision and Union Council. In addition, the Union Council at which the decision was made to postpone the vote was held in Scarborough, with HUU making no offer of transport to nonCouncil members. Thom Rawlinson said the events so far had set the tone for the year to come: “It’s a very blurred line of where the sabbs and union council meet, but I think this has set a precedent from very early on that - for the big issues - sabbs want consultation with the members.”

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STATEMENT FROM VP ACTIVITIES AND EDITOR IN CHIEF; JAMIE BOOTE. Unfortunately, the article that was due to be published on the front page was removed from the final draft of the Hullfire. As Hull University Union (HUU)’s own newspaper, we have a duty to ensure the Students’ Union is held to account. The article due to be here could be deemed to hold HUU to account but, it was an article that had the potential to threaten the service your Students’ Union provides. Here’s why... We at HUU have a longstanding rule and ethos that members of staff

aren’t to be criticised. Why? Firstly, because the staff at HUU must be seen and treated as politically neutral. There is a complaints procedure and a grievance procedure in place to ensure any staff member who has an issue is treated fairly and objectively in the resolution of it. Secondly, because our commercial services are incredibly important to every student’s university experience. If commercial services weren’t there, then HUU couldn’t provide half the services it currently does, including our free and impartial Advice Centre, as well as our extremely important Course Rep system. Sports teams wouldn’t get the spon-


sorship they currently do from Asylum nightclub. Liberation groups wouldn’t be funded. Meeting rooms wouldn’t be provided for societies. Our commercial services also ensure the existence of our social spaces: Haven, Retreat, Johnny Mac, Sanctuary Bar and our award-winning, multi-million pound nightclub Asylum. To ensure we continue to provide a great Students’ Union, and in the interest of everyone at HUU and the wider student population, I made the decision as Editor-in-Chief to stop the publication of this article. Any questions or feedback on this decision, please contact:





PRO-VICE CHANCELLOR: “NO CHANGE IN THE TYPE OF LECTURER WE’RE RECRUITING” As our Pro-Vice Chancellor denies suspicions of less focus on teaching quality in the recruitment of lecturers, Kora-Lee Holmes digs for answers with HUU President Richard Brooks and finds more than meets the eye. Kora-Lee Holmes PHOTO BY JOHN WALKER


n the words of Richard Brooks: “the majority of (undergraduate) students, because they don’t necessarily know, don’t necessarily care”. But, there’s always been a balance between hiring lecturers on the basis of their research against their teaching ability, and recent murmurs have suggested that Hull is starting to care less about the latter. Generating income, improving national and international status, and bettering our ranking in the league tables suggest increasing the University’s capacity for research is a nobrainer but, as Hull University looks to make changes in its research potential, controversy has gathered. It is not unfair to ask whether we should be changing the status quo when students, course reps and survey feedback continues to show dissatisfaction (despite some major progress) in key teaching areas such as feedback, contact hours and use of eBridge. The negatives of upping our game at research are perhaps easier to spot; modules that can’t be taught because lecturers are on sabbatical, a perceived drop in the quality of feedback due to constraints on academics’ time. The typical argument from both staff and students that research distracts from teaching is only heightened with the realisation that we’re just eleven months away from having an almost entire year of undergraduates paying £9,000 tuition fees. The idea, however, that just

these two areas – teaching and research - are all that is asked of our academics does a disservice to the personal supervising, pastoral care, admissions and many other responsibilities required to keep the University running smoothly. And one must be careful here not to place the blame on academics themselves – this perceived change in strategy, of course, is a decision that comes from the high echelons of Hull University. But there are inherent benefits to being a researchled University, especially on the campus that pioneered the liquid crystal displays (LCD) and continues to lead the way in development of next generation technology. And there are the tangible advantages of winning funding and grants, rising in league tables with a focus on research and being able to attract better staff and students with our reputation. So – the question at hand is: is the University of Hull truly shifting its focus? In a statement provided to The Hullfire, ProVice Chancellor Learning and Teaching Glenn Burgess asserted that the University’s aims had not altered, that there had been “no change in the type of lecturer we are recruiting”. Instead, the University are just being clearer about “what level of research activity and quality we expect from the people we recruit - we are doing the same with our expectations about their quality as teachers too”. It seems that HUU President Richard Brooks would beg to differ. In an interview given exclusively to The Hullfire, Richard spoke at length about students’ experiences of education, pressures on

University staff and the move to increase research capacity: “There has been a difference in terms of hiring, especially in higher level academic staff. We are definitely focusing more as a University now on researchled teaching and being research heavy. So, you can only be hired if you are a certain level of research quality. “Culturally if you speak to an academic, a lot of them, potentially, see it as one or the other and if you are focusing a lot more on research as an institution then potentially academics could see that as ‘that time has to come away from my teaching time’.”

What both the Pro ViceChancellor and Richard agree on is the idea of balance. There is more than enough room for both research and teaching excellence on a diverse, striving campus such as ours, but managing pressures and publicizing our successes in both areas is key. To take ‘research-led teaching’ seriously is to stop seeing research and teaching as two mutually exclusive concepts. We have the potential to pave the way for bringing relevant, up to date research into the lecture theatre and celebrating what our academics do.

Research in itself is not going to be painted in a positive light to our teaching-based students when all they see are lecturers missing two weeks of teaching time to present a paper. But, when you realise that you’re missing those classes because your lecturer is a world-leading expert whose passion and knowledge is evident through their specialisation, the benefit becomes extremely clear.





STUDENT HOUSING HANGS IN THE BALANCE AS ARTICLE 4 IS IMPLEMENTED Now controversial directive ‘Article 4’ is passed, pending planning applications and future student housing is lost in a political wilderness, writes Chris Hopkins. Chris Hopkins PHOTO BY ANDREW CITIZEN


number of pending planning applications within the Wyke area from renowned student accommodation companies may be delayed by the City Council’s Planning Committee until the Wyke Area Committee meet again to discuss the implementation of Article 4, a senior HUU volunteer informs The Hullfire. Last month’s edition of The Hullfire revealed that Hull City Council had successfully passed a directive commonly known as Article 4: planning legislation which requires landlords to initiate a new planning application in order to transform a house into a HMO (House of

Multiple Occupancy) to make it fit for student tenants. Following concerns from residents in and around the university regarding waste management, anti-social behaviour and noise pollution, many of the councillors from wards with a high student population voted for the implementation of Article Four at a Full Council meeting in September. Cllr David McCobb of Beverley ward stated that “[Article 4] is not the solution to the problem,” but “it is one strand… [which] may be a solution to parts of the problem,” whilst Cllr McCobb and Cllr Mike Ross of Newland ward spoke contradictorily on the effect that Article 4 could have on existing student houses. Cllr Ross has been selected as the Liberal Democrat candidate to

stand against current MP Diana Johnson in Hull North, and aims to represent the constituency encompassing the University and the vast majority of student houses on a national scale. Cllr Ross’s decision to back Article 4 will no doubt make him unpopular

in the eyes of voting students. Cllr Fareham, Chairman of the Council’s Wyke Area Committee believes that Article 4 is necessary in order to “preserve the current balance” of the areas that are largely populated by students and thus implies

any new student houses will face significant planning opposition, despite Cllr McCobb claiming that Article 4 “doesn’t say that no student housing will be allowed.” VP Welfare and Community Brittany Tomlinson has vowed that HUU will return to the issue, and informed The Hullfire that several Councillors have advised the Union to come back to Council in around six months’ time, as six months is considered an appropriate time to review matters according to Council etiquette. Brittany added that when the issue could be returned to Council, HUU would hit back with much greater impetus, saying “at that point [the aim] would then be to have 1500 signatures”, and having this many signatures would grant the matter an official Council debate.

LIBERATION GROUPS – WHY DO WE BOTHER? Daisy Baldwin investigates the state of liberation groups in 2013 and uncovers a severe lack of engagement and out of touch policies as some of their many problems.

Daisy Baldwin



isabled students have had no representative or functioning committee for seven weeks at the time of writing, with Week 4 elections hoping to remedy the problem; the rumour mill is in overdrive at the crew jumping ship over at Women’s Committee; and the last survey LGBT+ conducted engaged approximately 2.8% of the LGBT+ community. Disabled students are an incredibly

so their voice is a little bit louder.”

long term solution?

All groups represented at Union Council (HUU’s Parliament), and in the past the Bullying and Harassment Policy came out of liberation groups lobbying Union Council, which has led to formal ways of abuse within HUU being cracked down on. But that was in March 2009 – what have they done since?

Adil wants: “better communication and surveys to understand what students want.” The last survey received about 50 responses. Assuming that 1 in 10 students are LGBT there are approximately 1,800 LGBT students. That seems disproportionately low.

This led to an interesting response from Adil Qureshi when questioned about directions from VP Welfare and Community (the Sabbatical Officer who is accountable for Liberation groups spending and output). Adil explained he felt the current VP could not get involved with the way LGBT+ were run as she did not identify as LGBT.

broad group of students that desperately need representation. The new Officer is due to start pronto. The resignation of the Disabled students chair prompts some questions HUU has to contend with: Will there be enough support for the new chair? And a question for the new chair and committee: what will they This begs the question, should a VP achieve for all disabled students? who was elected with manifesto VP Welfare and Community promises regarding Liberation be Brittany Tomlinson said, “Students able to meddle within communities who identify with liberations in which she does not self-define. groups are at greater disadvantage That could get messy. Do we only to their counterparts and they want students who are to be able need that greater representation to speak on behalf of people like themselves? Is that a practical and

LGBT are currently working on a petition to Michael Gove the Secretary of State for Education, they are demanding for a report looking into the impact of Article 28 on LGBT students. When the Hullfire asked how this was relevant to Hull LGBT+ students today Adil said: “It’s current because this will have affected LGBT people their whole educational life. In schools LGBT issues are never spoken about.” The HUU rumour mill is brimming with accusations of bickering and in fighting within Women’s Committee, but when interviewed, Women’s Officer Emily Tarff, claimed all was: “smooth sailing.” It appears the useful duck analogy may be appropriate here, and

those legs appear to be paddling fast indeed. As of going to print two members of the committee have stood down. Emily explains that signposting support groups and providing a safe space where women can talk in an understanding environment is the most valuable work the committee can do. Emily encourages any self-defining woman to visit the Women’s office if they need anything; and the invitation is extended to the rest of the student body, for any “healthy curiosity” about the Women’s Committee’s role. Chair of Welfare and Community zone Nathan Gregory said: “liberation campaigns exisist to engage with the entirety of the student body that self defines in that group.” Problems occur when: “Liberation campaign chairs do not have relevant and specific training to their roles.” Nathan said that HUU would be making more of an effort to train chairs and enagage students.




