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STUDENTS IN FEAR AFTER 88 ASSAULTS IN 6 MONTHS email@example.com STUDENTS have been left in fear for their safety after a spate of crime in Brynmill and Uplands. The mugging of a woman last week was the 88th violent offence reported in the area in the last six months, and a man has just been arrested and charged after dozens of cars were vandalised in late-night attacks. The mugging in Brynmill last Tuesday left a woman in hospital with a head injury. The 56-year-old was walking home along Rhyddings Park Road at 9.30pm on Tuesday, December 4 when she was approached from behind by more than one person, who pushed her to the ground, stole her handbag and ran off. The victim could not give a description of her attackers because of the low lighting in the area and because she was targeted from behind. Her handbag and contents were later found nearby. The attack left the woman with a head injury and she was taken to
Morriston Hospital for treatment. The area has a history of crime, with 88 violent crimes reported in the last six months. Some students have raised issues of safety, with Sarah Eamer, a Physics student speaking about her mugging last academic year: “I got mugged in Singleton Park at like 5:30pm, it wasn’t even dark. Never walked through there again for the whole year. Really shook me up!”
Knifepoint Emma Hill, a Genetics and Marine Biology student said: “Someone tried to mug me at knifepoint in second year. It was in broad daylight but luckily he didn’t take anything and I was unhurt (a swift kick to the groin area helped with that one - not that I’d advocate it being the best way to deal with an attacker!)” Detective Inspector Darren George, of Swansea Central CID, speaking to the Evening Post, said: “This was a cowardly attack on a lone female who was making her way home after finishing work.
“The incident has occurred in a residential area, which also has a high student population, and has happened at the time of night when many students may have been going out for the evening or returning to their accommodation. “A number of residents in the vicinity were aware of the attack as they heard the victim screaming and some went to help her. “I am appealing to anyone who was in the area at the time and saw the incident or has any relevant information to come forward.” Charlotte Britton, Welfare Officer, urged people to stay vigilant and report anything they might see: “If anyone thinks they might have seen anything regarding this crime being committed, no matter how small, we urge you to contact the police.” Police are appealing for information following the attack. You can call the police non-emergency line on 101 or Swansea Central CID on 01792 450 618 Meanwhile, a spate of vandalism on cars in student areas has resulted in South Wales Police charging a 28-year-
MEMBERS of Swansea University’s Duke of Edinburgh Society set up a Santa’s Grotto with a difference in JC’s coffee side. They built their den entirely out of cardboard boxes and invited students to spin the wheel for £1.50 to win an alcoholic drink and sit on Santa’s knee (if they wished!) Half of the money raised will be used to help support the society’s expeditions, while the other half will go to mental health charity MInd.
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old man with 52 counts of criminal damage to a vehicle. A statement from South Wales Police said: “Over the last two months officers have received 29 reports of vehicles having their tyres slashed using a knife or a sharp instrument.”
Danger The man has been released on conditional bail to appear at Swansea Magistrates Court on Wednesday 19th December. Acting Chief Inspector Steve Jones of the Central Police Station Swansea said: “I want to express my gratitude to two members of the community who assisted the police on Friday evening, without their help this person might have avoided arrest. “This male had clearly placed the lives of motorists in danger; thankfully his actions did not result in something more serious. This arrest evidences how communities and the police can work well together.” Officers are asking anyone with information to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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STUDENTS can no longer request an adjustment of their marks because they face extenuating circumstances. Under changes to the university’s extenuating circumstances policy, they will be offered an extension or a re-sit instead. The university has also set out clearly what may be considered an extenuating circumstance, and it is also emphasising that students should ask for help before rather than after a deadline or exam has passed. The changes have been agreed in consultation with the students’ union and all students should have received a leaflet and e-mail about the new policy. The changes have been made to bring Swansea’s approach into line with other universities in the country, so that all claims are treated consistently and fairly. The term ‘extenuating circumstances’ means serious and acute problems or events that are beyond a student’s control or ability to foresee. The fundamental change is that the university will no longer alter marks on the basis of extenuating circumstances. Students will be assessed according to their actual performance and not according to
EXAMS: Students will be offered a re sit. their potential. As a result students will no longer have the option of simply asking the university to consider adverse circumstances as part of the assessment process. Instead, students who are affected by circumstances may be allowed to take a particular assessment at a later date, or given an extension, or a penalty waiver. “It is important that students inform their college or department about any circumstances affecting their studies sooner rather than later. If the college is made aware of such circumstances before an assessment deadline, staff will be able to give students appropriate advice and the
college may be able to take steps such as extending a deadline, or waiving a penalty, or making arrangements for the examination to be sat in a special venue,” said academic registrar, Huw Morris. “Students may even be advised to request to defer sitting an examination. The message is clear – students must speak to their tutors before the deadline for submitting work or before the examination.” •Further information on the policy is available at : www.swan. ac.uk/registry/academicguide/ assessmentandprogress/ policyonextenuatingcircumstances
Switch Off campaign saves 7 per cent by Adam Shirley
firstname.lastname@example.org THE NUS’s ‘Student Switch Off’ campaign was well received by Swansea University residents. The aim of the campaign was to encourage student action on climate change, and achieved an average of 7% energy savings nationwide. The campaign used prize incentives to encourage students to be more environmentally friendly. The top prize for Swansea students in the photo competition was free bowling and food for 12 people at Tenpin Bowling. Second place prize was a litre of free Ben and Jerry’s, with yet even more ice cream for third and fourth place as well. The first photo competition encouraging the use of lids on pots, was won by Alice Hobbs and Kat Carr.
WINNING ENTRY: Girls and bear. Their photo ‘Girls and Bear’ won with 137 ‘likes’ on Facebook, over 30 more than the second place photo. The competition extends further to
residential area rivalries, Woodside, Student Village, East Campus and West Campus, competing to see which can save the most energy, where the winning accommodation area will win an end of year party. Swansea University’s environmental executive, Simon Wilde thanked volunteers who helped out on the day of the competition. He said: “I am really pleased to see so many first years getting involved, and how many actually already knew about the campaign.” Despite the apparent success of the ‘Switch Off’ campaign, some have commented that more can be done to improve the university’s environmental impact when lights in Union House remain on in vacant rooms overnight and projectors are often left on.
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Second campus gets go ahead by Rahul Vashisht
waterfrontci@swansea-union. co.uk PLANNING permission has been granted for the second campus of Swansea University. The £250m Science and Innovation Campus will be built on Fabian Way and will house new engineering and science departments. Work is expected to begin on site early next year, with the project to be finished for the 2015 intake of students. The Leader of Neath Port Talbot Council, Councillor Ali Thomas, said: ‘‘This project will provide a considerable economic boost not just for Neath Port Talbot but for the wider region. It will support the growth of highly skilled jobs and knowledge-driven businesses and is an exciting and outstanding example of the major new developments which the Fabian Way Corridor is attracting.”
Date is set for park lighting by Rahul Vashisht
firstname.lastname@example.org EFFORTS to improve the lighting in Singleton Park have finally been given a date for completion. Swansea University Women’s Officer Becki Warrillow said: “The order [for renovation of the lights] was placed by Swansea City at the end of October, this should take 6-8 weeks and therefore work will start around Christmas time.” The park, which is used by thousands of students walking to and from university, has been the scene of crimes in the past, leading to many calls to make it safer for students to walk through. Start on the work had been delayed by a dispute between Swansea City Council and the university over who was responsible for the lighting. The work will renovate the lights and improve visibility.
Reclaim the night event is cancelled by Gemma Parry
email@example.com THE NUS led event, Reclaim the Night, has been cancelled, much to the disappointment of many female and male students. The popular event in Cardiff attended primarily by women who have experienced domestic violence, was cancelled by NUS Wales on Thursday 29 November. There has been no formal explanation, but it was stated on a Facebook group that; “NUS Wales has decided to postpone the march, largely because participation was projected to be so low.”
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Academics accuse universities of exploiting overseas students as ‘cash cows’ to plug gap by Jessica Rees and Chris Flynn firstname.lastname@example.org
SWANSEA University is going all out to recruit more overseas students to help plug a multi-million pound gap caused by falling student numbers. Students from abroad pay more than Welsh students for the same courses and, with fewer UK students applying to go to university following the tripling of tuition fees, the university wants to tap into the lucrative overseas market. The college of arts and humanities (COAH), which saw a 27% drop in student admissions this year, is facing a £1.5m shortfall in funding as a result. It is now preparing a huge marketing campaign to recruit more postgraduate students from abroad, including a proposed “roadshow” next year to several Chinese universities. Professor John Spurr, head of COAH, said: “Strategy from 2009 has been to diversify our income streams by, among other means, increasing the number of post graduate and especially overseas postgraduate post graduate students… Since 2009
HEILONGJIANG: One of the Chinese universities being targeted by Swansea University. numbers have increased but not on the scale needed.” Mahaboob Basha, Students’ Union international officer, said overseas students were much more likely to sign up for business, science or engineering courses than in arts and humanities. “Those degrees are much more valued in Asian countries and they are much more likely to get a good job with one,” he said. The move comes as UK universities
are being accused of using overseas students as cash cows, and turning a blind eye to the recruitment of underqualified recruits. Prof Susan Bassnett, a former provice chancellor of Warwick University, told the Times Higher Education Supplement she had been asked to “disregard linguistic competence and focus on content” by some of her peers. Some overseas students had such poor English that they “wouldn’t scrape a GCSE”, she said.
Yes, it’s time for turkey, sprouts and chipolata!
FESTIVE FARE: Biochemistry and genetics student Matt Daly enjoys the £5.95 Christmas lunch in JCs, watched by friends Fionnuala McKenna (Genetics) and (right) medical biochemist Annabel Lunn.
BBC Wales is now conducting an investigation into claims from lecturers in Wales that they are being pressured to accept substandard work from overseas students for financial reasons. They will be examining MBA dissertations from Swansea University as part of that investigation. One lecturer at a Welsh University told the BBC: “Internationalisation in itself is absolutely necessary for any modern university - however, this is not at any cost. “We should be focusing on quality and I would say that UK higher education has suffered significant reputational damage as a result of the recruitment policies by many universities.” A Swansea University lecturer said much stricter checks were needed on students’ competence in English. “Many of my overseas students are amongst the most hard-working and dedicated, but with some there is definitely a problem with the standard of English. Methods to assess English language ability need to be far more rigorous,” said the lecturer. A Swansea University spokesperson said: “The university provides clear
advice for students regarding the linguistic level necessary for entry to academic programmes. Students’ language qualifications are checked on application to ensure they meet UKBA regulations. “We work extremely hard to ensure that our international students have the English language skills they require for the academic courses they pursue. “Students are continually assessed during their study period and have to provide example material that indicates they have achieved competency in language skills. “Like all students, international students are offered free academic skills support classes via the Academic Success Programme.” Mahaboob Basha said: “Being an arts and humanities student myself it’s incredibly important that we follow good practice from the sector in our admissions procedures to recruit international students. “At the same time, as we pursue a global presence, I think it’s important to praise the University for creating more opportunities for International students to study at Swansea University.”
