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FRESH E R Freshers Week 2011

Brought to you by York Vision

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1 Welcome! WELL HELLO there, Freshers! Welcome to your very own magazine, created by your favourite campus newspaper, York Vision. Within its sumptuous pages you’ll find everything you could possibly want to know in order to settle in at York - food, fashion, finances, music, opinion, interiors, nightlife and much more. If you’d like to get involved in some university media (and quite frankly, why wouldn’t you?), then come and find us at the Freshers Fair on Saturday. We’ll be handing out freebies, grinning manically and hoping you’ll sign up to, what we believe, is the best society on campus. Whether you’re interested in writing, reporting, editing, design, photography or management - we’d be delighted to have you! But for now, take a few minutes, put down the campus map you’ve been attempting to translate, and peruse these pages. We hope you enjoy them as much as we enjoyed making them.

Contents 2 First Impressions 3 New Kids On The Block 7 Three Ways With Bolognaise 9 Odd Socs 11 Is This The Dawning Of The Age Of Austerity? 13 Face The Music 15 Join The Club 16 Put Pen To Paper 17 4 The Boys

Maddy & Katy York Vision Editors

18 4 The Girls 19 Inside Story

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20 The Men’s Room 21 Break The Bank 24 What the Duck 26 The Bucket List

FRESHER was created by the following Visionaries: Katy Roberts, Maddy Potts, Paul Virides, Megan Graham, Luke Sandford, Matthew Pendlington, Isaac Simon, Anna McKay, Jack Kinght, Scott Simmons, Rachel Pronger, Teja Pisk


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first Impressions You only get to make one! So make it count with Isaac Simon’s top tips for settling in...

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t the front of every Fresher’s mind when they first go to university is: how do I make a good impression and make friends? Until now your parents and friends have known you long enough to have accepted your perceived bad habits. But at university? The game’s up...

Drink Up A sure way to make a good impression without much effort? Buy the first round of drinks. Don’t worry about the cost, you’ll make it back through drinks bought for you over the rest of the night. But more importantly, it shows that you’re sociable, friendly and generous.

Wash Up Confession time: my washing up habits were not top notch in my first year. It annoyed some people, and I’d recommend here and now that you start working on yours. You’ll be sharing a kitchen with around ten other Freshers, so there’s plenty of room for irritation, tension and passive-aggressive notes on the fridge. You definitely don’t want to be the person everyone complains

about. Even if you’re on your way out and it’s the last thing you want to do (let’s face it, it’ll never be top of your list), just get on with it. your flatmates will thank you!

Shut Up Now, a lot of people like to talk about themselves, which there’s nothing wrong with! However, talking less and listening more during the first few weeks is an excellent way to make a good impression. Beware; we tend to talk more when nervous, using small talk as a way to keep the conversation going and to guard against awkward silences. Remember though, everyone loves a good listener and there’s nothing wrong with a little silence.

Scrub Up Sharing a shower with ten other people does take some getting used to. You’ll probably spend more time waiting to use the shower than you will reading for your seminars. But even when your flatmates finally emerge, it’s wise to be wary of what state the shower will be in. Rinse it every time you use it, even if you think you’re the only one doing it.


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NEW

KIDS

Freshers Week 2011

ON THE

BLOCK

Who’s enrolling at Hollyoaks Community College this autumn? Maddy Potts and Katy Roberts goyou behind Brought to by Yorkthe Vision scenes to meet the newest intake of Freshers, to find out who’s going home early and who’s going off the rails...


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xtras, girls?” asks the up the steps outside The Dog In The receptionist at the Lime Pond, “you can probably tell that Pictures studio where we things aren’t going too great for Rob! have arrived not, in fact, to stand in Of course, I couldn’t possibly tell you the background of shots and try not what happens!” David sticks to his lips are sealed, to look at the camera, but instead to word and his interview the new cast members who but with talk will be taking on the roles of this of a mugbuzzyear’s Hollyoaks Community College ging ing around Freshers. cast Repressing the urge to assent and the see how far we can push this, we ex- and crew, seems plain our appointment, taking a seat it next to a plasma television looping Rob’s welto trailers for Geordie Shore and op- come posite three foot-high glittery letters the village spelling out ‘Essex’. For this is the may not be T he Riv home of the multi-million pound pro- as friend- in Liverer Dee... pool duction company that has given us, ly as he’d not just Hollyoaks calendars, “On it like. Just past The Dog’s facade and like a car bonnet” and Joey Essex, but also Grange Hill, The Season and the stretch of water making up an erShelfstackers. And as we sit on a sofa satz River Dee is the studio canteen. so soft that our knees are higher than Here we meet Calvin Demba, who our heads, watching Georgi Porter plays Scott, and Holly Weston, who and Jesse Metcalfe pass in dressing plays Ash, as well as Scarlett Bowgowns, in hobbles a young man with man and Lucy Dixon, who play sixth formers Maddie one leg in plaster, and Tilly. Holtwo black eyes and lie-Jay Bowes, a peppering of nasty “Starting here is a lot gashes across his like starting university.... who plays longstanding characface. This is David Atkins, fresh from thrown in at the deep end; ter Michaela Mcthe make-up depart- it felt like everyone else Queen, joins us ment, and on his already knew each other.” as we chat about Freshers Week way to set. We take experiences. “I advantage of his inhibited speed to join him on the way went to Newcastle University,” exand ask him about what it’s like to be plains Scarlett, “and Freshers Week taking on the role of sportsman and was mad. I went with friends, but of course we all ended up in different part animal, Rob. “I haven’t been to university, and flats. So then you’re on your own, I started to crave that mad, non-stop desperate to get to know people, you lifestyle. So now I’m living my uni- start being overly friendly and needy versity years through the show!” –” “Just like joining Hollyoaks!” And as David struggles to get used jokes Hollie-Jay. “Starting here actually is a lot like to his crutches, we pump him for information about his upcoming sto- starting at university,” agrees Holly. rylines. “Well,” he laughs, stumbling “I joined on my own, so I was sort of