HUU LAUNCH LIBERATION GROUP FOR SQUIRRELS As sightings of squirrels in the union increase every day, Edd Jefferson investigates their political voice – and whether or not HUU are taking note. Edd Jeferson PHOTOS BY JAMES CROFT


UU has this week launched a liberation group for squirrels after their presence in the union – and particularly the foyer – became too frequent to ignore. As a minority in the student population, it was argued that the squirrels are entitled to have their desires brought to council within the context of a scheme known as ‘liberation groups’. ‘Squirrels did not make an appearance at the Societies and Volunteering Fair’ Controversy ensued at the Societies and Volunteering Fair during Freshers Week as it was reported that the squirrels did not make an appearance in the tent. An investigation into how this horrendous lack of awareness for squirrels’ rights was undertaken, which resulted in the suggestion that the squirrels would be given a fair voice if they could form a cohesive and coherent body. The squirrels, however, have been too intent on arguing as to whether all members of the squirrel family should be allowed in their ‘safe space’, or whether just the more oppressed red squirrels should take part. This has led to a complete lack of coherence and

productivity amongst the squirrels, preventing any of them from expressing an opinion on anything whatsoever. ‘Internal arguing has prevented them from expressing an opinion on anything whatsoever’ They are also expected to misuse their powers of adorable friendliness to gain sway with voting students during the election of new Sabb officers for the 2014/15 year. This reporter understands it is the squirrels’ intention to redirect funding from societies to a new branch of the Union called “Squirrel Support”, supporting the interests and wellbeing of squirrels. Students are expected to be angry about the loss of funding to their societies, but the squirrels will still win students’ support, because ohmyGODlookatitslittleTAIL!!! The squirrels have sparked activity in other areas of the Union as well Asylum have already booked a squirrel as guest DJ for the End of Year Ball as it far outstrips the popularity of any previous act, and might actually perform a DJ set rather than playing an iTunes playlist and spending the rest of the night checking its phone (unlike a certain radio DJ who featured during Freshers week). When asked what the presence of the squirrel meant for the Union, HUU President Richard Brooks said:

“I believe that the presence of squirrels on campus can only mean good things for HUU, and its future growth. We at HUU are all about equal opportunities for everyone, so if the squirrels want to make our beautiful campus their home - more power to them. If they want to make most of their time on campus, I’d suggest they join a sports

team or society, or even run in an election to represent squirrels everywhere!” The squirrels themselves were unavailable for comment. Information can be found on squirrell rights at or by popping in to the Julie Watson membership services area.



our weeks into first semester of 2013, and already elections have come and gone. Our brand-spanking new

NUS delegates are Chukwubuike Okide, Dehenna Davison, Diana-Ioana Enache, as well as our very own VP Activities, Jamie Boote and VP Education, Victoria Winterton. They are well on their

way to labour safe seats. You fellow readers also voted in Jonathan Blades and Shao Wen Fan as the Councillors for Scrutiny, Nigel Skinner as the Chair of Mature Students, Stephanie Brumpton

as the Chair of Disabled Students, Aurimas Drungilas as the Scarborough International Officer, as well as William Quick as the Scarborough Sports Officer.






Despite the much-vaunted new system, timetabling is still complex enough to make an IKEA flatpack to get information [to designer cry. But, Fatima warns, it’s not Victoria Winterton’s fault. departments central timetabling] haven’t really Fatima-Zahra Ibrahim


PHOTO BY EMMA BARROTT tudents and lecturers lashed back at this newspaper’s assertion that the timetabling changes VP Education Victoria Winterton lobbied for had been a huge success, with students angrily branding it complicated, inconsistent and unreliable.


A large number of students are placing the blame for the changes on the University, unaware that the new changes stemmed from a push by HUU. Misdirected animosity between students and university staff led to one Law Professor shifting the blame in a recent lecture, saying:

The new online timetabling system that allows students to ‘construct their own timetables’ six weeks in advance is, it seems, still causing problems for students and staff well into the time of writing.

“All these problems have been caused because you [the students] demanded that you have your timetables six weeks in advance!”

“It’s the fact that you have to use three sets of data just to figure out one component of your timetable. You need to know your tutorial class from eBridge, your module number from MyAdmin and use this new system to find the time and location of your “The people who are in departments class”. that are managing the timetable are some of the most overworked people “My department was not sure in the university. And they really do whether the module was cancelled or not in August when it was forced to struggle. send off its timetable. I would have “I think you have to take a step back preferred to receive my timetable and consider what the timetabling when my department was sure about people are dealing with, how much the modules it was offering. Instead I resources are there, and – you know – am still looking for a free elective to fill my timetable and it’s already two things like that.” weeks into the teaching semester!” Asked what it was that made using the system so difficult, James Johnson, a Responding to allegations of timetables being unreliable, Tor Sports Science student said: Talking to The Hullfire, VP Education Victoria ‘Tor’ Winterton said that students might want to consider seeing the situation as a whole and the problems the timetabling team face:

accepted that some departments were not sticking to the rules when it came to last-minute changes: “In terms of departments providing up to date information, and I accept that there are sometimes staff leavings that you don’t expect – illnesses and things like that – but that stuff should be one of the few incidents of changes being made. “I think that there has been incidents in the past where changes have been made: some departments making some slightly ‘out there’ requests to change the timetable during the consultation period.” Elizabeth Smy, faculty coordinator for Arts and Social Sciences accused the timetables of making up their

The rather awkward decision to own formats and their own time change the semester weeks has also vastly contributed to the scales: timetable confusion. Fresher’s week “There was an apparent lack of was counted as ‘week 10’ with the consistency between departments. academic calendar now starting at This includes format and release the end of July. dates. Having a variety of layouts and formatting for timetables may Victoria, although worthy of praise not affect all students, but it can for the inception of this idea and lead to confusion for joint students the hard work put into convincing negotiating two different systems” the university to adopt it, is not at all responsible for the development Tor denied that there were any of the timetabling system. With format discrepancies between all great ideas it seems that the departments and put the focus on timetabling system has seen its fair those departments who had released share of teething problems, but with their own paper copies in addition a chance for both students and staff to accustom themselves with the to the website: new system there is a good chance “The actual website, because it’s all that next summer we could be in a programmed, will be the same and utopia of timetabling success. it will always be – for example – SH for staff house, and the deadlines for

BLURRED LINES OVER WHAT TO BAN Joshua Cornes PHOTO BY DAVID BENDER t the women’s committee ‘Blurred Lines’ debate, on the evening of the 15th of October, I found a passionate gathering of women, and men, who were committed to the values of women’s equality and empowerment. Debated skillfully and with well thought out arguments the task for these women was to debate whether HUU should follow other unions up and down the country, including London Kingston, Edinburgh and Leeds, to name but three of the seven unions, who have banned the misogynists anthem ‘Blurred Lines’ by Robin Thicke, Pharrell and T. I.


The key argument for banning Blurred Lines was that the song was: “triggering to rape victims”, referencing an online project called Project Unbreakable. The project is dedicated to “increase awareness of the issues surrounding sexual assault.” One report by this website was that the lyrics of the song contained phrases that sexual assaulters often use. Brittany (VP Welfare), suggested that taking a stand would send out a strong message this kind of language and attitude, most commonly associated with “laddish” behavior, would not be tolerated in our union. Those against banning the blurred lines song took the approach that our union should take one step

better than banning the song, by not banning it and alternatively to ask all our DJs to only “play radio edits of songs”. This, they argued, was the most effective way of stopping the offensive language played in many of the songs which are played regularly throughout the union venues. Thus, they argued, would be the union taking a preventative approach to all such songs. After the main content of the debate by the four debaters, the argument was given to the floor for any questions to be asked. To many of the women and men who were present at the debate, the issue was obviously a deeply personal one. Often with some excellent questions and impassioned statements

of disgust at the song, with these questions and statements equally well answered by the four panelists. At the end of the question and answer section a vote was called in the gathering to vote on whether to ban the song. The outcome was by no means certain, with eight voting for the ban of the song whilst they were

marginally beaten by ten votes in favour of not banning the song. The outcome of the vote meant that our union did not join the ranks banning the song but we take a braver stand for principals that are higher and far reaching, rather than near sighted action like unions up and down the country.

LIFEHULLFIRE 8 THE Battle of the Gyms Going Private Mia Dukeson


or those gymaholics amongst us at first sight a commercial gym appears fantastic quality for less. Though you may have to travel further from the university, often at private gyms for less money you can get access to more equipment and attendance to unlimited classes including Zumba, body balance and body attack. They don’t always run to student time frames however, and you often have to sign up to a 12 month contract: but bring a bill addressed to you at your home address and you can cancel the contract at any time. Treadmills, steppers and Miarowers, Dukeson

cross trainers are usually available and even at busy times there’s usually more space. Take one local gym for example; it has a huge free weight zone for those wanting to tone up with dumbbells, kettlebells, core bags and fit balls, as well as free weight machines such as squat racks and smith machines. It has a women only training zone which provides all the same equipment in the main gym area but allowing you to wobble away free from the embarrassment of men watching. Although private gyms are often cheaper the quality of machinery is excellent, the staff are friendly and the changing rooms and showers are always exceptionally clean.




W Battle of the Gyms University Gym Renie Gonzales

off of the annual membership! Don’t get fooled by the bare-bones f you think that the new year promotions of others and besides, is the only time for health a cheap gym is likely to be very resolutions, think again. The crowded. start of the academic year is the Malla new year, Chris not least because of the There are lockers all over the place fact that almost everyone still for free use to gym goers and has some of what’s left of their in addition to that, both gents’ and ladies’ changing room have student loans! Pros say a gym near your home is their respective saunas. The staff fail-safe, so if you live within half- go the extra mile in keeping the a-mile radius from the university, equipment and amenities clean it will be perfect for your needs. and in tip-top condition. They You can also make the most of are fully qualified and can make what you pay at this gym; there are referrals to areas like the sports no hidden fees unlike at others. rehabilitation program. You can have a tariff just right for Give the University gym a try and you, whether you are a novice or you won’t be disappointed! a gym rat. Even better: if you are a member of the AU, you get 50%



hether you’re yearning for your Yorkshire terrier or pining for your pug, many of us miss the company of our pets at university. Those evening dog walks are a thing of the past, those cuddles on the sofa are a distant memory; you want something to love and more importantly something to love can a pet at university ever be a good idea? It was half way through first year when I was living at The Lawns, a strictly pet free zone, when my friend Jay got his first university pet. We’d pondered the prospect of adopting a kitten but decided the responsibility was too much. We needed something else, something with less of a responsibility that could be easily hidden from the warden. So what pet shared our halls with us? A hamster? A mouse? A guinea pig? No. A spider. Yes, you read that correctly, a spider. Not the cutest of animals, but Jay needed something else to fill the Bailey (his dog back home) shaped hole in life, no matter what hideous form it came in. So, you’re probably suspecting we headed down to the local pet store in search of the perfect pet spider, but no, Charlotte was the delightful inhabitant of our kitchen and Charlotte’s new home came in the form of a plastic box; modest but homely nonetheless. Unfortunately the other residents in halls didn’t take to the spider with the same fondness as Jay. As arachnophobic Ash told the

Hullfire: “I was scared to death of the black terror”. All was well until Charlotte became a mother. We all knew when she’d laid her eggs in the now web infested box that sooner or later we were going to have to say goodbye to our eight legged friend. The day finally arrived when the eggs started to hatch and spiders began to swarm through Charlotte’s box, so after a heart wrenching goodbye Charlotte and her children were released into a nearby field. A pet at university may sound like a good idea; something to keep you company and something to replaced a loved pet left at home, however, even Jay’s spider became too much. University life takes up a lot of hours in the week, leaving few hours left to feed, clean and play with your adored pet of choice. Most students inhabit one small room in halls – do you really fancy sharing that small space with an excitable puppy or rustling rodent? Then there’s the financial side of things; when you’re budgeting for food bills and nights out can you really afford another mouth to feed or any horrendous vet’s fees you may have to fork out? There’s also your housemates to consider. Could they tolerate the smell of an unclean cage or the squeaks and squeals of a lonely pet? Could your pet tolerate the drunken antics of you housemates? All in all, a pet at university doesn’t sound like such a good idea. On top of that there’s also the tiny fact that most halls and landlords have a pet free policy. Jay is now the proud owner of a fish called Poseidon: it’s easy to clean, cheap, quiet and a pretty blue colour. So if you’re going to get a pet at university, keep it on the safe side and get a fish!