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70 % of recruiters reject applicants over drunken social media photos by Gemma Parry
email@example.com UNIVERSITY students who display drunken photos on their social media profiles could be damaging their chances of gaining job interviews after they complete their degree. A recent survey of UK human resources professionals found that 90% of employers search for unprotected social media profiles in order to assess a candidate’s suitability for a position. Around 70% said they would turn down an applicant who had drunken or nude photos online. The research suggested that the majority of 18-25 year olds had never reviewed their online profile, even though it could potentially have a great impact on their career prospects. According to the study, recruiters were checking Facebook (85 per cent); Twitter (47 per cent); YouTube (23 per cent); Instagram (16 per cent); Flickr (15 per cent). Recruiters say that young adults are not managing their profiles effectively, with nearly half concluding that this age group are unaware of the need to
HO HO HAMMERED: Pictures on sites such as Facebook could be damaging to prospects. act responsibly online. 72% of recruiters rely on LinkedIn to conduct their searches, although only one in three employers fully trust the information that candidates post
about themselves on the site. 65 per cent also view the content they find online about a candidate as very important. Over half of the employers who
Housing Fair is another success
RELAX, DON’T DO IT: Charlotte Britton warns against ‘panic-renting’ by students who are looking for houses. by Samantha Booth
firstname.lastname@example.org FOR the second year running, the Housing Advice Week has been successful in informing students about private housing. Run by the students’ union, a housing fayre was held in the refectory featuring stalls from Student Accommodation Services (SAS), Shelter and Swansea Council departments. The aim of advice week was to show students how to rent stress-free and inform them of everything they need to know about how, when and where to find a house in January. Charlotte Britton, the students’ union welfare officer, organised the event to help students find a house after Christmas: “The Housing Advice Fayre was a great chance to have a chat to students I didn’t get a chance to see when we went knocking doors around Brynmill and Uplands a few weeks ago. “I’m sick of the same bad landlords filling their houses every year and have had really crap houses myself.
“As we can’t just tell everyone who the rubbish landlords and agents are, I thought the best way to create change would be to arm as many people as possible with the information they need to make a good choice.” Charlotte is campaigning for students to wait to find a house until the New Year and not to panic about private renting: “We were trying to explain why there’s no need to rush and that waiting until after Christmas can be much better for you – it gives you time away from university to think about exactly what you want and who you want to live with.” In the New Year, the students’ union will be running the first Housemating Service, allowing students to find student housemates with similar interests to you, or advertise a spare room in a dedicate space on campus and online. All resources from the housing fayre, including the housing pack and the viewing checklist, will be at www.swansea-union.co.uk/advice. For those students who want to rate their landlord, visit the same address and be in with a chance of winning a week’s work of food and rent and more.
partook in the survey say that they had turned down a job applicant based on their online profile. Within a competitive job market, there are major advantages for savvy-candidates to differentiate themselves by proactively managing, and contributing to their online profile. In contrast, over two thirds of HR professionals had been positively influenced by the online presence of a job applicant. Tony Anscombe, Senior Security Evangelist for AVG Technologies which carried out the research said: “AVG’s latest research shows that the Internet and social networks in particular, has changed the way that HR professionals approach the recruitment process. “Nowadays, online content posted about, or by a candidate, has become the modern-day equivalent of a first interview. Our research emphasises that our digital brand is potentially just as important as our CV. “AVG encourages consumers to take control of their online privacy and more than ever, young adults need to proactively manage their online brand to avoid missing out on career opportunities.”
Error leaves email accounts full to the brim by Gemma Parry
email@example.com SWANSEA University students were bombarded with hundreds of emails last Tuesday when an error caused replies to go “to all” rather than the sender. The original email was sent by the university on behalf of the students’ union. It explained about a Higer Education Achievement Report, an employability project that Swansea University students’ union education officer, Zahid Raja, is currently working on. The email, which was sent to around 11,000 students, was intended to be sent as a restricted email to ensure that when students replied, the replies would go straight to the education officer. However, the email was sent as an unrestricted email, which meant that all students could see all replies and were receiving large amounts of emails to both their student and personal email accounts. Mr Raja issued an apology on the students’ union website, stating that the university were “incredibly sorry about the mess up”.
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Omani Day marked by ‘best’ celebrations by Samantha Booth
firstname.lastname@example.org SWANSEA University students took part in the successful celebration of 42nd Omani National Day, including a performance and a visit from the ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman. The two-day celebration took place on 30 Nov - 1 Dec and included an exhibition, 7-a-side football tournament and an evening’s celebration featuring traditional Omani and Welsh dancing, music, singing and food. The students of the Omani Society hosted the event after their bid was chosen to be held in Swansea over other universities in the UK and it took six months of organising for the celebration. The event aimed to bring together university staff and students and members of the local community to celebrate the date in the Omani national calendar. The marquee on Friday had over 1600 visitors and Saturday evening saw almost 900 people attend, including 600 students from the UK. The Vice Chancellor, Richard Davies, was a guest speaker at the evening events and says how honoured he felt to have the celebration at Swansea University: “It was a huge privilege for the university to host the Omani National Day event in the UK this and year and for my
wife and myself personally to be able to join the 650 Omani students and their relatives, and Omani Embassy staff in an evening of ebullient celebration. “We have added Oman to our list of holiday destinations. Particular congratulations go to the Swansea Omani students and the students’ union for this excellent organisation of the event.” Raymond Chibrowoski, Registrar at the university, said: “I was delight to be invited by the student society to see the exhibition which showcased Omani culture and heritage and enjoyed taking part in the celebrations. “Our students’ union international officer Mahaboob Basha has been working very hard, with the very supportive efforts of Mohsen El-Beltagi, Islamic Student Adviser for the university, and Nick Bradley, Senior International Officer, on this and other successful international events which bring together university staff, students and members of the local community to celebrate many aspects of international life.” Manaf Al-fadhil, President of the Omani Society at Swansea University expressed his delight for the success of the event: “I am really happy of how the event went. It was over my expectations, almost 2000 people came to the exhibition and 800 people to the main event almost double my expectations. “It was a real pleasure meeting people like the Ambassador who told us that this was the best
Action on unpaid internships by Samantha Booth
email@example.com ADVERTISING unpaid internships could become illegal from next year. Labour MP, Hazel Blears has introduced the proposal into partliament and said she had cross-party support for her 10-minute rule bill, which seeks to ban job postings for placement that break national minimum wage law. A survey commissioned by the National Union of Students, found that 20% of 18-24-year-olds had done an unpaid internship, finding that the takeup of such internships may have grown tenfold in the last 20 years. Discrimination law covers job advertisements but promoting unpaid internships is not currently unlawful. Blears said to The Guardian in regards to whether this change might damage the jobs recruitment industry: “They shouldn’t be advertising positions that are essentially unlawful, should they? They are almost colluding in what is a really unfair situation. I’m sure they wouldn’t want to do that.” Swansea English Literature graduate, Lucinda Reid completed three unpaid internships before starting her post-graduate course in Cardiff: “A paid internship would have been fantastic as it would have made me feel that the work I did there was actually beneficial to the company, as it was worth them paying me for. “As some of my internships were in London it would have also helped with the cost of trains which was about £100 a week. “However I can understand why companies do not pay interns as there is such a high demand for each position they don’t need to offer money to get workers. Hopefully this attitude will change one day and interns will
INTERNSHIPS: Students should be paid for the work they do. get paid fairly for the work they do.” A third-year Law student said that the unpaid internships were financially stressful, but worth it: “I have taken 15 unpaid internships and they have helped me to get a place on the post grad of my dreams. The longest one was 10 weeks at a think tank. “A degree doesn’t mean you can do your job confidently so I think work experience is important to come across motivated.” Danielle Grufferty, a former unpaid intern and the NUS vice-president, said to The Guardian: “Asking people to live and work for free is wrong. The current situation in which young people are expected to undertake many months of unpaid work in order to gain sufficient experience simply must not go on any longer. “The unpaid internships can be advertise at all is anomaly that needs rectifying, which is why we very much welcome this proposed legislation.”
event that he ever went to in his diplomatic career. It really was worth the six months of preparation and planning.” Josh Hayman, one of the key organisers of the event, hopes for the students’ union to host similar events in the future: “The event was a great success and was testament to the hard work put in by the students’ union and Omani Society in Swansea. “It was great to see so many of our alumni and students travelling here from Universities across the UK and even France.” Melissa Chisholm, a second-year History student who attended the evening event said: “It was great to attend an event with a variety of acts and entertainment and the atmosphere was one that couldn’t be captured.”
CELEBRATION: Above : Tradition Henna at the marquee. Top: Troupe of Omani Dancers.
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POPULAR student night ‘Flux’ hosted a charity gig in a bid to raise awareness of the exploitation of workers worldwide. The first gig of its kind to take place at Flux, the live music event championed local talent by welcoming five local acts to the stage. The event was arranged by The People and Planet Society in collaboration with the Students’ Union which took place as part of ‘Badidas Week’ - a campaign which calls for the fair treatment of Adidas employees abroad. Throughout the week events were organised to raise funds and awareness and ask students to join a cause which demands the ethical treatment of workers everywhere. The Monday before saw students across campus sign a petition, postcards and letters which vocalised the concerns of The People and Planet Society. The following Thursday ran events in which speakers from People and Planet and Labour behind the Label spoke out against exploitation of workers abroad. One of whom relayed the appreciation of workers at the PT Kizone factory in Indonesia towards students in the UK for
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making so much noise about this issue. The five acts, SpecialJ, Beth Angharad, PrayNTell,The Singletons and Expendable performed under the slogan ‘Kids in school, Not Sweatshops’ to a growing audience. The proceeds from the night were donated to People and Planet to aid the development of their campaign. Vice president of the Live Music Society and Drummer of Expendable said:“It was great to see live music back in Divas. The collaboration with People and Planet worked really well. “We got to share audiences, raise money and widen exposure for a really good cause. The evening was a real triumph, and hopefully one that we can replicate in the near future!“ The proceeds collected from the £3 entry fee equalled an impressive £240 which afforded members of the People and Planet Society to travel to the Adidas outlet in Bridgend in order to picket the factory. Student’s Union Ethics Officer Rob Abrams said: “ We did this so that we can apply pressure on Adidas, in the sense that where ever they have a presence, we will be there to raise our concerns.” “So many more students have been made aware and now Adidas, who operate mostly as a branding initiative, are having pressure put on them by students across the UK for what they
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WOMEN’S officer Becki Warrillow has commissioned a series of maps to help students get the most out of their local area. The first to be released is a map of Uplands. “As part of one of my manifesto points I said I would deliver maps of main student areas around Swansea which highlight where key points are for student safety and general knowledge; some of these points are taxi ranks, free cash
points and phone booths,” she said. “The Uplands map is the first of five maps, these will cover; Uplands, Brynmill, Sketty, Hendrefoelan and Killay. They will also be uploaded to the website for easier access if you are on the move. “For more information read my blog post: www.swansea-union.co.uk/union/officers/beckiwarrillow.”
New Welsh teaching facility unveiled by S4C celebrity by Rahul Vashisht
firstname.lastname@example.org SWANSEA University Honorary Fellow, Lowri Morgan has opened a new teaching facility on campus, in a ceremony held by the university’s branch of the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol. The intrepid S4C presenter from Gowerton is famous for completing extreme endurance challenges and she gave a talk inspiring students by drawing on her own experience and talking about how best to achieve ambitions and face some of life’s biggest challenges. The new facility, a multipurpose teaching room, will be a useful resource for students and enable them to participate in both seminars and lectures in various establishments due to the latest e-learning technologies. The Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol is a national body which plays a key role in planning, supporting and developing Welsh medium education and scholarship at universities in Wales. Professor Iwan Davies, Swansea University’s Pro Vice Chancellor said: ‘ The new learning space will substantially boost the Welsh language provision at Swansea University and is a worthwhile investment for the future. “I look forward to seeing staff and students share ideas and discuss the potential of working across academic disciplines during the forum.” Dr Ioan Matthews, Chief Executive of the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol concluded: “By working with institutions, the Coleg has already established learning spaces which include the latest video conferencing equipment to enable co-operative
CELEBRITY: S4C Presenter, Lowri Morgan, opened the new facility. teaching provision through the medium of Welsh within six universities across Wales. We are thrilled to launch this learning space in the college’s branch at Swansea University and are confident that the investment will boost the opportunities available to study through the medium of Welsh at Swansea University.’”
