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Issue #9 April 2008
Abbi Quinn gets on her soapbox to give her views on Raise And Give Week. Page 8
STUDENTSâ€™ UNION FINALLY LOOK INTO ENGINE SHED PRICES FULL STORY PAGE FOUR
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It’s getting to that difficult last few weeks of university for all now, none more so than third years frantically finishing off dissertations. In the middle of all this we had the SU elections, which I’m sure you heard about, and hope you followed live on our website!
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See what plans next year’s SU president Daniel Hutchinson has in place on page 5. The reasons why people voted was questioned on our website in the article, ‘Who voted in the name of comedy?’ so see Daniel’s reaction inside! On that note, don’t stress out! It’s a lot of work in a small space of time but it will all be over soon!
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Body of Leeds student found in river Dan Clough THE body of missing Leeds student Gavin Terry was found by the River Aire on Wednesday 12th March. Gavin, 19, from Baildon, went missing on January 11th after a night out with friends sparking a nationwide campaign to discover his whereabouts. He was last seen at the Revolution nightclub in Leeds city centre. A Facebook group was set up and posters put up in campuses at universities all over the country, including the Atrium at the University of Lincoln. A police spokesperson con-
firmed that a body found in the River Aire at Skelton Grange was that of the Leeds Metropolitan University student. A post mortem found that there were no suspicious circumstances involved in the death. A memorial website has been set up at www.gavinterry.co.uk and tributes have poured in to honour the memory of the much loved teenager. At Gavin’s mother’s request, donations are encouraged, the money from which will go to the searches for missing people across the country. The Linc would like to offer it’s sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Gavin Terry after their tragic loss.
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Giving £’s to lose pounds Are students paying too much for leisure facilities at the University?
by Hayley Cook
Fitness freaks or couch potatos? We asked a handful of students on campus for their views on the University gym... “I don’t go to the Uni gym as it’s too expensive. I go to Fit Space. It offers better gym equipment, for a better price, with fewer members.” - Jamie Bradley, 2nd Year
“I hear other gyms have better facilities, but the Uni gym is good enough. It may not be the cheapest, but by the time you’ve driven somewhere else and home, it’s going to cost more or less the same.” - Richard Cox, 2nd Year “I don’t use the Uni gym because Yarborough gym offers more for my money. There’s a swimming pool, and the staff are much more professional and helpful.”
AN EXPENSIVE RUN: The cost of exercising is too much for some students at the University
Hayley Cook STUDENTS at the University are being encouraged to get fitter, but have concerns about the cost of the gym. Prices at the University gym are reasonable; £2.30 per session off peak and £2.80 during peak hours. They offer a good range of facilities, supervision and various classes, but if students attend the gym three times per week, this could cost up to £34 per month. The gym faces strong opposition however. FitSpace, on Tritton Road, charges only £16 per month for student membership. Alex Porter, Duty Manager at the University of Lincoln gym says: “I have been told that at FitSpace, students have to pay for the month up
front which most find inconvenient. “We choose to run a pay as you go system because it’s more convenient and we’re not involved in direct debit. “Although we do encourage students to go to the gym three times per week, our option offers them the chance to go once a week, or whenever they have the money.” For students who do attend the gym more frequently however, it seems that Fit Space is a better option. Michael Watt, Duty Manager at FitSpace says: “There are no commitments to our gym and you can cancel your membership at any time, without notice. “There is a start up fee of £29, but it is then only £16 per month and you can use the gym at any time
of day or night. “We have a massive range of equipment as it’s all from Fitness First; a virtual spin class, qualified personal trainers and students are able to use other FitSpace gyms around the country; Nottingham, Bournemouth and Cardiff to name a few. “Although we aren’t directly on the University campus, students can bike or walk to the gym as their warm up.” It seems that there are advantages and disadvantages to both gyms. For students who go to the gym more frequently, FitSpace may be the best option. For those who go less frequently and are more interested in classes (although this will cost an extra £3.00) the University seems like the right choice.