Newland Avenue is at the heart of the student area. Charity shops, coffee shops, convenience stores, restaurants and milkshake places are a great distraction from that first assignment. You won’t struggle to find a coffee or a place to eat! Organise a movie night with some new friends, tear-jerker or comedy you’re bound to have a great laugh. Ask everyone to bring along some food and you’ll have enough left to feed yourself for the rest of the week! Stay in touch with old friends by sending post cards but be careful not to boast too much about all the great clubs and cafes you’ve visited in Hull! Although this will only take a couple of minutes, it will ensure you’re not drifting away from the friendships you’ve cherished for so long. Returning to university can leave some people feeling homesick and keeping busy is the best cure. The Advice Centre is there to listen to your worries and needs. They can help you with money trouble, housemate problems, landlord problems, mental well-being as well as health problems. Any concerns you have, they’re able to direct you to the right place. Hopefully, however, by keeping busy, exploring the area, making new friends and staying in touch with old friends too you’ll be adept at all the ways to battle those back-to-uni blues. Remember to enjoy your time at university because the term will be over before you know it and you’ll be longing for those days in Hull, and drunken nights in Asylum!





and get under the blankets, if not for sexy times just to warm up. This November is meant to be freezing cold and nothing fights off the cold like cuddling up to another person and who knows what cuddling could lead to?

I’ve been in a relationship now for about 8 months so I’m still fairly new to the relationship scene, but not so new that everything is still that little awkward. I’ve also spent a lot of time keeping my own relationship afloat and being a listening ear to single people and other couples that I know who need to feel like what they’re going through is normal, but hey, enough about me, more on the subject of sex.

However for those of you who want to venture outside, with October on its way out and November on its way in, there are loads of fun activities to be had. All the events for Halloween around make it the perfect opportunity for couple costumes, whether a princess with her prince, Frankenstein and his bride, or even dressing up as each other. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous you can take advantage of this costume season and try role-play in the bedroom, just be sure you choose costumes that aren’t going to be a turn off for you.

Ciara Morgan ello and welcome to my new column, sex and the not so single student, a not-so lonesome tale about couple-hood and fighting over blankets. Before we embark on these thrilling tales, let me introduce myself and my relationship status.

Fresher’s Week is over, new and exciting people have joined the university, some have hooked up for one night stands, some have started new relationships and some are dealing with existing long distance ones. For those in a relationship, the nights are getting colder and wetter and our other friends just do not want to go out, making it the perfect time to stay at home

Whether you plan on staying in or heading out, just remember to stay safe and respect your partner. Take advantage of being with someone who knows what you like already and who you can try new things with, without them thinking you’re weird. Just because it’s turning darker and colder don’t let it get you down, it’s the perfect time for enjoyable bedroom activities. Until next time try to enjoy this season!



SEX AND THE SINGLE STUDENT: The ghost of one night stands past Molly Taylor


ell hello and welcome to my new column: sex and the single student. Before we get down to the nitty gritty of sex, let me introduce myself. I’ve been single for about 3 years now and have spent most of that time mopping up my friends’ emotions with wine. Between us all we’ve encountered every known problem with being single and tried to deal with them as mature adults (fairly unsuccessfully I might add). This year I’m attempting to pass on the knowledge learned and tested. As the regrettable decisions of Fresher’s Week become a distant memory and you look forward to the costumes of Halloween week, there’s one spooky feeling you won’t be able to shake off. Lurking around the deep dark crevasses of campus, hiding in the shadows and ready to jump out when you least expect it is the ghost of the one night stand past. They’ve clocked you, remembered who you are. So, what do you do? Do you run and hide? Go over and have a chat? Or do you casually breeze past them, whilst laughing loudly with your friends so you seem cool, mysterious and funny? Well, it all comes down to what happened that fateful night. If you’re one of the lucky ones who got a number along with your orgasm, and have been texting them ever since, then go over and say hello. It’s no longer a one night stand anymore so you may as well use this as an opportunity to get your chirpse on. And who knows, they might find the hangover from last night’s social smell sexy? However, if you’re more like me and leave it with a simple handshake and a Facebook stalk when you get home then this sort of run in might be a

tad more awkward. Take a deep breath; remind yourself that you’re a strong, independent woman who don’t need no man and stay calm and confident. If you’re walking past each other and eye contact has been made, just smile and wave. Try to remain cool until they’re out of sight, and then complain to your friend about how awkward the whole situation was. If they’re walking over to have a conversation don’t run, never ever run, try to style it out and remind them of the cool, intelligent and funny person you are.

disappear is to acknowledge it and confront it, and that’s exactly what you have to do with your one night stand on campus. So to all you sexy kittens, naughty nurses and zombie school girls don’t be afraid to enjoy yourselves this Halloween!

If they come towards you, stand your ground. Running away always makes you look worse and you’ll probably end up spending the night worrying about what they think of you. Manners cost nothing and will always make you look like the better person. If they’re being the childish one and run away then let them, you’re better than that anyway.

Peace, love and safe sex,

The only way to make a ghost

With the ghosts banished the only thing you’ll have to worry about are the things that go bump in the night if you know what I mean. Remember to stay safe and get a treat and not a trick whilst you do the monster mash and bump uglies.








ny old-hats among you will know the drill by now, and any first years will right about now be becoming aware of it: each academic year is started with the best of organisational intentions which seem to quickly fall by the wayside. I’m talking the full whammy: coloured files for each subject, one of those super-dooper notepads with all the different labelled sections, various smaller notepads for off-shoots of work (if you’re a language student like me then you’re almost guaranteed to have approximately 183 half-finished ‘vocab books’ lying around by your fourth year) and last, but most certainly not least, your diary. I start off filling my diary with notes about work that needs doing (obviously), meetings I need to go to (duh) and extracurricular events I think I’d like to attend (sensible, no?). Then comes the first day – usually around the middle of week two – when I forget my diary, write my homework on the back of my hand and set a mobile reminder for that event I want to go to,

and the world doesn’t come to a complete standstill. Shocker!

Before you know it your phone contains more dates than Taylor Swift’s diary and you’ve only been able to do half your homework for the last month because you keep washing your hands and, as a result, all of your French grammar homework away (NB: If you are going to wash homework away, grammar is definitely the place to start). As a result, when I was handed a shiny new copy of Palgrave’s Student Planner to try and keep myself on track, I was more than enthusiastic. This year, so far, I have continued to make use of my hastily purchased £1.99 diary from the Union shop (it must be fourth year rubbing off on me) for the time being, but every little helps. I tried a week with my new planner and then a week without, to see if it really could make a difference. The week with! The glaringly obvious problem with this planner, which was not only the first thing I noticed but also the thing that continued to bug me is that there’s no blank space for homework writing.

Each day (and there are three to a page in this one) is divided into four columns: time, activity, place and ‘to do’, but nowhere were the blank lines I needed to write down a jumble of words that I later translate as homework (Italian – write two lengthy letters of different lexical registers). Problem. Aside from this mind-blowing stumbling block, the diary parts of the planner are great – you can fill in which week we’re in at the top, as well as writing down the week’s deadlines. Each week begins with an only slightly patronising tip of the week (give yourself an advantage in lectures by making notes – who knew?) but it’s very clear to work out where you are in the month. In addition to the diary section and some of the standard diary accoutrements – a yearly calendar, the year’s bank holidays and notable dates and some room for contacts (does anyone write down their contacts anymore?) the planner contains some very student relevant information. With specific sections to write down your tutors’ details, including office hours, as well as spaces for key semester dates and job-hunting websites in the ‘key contacts’ section, it’s definitely geared towards us. If you flip to the back of the diary the patronising-butuseful information really gets going, with a student glossary (does anyone not know what a semester is? Come this way!), some ideas for better managing your time and academic writing, as well as commonly made spelling mistakes, and a budget-planner, shopping list and London tube map, for some reason. All very useful. I think my only major critique here is of the recipe section, which says it contains only quick option, easy to cook meals that you might already have in your cupboard. In what world a student has the time, inclination or resources to cook quinoa mushroom risotto, with fresh stock and goats cheese no less, I do not know. The week without! This should be a much shorter review, since my little cheapo

diary has nothing but room for writing unimportant things like homework and meetings. Actually, having just looked at it properly for the first time, I can see that I have told a lie. There is room for my contacts, my timetable and some random, extra notes pages, as well as a yearly and monthly calendar. My diary – which I would consider a more normal size for a diary, being about half the thickness of a Palgrave Planner, is also bright pink, which I like, as do the other four of my housemates who bought the same one. I think we can see where I’m going with this... Overall? I think I’ll be sticking with my little pink slice of organisation, as opposed to the bright

blue wedge of over-bearing organisation as offered by the Planner. Although a good idea in theory, I actually think I’d probably end up spending more time frothing over being unable to write down my homework than I would enjoying the advice on how best to revise, how to not spend all my money in Topshop or the difference in spelling between the words ‘past’ and ‘paste’.


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ou find yourself wondering how you’re going to explain why you can’t go out tonight, how you’re going to pay your rent, how you’re going to feed yourself… you dare not look at your bank balance, you know you’re in the red and your overdraft is being stretched to its limits. Regardless whether its problems with Student Finance or you just got a little overexcited during Fresher’s Week you’re in trouble. You’re scared and you don’t know what to do. Luckily for you, you are not alone and the union is there to help. Last year 2300 students needed financial help from the

union, an increase of 54% from 2008. The recession hit Hull hard and many students have failed to find the part-time jobs they need to fund their education. If this all sounds rather bleak, there is help. If you need some extra money to help you get through your education the Job Shop is there to help. They advertise jobs that are local or in the union that students can apply for, and will even help you with your application. This service is open from Tuesday to Friday between 10am and 5pm and they have a number of pop-up events throughout the year. The Job Shop can also help you get that part time job by looking over your CV and doing mock interviews with you to give you an edge in your application and help you land that

job. However, getting a job can take time and you might need help right now; it doesn’t matter how much money you have if you don’t budget properly either. It is worth mentioning that the union offers free financial advice. You can seek this advice on the third floor of the union or by calling 01482 462020. This service can offer you advice on how to sort out any Student Finance issues you may be having and how to budget. They also offer a shortterm loan for those who’s Student Finance has not come through yet but need money now. If you are struggling to feed yourself, the union also offers food parcels which you can get from the advice centre on the third floor of the union by going

to them and explaining your situation. The parcels come with pasta, rice, cornflakes, milk, jar sauce and some tinned vegetables. Not a lot and rather plain, but enough to get you through a difficult time. If budgeting is the issue, the university has a free budget calculator at http://

11 For those of you struggling with money at the moment, remember that you are not alone. There are many students who go through financial hardship but there are services that are there to help you and you should take advantage of them as soon as you can.



This time last year we were in Italy, probably drinking wine and getting ready to go out to an Erasmus party.” It feels like only yesterday that I was booking a hotel in Siena in a panic, the night before I was due to arrive, realising I had nowhere to stay and knew nobody. I know it’s a cliché, but my year abroad was one of the best experiences of my life. So how is it being back in Hull with final year ahead, a lot of work to do and let’s face it, much worse weather. Well, for me, a slight anticlimax. I study joint honours French and Italian and therefore spent my year abroad sunning myself in Siena and Nîmes. Not too shabby if I do say so myself. All worked out well despite a few minor hiccups along the way, but all these experiences just become funny stories to tell, as you reminisce, probably for years to come and to anyone who will listen, about all the funny memories and crazy adventures you got up to on ‘my year abroad’. So if you’re wondering how to get back into final year: get down to work, don’t cry yourself to

sleep every night and hopefully come out of it with a good degree. I’m still working that one out for myself! What I will say, however, is that every cloud has a silver lining. Yes, there may be a few more clouds in Hull (literally) but there are also plenty of silver linings. Having spent 12 months away, give or take a few days, I was starting to really miss my friends. It’s all very well and good (and it is good) being away and meeting loads of new people

all the time, but I also like the friends that I already had. As lazy as it sounds, it’s also nice to come back to people I already know and like and not have to make such an effort to go out and meet people all the time. It was fun to do it all abroad, but it’s also fun to not have to do it here. The workload is something a little less easy to get used to again. Having worked in a hotel for the past 6 months, I got used to long hours and 6.30am

starts, but homework was more of a foreign concept- an English one. Being back is a bit like coming back to reality - I go to University for a reason. For all of you who are also experiencing this now or who will do one day in the future, there is only one solution: suck it up. It’s only a year of your life, and as this year has shown me, they go pretty fast! So whether you’re a returning student, preparing for a year abroad or don’t have a year abroad at all, my advice is still

the same: make the most of your University, because Hull is a pretty great one. There are wonderful people and many reasons to be glad to be here. We may not be a picturesque Italian city or a sunny French town, but Hull feels like home. And WE have Welly and chip spice.