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Sex workers project seeks your experiences with adult industry by Alex Hughes
email@example.com SWANSEA University students are being asked to reveal their experiences with the sex industry, as part of research being carried out by the new Student Sex Workers Project. The Swansea-based project was founded this September, after receiving a £500,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund. The project sent out a survey in the Swansea University Newsletter last week asking students to disclose their attitudes toward, and possible experiences with, the adult entertainment industry. Earlier this year The Waterfront revealed that some Swansea students were working as prostitutes in order to pay off their debts. Deborah Jones, co-founder of the project, said: “The survey is students’ opportunity to have a voice about adult entertainment and about sex work.” She explained that it was important to conduct this research as there is little known about this industry. She said that while the media writes about students’ attitudes to, and experiences with, the sex industry, there is little empirical research
to support their claims. She hopes that her research will be able to bust myths portrayed in the media. The three-year project will research the experiences and needs of female, male and transgender students in the adult entertainment industry in Wales. It also aims to provide support for students currently working within the industry. In a recent Student Beans sex survey, only 1% of respondents said they had paid for a prostitute/been one. It important to realise, however, that prostitution constitutes only 10% of the sex work industry. The project also recognises that to work in the sex industry can be isolating. Therefore members of the website are linked to a forum where sex workers are able to support one another and share their experiences in a safe, anonymous and confidential environment. The research also aims to uncover whether university policies or guidelines are needed to support student sex workers. Most universities do not have specific policies in place to deal with their needs and Deborah Jones argues that ‘there are guidelines around self-harm… student debt, but it’s almost that sex work is just something that isn’t thought about’.
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Business student launches new project for Africa by Craig Hadley
PROSTITUTION: The sex workers project is aiming to help students. easy to get involved in the project whether you are a student sex worker or not. Student sex workers are currently being employed by the project as peer researchers. Other students are also able to volunteer for the project as a support worker for student sex workers. You can also indirectly get involved by completing the survey featured in the last student newsletter.
The project is led by Swansea University in partnership with Terrence Higgins Trust, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board- Integrated Sexual Health Service, the National Union of Students Wales and Newport Film School. To find out more see: www.thestudentsexworkproject. co.uk
A SWANSEA University business management student has helped launch a new initiative to help improve education in Africa. The ‘Lucky Pencil’ initiative was created to improve the level and availability of education for girls in the area of Siavonga, Zambia. The scheme is designed to give money to a non-profit organisation in Zambia through the sales of pencils. The pencils, priced at £1 each are available through their facebook page. Juanma Salguero, along with his fellow multi-national business group, launched the project back in November. The facebook page says: “We are a group of students from different countries and all of us consider ourselves lucky people for having the opportunity of receiving international education,”said the spokesperson. “With this project we want to give people lacking the resources the opportunity to study and create a better future for themselves.” For more information visit the project’s facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/ LuckypencilUK
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Are you wrapping up for Christmas?
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HOME SWEET HOME: Student digs.
‘Tis the season to be jolly but those students who aren’t staying sexually protected this Christmas may find themselves with some unwanted presents, writes Samantha Booth.
HRISTMAS List 2012: Dear Santa, I would like a new phone, a camera, a new pair of shoes, the new Mumford and Sons album and an STI. Wait. Spot the odd one out. Without knowing it, every year students are contracting Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) and research has found over half of students have had drunken sexual encounters since starting university, making Christmas a prime time to catch an STI with the rise in seasonal socials. In the recent National Sex Survey 2012, Swansea University students were found to be some of the most promiscuous, being ranked 12th in the country for the average number of sexual partners since starting university. That was estimated at around 4.5 partners per student. Economics and related students are the most sexually active and around 6% of all UK students are having sex every day. With sexual activity can come nasty surprises when suitable precautions, such as condoms or femidoms aren’t used. Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are diseases passed on from one person to another through unprotected sex or sometimes through genital contact. These range from the efficiently treatable pubic lice to the incurable virus, HIV. The survey found that 66% of students have had unprotected sex at some point during their life and only 27% of students use a condom when having sex. Most students have probably had sex education mechanically drilled in to them since high school and this shows as 92% of students in the survey have never
had an STI. This leaves 8% of students who have had sex, contracting an STI. The majority of them caught chlamydia, which can easily go undetected and which, if untreated, can cause infertility in women. One student caught chlamydia in his second year from having unprotected sex with a woman he had been seeing. After they broke up, he thought he should have a routine check up at the local doctors. “I just went to the surgery for a random check up
“Think of getting tested as an MOT: necessary and pretty regular!” because I felt like I needed one and then it showed up. “We didn’t use a condom and I had chlamydia for about two weeks. “I went on antibiotics and it soon cleared. I learnt my lesson and I have since used protection with my next sexual partners. “I don’t think I passed it on to anyone but I called up my last four sexual partners just to inform them of the situation. Nearly all of them took it quite well.” Alcohol and sex are two activities that go hand in hand for some students. The National Sexual Health survey found that 59% of students sometimes mix the two, and 5% of students are intoxicated for every sexual encounter. One second year student found out that she had
chlamydia after having drunken sex and being contacted by one of her sexual partners. “I was drunk when I slept with this person and we didn’t use a condom because I was on the pill and didn’t think there would be any problem. “My symptoms were discharge and a general change in that area and thrushlike symptoms. “One of my sexual partners contacted me to say he had chlamydia and when I went to get tested I found out I had the infection too. “They gave me antibiotics and it took a few weeks for it to clear up. They did tell me to tell my other sexual partners, because I was embarrassed and it would have caused embarrassment in my friendship group. “I have definitely learnt that I need to be more careful in future and use protection. I would definitely let other sexual partners know in the future if I was to catch anything again.” Swansea University Students’ Union Welfare Officer, Charlotte Britton, says how tests for STIs should be a regular habit: “You can find everything you need for a healthy sex life in the SU (other person not provided). We’ve got condoms - including latex free for you sensitive typeslube, femidoms, dental dams and pregnancy tests too. “There’s no shame in getting tested – it should be something that every sexually active person should be doing. Think of it as an MOT, necessary and pretty regular! If you’re not registered with a doctor, there’s one on campus, or there are lots dotted around Uplands and Brnymill.” So, to avoid any nasty Christmas presents this festive season, be careful, wrap up and stay protected!
Feeling strapped for cash? Only got 50p to your name? Find out what you can buy in MyCostcutter with the Queen’s nose.
Love Music Hate Sweatshops
IN light of recent announcements that the government is in a slow growth out of recession in the UK, students could find themselves climbing up a slippery financial slope, writes Samantha Booth. The smallest of coins stretch less with every day so The Waterfront decided to investigate what can you buy in the new on-campus supermarket, My CostCutter, for 50p. Remember the days of a can of pop being under 50p? Those times are long gone as in CostCutter, the only canned drink you can afford is the KA fruit punch in three different flavours at 49p. CostCutter water is the only bottle of water under 50p at 45p. Those with a sweet tooth shall not be disappointed with the amount 50p can afford. Two bags of mini Haribo, two Milky Bars, two Fudges and two Chomps all come under 50p in their pairs. For the more indulgent, a Thornton truffle and whipped fudge bar and Doves farm chocolate come in under the budget. Some other sweets under 50p include all of the Bonds range, a pack of Starburst, a small packet of Love Hearts, Poppets and a Kinder Happy Hippo.
Tuesday? I’m In Flux was taken over by People and Planet and Live Music Society on 27 November, featuring university talent, Special J, Beth Angharad, Prayntell, The Singletons and Expendable. Proceeds went to People and Planet. Photographs by Ryan O’Callaghan and Olivia Rosenthall
If you’re more of a crisp person, your selection is limited. Tomato Snaps, Bacon Frazzles and Chipsticks come in at 39p a bag. Muller Rice lights yoghurts come in under 50p at 39p and Kellogs Nutra Grain bars, in flavours apple and strawberry, are priced at 50p. For the stationary fiends, there is plenty of writing equipment that comes under 50p for those ‘I’ve forgot my pen’ emergencies. And after eating all of the goods under 50p, you can get yourself a pack of Polos for 45p! So, if you find yourself only with this coin, there is a variety of sweets and sugary goods, but you may be strapped for choice elsewhere.
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Party Season Style ’tis the season! Christmas is associated with mince pies, mulled wine and mistletoe. BUT girls, it’s not all about covering up in your Christmas knits, for ‘tis the season to party! There are hundreds of dresses out there but don’t be misled, keep on trend and check out our selection of outfits. By Lowri Evans
fashion Paisley is the print that many are raving about and this especially works for the festive season in a sparkly black and gold combo Dress: River Island
This skirt is a show stopper and important to be worn with black as it gives it a cool A backless dress is a little bit daring in rocker look. the chilly weather but is so flattering- just Skirt: Topshop remember to team it with a jacket to get Top: Miss Selfridge to your party. Jacket: River Island Dress: Miss Selfridge Necklace: New Look Accessories: Internationale Shoes: New Look
Sparkle & Shine
2. CHRISTMAS is here and so are the parties, but instead of buying a new dress this winter; why not save yourself time and money with a statement piece of jewellery? Still huge this season is the collar, and why wouldn’t it be? This is a great way of transforming and recreating any old outfit into something eye-catching and completely unique, and the best part; one size fits all. Have a look at these three fabulous collars available now. 1. Blue Beaded Collar, New Look £9.99, 2. Faux Pony Leather Collar, Topshop £22, 3. Gold Diamante and Pearl Collar, River Island £28. If you don’t think the collar is for you but big and bold is your thing, why not try some dramatic earrings to bring any outfit to life? When it comes to earrings this Christmas, bigger is definitely better so don’t be afraid to experiment. 4. Gold Swing Chain Earrings, Dorothy Perkins £12.50, 5. A statement ring can also add sparkle to your party outfit without being extravagant. 5. Black Stone Ring, Miss Selfridge £10, By Cheryl Berry 6. Gold Encrusted Ring, Topshop £7.50
Everyone loves diamante at Christmas so this dress is perfect for getting into the holiday spirit Dress: Topshop Shoes: ASOS
This jumpsuit does all the talking and the embellishment on the top perfects the outfit Jumpsuit: by Roman
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12 Days of Christmas By Emma Ailsa Williams
Stag Print Onesie, Topshop £34 Tis the season to be cosy, fa la la la la la. Perfect for snuggling up to watch the Christmas classics.
Fruit and Nut Lip Trio, the Body Shop, £8 A perfect Secret Santa gift or just a treat for yourself! Fight off chapped lips this winter with this jolly lip balm set.
Envelope Charm, Links of London £65.
Sedburgh Jumper, Jack Wills £98.50 The ultimate Christmas jumper, beautifully soft, and the robin design is adorable!
Reindeer Jumper, River Island £25 No partridges here. I would much prefer a sparkly reindeer thanks!
Nip and Fab Party Rescue Kit, Asos, £20 Perfect for looking fresh the morning after ... even if you don’t feel it!
Swarovski Christmas Tree Ornaments, £30-£35 These beautiful ornaments are simply stunning hanging on your Christmas tree for some festive sparkle.
