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Five-a-day fun! by Fred Kirby CHILDREN at the students’ union day nursery have been tasting fresh fruit and vegetables as part of a healthy eating plan. The nursery’s menu is based around a healthy eating plan which encourages children to eat five portions of fruit and veg a day. During the tasting children were encouraged to talk about which foods they liked and why. The Day Nursery aims to assist student parents who are returning to education, but it is open to all. There are still spaces available in the over-twos area, for any enquiries please contact nursery@ or 01792 513151.

ONE IN 3 STUDENTS SAY THEY ‘VE BEEN SPIKED by Chris Flynn A STUDY commissioned by The Waterfront has shown that almost a third of students believe they have been spiked on nights out. The online survey, filled in by 135 students, revealed an alarmingly high number of suspected spiking in Swansea, with 31% claiming it had happened to them. Two thirds of those who thought they had been spiked were women. Of those interviewed, 36 per cent of women believed they had been spiked and 25 per cent of men thought they had been. Four people said they had been spiked in Oceana, twelve in Sin City, as well as 28 people believing they had been spiked in a venue on Wind Street. The main number of respondents were third years, but a good balance of

all year groups took part in the survey hosted by Survey Monkey. Most respondents commented that they had only been spiked once, although five said that they had been spiked twice. Two other survey respondents said they had been spiked more than five times. Asked to share their experience, one respondent said: “No memory of the event, however friends have said my pupils were dilated, I had no control over my body but I was talking sense, followed by projectile vomiting. Friends took me home. “Woke up very confused and still not 100%, went to hospital to be checked where they confirmed GHB in my system. Felt very low for weeks afterwards.” Another participant who was spiked in a Wind Street club, said: “I became disorientated, and lost control of my legs. Luckily my male housemates

SPECIAL REPORT carried me home, and sat with me all night. I couldn’t ask for help, as I couldn’t even talk.” Another who was drinking with her spiker, unknown to her, said: “He bought me a drink and dared me to down it, after a while I realised there was something wrong and he told me that he had put MDMA in my drink. “It was awful, I couldn’t move, the bouncers then were going to ring an ambulance but my friend came to pick me up, when I got home I passed out on my landing and my mum found me in the morning.” Another reported: “Went home supported by my girlfriend. Feeling terribly drunk and nauseous having only had one beer.” A further respondent said: “I felt out of control and could no longer hear

properly. My friend took me home and looked after me. “ Very few cases of spiking are reported to the police and spiking is difficult to prove as drugs like Rohypnol leave no trace once they have been eliminated from the bloodstream. Students are being urged to report suspected cases of spiking immediately. Research by Kent University in 2009 showed that students were likely to claim they had been spiked when they were unwilling to admit that they had drunk excessive amounts of alcohol. The students’ union was unavailable for comment at the time of publication. A campaign headed by Swansea University Students’ Union and Trinity St David University to help combat drink spiking is expected to be launched in January. •For more on our special report, turn to page 9.

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THE Pole Fitness Society is one step closer to success in their campaign to become an official society of the students’ union. At the student forum on November 7, Swansea University Students’ Union made a major u-turn and admitted that their decision to ban the Pole Fitness Society was “wrong”. The society’s president Bethan Morris, seconded by women’s officer Rosie Inman, then presented a motion to affiliate the Pole Fitness Society with the students’ union through a student vote. An online vote was held to decide whether there should be a referendum to determine whether the society should once again be affiliated with the union. The society won the vote by a large majority: out of 142 votes cast, 126 were in favour, 15 against and 1 abstained. The referendum, which will decide whether the union will affiliate itself with the society, was being held from 13 November until Friday 15. The result was not known at the time of The Waterfront going to press. Following the success of the first vote, Beth Morris, president of the society said: “We’re really happy with the way everything’s working out, we’re very thankful for the backing we’ve received from the student population and we’re looking forward

POLE FITNESS :The referendum will decide whether or not the society reaffiliates. to being a fully affiliated society again.” Heidi Muir, treasurer, said: “We’re obviously extremely grateful for everyone who has already voted, but we hope they still vote Wednesday as I think people may get bored of having to keep voting which is a worry as there was the vote on Friday which went wrong, now this vote, then the next vote and we just don’t want people thinking that voting just the once is enough because it’s the next vote that really matters!” The students’ union’s original

decision to ban the society due to pole fitness being “inextricably linked to the sex industry” provoked international outrage, threats of legal action from the Pole Dance Community and a 2,000-strong petition. Students’ union president, Zahid Raja, admitted the trustee board’s decision was “wrong” and that “more student input was needed”. A union spokesperson said: ““There is currently a referendum taking place on whether or not Pole Fitness should be affiliated to the SU as a society. The union will follow the majority vote.”

Hannah’s purrfect welcome home by Ayyub Maadani HANNAH Loach, a second year politics student, had a big surprise when she returned to her Swansea house after going home for the holidays. Hannah unlocked her room and entered, only to find that she had left the window open for the entire holidays. As a result of this, a stray pregnant cat had got into her room and given birth on her bed. The result of which meant that she found her bed covered in cat

SURPRISE: The kittens now have homes. excrement, urine, blood, a placenta and three tiny, blind kittens. There are understandably many

people who would be disgusted and horrified in this situation, but for this girl the presence of the kittens made the whole thing perfectly acceptable. In fact, she saw it as a godsend and possibly one of the greatest things that had ever happened to her. She went as far as to sleep on the floor for a few days before finding a way to move the family to the floor. After this, she nurtured them for several months and named the kittens Earl Grey, Sandy and Ellis. Unfortunately she couldn’t keep them forever and eventually found them all new homes.

Swansea has best quality of life in Wales by Emma James SWANSEA University has beaten all other Welsh universities in the Lloyds Bank University Quality of Life Awards. Swansea was the only university in Wales to reach the top ten. Cardiff Metropolitan University were awarded

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21st place out of a possible 91. Swansea University gained a high score through having ‘a good social life’ and received exceptional ratings as a result of goof employment rates and course satisfaction. Pro Vice Chancellor for student experience, Professor Alan Speight said: “It is excellent news that Swansea is in the top ten for student quality of

life in the Lloyds Bank survey. “This reflects our enviable location and the fact that Swansea is very affordable for students compared to many university cities. The survey also takes into account areas like sports facilities and employability so our good overall score also reflects the effort and investment we’ve put into improving these areas.”

A RECENT police check on taxis transporting students and revellers around Swansea found almost half to have defects. During the raid, 40 vehicles were stopped, with 18 being found to have problems - a dozen of these so dangerous that they were immediately taken off the road. The stop and search, carried out by South Wales Police’s commercial vehicle unit on November 2, was the latest in a series of unannounced checks on commercial vehicles bringing people into Swansea for a night out. Among the defects found were problems with brakes, tyres and lighting , a fuel leak, an oil leak and one vehicle was immediately clamped due to a rusted suspension. Other problems included breaches of laws regarding drivers’ hours and MoT class. PC Phil David said: “While we have seen a slight improvement in the condition of the vehicles checked, it is still alarming that a number of vehicles transporting passengers around the city are defective. “We will continue to work with the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency and the local authority to address this problem and will strive to ensure that all transportation to and from the city will be safe and legitimate.”

Lecturers set to take more strike action by a Waterfront reporter UNIVERSITY academics and support staff are to stage a second national one-day strike on 3 December in a row over pay, four unions have announced. Institutions across the UK, including Swansea University, will be affected by the action by Unison, the University and College Union, Unite and the Educational Institute of Scotland. The dispute centres on a 1% pay rise offered to university staff including lecturers and support staff. Employers expressed disappointment at the decision to take strike action. The unions say there has been a 13% pay cut in real terms since October 2008. Unison, Unite and the UCU staged a one-day walkout on 31 October. For this second planned day of action, they are being joined by the Scottish education union, the EIS.


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ANOTHER milestone has been reached in the completion of Swansea University’s prestigious second campus with the release of a new map showing exactly how the seafront site will look. The campus, on land formerly owned by BP, will have the distinction of being one of the few global universities with direct access onto a beach and its own seafront promenade. Construction work on the 65-acre site off Fabian way is well underway and is expected to be completed in time for students to arrive in September 2015. The excellent research and teaching facilities on the new campus will cement partnerships with national and international companies, including Rolls Royce. Lawrence Bailey, former leader of Swansea City Council, welcomed the move, saying: “... no-one should underestimate the scale of the ambition involved. What is currently under construction is intended to be the home of the largest knowledge economy project in the UK and one of the top in Europe.” University Registrar Raymond Ciborowski, said: “It is no mean feat to take on such a huge venture in this economic climate. Such a huge development will have a remarkable effect on the local economy and will act as a magnet for new investment.” Local experts have been enlisted to choose historic names for the Bay Campus. Pro-ViceChancellor Professor Iwan Davies, director of the university’s campus development project, said: “The Bay Campus is perfectly located right on the bay between the Afan and Tawe rivers which run into the sea; all have played a significant role in enabling immense wealth to flow through the region. “We wanted to embrace the importance of these local rivers and recognise them in the naming of our roads on the new Bay Campus, which we also envisage will bring tremendous economic benefits to the Swansea Bay region.”

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In addition, there will be a number of squares (Gower, Tennant and Margam), a seafront promenade and a lookout point called Black Rock Point which historian Professor Prys Morgan identified from a map of the area in 1799 as being significant because “it is one of the most ancient boundaries in Wales distinguishing the Diocese of St David and Llandaff, therefore the Bay Campus stands at the point where West Wales meets East Wales.”

NAMING THE NEW CAMPUS: Left right, experts Alison Parker, business marketing manager, Professor Prys Morgan, alumnus Josh Hayman, Dr Gwenno Francon, and Professor David Herbert.

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Jostling in nightclub queues has ‘ruined the night’ of many students by Laura Fiteni STUDENTS are being warned to behave responsibly when queuing for events following several incidents in which people have been pushed over and in some cases injured. One incident occurred outside student night club ‘Sin City’ during the first Sin Savers of the year. The sheer weight of people queuing caused metal windows shutters at next door estate agent Peter Alan to buckle under the crush. A spokesman for Peter Alan said: “We reported it to the police but we take any further action as there is no CCTV to confirm who did it.’’ Students also reported being pushed over whilst queuing for the Freshers’ Ball this year when people at the back surged forward. Meanwhile, Samantha Booth, an English literature student at Swansea University, was injured at the Summer Ball in June when she was trampled by a crowd. Sam said: “I was dancing to Wretch

32 and the next thing I know I was at the bottom of a pile-up in which I lost my belongings and injured my ankle.” “I had to climb out of the crowd where St. John’s ambulance saw to my injury and took me to A&E. I spent four hours in pain waiting to be seen when I should have been enjoying the ball with my friends.’’ Student culture encourages people to ‘’pre-load’’ with alcohol before they go out, which leads to people’s behaviour deteriorating before events have even begun. Excitable crowds then become impatient and volatile if an event is delayed. Alan Daventry, who was forced to wait for entry for an over-subscribed Sin Savers, said: “I was going out

to Sin with two of my friends and we were waiting in a queue which covered the entire pavement. “When a handful of students were accepted in it encouraged the people further back to start pushing forward. That’s when the crush happened.” For many students the discomfort of battling a rowdy crowd and the worry of getting injured are preventing them enjoying themselves on a night out. Another student, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “We were out to see Simon and Duncan from Blue perform live at Oceana at the beginning of term. It started out okay but then people started pushing so that we ended up being squashed completely into the stage.