5 thrown in at the deep end; it felt like ing until well into the night. “Ash is everyone else already knew each oth- hungover a lot,” explains Holly, “so er.” And Calvin agrees, explaining even when I’m not tired I get given that moving up to Liverpool at the eye bags in make-up every morning!” age of 18 filled him with trepidation. “But it’s hardly like work,” chimes in “I’ve never even lived away from my Calvin, “It’s constant banter, and we mum before! When I read the scripts are so privileged to be able to do what love.” Lucy agrees; we with ScottWeek living 2011 on his own for the we Freshers Brought to you by “Everyone York Vision first time, they just seem so similar work with is just fantastic! The crew to my life. The other week I had to are constantly amazing – and I have ring a friend just to find out how to no idea how because they work even use a washing machine!” The others longer hours than us!” Again, the actors are reluctant laugh, but Calvin insists he’s not jokto give too much ing. “Honestly, it away when we took me two days for hints to dry my clothes! I “Ash has a little too much beg like to pretend it’s to drink as soon as she ar- about upcoming “Ash method acting.” rives... She spends the rest storylines. is the wild child “And I’m a southerner,” he goes on, of Freshers Week regret- of the group,” says Holly, whose ting it.” “with a cockney accharacter tries to cent – these Scousbalance responers just don’t have the same banter that I’m used to!” sibilities at home with her decadent “He’s right,” agrees Lucy, “half the student lifestyle. “She has a little time I need an urban dictionary to too much to drink and embarrasses understand Calvin!” As the others herself as soon as she arrives. She laugh Calvin grins and leans over spends the rest of Freshers Week rec o n s p i r a - gretting it...I think it’s something a t o r i a l l y , lot of students will identify with!” At the time we visit the set the “Sometimes I just make filming schedule is working around it up!” he six weeks ahead, so the SU Bar is decked out for Halloween, with whispers. While the pumpkin bunting and artificial cobstars may be webs on the walls between mocked channeling up club night posters. A bar runs student life alongside one wall, a pool table at Inside Che z Che z. the far end of the room, where some And you thought Zigg y’s t h r o u g h their new cast members are racking up to kill was grim r o l e s , time before their next scene. While there’s no they’re busy we grab a few minutes staying in bed until noon or turning with Tom Scurr, who plays aristoup at work hungover for them. The cratic Barney. It’s become something of a Holday before they’re filming the actors get a phone call with a time to be in lyoaks tradition to write in the part make-up. A call time of 7.30am means of a Fresher who, having missed out they’ll be in costume by 8.00am and on their place at Oxbridge for one on set an hour later, often not finish- reason or another, somehow finds


6 themselves incongruously slumming New Year’s Eve. When we speak to it at HCC. But whilst it m i g h t the Freshers, their on-screen debut is rapidly approaching, not be the most convincand it’s a prospect that ing or original storyline, fills Tom, for one, with it certainly provides dread. “I can’t stand some light relief. In a watching myself,” he recent scene, following laughs. “But I know I’ll a flat party that got out Freshers Week 2011 Brought to you by York have to force myself to of hand (happens to the Vision watch – you have to study best of us), the Freshit to see where you’re goers were busying theming wrong, where you can selves straightening improve.” out their new home, Sin ister alley way... For Tom, the highpoint when Barney came of joining the Hollyoaks across the travesty team was meeting Drop that was his finest Merlot in the fridge. “Whose idea of a joke is The Dead Donkey legend Jeff Rawle, this?” he demands of his flatmates, to who plays Silas Blissett, easily the most disturbing which Calvin invillain in Hollynocently replies, “Jeff Rawle introduced oaks history. “I “Wine does go in the fridge, doesn’t himself with; ‘Hello, I’m met Jeff for the it?” A mixture of the town serial killer. But first time passing a corridor. He confusion and disdon’t worry, I only kill in introduced himbelief crosses Barwomen.’” self with ‘Hello, ney’s face before I’m the town serial he asks, words dripping with disdain, “Do you live killer. But don’t worry, I only kill women.’ It was an unuunderground? White wine belongs in sual introduction.” the fridge, red wine beTom’s revelling in longs in the cellar.” the buoyant atmosTom, in contrast to phere. “It’s really Barney’s snobbery, is good, silly fun working humble and charming. here. We are just like “The greatest thing about a mismatched group Hollyoaks,” he explains, of Freshers who start “is that it’s keen to adapt off unknown to each to its audience. Some proother and then slowly grammes, I think, can get suss everyone out.” stuck in their ways. But s shoe And with the with Hollyoaks you know Mitz eee’s classy Fresher group stothat everyone’s talking rylines, which we’re assured about it, even if they’re not necessarily saying good things, and will involve plenty of wild nights out, room-hopping and sorrow-drowning, surely that’s the point?” The character of Barney will start beginning to unroll on our screens out as a slow burn, Tom tells us, this month, for York’s incoming with a big storyline coming his way Freshers it’ll be a question of: What’s later in the year, and climaxing on stranger, truth or fiction?


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3 ways with

Bolognese Whether you’re a food snob or a kitchenphobe, there’s no denying spag-bol is easy to make and tastes pretty good too. Vision’s Anna Mckay shows you how to take your bolognese sauce that bit further...