12 Days of Christmas Gift set, Lush £39.95 Way better than 12 drummers drumming, in this gift set you get 12 bath bombs, perfect for relaxing after all your Christmas shopping
A lovely keepsake you can wear all year round, and there’s space to engrave your own special message.
Lace Sequin Dress, Oasis £55 What’s Christmas without the parties? This is the perfect dress go all out and really sparkle.
Stardust Glitter Leggings, Urban Alfrick Mittons, Jack Wills £24.50 Outfitters £32 Perfect for a night out, even after the Christmas season!
The fleecy lining is irresistable.
The Stylists Gift Set, Nails Inc. £15 The perfect finishing touch to any festive outfit this season. In this set you get 5 sparkly nail varnishes to get you in the Christmas mood!
We are constantly on the lookout for anyone interested in joining our team of writers at Waterfront Fashion to bring the latest style to the students of Swansea. If you are an enthusiastic writer/ fashionista, get in touch with Cat and Fran at firstname.lastname@example.org We are looking for features on student fashion, events, latest trends, shopping, hair and beauty, men’s fashions, and any other ideas you could bring to the newspaper! Get involved with Swansea University whilst boosting your CV, and doing what Swansea students do best; getting drunk at fashion writers’ socials! We can’t wait hear from you all!
The Christmas Market
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Christmas has come to Swansea!, writes CHARLY BUNKER. Say hello to the return of Swansea’s very own Christmas market. It’s the perfect place to buy a present for that one impossible person, with a multitude of stalls to choose from, all of which are local retailers. They include one bursting to the brim with Ospreys and Swans merchandise, saving you a trek to the Liberty. If the person in question is more of a fashionista than a football fan, several stalls offer handprinted clothing suitable for the rails of Topshop or River Island and several others sell clothing covered in Welsh dragons just in case you needed a reminder of where you live. Don’t forget to buy your decorations either, with a stall dedicated entirely to Christmas trees you can quickly trim up at a decent price. Once you’ve tired of shopping there is a vast array of various foods on offer ranging from Bratwurst (a personal favourite) to a traditional hog roast right the way to a more exotic Kangaroo burger and for pudding maybe some fudge or freshly made donuts. Or if you fancy a change from the usual pre-drinks of cheap beer, vodka or wine there’s plenty of spirits and liqueurs on offer which will be bound to end your term with a bang (or a headache). You will find the market in Oxford Street (just outside Topshop) and with Christmas carols and songs a-plenty, Swansea’s Christmas market will make a stressful time of year that much more enjoyable.
Charly Bunker enjoying a Bratwurst sausage at the market.
A Letter From Shakespeare
Taliesin Centre, Thursday 13 December Tickets: £10
Wales Graduate Theatre Company are giving all you full-time English Lit students a sigh of relief this December as they take you on a wonderful tour of William Shakespeare’s finest plays. Performed by just ten actors with a modern twist on each tale, this will definitely be something you have never seen before. From Romeo to Portia, this is definitely a performance Sparknotes can’t offer you. For anyone interested, Gradco will be performing at 1:30pm and 7:30pm. Tickets can be brought on the door or online at the Taliesin website (www.taliesinartscentre.co.uk) Furthermore, for any budding Literature students out there, the company will be having a Q&A session after the matinee performance.
Mozarts, Saturday 15 December
Hipsters behold, Mozarts are having their last vinyl fayre of the year! So if you’re one of those anti-Oceana/UK Top 40/iTunes Downloads types, this is definitely the place for you. Selling your favourite 12” circles of gold at wonderful prices you’re guaranteed to find a bargain. A Christmas present for your aging hippy parents, or at least something loud and unnecessary to annoy your housemates with next year. So far Mozarts have said their stock consists of rare 60s rock and a lot of reggae to blow your mind with, with more great stuff to be announced. Dealers confirmed are also the notorious Soulexp, More Music, Blackcircles & Mark with again, more to be certified. So like I say, if any of those names ring a bell and your dad likes 60s rock just as much as mine, I’ll see you there Saturday.
The Garage, Friday 14 December
If you went to Skabertawe’s Skafest back in July you were one of lucky folk to see some fantastic bands from all over the country. However, those who missed it can now watch the whole thing replayed at The Garage this Friday. Featuring bands that are steadily recieving international recognition such as Fight The Bear (who played at T in the Park) and Cartoon Violence, (who supported Toots and the Maytals) one would be a fool not to go. Just ‘cos its Christmas, The Garage are giving you a special treat and letting the party continue after the showing with bands such as Dirty Revolution and Jimmy the Squirrel, with Miacca featuring acoustically beforehand. ‘Tis the season!
A Smith’s Tribute The Garage, Saturday 22 December
To the substantial community of people who are holding onto the slim hope that one day Morrissey, Marr et al may reconvene onstage as the seminal collective that we call ‘The Smiths’, unfortunately I can’t offer you any good news there. However, if you’re happy to shut your eyes and pretend that you’re in Manchester circa the mid 1980’s, for the time being look no further- a Smiths tribute band are heading to the Garage on the 22nd of December to perform tracks such as ‘There Is a Light That Never Goes Out’ and ‘Meat Is Murder’ so that you can feel angst-ridden and glum just in time for your Christmas turkey.
Above, Fight The Bear. Below, Smiths album covers. Photos: Brett Jordan
Final Record Fayre of 2012
Skafest 2012 DVD Release Party
Christmas ads? Bah humbug! T
HERE are certain inevitabilities involved with getting older, writes Catrin Lewis. Eventually, you too will go off drinking, develop a sensitivity to caffeine and learn that thermals are one of man’s greatest inventions. However, there is something altogether more terrifying about growing up – you will soon realise quite how fast Christmas comes around every year. It only seems five minutes ago that I was wrestling with cooking dinner for ten whilst simultaeneously placating a six month old with Christmas cracker prizes – it’s not mine, honest, I was just entertaining it for a friend. Yet here we are again being bombarded with adverts for everything that we couldn’t possibly live without, despite the fact that I’ve seemingly managed to quite happily for the past 21 years. Christmas adverts are simply a game for businesses; a game to see quite how much they can squeeze out of the average consumer in the name of being festive. Remember, everyone, you’re a Scrooge if you don’t cripple yourself financially in the name of the baby Jesus! This year we have a selection of bizarre ad offerings, mainly from supermarkets. Whilst Tesco seems to be relying solely upon the average Brit’s love of cheap spirits to get people down their toobrightly lit aisles, ASDA and Morrison’s appear to have unwittingly hired the same advertising agency. How embarrassing. Their adverts focus on the fact that Christmas tends to be the job of the mother-figure of a household, the one
Dastardly doings make great TV FOR those of you who already have little faith in our politics, this series will give you a reason to lose more of it. House of Cards is a political thriller made by the BBC in 1990 that followed the fictional Francis Urquhart, Conservative chief-whip and a former member of Thatcher’s cabinet. Following her political demise, Urquhart (or F.U.) has a burning ambition to carry the torch of power.
Waitrose’s Mr and Mrs Snowman. who knows that they don’t really want to deal with it all, but won’t hear the end of the whinging if they didn’t fulfil the festive traditions. It also shows how little appreciation is shown for the one who has to go to all the trouble of organising things, with ASDA’s mum being left to perch at the end of the dinner table like a naughty dog begging for scraps. I bet she didn’t even get first go on the turkey or any pigs in blankets. Waitrose have gone with the idea of not producing a fancy Christmas advert to save money that can be donated to their charity campaigns instead. This would be a great plan, if it weren’t for the fact that John Lewis – Waitrose’s parent company – has done just that. John Lewis have decided to hit you full force in the face with sentimentality with the tale of the snowman trekking to the nearest store to buy his
snowwoman wife various knitted goods. This is all lovely, except then you remember how long snow usually sticks around for and therefore him and his wife will soon be dead, making his feat ultimately pointless. But, you know, happy Christmas! Luckily, everyone is gullible at this time of year and will buy anything that has a snowman, reindeer or elf on it. Despite the awful advertisements, big business has us in its grasp, leaving us begging for just one more miniature bath set and novelty pair of Santa pants. So let’s be clear, everyone: it is not Christmas just because the Coca Cola advert is on. Stop admiring these attempts to make you buy more and enjoy what it’s really all about: the Doctor Who special, eating until you burst and being disappointed at the lack of snow.
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AN Broome’s debut novel ‘A for Angelica’ depicts the life of Gordon, a man whose life has changed following his wife having a stroke. Gordon takes full responsibility for his wife who is so incapacitated she is unable to commit suicide. Gordon watches his neighbours across the road from him, recording their every move in alphabetical files. It’s more than a little creepy.Talk about a privacy violation. Where writers once told obvious stories and used long sentences, newer writers now seem to prefer clipped sentences and a stream of consciousness spilling from their character’s mind. Ian Broome is one such writer. He writes with precise detail, noting everything Gordon does, the little things about each individual character. I’m not saying the writing is bad - it certainly makes you think more about what you are reading and wakes your
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Author Iain Broome. imagination - but occasionally it can make for a bit of a dull story. I’m not particularly fussed how anyone has their tea or whether there are 15 paces to the side of the road. While I understand this is a technique used to create a firmer reality, I miss the days where people would just describe the story rather than every object in the story.
To say this book is morbid is an understatement. Despite this, there are flashes of humour within the novel. However, these are overshadowed when his dog electrocutes himself, or when his mother-in-law drinks so much she is found dead in the snow. It seems as if death and utter helplessness is a more powerful tool than humour or romance for a compelling book. As much as I complain about this book, I did kind of enjoy it. It made me think, but I fear it has made me watch people more closely. I feel as if I want to find out more about them, so forgive me if I start to stare; it’s not my fault, it’s the book’s. It’s not a nice story. It’s awful and makes me want to cry. However if you enjoy a morbid, sad tale where you learn a little too much information about the characters then it’s definitely worth a read. By Emma Mackenzie
The means by which this would be achieved is less than ideal. He seeks to become Prime Minister through sinister methods of corruption such as murder and framing. Upon reaching that target, FU wishes to maintain his position until his tenure in office outstrips that of his predecessor. Urquhart is armed with useful features that help him reach this end: he is wealthy, has a seemingly loyal wife, employs a bodyguard willing to carry out assassinations, and a pernicious but confident personality to win the minds of those who help him. The programme offers an interesting insight into the workings of the highest levels of the British government, exploring the positions, roles and actions of various politicians, MPs, and even the monarch herself. The House of Cards possesses the same cynical rhetoric found in The Thick Of It, but is far more ruthless; any incompetence in Urquhart’s universe would be dealt with by sackings and murder, something Malcolm Tucker never seems to accomplish well enough. The show has another interesting feature: Francis Urquhart speaks directly to the audience. What he has to say is largely related to his job, but he gives entertaining, and cynical, observations of those he comes across. Part of the fun is knowing what FU is doing is wrong and watching as he continues to get away with his sinister practices. However, even he claims nothing lasts forever, “even the longest, most glittering reign must come to an end someday”. Although it was over 20 years ago when the show first aired, do not let this dissuade you. The setting is still hugely relevant for us today. •A new American version of the series, starring Kevin Spacey, will be released on Netflix on Feb 1. By Alan Daventry
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Blogs that bring you the music you missed! B
ORED, drained and intoxicated by the classic Top 40 chart, people across the globe seem to be yearning for something unique and exempt from the stereotypical radio tunes writes Jodie O’Donnell. From this dissatisfaction, the issue then arises of how and where do you find unique and unheard sounds? The solution is the Internet. To be more exact: music blogs. Whether they’re personal blogs from actual bands that deliver their fresh new music to the world, or the blogger who reviews and critiques the latest sounds; music blogs become the answer to discovering music you never knew existed. Moreover, it appears that accessing music blogs is the fastest and most efficient approach to finding hidden musical talents; the reason behind why I started my own blog at Wordpress.com. musicunmasked.wordpress.com aims
to bring justice to the hidden tracks of the past, present and future. Through creating my blog, I have now realised the potential and sheer expansion of music from artists and bands across the globe. The key to a successful music blog is getting your posts noticed! This can easily be achieved by posting regularly to get other bloggers reading and following your passion for music. One of my latest posts about the band ‘The Lighthouse and The Whaler’ was actually a recommendation from a friend who reads my blog. This allowed me to discover an extremely talented band that I had never even heard of. By posting their hit single ‘Venice’, it enabled me to share their music to other people’s ears. Furthermore, to boost my blog’s popularity I have been trying to post a track everyday, like a fellow blogger and student at Swansea University, Cameron Stanton. Stanton’s blog
mydaybydaymusic.wordpress.com sees him posting fresh music every day, occasionally featuring unknown artists. By following his blog, I unearthed the stunning band ‘Texture Like Sun’. Stanton says creating his blog initially took time, but now he states how currently “my blog just becomes part of my routine. It makes me happy to know that there is always brilliant music out there”. My blog and thousands of others aim to provide an insight for all music fans as they attempt to bring outstanding music daily to people who thrive on uncovering the latest sounds. If you are interested in discovering new music or want to widen your music knowledge, then just check out all the possible music blogs you can.
