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Man dies after Engine Shed night out

William Pleasants died on October 7 at the Lincoln County Hospital (LCH), following a night out at the Engine Shed on October 3. William was in a critical condition in the Intensive Care department of LCH for three days before he died. (More on Page 3)

Trolley thieves could face legal action

Are SU societies failing us? It’s time for students to get stuck into their studies, start writing essays and buckling down. However it’s not all work and no play for students at the University of Lincoln, as a wealth of societies gives students the chance to explore hobbies, make more friends and let their hair down with those of similar interests. The Linc’s News editor Cal Purdon, investigates the student’s frustration with some of the most popular societies.

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Jazz & Lincoln

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Ranging from Alternative Music to Ultimate Frisbee, usually there is a society for every one. Meanwhile, if your particular interest isn’t already covered, the AU encourages the formation of new societies offering financial support and administrative advice to anyone keen to build their own society. New members were encouraged to sign up to societies during Freshers’ Week and the Societies Fayre. After hoards of emails and Facebook messages, almost all new members have

been inducted and they can proudly wear their society’s colours. Yet not all members have been inducted, or even emailed from their societies. These events have led to criticisms from students, with one new member, Angela Lopes describing the societies as “inactive or with no events for some time.” Meanwhile, there have been whisperings of discontent amongst numerous students, all feeling a similar distain for their own societies. (More on Page 3)

Supermarket giant Morrisons revealed plans to prosecute anybody who takes a trolley from their store without permission. The Tritton Road store has recently put up signs in their car park stating that it is an offence to remove the trolleys and offenders will be prosecuted. This new measure stands to affect hundreds of students in the Lincoln area who use this supermarket. (More on Page 4)

FOALS Interview

Mr. Scruff Album Review Page 8

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FEARS OVER THE FUTURE OF THE SHED SEPTEMBER 2008 It’s a fair counter-argument that the Tower Bar prices aren’t “stupidly high” in relation to other places, but considering the fact that it’s near-impossible to get a drink at times, they hardly offer value for money. Closing down the Shed would be a very good way to annoy a lot of people and lose the trust of much of the student body. I would seriously hope that someone at the Uni has a bit more common sense


than that. Jon R Just to make it clear, people who flyer and stand outside the university grounds are no PR people, far from it. It’s one form of promotion, not PR. James Johnson But surely, James, promotion is part of PR, is it not? Bar owners promoting their nights out and aiming to get people inside… it’s all about improving their relationship with the public. Ergo sum, it’s PR. Dave Lee I would say is Advertising, not PR. PR is a lot more creative than advertising. However, they do have mixed areas. James Johnson

JOHN PILGER EXCLUSIVE SEPTEMBER 2008 I agree with Mr. Pilger about America provoking Russia by basing American missiles in Poland, on Russia's western border. However, it is beyond my understanding why Russia has not yet retreated all their troops from Georgia, almost two months after the cease-fire and over a month since European forces should have monitored that. Maybe the US is afraid of actually interfering and doing something to help the poor people in Georgia, who don’t deserve such an invasion in the 21st century, in front of the eyes of all the world. I still wish that powerful countries would come together to solve this problem. Adam Parsons



SU societies face student backlash Following heavy criticism, the new Vice President of the Dance Society, Laura Turner, felt the need to defend her society. In an exclusive statement made to the Linc, she told us “I am very sorry to hear there have been criticisms of the dance society, as my experience of last year was pleasant and enjoyable.” When shown the criticisms of an unwelcoming nature, she added “It was its first year and there were no guidelines as to how it should be run. Dance is such a varied activity and it is difficult to accommodate everyone. This was evident in last year’s competition when time limits restricted availability to participate.” Ms Turner went on to welcome any new members and encourage those to participate; “In this year’s competitions we hope to involve everyone who wishes to take part. I’m chuffed to see there are so many students who love dancing and we are still welcoming newcomers to our society.”

Meanwhile, University of Lincoln Co-operation of Intra Mural Sports and Social society President Shane Croucher has turned the criticisms of societies on the Athletic Union; placing most of the blame with them. In another Linc exclusive, the ULC co-founder accused the AU of poor communication, poor organisation and even costing his society new members. He said “We have had a lot of problem with regards to our society and setting it up. For one, the tills took a long time to set up in the SOAP centre. We didn’t realise there was a problem as we had established our membership price and asked them to set us up. It wasn’t

until the first batch of new recruits came back to us complaining they couldn’t sign up, that we knew something wasn’t right. We had to go back, only to be told we had to email the established price plan to them. They never told us that initially and turned out to be a massive set back. We felt it would affect our membership numbers.” Mr Croucher, (20) went on to bemoan the “lack of or lateness of reply” and how “questions were often not answered.” The biggest problem the Athletic Union and societies may have are financial obsticles, as the ULC president felt they were not getting the support they need; “We are not getting funding, so we feel like we are paying into something that we are getting absolutely no benefit from. If anything, it has been a set back, signing up for the AU and becoming an official society. We appreciate they have problems, but they just seem to have been an obstacle to our society moving forward.” In response to these allegations, Dan Windross, Communi-

cations Officer of the University of Lincoln Students’ Union made a statement saying that “At the end of each academic year when the Sports teams and Societies have held their AGM and had an election, the new committee is asked to fill in a RAP pack (Resource Assessment Pack) as a way of telling the Athletic Union what they require from the new academic year, for example, membership fees, clothing provision, entrance fees etc. These packs are greatly received by the AU and help in creating budgets. The packs were required this year by the 30th May to confirm that the resources a sports team or society requires are catered for as best the Athletic Union can offer.” Windross also responded to the ULCs complaints saying that they “sent in their RAP pack a couple of weeks ago, hence not initially receiving funds. The ULC did not advise the AU of their pricing structure until 2 weeks ago and they have more than one price compared to other clubs and societies.” To aid societies, Windross

said that the SU “recently installed a new till system and database which over time will dramatically improve our services and communications to members of sports teams and societies. As with any new system there have been a number of teething problems, however none of these are related to the situation highlighted by the ULC. The Union has procedures to act upon complaints received by its members and as of yet we have not received any such complaints from the ULC.” However, with society leaders being forced to defend their societies, whilst others being let down repeatedly by the Athletic Union, one has to wonder why anybody would bother to start their own society, or turn up for existing ones. Yet more and more people are continuing to run societies and social events, trying to encourage people to make new friends, develop bonds and follow interests. But in the wake of such criticism, will these much complained upon societies continue to exist?

Man dies after Engine Shed night out

After the incident, floral tributes and messages of condolence by close friends from the family’s hometown have been left outside the Engine Shed.

The circumstances of William Pleasants' (23) death are unknown. A Home Oce pathologist carried out a post mortem on October 8 but the results were inconclusive. William was involved in an altercation inside the Engine Shed before being restrained by door staff outside the venue. It is know that the Ambulance picked up William in the early hours of October 4 from the outside of the Engine Shed, one of Lincoln's most popular gig venues. Following incidents that night, the scene at the Engine Shed was cordoned off and forensically examined. An eyewitness recalls that people “were kept in the Engine Shed, with the bar still open and live

music being played until roughly 3.30am. We were then escorted out by police, who took our names and telephone numbers individually. There were no bouncers in sight as we left Engine Shed and the bridge was cordoned off with police tape, forcing us to walk home past the Architecture Building”. Police are still investigating William's death. On October 4, five men and one woman, who were door staff on the night, were arrested and questioned regarding this case, but they were later released on bail, pending further enquiries. William Pleasants was originally from Barrington, near Royston,

Cambridgeshire. He was visiting his younger sister, a student at the University of Lincoln. After the incident, floral tributes and messages of condolence were left outside the Engine Shed by close friends from the family’s hometown. William's sisterpaid tribute to her brother saying: "Will was my best friend as well as my brother and we had so many brilliant times together. I will miss him more than anything." William’s girlfriend said: "Will was so full of life. There is going to be such a big gap in my life without him." William was a keen motorcyclist, interested in art, particularly sculpture, and enjoyed fishing.

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Trolley drama could hit students Student prosecution worries as trolley dash turns sour. For some students trolley transportantion saves many an aching arm, but could that be about to change? Dave Methold explains the consequences of taking trolleys from supermarkets. As Morrisons revealed plans to prosecute anybody who takes a trolley from their store without permission, some questions might need answering. Why do you pay a £1 deposit on each trolley if you can only use it in store? Will the store just target students or will members of the public be targeted as well? Morrisons Deputy store manager Dan Turner said in a statement to the Lincolnshire Echo that "Around 40 trolleys went missing on the Saturday before Freshers' Week. "We had to bring in extra staff on the Sunday to guard the crossing between the store and the petrol station.