To make the sauce

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In a large pan, heat the oil and add the onion and garlic. Cook for 6-10 minutes on a medium heat, until the onion turns translucent. Add the mince, break up in the pan and cook for 5 minutes, until lightly browned. Pour in the tins of tomatoes and stir in the tomato puree and wine. Sprinkle over the paprika. Bring to the boil and then reduce the heat to a slow-bubble simmer. Leave the sauce to cook for 3540 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serves 6

500g beef mince 1 onion, roughly chopped 1 clove of garlic 1 dsp olive oil 1tsp paprika

2 tins chopped tomatoes 1 tbsp tomato puree 1 wineglass of red wine (optional)


8 If you want straight bolognese, you’re done. Boil some pasta, sprinkle over some cheese and enjoy. But if you fancy something different, here are recipes for lasagne and chilli.

To make the lasagne 1 box lasagne sheets Mozzarella cheese, chopped (optional) 1 jar white lasagne sauce Grated cheddar

To assemble the lasagne, repeatedly smear three tablepoons of bolognese, sprinkle over mozzarella and cover with lasagne sheets. Douse the last layer of lasagne with white sauce and sprinkle over cheddar. Bake for 35-40 minutes at 200ËšC.

To make the chilli 1 tin kidney beans, drained Hot chilli powder or chilli flakes

Cook the bolognese sauce as opposite up to step three. Sprinkle in some chilli with the paprika. One tsp of flakes or one and a half of powder makes a medium spice. Allow to simmer for 20 minutes, before tipping in the kidney beans. Simmer for another 15 minutes. Serve with boiled rice. You could also top with cheese and accompany it with soured cream and tortilla chips.

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OddSocs

Paul Virides takes a look at some of the university’s more unusual societies...

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tudent life at York just would not be the same if it wasn’t for the countless opportunities to get involved - through student democracy, societies or sports clubs. Societies are groups of people sharing a passion - whether that’s Pantomime or Harry Potter - but some are far more obscure than others. Forget the popularity of Dramasoc, student media and YUSnow, here’s a round up of some of York’s most unusual or eccentric offerings... Slackline Society You’ve heard of tightrope walking, and you’ve heard of trampolining. But have you ever tried to do both at the same time? Slackline Soc are a group of people promoting the art of “balancing on a flexible legnth of narrow webbing”. It’s easy to learn (we’re told) and they welcome new members - no experience necessary! BarberSoc You know you’re a little bit interested. Taking inspiration from the red-and-white-clad

singers of decades gone by, BarberSoc exist “for the encouragement and promotion of Barbershop Singing at the University of York” and they run a number of groups, including quartets and full choirs. They’re open to all members and don’t hold auditions. Musical styles range from jazz and swing to pop/rock numbers. STAR Student Action for Refugees is a social action group that’s all about promoting positive images of refugees and campaigning for refugees to the UK. Its members become part of the national STAR charity network. They volunteer on local refugee projects, so it’s a great way to get involved in big campaigns on a small level. TheatreGoers TheatreGoers are exactly what they say on the tin. They head out to see productions, often subsidised or at group rates, both in York and in bigger cities like London and Manchester. Tickets to see shows are cheaper

for members, and are usually sold on Vanbrugh Stalls. Get down to Freshers’ Fair to hear what they’re seeing this term. University of York Bellringers The bellringers are split into two groups - tower and hand. The former head into churches in the city (particularly St Lawrence and St Martin-le-Grand) and ring the church bells there, while the hand bell section are all about smaller sounds. They’re a socially-active society, always ready for new members. YUCAS It’s commonly appreciated that most students like cocktails. So the York University Cocktail Appreciation Society is all about bar crawls, mixing sessions and finding the very best cocktail bars in York. They have special deals with local bars like Vudu, and often run fairly cheap sessions to learn the basics of cocktail-making. You’ll be sipping Cosmopolitans like Sarah Jessica Parker in no time.


10 Raising and Giving is the charity wing of YUSU, and recently we’ve been working on THE BIG GREEN CLEAN...

Kit out your kitchen, protect the envrionment, give to a good cause. Find us in market square throughout Freshers Week.


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IS THIS

THE DAWNING OF THE

AGE OF AUSTERITY?

Luke Sandford and Matthew Pendlington ask: with tuition fees tripling in 2012, is this the last year Freshers will enjoy themselves?

YES Matthew Pendlington

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ood things always come in threes. There were three wise men who came to visit Jesus. Three little juicy pigs provided bacon for the wolf. Earth is the third planet from the sun. The volume of a cube is the product of three sums. But with students now paying over three times as much to study, three may not be the magic number after all. Everyone has just one true Freshers’ Week. They make friends anew, make new memories, and experience new cultures until small incidents are the stuff of legends. But whereas people are being told to start as they mean to go on with their education, the same cannot be said for their finances. Freshers’ Week can already be extremely expensive as it is, but a one-off where students are willing to give over their hard earned cash in favour of a greater social experience. However, with even more money going out to the thieving, moneysnatching fat cats to pay for a course exactly the same a year ago yet continued overleaf

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here has been a lot of fist -clenching recently over the new fee regime, and whether it will suck the fun out of university. Mull it over for a few seconds and you’ve got to be thinking it will. How can you have fun when you’re in that much debt? Well, actually, a lot of us are already in a lot of debt. My tuition and maintenance loans come to about £7,000 a year, and that doesn’t even cover all my rent, let alone bills, food and books. I’ll be lucky to graduate with less than £21,000 of debt, and most people will be in the same boat even before fees are tripled. That’s a similarly oppressive level of debt, and yet I’m still having the time of my life. That isn’t to say it isn’t wrong for so many other reasons though. Higher fees are already putting people off coming in the first place, and many people will never earn enough to pay off their loans. When your payslip still shows the repayment costs in 20 years it’ll still be a source of frustration, it’ll still impact on your standard of living. All these things are continued overleaf