FAMILY REIGNS SUPREME Hannah Robinson PHOTOS BY NEWPIX PHOTOOGRAPHY o a free ticket had been blagged and a throng of Miles Kane’s were begging for beer at Johnny Mac. But I was not there for Miles Kane.


The Family Rain are a band of brothers from Bath who have fully inhabited the world of beards and skinny jeans. Yet they have also managed to hone a talent which such beard-growers can only dream of – music. As they graced Asylum’s humble stage, I was pleasantly surprised to hear from the gruff lead singer Will, a voice that was comparable to Ben Howard with a hint of Bombay Bicycle Club after a pack of 20. The Walter brothers, Will, Ollie and Tim began their journey as a 21st Century Hanson in 2011, yet their rock/blues influences allowed them to create a far more advanced and credible sound. Their first single, ‘Trust me, I’m a genius’ was released in the November of 2011 and is all you can imagine from a blues/rock band. With a steady beat and slight distortion on the already husky vocals, this is a definite driving record with darkness behind it. The band moved record labels and produced ‘Carnival’ in early 2013. ‘Carnival’ shows us the rock side of The Family Rain’s demeanour. The tempo of the song is more upbeat than ‘Trust me’ yet still obtains a dark quality which will leave you inquisitive as to what more they

could possibly have in store. The band’s performance was good, especially when you consider that support acts rarely have any budget to put on a ‘show’, and the approval of the brothers was evident from the crowd. The boys have definitely been visited by the Caleb Followill hair fairy and had no shame in flicking their barnets to their hearts content. They have been touring with the ex- Rascals frontman through some of his late summer shows, and are set to support Jake Bugg throughout October and November. The brothers definitely held their own in a room full of large, coated boys. I would deeply suggest giving these guys a listen if you enjoy troubled music that will definitely get your head nodding. To hear their music for yourselves then visit their band page. You can also find them on facebook and twitter



Album Reviews - Emily Moulton Emily Moulton’s debut EP has roused much excitement among Hull’s music scene. Taking listeners on a calm journey of self-discovery and self-reflection, No Way Out has flowed into the hearts of many after receiving airplay on Radio 2 shortly after its release in August. Knowing that the EP was recorded live makes Emily’s consistently flawless vocals even more impressive to listeners. Continuously singing with the ease and maturity of a more experienced artist, her voice eagerly embraces listeners’ ear drums, making it easy to understand why her first demos reached over 1,000 plays in the first 24 hours of their release. Emily clearly has a high song writing calibre as she confronts subjects that are usually alien to 18 year-old girls, yet creates lyrics which are filled

with emotion and sincerity. Despite 3 out of the 4 songs on the EP conveying similar tones and moods after the first listen, ‘These Shoes’ displays Emily’s creativity. In this plea for help Moulton experiments with both her guitar accompaniments and her vocal melodies, suspending listeners from their process of discovery as they are

lured into a sea of confusion and vulnerability. This streak of creative energy shows that Emily Moulton has the potential to make an even bigger impression on Hull’s music scene than the one she has already created.

Album Reviews -Warren Records “State of the City” was the first album launched on Hull’s own record label, Warren Records. It is a double disk compilation of just some of the musical talent that Hull has to offer. The two CDs contain forty-one songs from artists throughout the Hull area, and span all genres imaginable, including pop, R&B, techno, heavy metal and indie. Each song sounds incredibly professional and it is easy to forget that they have been produced and recorded by young people in Hull. The wide range of genres seems strange as a quiet, thoughtful indie acoustic track merges into a loud and violent heavy metal one, but, once you get used to it, you cannot help but admire the range of music that is being produced in the city. As you are listening to the CDs, you forget which

genres are your favourites and, instead, begin to open your eyes (or rather, ears) to all of the tracks that you otherwise might overlook. The sudden jumping between genres makes you fully aware that a new song is beginning, and you listen with much more concentration than when a single artist produces and album and all of the songs merge into one.

This compilation is a brilliant showcase of the talent that is in Hull. It would make an ideal ‘keepsake’ of your time in Hull or, a great present for any music lover, to show them just how much Hull has to offer. Available from Amazon or the Warren Records website for £5.



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elcome to the world where free speech is rising, music genres are crushed and a great time is had by all! This is the life of the exciting new Scottish band, The LaFontaines. From seeing, listening to and talking with the band, the message is clear they are here to put on a great show. As lead man, Kerr Okan from the band sat down with us, his message was clear, “I think if you come to a show, you certainly realise that you’re in for a good time and a good laugh.” However, they aren’t just a confident and energetic five piece, they have tunes to match. This combination of showmanship

and great song writing has seen them sell out venues in Scotland and play to several large festivals. If you would like to pigeon-hole their sound you could say “a combination of Hip-Hop, Rock and Pop into one melodic element of noise.” This doesn’t quite do them justice though; they have a great ability to write infectious pop melodies that are still experimental and fresh. Similar to acts like Biffy Clyro and Twin Atlantic, they have not lost sight of who they and their Scottish roots. Currently on tour around the UK with Canterbury, what do they make to Hull? Okan speaks up: “It’s our first time in Hull and seems like a nice place, it reminds us of the Barrowlands around Glasgow.” Although the gig as a whole was quiet and small, they did get the best reaction from the crowd even though they were the support act. When asked what it has been like touring with Canterbury, Okan replied: “It’s been great so far, we have shared the stage with the lads before and they’re really nice!” Speaking of their music connections, next year should see them release their debut album which may contain help from Twin Atlantic. “We have talked with Sam [lead singer of Twin Atlantic] before about releasing something together but we might want to keep it in house for the first release”. An interesting collaboration if it does happen, one that hopefully will see The LaFontaines reach new heights.

or three days in October the infamous white HUU marquee was transformed into the setting of a German Ale and to celebrate Oktoberfest. As soon as you walked into the marquee, you were struck, not only by the inviting blast of warmth; but the even more tempting, mouth-watering scent of German sausages. It was certainly surprising to see how welcoming the marquee could become, once some chairs and tables were casually arranged around a performance area, and a chandelier was hung. This relaxed setting was a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the Fresher’s Fair. It seems like Hull University really knows how to celebrate Oktoberfest, with the steins flowing with real German Ale and a lively setting where everyone could be found in animated conversation. The event wasn’t all about the booze though. A host of Hull’s homegrown musical talent turned out to provide entertainment to the crowds that flocked to the event, which had been organised by Larkins Bar and Warren Records. Stewart Baxter of Warren Records explained that: “After many successful beer and music weekends at Larkins bar over the summer, we thought we would try something a bit different. So Larkins along with Warren Records teamed up with Hull University to do a German style beer festival Oktoberfest. We're always up for something new so why not.” The experiment proved very successful, not only in the volume of alcohol sold, but also for the musicians who had the chance to demonstrate their musical talent to the student audience. “It was a great opportunity for local artists to showcase their music to a new audience and for the university students to get a good selection

of real ale and local music as well as having a bit of fun with it.” The lively atmosphere certainly proved that everyone was enjoying themselves. The vast array of musical acts that performed across the three days did not fail to impress the audience, and certainly didn’t get lost over the general chatter of the event. As acts took to the mic, those closest to the stage could not help but stop talking and turn their attention towards the musicians. A whole range of acts from numerous genres meant that there was something for everyone. Not only was it beneficial for the musicians, but the Warren Project that supports them was also rewarded for their hard work. The Warren Project works with young people in the area to help with everything from gaining much needed qualifications to support with childcare, counselling and health advice for free. “For The Warren Project, it is important for us to work in partnership with the local businesses to support

music in Hull and also to give us a chance to raise the profile of our charity which offers free support to 16-25 year olds. We also raised £220 over the weekend from donations which was amazing and will help us a lot! “We thought the event was a great success and the atmosphere all weekend was amazing. Thousands of people showed up and it showed us that this kind of event is possible and hopefully can happen again. The university staff were amazingly supportive of both Larkins and the Warren in hosting this event and we hope we can build on this partnership for future events." So keep your eyes peeled for these exclusive events in the near future, which offer you the chance to rub shoulders with Hulls’ most promising musical stars. The event certainly outdid itself in many people’s expectations and, from observing the crowd over the weekend, it was clear to see that everyone was having a great time, and it wasn’t just because of the beer!

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN HULL THIS MONTH? 1st November – ‘Room TWO’ Launch – Hull’s iconic music venue The Blue Lamp, is launching its new monthly drum and base night, ‘Room Two’ 10pm - 2.30am £3 on the door.

2nd November – For Those About to Rock – 7.30pm Hull City Hall is hosting a night of rock with a wall of Marshall and two iconic tribute bands. Live/Wire is a tribute band to one of the greatest bands in rock history, AC/DC. The audience will also be treated to the number one ZZ Top tribute band. £20, tickets available from Hull City Hall Box Office or online.

20th November - Ken Scott Guest Lecture - Legendary music producer and sound engineer Ken Scott (Beatles, Rolling Stones, Duran Duran, David Bowie) is giving a public lecture in the Middleton Hall of the University at 4pm on Wednesday 20 November.

21st November - Affairs ‘Contact’ single launch – Local band Affairs are launching their new single. After supporting acts such as Dog is Dead, Alt-J, and Polarsets, they are back in their home town to launch their new single ‘Contact.’ £5 in advance (+50p booking fee) or £7 on the door.

22nd November – Bounce Presents Chase and Status DJ Set – Asylum, Hull University Union, Tickets £12 in advance, £15 OTD, Free with Platinum card but must collect paper ticket before Friday 15th November.







roduced by Silent Uproar (a company mainly made up of current and previous students from the University of Hull) and written by Morgan Sproxton, Small Plans is a play about Katie Carr, (played by the amiable Alice Beaumont) who at the age of 27 decides that she needs to re-evaluate her life. Katie is the sole narrator of the play and speaks directly to the audience about her life and problems. This technique, coupled with the fact that the performance took place on a small, close proximity stage, made the whole experience incredibly intimate and allowed the audience to truly become a part of Katie’s life. Unfortunately the dialogue didn’t flow as it quite should have at a few points during the performance at points Katie sounded like an audio book, causing the dialogue to feel clunky and taint the pace slightly. This was a shame as overall the dialogue had a good flow and kept the audience consistently interested.