- Stuart Henshall, 3rd Year
“I paid for a months membership and then never really went because the facilities aren’t that brilliant. I think it should be a little cheaper, it might get more people to go.” - Alex Booth, 3rd Year “The only really good thing about the Uni gym is its location. It’s always really busy, though, and the opening times are rubbish when you’ve got a part-time job and a dissertation to write!” - Sam Carter, 3rd Year
Students warned about drink-spiking THREE people have had their drinks spiked in a popular student bar in Lincoln, The Linc has learned. Two of the victims are believed to have been University of Lincoln students. Authorities are keen to stress these cases were genuine spiking incidents, verified by blood tests carried out on the victims. Often, while students think they have been spiked, they are merely extremely drunk. The incidents have caused the Students’ Union and the local police to step up awareness campaigns on the dangers of drink spiking. There are many devices that can be used to protect bottles and glasses from being spiked, some of which can be obtained from bars – including the one involved in these incidents – for free. However, the best form of prevention is vigilance, and students are warned to always keep an eye on their drinks. DL
University of Lincoln one of the top 30 employers THE University of Lincoln has been ranked as the 29th best university to work for, according to a survey by the Halifax. The survey, compiled by the Times Higher supplement, was conducted by the high-street bank, and took into account the universities and their surrounding areas. On top of things such as salary it also looked at the cost of living in the area near to the institutions. Vice-chancellor David Chiddick said: “We have recruited eminent people from Yale and Durham. Academics have since followed them, inspired by their presence. We have found we are no longer having problems getting able professors.” Samantha Pidoux, a learning advisor for the journalism faculty, has worked at the University for six months and believes this is a fair reflection. She said: “I’ve enjoyed my time here so far. “I feel I get paid well for what I do. Lincoln is a really nice place to live, this is reflected in the University we have.” Buckinghamshire New University topped the table of 121 universities and colleges. DC
University slammed for poor recycling facilities Sahra Watkins THE UNIVERSITY of Lincoln has been criticised for not providing recycling facilities for its students. Since the University opened its doors in 1996, a lack of recycling has been an underlying issue. But, more recently, due to government campaigns, students have become more aware of the
impact that recycling has on the environment. A furore is being kicked up by students from the Pavilions accommodation site in particular. A Facebook group has even been launched by students campaigning for the cause. Lee Turnbull, a student representative for the Mainstay accommodation group, said: "We are nearly at the end of a six month process, which has
involved reviewing a location for the recycling and purchasing special bins and signage." Mainstay has already trialled the recycling centres at other sites, but it failed as students did not separate their rubbish in the correct manner. However, Lee says that the Pavilions could be different. "We are confident that our residents here at the Pavilions will run the scheme successfully," he
said. Mainstay says that the City Council have been helpful in providing information and assistance. At present, students who are serious about recycling are urged to take their recyclable waste to Morrison’s supermarket, which have adequate recycling facilities. Lee Turnbull says that recycling facilities should be in place by early May 2008.
PAVILIONS: With a modern look but still there is no recycling facilities
GOODTIMES SU to look into
Engine Shed profits Dave Lee
For Heather Mills Managed to get ₤24.3 million in her divorce settlement from Paul McCartney. Well deserved?
For Queen fans The legendary band are to release their first album in fourteen years with Paul Rodgers, formerly of Free, as lead singer.
For Esther the donkey Foal found on Death’s door among 31 dead horses, can now walk again…
For Corinne Bailey Rae The soul singer’s husband, saxophonist Jason Rae, passed away after a drug overdose.
ENGINE Shed profits are to be examined after sustained complaints from University of Lincoln students, The Linc can reveal. Since the venue’s opening in September 2006, complaints about entry fees and drinks prices have surfaced, with many students confused as to why bars at other universities seem so much cheaper. In context, Lincoln students will typically pay £4 on the door to go to the Engine Shed on a Wednesday night – the biggest of the week. Sometimes entrance prices can rise to over £5 if a “special” guest is present, such as a recent appearance by Abi Titmuss. Compare these figures to De Montfort University (DMU) on a Friday night – their biggest – and students pay £3. Or, if arriving before 11, entrance is free. DMU also run a loyalty card scheme which, for a one-off fee of £25, allows students to get into every Friday night for free until the end of the semester. The Engine Shed, as well as 180 Students’ Union bars across the country, buy alcohol that is subsidised by National Union of Students Services Limited (NUSSL), a division of the NUS. Although the Engine Shed isn’t run by the Students’ Union, it has been granted permission to use the license on their behalf to ensure Lincoln students get the best deal. Mike Beddoes, SU president said, “The
For Honda drivers 63,000 Honda Civics have faulty handbrakes according to the Japanese firm.
best deal for students. “As elected officers, when students raise concerns about something it is our duty to look into it” Students are reminded that although prices may improve, it would be unreasonable to expect some of the “ludicrous” drinks offers which can be found in some of the City’s bars.
The Linc compared the price of entrance to the Engine Shed on a Wednesday night to that of ten other universities Prices are for on the door entry with a valid student card for the universities’ most popular student night EDGEHILL
CENTRAL LANCASHIRE £2.50
Free £3 after 11pm
LEEDS METROPOLITAN Free -
Free £1 after 10pm
£2 after 12pm
RAG COMMITTEE PRAISES FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN Luke Beddows
For East Fife Football Club Threatened with arrest for celebrating their first trophy in 54 years with champagne!