Alumnus journeys around world

by Lauren Phillips ADVENTURING Swansea University alumnus Dave Cornthwaite has travelled over 16,000 miles as part of the ground breaking project, Expedition1000. The project aims to complete 25 journeys of 1000 miles or more in length, totalling a distance equivalent to the circumference of the Earth around the Equator. Mr Cornthwaite hopes to raise £1m for charity, using creative adventure to inspire people to think big, stay healthy, and care for the planet. The record-breaking adventurer has completed eight journeys in the project so far. These have included skateboarding 3618 miles from Perth to Brisbane, sailing across the eastern Pacific and travelling from Vancouver to Las Vegas on a tandem bicycle.

His latest journey saw Mr Cornthwaite set off on the GO Trek through Western Europe on ElliptiGO elliptical bicycles, with fellow British adventurer Squash Falconer. The pair rode through six countries meeting local bike clubs, running groups and elite athletes with the goal of inspiring people to say “yes” more in their lives and get active. After seven weeks and almost 2000 miles on the road, Mr Cornthwaite had to end his journey due to a minor back injury to prevent long term damage. Mr Cornthwaite said: “The very essence of life, for me, is testing and teasing the boundaries of my comfort zone. We don’t improve by completing easy tasks; we only grow when we try new things. “With this in mind, I live according to what stretches me in all directions; this way, being suitably stretched, I can attempt to fit more inside.”

“When we got home we realised that we had really bad bruising. It ruined the night.” Students say more needs to be done. Politics and German student Olivia Tubby commented: “The risk of injury in crowd situations needs to be acknowledged.’’ Ancient and Medieval student Laura Mullins said: “The pushing and shoving ruins the night, so many students end up heading home.” Welfare officer Rebecca Grimes replied: “We take the safety of our students very seriously, and we are aware that it is a minority of students that cause trouble.” A spokesman for Swansea University Students’ Union said: “The safety of students is paramount in all that we do and especially in the planning of our events. We will continue to look at ways to improve and enhance the measures in place to ensure the safety of our members. “In doing so we also ask that those attending our events to act responsibly and to be mindful of others to ensure that everyone enjoys their time at our events and venues.”

Robin is new liaison officer

by Rachael Howes-Tonks

ROBIN Benson has been appointed Swansea students’ and residents’ new community liaison officer (CLO). The role aims to act as a point of contact for students studying in Swansea and residents in the local community. Mr Benson will deal with concerns or complaints and work to promote the benefits of a student population to the local economy. Mr Benson said: “My focus is to promote positive relationships between students and local communities, and also act as a link between partners to help support the better integration of students as active citizens in Swansea.” The new project that Mr Benson is soon set to get involved in is launching a termly community newsletter. This is in an attempt to bring student and local communities together.


Students mark armistice day with 2 minutes’ silence by Alan Daventry STUDENTS commemorated Remembrance Day by taking part in a ceremony at the war memorial on Swansea’s promenade. The ceremony on 11th November was attended by war-veterans who had served in different conflicts since WWII. There was a similar event held at Swansea University in front of Fulton House. It was a cloudy and rainy day, but this did not deter hundreds of people from showing their respect. Students from Swansea University made an important contribution. The university’s History Society had initiated a poppy appeal from 30th October in order to raise money for the Royal British Legion. The appeal was aimed at supporting veterans and families who have relatives in the military. Many of those who attended the ceremonies had relatives who served their country. Glaslyn Bowen, a veteran who served in Suez, was at the ceremony by the beach. He believes it is important that no war should be forgotten: “There were numerous small wars which have very often been forgotten like the Korean war, Falklands war, Suez.”

‘Think before you ink’ in tattoo spelling warning by Gemma Parry A FORMER Swansea University student is warning people to ‘think before they ink’after a series of translation errors led to major embarrassment. Veritas Language Solutions, run by Sharon Stephens, uses professional spell checks and translation to avoid people ending up with misspelt or meaningless words or phrases in another language tattooed onto their bodies. Examples of translation errors cited by Veritas include a man who wanted the Chinese symbols for ‘Live and let live’ on his arm, but ended up with the Mandarin for ‘Sweet and Sour Chicken’.

REMEMBRANCE DAY: Marking the ending of WWI. He believes it is important to teach children about the first and second world wars and the conflicts afterwards. “What more could you do than giving your life for your country?” Brian Criddle, who served as a Royal Engineer, said: “It’s very important that people remember the loss of life. “If we don’t remember what’s gone on in

the past, and the mistakes that were made, then you’ll make them all over again. So you learn by your mistakes. “Soldiers don’t start wars, politicians do. And it’s the politicians we have to teach. Because they’re the ones who set it up.” Also present were Geraint Davies MP for Swansea West, and Sian James MP of Swansea East.

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EMBARRASSING: Spelling matters In another incident, a man was left with the word ‘Jenius’ branded on his forehead, while a woman who wanted her favourite flower name tattooed across her lower back was left with the words ‘Sweet Pee’ above her waistline.

Sharon Stephens, a former translation student who also lecturers at the university, is managing director of the Swanseabased translation service. She said: “Tattoo translations are in demand and we regularly get requests for Chinese, Arabic

and Hebrew and, now and again, Gaelic. “The translator’s task should be to translate the text into the equivalent in the other language. However, equivalent does not mean literal translation, which is what happens a lot of the time and could be catastrophic for the person having the tattoo. “We encourage people thinking about getting inked to get their tattoo translation checked before proceeding any further.” Another category of mistakes are attributable to bad use of English grammar and spelling. Said Sharon: “We have seen tattoos like ‘Life go’s on’, ‘It’s get better’ and ‘Streangth’. There are some hilarious examples out there.” •

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LIVING WAGE: Campaigners with David Miliband on his visit to Swansea in 2012. by Josh Lovell LIVING wage campaigners are claiming a small victory in its quest to see university staff being paid a living wage. An event was held at the university by Christopher Whitty, ethics officer for the students’union, earlier this month to discuss the next move in the ‘living wage’ campaign. Campaigners want all staff at the university to be paid at least the living wage, which is based on the amount an individual needs to earn to cover the basic costs of living. Outside London it is £7.45 an hour. By comparison, the national minimum wage is £6.31 an hour for over 21s, and £5.03 for those aged 18 to 21. Mr Whitty was joined by Councillor Mitchell Theaker, who holds the cabinet position for Opportunities for Children and Young People at Swansea City Council. Mr Theaker told the gathering that he was meeting with the university this week to discuss the campaign. He said:“I feel a positive vibe about this meeting.” Mr Whitty added: “If the meeting doesn’t go well. I

want a demonstration.” Rob Abrams, former ethics officer, commented: “The Vice Chancellor is scared of student protests; it’s time to remind him that we are prepared to act.” Not all students agree with the living wage campaign. Glyn Williams, an economics student at Swansea University has been studying the economic impact the living wage may have on the university. He said: “An introduction of a living wage at the university would cost hundreds of thousands of pounds in extra wage costs, which would likely lead to either a reduction of people employed at the university or a sharp rise in the cost of goods. “The university is also unlikely to employ people who do not produce the now higher level of revenue demanded which means that the people who have the lowest skills, unable to produce this, may be priced out of work.” According to the Living Wage Foundation: “Paying the Living Wage is good for business, good for the individual and good for society.” The Swansea City Council will be paying its staff the living wage by the end of this month.

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Mae amser gwych ar gyfer chwaraeon yng by Laura Fiteni DAU benwythnos yn ôl, agorodd Cwpan y Byd Rygbi’r Gynghrair gyda chlec yng Nghaerdydd wrth i’r seremoni agoriadol goleuo i fyny Stadiwm y Mileniwm. Er gwaethaf colled Cymru i’r Eidal, roedd dydd llawn o gamp cyffrous ac adloniant a fwynhaodd nifer o fyfyrwyr yn diolch i docynnau o’u clybiau chwaraeon. Y penwythnos diwethaf, dechreuodd Cyfres y Hydref yng Ngymru gyda gêm agoriadol rhwng Gymru a De Affrica wrth i fyfyrwyr yn dangos eu cefnogaeth gan orlifo’r ddinas gyda chrysau coch. Roedd yn ymdrech ffyrnig o’r tîm catref ac arhosodd y sgôr yn agos at eu gilydd yn diolch i ddroed dde Halfpenny ond profodd y Springboks yn rhy dda. Mae’n dymor disgwyliedig iawn ymhlith llawer o fyfyrwyr yn y brifysgol ar gyfer yr esgus i gymryd rhan mewn hoff beth y Cymro i wneud – gwylio rygbi wrth yfed peint! Dywedodd Stuart Sandy, myfyriwr ailflwyddyn: “ Chwaraeodd Cymru’n dda ond roedd y Springboks yn manteisio ar ein gwallau amddiffynol. Ni allwn ymddiried Allan Rolland; dylai un Springbok wedi gweld cerdyn coch o leiaf. Oh ac nid all Priestland dal y bêl chwaith!” Ac os nid yw hynny yn ddigon, mae cefnogwyr chwaraeon modur wedi bod edrych ymlaen at gychwyn y Rali GB yng Ngogledd Cymru’r mis

hwn. Mae’n ddigwyddiad perffaith i ddangos Cymru fel lleoliad ar gyfer chwaraeon a ellir darllen mwyach amdano isod. Gellid dweud a ddechreuodd Cymru’n wael yn ystyried o’r ddau colli yn erbyn yr Iwerddon ac wedyn yn erbyn yr Amerig yng Nghwpan y Byd Rygbi’r Gynghrair (ac thrydydd siom yn erbyn De Affrica yn fuan wedyn) ond ar gyfer y Cymry oedd yn gwylio’r gemau yn Stadiwm y Mileniwm, o leiaf nad oedd Loegr yn ennill ei gêm cyntaf chwaith! Roedd tocynnau arbennig ar gael am fyfyrwyr o glybiau chwaraeon y brifysgol, felly aeth nifer o fyfywyr i Gaerdydd am ddiwrnod er mwyn gwylio y goleuadau llachar a synau’r seremoni agoriadol yn ogystal â brwydr epig rhwng bedair gwlad! Gan gymaint o genhedloedd amrywiol ymysg myfyrwyr a thair gwlad-gatref yn chwarae, roedd diwrnod llawn cystadleuaeth a ‘banter’ cyfeillgar. Dywedodd Martin Lee, cic-focsiwr a myfyriwr ail-flwyddyn, “ Mwynheuais i’r diwrnod llawer, yn enwedig achos es i gyda thri o bobl eraill – Cymro, Sais a Gwyddel! Roedd llawer o jôcs yn hedfan o gwmpas. Cywilydd am y sgôr ond ces i amser da ac roedd werth am arian” I lawer o bobl, roedd dydd yn darparu’r cyfle i brofi rygbi’r gynghrair am y tro cyntaf, yn enwedig yn ystyried o werthfawrogiad enfawr dros rygbi undeb sy’n bodoli yng Nghymru, ond ar gyfer y rhai sydd ddim yn deall y rheolau o gwbl, roedd yn gyfle i dreulio diwrnod gyda ffrindiau a gyda esgus addas i yfed ychydig gormod o beintiau!