Though sometimes dry, Katie’s brand of storytelling was incredibly humorous, especially the sarcasm she displayed to the audience. Alice really showcased Katie’s personality with her tone of voice and fantastic facial expressions. Katie was supported by Johnny Neaves and Jose Tevar, playing Dean, (Katie’s long term boyfriend) and Sicilian (a man that Katie had met and formed a sexual bond with) respectively. I was impressed by the performances of both of the males; with Johnny Neaves’ guitar pieces played live, to accompany scenes between Katie and Sicilian, and strong physical performances from Jose Tevar. Jose was a particular standout. He exuded high levels of energy and his physical movement was incredibly encapsulating and precise. Although he had very little dialogue, Jose clearly portrayed his characters’ feelings and motivations. The highly choreographed scenes between Sicilian and Katie were magical to watch. The chemistry between them was clearly visible. Although Johnny’s performance

was convincing playing the character of Dean, I felt that Dean didn’t have enough time on stage to truly make the audience believe that he was Katie’s long term boyfriend. His role in the play wasn’t lengthy enough to establish the relationships

GO GO JOE: CHILDHOOD FAVOURTIE AT HULL NEW THEATRE Jordan Lockwood and Lottie Bullivant PHOTO BY SHEILA BURNETT Hull New Theatre was filled with young and old alike when H from Steps donned his Technicolor dream-coat and took to the stage as Joseph, the lead role in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical of the same name. Watkins gave Joseph a cheeky flair as he clapped, sung and winked at the audience. Joseph’s eleven brothers were equally fantastic in their portrayal of jealous, cold hearted men who undergo a change for the better at the hands of their estranged sibling. Jennifer Potts also stood out as the engaging narrator making a very challenging score sound effortless. The show was unapologetic in its childish charm: using bright colours, cartoon sets and even inflatable sheep. This

was aided by the actor’s relationship with the audience which was very informal and at times more like a music concert then a piece of traditional theatre. We were encouraged to join in the music by clapping and singing along. The music and costume in particular incorporated a vast range of different genres and eras; this was evident when we were taken to Potiphar’s mansion and shown elements of a 1920’s American party. Pharaoh’s Story famously in the style of Elvis Presley included American football players and cheerleaders as a backing troupe. The use of pastiche in the music made it clear that this was a Lloyd Webber musical. Almost every song used a different stylistic approach. The variety created by the range of music and styles ensured that the show was pleasing to all ages throughout. All in all, if you’re looking for a lighthearted, entertaining, and family show then ‘GO GO JOE’.

necessary to make his character fully believable. As the play came to a close, I was left feeling unresolved. We never found out what happened to Dean or Sicilian. It was almost as if Dean had just vanished, which

was a shame. Overall, however, Small Plans was incredibly enjoyable to watch, even with a few small flaws.

MUDDY RUGBY AT HULL TRUCK PHOTO BY TONY BARTHOLOMEW Muddy Cows is a play about seven female rugby players, perhaps not what you’d expect from a night at the theatre but this play seems to fit in quite nicely with John Godber’s (the playwright) previous sports-related plays (Wrestling mad, Crown Prince & Cramp).

Claire Eden did a double act portraying both twins Donna and Daisy. Although she did very well at giving each role different characteristics, I felt the staging was unimaginative. Una McNulty was a delight to watch and had hilarious stage presence. Elizabeth Carling, who played Maggie, the team coach, was the most authentic character and her back-story and emotion onstage was easily the most believable.

The story follows seven women, as they battle their way through the hardships of being a women’s rugby team, showing the highs and lows, the friendships they make and the matches they play.

The set was a brilliant replica of a dirty, run-down changing room. The song choices for the scene changes were a mix of dub-step and music for a much younger audience. It didn’t fit the theme of the play at all, more mature music would perhaps have been appropriate.

At first, it was difficult to believe that the women were really rugby players but as the play progressed, the actors really came out of their shells and displayed some great character development. The plot wasn’t complex, and was in fact very straightforward.

Over all, the play is definitely for a more mature audience: anyone under the age of 21 would struggle to understand the humour of the play or the complex relationships within it.



HULLFIRE EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: TOM STADE TOTALLY ROCKS and it’s a great multi-cultural place. Back when I was there last time I ended up going back to some guy’s house party. I always seem to end up at someone’s god damn house. This is the thing about travelling, I just love it. From what I remember of Hull the people were absolutely fantastic; anytime somebody welcomes you into their home you know you’re in a really great town.

Alexandra Porter


he Hullfire sent Alexandra Porter to a cosy interview with Canadian comedian Tom Stade to get a true insight into the workings of a top comedian’s career. Tom has previously performed on Live at the Apollo and Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, and is currently touring the UK with his brand new show, Totally Rocks. Alexandra Porter: How did you get into the industry of comedy? Was it something you always wanted to do? Tom Stade: I always wanted to be in the entertainment industry. I wanted to be like Brad Pitt. However I’m from a small town and that didn’t make it easy to become successful overnight. When I went to the Big City and visited a CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) open casting call, they loved me. I was a really good actor, but when the casting people asked me who my agent is, I was like, “I need an agent?” It didn’t matter how good I was or my talents, because I was from a small town with no agent to represent me, nobody wanted me. I went down to a comedy club, to drown my sorrows. I met a good friend of mine who had performed there and he asked me why didn’t I try my hand at comedy? So I did, and I never looked back.

AP: Do you think your sense of humour caters more towards the British sense of humour? TS: That for sure, but I never really knew because I didn’t give the US or Canada a real shot. We were doing real good in Canada and in the States but I never really pursued those ones as I was having too much fun over here. I had no real desire to go back to those places. My life is over here now. AP: How easy do you find it to come up with new material that’s fresh and still funny? TS: I think it’s always out there if you’re looking for it. Most people will try real hard to write new material but when you do that you can’t see what is right in front of you. I’m a very spiritual human being so I find comedy to be really easy; life’s a comedy. If you look at anybody’s life, it’s a comedy of errors; if you can see the errors, then it’s always going to be funny. Nobody laughs at somebody who has everything going for them, people find tragedy funny. If you cannot take the tragedy so seriously, which most people do, then you can find comedy. I can’t wait until tomorrow to see what else goes wrong. AP: Have you been to Hull before? What are your thoughts on the city? TS: I have played the Truck theatre before, and this time around I’m playing at a venue called FRUIT. It’s a funny little town way out on the east coast

AP: Have you got any advice for somebody who wants to break into the comedy scene? TS: It’s not an easy scene to get into, and especially right now as a lot of comedy clubs are closing. The only thing I’ll ever say is that comedy does not happen overnight. If you’re going to get into it don’t do it for money or fame; get into it because you love to create what I call ‘Word Art’ – you love to create a painting with your words to make people laugh. If you are chasing money or fame then it will never happen and you’ll become jaded and bitter about it. If you’re doing this because you love to make people laugh and you love the art form – and there is an art form – then you’ll do okay. Making people laugh is the hardest thing to do, I don’t care what anyone says; to make someone laugh is easily the hardest thing to get out of a human being. You have to be so dedicated to the actual art of it, and if you do that then you will love what you are doing regardless of whether fame or money comes. You may die poor but you’ll die happy!





r. Campbell Edinburgh, resident lecturer of the Hull University Drama Department, unveiled his newest piece of theatre this month The History of Water, which allowed the audience to don their swimming trunks and immerse themselves (quite literally) into this experimental piece of theatre. “I wanted to create a piece of theatre that drew participants’ attention to the uniqueness of two of Hull’s historic public buildings (Beverley Road Baths and East Hull Pools).” Campbell explained when asked about the ideas behind The History of Water: “There are relatively few public spaces in the UK that aren’t dedicated to commercial activities (most of our public space seems to be linked to shopping, eating and drinking). It struck me that swimming pools are rare in the way that they act as spaces for social interaction, exercise and reflection without necessarily being exclusive or dependent on our need to spend.” “The History of Water was really about having a conversation with the audiences. Being in water tends to make people very

relaxed and friendly, so I actually found the process of performing very easy and enjoyable.” He explained that from an audience’s perspective, ‘it is just a very different way of engaging with performance. Maybe it felt more personal and immediate” Dr Campbell Edinburgh explained to The Hullfire that he drew inspiration from the calamity he experiences himself when immersed in water: “There is something special about being in water, something revitalising and transformative. Theatre is also about transformation, so I thought it would be an interesting mix. I wondered what would happen when I mixed the transformative quality of being in water with theatre and music’s capacity to inspire our imagination and emotion.” “One thing I like about making work in Hull is that there is a ‘can do’ attitude. I had very good support from the Council and staff at the pools. I think that it might have been more difficult to get the project to happen in another city, so I think Hull’s DIY attitude is a really positive for artists.”

“Hopefully we will be successful in our bid for City of Culture. That would be a real positive for the city.”


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Mandie and Sukhi find the sharpest student dressers in Hull

Name: Saba Khan Jacket: Store 21 £25 Name: Claire England

Name: Rosanna Csoppii

Dress: LK Bennett bought from ebay £20

Top: H&M £ 10

Tights: Calvin Klein from TK Maxx £6 Boots: Duo £120


Jacket: TK Maxx £80 Jeans: Zara £25 Boots: Oasis £60


Dress: Boutique in Cork $38 Leggings: Select £6 Shoes: Select £16 Bag: Ted Baker £70








utting aside clothes and accessories, another form of expression is available in body art. Perhaps you have tried the body art of Henna yourself. It’s true that it provides a cheap yet exciting way to experiment with fashion in terms of designs. The advantages of such an art form lie in the fact that you can create your own unique patterns. This body art custom has been practiced for over 5,000 years in India, Pakistan, Africa and the Middle East. Also known as ‘Mehndi’, the initial purpose was to use it as a natural cooling property by desert people. By creating a ‘paste’ of Henna, a person would soak their palms and soles which created a conditioning effect. The ‘stains’ left by the paste were black or brown and would provide a long lasting cool effect while the colour remained on the body for weeks at a time. These concepts led to ideas of using henna to make designs for decorative purposes for both the rich and the poor. Henna is actually a paste that is created from a plant. This ‘shrub’ can be found in hot climates countries such as Egypt, India, Pakistan, Africa and Australia. More specifically, the ‘Henna plant’ contains a reddish-orange dye that binds to the keratin in our skin. It only stains the top layer of the skin and is very much safe and natural. To prepare Henna for body decoration, the plant leaves are dried

and crushed into a fine powder. Further techniques are used to make it into a creamy paste. The texture of this paste will determine the quality of the Henna. Generally, a thick paste is preferable. Now the substance is ready to be put into a ‘cone’ or some sort of pen-like container to be applied to the skin. It can be applied anywhere on the body. Hands and feet are the most common places for henna designs. The stain of Henna ranges from pale orange to nearly black depending on the quality and your skin type. Once applied to the skin, the paste will begin to dry up within minutes into a masklike surface. Eventually, it will start flaking off to reveal an orange or brown design (the one you have applied). Usually, this stain will change colour over the next few days depending on what your skin is in contact with, such as exposure to water or moisturisers. The saying goes… the longer you keep on the henna paste, the darker the stains will be. Some people apply lemon juice and sugar onto the Henna paste as it is drying with a cotton bud in a bid to make the design darker. The palms and soles of the feet stain the darkest because skin is the thickest in these areas and contain most keratin. Usually, the farther away from the hand and feet henna is applied, the lighter the stains will go. Henna is traditionally used for special occasions such as holidays, birthdays and weddings in countries like India. The most

e decided to leave the St Stephen’s Student LockIn after only 40 minutes of queue battling, most of us empty handed and hungry. “We get 10% off as students anyway,” said my friend, voicing what most of us were thinking, “I’d rather pay 10% more than have to wait an hour to pay for my neon Converse in Schuh”.

popular tradition is the ‘Mehndi (henna) Night’ where the bride, her family and friends get together to celebrate the wedding to come with games, music and dance. During the celebrations, the bride gets extensive Henna patterns created on her hands and feet that may extend to her elbows and sometimes knees. The guests will usually receive small designs on the back of their hands also. The myth goes… the darker the henna designs on the bride, the better her marriage and her relationship to her mother-in-law will be. The Henna’s outcome provides much banter during the occasion of a wedding. Today people all over the world have adopted the ancient traditions of adorning their bodies with the beautiful natural artwork created from the Henna plant. It became a very popular form of temporary body decoration in the 90’s and has been growing ever since. People throughout the west have adopted the eastern tradition in their lives by having their hands painted for weddings and parties. Even some celebrities adorn their bodies with henna and show them off in public, movies, videos, etc. Henna is a symbol of beauty, art, and happiness and is meant for everyone. It also helps that you can buy a cone for a really low price. So get experimenting.