ENGINE SHED: The SU bar which some students feel charge too much to enter Students’ Union is looking to get a break down of costings from NUSSL of how much stuff costs. We agree that a Union should be cheaper than town if not a lot cheaper than town. “At the end of the day we’re not here to line the Engine Shed’s pockets or the University’s pockets, we’re here to get the
THIS year’s Raise and Give (RAG) week smashed the University’s targets by raising a record amount of money. The week, which coincided with Sport Relief, began with three of the University’s sabbatical officers locking themselves in a cage for 24 hours armed with only their clothes, a tent and buckets to get that all important cash. Maria Yesufu, AU activities and societies officer and one of the prisoners, explained what was happening. “It’s the beginning of RAG
week and we thought we’d lock ourselves in a cage. It was originally going to be on the island but the swan society weren’t happy about that so it’s the cage and we all have to raise £100 each to get our luxury items.” Joining her in the cage was SU president Mike Beddoes and AU president Gav Sumner who were anxious about their task. Mike said: “I was a bit worried last night when the rain and the wind came but it’s not that cold.” “I’ve got my wisdom teeth coming through and they’re absolutely killing me,” said Gav. “So I’m not looking forward to it but I've got my Jeremy Clarkson book so I’ll start reading that out
loud to everybody so it’ll be a bit of fun.” Monday’s events were all for the charity Barnardos with each day following being for a different charity nominated by Lincoln’s students. Around campus there were football and netball tournaments. Glen Wilson, running the football, echoed sentiments that this would be a record week. “The target this week is to make this the biggest RAG week we have done since the University has been here and I think we’re well on our way to achieving that.” RAG president Dan Windross attended the netball
tournament and explained the fundraising targets for the week. “Our target for the year was £3000. We’re on £2500 now and we’ve already raised £150 today plus the netball and everything so were looking to raise about £500-1000 this week.” Staff and students alike all got involved, even soon-to-be president Daniel Hutchinson got in on the act when he helped out with the tug of war. “It was hard work but as long as people are having fun that’s the main thing, you can’t do anymore than that.” The final figure for RAG week was £1254 taking the total to £3600 for the year.
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Shape of things to come
WHAT HO: Next year’s president Dan Hutchinson in all his glory
The Students’ Union elections came and went unnoticed. Controversy, distress, campaign sabotage paranoia and arguments; none of these changed the course of the results though. Daniel Ionescu talked with Daniel Hutchinson, the new SU president, about what is to be expected from the new team in charge of the University of Lincoln’s student affairs. ONE would hardly notice any election campaigns around the Brayford campus, or in the other campuses. A few large pieces of doodled cloth and dozens of black and white posters glued on the Atrium’s walls represent most of the election runners’ campaigns in the last month. Still, the face that curiously emerged from all of this year’s elections sleaze is Daniel Hutchinson. He worked his way up with a decent manifesto and a subtle campaign, and as a bit of an extra, with his old school conservative dress sense. Daniel went under heavy criticism from many members of the student body, most probably from the ten percent who actual-
ly voted. The Linc’s website was inundated right after the elections with comments from both supportive and damnatory students. “To judge people by their looks is the worse thing one
“I don’t see what the point is. What’s so important about a hoodie?
could ever do. It should be down to the person’s ability and the policy he set out with,” answered Daniel Hutchinson when asked about his appearance. Instead, he replied that, “As long as people come to me and to the other sabbatical officers, if they feel they got someone there, if they feel they’ve got the ability to make their views heard, that’s the important thing.” Daniel’s motives for going into the elections however, were quite original. “I’ll just go into the elections, just to make it a bit more colourful. I didn’t care if I was going to be elected or not, just to make people aware of the elections.”
The reasons that got this year’s candidates’ votes stirred quite a debate around the student community. A variety of factors were entered in the voting reasoning equation: from comedy to friendship and from sabotage to beyond. Still, for Daniel it seemed quite simple: “Perhaps my dress sense got me voted, but I hope it wasn’t, because some people thought it was a joke; perhaps not.” With attacks on his ability to generally represent the University by simply wearing a branded hoodie, Hutchinson reasoned: “Why should I? I don’t see what the point is. What’s so important about a hoodie? I can obviously wear that (University of Lincoln logo) if it is on a scarf or on a tie. I just don’t like wearing hoodies. It’s not a big deal.” But the new SU president is saying that there “might be a possibility” of adding branded ties and scarves to the current official line of university apparel. “What shocked me most in my first and second year was that I knew nothing about the Students’ Union. The elections
came and went and I knew nothing about it.” A poor turnout plagued the elections this year also, but in the end, the official figures counted almost 10 percent of the total student population. All in all, numbers show that Daniel Hutchinson was voted by only one percent of the total student community. With that in mind, he encourages
“To judge people by their looks is the worst thing one could ever do.” higher turnouts and more political awareness. “The negotiation for the Tower Bar is going to take years, so we have to make sure that is on track.” Starting June, Daniel Hutchinson will take over Mike Beddoes’ SU presidency seat and
he doesn’t plan to sleep while on duty. Even though his campaign manifesto is not a contract, he plans on engaging a 24-hour library, move the Uni shop back into the Atrium, put together a student accommodation guide and continue the negotiations to take over the Engine Shed. Regarding his new SU team, Daniel says “We’ve got a great mixture from all sides in the SU. We’ve had a good time on the campaign trail. We’ve all got our own politics.” Still, if it comes to discrepancies between them, “We’ve got to realise that when we argue or when we tell each other off, that it’s just the professional side of things. At the end of the day we don’t mean it personally.” People tend to fear what they do not understand, or even worse, not care at all. Yet again, a minority of people (one percent) chose who will represent the majority of students. But as Daniel Hutchinson says, “There’s no use grumbling. If you’re not going to be bothered to do it, who is?”
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29th February 2008: Students’ Unio
FULL HOUSE: The Tower Bar quickly filled with students eager to find out who would be representing them next year.
THUMBS UP: At the by-election last year, this view showed only the team from The Linc.