"Around 30 customers had to be stopped and asked to return their trolley. "They used to cost £88 each 12 years ago, so I'd hate to imagine how much they cost now. "We notified our head oce and a sign arrived the following Wednesday. We haven't had any trolleys stolen since." Matt Bemment, a student living in Pavilions, is unhappy at the decision and believes Morrisons should do more to accommodate students. “If you put the £1 in, you should be allowed to transport your shopping home, especially at Morrisons, where they don’t offer a free home delivery service. I can definitely see why

Supermarket giant Morrisons has said it will prosecute anyone who removes a trolley from its Lincoln store car park.

students steal trolleys.” Other supermarkets such as Asda and Sainsbury’s have not seen an increase in the rise of trolleys disappearing. Tesco has also said that there has been no increase due to hi-tech security measures being introduced last August. Morrisons claim that, 12 years ago, each trolley cost £88 to make and this is why it’s such an important issue as costs have risen significantly since then. Some will wonder whether the punishment is too big and whether Morrisons could come to some kinds of compromise with students. Surely if Morrisons charged a little more for certain trolleys and allowed students to borrow them home, then everybody wins. This would obviously be on the condition that students bring them back within a certain time period. One student, who wished to remain anonymous, thinks that this idea would work well. “I think if Morrisons are getting more profit out of it and the students don’t have to carry their shopping

home, everybody is happy. I do think Morrisons are making slightly too big a deal out of this as it happened all the time last year and nothing was done. I’ll admit to taking a trolley on a number of occasions.” Student Mel Rudd also thinks that a compromise could be reached. “I think maybe a small fine to stop people doing it should be the extreme measure. They could maybe use some sort of numbering system where all the trolleys have individual numbers, then provide student ID or maybe even a £10 deposit. That way, Morrisons would know who has each trolley. I don’t think students would keep the trolley knowing that they would certainly lose £10.” Just before this article went to print, Morrisons gave a statement to The Linc saying that "There has been a short-term problem with trolleys being taken from our Lincoln store but we are pleased to see that this has significantly improved." Mezzino did not respond in time for the publication of The Linc.

Signs at supermarket trolley collection points are not very effective against students with no other transport means.

Black History Month is a month to celebrate the cultural contributions that the black community has made to British society, and to raise the knowledge, confidence and importance of black heritage to black people. The University of Lincoln are holding events all through the month to promote this important subject. During October, throughout the University campus, pamphlets about prominent black people of this century and last, such as Martin Luther King and Naomi Campbell, will be handed out. Details explaining how each individual helped to shape the world and create more opportunities for black people will be given on the handouts. Gloria Dei, one of the three co-presidents of the African Caribbean society (ACS), said one of the purposes is to “create cultural awareness because, in fact, black history is everyone’s history. It is a way of integrating people from different backgrounds, and also a way of showing how far we’ve come along”. During this month the ACS is holding some important events, like their first meeting, held on 1st of October, where they showed some of the aspects of black history, sparking a debate. They also had welcome packs about the ACS, and an open mic with music, art and poetry. The biggest event will be on the 30th of October were they will hold a closing show for the month in the Tower Bars of the Engine Shed. An event where you can integrate, socialise and promote Black History Month. Natasha Herman, a former French student at the University of Lincoln, says that for her “it is very important to remember black history, because slavery and the apartheid must not be forgotten. Too often, the past is forgotten. I don't know a lot of things about the history of black people, but I'm sure that Europeans and African people have to communicate about this history”. They are also organising an end of year event, where all the profits will go to charity. In the mean time, if you want to contribute then you can go to the SOAP Centre in the Engine Shed and donate some money to charity. For more information, you can contact Gloria Dei on the 07957359037 (text preferable) or any of the Members of ACS on: BY ANGELA LOPES


Broadcasting legend donates books to University library

Sir Jeremy Isaacs’ (center) donatiion ceremony was hosted by was Professor Brian Winston (right) and Senior Pro Vice Chancellor Mike Saks (left).

One of British broadcasting’s most influential figures has donated a collection of books from his personal library to the University of Lincoln. Sir Jeremy Isaacs produced the acclaimed World War II documentary series The World at War and was the founding chief executive of Channel 4. During a television career spanning almost 50 years, he collected a vast array of books about television, current affairs and the media in general. Sir Jeremy decided to donate more 150 volumes from this collection to the University of Lincoln after a conversation with his friend, the University’s Professor Brian Winston, the Lincoln Chair. Sir Jeremy discussed his life and career with Prof Winston at

a talk to launch the sixth season of the Lincoln Academy - An Evening with Sir Jeremy Isaacs. He admitted that although today’s television industry was radically different from when his career began, he still felt there were common values which were just as relevant to the new generation of journalists and producers as they were to his generation. Sir Jeremy said: “My advice would always be to enjoy what you see on the box but be highly critical of it. If you think something is rubbish, say so. You have to try to learn from what other people are doing.”

Holbeach campus to get new £3.5m building The second phase of Holbeach’s development is now well underway with the creation of a £3.5m food processing factory for education and training. The building, which will be known as the National Centre for Food Manufacturing, is backed by employers’ organisation the Process and Packaging Machinery Association (PPMA). It is co-funded by employers, PPMA members, Lincolnshire County Council, Lincolnshire Enterprise and the East Midlands Development Agency (EMDA). Initial construction work is complete and the facility is being fitted with state-of-the-art food manufacturing technologies. It is expected to open in early 2009. The campus is located in an area of southern Lincolnshire that is a major hub of the UK food manufacturing industry.


The building, which will be known as the National Centre for Food Manufacturing, is backed by employers’ organisation the PPMA.

One in four people in the area are employed in the sector and the leading companies generate well over £2 billion GDP each year for the local economy. The University’s redeveloped Holbeach campus opened in 2004. It has grown from its roots as a vocational training centre into an internationally-recognised provider of undergraduate and postgraduate education, research and technical business support for the food industry, as well as continuing to expand vocational provision. This expansion has been driven by the needs of businesses in the food manufacturing sector. Around 2,000 staff from 200 different employers study at Holbeach each year. They include employees of major international companies such as Moy Park and Bakkavör. Courses are taught by aca-

demic staff with experience in senior positions in industry. They are designed to be flexible to meet the demands of employers with many courses delivered through day release, part-time modes or distance learning. Dean of Faculty with responsibility for Holbeach, Val Braybrooks, said: “What is innovative about Holbeach is that the provision has been shaped and dictated by the employers whose businesses the campus supports. This partnership has created arguably the best resource of its kind in the UK. It will be a valuable asset in ensuring the sector’s future in a highly competitive global market.” The University’s Holbeach campus has also been shortlisted in the Times Higher Education (THE) Awards 2008 in the category of Outstanding Employer Engagement Initiative.

Union rally as Nottingham Trent derecognises UCU University and College Union (UCU) held a rally on 6th October in central Nottingham to speak out against a change in circumstances regarding negotiating with Nottingham Trent University management. By Shane Croucher The event was well attended, with delegates from various branches of UCU travelling to show their support. The rally comes after an 11,000 strong petition against NTU’s new union recognition policy and plans to cut facility time for union representatives was handed to governors at the university. It is hoped that the governors will pressure NTU management into a u-turn. A recent ballot by NTU UCU members resulted in 77% in favour of taking industrial action on 21st October, should the situation not have changed by then. Mark Weinstein, branch secretary for the UCU at Nottingham Trent, said “they want to significantly change the terms under which we meet, which we think are far to their benefit and to our

detriment, and they want to cut the time that we have to carry out trade union duties by somewhere in the region of 80%”. UCU also believes that NTU management view them as a threat to what Mr Weinstein calls their “clear vision of change”. He went on to say “our view of it is what they’re trying to do is to significantly alter the balance of power between the trade union and the management. Like lots of organisations they’ve got a clear programme for how they see the place to be run. They said they wanted to introduce more cultural change, like introducing private sector ways of working into a public sector organisation, and they see us as an obstacle. Rather than negotiate with us on an individual basis, as and when things happen, they decided the easiest

The rally comes after an 11,000 strong petition against NTU’s new union recognition policy and plans to cut facility time for union representatives was handed to governors at the university.

thing to do is to put us into some sort of straight jacket where we find it very dicult to respond”. Mr Weinstein also claimed that on several occasions NTU management had been offered the chance to engage in public debate with UCU, but all offers were declined. He said that it left UCU asking “what have you got to hide?”. Lindsay Wheatcroft, a representative of NTU Socialist Stu-

dents, was angered by the lack of input from NTU Student’s Union. He said “They have been taking no action to defend student’s interests or to defend the lecturers. They need to get off the fence and support the lecturers to force the management to stop attacking academic staff, because this is not going to improve the students experience at university at have to wonder that if they’re attacking lecturers and staff, how

long will it be till they attack the Student’s Union too?”. Dan Windross, Communications Ocer for ULSU says “Fortunately, relationships between the Students’ Union at Lincoln and the University are very close. I can’t see a similar occurence happening here in Lincoln.” Nottingham Trent University’s press oce has not responded to our e-mail before publication of this article.