by Emma James BYDD y Rali GB Cymru yn cael ei gynnal yng Nghonwy yr wythnos hon gyda dros 160 o geir yn gystadlu am y 69fed tro. Bydd y rownd derfnynnol y rali pengampwriaeth FIA y byd yn cael ei gynnal ar hyd y beiriant planhygyn Toyota yng Ngogledd Cymru rhwng y 14-17fed o Dachwedd, 2013. Disgwylir i nifer o sêr gymryd rhan yn y rali, gan gynnwys Sebastien Ogier, gyrrwr Volkswagen, cyn ennillwyr sydd wedi cymryd rhan tair gwaith yn y gorffennol. Ymysg y sêr, fyddJari-Matti Latvala am Volkswagen s’yn geisio dwyn y deitl yn ôl, Mukko Hirvonen yn rasio mewn car Citroen a Robert Kubica yn rasio Citroen DS3 am y tro gyntaf. Bydd Amy Williams, y bengampwr medal aur yn yr Olympaidd Gaeaf Vancouver 2010, yn eistedd ar bwys y newyddiadurwr Sky News F1 Tony Jardine er mwyn adlewyrchu ar ddigwyddiadau’r dydd a sôn am y gyrrwyr a’u cerbydau. Dywedodd Andrew Coe, trefnydd y rali: “Rydyn ni’n falch fod cymaint o dîmiau am cymryd rhan.” “Dewisiad da oedd ef i symud y ras i Gogledd Cymru ac mae hyn yn cael ei adlewyrchu yn y maint o bobl sydd wedi gofrestru yn y ras, gan dyblu’r nifer o 2012.” Y flwyddyn hon, cwympodd y bris o £2598 i £1500 er mwyn hybu mwy o bobl i profi ras pencampwriaeth, ond dim lai na naw dîm wnaeth cymryd y mantais. Yn gyfan gwbl, bydd pobl yn dod o chwech ar

hugain cenhedloedd wahanol gan gynnwys Japan, India, y Canol De a De America i gymryd rhan mewn un o’r cystadleuthau mwyaf y byd. O ganlyniad i’r codiad yn yr angen i cael rhywle i aros, mae’r gwestai wedi gweld codiad enfawr yn y nifer o gwsmeriaid, Mae trefnwyr y rali IMS yn unig yn gofyn am 600 ystafelloedd am y tair nôs am y dîm cyfan. Mae’r bencampwriaeth yng Nghonwy yn cynnig nifer o fanteision i Gymru - yn enwedig manteision economaidd, gan gynnwys y sector ceir, y sector gwestai a siôpiau leol. Gyda throsiant o dros £3 biliwn a dros 15,000 o bobl yn gweithio yn y sector geir, mae’n hwb economaidd mawr.

Edwina Hart Ychwanegodd Andrew Coe: “Cyfrifwyd fod y rali yn rhoi dros £5 miliwn yn ôl i’r economi. Nid yn unig yr economi sydd yn manteisio, ond elusennau lleol hefyd oherwydd fod llawer o manteision iddyn nhw godi arian gan gynnwys taliadau parcio.” Dywedodd Edwina Hart, Gweinidog economaidd, gwyddoniaeth a trafnidiaeth Cymru: “Mae’r cefnogaeth sydd yn dod o lywodraeth Cymru i’r rali yn hwb mawr i’r wlad achos mae’n creu mwy o swyddi ac yn codi cyfoeth y wlad.” Dywedodd Lewis Edwards, myfyrwyr ail-flwyddyn y brifysgol Abertawe: “ Es i un o’r raliau cwpwl o flynyddoedd yn ôl ond fyddaf wylio fe ar y teledu y flwyddyn yma”. “Rydw i’n frwdfydig dros y geir a raliau, felly mae’n gyffrous. Credaf ei fod e’n grêt ei fod yn ddod mor agos â Chymru.”


University wins rugby 7s contest by Chris Flynn SWANSEA University has pulled off a major coup to host the World University Championships in Rugby 7s in 2016. It will be the first World University Championships to be hosted in the UK for 14 years and will attract over 600 competitors from 30 countries. The competition was held in Brive, France, last year, where Great Britain’s team were crowned world champions after beating the host nation and South Africa. Professor Noel Thompson, Pro Vice Chancellor at Swansea University said: “The successful bid to host this truly global sporting event is a great accolade for the University, the region and Wales. “Rugby continues to be a priority sport for the university and with outstanding facilities and an integrated

championship site, Swansea University will deliver a memorable experience for competitors, spectators and officials from across the globe.” The bid to host the competition was prepared by Swansea University and submitted as a partnership with British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS). The competition is provisionally scheduled for July 2016 and has received support from the Welsh Rugby Union, Swansea Council and Welsh rugby star, Alun Wyn Jones. It will use campus accommodation for participants, as well as Singleton Campus catering and social facilities. BUCS CEO Karen Rothery said; “This is great news for university sport in Britain. The championships will not only provide an opportunity for the public to see high quality Rugby 7s, it will also bring significant profile to Swansea University and opportunities for volunteers and leaders in sport in Wales to get involved in a really exciting event.”

Students cook up a healthy diet £5,000

essay prize by Fred Kirby

by Jon May STUDENT journalists Samantha Booth, Jon May and welfare officer Becky Grimes were shown how to make cheap healthy meals by ‘Italian Mama’ Daniela Tucker, who works in the students’ union. The cookery school was organised by Italian foods company Sacla after they conducted research that showed that four out of five students can’t boil an egg, three

quarters can’t make a roast and half can’t mash a potato. The poll of 1,000 students also found that 40% consider themselves to have an unhealthy diet. “Before the Sacla cookery school, I was pretty lazy with my cooking habits as baking bigger meals seemed like too much effort,” said Sam Booth. “Daniela showed us how easy it was to make pizza and pasta dishes that are healthy for you and can go a long way for a small cost.”

THE Times is offering one student the chance to win £5,000 in living expenses and the opportunity to write an article for The Sunday Times about student life. The competition marks the publication of The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide for 2014, in which Swansea University placed in the top 50. Entries will be judged by a panel of experts from the Sunday Times and, the graduate career website which is running the competition alongside The Times. Successful applications will provide the best answer to the question, “How confident do you feel about your future career and how do you think university is helping you?” Deadline for entries is 30 November. Applications can be made at

Welfare officer Grimes says more can be done to combat spiking by Joshua Lovell



WATCH OUT: Don’t leave drinks unattended. SPIKING is an issue facing every single one of us when we go out for a drink. Even in your local pub, you are still at risk. Spiking occurs when a substance, such as drugs or alcohol, is added to your drink without you knowing about it. This may affect how you act around people. The way you may feel will depend on the drug; you may feel drowsy or confused. You may also find it difficult to speak or move. But spiking is a crime which is rarely reported to the police. Rebecca Grimes, Swansea University’s Welfare Officer, said: “We are currently in the process of working out the best way to get the message out in respect of the risk of drinks being spiked. “I recently had a meeting with the police and the Welfare Officer

of Swansea Trinity St David and we are in the process of working out a strategy to increase awareness of how to keep yourself safe on nights out, a particular aspect of which is spiking of drinks.” Statistics show that spiking is on the rise. A spokesperson from South Wales Police said they were interested in raising awareness around spiking,

but “have not had any reported incidents of drinking spiking in either the university campus or Swansea city centre.” The process of getting a positive spiking result is difficult, with a report and tests having to be done in time for the drugs to still be present in the body. Miss Grimes went on to say that more needs to be done: “I absolutely think more can be done. What I would say is that if you suspect you have been spiked, get in contact with the police as soon as possible, so statistics can start to be noted down about your experiences. “We have ‘spikeys’ freely available from the full-time officers’ offices (drink stoppers which protect your bottled drinks from being spiked). “If anyone is concerned about their safety on nights out, myself and the women’s officer (as well as every other FTO), are more than happy to discuss things with you and how we can make our union nights safer.”

How to identify spiking and prevent it happening to you by Rahul Vashisht DRINK spiking is the name given when a substance, usually drugs or alcohol, is added to your drink without you knowing. It tends to affect the way you act around other people, and can lead to serious situations such as personal injury, physical or sexual assault, theft, or even rape. It doesn’t just happen in pubs and clubs, but can occur in any public place, and even in your

home, for example, at a party or barbeque. There are numerous drugs that can be administered such as GBH and Rohypnol. They are often clear, odourless and tasteless and can come in liquid, tablet, capsule or powder form. The effects tend to make you feel nauseous, drowsy, intoxicated, or can even lead to unconsciousness. They kick in very quickly and can last up to eight hours. Whilst a large number of victims are women, men are just as much at risk of being spiked.

According to the Roofie Foundation, women aged from 30 - 50+ are most at risk from having their drink spiked. It is unlikely you will be able to tell if your drink has been spiked until after the effects kick in, so students are urged to take the following steps: •Never leave your drink unattended •Never accept a drink from anyone you don’t trust •Keep an eye on your friends’ drinks •Do not drink leftover drinks •Keep hold of your drink rather than leaving it on the side

•Consider sticking to bottles and hold your thumb over the opening when not drinking it •Remember that if you’ve already been drinking, you may be less aware of any dangers If you suspect someone has been spiked, it is always important to tell someone such as a friend or member of security. Drink spiking is also a criminal offence, regardless of whether or not an attack was carried out, so it is vital you report it to the police. For further information please visit wwww. ing/Pages/ Introduction.aspx

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Welcome to the hangover of life! Lloyd Harris takes a look at Mental Wealth and the stigma surrounding mental illness.


HE hype of Swansea Freshers’ fortnight has long come to an end. The non-stop socializing, boozing and relentless nights of partying are starting to feel like a distant memory as the hangover of life comes crashing down. So, what are we left with? Independent living, making friends for life, and of course, #noparents. However, we’re also facing deadlines, financial strain and quite possibly the highest levels of stress we’ve experienced to date. The Freshers’ fortnight is undoubtedly a rite of passage, but now that it’s all over, how do you cope with the trials and tribulations of #UNAY? University is guaranteed to change your life. Hopefully, the majority of these changes will be enjoyable, the best days of your life in fact, but don’t kid yourself; it’s all going to be hard work. Being a student in Swansea is all about trying to find the right balance between doing well in your studies and making the most out of the two drinks for two pounds in Tooters. Finding this balance between work and play can be quite a task to say the least. Handling stress, meeting and working with new people, performing presentations and maintaining relationships with family and old friends are just a few of the issues we students face. So what happens when all of these things start to build up?

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“Don’t call me crazy”

and bizarre than reality . There is also a lack of education abou t mental WHEN you hear “mental illness. Unfortunately, illness”, there are what exactly comes to mind? Natalie consequences of this. Ina ccurate Portman’s portrayal of depictions and being po a ballerina’s orly descent into madness? informed fuel stigma an How about d can be a the horrific habits of Ha barrier to people seekin nnibal g help. Lecter? And the infamou We can all help to challen s Jigsaw ge the from the ‘Saw’ films, he stigma of mental illness must have . Together, been “crazy”, right? we can create a menta lly healthy When portraying menta community that suppo l illness, the rts recovery media usually hams it and social inclusion wh up. We must ilst reducing take this portrayal of me discrimination. Don’t lab ntal illness el or judge with a pinch of salt. TV people with a mental illn programmes ess. Treat and films are made to be much more them with respect and dig nity, and dangerous, dramatic, frig show them the support htening you would wish to receive yourself!