WINNER’S CIRCLE: Some of the victors share a drink. Next year, they’ll be sharing the job of representi RAPT AUDIENCE: Mike Beddoes and Gav Sumner kept their audience on tenterhooks.
VOICE OF THE PEOPLE: The Linc Sports team gathering Vox Pops. JUMPING FOR JOY: Maria Yesufu celebrates being able to work with the AU for another year. CONGRATS: Kayleigh Turner and Vicky Wieczerzynska were left speechless by their victories.
ERR...: Chris Roberts was also lost for words.
ng over 10,000 students. GAV: “So, who here voted?”
AT LAST year’s by-election, the turnout was so low that the editorial team from The Linc outnumbered the spectators. The SU elections, though, were a very different matter. The Engine Shed’s Tower Bar was filled with enthusiastic students by 8pm. From that point on, acting SU president Michael Beddoes and AU president Gavin Sumner presented an evening of celebration for some and commiseration for others. Those who won positions with next year’s SU team were ecstatic. Each attempted to give a short speech of thanks, but those that weren’t on the verge of tears were almost totally lost for words. Siren FM had a difficult night. Alongside The Linc, they covered the event live. Their host for the night had to make regular apologies for the colourful language of the successful candidates. PHOTOGRAPHS BY BEN REEVES AND SAMUEL COX
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Who ‘Raise And Gives’ a sh*t? Abbi Quinn
AG week, good wasn’t it? It’s a shame it passed me and 99% of my friends by. I’m all for raising money for charity, but having a target of ₤3,000 to share over 5 charities!? How ridiculous. Come on guys, at least give yourself a challenge! Just like last year, two students raised money off their own back to help out. Andy Lee and Nick Long sat in a Smart Car for 48 hours, aiming to get themselves into the Guinness Book of Records. The highlight of RAG week, they made over ₤800 by themselves. That’s more like it… why aren’t the rest of the team getting that much per person? With the University of Lincoln having over 10,000 students why aren’t we aiming for ₤20,000? That would mean each student donating around ₤2 each. If they are willing to pay ₤5 or ₤6.50 to see Abi Titmuss at the Engine Shed, then I’m sure they would give the change in their pockets for a good cause. Again with this University nothing is promoted and advertised. It would be nice to find out about these events, so we could get involved. RAG week has the potential to be a lot of fun, and to
do some real good for people that need it the most. But it’s not. It’s seemingly half-arsed and thrown together at the last minute. Maybe I’m being cynical, but let’s look at other universities. Last year was a record breaking year for the Bristol RAG team. They raised an amazing £122,000 for charity. In the 82 years of taking part in RAG,
“It’s seemingly half-arsed and thrown together at the last minute.” Bristol University have raised over a million pounds. Now that’s something to shout about. Yeah, I know, I know… Bristol’s a bigger university. But if we can boast one of the biggest SU venues in the country, why can’t we boast the biggest charity donation? Dean Howard is a 1st year law
and business student. In his six months at the University, he didn‘t even realise we had a RAG team set up in Lincoln. “No information is given out on it,” he said. “I’d love to get involved, but I don’t know how to! “It just seems that it is just the Union people,” he continued. “And those who know them get involved. Compared to other university’s we don’t do much. Other places do RAG raids in other cities, which sounds like so much fun. Why can’t we do that here?” So why aren’t we? Is it just Lincoln students are so apathetic that we don’t want to get involved? Or is it that nobody gives us the opportunity? I think it’s the latter. My entire first year was spent dressing up like an idiot and parading around town like a lunatic. Why aren’t we encouraging people to chip in a few quid for charity in the process? We should be in the Community, in the City and in other cities encouraging people to donate their hard earned cash and their scrounged loans. Everyone bangs on about Fresher’s Week, getting ratted and having a laugh. Why don’t we transform RAG week into another chance to do that, and help others out while we’re at it?
QUACKERS?: The SU held a duck race in a bid to raise money for charity.
Review >>> Panic at the Disco Steph Senyszyn
Pretty. Odd. 9/10 Pretty odd? Pretty much! Heard anything good lately? Send your reviews to firstname.lastname@example.org
LAS Vegas favourites Panic at the Disco return with their second album, Pretty. Odd. Never has a title been more apt. Fans of the four-piece may as well forget everything they heard on their debut, A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out. Gone are the moody electro-beats and fizzing synths that made such an impact with Pete Wentz and a million US teens alike. Instead, we’re given Beatlesinspired orchestras, folk guitars and intricate harmonies. And it’s no bad thing. Current single Nine in the Afternoon shows they’ve still got all of the energy shown on the debut, and proves they can still knock out an obnoxiously
catchy chorus. Orchestration is a running theme on the album, with everything from the subtle violinists on Do You See What I’m Seeing? to the full symphony on closing track Mad as Rabbits. At times it can all seem a little over the top, as though the orchestra is Panic’s new toy and they’re refusing to put it down just yet. For the most part, though, it’s so brilliantly executed that it’s hard to fault them for their decision. As an album, Pretty. Odd. flows perfectly through the fifteen tracks, perhaps with the one exception of the bizarre I Have Friends In Holy Places. A ninetysecond ukulele fuelled ditty, it almost seems to have been just thrown in for the sake of it. Hearing When the Day Met the Night’s is like discovering
Oasis’ All Around the World for the first time all over again from its opening seconds, you know it’s going to be epic. By the time its closing orchestration kicks in you’re so uplifted, those 10,000 pesky words left to write in eight days don’t seem so difficult. The highlight of the album, though, is the beautifully crafted Northern Downpour, which sees lyricist Ryan Ross given a chance to step out from frontman Brendan Urie’s shadow. The result? The greatest vocal harmonies on the album. All in all, it’s a fantastic second offering from the emofavourites. Panic at the Disco may have ditched their exclamation point, but they’ve got a hell of a lot to be shouting about with an album like this.