12 students are certainly paying a pre- true, yes, but it won’t stop you enjoymium for their education. How can ing the time you spend at university. students not think twice about going Students will lose out elsewhere in their lives; many will be put off from out on a sumptuous spending spree? And therein lies the problem. spending time abroad, or pursuing Knowing that this is another cost to volunteer work. It will make career add to our crippling debt means lit- paths reliant on unpaid work experitle enjoyment for Freshers’ Week. ence even harder to follow. It won’t Add to that the fact that this debt stop university being fun. There are two things which might will overshadow the whole of our degrees, not just one week-long party, actually lead to university being less and it’s easy to see why people will enjoyable. Firstly, the uncertainty surrounding funding for the institube saving from the offset. Many will have to save as much tion. The full effect of the huge cuts of their maintenance loans as pos- to government funding for higher education is yet to be understood, but sible, knowing there is a real they eventually danger of unihave to pay it “The years of students versities being all back and enjoying Freshers Week u n d e r f u n d e d more. But is and standards this necessarin profligate ignorant falling. Secondily a bad thing? bliss are swiftly coming ly; the ability Sure, students to afford daily starting now to an end.” essentials. My will be paying maintenance a small fortune loan isn’t for a degree of questionable value, meaning they’ll enough, I need a good job to suppleprobably enjoy Freshers Week less. ment it, and I’m lucky to have that But if students started as they meant job. Struggling for cash is a huge to go on, then saving in the first burden, and one I hope the governweek should spill over to the whole ment one day addresses with larger degree, meaning they could actually maintenance loans. If you’re reading this, you’re be better off than those with smaller probably going to be in a lot of debt loans but who spent irresponsibly Too many people spend their stu- yourself. The reality is though, a dent loans like they’re earning fifty student loan is the best debt you’re thousand a year. In the real world, ever going to have, and now you’re people don’t buy takeaways every here you can’t let it worry you too night or go out partying four days a much. Don’t forget about it completely, and try and avoid commerweek because they cannot afford to. The truth of the matter is that the cially provided credit, but don’t let years of students enjoying Freshers’ it stop you enjoying yourself. The Week in profligate ignorant bliss are experience is part of what you pay swiftly coming to end. But for those for, helping develop you personally. joining now, wouldn’t it be better to Don’t forget that, and don’t let the enjoy Freshers’ Week a little less debt get you down too much. There’s than to become a lifelong slave to plenty of time for that when you’re old and responsible. debt?


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Face the Music

Vision’s achingly cool Scene Editor, Rachel Pronger, on catching live music in York...

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he chances are you didn’t choose York because of its music scene. This is a city with many fantastic qualities - cobbled streets, quirky bars and shops, a massive cathedral - but one thing it is not renowned for is live music. Yet, while it’s true that York doesn’t have the profile of larger cities, it shouldn’t be written off entirely. A massive advantage of studying here are the rail links to buzzing metropolises, Leeds and Manchester. But there’s no need to always head out of town to catch a decent gig. York can offer the discerning music fan a proper night out, as long as you know where to look…

The Duchess and Fibbers The Duchess and Fibbers, located literally on top of each other in Stonebow, are York’s most established music venues. The two have much in common, offering similar indie, electro and pop acts, plus a passable selection of alternative club nights, held in slightly dingy subterranean bars. Despite Fibbers’ extensive and expensive refurbishment last year, both venues retain a pleasing layer of grime (or as I like to call it, ambience) and have an intimacy that is often lacking from the academies that dominate the inner city gig scene. The level of act here varies considerably. Nowadays the program

tends to consist of once-big names past their prime (Steve Harley, Pentangle), genuine legends (Adam Ant, Shaun Ryder), interesting upand-coming acts (Lisa Hannigan, CSS) and cult performers (John Cooper Clark, The Fall), not to mention endless tribute acts (Small Fakers, U2-2, Letz Zep...). The names may not always be instantly recognisable but the calibre can be impressive, and the organisers have a knack for picking artists that eventually break through (recent Mercury nominated dub stepper with soul Ghostpoet and quirky songstress/wig sampler extraordinaire Beth Jeans Houghton). In fact, during its 19 years of business Fibbers has played host to early gigs from such names as Nine Inch Nails, Coldplay and Oasis. Music in York is notoriously under publicised, so to catch decent nights here you need to keep your wits about you (or just subtly stalk the hipsters). Nonetheless, at The Duchess or Fibbers the music fan can catch former or future big names in unpretentious, un-exploitative and intimate surroundings.

Established Venues For a more staid evening The Grand Opera House and The Barbican have respectable programmes. The former tends to focus on mainstream stand up and touring musicals,


14 but occasional gems can be rooted out from beneath the daytime television fodder. Last term it hosted legendary musical patriarch Loudon Wainwright III, whilst over the next few months we can look forward to Ryan Adams, Steve Earle, and Ghost The Musical. But maybe give that last one a miss. The recently renovated Barbican has only been up and running for a few months but has already proved the proud host of both ‘Mr Men and Little Miss Live’ and Morrissey in its first month. The pricey tickets are worth the chance to see veterans including, this term, Tindersticks, Nanci Griffiths and Glen Campbell. Plus the UK Snooker Championships, naturally.

for is some fun cheese, such as the Cheeky Girls or Basshunter. Unfortunately though, even these tacky pleasures are often crushed by poor acoustics, lecture theatre venues or over-crowding. Nonetheless, there is light at the end of the tunnel. RAG’s on-campus music festival Woodstock makes up for a lack of big names with brilliant atmosphere, canny organisation and a surprisingly effective festival vibe. With several stages, including an outdoor main stage, Woodstock is a brilliant, cheap day out.