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The New York Work Experience

The looming prospect of finding a job upon graduation may seem a daunting task considering the current state of the economy. But as Krystin Dean explains, gaining work placement experience within the United Kingdom or in other countries can aid in this process. During my undergraduate studies at Coastal Carolina University (CCU) in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, I completed three summer arts-based internships to supplement my degrees in English and dramatic arts after joining the Wall Fellows Programme, an organization designed to prepare students for careers in major US and international companies. As a Wall Fellow, I learned valuable interpersonal, interviewing, and social etiquette skills while receiving guidance from the programme’s coordinator, Mr Ned Cohen, who has spent over 30 years in recruiting and training development. While the Wall Fellows Programme is unique to CCU, most US universities have coordinators who assist students with finding internships, as partaking in these placements is constantly recommended in order to gain experience and become more marketable. “US employers who worry about how they will run their businesses in the future know they constantly have to feed the pipeline with new employees to overcome turnover and churn in their organizations,” said Mr Cohen. “Internships are seen as long-term job interviews where the student can perform in the environment of the organisation and both sides see if there is a fit in regards to work ethic, performance, and not last, psychology.” UK graduates have the opportunity to spend a year working in New York City through the Mountbatten Programme. During this highly organized and structured yearlong work placement, graduates receive payment and accommodation while gaining experience in a variety of multinational companies. “Something like the Mountbatten is great to do straight after your course and tends to be considered like a gap year experience. We’ve

had quite a few students who have gone on to do that and it’s really given them an edge later when it comes to looking for work,” said Mrs Jones. Many US students complete full-time six-month internships, while others participate in parttime local placement while attending university or summer internships which are particularly popular for unpaid positions.

US employers who worry about how they will run their businesses in the future know they constantly have to feed the pipeline with new employees to overcome turnover and churn in their organizations.

“As many US universities require at least one internship to earn a degree, depending on discipline and major, the amount of students in the US taking part in internships may skew to up to as much as 50 percent,” said Mr Cohen. While work placements in the UK traditionally last a full year and occur between a student’s second and final year, the trend of completing shorter internships throughout the duration of study is becoming more common. “Because traditional placements are becoming more dicult to obtain and they need to be part of a structured learning program, we are also trying to look at shorter placement options. It would be very dicult for students to support themselves for 12 months without funding, which is why we encourage summer placements as well as the opportunity to make the most of the work students do whilst they’re studying and try to think of

ways to use that as a placement opportunity,” said Mrs Mandy Jones, Head of Opportunities@Lincoln. I benefited from summer internships at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in Atlanta, Grand Strand Magazine in Myrtle Beach, and Natural History Magazine in New York City. While each experience was unique, they were similar in that I gained valuable on-the-job experience and learned to adapt to new people, places, and situations. Working and living in New York City was particularly rewarding as it solidified for me that I want to work in a fast-paced and culturally diverse city. A weekend did not go by that I wasn’t exploring a museum, seeing a play, or watching a concert in Central Park. I gained a newfound sense of independence and also a heightened drive to accomplish my goals while completing that internship. Opportunities@Lincoln advertises current employment opportunities on their Prospects website, where students can also look into completing international internships. Students can also find recruiter information and receive advice about to approach finding particular placements at the Opportunities@Lincoln oces located in the Main Administrative Building. “We are now in the process at this university of appointing an employer engagement manager for each faculty, and one of their roles will be trying to source more placement opportunities. We’re hoping that the employer engagement managers will give this process more of a boost and provide more support for students,” Mrs Jones added. While these managers are sset to be in place by the end of 2008, students are still encouraged to seek out placements on their own. Taking the initiative to gain work experience at home and abroad not only benefits your job prospects but also stimulates personal growth.

The Chrysler Building towers over Manhattan and the stone front of New York Grand Central Station. PHOTO: Scott Dean

Helpful hints to get a US placement Some helpful hints to guide you in this process provided by experienced job recruiter Mr. Ned Cohen. Be aware of deadlines “Americanize” your CV For major Fortune 500 US-based Translate your CV information, incompanies, summer internships cluding educational information are applied for in early Septemabout “O levels” and “A levels,” to ber prior to that summer and de- American terms that demonstrate cisions are usually made by the exactly what you have been studyend of November. Other compaing and what you have achieved. nies start looking for interns in Shorten CVs to suit the American January and make decisions by way of reviewing CVs very quickly March. looking for key words and skills. Utilise networking Know what pays Aside from searching internship About 95 percent of internships in websites and utilizing the servdisciplines in the business schools ices of university career oces, in the US are paid. In other discithe traditional methods of netplines, such as humanities or sciworking with friend, family, and ence, many internships are unpaid alumni contacts still provide the even though students are exmajority of leads. pected to work the same hours. For more info on this, check out

Tech Talk: The Mighty Pen

For those afraid of new technology it's amazingly simple, you turn the Z-pen on and if it lights up when you're writing then it works, as it often does.

With technology at our finger tips it does seem a little unreasonable that most students still sit in lectures scribbling away until pens break, paper runs out or finger cramp sets in. Imagine six weeks later when you come to write that crucial essay (2 days before hand in no doubt) and carefully pick your way through illegible scrawls for a brilliant quote. Not only do bad notes leave you at risk of plagiarism, but transcribing into a document can take up essential hours which could be put to better uses, such as cleaning or drinking.

Fear not though – a Saviour is born in the trusty DaneElec Z-pen. A handy little device that you can clip to your notepad and voila! It logs every key stroke you make with the included battery operated pen. So whether your page is full of handwritten notes, spider diagrams or just hilarious doodles, all you need to do is stick the Zpen like a USB stick into your computer and the notes are instantly transferred on to your PC or laptop. The software even recognises keywords so you can easily find the section you want. And if you

find your own handwriting too much or you want to lend your notes to a mate, you can convert the documents into a more computer friendly typography. If this seems like the kind of invention that could save your life then make sure you log on to sites such as Amazon or where it is freely available from around £63.95 to £99.95 for various models. The one I tried held up to 2G and can be used as a traditional USB pen. A very good use of the old student loan or perhaps the ideal Christmas present? BY GINA DAVIES


So we're in a "credit crunch"... But what does that really mean?


We are bombarded by daily reports of weakening markets, probable recession and ominous forecasts of the future economic climate, and many of us feel drowned in jargon and confusion. What on earth does it mean, how did it all start, and most importantly, how does it affect me? Shane Croucher reports. Dr Gerry Strange, Reader in Powould continue. The banks then litical Economy at the Univerborrowed to lend. The rise sity of Lincoln, believes that the didn’t continue and as inflation problems we currently face worsened, interest rates inhave been triggered by a lack of creased. The high-risk borrowcontrols over the financial marers were unable to meet kets; “The current economic payments hurling them in to ficrisis is rooted in the comprenancial chaos. The banks who hensive deregulation of capital lent out to these people made and other markets which has huge losses, so became increasbeen pursued as ideologically ingly unwilling to offer credit. informed polLimited credit, icy by neoliblimited spending, The high-risk eral econborrowers were un- suffering governments omy. This lack of throughout the able to meet paycredit is how the world over the ments hurling them term ‘credit past 30 years. in to financial chaos. crunch’ was Apart from The banks who lent coined. other issues, Dr Strange out to these people this deregulaalso predicts that tion made pos- made huge losses, so we will all feel sible an became increasingly the slump; enormous ex“Some will feel pansion of pri- unwilling to offer the crisis more credit. vate credit. dramatically and The stability immediately of capitalist economies is dethan others, but in the end pendent on the capacity to exeveryone, bar the bankers who Dr Gerry Strange, Reader in Political Economy at the University of Lincoln, in his office, keeping a close eye pand the market for goods and have withdrawn their money on the credit crunch taking over the world. services as a means to profinto private hoards of gold, somebody else. available, thus it is currently itability. Credit is a way of pro- property, And the crisis increasing servicing as viding people on limited cheap real esAs government Ultimately, means that inspending within of last income with the means to buy tate, luxury borrowing and the everyone is affected lender come is falling.” the economy. resort. As govthe goods and services or other spending, etc national debt inbecause everyone's So what about Dr Strange ernment borresources on which profit derather than highlights the rowing and the pends.” creases, government the future? It’s risk investemployment is debecoming inknock on effects national debt Basically, everyone needs to ment, will be spending will have to pendent on the increasingly obviof a government increases, govbe spending money for us to affected. For be cut, taxes on Joe- ous to come of somebody bail-out; “The ernment spendsustain a healthy economy. The example, the else. And the crisis huge governing will have to only problem is, not everyone collapse of the public will have to in- economists that we will enter a ment bail-outs could afford to continuously mortgage mar- crease and interest means that income is be cut, taxes on recession - if we of the private fiJoe-public will spend. So, the banks offer ket affects the rates will have to falling. aren’t already in nancial sector is have to increase credit. This stimulates spending homeless, rise. the grasp of one. the start, not and interest amongst the public in a ‘buy home-owners, The question now the end, of the crisis. If the gov- rates will have to rise. now, pay later’ style. Another estate agents, is how bad will it be? And what ernment is to avoid the real Without a fundamental shift issue with this is the offering of surveyors, building contractors, can we do to dampen the efpossibility of an inflationary in the system the future is credit to those who can’t afford builders, etc. It also affects recrisis, i.e. if it simply prints looking bleak. The Great Deto pay back. This is particularly tailers who will see the demand fects? The government just announced plans to re-capitalise more money to spend its way pression, which followed the true to the U.S housing market. for expensive domestic goods banks in a deal costing the taxout of crisis, then it must fund Wall Street Crash in 1929 led to ‘Sub-prime mortgages’ (high kitchens, furnishing, etc, drapayer £50billion. this bail-out through increasing a collapse in employment, outrisk lending) were popular matically fall. Ultimately, This is aimed at freeing up taxes, diverting existing expenput and income, which in the amongst U.S banks as, initially, everyone is affected because some lending capacity, in the diture or, paradoxically, borcase of the United States took house prices increased. everyone's employment is dehope that more credit will be rowing from the same markets almost 30 years to reverse.” They believed that this rise pendent on the income of