I agreed with her entirely. What had been a much-anticipated event had turned out to be a massive flop. Like any other self confessed shopping addict, I was thoroughly excited at the idea of 20% student discount at the St Stephen’s Student Lock-In event last week. My student loan had just come through and I was in very high spirits. However, what I thought would be every student shopper’s dream turned out to be much closer to a nightmare. The first thing I noticed was that New Look was closed. Closed! And all the entrances to the most popular shops such as Topshop and Boux Avenue were impossible to get through without beating up everyone in your way (not advisable). If you did make it in without suffering a minor injury, all the best and most popular items had already gone. A long line of sweaty, grumpy looking people waiting to pay snaked throughout the stores, and in some cases out the door. Yet, I was determined to buy something, anything, to take

advantage of this extra 10% discount. As a student you learn the hard way that not much is cheap or free in this world. So I headed to Zara. Classic and reliable, if I was going to find anything worth braving a huge queue for, it would be in here. And yes, success, I found a beautiful green chiffon top with an embellished neckline and a pair of heeled black suede boots. I headed to the till; my faith in the Student Lock-In restored when… “I’m sorry we don’t do student discount at Zara.” Not even on a student lock-in night, not even when every other shop in St Stephen’s is offering some sort of discount. Zara, of course, had to be the one place I actually bought clothes from. Even more frustratingly, I didn’t manage to pick up any of the freebies advertised at the LockIn. A free pair of underwear when you buy something at Superdry - I decided I didn’t have the strength to brave those queues. The queue to the Nando’s Spin Wheel was the entire length of Tesco Extra and at least three people thick. Even a diehard Nando’s fan like myself couldn’t face it. My friend Nicky, a second year politics student, managed to grab a free can of energy drink from a nondescript stall. “I guess I can use it as a mixer at pre-drinks” she said, half-heartedly. We left that sardine-packed mall with sore feet, a frustrated worldview and a can of energy drink. Thanks, St Stephen’s. Next time I think I’ll go online.



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on’t you just hate it when you see an item of clothing you love on someone else, but you have no Idea where they bought it from? This predicament may be a thing of the past with the new ‘Snap Fashion’ app now readily available to style hunting students. Simply take a snap of a fashion item you have your eye on and ‘Snap fashion’ will do the rest. Using the website or app platform, choose the ‘start snapping’ option and proceed to upload your image or use one provided by Snap Fashion that catches your eye. The beauty of it is that you don’t need to be a professional photographer for this product to work. A simple, quick snap from your mobile phone will suffice, making the process even easier. The concept for ‘Snap Fashion’ was created by 26 year old, Jenny Griffiths, who studied at the University of Bristol where she coded ‘Snap Fashions’ unique algorithms alongside her degree. This is an impressive feet by Griffiths, who is the CEO of the company, and she took the time to speak to the Hullfire about her exciting venture and what inspired her idea: “I was tired of shopping on a student budget… I love admiring looks in magazines, on the catwalks and from the amazing variety of street styles you walk past every day, but when it came to sourcing the items that

I liked – within my budget – I struggled. Using technology to search via images seemed like the most obvious thing to do.” Solving the ‘shopping on a budget’ dilemma is a priority of ‘Snap Fashion’ and their use of a ‘sales tracker’ feature keeps consumers updated on their wishlist items, informing them if their product has been reduced in price or put on sale. Snap Fashion employee, Izzy Marwick, reassures avid student shoppers that the product they are offering is easy and safe to use. “It’s very easy and requires no need to share any payment information with Snap Fashion as all purchases are done through the retailers. Therefore students can still get their discounts from any brands that offer it.” In principal ‘Snap Fashion’ provides a very beneficial service to a wide audience. It allows individuals to cater for their own styles and provides many opportunities to cut corners and save time when searching for the latest musthave fashions. ‘Snap Fashion’ aims to cut the time you physically spend hunting around shop floors, whether it be wading through the aisles of Primark or traipsing up and down the elevators in Debenhams. In saving all this time it allows students to spend more time on their studies, or partying wearing their new outfits. ‘Snap Fashion’ is available for FREE on the iTunes store so make sure you check it out.


Amelia Dukeson

PHOTO BY GARETH WILLIAMS ectures have begun and the cold October weather is slowly getting the best of us students. Who can blame you for rolling out of bed and throwing on some leggings and a top before rushing to that awful 9.15am lecture? The leggings trend has long since taken over the lives of students and their fashion choices. Are leggings really a fashion fairytale or a major fashion fail?


This question well and truly divided Facebook. Many were adamant that leggings should not be worn as trousers. Cheap and bad quality leggings should come with a warning ‘wear pants’. Anyone unfortunate enough to be climbing the stairs behind you has a wonderful view of the knickers you put on. For the thong or non knickers wearers amongst you,

that’s enough to wake anyone up at 9.15. Those who claim leggings should only be worn in circumstances with long tops may have a point. Do people really need to be looking at your bum all day?

Hull students will remain divided on the legging debate. On inspection of my wardrobe I found I now own 4 pairs of black leggings and 3 pairs of grey leggings. Are the legging bum flashers amongst us committing cheeky offences The divide came between those unbeknown to themselves? voting against leggings, and those claiming it’s acceptable Could I even be a regular with a long top. Kate legging offender when Harding, a Hull wandering upstairs student claimed wondering where leggings are on earth my fine ‘as long as lecture is? they’re not seeSurprisingly through or skin hardly anyone coloured and came forward teamed with a to outright vote long top’. So are we for leggings as unanimous that trousers. Clearly leggings should not those legging abusers be worn as trousers? Or amongst us are too are good quality thick leggings an ashamed to come forward. exception?




Saul McArthur



mouthful of carbohydrates, and a body: shaking anxiously in a deflated

haze. The double doors slip open behind your palms, you’re in and you’re excited, this is it: the lion’s den. The twenty-man blood-circus of apes that swing iron, speak in grunts instead of words, and enjoy pain instead of pleasure. You look around; you notice each creature has its own attire. A tattered vest here, a stained t-shirt there, tight fitted tank tops showing off bulging biceps, shorts, sweatpants, each as generic and as dirty as the last. There’s a gulp in your throat. Your eyes dance from monster to monster observing their respective uniforms: “What’s the pattern here? What’s the code? Am I fitting in yet?” Is there a ‘cool’ way to dress IN this environment to become the ultimate alpha male? A straining eye catches your own and you realise voyeurism will not take you far in this primitive world of metal and men, unless your idea of a good time is a shower in prison and a check-up with a backstreet dentist. Then, like a violent dumbbell meeting a rack it hits you: the clothes don’t matter. There is no fashion in this gritty world of voluntary labour and rippling flesh, just animals trying to get the job done. This isn’t a fashion show and the mirror poses aren’t the Catwalk. You didn’t realise that, you were too blindsided by those deluded visions of being something that you’re not that you foolishly dressed to impress. There you are, covered head-totoe in sparkly t-shirts and the latest and greatest tracksuit

piped full of the newest ‘mesho-nomic technology’ or whatever that website conned you into believing. There is a time and a place to own that look. You can explore that road when you graduate. As for now if you really want to blend in you’ll need a wardrobe change, namely any piece of crap that fits and allows one to move effectively. As for the footwear, any flatfooted trainer should do the job, that is if your training goals are to look like a man and not a cardio-crunching popsicle anyway. A Primark or any discount sports shop worth its salt should have all the tools you need; a vest, a t-shirt and some cotton pants. This is the gym, not Paris. Fast-forward to your new life as a gym-goer, assuming the novelty hasn’t worn off. You now know the gym, your lifts are impressive and your thinking of competing in powerlifting. As a ‘masculine’ activity, for counterbalance you will need to purchase and wear a leotard. They are mandatory for competitions and make a great Halloween costume if you ever wanted to go trick or treating as an ill-fitting condom. They are found at most online powerlifting shops (condoms on the other hand are pretty commonplace) and will be sized according to your weight class (also much like a condom). Rules to remember when wearing a leotard: 1) it’s not weird, you’re a power lifter now. 2) Do not wear them on a train ride home from a county championship, I guarantee you will give yourself bladder cancer under its crippling grip; I speak from regretful and personal sopping experiences. If this article teaches you anything about how to look “cool” in the gym, there’s crack in your tea. “Coolness” is earned through hard work, not clothes.




DIY FASHION: GLITZY NAILS PHOTOS BY SUKHPREET KEHLA Here is a step by step guide to recreating nails worthy of a Las Vegas show girl. Each number corresponds with the same number on the picture: 1) Start off by applying a layer or two of the nail varnish of your choice plainly on a clean nail and wait for this to dry. 2) Using a very fine brush and a different nail varnish colour of your choice, make a diagonal line from the middle edge of the nail to the tip. 3) Usually a contrasting or sparkly shade will create the best effect. 4) For added effect, draw on another diagonal line parallel to the previous one. 5) This can be either under or over the first line. 6) To finish off, draw on the same two diagonal lines from the opposite side. This will create a ‘criss-cross’ effect. Now you are ready to go out and shine.



intage. Students love it, and it’s growing in popularity every year. With a vast array of shops popping up all over the City Centre and Newland Avenue, what’s not to like about a low price tag and a piece that you can guarantee no one else will be spotted in? That’s what we liked so much about the Vintage Fair held at the Union on Friday 18th October. Prices were certainly more than reasonable, only £5

for a new pair of denim shorts (a great price if you needed something new to wear to Welly!). The fair, run by ‘Loved Again

Vintage’, dispelled any myth that proprietors turn what you would normally find secondhand in a charity shop for 99p into a ‘luxury’ item, costing

as much as it would brand new from Topshop or Urban Outfitters. Entertainment-wise however, we’re not sure that they got it quite right. A singer and dance group were there to try and get you into the feel of things, but there’s something that just feels plain wrong about being in Asylum with the lights on. The stalls weren’t huge, and neither was the crowd, so there was never really much a buzz. Overall, this was a great first attempt at the Union, but if you want the real deal, head to the Vintage Fair at City Hall on 26th October for a proper vintage fix!






f you’re searching for a social, informal and fun way to enjoy sport, Hull University is the place for you.

The University of Hull benefited from a funding grant from Sport England in 2011 to increase the sporting options on offer at both the Hull & Scarborough campuses as well as the Halls of Residence. The project involves working with sporting National Governing Bodies such as Rugby Football Union, East Riding County Football Association and many more to provide social, informal and fun opportunities to take part in sport and active recreation. Campus Sport welcomes all students and staff who are looking for a more informal opportunity to play sport. With the variety of activity ranging from turn up and play sessions to weekly leagues and one off competitions there is an activity to suit everyone! “The Campus Sport scheme has helped to enhance our students’

experience by delivering great, wideranging sporting opportunities, and it has been launched following research into sporting needs and attitudes,’ explained Steve Curtis, the University’s Sports Development Manager.

The programme has engaged with over 3,500 individual students over the past 2 years, and offered over 30 students a chance to volunteer through the Campus Sport Activator scheme. Josh Clarke, Just Play Futsal Co-ordinator said “I thoroughly enjoy the session and it is also added experience for my CV. I try and mix up the teams every week, there is a good atmosphere and I believe everyone enjoys the session”. Semester one programme for 201314 starts during Fresher’s week, please see the timetable below: *Participants a minimum membership

must ‘pay to

hold play’

Campus Sport Leagues are the official sport leagues of the University of Hull and take place across our campus. Entry opens during the

first week of semester and includes 5 A-Side, 6 A-Side and 11 A-Side football, futsal, netball and squash. Due to the popularity of these leagues, entries are on a first come, first served basis.