nationalresults Following the conclusion of the BUSA league seasons, Lincoln’s finest performers went on to compete in the national knock-out stages. Linc Sport brings you up to date with all the latest results from an action packed Nationals campaign: Badminton
Rugby League 13/02/08 MENS 1ST: L 30-18 Hull 2nd, A
20/02/08 MENS 1ST: D 2-2 (lost 7-6 on penalties) Brunel 1st, H MENS 2ND: W 2-1 East Anglia 2nd, A WOMENS 1ST: W 4-1 Nottingham 2nd, H
13/02/08 WOMENS 1ST: L 8-0 Sheffield 1st, H
27/02/08 MENS 2ND: W 3-1 Central England 1st, H WOMENS 1ST: L 6-3 Cumbria 1st, A
27/02/08 MENS 1ST: W 24-8 Aston 1st, H
27/02/08 MENS 2ND: D 3-3 (won play-off) Durham 2nd, A
05/03/08 MENS 1ST: L 35-14 York 1st, A
12/03/08 MENS 2ND: L 5.5-3.5 Liverpool 1st, H
05/03/08 MENS 2ND: L 3-2 Central Lancashire 1st, H
AU Awards Night 2008 - April 24, 7pm THE ENGINE Shed opens its doors for the Athletics’ Union (AU) Awards Night next month. It has been another successful and progressive year for sport at the University of Lincoln and this showpiece event is a chance for this to be recognised. Lincoln’s teams have claimed three titles over the course of the 2007/08 campaign with the rugby league, women’s football and men’s football second teams all triumphant. But these successes are just a small sign of the sporting talents on show at our campuses. The much anticipated AU Awards Night is set to be a fine conclusion to a superb year of sport for the University. Awards for sports personality as well as best sportsman and sportswoman are amongst the most prestigious of crowns up for grabs. The Linc eagerly await what should be a glittering night for the AU. The sports team wish all the best to the evenings nominees:
BEST NEW SOCIETY OR CLUB
Dance Comp. Medicine Tennis Contemporary Lens Media Gymnastics Inline Hockey Epeonian
Glen Wilson – Viva Futbol Sophie Lepper – RFU Rag Society Christian Union - Volunteering with New Life
BEST EVENT Rugby Slave Auction Men’s Football Slave Auction Coyote Ugly – Cheerleaders Drama – Christmas Pantomime Black History Month Snow Sports Fundraising Tourism Trip to London
COACH OF THE YEAR Dan Bishop – Basketball Garry Pettit – Karate Tom Lyons – Rugby League Ian McCartney - American Football Dave Thorpe – Men’s Football Maria Yesufu – Cheerleaders
DICK OF THE YEAR
Men's Football 2nds Women’s Football Rugby League
Dan Windross – Rag/Trampoline Vicky Wieczerzynska - Cheerleaders Joey Giddings – Forensic Science Kayleigh Valentine - Dance/Cheerleading Katie Briscoe - Cheerleaders Alex Open - LGBT/ Drama Tom Dubber - Trampoline Junior Mayala - Dance
SOCIETY ENDEAVOUR Trampoline Society Cheerleaders Forensic Science Horse Riding society Epeonion Society Tourism Society (TREC) Christian Union
SPORTS PERSONALITY Beverly Andrews – Rowing Sophie Lepper – Women’s Rugby Union Omar ‘switchy b’ Cofie – Men’s basketball Greg De Souza – Men’s Football Matt Hammond – Canoeing/Kayak Becka Smith - Snowsports Chris Roberts – Men’s Rugby Union Alex Robson – American Football Richard Holderness – Volleyball Caroline O'Shaughnessy and Hanna Benihoud Women's Football Sebastian Cox – Hockey Olly Gower – Rugby League
SPORTSMAN Sean Knight - Basketball Stuart King - Football Andy Collet - Golf Mark Cotton - Cycling Charlie Everest - Golf Tom Wright - Rugby Union James O'Hara - Gaelic Football
SPORTSWOMEN Heather Sharp – Gymnastics/Cheerleaders Steff Sharp – Trampoline/Cheerleader Beth Roberts – Cheerleading/ Squash Lauren Dean – Karate Amelia Coughlin – Netball Natasha ‘Flash’ Murray – Women’s Football Jen Purnell - Women’s Football
RAG RECOGNITION TBA
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THEREYNOLDSVIEWEXPERT Prem stars must learn some respect
espect is a word we use frequently.. We teach our children to respect their elders, our politicians to respect their constituencies and our fans to respect their players. But it appears somewhere along the line footballer’s have felt themselves exempt from this word - Respect. It appears the growth of the ‘celebrity footballer’, has resulted in lawlessness on the pitch which is bringing the English game into disrepute. Too often are referees being mobbed by towering captains screaming obscenities far too vile to print in any newspaper. Our tabloid papers are filled with hate filled rants from anguished managers who seem to think that every referee is against them. Given, football managers are probably not the most intelligent bunch, but to suggest that referees are biased in this day and age is naïve to say the least. Yet this is the game we let our children watch and learn from, surely something must be done. Managers and players alike often bemoan the lack of top class referees in the English game. But how can promising referees be allowed to blossom in a culture that takes great pleasure in criticising and ridiculing them at every opportunity. The problem in fact does not begin in the Premier League. The fact is for young footballers in our country the pressure is piled on too thick and too early, this is exactly the same in the case of our referees. Perhaps this is why the How can promising country is raisreferees be allowed to ing the likes of Ashley Cole, a blossom in a culture player who that takes great pleasure because of his in criticising and ridiculing disgraceful antics