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LINCOLN When associating alternative types of music with Lincoln, what kind of music instantly springs to mind? If you automatically think of jazz, where can you listen to it? What kind of jazz bands do we have in Lincoln? Where do we have quality music played in the city at a reasonable price? Angela Lopes reports.

In the past seven years the jazz scene has had an enormous growth in this city. Before, any jazz gig wouldn’t be attended by any more than 18 to 30 people; but this has all changed. Now, jazz lovers have more venues to chose from along with great bands coming to Lincoln to play on a regular basis. The jazz lovers, or even anyone with a love for music, can now go to the Lincoln Drill Hall, Terry O’Toole Theatre and the Hub in Sleaford. This autumn, Lincoln Drill Hall has a good selection of almost weekly concerts with a vast range of different types of jazz, like Alec Dankworth’s Spanish accents with Latino flavour, the Two Martins (a duo of guitarists with a mix of jazz

and folk), and Dave Stapleton Quintet. Dave Stapleton Quintet is one of the bands to have played in Lincoln most recently, having gigged at the Lincoln Drill Hall on October 4th. Jazzwise recently said that the band leader “is a real find for British jazz…a young musician of real maturity and vision…it’s the breadth of his talent that’s most encouraging”. The Linc met the band between sound checks for a cup of tea when they told us about their story and what they think the local government can do to help the jazz scene. The band hails mostly from Cardiff. They got together back in 2004, and started to play. They found there was an instant chemistry between them,

and decided to form a group resulting in two albums. The first, called When Life Was in Black & White (2005), features the jazz legend Paul Dunmall on the track Lazy Blinker. The second album, just released on October 6th, is called The House Always Wins and won much praise from the national music press. Their music is a mix of folk, classical and jazz. The band says it is influenced by Keith Tippet, with Dave Stapleton Joshua Redman (saxophone) taking inspiration from his music. Dave says “He was the first guy that I have ever listened to”. Elliot Bennett (drums) thinks that “It’s part of the Govern-

ment’s job to promote, educate and to teach them what jazz is all about”. During their concert at Lincoln Drill Hall they played a blend of music from their two albums. Tracks like ‘Images’, ‘Dedication Song’ and ‘The House Always Wins’ were well received by the audience. Graham Maylan, the treasury manager of New Jazz 5 and one of the founders, said “The audience is growing. Lincoln is a more vibrant city since the University started, and will only get better. Jazz can be a strange genre of music, but is extremely accessible for everyone. You just need to approach it with an open mind and you will be hooked from the first note.

13th December, 8.00pm Ray Gelato’s Giants Lincoln Drill Hall Tickets £12, Students £6

19th December, 7.30pm Tipitina “A night in New Orleans” Terry O’Toole Theatre Tickets: £12, Concession £10


24th October, 7.30 pm Acoustic Triangle Lincoln Drill Hall Tickets: £15, Students £5

8th November, 8.00pm JTQ-The James Taylor Quartet Lincoln Drill Hall Tickets: £12, Students £6

12th December, 8.00pm The Two Martins The Hub Sleaford Tickets: £12, Concession £10

Tickling you with its funk-filled soundscape, this album is in a league of its own. Ever since Mr. Scruff’s massive hit ‘Get a Move On’, his career has gone from strength to strength; the song even being used in commercials for France Telecom, Lincoln and Volvo cars. Musically, the sound he gets from Moog synthesizers and programming is unreal; sublime chord progressions the likes of Monk and even Hancock would be proud of. He samples real sound like rhythmic footsteps and further overuse of percussive timbre mimicking the world around you and your iPod. It relates to

real life and the sounds you might hear everyday walking down the street; you won’t be able to put your finger on it though, in terms of genre. One time you’ll think, ‘alright, this is definitely hip-hop of some sort’ and then all of a sudden this South American rhythm hits you hard, like in Kalimba. It will catch you off guard since all of the tracks seem to merge into one another. The sleeve of the record is made of recycled material; a cardboard hand drawn cover. It just goes to show that he does not have to big up upon himself to be heard. You see this across Scruff’s style, even in his music; reusing a few samples from past records. A few Foxfire records and even excerpts from Dancin’ Fever. I can’t help but think that the independence of this record, creatively and from the label’s point of view, is a plus.

You certainly wouldn’t think the likes of EMI or Sony BMG would pick up on this, Thank God! ‘No creative control mate sorry, the masses won’t want to hear this. We want 4/4 time with a bit of a bluesy feel thrown in...’ Niche… I played this to my Dad the other night, sneakily playing it after a vinyl-stint of Head Hunters and he couldn’t relate; ‘Is this Dr. John, with a turntable… and a Hammond?!’ It’s so subjective, I honestly don’t think that anyone will dislike all the songs on here, it’s a safe bet. Even in an entertainment sense; ‘Pop on Dave Brubeck Harry…’ ‘How about Ninja Tuna instead?!’ It’s so varied, easy going but at the same time giving your neighbours a headache with your tapping foot coming through their ceiling. There isn’t a bad song on this album.

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FOALS It’s not unknown that Foals were formed when all of their members dropped out of university to pursue their dreams. But what does this 5-piece band from Oxford think of their recent success? Hayley Cook spoke to lead singer Yannis Philippakis about smoking pot and that fiery temper of his.

Foals Lead Singer Yannis Philippakis at the Engine Shed


Oxford uni dropout band play at the Engine Shed Hayley Cook: How’s your tour going so far? The Foals: It’s our biggest tour to date and its going really well. We’re a week in and all the shows have been fun, the crowds have been awesome. HC: You played in Lincoln ages ago at the Bivouac, and this is your first major tour. Does this still seem a bit surreal to you? TF: It feels a bit surreal when you stop and think about it but it’s not been that instantaneous. We’ve been on tour for like a year and a half non- stop, but I think when we stop the tour and look back on what we’ve done over the past year, it will seem surreal. Things are pretty different than it was a year ago, both as a band and as individuals, for us now, but it’s good. We had no real ambition for the band when it started; we just never thought any of this would happen. HC: So, what are your plans? TF: We want to make a great record. We think Antidotes is a good record, but we want to make a better one. We just want to make music. HC: It’s not unknown that you guys quit university, especially yourself an Edwin who quit Oxford University. Despite knowing it was a good decision now, was it a bit of a risk at the time? TF: Obviously it was a risk. But I like risks and I think risks pay off. I’ve always taken risks.