Padraig Curran, the Vice-President of For further information Campus HUU Pool and Snooker Society gives us an Sport or Campus Sport Leagues please contact insight into one of the youngest societies in or visit: Web: sportscentre our union. Facebook:

INTIMATE TEAM BONDING Chiar Media on why rugby culture isn’t all bad George Mullen


Facing the wall after loosing .


t seems like every day I read a student newspaper article about the negative side to Rugby teams at University. Full disclaimer: I am not a sports guy. I have tried and given up more sports than anyone I know. But I live with two rugby ‘lads,’ and they are nothing like the tired stereotype that gets hurled around by people who have never even plucked up the courage to try it. I don’t play rugby. But I’ve been to Rugby Union socials. And I’ve had fun at them. Is that so hard to believe? Sure, you get sh*t,

but so does everyone else. A bully does not bully himself. And yet that’s what happens during pre-drinks for a night out. You make a mistake? You face the consequences - regardless of whether you’re the President or the tag along house-mate. These guys are competitors at their core, and competitors want to win. So when a loser like me comes along, I’m definitely going to be abused and made fun of. Or not... I have had more than one great night out with Rugby Union. The majority are nice guys, and have since become guys I love to hang out with. It takes two to tango. Of course they aren’t going to be friendly if you’re treating them with hostility because you’ve heard all about the ‘horrible rugby lads.’ That doesn’t mean there isn’t trouble and people sometimes take things too far. In any large group of people, there will always be one or two troublemakers, especially where alcohol is involved. But it isn’t about the individual.

At its core Rugby is a team game and it requires camaraderie, perhaps even brotherhood. I’m not here to confirm or deny all the stories that get spread about what goes on behind closed doors, but suffice to say what they do get up to creates an intimate bond between teammates. And it’s because of this sense of fellowship that they are able to play so well. The sheer amount of commitment needed to play Rugby at University inspires me to give credit where credit is due. These are guys who want to play, and more importantly, want to win. Too often I find myself alone in the house because its rugby training for the fourth time this week (even in the worst weather Hull has to offer)! Even if you don’t approve of their antics off the pitch, at least be proud of how they play on it. Yes, you might not understand all their behaviour, or approve of everything they do. But you don’t have to. University is the time for people to find out where they fit in. And I guess Rugby just isn’t for you.

Padraig Curran

The club have four divisions PHOTOS BY BEN SUTHERLAND within the society who, dependf you fancy yourself as the next ing on their league position, will Ronnie O’Sullivan, and dream get relegated or promoted and of one day playing at the in- have various prizes for those famous Crucible theatre you’ll be who win their division. These pleased to discover that the Uni- divisions run each semester, so versity can now lay claim to a Pool even if you find you are too late and Snooker society. With the to get into a division this semesgame of Snooker recently being ter then don’t worry. You can brought into disrepute surround- join one after Christmas or just ing the match fixing allegations, it come along this semester and can be deemed beneficial to regain play friendly games against othan appreciation of a sport which er members. was once held in the highest reThe HUU Pool and Snooker sogard in Great Britain. ciety also enter competitions The society was founded in Janu- against other Universities and ary of this year with some mem- also hold a Cup competition bers of the University feeling that throughout the year. If you fanit was lacking a society of this type. cy getting involved then joinThe club doesn’t take themselves ing only costs £4, with a deal too seriously so if you are up for a with Rileys in Hull City centre bit of a laugh with a few drinks on enabling the society free use of the side then this may be the soci- tables. If you’re interested then search for them on facebook. ety for you.







WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF WOMEN’S LACROSSE book groups, including Lacrosse. I posted a status about getting into Hull and Jez Horsell, who was Captain of HUWLC at the time, messaged me saying congratulations! It was that little extra effort that really made me want to join. Do you find it difficult to get freshers interested, as the sport is so unknown? CC: Actually this year we had a great intake. At the AU fair I would say about 95% of girls who approached us had never played before, which is why we happily cater to beginners. Harriet Wynder PHOTOS BY KATE WILLIAMS acrosse is a fast-paced, intense team sport that is very popular in the US, though largely unfamiliar to many in the UK. Clare Cottrell (President of Hull University Women’s Lacrosse Club) and Heather Smith (Social Secretary) were able to tell us a little more about their club.


Lacrosse is not a well-known sport, had you both played prior to university? Clare Cottrell: I played at school, from year 7 to year 11. I took it

back up in Hull. Heather Smith: I’d never played before. I had heard of it, and before going to university I knew I wanted to do a sport so I did a little research into it then. It was exciting, learning something completely new. Was lacrosse the only sport you considered? HS: I considered other sports, ones that I’d played at school, but the teams either came across as too intense, or I’d heard of a lot of fighting between members. When I got my results and got into Hull, I joined three of the teams Face-

HS: I’d consider us to be one of the easiest clubs to join, as others can be so intense.

CC: We’re not an intimidating club at all, and not cliquey. Training helps us all to relax and make quick bonds. We always have a pretty good turnout, and particularly towards the end of last year, the improvement in the team was incredible, when we managed to win 3 of our matches. It may not seem like a lot, but to us it was incredible progress. The club is only young. We started out as mixed with men, then about 5 years ago we separated into two teams. You’ve both been part of HUWLC for over 2 years, which is almost your entire time at university. What has the club done

for your experience? CC: Well I didn’t join straight away, but when I did it honestly changed my life. Being part of the AU is an incredible experience. The nights out are better, and you make so many more friends. HS: It’s a great way to meet people you wouldn’t normally have the chance to know. CC: There’s tour as well, where everyone bonds so much as people come out of their shells. University life without HUWLC I can’t even imagine.

CC: Our Captain is also very experienced, so freshers can learn quickly. Last year it was only a few weeks before we had first year players joining us in matches. At our taster session we had about 30 newcomers, and though it’s still early that’s a great way to start the year. Heather, how did you find it when you joined, having never played before? HS: It was exhausting but not intimidating. As soon as I joined I made firm friends.



utumn may have arrived, but things still look rosy for Hull. With seven games played as they go into the international break, eighth in the table is not to be sniffed at. Just ask Manchester United. Since the loss at Manchester City’s Etihad stadium, the Tigers are unbeaten in their last four games, including a pulsating 3-2 victory away at Newcastle; this confidence has also seeped into the defence, with Hull not conceding a goal for over five hours in all competitions. Hull have looked difficult to beat this season, and their imposing defensive statistics certainly show this, but that doesn’t mean they’re just grinding out results. Hull’s early resilience in the league

will certainly be needed in the run up to Christmas. Both the fans and the manager will also be delighted with the seamless slotting in of Curtis Davies and Jake Livermore, who have already proven their worth with impressive displays. Robbie Brady, the current top-goalscorer, is also set to return for the Everton fixture after the international break, and will be looking to increase his tally of four so far. It is Tom Huddlestone’s performances that have been the most eye-catching, with his inspiring form leading to calls for him to be recalled into the England squad, an honour that no Hull player has ever had before. After the break, a tricky run of fixtures lie ahead. An away win at Goodison Park is no

easy feat, and looks even less likely considering that no side has currently gone longer without losing at home in the Premier League than Everton. The week after, an away trip to White Hart Lane will hardly have fans filled with optimism either, with Tottenham’s current form leading some to say they are title-contenders. In December, Hull host Liverpool and travel to Arsenal 3 days later, a run of games that will test the entire squad. Yet, if there’s one thing this Hull team have shown so far, it’s that they’re not afraid of defying the odds, and an unlikely win over any of these teams is one step closer to safety.





The local sport presenter on rivalries, name changes and interviewing Nelson Mandela Samuel Stevens PHOTO BY SIMON CLARK


he sporting landscape of East Yorkshire has experienced much seasonal change over the last thirty years. As stadiums rose and fell, new heroes came and went as Hull City petered over the edge of footballing destruction with alarming regularity. With the Tigers now surprising many in the Premier League, it serves as the perfect parable of how things have changed on this side of the Humber Bridge. The reason I use the eighties as a starting point will become clear when you consider that I’m talking to Simon Clark. The BBC’s sport anchor on Look North, while also a postgraduate here at the University of Hull, he’s the face many rely on for their fix of local action. As the winds continued to swing both in Hull’s sporting favour and often against it, one thing has remained constant throughout. A life long Hull City supporter he was there for the ride. “Hull City had lost their last game at Boothferry Park 1-0 to Darlington and I think that was the low-point,” he reflects - looking back at the 2002/03 season which ended with former England caretaker manager Peter Taylor in charge. “From the moment we moved into the KC Stadium, we’ve

mainly been on an upward trajectory. Yeah, we might have had that blip when we were relegated from the Premier League a few years ago, but you look at our history since we moved and you’d think Boothferry was cursed.” After leaving their home of forty-six years at the turn of the millennium, Hull City soon started one of the most memorable rises in the game’s history. As the history books would suggest, they’ve surged up the Football League pyramid ever since and Simon considers the switch to West Park as a key factor. “The KC Stadium, by comparison, is a place where we’ve been promoted more times than we’ve been relegated and it’s magnificent to see kids wearing their Hull City shirts with pride again. “They weren’t doing that ten years ago. You may have seen one but they would have been among a sea of Manchester United and, dare I say it, Leeds shirts. “That is the big turning point in Hull’s history, the next generation of fans which have been born. The kids today are so lucky because they’re watching a successful Black and Amber team.” Tides turn quickly however the history books tell us that - and one change in particular has hit a nerve on the streets

of Hull. When club chairman Dr. Assem Allam announced plans to extradite the ‘A.F.C’ from the club’s name - replacing it with ‘Tigers’ – the football community responded in unison. Clark, though, is more philosophical in his response: “Well I’m fairly relaxed about seeing where this debate goes,” he replies pragmatically. “First of all, I’d prefer it to be ‘Hull City A.F.C’ but I’ve always felt that the Tigers brand hasn’t been fulfilled. So I’m interested to see how this one develops. “I’m probably not looking forward to it being ‘Hull Tigers’ on the football results page, and this might be where we get to. But we may look back in a few years’ time and think that Hull were the trailblazers in a world where we have the Cardiff Dragons, Stoke Potters, Leicester Foxes and all the rest. It’s a debate worth having and one I’m following with great interest.” Clark, born in Humberside in 1960, is also a keen Hull F.C fan which could easily lead to some tricky situations when reporting on what is still perhaps the most famous grudge match in rugby league. Despite the hostility between Hull and Kingston Rovers being as heated now as it’s ever been, he’s not too concerned about any possible conflict of interest: “I’m unapologetic in how public I am in supporting the Airlie Birds for

one reason. “If you’re into rugby league, you can’t be a generic fan. Some people can follow football without a particular allegiance but you can’t do that in Super League. “I was introduced into the game through Hull F.C and there’s no way that I can get away from that. Also, because I’ve been spotted down the Boulevard (the club’s previous home) and the KC so many times, it would be ridiculous for me to deny it. “Where I differ from a number of fans, if not all of them, is that I don’t wish any ill on Rovers. So if Hull and Rovers are playing, I hope they both win. Apart from when they’re playing each other of course! That’s my stance and senior people at Rovers know that.” Looking back on his career, Simon has a number of memories to fall back on if ever he’s running low on conversation at a party. Asking him to prove his self-proclaimed talent (on his LinkedIn page anyway) as a ‘skilled story teller’, he soon divulges details of perhaps his most famous interview to date. “I used to work in Leeds and one day Nelson Mandela, at the age of eighty-two, was visiting the city,” he recalls. “He was getting the freedom of the city and all journalists were given strict instructions not to speak to him. “Because he was so tall my

camera man had to move back to get the best shot but, as he did so, he collided with a lamppost and began to fall over. I realised what was happening and ran to catch him before he fell. Mandela, realising what was happening, caught us in the corner of his eye and came over to see what on earth was going on. “The secret police were panicking at this point as you can imagine as he walks over before asking me the strangest, but most wonderful, question. ‘How old are you?’ he asks. I think, hang on a minute, we’re having a forbidden exchange here. “Nevertheless I quickly took my opportunity to ask him a few questions on his time in Yorkshire and whatnot. So, by complete fluke and accident, I managed to secure an interview with the greatest living politician of our time.” A regular at grounds and clubs across the region, Simon Clark is now firmly a part of the furniture around these parts.


potential in order to reach the top of their profession.