Jodie O’Donnell: musicunmasked
If you are passionate about music then get started and write one. It is not very tricky and the amount of remarkable music you will unearth is neverending!
Cameron Stanton: mydaybydaymusic
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SPOTLIGHT: Angel Haze
SINCE music’s most successful female rapper Nicki Minaj has dominated charts, a new breed of ambitious female rappers has appeared hungry for equal attention and success. This year, some female rappers have excelled musically like Azealia Banks, whilst others like Kreayshawn have traded their initial unique style for predictable post-Guetta pop beats. Yet, none take themselves as seriously as the iconic Angel Haze. As Minaj seizes a victory lap for Roman Reloaded in her recent reissue, New York based Angel Haze releases mix-tape (if not album) ‘Classic’, her second in less than a year. Haze is the deadly serious and venomous counterpart to fellow New York based Banks’ hedonistic charisma. Haze’s music is characterised by brooding synths and sharp drum rhythms, in combination with
By Rich Willetts her emotive snarl and brutally honest delivery. Haze is notorious for her volatile and in-your-face behaviour in her enjoyably memorable live shows. Haze demands that fans join her on stage and shout back to her calls to them; all the while performing with fierce, unashamed confidence. The menacing new single ‘New York’ is by far her best yet, with its repeating handclap and minimalistic electronics, whilst ‘Werkin’ Girls’ is a fantastic mission statement. A recent collaboration with Rudimental in ‘Hell Could Freeze’, demonstrates there’s plenty of potential for the young rapper. Her personality may put off as many people as it might interest, yet love her or hate her, there is no denying that Angel Haze is a force to be reckoned with.
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albums Everything Everything
ACQUIRING extraordinary momentum after the release of ‘Arc’s’ first single ‘Cough Cough’, Everything Everything’s second album has been thrust into the limelight as a potential star amongst the plethora of albums expected in 2013 writes Cameron Stanton. With a quirky desirability, ‘Arc’ shines effortlessly throughout; delivering a multitude of inherently fresh sounds and genres in a whirlwind of sonic madness. Littered with wacky sound-bites, bizarre lyrics and intricate guitar work, ‘Arc’ broadly experiments with various dimensions of modern music, combining their ambitious sound into a creative pool of brilliance. From the soaring synth highs of ‘Radiant’ and the grand chorus of ‘Cough Cough’ through to the delicate emotions of ‘The Peaks’, ‘Arc’ is thankfully everything and more. In short, it’s mental and I love that.
HAILING from Nashville; one of America’s most epic country bands has released‘On This Winter’s Night’ to get you all in the Christmassy mood writes Alex Gibbs. Scott’s vocals are beautifully melodic throughout, but are most enchanting in the jazz-filled, yet somewhat cheesy ‘A Holly Jolly Christmas’. The album puts a spin on some holiday favourites, including the quaint ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ and the upbeat ‘Let It Snow’. Additionally, they add their own track named ‘On This Winter’s Night’, flaunting the harmony of Scott’s and Kelley’s vocals alongside the impressive instrumental backing, including a piano and electric guitar. Slip on your fluffy socks and put this album on repeat while you dance around the Christmas tree.
WRITTEN for the Twilight saga soundtrack, this poignant, heartrending love ballad will get your emotions running every time you listen to it writes Alex Gibbs. Backed by a steady-paced melodic piano rhythm and gorgeously plucked string instruments, Perri’s beautiful, defiant vocals blend in perfectly. With the chorus echoing “I have loved you for a thousand years, I’ll love you for a thousand more”, you cannot help but grab for the tissues (me included). Perri’s exquisite soft, silky vocals melt throughout this ballad, whilst giving you shivers by the tenderness found in her beautifully written lyrics. Not one found on Oceana’s playlist but perfect for you loved -up couples.
On The Winter’s Night
Christmas albums: A bit of what you fancy
A Thousand Years
(For all of you who love your Christmas themed tracks; here’s something to fill your musical stockings) • Ceelo Green ‘Ceelo’s Magic Moment’ (R’n’B) • Christina Perri ‘A Very Merry Perri Christmas’ (Pop) • Colbie Caillat ‘Christmas In the Sand’ (Pop Folk) • John Travolta & Olivia NewtonJohn ‘This Christmas’ (Cheese-Pop) • Katherine Jenkins ‘My Christmas’ (Classical) • Lady Antebellum ‘On A Winter’s Night’ (Country) • Michael Bublé ‘Christmas’ (Jazz) • Steps ‘Light Up The World’ (Pop) • Various Artists ‘Christmas Rules’ (Indie) • Various Artists ‘Now That’s What I Call Christmas ’ (The Classics)
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Fans fear Disney will take the mickey T
HIS month has shown us that one thing is clear: George Lucas is bored with filmmaking. After unsuccessfully restarting the Indiana Jones series and struggling to find funding for his film Red Tails last year, Lucas has dealt a final blow to his legacy by selling Lucasfilm to Disney for £2.5bn. Disney has already confirmed that there will be three new Star Wars films, and the big question now is: who will take the directorial challenge? Some fans were horrified to see their favourite franchise sold to Mickey Mouse and co., taking to forums to vent their anger. Whilst Disney has matured in recent years, with the acquisition of Marvel Studios and consequently the release of the record-breaking The Avengers, many still feel they need to prove themselves further before attempting something like Star Wars. It is paramount that they choose the right director and demonstrate that they mean business, especially with something that already holds such a phenomenal following worldwide. The main name being thrown around at the moment is Matthew Vaughan, director of Layer Cake and Kick Ass. Having produced more films than he has directed, Vaughan would very much be in the deep end. His track record is decent – Kick Ass welcomed critical acclaim – but his lack of experience may mean that Disney look elsewhere. Having not ruled himself out, however, may mean that he has been approached.
Brad Bird (director of Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and The Incredibles) and Steven Spielberg ruled themselves out this week, which would have disappointed Disney; these names have big films on their CVs and can clearly take on high budget franchises. Hollywood’s recent sci-fi go-to-guy JJ Abrams (Star Trek) has also ruled himself out, meaning that Disney will have to search further to secure someone who can take the pressure that the job will inevitably throw up. The director of Moon and Source Code, Duncan Jones, has shown intelligence in his filmmaking and seems an ideal fit for Star Wars. Whilst Jones, son of popstar David Bowie, hasn’t made many, they seem to be the type an apprentice Star Wars director would make and Disney should consider this talented filmmaker. The test the director faces is rescuing a franchise that became widely derided with the release of the three prequels. It’s rumoured that the likes of Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher from the original films will return, which would please fans but Disney may want to follow the blueprint of this year’s Skyfall which successfully (both critically and financially) rebooted a much-loved film series by doing away with certain characters. One thing is for sure, Star Wars fans won’t be seeing the likes of Jar Jar Binks again. By Joe Deeks
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Reviews: The Master, Killer Joe, Cosmopolis The Master
By Saul Masters
PAUL Thomas Anderson last graced our screens with the powerful There Will Be Blood in 2007, and now the director returns four years on with The Master. Anderson’s new film focuses on Joaquin Phoenix’s Freddy Quell, an ex-serviceman who is verging on meltdown. His path crosses Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s charismatic cult/religious leader of The Cause, who soon takes him under his wing, studying him for his own personal gain. Anderson closely studies the two, using his camera like a microscope, opening up the novelistic tale exposing the two men’s struggle to understand one another. The two central performances are incredible, Phoenix’s body is moulded and morphed while Hoffman’s charismatic cult leader is awe inspiring and commanding in every scene. But it is Amy Adams’ role as Hoffman’s wife, Peggy who manages to break through despite Phoenix and Hoffman, stealing every scene she is in. Although nothing particularly happens in the way of narrative, Anderson’s direction is immense, making the nothingness astounding to look at. Neverthless the story feels flat and unfinished in the writing stage, causing the film’s ending to leave you exhausted and wondering what sort of beast the film could have been.
By Saul Masters
WILLIAM Friendkin’s Killer Joe was heavily celebrated on release, many critics citing it as Friendkin’s returns to form. The film tells the story of Emile Hirch’s Chris whose debt problems force him to hire Killer Joe, a Dallas Police detective with the side job as a killer. Chris’ problems get worse as he fails to pay Joe; in order to make the deal has used his sister, played by Juno Temple, as a retainer. Matthew McConaughey’s total transformation into the character is exciting to watch. For a man who made such atrocious films as Fool’s Gold, his acting ability really gets time to stretch and come to life. Its an extrension of his role in The Lincoln Laywer. What unravels is a southern fried noir film that cannot make up its mind about what it wants to be. It is not a poorly directed film by any means, with Friendkin’s camera assessing some great locations and creating great scenes, but it’s a very difficult film to like. The third act is where the film completely falls apart with a scene that highlights the film’s complete lack of gender politics. Friendkin is a director best known for The Exorcist and The French Connection but his more modern films have failed to please and for me Killer Joe fails to reignite Friendkin’s career.
By Saul Masters
DAVID Cronenberg made his name in cinema by making body horror films such as Videodrome and The Fly. Adapted from Don Delillo’s 2003 book, Cosmopolis centres around Eric Parker, played bluntly by Robert Pattinson, a self-made billionaire who spends most of the film in his limo on the way to a haircut he doesn’t really need. Outside the limo the world is collapsing into financial meltdown and Cronenberg does well to create this pre-apocalyptic city. Cronenberg does a brilliant job of creating a claustrophobic microcosm inside the limo but elsewhere the script, which is lifted straight from the book, is full of philosophical gibberish that makes no sense and at times comes across as far too pretentious. Pattinson stands out, due to the fact he is pretty much the only actor with more than a five minute scene, with a strong central performance, but it isn’t enough to make the film gripping or engaging. The film doesn’t ask much of its director other than to exhibit the potential skill he typically treats his films to, but despite being a bold and interesting film, it struggles at being entertaining or engaging.
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Minnesota through the seasons.