in them at every Chelsea’s opportunity. recent 4-4 draw at Tottenham deserves at least a five game ban. The ex-Arsenal man first performed a leg breaking lunge on Tottenham’s Alan Hutton, before launching a scathing foul mouthed attack on referee Mike Riley. Cole was rewarded for his efforts with a yellow card, an insult to all those watching and playing the game. England pal’s John Terry and Frank Lampard were also straight on the scene, confronting the lean figure of Riley in a less than civil manner. These are three player’s that represent our country, players that our children wish to emulate. But unfortunately these three players represent the lack of respect that our young footballers have for officials and each other. The answer must lie in dishing out greater punishments for dissent, or just giving our youngsters a great big kick up the arse.
CHELSEA PLAYERS: Mob referee Mike Riley.
EYE: Danny Hone - Defender
Danny Hone has enjoyed a milestone season for the Imps breaking into Peter Jackson’s first team plans. The Linc’s Steve Rudd discussed all the recent British sporting events with the talented young gun.
espite their recent run of poor results, I’m remaining confident that Arsenal can not only pip Manchester United to the post for the Premiership title, but also win the UEFA Champions League. Sorry Blues fans, but I think that Chelsea will fade into the background in weeks to come. Although Avram Grant’s persistent positive attitude is starting to reflect in recent results, I think Arsenal and United will be the two to contend. I also think that Manchester United lack strength in depth; Cristiano Ronaldo is Manchester United. If you take him out then they have very little in my opinion. Arsenal have such a youthful squad like we do here at Lincoln, and I think that their young naivety will be put to one side and they’ll pull through in time to do the double. Young players tend to play with no fear. Champions League I was delighted to see all four of our English clubs making it through in the Champions League stages. I feel it’s important to be patriotic and support your country’s sides in European competitions regardless of any rivalry you have with them in the league. I know that there has been a lot of pressure on Rafa Benitez this season but I am finding it very difficult to fault his European record. Being an experienced continental manager, I think that he’s the key behind their overseas success and to let him go could be a big mistake; however, I still get the feeling that Arsenal will just about edge it in that tie. Going away to AC Milan is by no means an easy task, they have some truly top quality players and I was so excited when Arsenal managed to beat them. I think that performances and results like that stand them in good stead for the remainder of the season. I think that one of the reasons behind this
traditionally frantic end to the season is because so many players want to prove themselves to the new England gaffer Fabio Capello. England Squad I was pleased with Capello’s England squad selection. I was delighted to see David Beckham gets his 100th cap. He’s had a fulfilled career to say the least and has always showed his love for representing his country which is what the English game is all about. I am happy that the likes of Gabriel Agbonlahor and Theo Walcott are making steps towards breaking into the team after some of their latest impressive performances. It’s important to keep the so-called big players on their toes and I’ll be very interested to now see what happens with the likes of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard. Will they both be included again? Will Capello be able to solve this ongoing debate about whether or not they can play together? Will Gerrard wear the armband again or will Rio Ferdinand keep it? We’ll have to wait and see but those are the decisions he must make to earn his money. British Sport Moving away from football, I have mixed feelings about our country’s participation in other sports. I am one of the many people who believes that Lewis Hamilton has what it takes to win the World Championship this time around. I think he will take in all that happened last season and will learn from his mistakes. However, I can’t say that I’ve found the recent rugby performances particularly pleasing on the eye. I think it’s important that they go away and win the World Cup, we already have two and it would be an incredible achievement to win a third.
Imps’ number 27 has enjoyed an outstanding season at Sincil Bank.
lincpanel: FORMULA 1 With the Formula 1 season now well underway The Linc’s sports writers assess the chances of home hope McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton.
“It would be fantastic to see Lewis Hamilton win the title this year, but I'm worried that there'll be too much pressure on him to succeed. He did extremely well last year, but I'm not sure if he can repeat it. Kimi Raikkonen, on the other hand, has had more experience and I think the Finnish driver will win it again.”
“Lewis Hamilton produced one of the most remarkable seasons ever seen in motor sport last time around when he had nothing to lose. Now there will be the weight of expectation on his shoulders. I am going to punt for Kimi Raikkonen to win the title.”