The decision was almost already pre-determined as well because from the age of 13/14, me and Jack skived school all the time and played music; I stopped playing sports and started smoking pot. We would never have got involved in music if we weren’t going to take it to the next level. HC: So, why did you decide to go to university? TF: I like reading and I do like learning. I didn’t have anything against uni but it’s a rare privilege to be able to make music every day. We had s**t jobs, I used to wash dishes. I wanted to either study or make music but the choice between the two was quite an easy one. HC: You were thinking about recording your new album in Hawaii. Have you had any more thought about that? TF: Not really. We’ve got some ideas about who we want to work with and what kind of sound we want the record to have and some of it fits with going to Hawaii. HC: Do you class yourselves as an ‘indie’ band? TF: I see that as someone else’s job, not in a rude way. We make music and it’s not up to us to tag it. It’s obviously guitar music so I can see why people call it indie; I don’t have a problem with that. We’re just a band at the end of the day; a band that was formed out of friendship and a love of music. Because of that,

we’re probably not always going to have commercial success because we might put out music that others might not. I think we’re a band that’s going to evolve and change. HC: You did a London gig last September where it was reported that you trashed some of the equipment at the end. Regardless of what was happening at the time, do you think doing things like that makes you the stereotypical lead singer of a band, and is that a good thing? TF: I do like shows that are chaotic. I think because alternative music is becoming more mainstream, you lose a lot of the ferocity and the raw frustration; everything becomes plastic and scripted. I don’t like that. If that comes out in an act of destruction then so be it. We play physical shows. We come from a generation of music that isn’t supposed to be on TV; I didn’t use to read NME and like the music in the charts. We come from a background where you put on shows in your kitchen to your friends and trash things. It’s not all groomed where people have nose jobs and really straight hair, that isn’t the kind of guitar music I grew up with and want to be associated with. So if having mosh pits and trashing things gets us away from that manicured element of rock music, then long may it live.

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Tom Cooper Interview

Dr Tom Cooper presented an overview of 25 years of research of ethical universals and concerns called “Media Ethics from Soup to Nuts: Research International, Indigenous, and American” on October 8 in the Cargill Lecture Theatre. This well-known media ethicist recently met with Krystin Dean to discuss the importance of morals in the media, the benefits of teaching, and being nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. Krystin Dean: You are a playtaught at various US universiwright, composer, author… and ties including Harvard. What a pioneer in the field of media made you decide to teach? ethics. How did this topic beTC: I had extremely inspiring come an important teachers. Even when I was a field of pursuit? young man and a teenager, I Tom Cooper: I’ve always had a was fortunate to always have at great concern about the human least one or two great teachers, conscience and about survival of so I always saw that not as a humanity and demeaning or a of all species, low-paying field But above and and a very the way some beyond all that, I deep love of people do, but as philosophy. All think there’s somea source of future of that put to- thing deeper most leadership and gether typiidentifying future people feel that cally leads a leaders. beyond sports and person to the Why do stuentertainment and KD: consideration dents need to of the study of so forth, they have a learn about moral reason— purpose. media ethics? how you make TC: It’s a much moral decisions, especially those deeper responsibility that they that are confusing or complex have. Never before in human or shades of gray. history have we faced the elimiAs an undergraduate, I put nation of all life. Just as the together the first undergraduate economy is crumbling at this degree at Harvard in communitime, all life is crumbling. cation and so I was studying Should a journalist be only philosophy at the same time covering celebrities, or should and the natural way to combine they be talking about serious isphilosophy with communication sues and helping people underis to consider the ethics of stand them? The media certainly communication. has a major role to play in the KD: You are currently a professeriousness of this time. sor of Visual and Media Arts at But above and beyond all Emerson College in Boston, that, I think there’s something Massachusetts, and you have deeper most people feel that be-

yond sports and entertainment and so forth, they have a purpose. And so the question is can that purpose lend to the humanitarian and humane effort of other human beings, or will that purpose be strictly self-centred which will lead to the decline of the species. I personally want to, as best I can, add to the inspiration and quality of human life and other life despite the downward trend. KD: You have served as the copublisher or editor of Media Ethics for the last 15 years. Could you tell me more about this successful journal? TC: The first S.U.M.M.I.T conference we had brought together leaders in media ethics who were academics and professionals who felt that ethics should be talking to each other and minimising each other’s work and avoiding duplication, and so by working together they would all have a great deal of time to begin to coordinate their activities. And one of the first necessities in coordinating those activities was some kind of service that would allow us to know who was doing what and to publicise and support each other rather than being competitive. So the point of the

newsletter was to be more collaborative, inspirational, cooperative, and to make sure the good name of ethics was broadcast far and near. KD: What was it like being conominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 1988 after founding the Association for Responsible Communication?

TC: It was very humbling. I was only 30 years old at the time, so I was quite surprised and delighted. It’s often about being in the right place at the right time. Fortunately, there was a large team of people involved, so we could kind of buffer each other from the shock of it all and enjoy it.

HOW TO: Avoid exhaustion when commuting With today’s hectic lifestyles, commuting is part of many people’s daily routine, including myself. Sitting through long early morning journeys in crowded trains, buses and traffic just to get to work exhausted and sleepy. So, wouldn’t it be great to get to your destination without being so exhausted after such as long journey? Well, here are a few simple tips on how to avoid getting tired when commuting. By Cecilia Nyamizi Mwenda

Sleep Experts say that the average adult should have at least 7 hours of sleep a day. So make sure you have enough sleep before beginning your journey. Hot drinks Make sure you drink at least hot drinks a day. Have a cup of tea or coffee before or during your trip and when you get to your destination. They will help to keep you awake. Entertainment Listening to music, reading a magazine, newspaper or book will help you to take your mind of the journey. Doing two at a time will distract you from what is happening around you and pass time.

State of mind Avoid thinking about how long the journey will take. Counting seconds will only make it seem like time is standing still. Try not to look at your watch till you arrive at your destination and it will seem like the journey has taken less time than usual. Day dreaming is the easiest way of distracting you from your trip and passing time. Remember to do anything that will distract you and keep you awake. Also make sure you keep an eye on where you are going. You wouldn’t want to miss your destination now would you?

SHANE CROUCHER Sub-Editor I The Linc

It’s a worrying reflection on American society if a “pitbull with lipstick” masquerading as the voice of the average mother can get within reach of the most powerful job in the world. That’s right, it’s Sarah Palin. The woman with a welcoming smile, but a demonic twinkle in her eyes. A ‘pro-life’ candidate, Palin takes her anti-abortion message to the extreme. Even in the case of incest or rape, Palin views abortion as an “atrocity”. A somewhat sickening viewpoint, yet apparently this resonates with many people across middle America. It’s interesting how someone claiming to be ‘pro-life’ is a com-

Sarah Palin: The War Creationist ? petent moose hunter and a supporter of capital punishment. She’s a devout Christian. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I thought the fundamental principle of Christianity was forgiveness? Quite where capital punishment fits this ideology, I don’t know. Interestingly, perhaps her Christian ethics weren’t heard loudly enough at home. Well, daughter Bristol might have missed her message, but her son Track certainly didn’t. He’s about to go and fight in Iraq, in a war Sarah Palin described as “a task from God” – a line more suited to 11th century crusades. In one sense, I actually admire this woman. She has managed to get close to a powerful job with a total lack of experience and understanding. Aside from her city councillor role, she has had just under two years in state government. She got her first passport in 2006, so diplomacy on an international level goes out the window. She is a creationist, and believes it should be taught alongside evolu-

tion in schools – need I say more? Well I will... I don’t know if you’ve ever watched her speaking publicly but she’s good. It’s easy to see, for those who want to, that she is reciting memorised script, carefully crafted word by word, with little understanding of the meaning behind what she is saying.

But, her delivery is good; sometimes that’s all it takes. This despicable woman means war. With a concoction of religious fanaticism and political naivety floating around her brain, Sarah Palin being one step away from huge military and political power would probably mean a less safe world.

PROFESSOR BRIAN WINSTON Chair of Communications University of Lincoln

Sarah Palin while visiting soldiers in Kuwait PHOTO: Giancarlo Casem

East Midlands trains, the Bane of our lives Imagine, it’s a cold late October morning. You’re already in a bad mood because you know that the minute you step out the door, returning after a weekend away from uni, everything stops being free.