Drum roll, please … for Swansea Mental Wealth Society OUR society is run by students, for students as a complement to the support services currently provided by the university. The group was designed to offer further support, providing a comfortable, nonjudgmental environment for students who want to discuss personal issues. However big or small your problem, be it a bad exam result, a fall out with your parents, or a serious anxiety attack, we are here to help you. We work with Mental Wealth UK to promote positive well-being amongst students and we call ourselves “Mental Wealth” to challenge and remove the stigma of mental illness. As young adults we really need to be aware of our own well being as well as that of our friends and families. If mental health issues are not addressed

properly during university, it could result in leaving unprepared for life after graduation. Rebecca Owen, president of the Mental Wealth Society said: “I use term ‘mental wealth’ to challenge the ideas about mental health issues and to emphasize that things can be done to help and grow our mental wellbeing. “Mental health stigma amongst students sadly exists and as a society, we aim to reduce this and raise awareness of the effects mental health can have upon lives through local and national campaigns. “We address all aspects of mental health ranging from eating disorders, to stress and depression. We are open to ideas for development and always put students at the centre of what we do.” •Follow @swanseaMW and www.

Members of the Mental Wealth Society at Swansea University.

What’s the stigma?

“stig•ma” [stig-muh] - a mark of disgrace associ ated with a particular circumstance , quality, or person.” Judging someone by the state of his or her menta l health is never acceptable. Wheth er it’s a direct comment or a subtle dig, your judgment can so easily shatter someo ne’s selfconfidence. Stigma can cause a lack of underst anding from friends and family, discrim ination and bullying at Uni or work. Worst of all, it can lead to the belief that im proving the situation is impossible . Nine out of ten people with mental health problems say tha t stigma and discrimina tion have a negative effect on their lives. Having a mental health disorder really doesn’t mean you ’re crazy, but it does me an you need treatment. Similar to if you had a medical diseas e. Would you be afraid of your family or friends judging you for having the Flu? Measles? Cancer? No. So why would they think any less of you for having depressi on or anxiety?

“It’s time to change

charity ng with mental health On 8th October, NUS, alo h alt He l nta Me nt de ural Stu ‘Mind’, hosted the inaug direction; ht rig ubtedly a step in the conference. This is undo l nta me of ss ne r to raise aware however, one day a yea dents stu ny ma so th Wi . gh not enou health issues is simply of the 7% 0.2 , representing them for are suffering mental stress es ess illn l nta Students with me al year just doesn’t cut it. vit it’s d an y ntr cou group in the h the most marginalised wit es, ness events, in more citi for rt that we have more aware po sup see olved every day. We of all more people getting inv ies ilit ab dis d an hts, anti-racism es? gay pride, women’s rig ess illn recognition for mental the time. So where’s the e. ng Something needs to cha

“You can help” •Learning about menta l health and illness and sharing the knowledge! Get to know people with personal exp eriences of mental illness. •Speaking up when frie nds, family, colleagues or the media mock or discriminate ag ainst the mentally ill. •Talking openly of you r own experiences of me ntal illness. The more open we can be, the more confident people will be when asking for help when they need it.

Eleri Williams, 24, MSc Development & Human Rights, discusses her experiences of mental health.

‘The support I received helped me to come off medication’ IN November 2009 I was diagnosed with both depression and anxiety. Another university told me I was too ill to continue my studies and following their advice, I took the rest of the year out. In this year out, I decided I wanted to transfer to Swansea, which is my hometown. I thought I’d have better support with my family being close by. Even before I had a place at Swansea officially, I had meetings with the university’s wellbeing services who were keen to put support in place for when I resumed my studies in September 2010. This included guiding me through my application for Disabled Student’s Allowance (DSA) which enabled me to see a mentor for an hour a week, liaising with my academic departments over any “reasonable adjustments” they could

implement to ensure my transition back to university was as ‘pain free’ as possible, and granting me a place on the wellbeing service’s six-week Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy course. This support continued for the two years I had left as an undergraduate, and also extended to my time as postgraduate. Due to the level of support I received, I felt able to come off the antidepressant medication I had been taking for three years. I also felt able to facilitate one session in a series of free workshops linked to self-esteem provided by the Mental Wealth Society in 2012. Mental health issues can be scary but in a weird way I’m grateful that I got ill. I’ve met some amazing people as a direct result of my mental health issues, who I class as lifelong friends.”

If you need advice, support, or want to get involved with Swansea University Mental Wealth Society, follow @swanseaMW on Twitter and like MentalWealthSwansea

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What do you think? “Uni life is hard! We’re expected to excel in our studies but I think most people overlook the difficulties we face whilst studying. My student loan came through very late this year which caused me a load of problems.” Richard, 20, Geography “It’s absolutely terrible that student suicides are on the rise. Student’s should always have someone to talk to about their problems.” Emily, 23, Politics “Nearly all of the films I’ve watched with portrayals of mental illnesses in them are centered around violence and crime, and the outcome of the story is almost always negative.” Jess, 21, English “When my close friend told me they thought they had an eating disorder, I didn’t know what to say. I was obviously supportive, but I didn’t know the best way to show this support.” Sarah, 19, Psychology “There needs to be more promotion for mental well-being. Students’ need to know that it’s okay to talk about their mental health.” James, 19, Business “You don’t need to be an expert Psychiatrist to help people. Everyone is capable of offering a hug and a nice cup of tea.” Sian, 21, Maths

WHAT’S HIDING IN YOUR CUPBOARDS? Students reveal hidden treasures they have picked up over their time at Swansea University

AS cramped as student halls and houses seem to be, there always seem to be a few strange items lurking in strange places, writes Hilary Webb. Kitchens full of cones, pets under the bed... what’s your secret? Jordon Bradley had one of his “noisiest and longest” walks home last year when “me and my housemates found and brought home a metal milk cart used in deliveries after a few too many in the pub. It didn’t fit in the cupboard but we used it as a shelving unit. We mainly put shoes and coats on the top and bottom shelves but mixed in were unclaimed library books and work, fancy dress items, make up bags, a laptop charger and a mouldy cup or two.”

Laura Beaumont, a third year History student, has an impressive collection of “two afro wigs, a JD beer mat, duck beak jagermeister flower necklace, a couple of cones, and St Davids daffodil hat. My favourite is the WKD graduation hat that we managed to pocket.” Third year English Literature student, Danielle Jo Morgan said: “Me and Katie Jones tried to bring a homeless gentleman home with us once because we had a spare room. He wouldn’t come with us though so I don’t suppose that counts?” Now in her third year, History student Charlotte Pitt recalls: “In first year I came home with what I found out to be a Jai Alai stick used in Basque sport. And a tea cup set.”

Hidden Hamster. Lucy said: “I have to hide him in friends’ rooms when inspectors come over.”

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ITH that wonderful turkey-filled, winedrinking, cracker-pulling day just over a month away, it is time to get in the Christmas spirit. What better way to embrace the season than with the notorious Christmas jumper? Nowadays, the Christmas jumper has evolved from being that hideous fluffy thing that your Nan made two sizes too small to become a winter fashion staple that no true fashionista would dare to pass over.

This shows the wide selection available on the high street. New Look have a whole section online dedicated to Christmas jumpers whilst ZARA offers a chic take on the trend. H&M beat all on price with offers as low as £9.99. Whether you’re just looking for something cheap for your Christmas family photos or want to invest in a snuggler for Christmas’ s to come, there are options to suit all.

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HE festive holidays are fast approaching, and when it comes to style the Christmas party season is synonymous with one thing and one thing only – sequins. The Christmas and New Year period is the only time of year when it’s socially and fashionably acceptable to sparkle to your heart’s content. So embrace the shine this holiday season, as we pick out the best sequin dresses that are perfect for the upcoming Christmas parties! Greata Long Sleeve Sequin Maxi Dress, £35

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Inspiring the next generation Swansea University creative writing students have been gaining invaluable experience from the Dylan Thomas Prize shortlisted writers.

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Deliciously decadent and intoxicating The Compleat Female Stage Beauty by Jeffrey Hatcher, reviewed at the Taliesin by Jaime Santamaria Fox.


N the cultural scene, Swansea is probably best-known as the birthplace of poet Dylan Thomas and, 60 years after his death, Swansea still celebrates the poet’s life and work, writes Lauren Phillips. This ‘ugly, lovely town’, as described by the Welsh poet, recently hosted its annual Dylan Thomas Prize ceremony. This is one of the most prestigious international awards for young writers in the world, and is sponsored by Swansea University. The £30,000 cash prize for the winner is not the only reason why this award, like Dylan Thomas himself, has inspired so many writers. This year’s seven shortlisted authors visited Swansea University’s own budding creative writers and we caught up with some of the students to find out what they thought of the workshop. “It was really cool being able to chat to published authors in person,” said creative writing student James Rawlings, “and the coffee and pastries were a bonus too!” “Writing can seem like a very exclusive talent,” commented Jacques Tsiantar, “but the writers were open and ready to share their experiences. “They showed us that writing is not an easy process, but the

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Shortlisted writer Prajwal Parajuly (3rd from right) with creative writing students. rewards are more than worth the struggle.” The authors performed readings of their books, bringing the students closer to the writers’ life experiences and its impact on their work. Majok Tulba’s reading of his novel, ‘Beneath the Darkening Sky’, was a poignant moment for Alex McKenzie. “It was based upon the issue of child soldiers,” he said, “something that had affected the communities he lived in when he was young.” So did any of the writers offer tips and advice for the students? Dav Nash asked Marli Roode (author of ‘Call It Dog’) about her planning strategy. “She said she’s usually very regimented with spider diagrams etc., but occasionally she just gets stuck in.” Aspiring writer Christie Heaven told how Claire Vaye Watkins had a post-it note in her room which said, ‘you thinking writing is hard, working in a mine is hard.’ She also recalled Tim Leach’s writing method. “He would write 500 words each day,” comments Christie, “it was the slow and steady pace that helped him through. “That really inspired me to not force myself into heavy workloads of writing by only being able to see a long and difficult writing journey ahead.” Hopefully, the Dylan Thomas Prize will continue to inspire young writers like these in the future. Maybe a student of Swansea University will even go on to win the prize? In the words of Dylan Thomas, “He who seeks rest finds boredom. He who seeks work finds rest.”

Claire a worthy winner of award CLAIRE Vaye Watkins, a 29-year-old Amercian from California, was the winner of this year’s Dylan Thomas Prize for her short story collection, ‘Battleborn.’ The judges described her work as “infectious” and praised her for being an “exceptional” writer, writes Rachael Howes-Tonks. ‘Battleborn’ looks at myths of the American west through a series of short stories, and was, as the writer says, inspired by “mutated, exaggerated or sculpted versions of rumours whispered around my town and the mythology of the Mojave desert, where I was from.” She has already won a series of other literary prizes for the book, including The Story Prize. Claire said: “It has been such an honour and a treat to be part of this. I’m grateful for every single reader I have.” The Dylan Thomas Prize has been inspiring young writers since 2006. The prize is aimed at the under-30s because this was when Dylan Thomas wrote the best of his own work. The winner receives £30,000, which is one of the largest literary prizes in the world, and a limited edition bronze statue of Dylan. The award ceremony took place on November 7th and was held at The National Waterfront Museum, with guest judges including Welsh singer Cerys Matthews. Last year’s prize winner, Maggie Shipstead, has enjoyed continuing success and is writing her second novel.

Winner Claire Vaye Watkins.