Unexpected Magic

Open mic nights and quirky gigs can be found all over the city in pubs such as The Rook and Gaskill, bars such as Stereo or even in the loOn Campus cal cinema, where the basement has It might seem unlikely, but amongst been transformed into a tiny but the questionable architecture and rather lovely venue. Brit Awardwinning Laura excitable bird life Marling plays there are oppor“Woodstock makes York Minster tunities to catch up for a lack of big in October, an decent music exciting event on campus. Renames with brilliant that unsurcently, ambitious atmosphere, canny prisingly sold students have out in record been attempting organisation and a time over sumto revitalise live surprisingly effective mer, and one music on camfestival vibe.” that will be pus. Results have exclusively atbeen mixed, but hopefully credible music will be- tended by York students if my Facecome a more consistent feature in book news feed is anything to go by. It just goes to show that magical the future. There are, of course, YUSU’s gigs do happen in York - you just official events, from the constant- have to discover them. And in a way ly rebranded Freshers’ Ball/Big this is all part of what makes gigs Bang/Live and Loud, to Big D and in York so special. Partly because the Graduation Ball, which usually we’re not as spoilt for choice as the host a few minor T4 regulars and over-indulged inhabitants of Leeds some bland chart indie. Whilst oc- or Manchester, York music fans are casional gems do make the short- some of the most dedicated I’ve ever list, generally the best you can hope met.


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JOIN the CLUB

Vision’s resident Girl About Town teaches you about York nightlife, in her own inimitable style.

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o Freshers, you’re finally here! they are almost certainly the most You’ve packed up your life, bank- famous people who’ve ever visited. rupted your Dad in a single trip Shortly followed by the Romans, and to Morrisons and come to the realisa- S Club 3. Between Ziggy’s and Willow, tion that no matter how much you’re three years going out in York can paying for it, university accommoda- leave you a little “socially subnortion is universally shit. Free from old mal”. The first time you visit friends friends who remember that you used in Newcastle and ask them where Tup to eat soil as a child, Freshers Week is Tup Palace keep the prawn crackers your opportunity to reinvent yourself most people will assume you’re high. That’s why Salvation is perfect as a funnier, more interesting and more attractive version of yourself. for Freshers craving traditional club I consider it my proud duty to take events like school discos and foam you under my wing and provide all parties. This year they’ve got events lined up until Februthe knowledge you need to take those “Freshers Week is your ary that include UV American two ‘A’s and a ‘B’ and, opportunity to reinvent nights, Pie themed parties over your three years yourself as a funnier, and a Valentine’s here, turn them into more interesting and Day Ball. The club’s a passable 2:2, a concerning dependency more attractive version sister establishment, Bar Salvation, also on Efe’s takeaway of yourself.” do some beautifully and a tolerance for WKD that would put the most hardy good deals on Jaegerbombs, and the smoking area is universally deemed of Liverpool’s 14 year olds to shame. If your hair is as sizeable as your “pretty good.” Queue jump tokens are usually a boyfriend’s list of rugby-related misdemeanours then Mansion will be good idea, and these canbe obtained your haunt. For those who prefer to on campus during the day from Salsimulate sex in front of a club full of vation’s promoter Marc ‘Sharc’ Lawpeople, Tokyo is more than happy to rence. If you like your men to match oblige. Don’t like other people around their leaflets, tracksuits and car (and while you indulge in revelry? Head to let’s be honest, who doesn’t?) then Fibbers; it’s usually pretty empty. Marc is the guy for you. So what are you waiting for, darBut what if you’re wandering around the grey area between these three? In lings? Head to Rougier Street to samthat case my friend, Salvo is the place ple the delights of York on a Tuesday, and maybe I’ll catch you in a takeafor you. The reason the York tourism office way on the way home. Dixy Chicken play the Viking card so often is that anybody?


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Pointer A crew neck jumper is a at Urban staple for the colder season. Outfitters, For a wintry look choose a This season’s answer to military £170 fair isle style in autumnal footwear is the hiking colours. I love this one boot. I love these from Jack Wills, but it’s leather moccaexpensive. Check out Pursins from Urban ple Haze on Fossgate; the Outfitters, parnew upstairs menswear ticularly the cosy is fantastic for on-trend fleece lining. Dig jumpers at snip prices. deep into those pockets or look for TOPMAN kicked off its Jack Wills, £98 cheaper high street versions. ‘Made in Britain’ collection in September with a small range of knitwear made from British wool, spun right here in Yorkshire. Look out for the cable knit jumpers!

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2.Hiking

boys boots

Katy Roberts

ASOS, £26

ASOS, £30

TOPMAN, £80

Every season the catwalks, glossies and highstreet are filled with the newest trends, but not all of them are particularly wearable for students. So here’s my pick of the most covetable and accessable new season pieces...

For Autumn 3. brigHt CoAt

A bit of a daring trend for students, but it’s absolutely worth brightenFred Perry at Urban ing your wardOutfitters, £85 robe with one of these coats. It doesn’t need to be a trench as seen at BurbThe rucksack has over erry Prorsum taken the satchel as the (right), high coolest bag to store your street stores books. Available across are channelling all high street stores, their vision I particularly like the in lightweight colour-blocking on jackets. They will this ASOS rucksack certainly liven up (above). Stick to a gloomy autumnal canvas to be bang on wardrobe! Go on trend. boys - dare you!

TOPMAN, £40

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ZARA, £29.99

River Island, £45


18 It’s official: The 70s are still in and we should all be wearing wide-legged jeans. But will we really leave the comfort and familiarity of our skinnies? Unlikely. So update them with colour-popping brights or play it safer in autumnal tones of grape or mustard. J Brand Jeans are the ultimate inspiration, but coloured jeans are all over the high street. Shop online at Bershka for cheapies - a snip at £19.99 - in a wide range of colours.