“I think Lewis Hamilton is a dead cert for the world championship this year. He did well in his rookie season and caught everybody's attention. I've never been into F1 but he brought it alive and got me interested.. If he does improve then that means he will be first.”
“Although Lewis Hamilton seems to be the name on everyone's lips, I think Kimi Raikkonen will retain his title. Hamilton isn't quite ready yet in my opinion and I expect the Ferrari man to be the one to beat.”
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BUSA success for karate Luke Beddows
KARATE vice president James McLaughlan scooped fourth place in the open weight category earlier this month at the BUSA nationals in Sheffield. The second year computing student won five games before losing his final play-off match to claim third spot. McLaughlan travelled to Sheffield as part of the Lincoln team’s first ever official competition and he is delighted with his performance. “I am really pleased, it’s a great achievement,” he said. “I was not expecting to progress that far, there were some good fighters there so I have done well. “It would have been nice to have claimed third place after going so far but it is still a success for me.” The side competed in team events, open weight and weight category cups over the course of the three days. McLaughlan, who has been involved in the sport for eight
years and fights at black belt standard, hopes the team’s trip will hold them in good stead for the future. “We are still a relatively inexperienced team so it was good to get a taste of a competitive tournament. “For many of them, it was their first proper games so lessons can be learned from this. “There were some good fighters we came up against and I am very pleased with how the weekend went overall, it is a great experience for us as a team,” explained McLaughlan. Lincoln’s team is in just its second year of existence and McLaughlan believes these kinds of tournaments will help the team become stronger. “In terms of winning fights, it may not have been the best for the team as a whole but we had a lot of fun and we are always improving,” he said. “The spirit was excellent and who knows maybe next time we will have more successes to talk about.”
Riseholme campus Olympic dream Gary Moss
DIRECTOR of sport Robin Wright believes the chance for the University to be involved in the 2012 Olympic Games is a mouth watering prospect. Equine facilities at Lincoln’s Riseholme campus have been nominated as a possible training camp for the games. This is an opportunity that excites Wright. “I think it is absolutely wonderful news for the University,” he declared. “To have a direct association with the British Olympic Games is a superb achievement. “For the students who are equine students here, it is a wonderful chance to say this about your course.” Wright hopes this positive step will help to raise the profile of sport at the University. “It is also an excellent marketing tool for sports at the University and in particular at the
Riseholme campus,” he explained. “It allows our campus to be marketed in the official Olympics brochure which is a global document – so the potential is vast. “Sport at Lincoln is growing rapidly and I think this achievement shows this and acts as another step of progression.” The University must now wait until after the Summer games in Beijing to see whether an equine team will apply for use of the Lincolnshire sports facilities. Wright believes the facilities are all set to play an active role. “The initial aim was purely to get the campus recognised as a centre of excellence but to have the possibility of an equine team coming here to train is great news. “I do not see any reason why in just over four years time there cannot be a national equine team using our facilities. “It is great for the students; it should give motivation and inspiration to them.” Many critics have voiced fears
LINCOLN’S first ever tri-sport event was won by the combined force of the men’s football and women’s hockey team. In a brand new event launched to unite the University’s most prestigious teams, the rugby, hockey and football. The societies all competed to
test their athlete’s endurance and skill in three half-hour games in each others sports over the course of the day. The event which took place on the Astroturf by the Sports Hall aimed to raise funds for Sport Relief. Organiser of the event Sebastian Cox hoped the event would bring harmony to Lincoln’s three most dominant sides.
It feels like only yesterday that the ‘Linc’ approached me to begin a regular article in their wonderful student newspaper, and here I am now writing my last submission. In a year where the University and its students have achieved so much, those people’s contributions are forever woven into the City’s and University’s fabric. When I first arrived just short of five years ago, I had no idea what Lincoln was about. I knew there was a cathedral, it had a ‘third division’ football club and the locals called you ‘ducky’ a lot. The University had only just put up its new age teaching centre, the architecture building, and things were on the up in Lincoln - an Odeon cinema, two night clubs and even a ‘Subway’. But nowadays as Lincoln is growing on the same level as that of other East Midlands hotspots like Derby and Nottingham, the nation is starting to know of our once little city somewhere up north. National recognition is something the University strives for as to surge up the university league tables. But as said time and time before, university isn’t just about your degree - it’s about your experiences whilst you are here. Our sports teams need to be congratulated, not just by the AU but by the University they serve under. Our league wins, our national appearances, our first place finishes, our premiership sides, and our best year yet gets us our national recognition. The University performing well and attracting new blood in a competitive recruitment market is down to a number of factors. Being a satisfied student is integral to this. To list the achievements of all that are part of the AU and the University through clubs and societies is simply impossible. We attempt to chip away at some of the thanks at the AU ball on April 24, so get your tickets and celebrate your achievements as the chances are you have given so much. Even if you have just played one game, or made a practice, or helped out in some way, your contributions are great and everlasting. As this is my last column I will be writing a few notes of thanks as a lot of people have contributed to the progression of the AU over my past two years. In no particular order, Glen Wilson (ex-AU president), Maria Yesufu (activities and societies officer), the University sports committee, Tracey ‘the boss’ Revill, Ian Johnston, Sarah Ellis, Marianne McCall and the SU team, and importantly every single member of the AU who I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. Congratulations have to go to the Linc for their fantastic coverage of sport at the University, and Gary Moss for always asking the right questions. I wish every success to all who are part of the AU, and I hope the new vice president for sports and teams, Chris Roberts, continues building the opportunities for the students here at the University, and help shout about what we do here at Lincoln. All the best for the future, come on Lincoln! LOCAL SPORT IN BRIEF...