THE ghostly wisps of smoke waltz seductively above the audience. The thin haze arches and furls amidst the dim candlelight to provide a sense of intimacy with the stage as we are invited to step back in time and bear witness to an important theatrical event in British history. A time of emancipation from puritan constriction, a place where gentlemen stride proudly with their ladies, and their whores, in the Britain of Charles II... You might be forgiven for forgetting that you are in fact attending a play, as director Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones provides a captivating portrayal of Jeffrey Hatcher’s Compleat Female Stage Beauty. Llewellyn-Jones depicts the story of Edward Kynaston, one of the last Restoration ‘boy players’, whose job as a successful male actor playing female roles is undermined by reigning monarch Charles II’s 1662 bill, whereby women were granted the right to act. Kynaston’s acting career is ruptured by the birth of the ‘actress’, causing him to descend into realms of doubt and confusion which lead him to question his own identity as well as those of his stage personas. Francois Pandolfo makes for a magnificent Kynaston. His charm and wit as a flamboyant man, confident in his sexuality, brings enjoyment and laughter to the audience. As the events of the play unfold, Pandolfo’s gravitas transcends to only greater levels as he successfully demonstrates the growing complexity of Kynaston’s psychology explored by LlewellynJones. The mirror projecting Kynaston’s homosexuality to successfully portray convincing female roles is shattered with the passing of the new bill. His emasculation renders him broken, yet through training budding actress Margaret Hughes in the role of Desdemona, he undergoes a series of revelations which make for a truly profound ending, leaving the audience truly moved. Llewellyn-Jones merits great acclaim not only for his directing, but also for his acting in his portrayal of renowned civil servant Samuel Pepys. LlewellynJones makes great use of the real Samuel Pepys’s diary, which accounts for one of the most significant primary sources of the English Restoration period. This bold Restoration comedy celebrates the promiscuous hunger for women and thirst for fine wine of the age; yet simultaneously engages the audience with a wonderfully thoughtprovoking narrative - ingredients that in turn concoct a decadent intoxicant which tastes truly exquisite. 4/5

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BalletBoyz @ Taliesin Arts Centre


Big Deal @ Sin City


Thursday 21 November Doors: 7:30pm Tickets: £11 (for students) BalletBoyz® are set to tour the Talent 2013 in November with their thrilling double bill of work by two of the UK’s most in-demand and highly respected choreographers. Liam Scarlett’s ‘Serpent’ and Russell Maliphant’s ‘Fallen’ toured earlier this year to capacity audiences and critical acclaim; and in November they will be visiting our very own Taliesin Theatre. “We are delighted that our November tour of theTalent 2013 will take us to some of the towns in Scotland, England and Wales that we were unable to reach during our spring tour,” says Michael Nunn, BalletBoyz® co-founder and co-artistic director. “In performing these two outstanding works, our company of ten fantastic male dancers will give audiences the chance to see what brilliant work is being produced by artists based in the UK.” Buy tickets online at

Friday 22 November @ 7:30pm Tickets: £7

Big Deal are acoustic act Alice Costelloe and Kacey Underwood. They describe their music as “cheese cringe, post cringe, hard cheese, cheesegaze, cringe-core” but they are actually quite far from cringey. One thing they are definitely not is a couple, as many have previously thought so. Costelloe was actually Underwood’s pupil, who he taught how to play Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr on guitar. With lovely heartfelt songs that remind you of Slow Club, not The XX, you’ll be in for a wonderful fuzzy acoustic night at Sin City watching these guys. The Guardian have claimed them to be a band that will “most likely make you feel at home and least likely make you want to do homework.” So take that as an excuse to put that essay off for another night and come to Sin to listen to some achey-breaky heart music.

Alice In Wonderland @ Taliesin Arts Centre Saturday 23 November @ 7:30pm Tickets: £10


Ever wanted to take a tumble down the rabbit hole? Writes Jazmin Kopotsha. Volcano Theatre Company invite you to a wonderland beyond traditional recognition. Instead, expect to find a five member all female cast, a grown up Alice, and a lot of hay bales. Curiouser and curiouser. Look forward to another spirited adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s classic by an increasingly popular contemporary company. A must see for physical theatre lovers and fairytale enthusiasts alike.

Beans On Toast @ The Garage Wednesday 11 December Tickets: £6 in advance


Beans On Toast is a chirpy acoustic act with songs about sex, drugs and politics. Starting out in 2005, he opened proceedings at Glastonbury Festival in 2007 and has performed each year since. He also supported Kate Nash at London’s Hammersmith Apollo in 2008. In 2009 he temporarily “morphed into a rap/hip-hop artist and after sacking his band on New Year’s Eve he formed a full on country band for 2010”. He now tours with the seven-piece folk band Handshake who provide backing at all live shows, becoming the ‘Beans Experience’. So if you fancy a feel good night with The Beans Experience get yourself down to The Garage. Tickets can be purchased on the door.

Waterfront Winterland 5 It’s everyone’s favourite time of year again! Swansea’s annual Winter Wonderland is back, and here to stay until Sunday, 5 January. Featuring ice rinks, Santa’s Grotto, a funfair (with new rides) and fabulous festive catering, who cares if you’re not at home to help mum decorate the tree? New for 2013 is the 62m Star Flyer, replacing last year’s Big Wheel by 20m. Get into the Christmas spirit! Note: the Penguin Party Ride will be replacing the Mad Mouse Roller Coaster... Opening Times: 12pm - 10pm term time weekdays 10am - 10pm weekend and school holidays Ticket Prices: £7.50 £6.50 (with student card)

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What’s on throughout the week Monday 9.0011.00

Gabrielle Pye


Will Windridge & Emily Godding


Max Allers & Gillie Swann

Sophie Slater & Josefine Schafer Morgan Simpson


Sian Dennis & Bethany Winstone


Chris Mackintosh



Jordan Brace

Simon Lawrence & Gareth Matson

Wednesday Sasha Yaghmai & Shannon Garner Moore ‘Shannon & Sash Show’



Jennifer Taylor ‘Back to the Future’

Simon Whitlock

Neoptolemos Gaitanis

Sean Kenny & Jamie Lock ‘The Two man Gentlemen Show’

Lewys Thomas, Catherine Harries and Sean Kenny ‘Y Sioe Gymraeg’

Mitchell Christie, Nathan Shaw & Visu Mtunzi

Ben Stephens Sarah Arak & Will ‘Spray the paint Raine walls’ Tammy Schuh & Tim Monzet

Ben Rees ‘Wind Street Warmup’


Will Windridge & Rhys Jones

The Dugout

Oscar Crowley

Dan Choppen

The Dugout

Paddy Scot

Josh Pandy ‘Soul Sessions’

Ryan O Callaghan 'The Puffin Nuffin Show'

Chris Melvin 'Power Hours'

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18 November 2013


‘Sometimes songs attack you like a bunch of greedy bees’

When Laura met The Pigeon Detectives...

JAMES Rawlings speaks to Andrew Faulkus of Future of the Left about their most recent album “How To Stop Your Brain In An Accident”...

artwork, we looked at some safety cards and he gave us some initial ideas which were very close to what we loved and we went with it. I’m very happy with it.

JAMES: This latest album closely follows the release of your last album. Was there a reason for releasing another one so quickly?

JAMES: Your last album had strong statements such as “violence should solve everything” is this something that is still present in your music?

THE Pigeon Detectives aren’t a band to go and see live if you’re going to stand at the bar sipping something overpriced with only the occasional tap of a foot to acknowledge the music, writes Laura Fiteni

ANDREW: The trick with being in a band is there is no trick to being in a band. You work hard, you write hard, sometimes songs take ages and sometimes they attack you like a bunch of greedy bees, and in this case it was just easy. Ideally we’d release great new music all the time, but you know there might not be another record for three or four years.

ANDREW: Well in the case of “violence should solve everything” that wasn’t saying violence SHOULD solve everything I was saying in a particular case violence did solve everything. I’m not the kind of person who believes violence solves everything. There are bands who are more political and I would suggest they’re more useful for a younger crowd who are being introduced to new concepts and ways of thinking.

JAMES: This album was crowd funded rather than with a label. Was there a particular reason for this? ANDREW: Last time we ended up releasing through a label but the whole process was protracted and painful. It’s possible we could have found a label for this record but because of that we didn’t. Crowd funding was really our only option and we went about it in a way that was particular to the band.

LAURA: What was your favourite festival to play this year? RYAN: Although V festival was really good and there was a big crowd, one of our favourites was Brownstock which is making quite a name for itself right now. LAURA: Tell us about your recent Dj’ing adventures? JIMMI: We’ve been Dj’ing for a couple of years now, when we started getting bigger as a band, clubs started asking us to DJ at after-parties. RYAN: Our first DJ session, we just turned up with our iPods! The resident DJ there was like ‘what the …..?’ But we’ve gotten better at it and we’ve DJ’ed across England and Scotland now. We do Propaganda quite a bit - it’s the biggest indie night across the country.

JAMES: Your latest album artwork is interesting, what’s going on there?

LAURA: How has touring been with your new album “We Met At Sea”?

JIMMI: When we first began, it was hard being on tour for weeks and weeks. Imagine being in a boy’s bedroom…. it stinks! With twelve men on a bus, by the fourth week its like ‘oh God’ . DAVE: Since we’ve become a bit bigger, we just sort of get chauffeured to and from hotels and venues. We’re never on the bus long enough for it to get messy, even. LAURA: What advice can you give to new bands starting out? RYAN: Gig as much as possible. JIMMI: It makes you a better band. Start Networking. See what the crowd respond to and work on that. RYAN: Oh, and don’t act like Liam Gallagher, only do it when you’ve actually made it big time!

ANDREW: A friend does the

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Flux: Sets


Sam Baggot

The Fratellis

On the latest Flux: Sets is 21-year-old Physics student, Sam Baggot. Known for his appearences at Open Mic Night in JC’s, Sam tells The Waterfront what playing music means to him: “I’ve been playing music as long as I can remember, but I only started performing in bands and on my own from the age of 15 or so. Writing music is important to me because it’s a chance to say certain things that I usually wouldn’t get a chance to talk about. It’s also a great way to blow off steam after a hard days work! Covers, on the other hand, are a lot of fun to play around with, taking certain creative liberties and really making them your own. I think live music is important to student life because it provides a great alternative to your standard Wind Street night out, and you never quite know what you’re going to see and hear. It’s also a good chance for students to get involved in something other than the academic side of university, and build confidence in themselves outside of their courses.”

After a five-year hiatus, the Fratellis have returned writes Laura Fiteni. On first listen, the new material certainly doesn’t reflect the quality of the Scottish trio that won the ‘Best British Breakthrough Act’ with first album ‘Costello Music’ at the 2007 BRIT awards. However, this is definitely worth a second listen. There is an overriding southern-sound that is perhaps surprising of the Glasgow-based band, but somehow they manage to pull it off. The opening track ‘Halloween Blues’ revives old school rock and roll with twangy guitar and a sassy saxophone solo. This Tenassee twang continues on ‘She’s not gone yet’ a catchy but slower tune with a southern soul electric guitar solo and ‘Whiskey Saga’ which boasts a brilliant combination of banjo and bass. However, single ‘7 nights 7 days’ is inoffensive and fails to pack a punch. It’s commercial composition lacks spice but inevitably after a few plays, you’ll soon be singing along to the chorus. This is definitely not a concept album. The sound is undoubtedly confused and inconsistent and without any particular direction, but perhaps, it could be said, that is a crucial part of the

Watch Sam in Flux: Sets on

We Need Medicine (ALBUM)

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.

If You Didn’t See Me Then You Weren’t On The Dance Floor (SINGLE)

This single sums up Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.’s second album, writes Lawrence Porter. Full of synth filled angst, flitting in and out of dream pop in a rather uncomfortable way; meaning that feeling relaxed whilst listening to this indie disco fluff feels quite impossible. Although it does have a ‘feel good’ vibe I feel there is no real hook in this track. It is just another American electro burp which drifts around the ears making it incredibly easy to gloss over leaving no lasting effect.