HARRY LINCOLN Deputy Editor I The Linc

So you steal - they’re your parents, it doesn’t count - you take food from the fridge before leaving so that you’ll have something to eat for the journey but nothing, nothing can prepare you for a day of travel on trains in the East Midlands. Knowing full well that I would have a mammoth bookridden load slowing my already sullen pace down between the 3-4 connections I had to look forward to that day. I came to

realise that there’s no point in hoping, most of all in England, for a good day on the trains. My old-man pessimism spoke to me; I missed my first connection from Ipswich to Peterborough because the train taking me there was 30 over minutes late. ‘East Midlands is sorry to inform you that there has been an unexpected…..’ oh joy. When getting into Ipswich I was astonished that we had to stop outside the station to let my train going to Peterborough pass! ‘Tickets please….’ I had to ask him whether the train had a plug socket I could use to send an important email. I saw one on the way in saying ‘Not for public use.’ It posed the question ‘What is it for then?!’ Vacuuming?! I doubted it by the look of the floor… I waited

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until the station. Paying £30 to his mate the other end of the get home (railcard discount) carriage (which was only a sinand back is madgle and conseness. I paid quently I missed my first heaving). If it £170ish last year travelling round connection from Ipweren’t for France Spain Italy swich to Peterborthe immense and Switzerland strain in my for one month on ough because the back lugging train taking me there books platone ticket. You can’t help but was over 30 minutes form to platthink ‘Where is form I swear I late. this money would flatten going?’ The him. prices, speed, cleanliness effiHowever, when I got into ciency are all pathetic comLincoln my mood was lifted as I pared to rail travel on the discovered that the music blarcontinent. ing out the earphones of the Decorum on trains is a girl sitting next to me was Ben laughable matter too. In Japan Harper. ‘Fantastic,’ I thought, it is frowned upon to have a ‘Escapism doesn’t just apply to loud conversation or answer my UK psyche when I’m on a your phone. I had a guy shouttrain!’ Then she answered the ing to his mate, in my ear, why phone ‘Cou Cou! Qu’es ce tu he wouldn’t go over and talk to fais ce soir?’ Oh…

The Linc made a fine debut last year – it got into hot water or more than one occasion which is exactly what the press is supposed to do. Great. Of course, I am not condoning sloppy reporting or unethical behaviour. Tons of bricks should fall on the The Linc’s head if it doesn’t perform to high professional standards: but it is the job of the press ‘to afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted’. Doing that often requires that authority will not be best pleased with it. In 1720, as the legal basis of the essential liberty of a free expression was emerging, two London journalists, John Trenchard and Thomas Gordon writing under the nom de plume ‘Cato’, laid down the essence of the principle: 'Freedom of speech.... is the right of everyman, as far as by it he {sic} does not hurt or control the right of another; and this is the only check which it ought to suffer, the only bounds it ought to know….' Note: this does not include the notion that somebody can prohibit, or seek to prohibit, expression merely because they are offended, or even distressed, by it. We have been very careful in our development of restrictions on this right. We have held, since the 18th century, that freedom requires, normally, publication occurs and consequential damage has then to be demonstrated: 'there shall be no prior constraint.' Beyond this, we have restricted speech for a variety of reasons state security, protection of identity of minors, obscenity and so on. Publication of facts and opinion, nevertheless, are not in any sense generally limited unless incitement to illegal acts can be proved -- and that, as numerous court cases have shown, is still far from easy. Above all, what is published must be, almost but not always, undamaging. Telling the truth is the best way of exercising this freedom, of course. It is entirely to be expected that The Linc will occasionally embarrass, offend even. It is, unfortunately, also the case that it will sometimes get things wrong. That, though, is the price we pay for a free press. As Churchill once said of democracy in general, it’s not a very good system; it’s just better than any other. The same is true of the principle of free speech. The paradox is you only know this freedom really exists when offensive expression is freely published.

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The first full day of British Universities and Colleges Sport results are in. Lincoln did well on the opening day of the season with eight wins, 11 losses and three draws. Eye catching results include the Men's Football 1st XI, Women's Football and Women's Hockey. Keep checking each issue to keep up to date on how our sports teams are doing. Come on Lincoln! Wednesday 15th October 2008 HOME Fixtures




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New Netball League Final Third are introducing a weekly netball league at the University of Lincoln. President Glen Wilson is setting up an intra-mural league in response to the already popular men’s Viva Futbol league on a Wednesday afternoon. “I believe there must be girls out there who want to play netball regularly,” said Wilson. “Out of 4,000 female students, there must be more than the 30 in the netball club who would like to be playing the sports regularly and socially.” Despite the initial taster netball tournament not going so well at the beginning of the month, Wilson refuses to give up on the idea of a weekly netball league. The league is open to any women at the university, of all abilities and he encourages anyone to get involved. “It’s a chance for female students to get involved in competitive yet social sport at the university. It’s a chance to play sport with your friends and have fun whilst keeping fit.” And you don’t even have to be part of a team. Wilson is encouraging girls to email him with their favoured position, and he will get them into a team. The league starts on Sunday 26th October and will run every Sunday. Wilson said: “Each competing team will play one match per week (lasting between 30 and 40 minutes depending on the number of teams) between 1.30pm

and 4.30pm, at the university sports centre. It will cost £1.50 per player, per game to play.” To find out any more information about joining the Final Third netball league, visit or contact Glen Wilson on BY HAYLEY COOK

Final Third’s Netball Tournament in preperation for the new league.

SU Officers in Great Eastern Run Student’s Union officers Maria Yesufu and Tracey Reville have taken part in the Great Eastern Run in Peterborough.

Participants in the Great Eastern Run 2008

Teams and Societies officer Yesufu decided to do the run to raise money for the National Autistic Society and support the Raise and Give (RAG) society also. “I found it extremely difficult,” said Yesufu. “I have always wanted to do it and Tracey has a good background in running, but with the craziness of fresher’s week and work, we hadn’t been able to train much!” Despite this, both finished the race in good times with Yesufu finishing in 2hrs 13mins and Reville completing the race in an impressive time of 2hrs 1min. The pair have also raised £281 for their chosen charities and expect to collect a further £150 from their sponsorship forms. They are still collecting, so visit their website at http://www.just- The Great Eastern Run Race Director, Neil Levine, from the Peterborough City Council explained why the event organisers chose not to have one official charity and instead, encourage runners to donate to their own charities. “We wanted to focus on the runner’s experience,” said Levine. “All the other ‘Great Runs’ are delivered by large companies, where as ours has been organised purely by the city council. “We didn’t want to organise it for profit, but to put the money back into the community, so we wanted the runner to choose their own charity.” With over 3,500 runners in the half marathon, and 1000 participants in the fun run, the city of Peterborough was extremely busy, and Yesufu was delighted

at the response. She said: “I didn’t know why everyone kept shouting my name but then realised I had it written on my vest! “It was really cool to have the people of Peterborough out supporting you.” And Levine explained that involving the people of Peterborough in the race was an important part of the Great Eastern Run. “We wanted to create a sense of ownership and partnership within the city. “When the run is on and roads have to be closed it creates disturbance around the city, but we wanted people to put in rather than opt out. “The numbers were good and I know lots of people had a brilliant time.” BY HAYLEY COOK

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Lincoln City Expert Eye

Lincoln City’s new cult-herostriker Adrian Patulea speaks to Aaron Scott about walking out on his club in Romania, becoming the new fans-favourite at Sincil Bank and why his goals can help the Imps promotion push.

Player Profile - Adrian Patulea Date of Birth: 10 November 1984 (age 23) Place of Birth: Targoviste, Romania Position: Striker Clubs: Rapid Bucharest, Astra Ploistei, Petrolul Ploistei, Boston (trial), Lincoln. Statistics: Lincoln - 8 appearances, 4 goals AS: How delighted were you to finally get permission to play football in England for the Imps and why was there such a furore with your old club FC Petrolul Ploesti in Romania about letting you leave? AP: Everything about the game in England is perfect and I hope this is a new beginning in my life. I thought that coming to play football here would be a good opportunity for me, because in England they play good football and they also have an excellent mentality. My brother lives in Lincolnshire and told me about the club and when I spoke to Peter Jackson and Iffy Onuora I saw they are very professional and that’s what I’m looking for. It was a big risk to leave Romania as not many players can risk putting their career on hold for four months in order to wait for a work permit to be cleared. There were a lot of complications with my transfer and I tried telling my club in Romania that I would like to be released from my contract, but they do not want me to sign for Lincoln without wanting some money in return. It seems to me that the chairmen in Romania only care about business and not about my career. I even contemplated applying for a bank loan at one stage because I was so desperate. AS: Peter Jackson said that one morning he spotted you running around the training ground with your wife on your back just to

catch his eye which shows your eagerness to play for Lincoln. Now you’ve cemented your place in the side, what do you make of your team-mates and the Imps start to the season? AP: I think we have started to turn the corner after a poor start. The lads here realise how good we are and we know some good results can push us up the table and get us into League One. I think every team we play is a little bit afraid of us as they realise our potential and know we are a team who should be up among teams like Wycombe and Bury at the top of the table. There is a good team spirit here and we now need to pull together and play as a team to get the right results.

The lads here realise how good we are.