In bodybuilding this same work ethic is passed down from the very heights of Phil Heath, Jay Cutler or Kai Greene, to the very base of the sport. Even though the use of steroids is sourly looked upon by the main bulk of onlookers, their work ethic cannot be questioned.

Is this obsession with our bodies driven through a desire to impress others, or is it something greater? The notion of pushing our bodies beyond its limits is widely shared within many sports and walks of life.

With the idea of pushing our bodies to the limit, is this ethic being emulated through the growing masses of the men that are going to the gym? University of Hull student, Alex Sanderson, and an enthusiastic gym member, explains why he finds the gym his personal haven: “I find that it is about enjoyment since, personally, lifting weight

or a growing number of students at this University, the gym is becoming more than an obsession. This fit and healthy lifestyle, that has been led by the bodybuilding community, has brought about an infatuation with the way we look.

If we consider almost any professional sport we are able to see athletes that push themselves to the limit of their body’s

is enjoyable in the same way as any other sport or training. I find training enjoyable, but pushing myself, and seeing the results of working hard, definitely plays a part. I think in that way, it ties in with general fitness, since total fitness includes strength, as well as endurance. The fact that it makes you looks good, if you subscribe to that notion of aesthetics, is a bonus at the end of the day.” Even though there are quite a few competitive lifters around, the ‘Zyzz’ aesthetic concept is emerging in many countries. Aziz Shavershian, founder of the idea was a Russian bodybuilder that came to Internet fame through his aesthetic body. He shot to internet stardom when he passed away at the age of 22

from a previous heart condition. Even though aesthetic training may not have been his legacy, he spawned a throng of followers to this aesthetic movement. Could this be the stem of the majority of men’s interest in the gym? It’s safe to say that it is a balance between a powerful and competitive sport, and the aesthetic ‘beach body’ ideal. Whether it’s the Universities gym or Xercise4Less, you’re bound to find a thriving environment for self-improvement and enjoyment.

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Jerome Walcott tells us why we shouldn’t abandon our traditionally optimistic hopes just yet, as the England football team book their flight to Brazil. Jerome Walcott Deputy Sports Editor 1966. The date which resonates with every English football fan like a death knell; the proverbial gravestone for our footballing relevance. It’s the same old story. A summer of hopes and dreams of footballing glory, soon to be dashed in painful fashion (you know exactly what I mean) before four long years of recovery, mending our hearts before they are broken, once again. Going into every tournament we look stronger than ever, but then leave prematurely, looking even further away from the ultimate goal of emulating the heroes of ’66. But enough of this pessimism. England have, once again, successfully qualified for a World Cup under current manager Roy Hodgson, and as the preparations for 2014 begin, there is much to shout about. After negotiating a tricky Group H which featured a rapidly improving Montenegro side and joint Euro 2012 hosts Ukraine and Poland, the team look in good form, clocking up 22 points as group winners. Perhaps most importantly, boasting an unbeaten competitive record of six wins and four draws will be something that surely will put them in good stead for next summer. Of course, one would be foolish to place England on a pedestal as favourites for the trophy, considering our luck since ’66. But, as Hodgson’s wise words after the victory over Poland explain, we have a chance just by being in it: “If you want to win the lottery, buy a lottery ticket, and we have our ticket.” This statement epitomizes the current pragmatism that surrounds the squad, and should be used to our advantage. The nation should fully accept England’s role in the tournament as ‘dark horses’, keeping quietly confident about our chances, but holding onto hope not getting carried away. That way, we can still enjoy watching the

quality football that will no doubt be on display next year, whilst basking in the brilliant atmosphere of a competitive game involving England, as we cheer on our boys. And if we get past the last eight, it’s anyone’s game… The key word to note here is ‘boys’. As of October 2013, the national team’s average age is almost three years younger than that of the sluggish squad who failed in South Africa, now being a cool 25.9 in comparison to the class of 2010’s grand old average age of 28.4. This represents a shift in approach to previous years. Rather than rely on a team of players who are past the peak of their footballing powers, England are now focusing on creating the perfect marriage between youthful exuberance

and vital experience. By taking a chance on gifted young players such as Ross Barkley, Jack Wilshere and Phil Jones, we are not only introducing an exciting modern twist on the traditional England blueprint for playing football, but also ensuring the legacy of the national sport remains intact, as the last players from the so called ‘golden generation’ begin to hang up their own boots. The kids of today who play football at grass roots level need a new batch of English footballing heroes to inspire them to achieve greatness; someone to help them unlock the potential which might one day provide England with the solution to their World Cup conundrum. And as London 2012 taught us, building a sustainable legacy is the best way to gaining success in the

future, and perhaps the only way. England’s qualification for Brazil 2014 also provides us with several economic reasons to feel optimistic for the future. As the age-old adage teaches, “success breeds success”. Being competitively involved in the tournament means that the country will pocket £8m from FIFA. This will rise to £16m should they reach the quarterfinal stage, and £26.5m in the (unlikely?) event of the team winning the whole thing. Quite the prospect. If you add TV, sponsorship and merchandising deals, England could be looking at a £1bn profit from next summer’s global event, just by way of participation. Winning would only increase this already substantial sum. And if we don’t… well it’s the taking part that counts, right?

So, when the England team take to the field for their first group game next June, please, don’t refrain from getting your friends together to watch the game; emblazoning your faces with the flag of St. George; losing your voice from belting out ‘God Save The Queen.’ It may almost be 50 years since we conquered the world, but the national game is turning a troublesome corner, and with a bit of luck, we might not be waiting around for much longer. Your country needs you. Bring on Brazil.


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Men’s Hockey talk exclusively to the Hullfire about their impressive progress as a club and their optimism towards the future of Hockey at the University of Hull. Joseph Cross PHOTOS BY JAMIE WHITE t was on a quiet Friday lunchtime in The Gardeners that I met up with HUMHC 1st team Captain Will Dale, to discuss everything Hockey and more. HUMHC have been inundated with new freshers. 25 aspiring Hockey players turned up to trials. Captain Dale was overwhelmed at the turnout and even more so at the quality of player on display with around 75% of the trialists considered good enough to be integrated into the teams.


Dale commented that: ‘the large intake of freshers was so good that we could even think about setting up a development squad’. There are many more reasons to be positive within HUMHC with Will Gwyther agreeing to coach the entire club, and in doing so installing a new and better mentality as the whole club pushes on for greater success. After missing out on BUCS promotion last season finishing 2nd, HUMHC 1st team are looking for a dominant performance in the league this time around. Adversely, the team were relegated from the Yorkshire league last season and are aiming to bounce straight back, especially with the new influx of freshers strengthening their squad. The 1st team’s failings in the Yorkshire league were

‘unfortunate’ according to Dale, with commitment issues raised as a contributing factor to the teams demise, with players work and other commitments taking its toll on the teams consistency and therefore performances. Dale knows it will be a big task to achieve immediate promotion in the Yorkshire league but feels he knows exactly how to accomplish it: ‘Our aim is to welcome in the new players and push them at the same time, you have to be physically strong and be Yorkshire league-wise if you want to compete. We stand a great chance of promotion if we work as a team’. HUMHC 2nd team were controversially denied promotion in BUCS last season in events that mirrored the goal line technology scandal of the 2010 World Cup which saw rivals Sheffield promoted instead of Hull. This injustice has only fuelled the teams desire to achieve promotion this year, and with new captain Alex Waller at the helm the team are very positive about the year ahead. Scott Barnes has taken up the captain’s role for the 3rd team, who have been known in previous years as the social team, but that is all about to change. Barnes is determined to push for technical improvement amongst his team as they look to shrug off the social label that they have been associated with for too long. Dale believes that this season

HUMHC will finally be considered as a sporting team opposed to a social one. For years, the ‘Hockey Boys’ have been defined by their social antics rather than there on-field displays and everyone at the club is determined to extinguish this stigma. Dale pays great homage to a former President, James Pentecost, who he believes saved the club and laid the foundations for what they are today: ‘If it wasn’t for James, the club would not be in the situation it is right now, the club has been rejuvenated since he came in’. This year’s President Gareth Ikin will be looking to continue this legacy in what should be a very positive year for HUMHC. This year also sees the start of the inaugural Fantasy Hockey League, set up primarily by Fundraising secretary, Oliver Eldridge, with support from Charlie Molyneux and Nick Watts. The league is run from the Club’s website and already has thirty paying members, proving a great contributor to the clubs finances. With lots of negative press surrounding AU teams and their finances covered in the last edition of the Hullfire, it is refreshing to see a club demonstrating such entrepreneurship and the Hullfire wishes them the best of luck in this venture.


Yours truly has already run into the Papua New Guinea team, a relaxing shopping trip to St Stephens was ended when around 10 huge men all walked into Schuh together. Not fancying my chances of getting to the front of the queue to pay anytime soon, I threw the member of staff a dummy before sidestepping the Lacoste stand and touching down well outside the door.

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ngland’s football team may have secured their place at the FIFA World Cup in the summer but for their rugby league counterparts, their own world competition is about to begin. On the 26th October, ‘The Lions’ face Australia at Cardiff ’s Millennium Stadium in the first game of the 2013 Rugby League World Cup tournament. Fixtures against Ireland (November 2nd) and Fiji (November 9th) follow as Steve McNamara’s team look to qualify for the quarter finals without any major alarm. The tournament sees three games staged in our wonderful city of Hull. England’s final group game against Fiji takes place at the KC Stadium whilst Papua New Guinea play two games at Hull KR’s Craven Park, France are the first opponents on 27th October before a big clash that sees The Kumals take on Samoa on 4th November. Rugby League is considered the national sport of Papua New Guinea and with three players set to join Hull KR after the tournament; it is a perfect opportunity for Robins fans to get a sneak peak of what they can expect in the Super League next season. Forward Neville Costigan has already agreed terms ahead of a move from Newcastle Knights whilst prop Enoch Maki and second row Francis Paniu are set to complete moves to Craven Park after the conclusion of the tournament.

New Hull FC coach Lee Radford can be expected to be taking a close look at all players on show as he looks to continue making additions for the upcoming season. There are no existing Airlie Birds in the England squad but Tom Briscoe will be well at home at the KC Stadium for England’s final group game, although the Featherstone born winger has completed a switch to Super League rivals Leeds Rhinos during the close season. The clear favourites ahead of the tournament are Australia with odds as low as 4/11 in the middle of October. New Zealand are at 3/1 and England at 7/1 before a big jump out to Samoa at 66/1. USA are the rank outsiders at a casual 5000/1. My friends from Papua New Guinea are 200/1. Tickets for games at Craven Park start at as little as £5 for students with a multi-match offer of buying a ticket for both games and receiving the second half price. For England’s game at the KC Stadium, tickets start from £7.50 for students so why not take advantage of these great prices and go and watch some international rugby league right on your doorstep.

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