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Market is best way to eat and greet U

PLANDS Market, which runs on the last Saturday of every month in Gwydr Square, is a new initiative by councillors and members of the community to promote local produce, bring the community together and improve the area as a whole, writes Verity Ockenden. Two of the Uplands councillors, Pearleen Sangha and John Bayliss, are former Swansea University students, having campaigned and been elected during their final year. The Uplands scene was previously thought to be rather ‘stale’ but sales have now gone up 400% for the area’s shops during market days. This is despite the initial negative ‘knee-jerk’ reaction from shops that feared that the market would distract customers from existing businesses in Uplands. From artists talented enough to have made Wednesday night Wind Street look beautiful, to vegan ‘Beetroot Bombs’ and a vintage fashion sale at Noah’s Yard, Uplands Market boasts 60 different traders at each market with something to suit everyone’s tastes. Pearleen is eager to attract more students to the market, noting how “as students, it is easy to forget that you live in a community here” and the market gives us the opportunity to remedy that imbalance. One handy part of the market is the ‘councillor surgery’ where you can go to find out who your councillors

VERY TASTY: Stalls at Uplands market. actually are, stock up on bin bags and lodge any resident complaints. Yes, complaints are usually about noisy students rather than vice versa, but according to Pearleen these have lessened since the market was set up. She thinks that this positivity is a result of older residents’ realisation, having mingled with us at the market, that they do have something in common with us after all - a love of good food and gossip!

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Spiced pheasant with a mango and mint dressing This is a recipe I was given at the Uplands market by a trader when I bought a brace of pheasants from him, a steal at £6 for two birds. It is quick, easy and tastes fantastic, writes Verity Ockenden. Serves: 2 Preparation: 20 mins Cooking: 15 mins INGREDIENTS 1 oven-ready pheasant, jointed into 2 boneless breasts and 2 legs (if you’re not sure how to joint the pheasant, there are loads of helpful videos and guides on google, its pretty simple) 2 tbsp good quality mild curry powder 4 tbsp olive oil Salt and pepper Dressing: 200ml thick Greek yoghurt 1 tbsp runny honey 1 tbsp white wine vinegar Salt and black pepper

2 tbsp chopped fresh mint ½ ripe mango, finely chopped 1 tsp ground turmeric METHOD 1) Mix all the ingredients for the dressing and leave for the flavours to mingle for 30 minutes. 2) Place the pheasant pieces in a bowl add the curry powder and rub in well. 3) Preheat the grill to its hottest setting. Place the pheasant pieces on a non-stick baking tray and rub with oil, salt and pepper. 4) Place under the hot grill and cook for about 8-10 minutes on each side, or until the juices run clear when pierced with a knife or skewer, and the skin is brown. 5) Once cooked, remove from the grill and leave to rest covered with foil, for a couple of minutes. Serve hot with the mango and mint dressing spooned over the top. (Recipe by Phil Vickery).

18 November 2013


My year abroad

travel Left, Marta and Erika making ‘pizzette’ together despite the language barrier. Right, the horse that went on to win the Palio in July on behalf of the Oca (goose) contrada.

The day I finally passed for an Italian W

HEN I first arrived in Siena, a small yet infamous town in Tuscany, I was shy and my Italian was faltering. Communicating with my new housemates was like playing charades but apparently my mistakes were endearing. Thankfully they persevered, teaching me much more than just the language during my year with them in which they have become some of my greatest friends. I have since even heard the blundering British accent termed ‘sexy’ by a passing Italian. I lived with an eclectic mix of nationalities, some Italians, a Turkish postgraduate, an Albanian waitress, Portuguese, Chilean and Australian Erasmus students too. We threw dinner parties in which we would cook dishes from all over the world and then sat under the stars sharing bottles of wine in Piazza del Campo while the herringbone terracotta tiles were still warm from the day’s sun. We travelled masked to Venice for Carnivale, gorged ourselves on ‘gianduia’ in Perugia for the European festival of chocolate, and swam with the fish off the coast of Sicily. I joined the town athletics club who took me under their wing for free and there I was introduced to a whole new method of training by Coach Maurizio Cito. With his guidance I regained my fitness after injury going from strength to strength, and travelled with them to places like Celle Ligure and further north such as Trento where I got to see a completely different type of Italian landscape. I also witnessed the inspiring

Verity Ockenden, a final year student of English Lit and Italian, on her year abroad in Siena. performances of young Yohannes Chiappinelli who has recently been interviewed for the Italian Runner’s World magazine as a promising candidate for the national squad. Yohannes has buckets of natural talent

but the training is clearly working for him, so I feel very lucky that Maurizio has agreed to continue coaching me now that I’m back in Britain. Amongst the friends I made at the athletics club, some were ‘contradaioli’. This means that they were born in and allied to one of the seventeen ‘contradas’ (quarters) of the city which compete biannually in the town’s famed Palio. Most of you have probably seen a snap of this in Quantum of Solace, but I can tell you that the real thing is something else. The Sienese care so passionately about this horse race that it is talked about all year and grown men cry over

the results. I don’t know how the jockeys stay on board as they don’t have saddles and the only rule is that you may not take the reins of another horse. Of course some of them don’t, and that just adds to the tension in the crowd. By the time the July Palio was over, it was nearly time for me to leave and it was then that I walked into a shop and the owner’s tourist-trained eye scanned my shoes, coat, bag and soul. She then said ‘buona sera’ instead of ‘hi’, despite my telltale blonde hair. Those two words made my day, I had finally mastered the art of seeming like a local. Mission ‘year abroad’ accomplished.

A view of the Torre della Mangia and the Duomo in the Tuscan hill town of Siena. The picture on p13 shows Verity (second from left) after the Palio in Piazza del Campo, wearing the bandiera of her contrada, the ‘pantera’ (panther).

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Blind Date When Emily met Tom Emily Jones, a 19-year-old level 2 International Relations student, and Tom Husøy, a level 3 History and Ancient History student, 23, met in JC’s for The Waterfront blind date.

Emily on Tom

Ask Aunt Laura & Aunt Mel Your resident agony aunts are here to answer your problems. If you have any questions, from how to change a light bulb or whether to kiss the boy you like, email waterfrontrelationships@swansea-union. Dear Laura and Mel, I have recently had relations (well for one night) with a guy who wasn’t that nice to me! He took my knickers…and I heard a rumour that he has been parading them around Woodside! What do I do… accept that I am the face of the granny pants, or get them back! Please help. Sophie Dear Sophie, This is an unusual dilemma and we hope the mockery is not affecting your university experience too much! You see this is the problem with one nighters… you can’t always trust the person. Not that we’re criticising you for this, but just be careful. However, we think you should perhaps contact him and demand the return of your granny pants! It’s disrespectful to you, so demand their return. If he refuses use your imagination as I’m sure there is some way you can embarrass him. This probably isn’t the best advice, but it’s better to shoot this behaviour down rather than just face the fact that you’re the face of the granny pants. One piece of advice we can give you, is stay clear of that boy from now on… you never know what else he may take from your room! Laura and Mel Dear Laura and Mel, I am a first year student and I have never lived away from home. I have never really cooked or cleaned anything in my life, to be honest I’m a bit of a mummy’s boy! I’m sick of ready meals, and I think my housemates are getting annoyed with all the mess, but normally my mum sorts that all out for me, what advice can you give me? Cheers. From Graham Dear Graham, This is a dilemma for a large amount of students at university. There are so many ways you can better your cooking, but the easiest and the cheapest option is practice. Cookery books for students are everywhere and there is plenty of information on the internet too, think of the improvements to your diet and the money you could save cooking your own food! Simple pasta dishes and vegetables are cheap healthy dishes to cook, and Swansea Market is a great place to buy cheap fruit and veg and meat for these meals. As for the cleaning, make sure you clean away your things, there is nothing more stressful and irritating than a messy housemate. Try and think of how you would feel if you were working hard to come home to mess. Good luck Bro! Laura and Mel

What were your first impressions? I thought he was a nice guy, I’ve actually known him for a long time, funny one! How did you feel about taking part in a blind date before and after? Before the date I was nervous and unsure what to expect. After the date I was glad I did it and put myself in a different situation. Any striking conversation points? We talked about where we’ve travelled, and as he’s Norwegian we talked about languages. Any awkward silences? There were a couple of awkward moments at the beginning, we were both so surprised to see each other! If you were to be married and have babies, what would you want your baby to inherit? His accent, his blue eyes, and his sense of humour. Any potential for a kiss? Not really, we’re just friends. Out of ten, what is your compatibility score with the other person? I would say only 5 or 6 romantically, we’ve been friends for so long! Would you introduce him to your parents? Yes, happily. Would you like to meet again? Yes, just as friends though.

Tom on Emily What were your first impressions? I know her, so I thought she was quite a lovely girl, a little quiet at first - but still lovely. How did you feel about taking part in a blind date before and after? I was nervous before, but afterwards I thought it was good! Any striking conversation points? Yeah, we talked about travelling a lot as it’s something we are both interested in. Any awkward silences? At the beginning there was an awkward silence, but there was awkward laughter as well so it wasn’t too bad! If you were to be married and have babies, what would you want your baby to inherit? I would want my baby inherit her lovely personality and looks. Any potential for a kiss? Yeah, why not? Out of ten, what is your compatibility score with the other person? It definitely has to be a 7.6! Would you introduce her to your parents? She is a lovely girl, so maybe one day I would introduce her to my family! Would you like to meet again? Well, she is a lovely girl - would you like to meet again Emily?

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18 November 2013




Uni choir sings for Children in Need O

N Friday, 8th November Cardiff Motorpoint Arena once again housed 1,000 young singers for an outstanding fundraising event in support of the BBC’s Children in Need, writes Jazmin Kopotsha. “After the success of last year, the organiser, Gill James, got in touch with me in August to ask if I’d like to once again bring a group of singers to be part of the senior section of the choir,” says Rhian Cocker, Performing Arts Representative. “I didn’t hesitate in saying yes and managed to get together a strong choir of 22 Choral and Glee Society members.” Organised by non-profit organisation ‘Hybu’, the 1000 Voice Choir attracted star guest performances from Caroline Sheen (various West End roles) and singer James Williams. Along with 800 primary school children, from all over South Wales, our society members sang a repertoire of favourites that included ‘Joyful Joyful’ from Sister Act 2, ‘Seasons of Love’ from the musical RENT, and a Welsh translation of ‘You Raise Me Up’. “I put on rehearsals once a week for the choir so we could learn the music before the main senior choir rehearsal in Eglwys Dewi Sant in Cardiff on Sunday 2nd November,” said Rhian. “This day of the concert was our first opportunity to rehearse everything properly with Jeff Ryan, the conductor.” It goes without saying that it’s highly gratifying for the university to be represented regionally by some of our highest achieving societies in aid of such a great cause: “The whole choir thoroughly enjoyed themselves and we look forward to hopefully taking part again next year!” said Rhian.

CHORAL SOCIETY & GLEE CLUB: Rehearsing for their performance at 1000 Voices.

Christian Union to host American Thanksgiving Hogwarts Sorting Ceremony saw around 80 people turn up to be placed into the wizarding school houses, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, Griffindor and Slytherin. The sorting process consisted of completing a carefully made questionnaire, wearing the sorting hat, and then joining their new housemates at the house table.