2.Folk vibe

Continue Festival Fever into Autumn as folky, homespun fashion stays in the limelight this season. Go for a chunky cardigan in Aztec prints - Urban Outfitters and ARK have a wide selection. Or, if you’re more timid, stick to accessorises. I’m on the hunt for the perfect ‘dream catcher’ charm necklace and feather earrings.

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1.Denim

www.berksha.com, £19.99

Urban Outfitters, £19.99

ZARA, £19.99

Miss Selfridge, £37

3.Colour PoP TOPSHOP, £50

H&M, £14.99

TOPSHOP, £46

Colour blockingis staying strong this season. Liven up your autunal wardrobe with one of these little beauties - be it a satchel, a tote or a clutch.

It’s all about the jumper this Autumn/ Winter; be cute and cosy in one of these kitsch print numbers. For designer inspriation think Markus Lupfer (availabe at ASOS). Aubin & Wills have a gorgeous one in their new collection, but it’s a little on the pricy side. A cheaper option is available at ARK - check out their ‘Green Stag Sweat’. Jil Sander, Autumn/Winter ‘11

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4.Statement knit


19 Cushion cover H&M, £7.99

Shower curtain H&M, £14.99

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Floral Union Jack Canvas Debenhams, £16

Style note: if you’re lucky enough to ha ve an en-suite, make it appe ar lighter with a bright shower curtain like this one from H& M.

Crown hook Debenhams, £15

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Throw H&M, £29.99

Teacup candle notonthehighstreet.com £14.99 Shower towel H&M, £6.99

Baroque wall clock Argos, £14.99


20 Phoenix Mirror Clock Argos, £24

Cushion cover H&M, £7.99

Chas & Morph Bookends PresentsForMen.com £19.99

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Add style and sophistication to your space with these easy, affordable additions...

Faux leather teddy H&M, £12.99

Hour Glass John Lewis £20

Personalised city canvas Notonthehighstreet.com £7.99

Monkey door hooks Presentsformen.com, £10.99


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Break theBank Scott Simmons, on all things financial and fiscal...

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udgeting is a concept that was too good to leave out!). The first time you shop for yourmany will not have encountered before university. Life self the food freedom will takes is easy when food magically ap- over and you may start to closely pears on the table without your resemble a scene from Supermarket bank balance taking a bashing and Sweep. There’s no parent blocking your parents pay for your personal your attempts to sneak Iced Gems in the trolley and you don’t have to hygiene. But when your first food parcel convince anyone that Mini Chedbegins to disappear and your deo- dars are vital for your survival. dorant has diminished, you need to Despite this freedom, you will soon learn to ensure you have curb your enough money “The first time you shop enfoodiasm to avoid starvafor food, you may start or your stution and ensure to closely resemble a scene dent loan cleanliness. Like your new from Supermarket Sweep” will quickly disappear eccentric housemates, no two budgets are the same. into Mr Morrison’s pocket and you Some lucky individuals will be in could suffer from student starvaa position to incorporate weekly tion for the rest of term. Budgeting for nutritional necesASOS packages into their financial plan; for others, a couple of nights sities, whilst allowing scope for speout will leave them penniless. It’s cial offers and imminent inflation important to honestly assess your to avoid being your own dietary own, so you can evaluate how much dictator, is a good place to start. cash you have to splash. Then, di- Special offers can be a god-send for students and will help save a lot of vide your budget into three catego money, but ries: food, it’s imfunda- portant to mentals know when and fun to stop (food is, spendobvious- ing on ly, funda- those mental, delightbut the ful deals allitera- and tive trio remember


22 often require a joining fee (York Vion organic Um Bongo! This is a concept that could also sion is an affordable £5 if you’re inbe applied to the fundamental finan- terested?) or expensive equipment. cial outgoings. You will soon real- Don’t let your budget stop you from ise and resent that toilet paper and joining societies and having fun toothpaste don’t grow on trees, but with your finances. The last thing you want is these products to look back are paramount “Regarding toilet paper, I at your time when budgetwould seriously advise at university ing because, with annoywithout them, closely scrutinising the ance that you you will find market to ensure you buy didn’t join yourself in the right quality and the Lacrosse many a trouteam because blesome situaquantity.” you bought an tion. Regarding toilet paper, I would extra packet of Bernard Matthews seriously advise closely scrutinis- luncheon meat! Finally, if you feel that your ining your bowel movements and the toilet paper market to ensure you come doesn’t support your new buy the right quality and quantity. university lifestyle, an interest free If you spend too little on own-brand, overdraft can provide some respite. I leave you with an age-old cliyou may as well take A4 paper into the toilet, but if you spend too much ché: work hard, play hard. you’ll be reduced to bankruptcy by I also leave you with the Andrex puppy. It’s also impor- a not so age-old clitant to look for special offers and ché that I’m sure buy in bulk because, unlike food, will catch on: these fundamental products don’t if you haven’t got excessive have a use-by-date! Don’t Don’t forget that in addition to cash: these budgeting necessities, it’s Begrudge It, crucial to save money for your uni- Budget! versity experience. You will only be a student once, and should put money aside to ensure first year enjoyment. If you plan to go clubbing three nights a week then you should set a budget for the evening’s frivolities. Once you’ve set your limit, leave your debit card in you room because overzealous withdrawals (from ATMs that charge!) could lead to debt disasters! Furthermore, a plethora of clubs and societies are available and will


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YORK STUDENTS IN

THIS TERM’S ELECTIONS ARE WILD TUESDAY, WEEK 2 AT 7PM IN MURDER, P/L/001 HE WROTE

HUGE LOSSES NHS FUNDED COURSES SEE

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> £54K OWED BY ONE

ENT ALONE

BY KATY ROBERTS

A STUDENT at the University owes an astronomical £54,000 to the Student Loans Company, making them the 12th highest debtor in the country, Vision has learnt. The revelation comes to the fore in Vision's last edition before the University's fees announcement due on the 24th June. YUSU President Tim Ngwena confirmed last weekend that discussions in Heslington Hall about the final top-band

PLUS: VISION SPEAKS EXCLUSIVELY TO ALCUIN COLLEGE 'MADAM' - PAGE 7

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SEVERAL LANCASTER students were sent back to their university after consistently inappropriate behaviour over the Roses weekend. Vision spoke exclusively to the streaker from Friday's Rugby match at Huntington stadium. We also caught up with Lancaster Football 1sts Vice Captain after he missed the last game of the tournament following an injury he sustained after drunkenly jumping into the lake.