Hone hopes for promotion with the Imps
RISEHOLME: Equine centre up as Olympic games training venue of the Olympics belonging just to will be something for the whole London but this convinces Wright country to contribute to.” otherwise. “At the University there are “It is excellent for quite a already plans for some kind of remote area from London to be celebration, so we will be getting involved in the Olympics. I think in the spirit.” as we get closer to the games it
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“I felt there was some rivalry between the three main societies and I wanted to eliminate that,” he said. “To create bonds between the societies, we made each society team up with another of the opposite sex.” Cox, who is also the vice president of the hockey society, wanted the day to build relationships between Lincoln’s finest sports
persons. “We set out to breakdown any rivalry and allowed the players to showcase their abilities in, not only their respective sport, but as sportspeople – it went really well.” Cox set up the initiative as part of Lincoln’s RAG week which raised over £3,500 for its charities.
LINCOLN CITY defender Danny Hone told Gary Moss he believes recent battling performances shows the Imps can compete for promotion next season. City have clawed themselves away from relegation trouble with ease after a period of hard fought displays. The 19-year-old defender wants more of the same from now until the end of the season to prove the side’s promotion credentials. “We’ve played well against the bigger sides in particular under Peter (Jackson) and Iffy (Onuora), we need to do that if we want to compete higher up the league,” said Hone. “Good performances against the form teams in the division should set us in good stead for next season when we want to be at the top end of the table.” The Imps have competed in the play-off’s for the last five seasons in succession, so a mid-table finish this term is somewhat unknown territory for the fans and players alike. The centre-back hopes this will inspire the side to push on next year. “It is a strange feeling around Sincil Bank this season, we have had a bit of a reality check but we hope to put that right next season,” he explained. Hone just wants to continue his progression and be part of another campaign with City. “Nothing is certain in football so I want to keep proving myself to make sure I am in the manager’s plans for next season.”
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ROBBED SO CLOSE YET SO FAR: A try for Lincoln but this still wasn’t enough to claim the title
Gary Moss LINCOLN’S senior rugby union team feel they have been robbed of promotion. Captain Andy Appleyard has spoken of what he described as an ‘injustice’, after finishing level on points with champions Leicester. Two postponed fixtures with Warwick have cost the side the title. With Leicester scoring 90 points in their game with Warwick, Lincoln were only awarded a walkover after the whipping boys failed to partici-
pate in the two scheduled fixtures with Appleyard’s men. Lincoln would surely have dispatched of the BUSA Midlands 2A bottom side and those additional points scored would have put Lincoln top after they lost out on goal difference by just eleven. “I think we were robbed and it is a bit disappointing because we played well all season,” said Appleyard. “It is just a bit of an injustice to be honest and we are all a bit gutted.” The 22-year-old sought the advice of Athletic Union (AU) president Gavin Sumner after hearing BUSA rules may lead to a
play-off with Leicester in a oneoff match that would still give Lincoln the chance of the title, and with it promotion. “We handed it over to Gav because we still thought there was a chance of a play-off because Warwick cancelled twice, but I don’t know what has happened with that so far.” The Linc contacted Sumner who told us that Lincoln’s men hadn’t been granted a play-off meaning Appleyard and his side will not be promoted. Before the captain knew this however, he admitted to feeling frustrated. “It is a bit disappointing but we still finished joint first and
also got through to the Nationals,” he said. “We were joint top with a game to play and we needed to win by 16 points but we didn’t and that was that.” That final game was against Leicester, and Lincoln triumphed 24-19 to exact a bit of revenge for the 27-12 loss in the return fixture with the league champions. In the Nationals, Lincoln surged through the first round comprehensively defeating Aston 24-8, before departing at the next stage to York, bowing out valiantly despite the 35-14 defeat. “Again it was a bit disappointing because after getting through
to the second round we suffered a lot of injuries,” revealed Appleyard. “Also Ed Slater went to Australia to play at a really good standard over there so we were a bit depleted for the game. “It has been a really good season to be honest and we started very well up until Christmas and then we lost a few but still did enough.” Andrew was delighted with his players for their efforts all season, but reserved special praise for some individuals. “Our number seven Tom Wright had an awesome season as did Harry Bradford in the second
row,” he said. “Then there is Ben Woodman who was in the second team but came up and has just got better and better every week.” This has left Appleyard, who will remain first team captain next year, feeling extremely optimistic about the future. “There is a new committee being set up and that is all looking good and there are some good plans for us,” he said. “We are looking for some sponsorship but we will get promoted next year, I definitely think that because there has been a massive improvement since I started here three years ago.”