Academic societies head to London for museums and Christmas shopping SOME of the Academic Societies here at Swansea have decided to take their members on an educational and exciting trip to London this December to visit the Natural History, Science and British Museums, writes Charlotte West. The trip is aimed to help promote the educational side of academic societies, as well as the social one. As the Academic Representative on the Societies Executive Committee, I wanted to try and get the academic societies together to do more than just

go out and drink – I think they should be there to support the studies of the students who choose to join. The Natural History Museum is going to be a sure destination for the Geology Society (who will look after any Geographers who want to come along too!), whilst the Science Museum will be overtaken with Physicists and Marine Biologists. The British Museum will obviously be the place to go if you are an Egyptologist or Ancient Historian, and there’s even possibly the opportunity for the History Society to

go along to the Imperial War Museum. After all that educational fun has been had, you’ll have time to get in some Christmas shopping before meeting up with your society again for some dinner. This trip promises to be an amazing one, bringing together groups of people from similar subjects to socialise and perhaps even learn a thing or two. A £10 deposit needs to be paid by Wednesday, 20th November. For more information, contact your academic society using their SU email address.

WHY did the police arrest the turkey? They suspected it of fowl play! Drab jokes like that abound around Thanksgiving Day, but the good news is that to celebrate Thanksgiving, the university’s Christian Union Society is hosting a turkey dinner, writes Emmanuel Ogunkolati. The aim is to help replicate the Thanksgiving dinner experience (within our capacity) for American students who are a long way from home (non-American students also welcome). Activities include quizzes, a talk on Thanksgiving plus a free meal. Thursday 28th of November @ 7pm Location: Dining room B Cost: FREE

Marine biology social THE Marine Biology society is holding its first social event on Saturday, Nov 23. It will start with a beach clean and hopefully a barbecue on the beach at Mumbles and then end up in a pub. Meet outside Fulton House at 1pm. To find out more email marinebiology@


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Superb Swansea thrash hapless UWE in cup SWANSEA 1sts 17- 0 UWE 3rds


SWANSEA 1sts 17- 0 UWE 3rds

RUTHLESS DISPLAY: Swansea showed their lower-league opposition no mercy as they progressed to the next round of the BUCS cup. A CLINICAL display from Swansea University women’s hockey first team swept aside their opposition and ensured progress into the next round of the BUCS Conference Cup.

by David Beale

Captain Holly Janes was delighted with her team’s performance. ‘I’m really proud of the girls’

work rate and performance,” she explained. “We knew as it was a cup game they were in a lower league than us, but we didn’t drop our own level and played our own game.” The home side got off to the best

possible start, with Brianna Kerr opening the scoring after just four minutes. Goals from Ellie Keast and Josie Hassell followed in quick succession to put the home side 3-0 up in the first 15 minutes. Lisa Jones then made it 4-0 from the penalty spot after a goal-bound shot hit a foot on the line, before a neat deflection made it 5-0. A strong run and unselfish lay off from Kerr then allowed Keast to tap in for 6-0. Some slick passing and clinical finishing resulted in two more goals before the break to make it 8-0. The second half began in similar fashion, as Swansea continued to press and looked to add to the scoreline. The goal of day came from captain Janes, firing in a reverse stick shot from the top of the D into the bottom corner to make it 9-0. Janes then fired home her second as Swansea broke into double figures. Some excellent passing moves proved too much for UWE, with a further seven goals coming from

a combination of Kerr, Keast, Holly Walker and Kat Carr to complete Swansea’s biggest win in recent memory. Janes was thrilled with the performance, whilst also urging against complacency in the next round. “We take each game as it comes. Obviously a 17-0 win is a confidence boost with some great team plays resulting in fantastic goals, but it’s important we don’t become complacent. “The next draw could be a tough game, there’s still a lot we can take from the game to work on as a tem. “Everyone worked hard, and it was definitely the result we deserved, now we’re just looking forward to the next round and hopefully progress through the cup!”

Volleyball: apologies

IN the previous issue of The Waterfront, it was wrongly stated that the men’s volleyball club had been relegated last year. This is incorrect and we would like to apologise for our mistake.



Men’s firsts secure deserved draw with Cardiff


SWANSEA 1sts 2- 2 CARDIFF 1sts

EQUAL FOOTING: The Varsity rivals could not be separated in their first clash of the season SWANSEA men’s hockey firsts drew with Varsity rivals Cardiff firsts 2-2 in one of the closest games between the two sides in years. Captain Jonathan Cardy was thrilled with the result at the final score. “I am over the moon with our result,” he said after the game.

by Lisa Jones

“Before this game we’d been on a poor run of form, and to then put in such a brilliant performance in probably one of the hardest matches we are going to have this season was excellent.” The game looked to be tough from

the outset with Cardiff maintaining a lot of possession and rarely allowing Swansea into their half. However nine minutes into the game fresher Sam Parker managed to make the most of being in Cardiff’s D and put a crossed ball into the back of the net, giving Swansea a 1-0 lead. Cardiff heads dropped after going behind, and Will Matthews looked close to getting a Swansea second when he dribbled around many of the opposition into their D but his reverse hit was saved by the keeper. Back and forth play resumed with each team having equal opportunities and playing at an equal standard. Cardiff looked close to making a comeback when a powerful hit was struck from the top of the D but fortunately for keeper Mike Gerrard it hit the far post. Swansea turned around and a fantastic passing movement up the left of the pitch gave Tom Newman an opportunity to score Swansea’s second as he deflected in the ball on the penalty spot. Cardiff fought back hard with a

series of short corners in their favour, which were cleared by Swansea’s defence or hit the side of the goal. Tensions were high on the pitch as Swansea’s Parker received a yellow card, and a final short corner for Cardiff was given. The drag flick slipped past Gerrard giving Cardiff their first goal and putting the score at 2-1 at half time. Cardiff came into the second half strong, but Swansea’s defence remained equally so, as James Nicandrou managed to make a fantastic save on the goal line. However a powerful lifted shot by Cardiff followed and hit the back of the net to bring the away side level at 2-2. The scoreline had both teams fighting with a yellow card being given to Cardiff. Pete Harvey’s stick tackle in the defensive 25 gave Cardiff another chance with a short corner, but the drag flicker put it wide. Swansea had a few more opportunities but failed to beat the Cardiff ‘keeper. Then, in the final minute, a short corner was given to Swansea.

The crowd was silent realising the importance of this opportunity, with the boys bordering on a win against Cardiff. Swansea could not capitalise as a slow ball out and a quick defence prevented a goal, leaving the final score at 2-2. After the draw Cardy explained his hopes going into the game. “I knew we were massive underdogs so wanted to make the team as hard to beat as possible, meaning everyone had to defend in the right positions and limit Cardiff’s options. “When we had the ball we needed to be clinical and to take opportunities, I knew everyone would put in 100 percent” The captain went on to say how this will affect their future against Cardiff. “It is a massive boost in our hopes for Varsity. This is the first time in years we have got anything from a match against Cardiff, so it is a huge confidence boost. We have a long season to ahead to improve further and hopefully by varsity we can get just as good a result, if not better”

SWANSEA INTRAMURAL FOOTBALL Fixtures Wednesday 20th November Ajax Treesdown vs Crackwell FC Crayola FC vs Team Armadillo Pitches & Bitches vs Clinical Finishers Gladiators FC vs Golden Showers History FC vs Hardly Everlusen Ladzio FC vs Fulton Wanderers Real Engineers vs Photosinthesis Singleton Park Rangers vs Team Sloth University 7ths vs St Helen’s Athletic Sunday 24th November Ajax Treesdown vs University 6ths Fulton Wanderers vs Crackwell FC Golden Showers vs History FC Hardly Everlusen vs Real Engineers Photosinthesis vs Ladzio FC St Helen’s Athletic vs Crayola FC Team Sloth AFC vs Gladiators University 7ths vs Pitches & Bitches

Latest league table

by Tom Nightingale

TEAM Sloth and Photosinthesis are the teams currently sharing top position in the Swansesa Intramural league. Last season’s cup winners Sloth sit top of the table after five games, currently boasting the only maximum points haul any of the league’s 19 teams. Photosinthesis have also collected five wins, but have played a game more than Sloth, which they lost 1-4 to unbeaten Fulton Wanderers, who occupy joint-third position with the University 6th team, also yet to lose a league game in 2013-14. The fourth and final unbeaten intramural side are the Uni 7ths, who will hope to improve upon their current seventh position, level on points with the leagure’s highscorers Crayola in sixth. At the other end of the table, Crackwell FC are the team with the unfortunate claim to the only pointless total in the league, having lost all four games, conceding 40 goals in the process. History FC and Real Engineers are also struggling, with a single point from six and five games respectively.

Ashleigh Road results round-up

League table correct as of 14/11/2013 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

Team Sloth Photosinthesis Uni 6ths Fulton Wanderers Team Armadillo Crayola FC Uni 7ths Golden Showers Gladiators Ajax Treesdown Hardly Everlusen Clinical Finishers St Helen’s Athletic Ladzio FC Pitches & Bitches Singleton Park Rangers History FC Real Engineers Crackwell









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Clinical Finishers 2 - 4 Team Armadillo Hardly Everlusen 0 -1 Photosinthesis Team Sloth AFC 4 - 0 Real Engineers Uni 6ths 6 - 0 History FC Uni 7ths 8 - 1 Singleton Park Rangers Sunday 3rd November Ajax Treesdown 2 - 2 Golden Showers Crayola FC 12 - 2 Crackwell FC Pitches & Bitches 1 - 6 Team Sloth AFC Gladiators FC 1 - 4 Photosinthesis History FC 3 - 4 Fulton Wanderers St Helen’s Athletic 1 - 4 Uni 6ths Team Armadillo 2 - 1 Real Engineers Uni 7ths 4 - 1 Clinical Finishers


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Tae Kwon Do


Medal success for Tae Kwon Do SUWFC 1sts record first win

SWANSEA SUCCESS: Matt Evans and Laura Mullins won bronze medals at the GTI British Open SWANSEA University Tae Kwon Do club were successful at the GTI British Open tournament in Cheltenham, returning with three medals. The event took place in Cheltenham leisure centre on Sunday 3 November and welcomed competitors from across the UK to compete in patterns and sparring.

by Laura Fiteni

Nine club competitors, ranging from yellow belt to second-dan black belt, made the journey from Swansea to Cheltenham. Blue belt Matt Evans came away with a bronze medal in men’s heavy-weight continuous sparring after his opponent was forced to stop the fight with a blood injury.

“I’ve never been hit so hard in my life,” exclaimed Evans’ opponent afterwards. “I’m just pleased to come away with my face in the same place.” Laura Fiteni (black belt) earned a place in the final after beating a competitor from Swansea’s arch rivals Cardiff in the semifinal, coming away with silver for Swansea in light-weight continuous sparring. However, Swansea’s success wasn’t limited to sparring as Laura Mullins brought home a bronze medal for her execution of pattern Toi-Gye. Captain Sam Mason was delighted with the team’s efforts and achievements. ‘’I was very proud to captain everyone who participated last Sunday,” he explained. “It was a high-standard tournament and everyone who competed definitely did themselves justice. “Those who placed won’t win a harder-fought medal and now we’re looking forward to our next tournament in Leicester next month.”