Snow, sun, autumnal glory - it’s got the lot! I
T is a place where hurried cities are connected by long stretches of calm fields glowing in the afternoon sun. It is filled with budding lilacs in the spring, summer lakes packed with boats rushing around like bees in a hive, and children’s snow forts in the winter. Mosquito bites and campfires abound in the heat, and noses are as red as the sleds in the cold. This exotic land gave the world waterskiing, 10,000 lakes, SPAM and so much more. It is a place of extremes; extreme pride and extreme love. It is Minnesota. I grew up in this magnificent land, where the autumn leaves turned from green to golden yellow and fiery red, and the last of a humid summer lingered in the air. We would grab our rakes, pile up the leaves, and jump into them or stuff them in large, pumpkin-shaped bin bags. The days would grow shorter and the seasons crept up on us in the night; we woke up realizing that the ground had frozen and the first snowfall had arrived. Crowded around the television in February at 6am, we eagerly waited to hear the newscaster declare that it was “too cold for the school buses to start”. And as the spring air flirted with us, we splashed through its puddles, desperate again for the humid air that screamed water fights and frozen ice popsicles. This beautiful place that grounded my childhood was also a place that I just recently realized was relatively unheard of by much of the world. It is hard to find someone who has not heard of America, yet, when further
JESSICA LANGR, a visiting student from the USA, writes about the attractions of her home land, Minnesota. questioned, most people from the UK only know the general layout of the states. And who’s to blame them? There ARE 50 states after all, and New York, California, Florida, and Texas typically steal the spotlight. It’s like putting a puzzle together—the edges might be easy to identify, but the real substance is in the middle. In my unbiased opinion, the heart of America lies in the overlooked and peaceful Midwest— particularly the “North Star State” of Minnesota, which borders Canada and lies only a few hours west of well-known Chicago, Illinois. So what makes this state so special and so cherished? Why are Minnesotans, unlike many other state’s natives, so passionate about their homeland? I directed this particular question toward a number of lifetime Minnesotans and received a number of answers ranging
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from “loons” (the state bird) to “higher speed limits” to “long winters to downhill ski” (some people say that Minnesota has three seasons: “almost winter”, “winter”, and “road construction”). But what I really think makes Minnesota unique (apart from the beauty I already described), is the pride that the people hold for their state—to know that they can handle the freezing winters and the scorching summers. They appreciate the natural beauty and unite themselves under the extremes that come with it. Coming to Wales was interesting to me because in many ways, it reminded me of home; the Welsh pride and fierce
sense of identity that I’ve seen here. Because ultimately, stretching our limits makes us stronger, and Minnesotans— and the Welsh—can take pretty much anything someone may dish out and still have time to ask a stranger about his day. Not to mention that Minnesotans make some fabulous hotdishes. You ask, what’s hotdish? Guess you’ll have to visit and try for yourself. If you’re looking for more information on the wonders of this state, visit www. exploreminnesota.com. You can fly into Minnesota’s capital city, Minneapolis, from London for about £500-600.
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Rachel Dear Rachel, I feel ya, sister! Third year is the worst. Whilst I’m proud of myself for having gotten this far despite my love of Reddit, tracking down potential love interests on Facebook and my ability to sleep through 9am lectures without even trying, the thought of having to finish this monster dissertation and go out into the real world next year is a hideous one. However, I urge you to look at the positives of our final year. Firstly, you are very nearly an adult, congratulations! This means that we can do pretty much anything we like, although if you’re anything like me you still have to make sure your mum or dad’s okay with it first. Secondly, we are very fortunate to be here, although the near-poverty that you undoubtedly live in and heavy workload will probably make you think otherwise. So allow me to give you a small kick up the proverbial – get up out of bed, stop worrying about the future, and just get on with things. You don’t want to become another graduate statistic about how we’re all doomed because some of us chose to study English Literature instead of Engineering. Once you start easing yourself back into your work, you’ll be fine, I promise! And if not, you can come and find me in the silent study section of the library for a pep talk in between my hysterical sobs over my Social Policy in Europe essay.
Zoe on Jake
What were your first impressions? Great first impression - he kindly offered to buy me a drink even though I’d already bought one myself. What do you think of the choice of venue? JC’s was practically dead at the time, but I was quite glad because it meant we could get a good conversation going without being interrupted. Any striking conversation points? His story about getting drunk and falling off a train was definitely a highlight! Did you wonder why he wasn’t in a relationship at any point? Yes I did wonder why, because Jake was really easy going and great to be around. If you were to be married and have babies, what would you want your baby to inherit? I’d want them to inherit his eyesight. There’s no way I’d want our children putting the ‘blind’ into blind date like I do. Any potential for a kiss? I don’t think we’d ever stop talking for long enough! Out of ten, what is your compatibility score with the other person? I’d say about 8 out of 10, we seemed to get on really well. Would you introduce him to your parents? Absolutely, my mum would love me to bring home a fellow gin lover. Would you like to meet again? I don’t see why not.
Jake on Zoe What were your first impressions? If I am honest, wow!
I’ve been in a long-distance relationship with my girlfriend for quite a while now, but I think she might be cheating on me with a ‘friend’. What do I do?
What do you think of the choice of venue? Good ol’ JC’s – nice and familiar, but watching them attempt to put Xmas decorations up was rather amusing. Thankfully we were not sat slam bang in the middle but as the place was dead, we were nearly the sole punters and the bar staff knew what was going on, so we got a few sniggers our way.
Luke Dearest Luke,
(Aunt Catrin is unqualified to give real advice and so all responses are intended to be more amusing than serious. The Waterfront recognises that occasionally she can’t even manage that, so please take all letters with a pinch of salt and refer to proper, grown-up professionals for real
Zoe Alford, a 19-year-old English Literature student, and Jake Wilson, a 23-year-old German student, meet in JC’s for The Waterfront blind date.
Dear Aunt Catrin,
What a hideous situation. Your letter is brief, and there are lots of things that you haven’t mentioned, but I shall do my best. As the survivor of a long-distance relationship, I can attest to the twinge of fear that you can get when you know something is wrong. This type of relationship has to be built on even higher levels of trust than you would ordinarily have, just because you’re not there to oversee their daily actions. You need to look at where your information is coming from. Have you been told something is awry, or do you just have the gut instinct that something isn’t right? There’s a lot to be said for instinct and experience, but you can’t rely on that alone. You need evidence. Start to think of yourself as a relationship super sleuth – the Sherlock Holmes of love. The method I found most efficient was the surprise appearance – the look on her face when you appear at her front door will tell you everything that you need to know. If she’s overjoyed, you’re probably safe. If not, well… I probably don’t live too far away, and I’ve got a myriad of amusing, animalbased knitwear that I can cheer you up with. If the situation turns out as bad as you fear, then you must remember that karma will soon catch up with him. If the guy she’s cheating with knows of your situation, then comfort yourself in the knowledge that he shares his morals with Robert Mugabe and John Terry. As for your girlfriend… Well, she’s arguably not much better, and you are undoubtedly better off without. Good luck, young Sherlock.
Blind Date When Zoe met Jake
Dear Aunt Catrin, I’m in my third year and appear to have lost all of my motivation to do anything. I’m scared of graduating and having to find a real job at the end of the year. Can you help me?
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Any striking conversation points? Both share the love for cold breakfast pizza! Sharing experiences of an eccentric lecturer we’d both had despite doing separate degree courses, we chatted for ages so there’d be loads that could be put here. Did you wonder why she wasn’t in a relationship at any point? Yep, I did wonder as to why because she’s so nice! If you were to be married and have babies, what would you want your baby to inherit? Nothing from me that’s for sure! If she can secretly fly or has superpowers, then those I suppose! Any potential for a kiss? A gentleman doesn’t kiss and tell! Out of ten, what is your compatibility score with the other person? Perhaps a cheeky 8? Would you introduce her to your parents? The thought of introducing someone to the parents is always a terrifying concept, as images of Meet the Fockers spring to mind. However, as she didn’t meet me and subsequently run away, a case of sure, Dr Pepper I think. Would you like to meet again? Yes, I would. She’s a lovely lady. Thank you good night, much love! •If you are interested in featuring in the blind date, email your name, age, course and level to firstname.lastname@example.org.
1,000 new jobs for graduates M
ORE than 1000 new job opportunities will be created for graduates across Wales during the next two years. They will be delivered by GO Wales which is running the Jobs Growth Wales Graduate Programme on behalf of the Welsh Government. GO Wales will be advertising up to 230 opportunities designed to give young graduates good quality employment in the period up to 31 March 2013, with an additional 400 each year after that. Swansea University students have already benefited from the scheme. Sam Wall is a Computer Science and IT graduate who graduated from Swansea this year and secured a Jobs Growth Wales opportunity with CDSM Interactive Solutions in Swansea as a Software Developer. Sam said: “I am working on front end web development for local companies as part of my role. It is great to be able to put academic work into a real work scenario meeting the challenges of a day-to-day job. This is a really beneficial scheme that
WORKING: Sam Wall. offers invaluable experience.” Launched in April this year, the Jobs Growth Wales programme which is funded by the Welsh Government and the European Social Fund, caters for young people that are job ready but have had difficulty securing employment. The programme offers a six month job
opportunity for graduates to become part of a company and be paid at the national minimum wage, or higher, for a minimum of 25 hours per week and maximum of 40 hours per week. Welsh graduates Bechan Carpenter and Matthew Smith are currently working for TES Aviation in Bridgend after applying for the vacancies via GO Wales. Sales Support Executive Bechan said: “This role means I am able to rotate around different departments learning how the whole business operates. “This has enabled me to meet more people than just in my department and get an interesting insight into how the work I do on a day to day basis affects all other departments in this business.” Graduates who are 24 years old and under, and either unemployed or working fewer than 16 hours per week, should visit the GO Wales web site to find out more, see the latest vacancies and make an online application for vacancies they are interested in. •www.gowales.co.uk/en/Graduate/ jgw
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Why wait? Teach First
CALLING all students! Do you agree that no child’s educational success should be limited by their socioeconomic background? If the answer is yes, then Teach First is for you. You don’t need piles and piles of work experience, just that passion inside you that social injustice isn’t right. Why not work for one ofthe UK’s largest graduate employers? The rise in tuition fees makes postgraduate study seem impossible but with Teach First you can gain a PGCE, and if you wish, a masters, all whilst gaining a salary. Now that I have listed all the perks, you hopefully won’t flick the page at the mention of teaching in a school in challenging circumstances for two years. True, teaching’s not for everyone, but the beauty of Teach First is you do not have to stay in the
Sign up for a week of work to boost your employability THE University is pioneering a new ‘Week of Work’ initiative designed to help boost students’ employability. Taking place during employability week – the 21st-27th January – students will be given the opportunity to take a week’s work experience with leading local companies invited by the Swansea University Employability Academy. Students’ Union Education Officer, Zahid Raja, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for students and local businesses alike. Students will gain a fantastic new experience and exposure to a field of work that the University has
sourced. The experience will be reflective and the University has assured us that whilst students won’t be paid for this, travel and lunch expenses shall be reimbursed.” With students constantly being reminded that a degree is no longer enough in the world of work, this initiative is part of the university’s attempts to boost its employability rate and is recognised on the Swansea Employability Award, which every student is encouraged to complete, and which allows you to develop your understanding of what career may best suit you and tailor your CV to match. BRAND MANAGER: Emma Mckay. classroom at the end of the two years if you decide you want experience somewhere else, 54% of ambassadors are currently in teaching and the other 46% are able to influence change in education, in business, the third sector and government, through alternative careers. As a brand manager for Teach First here at Swansea University, I joined the charity because I am inspired by their vision. I am the first person in my family to go to university, and was motivated by a teacher who believed in me, so I have seen first-hand the difference that an exceptional teacher can make. Teach First is a hugely exciting place to be and has just celebrated its tenth anniversary. The programme is rewarding, stimulating and challenging; you will certainly never find a dull moment. Whether you’re a first, second or third year, Teach First is something to think about now. •To find out more, please join the Teach First Swansea University
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Eid gifts bring smiles to faces of sick children in hospital A
S part of Swansea University Islamic Society’s Eid Al-Adha celebrations, students visited Morriston hospital children’s ward with handfuls of gifts and Eid cards. Over 50 gifts ranging from plastic babies, small puzzles, board games, books, arts and crafts, and toiletries were delivered in coordination with the hospital staff and nurses. The project was organized by the Federation of Student Islamic Societies (FOSIS), the umbrella organization of more than 120 Islamic Societies (ISOCs) across the UK and Ireland. FOSIS support ISOCs projects and aims to engage Muslim students with the community and wider British and Welsh society. Over 150 gifts, accompanied with personalized Eid greeting cards prepared by children of local scout groups, were distributed in Wales. Six Islamic societies took part: Cardiff, Cardiff Metropolitan, Glamorgan, Swansea, Bristol and University of West England (UWE) in three hospitals: Health-Cardiff, Bristol Royal Hospital for children and MorristonSwansea - with more than £300 raised through FOSIS Wales and West and participating ISOCs for the project. The aim of the project was to engage with the British/Welsh society, integrate with the local community
Christian Society to host festive carol concert
Musicians’ Society concert kicks off Christmas THE Swansea Musicians’ Society held their annual evening of Christmas festivities at St Mary’s Church in Swansea on Sunday, writes Rosie Perrett. The audience was treated to a range of music from the society’s different groups that have all been working very hard on their pieces. The groups included a flute choir, strings group, a brass ensemble, an orchestra, a wind band and a big band.