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figure to be set had essentially come to their conclusion. The £54,000 debtor is the only student based at an institution outside London in the top 20 debtors list for the entire country. In the last few days, Labour MP for York Central, Hugh Bayley, and NUS President Aaron Porter both reacted to the findings in reference to York's future students who can only expect to be overwhelmed by even higher levels of debt in the future.

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THE ULTIMATE FRESHERS' GUIDE TO YORK UNIVERSITY

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Across the board, about one-third of students who were due to finish their three-year course in that academic year dropped out or failed. These disclosures come from a series of Freedom of Information requests and interviews conducted over the last four months. A senior Financial Officer at the University conceded that if such high rates were seen in any other department, it would be a "very extreme, unprecedented event," and the University's teaching grant would be reviewed.

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THE UNIVERSITY'S Health Sciences department has been subject to chronic drop-out and failure rates in recent years, a Vision investigation can reveal. A sample of students who began their degree in 2006-07 revealed that around half of Nursing - Adult Health BSc (Hons) students failed to complete over the duration of their studies, meant to finish in the summer of 2009.

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YORK STUDENT

> TOP TWENTY YORK DEBTORS

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DAMNING Editorial positions in every section areVIOLATED" up for grabs, from News "I FELT Students arrive to find their LANDLORD campus inspeech disarray CRIME EPIDEMIC to Nightlife. Just come along to elections with a 2 minute STRIKES STUDENTS SURVEY with ideas for the section - no previous experience necessary! > SIT-IN PROTEST REACHES ONE WEEK MARK > ONLY TWO DAYS UNTIL CRUCIAL COMMONS VOTE

VICTIMS SPEAK OUT TO VISION AS ONE STUDENT DECLARES:

UNPREPARED BY MILANA KNEZEVIC AND TOM MCDERMOTT

> " I DON'T FEEL

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STUDENTS SLAM PRIVATE York Vision is the ACCOMMODATION PROVIDERS

A SHOCKING series of inexcusable miscalculations by the university administration has left York's campus unready for the arrival of both new and returning students. Changes in the library's renovation schedule and serious underestimations in the number of both home and international students have led to a campus that seems wholly unprepared for any form of students. The problems facing home freshers appear to be the most drastic. Accommodation cock-ups have forced some students to pay

INTO MY ROOM

I WAS ASLEEP"

WHILE

library renovations DISRUPTION: Ongoingnce students continue to inconvenie

up to £1500 more than they had first anticipated in order to live on campus in their first year. In addition a number of international students were left high and dry when the university shamefully failed to provide pillows, duvets and bedsheets for their first ever night at university. Returning students are also expected to suffer due to ongoing construction work in the JB Morrell Library. Many students have complained that ongoing loud construction work and the general disruption is likely to have a detrimental effect to their studies.

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Library refurbishment deadlines pushed back further

International students left without bedding

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by walk-in burglars. Speaking to victims, students and residents affected by the crimes, Vision reveals how an apparently small group of opportunistic criminals are damaging relations with students and locals and fostering an atmosphere of fear and suspicion in local communities.

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FOLLOWING RECORD numbers of house burglaries in popular student areas of York, Vision investigates into a crimewave which has resulted in police patrols and CCTV vans being stationed on residential streets, and reveals how students have been repeatedly targeted

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Student Andy Cope explained how he is "most angry about the fact that different universities will charge different fees for studying different subjects if these proposals go through. I really value the fact that when I was applying to UCAS, price was not a factor in my decision of what I wanted to study and where, and that will be taken away… it's a travesty." "I'm also really passionate about the funding getting cut to arts and humanities subjects, I think this country will suffer a cultural deficit if it doesn't acknowledge the fact that studying arts and humanities and languages are valuable for reasons

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They went on to say that there is "great importance attached to the means by which we’re presenting our demands by creating an alternative space on campus, inviting people to join us, having a shared space to exchange ideas, foster dialogue and show the potential that university holds.” The sit-in has involved students staying overnight in P/T/005a, the area of the Exhibition Centre usually reserved as a social space, and often used for group study. Around 30 students have been in regular attendance, with up to 20 staying overnight. Occupiers estimate that a further 20 students have shown interest by attending events.

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STUDENTS HAVE gathered in the Exhibition Centre to protest against the government's proposed education reforms, as part of a sit-in protest that began last Wednesday and is set to continue until the end of term. The government's reforms propose to cut education funding, replacing the created deficit with an increase in tuition fees. The future of the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) and the level of public funding for research has also been called into question. A Parliamentary bill proposing the re-

forms is to go to a vote in the House of Commons on Thursday. The "Great York Sit-In" follows similar protests at a large number of other institutions, including Edinburgh University and University College London. Students at the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford have also staged occupations of university buildings. On Wednesday, protestors Tara Jessop and Luke Capps told Vision that “we’re here because we condemn the proposed cuts on Further and Higher Education. We are calling on the University to support us in also condemning the education reforms.”

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The man, the legend, the tour guide... its brendan!