SWANSEA 1sts 7 - 0 GLOUCESTER 2nds

HAVING lost 1-0 at Aberystwyth in their only previous fixture in 2013-14, SUWFC firsts set their promotion chase back on track by routing Gloucestershire seconds. Within the first ten minutes Swansea took a two goal lead; firstly Sasha Bailey scored with an accurate strike into the bottom corner following a nutmeg on the Gloucestershire centre back. This was quickly followed by a 20yard half volley from Charlotte Pitt which caught the Gloucestershire keeper unawares as she failed to catch it, instead allowing it to slip into the net behind her. Bailey was again involved in Swansea’s third, using her superior pace over the Gloucestershire defence to get on the end of a brilliant through ball by Zoe Carpenter before slipping the ball across the box for Emily Grund to tap home. Carpenter then became Swansea’s fourth different scorer in the first half to make it four-nil shortly before halftime with a long-range short which nestled in the bottom corner. Swansea carried on their relentless assault in the second half, scoring again soon after the restart. A simple route-one ball from the

by Max Stevens

defence allowing Grund to again show the Swansea pace advantage as she raced behind the opposition back line before a composed finish. Even at five-nil Swansea didn’t look like taking their foot off of the gas as Bailey again managed to work the right amount of space to be able to slot past the oncoming Gloucestershire keeper. Bailey completed her hat-trick when she sped past the defence before calmly scoring past the unfortunate Gloucestershire keeper. Gloucestershire ended the match with only 10 players after an injury to their number 12, having travelled without substitutes, and it is testament to the performance of their ‘keeper that they didn’t lose by more as Swansea ran them ragged. After the game, Askew was quick to point to the defensive base provided by Ellie Bishop and Anna Koehler, noting that “they kept the back line well, catching them offside on a number of occasions”, and went on to tout her girls for promotion. “Hopefully this is our year as we’ve had a lot of new players join which has had a big impact on the team,” and if their performance against Gloucestershire was anything to go by then it’s hard to argue with her.



American Football

Men’s firsts slip to narrow USW defeat Titans by Ned Bristow

The build up to half-time was a similar story to the end of the first quarter, however, and USW capitalised on some sloppy Swansea play to build up an eightpoint lead of 28-36 despite the best efforts of the influential Karakasis. Neither team managed to get a real grasp on the game in the third quarter, which became an end-toend battle. Kennedy scored eight of Swansea’s 11 points in the tenminute period, leading to a score of 39-46 heading into the final quarter. As USW attempted to keep possession of the ball and hold onto their lead, the home crowd spurred Swansea on as they attacked in search of their first win of the BUCS season. With five minutes left, the score was tantalisingly close at 49-53. Swansea continued to press, but became increasingly frustrated by the visitors slowing the game down. The agile efforts of Emanuil


IN a tight and low-scoring encounter, Swansea men’s basketball first team narrowly lost out 50-61 against the University of South Wales (USW) at Sketty Lane. Both teams came into the match without a point in the BUCS league campaign, with USW sitting above Swansea in the table on points difference alone. Despite falling behind early on, Swansea had the better of the chances in the opening stages. Adam Kennedy instigated a number of attacks but saw the ball repeatedly miss its target. A frantic end to the first quarter saw USW extend their lead from 7-9 to 8-20 in a matter of minutes, thanks to some smart counter attacks and dubious free throws. Undeterred, Swansea began the second quarter well, with some resolute defensive work from AJ Mathiang. The hosts clawed the score back to 20-24 with some impressive footwork from Dimitris Karakasis and a crowd-pleasing three-pointer from Jordon Blake.

SWANSEA 1sts 50 - 61 USW 1sts

by Simon George


DOWN BUT NOT OUT: Swansea remain hopeful for the season despite a disappointing loss. Zashev, who scored Swansea’s final points, could not stop USW from once again pulling away with a late flurry of baskets. A final score of 50-61 leaves Swansea without a point at the bottom of BUCS Western 1A. “We played well as a team, but we were too robotic with our plays. We need to start using our basketball

experience to win games,” said club president Kennedy after a close, exciting game that could in truth have gone either way. Despite their start to the season, Kennedy remains positive that an upturn in form is imminent. “We are solid as team now. We just need to up the intensity and wins will start coming our way.”


Hutchinson takes positives from loss SWANSEA 3rds 18 - 21 WINCHESTER 1sts


CAPTAIN Will Hutchinson was pleased despite his men’s badminton 3rd team suffering defeat at the hands of Winchester University’s 1st team in their second match of the 2013-14 BUCS Western 2B League. The two doubles pairs and two singles players from each team played out two matches using the ‘best of three’ scoring system. The overall score of 6-2 to Winchester was perhaps to have been expected, although Hutchinson seemed pleased with the team’s play. Hutchinson noted that the best of three games scoring system meant that “the score itself didn’t represent how close the games were”, a prime example of which being the singles match between Martin Hui of Swansea and Jake Hedges of Winchester. As each side had secured a win in the first two games, the third game proved to be a fiercely competitive encounter, with long rallies prolonging the duration of the match. Hui was narrowly defeated by Hedges in this deciding game, with the final score standing at

VALIANT EFFORT: Swansea put in a superb account of themselves despite a 2-6 loss to Winchester. by Claire Cuddihy

21-18. Unfortunately, Hui’s tireless efforts in his first match did not pay off, meant that his play in the second match suffered considerably, and his opponent, Tom Wood’s win of 21-17 and

start with victory

21-15 was largely helped by Hui’s series of unforced errors. Hutchinson and his doubles partner Florian Stern managed to secure a solid victory of 21-6 and 21-10 over their opponents, Joshua Symons and Stefan Chajkin of Winchester, meaning that a third game did not even need to be contested. Swansea’s other doubles pair,

Tom Pearce and Mark Beresford, also fared well against team Symons/Chajkin, with scores of 21-6 and 21-8, demonstrating the effectiveness of Pearce’s strategic light returns and Bereford’s well-placed powerful returns. Team Hutchinson/Stern also had a very close second match versus Mars Chu and Matthew Hodson of Winchester. However, Mars Chu’s powerful winning shots made team Swansea struggle, for they proved impossible to reach, even by one of Stern’s characteristic dives across the court. Both games resulted in scores of 21-19 to Chu and Hodson, emphasizing the narrow margin by which Hutchinson and Stern were defeated. In order to improve match play, Hutchinson reflected that the team needs “to be more clinical and finish the games off and make less unforced errors” However, Hutchinson refused to dwell too much on the result, claiming he hopes “to get a good couple of solid wins under our belt and progress up the table and do well in the cup.”

SWANSEA Titans marked the start of the British Universities American Football League in early November with a battling but well-deserved victory over Bristol Barracuda. Swansea’s opponents were a side with a respected new Head Coach and reputation for producing good football sides, despite mediocre finishes in the conference in the past two years. On a pleasant day up at Morriston RFC, the Titans elected to receive the ball at the start of the game, and the Swansea running game soon got going as rookie Jacob Amadi, taking the majority of the carries, found the edge of the field and used his speed and strength to punch in the first score of the game. Bristol’s offence then took the field but had dire trouble getting plays off due to a succession of bad snaps and fumbles in the backfield. The Swansea defense made the most of their opponents’ difficulties, forcing a safety before adding two points to the score and getting the ball back for the offence. Although the Titans’ run game was not quite as dominant as the team had hoped going into the game, they flourished through the air. Big wide receiver Ayekhele Loek Okomilo was unstoppable, scaring his opposing number with his physical presence while Marcus Wyatt continued his form from previous years, plucking passes out the air with ease. The Titans dominance clearly showed, and the side went into half time with the score 25-0. The second half was a touch better for Barracuda, who had sorted their issues with getting plays off and managed to get a few first downs. However, the Swansea defence was not about to let Bristol get an easy ride. Linebacker Gareth Price finished the game with 5 sacks as he went through untouched to hit the quarterback time after time. The Titans built up a 39-0 lead half way through the fourth quarter, only to have it tainted slightly by allowing Bristol a consolation score at the end of the game. However, the tie finished 39-7 to Swansea, who are now the form side in the SWAC carrying over from last years’ strong finish. Needless to say, there is still a long way to go for this team who are aware of the areas of their game that they need to improve as they aim to become one of the top university american football sides in Britain.

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Women’s firsts thrash UWE 3rds in cup

SWANSEA 1sts 28- 0 CARDIFF 1sts

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Medal success for Tae Kwon Do club

WARNING SHOT: Swansea University rugby union firsts sent a clear signal of their intent to secure Varsity victory in 2014 with a crushing win over Cardiff University first team . CARDIFF University rugby club’s first team were swept aside at Sketty Lane as Swansea firsts outclassed their Varsity rivals. Both sides had a lot to prove; Cardiff had only one win under their belt and Swansea were yet to secure a victory, and the early-season clash was a chance to get the measure of the opposition ahead of Varsity. The first half saw Cardiff kicking with the wind in their favour, and within the first five minutes Swansea had conceded a penalty. However, Cardiff’s fly-half could not make the opportunity count as he saw his kick hit the post. Swansea then began to assert their dominance in the scrum, and with the wind against them and confidence in the set piece, continued to opt for the lineout. The first points of the game came

by Ellie Caddick

from a try by Swansea second row Josh Walker, although blustery conditions saw the conversion miss. The weather continued to dictate the match, as possession kept changing hands and the ball was often spilled. Twenty minutes into the game Cardiff had their first real chance. Swansea’s defence held up well until a penalty was given for offside, but again the penalty was missed. Poor kicking from Cardiff and quick gathering of the ball from Swansea kept Cardiff at bay, and following an earlier warning, Cardiff’s second row was sin-binned for taking the man out in the air at the line out. Swansea, however, weren’t able to capitalise on their advantage and the

Selected Results November 6th

November 13th

Women’s Lacrosse

Women’s Netball

SWANSEA 1st 11 - 0 RAU 1st

Women’s Hockey

Women’s Squash

Men’s Rugby Union

Men’s Hockey CARDIFF 2nd

Women’s Rugby Union

SWANSEA 1st 3 - 1 BRISTOL 2nd 5 - 2 SWANSEA 2nd

Selected Fixtures November 20th Men’s Hockey


Men’s Rugby Union (Cup)

SWANSEA 3rd 19 - 12 RAU 2nd

score at half time remained 5-0. Swansea’s fortunes changed fifteen minutes into the second half. A great take at the lineout by try-scorer Walker and quick passing from the team allowed Elliot Jones to cross the line for the try, which was converted by Jack Shields.. At 12-0 and with 20 minutes to go, an obvious sense of urgency was developing within the Cardiff team, but their rushed play conceded two penalties, both scored by Shields. Cardiff continued to create chances but their efforts were halted by a solid Swansea defence. Another yellow card was given to Cardiff, followed by a successful Swansea penalty. A final reward came for Swansea’s resilient defence with a try from Ollie Young and another Shields conversion. The final score 28-0. Manager Will Thomas reflected on

SWANSEA 1st 5 - 2 USWP&C 1st



Women’s Netball

GLOUCESTER 2nd v SWANSEA 1st Men’s Rugby Union

SOUTHA,MPTON1st 29-32 SWANSEA1st BATH 1st v SWANSEA 1st UWE 1st 5 - 36 SWANSEA 1st

Men’s Tennis


the match after the final whistle. “The boys played well,” he said. “The last four games were tough and this bodes well for Varsity.” Captain, Jon Barley was pleased to see a victory over their rivals. “The first win was vital and means we can properly kick start our season. It finally clicked for us out there and has given us the confidence to hopefully go on and get a few more wins under the belt.” However, Barley tried to keep the win in perspective. “Varsity is a long way away and we try to concentrate on the next game, but this win obviously boosts our confidence. However, Varsity is no ordinary game and we will have to prepare for a completely improved and different Cardiff team.” The teams meet again on 29 January.

p30 American Football

Titans begin with impressive victory


CURRENT BUCS 2013 1 2 3 4 5

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