and teach children about Eid and its significance to Muslims. “We follow the prophet Muhammad’s (peace be upon him) teachings of visiting the sick and showing compassion and love towards them,” said ISOC President Hassan Hamdoun. “Visiting the sick is rewarding, especially for the children. Eid is also a special day and big celebration for Muslims where children receive gifts from family and friends. We wanted to bring joy to ill children and share Eid happiness and jubilation with them. We love the children and bringing a
THE Christian society will be opening its doors for a carol service tonight (Dec 10) at St James’ Church, Walter Road in Uplands. All are welcome, with doors set to open at 6.45pm. The society’s secretary, Ruth, said:
smile in their faces is the least thing we can do this Eid.” On giving the presents to the children in Morriston Hospital, Hamdoun said: “The experience was incredible. Seeing the smiles on children’s faces after giving the gifts, the brightness in their eyes, and the joy in their faces was just amazing.” Swansea University’s Islamic Society would like to thank Morriston Hospital for their support and distributing the gifts and FOSIS Wales and Wales for organizing the project, especially to Nicola Lewis. “It really does promise to be a lovely night and an opportunity not to be missed out on because this is the only carol service organised for students by students. We will be having performances from our very own Swansea University Gospel Choir.”
The strings and brass section along with the big band have also been out and about in Swansea and the university providing an array of music for everybody’s benefit. Music at the concert included some classical tunes from the orchestra and string group. Jazz fans enjoyed hearing the Big Band playing some classics such as “I Wish” by Stevie Wonder and “Street Life” by Randy Crawford. The Wind Band played a rendition of Indiana Jones, and there truly was something to love no matter your musical taste. •Contact the Musicians’ Society at musicians@swansea-union. co.uk
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SPOTLIGHT - BIoscience Society THE Bioscience Society has seen positive changes this new academic year. Comprising a larger team of dedicated committee members, they seem to have started the year on the right foot. The first step towards success was during Freshers Fayre, where they signed up significantly more members than in the previous year. The society President, Brenda Tysse said: “Despite being a bit hidden amongst other societies’ stalls, we pulled it off, but I believe that the Students’ Union helped us achieve this by improving the layout of the marquee, and also by introducing the new payment system (cash point and online website) which also seemed to work in our favour.” Every good start deserves a good followup and the Bioscience Society has seemingly
accomplished this, developing rapidly and organising various fun events such as the animal-themed Halloween social and upcoming Christmas movie night, as well as photography competitions, fundraising events and their yearly event of “final year presentations”, where third year students are encouraged to give a practice talk based on their research project. First and second years are welcome to come along in order to find out more about what this will be like for them in following years. For next term, other exciting activities being planned include the ‘Create Your Own Science Video’ workshop, with the goal of promoting science through media and providing students with new skills, as well as trips both locally and abroad, together with science-based video
competitions. With all these events and more ahead, the Bioscience Society is keeping busy. Said Tysse: “We’ve had a huge improvement since last year already, and are hoping for further positive outcomes throughout this year’s new and exciting upcoming events which are leading to an improved society that will cater for more students. “However, all of this could not be arranged without a good committee, so I must admit that I am very thankful for the effort put in by our new committee members. “They are all very dedicated and deserve to be on the spotlight!” •For more information, email: bioscience@ swansea-union.co.uk
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BRITISH Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) has introduced a new national competition set to take place in February. The event will be the largest of its kind in the UK, and will see approximately 6,000 students compete over three days. Karen Rothery, the CEO of BUCS, was “delighted” to have welcomed Great Britain’s Iwan Thomas and Joanne Jackson, who helped to launch the event. “BUCS is delighted to be joined by Joanne and Iwan for the launch. “This event will host some of the finest young athletes in the country, and like Joanne and Iwan, some will go on to compete for Great Britain
on the international stage. “University sport has a history of playing an important role in the development of this country’s best athletes.” The event will also feature the previously stand alone BUCS Long Course Swimming Championships. With Swansea renowned for their swimming prowess, the swimming club will be setting their sights on more success in February. The BUCS Nationals event will take place at Ponds Forge in Sheffield between February 22-24. BUCS
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Swansea success at Gala secures league promotion PAUL SCHILLACI
GOING UP STREAM: Swansea’s swimmer at Surrey Sports Park’s swimming pool. by Craig Hadley firstname.lastname@example.org
SHEFFIELD: The inaugural host city.
LAUNCH: Joanne Jackson (left).
SWIMMING captain Josh Dunn expressed his delight at an “unexpected league promotion” following success at the team gala event in Surrey. Swansea will now compete in the top division of BUCS along with the likes of Bath who are frequent rivals of Swansea during major national
competitions. “We certainly did not think we’d be promoted this year,” said Dunn. “We weren’t expecting quite such good swims but I’m very proud of the team.” Swansea finished second in their BUCS league but were promoted due to strict competition regulations. Bath 2nds won the league by 47 points, but a university is only allowed one representative in the
top flight of BUCS. Despite not winning outright Dunn spoke of his team’s justification for gaining promotion. “There were 11 teams in our division this year, and out of the 24 competitive races we took part in, Swansea claimed a podium place in 15 of them,” said Dunn. “Swansea also did not come lower than seventh in any of the 24 races.” Speaking of the gala event in particular, Dunn was pleased given a late minute change to the line-up. He said: “For most of them it’s their first gala for the university. “Swansea swam well but in particular: Lesley Dawson, Lou Gates and Kat Muller all swam exceptionally well. “Dawson was filling in for a last minute drop out, and came first in the 200m freestyle. “Gates won both the 50m and 100m breaststroke with Muller also winning two events, the 50m freestyle and the 50m butterfly.” Dunn also spoke of his “delight” to have the Welsh national pool so close to the university. He added: “Obviously having the Welsh national pool to train in is a delight.”
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SWANSEA 4ths 21-5 CARDIFF MET 4ths
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Swansea get the job done in BUCS cup tie by Jodie O’Donnell
Swansea win fiery encounter
REGROUP AND GET AT THEM: Despite an early scare, Swansea asserted their dominance against Cardiff Met at Sketty Lane in front of a crowd of home support. Liam Crandon converted a penalty. Crandon. Swansea’s place in the boys today,” said Tarbard. by Max Stevens Cardiff Met grew into the game third round of the cup was secured “The team played outstandingly email@example.com and following a collapsed scrum, five minutes from time. well against Cardiff Met. Steve Scallen touching down, “I am particularly proud of the were able to take the lead through SWANSEA are through in the teamwork and aggression showed.” an unconverted try. following a strong run from inside BUCS cup following a fiery clash The home side rallied back and centre Billy Muddock. In the opening ten minutes the with Cardiff Met in the second referee was forced to call over the after two more penalties from The conversion was missed by round of the BUCS cup. two captains twice, to warn their Crandon, found themselves 9-5 up Crandon. Coach Oliver Tarbard was pleased players to calm it down. at half time. The freshers’ side will now face with what he saw from his side Sixteen minutes after the restart Trinity St David in the third round. Swansea started the stronger following their 21-5 win over the side, pushing Cardiff Met back into substitute Alex Dodd-Jones broke Tarbard’s team will be looking for team from the capital. their own half; and the pressure through and over the line to score. revenge after being outplayed by “I’m unbelievably happy for the paid off in the eighth minute when With the extras converted by Trinity back in October. Swimming
Davies stars at short course event
RISING STAR: Georgia Davies in 2010. by Finlay Boland firstname.lastname@example.org
LONDON Olympian Georgia Davies celebrated double gold at this year’s BUCS short course swimming championships, breaking two BUCS records in the process. In her first competition since representing Great Britain at the Olympics, Davies showed just why she had made the Olympic squad winning both the 50m and 100m backstroke. “It was great to medal against such big swimming universities
like Loughborough and Bath,” said Davies. “All the swimmers on the team put in a tremendous amount of training prior to the event. “I hope the whole team can perform as we did at the short course, going into the BUCS long course championships next year.” Davies blew away the field in the 100m event, having beaten her nearest rival, Loughborough-based Kathryn Willis by over three seconds. She also swam a record time in the 50m event, coming ahead of Bath’s Jennifer Oldham. Davies’ teammate Alice Tennant also won gold for Swansea; winning the 400m individual medley (IM) in a personal best time. Tennant was not done as she went on to secure silver in the 200 IM as well as a bronze in the 400m freestyle. Both Davies and Tennant also collected bronze medals in the 4X50m freestyle relay. Davies remains focused on the future, as she targets a place at the Commonwealth Games in 2014. Swansea University finished fifth overall at the event, with 182 points.
Swansea through to quarter finals after strong home win by Daniel Jenkins email@example.com
SWANSEA produced a brilliant performance to secure a quarter final place, seeing off Plymouth Marjons in their BUCS cup third round tie. Goal defence Angharad Morris was pleased with the team’s performance and believed the team had gone to “the next level”. “Everyone stepped up their game to the next level against Plymouth,” said Morris. “We were chuffed with the result. Amber Jones was key, she rarely missed a shot all game.” In a closely fought first quarter Swansea were the happier of the sides, going into the first break 13-9 up. Swansea kicked things up a gear in the second, playing the ball around with confidence. Superb finishing from Amber Jones and Rebecca Steingass, meant at half time the score was
23-14 in Swansea’s favour. Swansea really turned on the style in the third quarter, as Plymouth failed to respond to the home side’s high tempo game. With a strong defence behind them, Swansea’s high-tempo game allowed Jones and Steingass to continue their high scoring rate. The impressive pair scored 26 between them over the course of the second and third quarters. With the game beyond Plymouth going into the final quarter, Swansea eased off as the final minutes ticked by. Swansea will now face a tough home tie against high flying Bristol 2nds on February 6.