Now the gaffer has started me in a few games, I realise my qualities fit into the English style of football. Against Morecambe the other week I missed two big chances which would have secured the three points. But I have the confidence, from the fighting spirit that the manager and Iffy have installed in the team, that I will score goals in the future. AS: The Imps fans have certainly taken you to as a player. How does it feel to finally be playing

Lincoln City’s Romanian striker Adrian Patulea. CREDIT: Lincoln City FC

in-front of the Lincoln faithful; at one time you must have thought you would never get the chance to pull on the red and white shirt? AP: I sat in the stands after watching the home defeat to Dagenham and Redbridge and saw how upset and frustrated the fans were and I said to myself at that moment if I get the chance to play in this team I would do anything in my power to make them happy. The fans are very special to me as back home they are not like this and it is extraordinary. I love them singing my name and when I don’t score it feels as if my weekend is a failure as I have let down the fans. My career highlight so far has

to be the goal against Barnet, as it was my first goal at home and definitely one for the fans. The celebration was a bit crazy and I was covered by all ten bodies of my team-mates, which in my opinion shows the passion of the players at this club.

I know my qualities are good.

AS: There are already a few rumours flying around of interest from several Championship clubs. Do you harbour any interests of playing at a higher level and do you dream of mixing it with stars like Cristiano Ronaldo in the Premiership?

AP: I realise the premiership is a very high standard of football and teams like Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal have great players like Rooney and Ronaldo. I know my qualities are good but I want to take things step-by-step and what is important at the moment is scoring goals for Lincoln. I am not setting a goal-target for the season as what is important is for the team to win the games and then if I score a goal to help get the three points that’s great. If something comes along in the future then maybe I will take that chance as you have to say by the performances of the English clubs in Europe that England is the best country in the world to play football in.

Lincoln City First Team Update Lincoln City Reserves Update

Lincoln City’s student night at Sincil Bank took place against Rochdale, where students could get into the League Two match for £5 including a free pint. A spectacular volley from Danny Hone four minutes from time to rescued a point for the Imps against Dale who had gone ahead thanks to a superb strike from Adam Rundle with their first shot of the game, which looped over City keeper Rob Burch. The game was packed with incidents, centring on referee Chris Sarginson after some questionable decisions for both teams. This led to Imps boss Peter Jackson being dismissed from the touchline by the referee for his exuberant behaviour. The club are waiting to hear the referee’s match report to see whether the manager will have to serve a touchline ban.

The game summed up the Imps season with them dominating possession but not finding the killer touch in front of goal. Saturday saw the Imps entertain Chesterfield with boss Peter Jackson needing a win to boost City’s faltering promotion push. Stefan Oakes’ free-kick put the Imps ahead after returning from injury, with Adrian Patulea adding to his goal tally to make it 2-0. Danny Hone was shown a straight red-card in the second half, but Chesterfield headed home an own-goal to put the Imps 3-0 up. The Spireites did gain a concelation goal in the 73rd minute, but Lincoln extended their unbeaten run to five games now and Jackson picked up three points. BY ADRIAN BELL

Frank Sinclair and Stefan Oakes enjoyed a much needed 90 minutes as Lincoln City Reserves beat Sheffield Wednesday Reserves last week. The pair were both returning from injury and proved to be in fine form when the reserves string edged in front thanks to a fantastic Stefan Oakes 35 yard free kick. Out of form City striker Kevin Gall increased the Imps lead and they could have been three up was it not for the cross bar denying former Wednesday striker David Graham. Sheffield Wednesday did get back into the game through Rocky Lejaj, but the Imps held firm. Imps boss Peter Jackson will be Stefan Oakes. CREDIT: LCFC delighted to see Stefan Oakes and

former Chelsea man Frank Sinclair get through 90 minutes as for the first time this season the Imps boss could have a fully fit squad to choose from for Saturday’s game against Chesterfield at Sincil Bank. Jackson will also be relieved to see Kevin Gall grab a goal. Gall who is on loan from Carlisle United has struggled with form in the early part of the season and City will be hoping he can find his goalscoring touch. Kevin Gall has meanwhile dismissed speculation with Blue Square Premier outfit Crawley Town who have expressed an interest in taking him after his loan has expired with the Imps. BY ADRIAN BELL

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University staff in county’s first Roller Derby team

Roberts looking forward to BUCS season

Sports Editor Hayley Cook spoke to a member of staff at the University of Lincoln who has joined Lincolnshire’s first Roller Derby team.

Lincolnshire Bombers Roller Girls in training. CREDIT: LBRG

Zoe Powell, Personal Assistant to the Director of Student Services, and former student has joined the all-female Lincolnshire Bombers Roller Girls. The sport, which started humbly in the 1930’s has grown in numbers and status, and now proves to be a fast paced sport which Zoe is thrilled to be part of. “We’re furiously training hard and preparing ourselves for matches against our derby sisters from all over the country in early 2009”, she said. “We look forward to representing Lincolnshire and the local community in this fantastically intriguing and exciting sport.” Roller Derby is becoming hugely popular and Zoe explained that many major cities including Birmingham, Manchester and Sheffield boast teams of incredibly talented skaters. She said: “The sport is gaining in popularity more and more in the UK with around 16 leagues based all over the country.” Despite the team working extremely hard to become Lincolnshire’s first Roller Derby team, it’s clear to see that the

girls are equally looking to have fun. “It’s not for the faint hearted; it takes a lot of guts to burst your way through a pack of feisty ladies.” And skaters are encouraged to choose an alternative name on the track such as Missy Malicious, Bette Lynched and Zoe’s pseudonym – Minx a’matosis. The Lincolnshire Bombers are always looking for new recruits and you don’t necessarily have to have any experience skating. “It doesn’t matter if you can’t skate or haven’t skated since bombing around to Wham at your local roller disco when you were 8...we still want to hear from you!” The girls train every Sunday between 10am and 1pm at the Yarborough Leisure Centre and they regularly hold fundraisers to support local charities and raise money for safety equipment. Their next event is on 31st October at the Turks Head in Newport called “Hallowheels” with zombie themed fun with bands and burlesque. For more information, visit their Myspace at

What are the rules of Roller Derby? Roller Derby is based on an oval track, with skaters on quad skates, split into two teams.

A ‘jammer’ from each team, is essentially the point scorer and it is her aim to speed skate through the pack, gaining points for each member of the opposite team she passes. The ‘blockers’ must stop the opposing jammer getting through, whilst also assisting their own skater to burst her way through the pack.

Kick It Out: BUCS Racism Campaign

The British Universities & College Sport football programme has this week pledged its support for Kick It Out’s Week of Action which aims to tackle racism in football. coincides with the BUSA season beginning in earnest this week, begins on the 16th October and BUCS has asked all university football teams and players to pledge their support for the BUCS 500 Pledge Card as part of the campaign. Jenni Anderson, a BUCS representative, said she hopes the programme will tackle discrimination, “be it harassment, abuse or exclusion.” The Pledge Card is part of

Kick It Out’s greater ‘One Game, One Community’ campaign, aimed at bringing the sport’s big names together with grassroots clubs and local communities across the UK. Supported and funded by the FA, Professional Footballer’s Association and Premier League, the campaign is looking to build upon the success of last year, where more than 1000 events took place during

Last week Rugby Union kicked it off but this week we have the majority of our teams in action. After popping down and taking a sneaky peek at some of the teams training I am quietly optimistic about our chances this season. I was particularly impressed by the Basketball Club; all three teams looked strong and impressive. I hope to be writing next time congratulating our teams on our first few week’s worth of results.

I was particularly impressed with the basketball team; all three teams looked strong and impressive.

Within these teams, 4 members from each form the ‘blockers’, the main pack that begin to skate in close contact around the oval track.

Racism has returned to the forefront of footballing debate in recent weeks after Emile Heskey was subjected to abuse from Croatian fans during England’s 4-1 over them in the World Cup Qualifiers and Sol Campbell was the victim of abuse from sections of Tottenham support during Portsmouth’s visit to White Hart Lane last month. The Week of Action, which

I am sat writing this as the first full week of BUCS fixtures is finally upon us and I cannot wait for Wednesday.

the weeks of action, including a match day activity at all 92 professional clubs in England and Wales. Any teams wishing to become involved with the campaign can download a BUCS 500 pledge card via For more information on the Kick It Out campaign, please visit BY ANDREW BOYERS

It has been a busy few weeks inside the SOAP centre; I dread to think of our daily footfall. We have people paying for membership and even more impressive people, looking to start up new clubs and societies. It is shaping up to be another year of expansion within the Athletic Union and it looks like more and more people are getting involved. As said I am looking forward to Wednesday with great anticipation and wish everyone good luck. I shall leave you with the immortal words of a previous AU Officer and reiterate this comment through out the year ‘Come on Lincoln’!