If editorial isn’t your thing, we’reEXCLUSIVE: also looking HEALTH CENTRE COMES UNDER FIRE for writers, colCONDEMN VICE-CHANCELLOR'S umnists, reporters, sub-editors, STUDENTS designers, photographers, man£135K EXPENSES CAMPUS CLINIC aging editors, reviewers, bloggers and people who are web-savvy.

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EXCLUSIVE: ASSAULT BRINGS STUDENT SAFETY INTO QUESTION

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THE VC FROM THE UNI THAN ED > VC SCROUNGES MORE R GENERAL OF BBC COMBIN OF OXFORD AND DIRECTO ITY PENSION COST THE UNIVERS > SALARY, PERKS AND YEARS 3 ONLY OVER £800K IN TS STUDEN LEAVES > VISION INVESTIGATION CANTOR'S FOOTING THE BILL FOR WONDERING: ARE WE LASVISH LIFESTYLE? - FULL STORY PAGES 4 & 5 -

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STUDENTS HAVE gathered in the Exhibition Centre to protest against the government's proposed education reforms, as part of a sit-in protest that began last Wednesday and is set to continue until the end of term. The government's reforms propose to cut education funding, replacing the created deficit with an increase in tuition fees. The future of the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) and the level of public funding for research has also been called into question. A Parliamentary bill proposing the re-

forms is to go to a vote in the House of Commons on Thursday. The "Great York Sit-In" follows similar protests at a large number of other institutions, including Edinburgh University and University College London. Students at the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford have also staged occupations of university buildings. On Wednesday, protestors Tara Jessop and Luke Capps told Vision that “we’re here because we condemn the proposed cuts on Further and Higher Education. We are calling on the University to support us in also condemning the education reforms.”

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Reports of student dissatisfaction with the on-campus health service last year prompted YUSU to conduct a survey, the results of which were predominantly negative. Furthermore, the practice's own figures show the University Health Centre to rate consistently lower than their two other surgeries in Wenlock Terrace and Hull Road. Following this, York Vision asks: is the Health Centre failing students?

PLUS: ARE YORK'S STUDENT CLUB NIGHTS SET TO CHANGE YET AGAIN? PAGE 3

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TUESDAY November 24th, 2009

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UNIVERSITY HEALTH services have has been called into question by students for a wide range of serious and often sensitive issues, including misdiagnosis and patronising behaviour. Student testimonials have revealed the Health Centre's crucial shortcomings in its ability to deal with medical grievances, including sexual health problems.

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Student Andy Cope explained how he is "most angry about the fact that different universities will charge different fees for studying different subjects if these proposals go through. I really value the fact that when I was applying to UCAS, price was not a factor in my decision of what I wanted to study and where, and that will be taken away… it's a travesty." "I'm also really passionate about the funding getting cut to arts and humanities subjects, I think this country will suffer a cultural deficit if it doesn't acknowledge the fact that studying arts and humanities and languages are valuable for reasons

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They went on to say that there is "great importance attached to the means by which we’re presenting our demands by creating an alternative space on campus, inviting people to join us, having a shared space to exchange ideas, foster dialogue and show the potential that university holds.” The sit-in has involved students staying overnight in P/T/005a, the area of the Exhibition Centre usually reserved as a social space, and often used for group study. Around 30 students have been in regular attendance, with up to 20 staying overnight. Occupiers estimate that a further 20 students have shown interest by attending events.

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YET ANOTHER crime has been added to the list of student-related violence this year. Following the stabbing of a student outside the Shell Garage last week, students have been warned to keep safe and be careful, following a recent spate of crime in and around campus. With a Vision investigation in March revealing a 72% increase in crime on campus this year, safety for students has never been more important. In light of this, as well as other recent incidences of violent crime, Vision asks: are our students safe?

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Students shell out £120 an hour YUSU slams York's secret

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is “a feeling that there’s been a deterioration.” Despite this, Cantor refused to set a limit


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What the DUCK...? Paul Virides answers the questions the welcome talks won’t....

...Does a Provost Do? Apparently, you’ll understand this before long in your first year, but as many will attest - you simply won’t. The provost is a bit like a Head of House in Harry Potter - they run the college and are there for pastoral and discipline reasons... but without House Points. They’re the ones fining you when you break the rules, but they also appear at official events and run big college socials. Depending on your college, you may have a lot or absolutely no contact with your provost - and ultimately you’ll probably realise that as nice as they are, you probably (hopefully!) won’t need their help in first eyar.

...Is a College, Anyway? York isn’t like Oxbridge where teaching is done in-college. Rather, our colleges are like glorified halls of residence. You remain a member of your college throughout your degree, and they continue to organise socials and provide welfare support. After first year, unless you’re part of college sport, RAG, the CU, or volunteering, though, you won’t have too much to do with your old home. We also split campus up by college - so the English department is in Langwith, but you might have a class in ATB/006 -

Alcuin Teaching Block, Room 006. I promise it’s not as complicated as it sounds.

...Does a Viking Raid Entail? Viking Raid is a bit of a tradition at York, and is essentially the biggest, most organised bar crawl that YUSU ever runs. Of course, you don’t have to drink, but the basic premise is that there is a giant bar crawl, ending at one of YUSU’s sponsored clubs. Your route and final destination are determined by your t-shirt, which you choose when you swap your ticket for your garments. It’s perfectly acceptable, (encouraged, even) to customise your t-shirt. It’s not acceptable to turn your t-shirt into a poor excuse for a belt.

...Is the Willow? Oh, little fresher. I try not to be condescending, but once you’ve experienced the Willow, you’ll understand. We’re talking Chinese restaurant meets your school prom. Except with a stickier floor, more people getting together and free prawn crackers. And £1 shots. And the macarena. And the world’s most terrifying bouncer. Just go. Again and again. No matter how bleak the essay deadline, The Willow is always waiting.


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