SWANSEA men’s badminton 1sts advanced to the quarter finals of the BUCS cup following a 7-1 win over Winchester. Doubles player John Lee believes he thought “Swansea would do well” following a strong start to the day. Lee said: “Our play was on form from the start. “From then on I knew Swansea would do well.” Swansea’s Chris McMullan and Barry Garnham had both got off the perfect start winning their opening matches with Winchester’s Tom West and Jake Hedges respectively. Despite a comprehensive defeat in his opening game; Winchester’s first seed Hedges came out for his second game determined to get one over on Swansea’s second seed McMullan. An intense finish match followed with McMullan the eventual winner. McMullan admitted after the match he probably should have won more comfortably. “I let my guard slip against Hedges,” said McMullan. “It was probably because I had won by a clear 13 points in the first.” Swansea’s most experienced player, Garnham, despite an early dip in his usually high standards; saw off West to give Swansea a 4-0 lead after the singles matches. Winchester got their first point on the board after their pairing of captain Ross and Mars Chu narrowly defeated Swansea’s Oli Knibbs and Steve Spyrakis. Swansea reasserted their dominance in the next game with Sam Crossley and Lee hastily dispatching Ross and Chu.
SWANSEA: Sam Crossley in action.
OUR BALL: Swansea resisting Marjons.
The home side then extended their lead winning the other two doubles matches; to win 7-1 overall. Swansea will now play struggling Cardiff Met 1sts for a place in the semi-finals of the BUCS cup at stake.
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Coach Keyse furious with Swansea performance Despite this however, Swansea could not make it capitalise. firstname.lastname@example.org The battle for the ball was proving tough as neither team could establish their respective games. The UWE Bullets took control of UWE 1sts the game with the first touchdown of the game coming from a quick SWANSEA 1sts breakaway. Swansea went into the break trailing by six points. SWANSEA head coach Nick Keyse The Titans were now fully aware insisted “urgent improvements” they needed to pick up their were required following a poor offensive game in the second half. performance against league In reality the pressure on the leaders UWE. offensive team told and despite a Offensive captain Ollie Runswick 50 yard rush by Runswick, Swansea echoed Keyse’s words, hoping to failed to turn the tide of the game. see improvement in coming weeks. The poor offensive performance “We had a slow start today and mounted more pressure on the took too long to get into the game. defensive line-up with UWE on the “We put too much pressure on front foot. the defence and need to improve Two touchdown passes and our timing, execution and get more another run saw the home side aggressive.” stretch their advantage over the Swansea started well with a kick Welsh university side to 24 points deep into the home side’s half. without reply. Team captain Stephen Swansea will hope they can turn Donaldson-Ellison led the way as around their recent form with two Swansea tried to pin the UWE side defeats from two matches played. deep in their own half. Keyse’s side will look to get much The Swansea Titans then went on needed points on the board before the offensive thanks to their strong the winter break with home games field position. against both Bath and Bath30/10/2012 Spa. SMU-PGCE-hpage-waterfront-Oct12_SMU-PGCE-hpage-waterfront-Oct12 by Simon George
Bowley inspires impressive Swansea win in BUCS trophy
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SPIRITED SWORDPLAY: Swansea’s captain Ruth Bowley (right) was truly unbeatable. by Craig Hadley email@example.com
CAPTAIN Ruth Bowley produced a stunning unbeaten display to secure Swansea’s place in the third round of the BUCS trophy. 17:43 Page 1 They will now face Exeter who
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defeated Swansea back in October, but Bowley remains positive. “I thought the performance from the team was really good today,” said Bowley. “Hopefully we can keep up our winning streak, having now won our last four. “I know the trophy matches will
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get tougher, but I hope we can keep up our performances.” Swansea’s second consecutive trophy win is even more remarkable given that Swansea had failed to win any of their matches last season. The first discipline was Sabre. Swansea dominated the Sabre, winning 45-27, despite a strong showing by Queen Mary’s Frederica Sheehan-Greatorex. The strong Swansea trio of Anna Lawrence, Madelaine ‘Swifty’ Swift and Megan Lillycrop proving too much for Queen Mary’s to handle. The second discipline was Foil. Despite a strong 5-2 opening bout win for Bowley, Swansea found themselves 20-7 down after four. Bowley returned to the piece determined to set the record straight, and recorded a remarkable 17-4 victory over Amber Jamshad in just over two minutes. Swansea went on to win the Foil 45-40. Going into Épée, Swansea needed just 23 points to win overall. Consistent scoring from Bowley, Kitty Nicholas and Zoe Beynon was enough for Swansea to secure the match, but sadly not the Épée.
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Men’s football club host a nine hour row and ride event for Welsh charity
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DAY: A member of the men’s football club on the rowing machine. by Craig Hadley email@example.com
SWANSEA men’s football club have raised over £1000 following a charity row and ride event in aid of Wales Air Ambulance. Treasurer Zac Shayler urged others to follow their example and do more for charity, following the
AND NIGHT: The men’s football club continue to push as 6pm deadline draws closer.
success of the row and ride event. “I definitely believe clubs should do more,” said Shayler. “Clubs have the availability of willing individuals to take part at their disposal. “I don’t know why you don’t see more events like this. “You should support as many charitable causes as you can as both a club and as an individual.”
The football club’s target distance was100km. With only time against them, Swansea’s footballers were determined to show what they were made of. At the halfway mark Swansea were on target, having rowed 50km. As the team continued to push, the sun set in front of them which brought with it more issues for the
participants. Shayler described the temperatures they faced as “Baltic” as the 6pm deadline approached. Swansea men’s football finished with an incredible 128km on the rowing machine. This amounts to rowing across the English channel. The team also rode the equivalent of Swansea to London on the bike.
Swansea go through on penalties SWANSEA 1sts (p) 0-0 CARDIFF MET 2nds
HONOUR ON THE LINE: After an impressive cup campaign last year, Swansea were forced to work hard in order to overcome a strong Cardiff Met side at Sketty Lane. by Alex Powell firstname.lastname@example.org
LAST year’s BUCS Cup semifinalists, Swansea 1sts, are through to the quarter-finals having narrowly beaten Cardiff Met 2nds on penalties. Captain Kira Davies believes Swansea “can go all the way” in the BUCS Cup competition following an incredible unbeaten start to the
domestic season. “We remain unbeaten this season and I feel we can go all the way this year in the cup. “We just need to keep our focus over the Christmas break.” Despite the win Davies felt it was a shame that Swansea could not finish the game off sooner. “It was a shame that we couldn’t convert our opportunities that we had within normal time,” added Davies.
“But I thought it was an exciting game to have been a part of.” After an uneventful first half, Swansea pushed hard for a winner in the second. With Cardiff Met on the back foot, Swansea continued to move the ball looking for the crucial goal. Despite their best efforts, Cardiff Met held out and took the game into extra time, which also remained goalless, which meant penalties would decide the game.
Initial successful penalties from Davies and Jennie Ellis were cancelled out by Cardiff Met’s Amy Cullen and Katie Probert. The first lapse came from Cardiff Met, with Swansea goalkeeper Becca Holland’s save ensuring Swansea’s win. Davies praised her keeper’s efforts following the shootout victory. “Becca Holland made some insane saves today and for me was the player of the match,” said Davies.
A STIRRING second half comeback was not enough for victory as Gloucestershire knocked Swansea out of the BUCS cup, thanks to an extra time winner. Captain Rory Thorburn, sidelined by injury, praised his team’s efforts despite defeat but was critical of the umpires’ decisions. “We knew we had a great chance of winning this game,” said Thorburn. “The boys all knew what needed to be done to reach the quarterfinals, but it just didn’t seem to work for us. “Going two nil down was very frustrating, particularly as we felt the first was an incorrect decision. “I felt it shouldn’t have been a short corner in the first place, Simon Slabbert made a tremendous tackle but the umpire decided to award the short corner. “A penalty flick was then given due to it hitting a player on the line. “Despite this it was a tremendous effort to crawl back to two all, with everyone putting in one hundred percent.” Having beaten Gloucestershire 1sts the previous week in the league, Swansea were confident going into the cup tie. Nick Lampkin’s, controversially given; penalty flick was the only thing separating the two sides after a cagey first half. Inside the first five minutes of the second half, a second penalty flick was awarded. Lampkin converted again to put Gloucestershire two up and leave Swansea with it all to do. Swansea bombarded the Gloucestershire area in the next 20 minutes and finally broke through on the hour mark, with Sam Heaver pouncing on a penalty corner rebound. There was one last twist to come in normal time. In the penultimate minute of the game; Andrew Willemite found space in the box to drill in a superb equaliser and take the game into extra time. Having shown excellent spirit to fight back from two down, Swansea were caught out by a sucker punch in the first period of extra time. Gloucester sealed the game when a fortuitous deflection wrong-footed Gerrard and found its way into the Swansea goal.
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p29 SWANSEA SENSATION: Swansea University student Dewi Griffiths (above) is on top form this year, culminating in his Braids Hill victory in Edinburgh. by Alex Cole email@example.com
SWANSEA University athletics and cross country club has achieved its most successful finish at Braid Hills since the beginning of the competition back in 2002. The men’s team finished in 4th with the women’s team finishing in 9th, both surpassing previous bests, a feat that pleased Swansea’s club
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Loughborough Durham Bath Exeter Birmingham
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captain Richard Mann. “The teams put in a great performance at Braid Hills,” said Mann. “Both the men’s and women’s teams achieved their highest team positions in years. “We also had quality individual runs from both Dewi Griffiths and CeriAnne Santos.” Dewi Griffiths starred as he was crowned the men’s champion eclipsing the previous Swansea best of twelfth; held by Ross Macdonald.
Griffiths completed the race in 31.26, a whole minute ahead of his nearest rival. Edinburgh-based James Waldie finished second with Cambridge runner Sullivan Smith completing the podium places. In the women’s race Ceri-Anne Santos finished in a very respectful 23rd, Swansea’s fourth ever quickest time, with Leeds-based Lucy Crookes winning the event. The fastest in Swansea women’s
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history is held by Holly Lawrence who finished in 6th in 2009. The annual pilgrimage to Edinburgh for BUCS due to its popularity with many university teams in Scotland, Wales and England competing. The course features fierce uphill and steep downhill sections which makes the event a tough feat for any competitor. Mann admitted the course is “one of the toughest of the season” that Swansea compete at.
Fixtures for Week 10
Week 8 - November 28
Week 9 - December 5
Week 10 - December 12
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SWANSEA 1st 3-0 BRIGHTON 1st SWANSEA 1st 1-4 GLOUCS 1st SWANSEA 4th 21-5 CARDIFF MET 1st SWANSEA 1st 44-25 MARJONS 1st SWANSEA 1st 3.5-2.5 BATH 1st
GLAM 1st 10-0 SWANSEA 1st SWANSEA 1st 13-24 CARDIFF MET 1st SWANSEA 2nd 3-0 SWAN’ MET 1st SWANSEA 1st (p) 0-0 BRISTOL 2nd SWANSEA 1st 135-108 UWE 1st
SWANSEA 1st v CARDIFF 1st PLYMOUTH 1st v SWANSEA 1st UWE 1st v SWANSEA 2nd CARDIFF 3rd v SWANSEA 3rd SWANSEA 4th v CARDIFF MET 3rd
Swansea’s class shines through in BUCS cup tie
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