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Come on Lincoln! Cheers, Chris Roberts

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REYNOLDS VIEW England boo boys have a fair point

thelinc*panel After England’s decent start to the South African 2010 World Cup Qualifiers, our sports writers voice their views on whether or not England deserve to be in the World Cup at all. Hayley Cook Editor “Let’s face it; England games aren’t the most entertaining. Our back four were useless against Kazakhstan, our midfield was nothing to shout about and Cole’s slip-up let them back in the game. But at least we’re getting results; and that’s more than we could say a few years ago. Regardless of whether we deserve it or not, it’s about time we were involved in a major tournament again; I miss the patriotism that comes with football..”

I think England fans are a disgrace. Both Rio Ferdinand and David have. It’s high time that EngBeckham condemned the Eng- lish footballers realised just land boo boys , who gave how lucky in life they have Ashley Cole a hard time after been. This supreme gift has a mistake that allowed Kazalanded them a five star khstan a route back into the lifestyle, not having to worry South African 2010 World Cup about the things that everyqualifier. day people have to worry And they have a point. about. After all, another sell out So when an England fan Wembley crowd were treated shells out a quarter of their to one of the weekly wages poorest first to watch his of the half performcountry turn in poorest first half another subances in English history. performances in standard perAnd of formance, it is English history. course the well within thousands of their rights to hard up fans make their who paid £30 and traveled feelings known. countless miles to see their The gulf between everyday country play, did let their fan and professional footcountry down... again. baller has become too great, Its time Rio and ’Sir’ David leaving footballers living in a were told some home truths. bubble detached from the The crowd were not booing real world. Asley Cole’s mistake, they Lets face it, if they didn’t were booing Ashley Cole. get the break to become footThe man has behaved in ballers many would be occusuch a way that some believe pying less than glamorous he is one of the most hated jobs, and have less than glamplayers in English football at orous wives. the moment. But as it is, we won 5-1, and His move from Arsenal to our blushes were spared. Chelsea, for many, epitomised Certain performances were what is wrong in football. We encouraging, Rooney finished no longer see the solid devowell and Walcott looked exittion to one club that once ing at times. rallied around stadiums when But it’s fair to say that a new youngster started for something in England’s midhis local football club. field just doesn’t quite click. Maybe it’s the over use of the long ball, or the lack of He is one of patience that our midfielders possess, but looking at our the most hated continental counterparts players in English there is certainly something missing. football at the And with bookmakers givminute. ing Belarus odds of 9/1 for Wednesday’s fixture, I may be What’s more, I really don’t one of many punters fancying see what gives Ferdinand the the upset. right to question how the people that pay his wages beBY ADAM REYNOLDS

David Methold Writer “At this moment in time, England deserves to be in the World Cup as they’ve completely dominated the group so far. It is early days though, and anything can still happen but the way we’ve started, I don’t think qualification will be too hard. Any team that goes to Croatia and win, considering they had never been beaten at home before, deserves all they get, and for me, that’s qualifying for the World Cup. ” Daniel Coles Writer “It goes without saying that England have started the qualifying campaign brilliantly, it's the best start we've ever had. I think Capello is finally starting to stamp his authority on the side and it's great to see him getting the best out of players like Rooney. The midfield debate could go on forever, but if we keep winning our games, including the ones against the bigger sides, then it's not a burning issue. Come on England!"

Adrian Bell Writer “I absolutely hate watching England play. They are just boring, side ways football which isn’t pretty on our eyes let alone the rest of the world. Personally I’d rather have a team like Trinidad & Tobago or even Papua New Guinea in the World Cup ahead of England. At least the players show fight and their fans aren’t a disgrace to their nation and actually enjoy the occasion rather than looking for a fight.”

THE MARATHON MAN For those of you who have always wanted to run a marathon but haven’t got round to training, student Andrew Boyers is taking us through our paces as he trains for the London Marathon 2009. “CONGRATULATIONS! YOU are going to be running the London Marathon in 2009!” This was the alarming message that came through my letterbox over the weekend; I’m already having nightmares about ‘THE WALL’ and being overtaken by Jimmy Saville - he certainly hasn’t fixed it for me this time. Whether I like it or not now, come next April, I should be a finely tuned, super-fit athlete ready to run the London Marathon. In reality, I’ll probably spend the next months shirking away from training, eating the odd chocolate bar to store energy for a run that I probably won’t go on and recovering from alcohol-induced-injuries rather than pulled calf muscles. It’s going to be so much fun!

Come next April, I should be a finely tuned, super fit althlete

It seemed like such a good idea when I applied months ago; I’d already applied twice before and

not got in, so I wasn’t worrying myself about the prospect this year either. Now that I am in, it’s suddenly dawned on me that I’ve got to run 26 miles. I run around 3-4 miles usually, so it’s 8 times what I’m used to. It’s the distance from my house to Grimsby, which would take over half an hour in a car. It’s a bloody long way!

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It’s a bloody long way!

According to the London Marathon website, I have six months, 18 days, nine hours and 47 minutes until I set off on my mad expedition through the streets of London, which will never be enough time to prepare. In terms of aims, I’d love to see myself beating Paula Radcliffe in a sprint finish in The Mall, becoming a national hero and booking myself on the next tube to London 2012. Honestly though, I think three and a half hours is a slightly more realistic target, but anywhere between Haile Gabrselassie and the bloke in the deep-sea diving suit

will do me fine. So, come wind, rain, ice, snow, I’ll be clocking off the miles this winter - which sounds like a great way for anyone to spend their spare time. Let’s look on the bright side though - it gives me the chance to eat plenty of Jaffa Cakes (the confectionery du jour for all athletes) and listen to Led Zeppelin as I pummel the road. All in all, though, that’s a couple of pretty poor positives against a massive list of negatives. It’s going to be a challenge, but I’m sure it’ll be fun in the end. For the time being, if you see a lanky runner in ridiculous thermals and a wooly hat wheezing around Lincolnshire in the next few months, be sure to give him a wave - he could do with the support!

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I found the Great Eastern Run extremely difficult. Page 14

Adrian Patulea

What is important at the minute, is scoring goals for Lincoln. Page 13

thelinc*sport New season kicks off The university’s 2008/09 sports season has kicked off on campus. The first week of the season has seen an impressive score line with eight of the university teams collecting wins. Triumphs include the Women’s Football team who won 7-1 away at Coventry and the Men’s Hockey 2nd team who travelled to Leicester and won 7-0. Athletic Union Teams and Socities Officer Chris Roberts commented pre-season that he was looking forward to seeing the basketball team in action. He said: “I was particularly impressed by the Basketball Club; all three teams looked strong and impressive.” The team kicked off the season against rivals Derby, watched by an impressive crowd on Wednesday evening, and the two netball teams collected two wins against Staffordshire and Anglia Ruskin universties. See page 14 for all results from Lincoln’s first week in action.

Lincoln Lakers v Derby in the opening game of the season.

Athletic Union Pep Rally brings teams together The annual Pep Rally took place on the first Friday of October to celebrate the start of the sports season. Societies including the dance society and the university football teams congregated outside the Engine Shed in preparation for a united march through campus. The rally was spearheaded by Societies and Activities Officer Maria Yesufu alongside Sports and Teams Officer Chris Roberts. Both of whom were keen to voice that the rally was a time to welcome new members to Lincoln’s various societies as well as bring everyone together on the eve of another sporting season. “It’s a celebration of all the new members that we have now,”

Yesufu explained. “It’s an AU launch so it’s for all the societies. They all come together and get to know each other, so they don’t feel like they’re just the Rugby Society, or just the Dance Society for example.” This ethos appeared to work wonders among the societies, as they bonded over the free pizza that was provided by event sponsors Domino’s. The party moved further into the university campus as the dancers performed at the Sports Centre and the societies were in-

troduced to Director of Sport Robin Wright. Lincoln Lakers President ‘Switchy’ Omar Cofie thought the rally was a great event for all the societies to be a part of. “The Pep Rally is definitely a good event. It just gives people a chance to mix with each other and see what some of the societies are really like,” said Switchy. “It wouldn’t surprise me to see some of the Rugby boys in the crowd at the Lakers’ games this year, and likewise there will be a few Lakers watching the Rugby and Football teams this season

too, so the event was definitely beneficial.” The Pep Rally will serve as a great launch for the Lakers as they head into the start of the basketball season with a cup game against arch-rivals Derby. “Everyone is excited because it is the first game, but for all the returning first team boys it’s different because we all know what the Derby game means. “Not just to us but to all of the University of Lincoln sports players and supporters”, said the Lakers President. BY DANIEL COLES

Athletic Union Pep Rally 2008

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