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the bubble issue 44|08.02.10 -21.02.10
intro • feel good campaign • xananas valentine’s menu • protect the human week
So! Welcome to 2010. With a new year comes a new start - a new you. All those resolutions which call for you to get fitter and healthier are definitely worth persevering with. An added incentive is that now is the time to start preparing that beach bod for the summer! Not that I have a vested interest or anything, but Warwick Sport is outrageously good value for money. Think about it - if you were back home and someone said to you that you could have unlimited use of 6 Outdoor Tennis Courts, 6 Squash Courts, 3 Games Halls, a Swimming Pool, Aerobics Studio, 2 Astro Pitches and a 3G Pitch all for the measly price of £40 a year, you would probably ask them to stop pulling your leg and tell you how much it really cost. We are practically giving it away! Ask your friends at other Unis what they have to pay to access all these facilities and they would almost definitely tell you well over £100. Plus, if you want to join a sports club (and we have loads - 75 to be exact), it only costs £4! Want to get fit, want to be healthy, want to enjoy playing a casual game of tennis, football, squash, badminton or basketball? Well, don’t be a fool - join now at www.warwicksport.com. Alex
feel good campaign I’m sure that after the New Year, you made some grand promise about ‘doing more sport’ or ‘eating better’. When people think about ‘looking after their health’, they are normally thinking about their physical health but what about your mental health? There is a fair amount of middle ground between having a severe mental disorder and not, and the activities to maintain your mental health don’t have to be different - simple things such as eating the right food, doing a little exercise and drinking plenty of water can have a massive effect on the way you’re feeling. To this end, we at the SU bring you our Feel Good campaign!
○○ Week 5: ○○ Week 6: ○○ Week 7:
Exercise Food and Mood Donation
Check out the website for loads of tips and tricks to keep you fighting fit.
Share the Love Fri/Sat Week 5 Buy 2 courses at Xananas and get a Buy 1 Get 1 Free Cocktail voucher for The Terrace Bar*
Visit www.xananas.co.uk for full menus * Both courses must be purchased at the same time and include a main course
protect the human week Warwick Amnesty’s annual week-long event dedicated to protecting and promoting human rights worldwide is BACK. From February 8th-12th, Week 5, a different human rights campaign will be the focus each day. Established issues will be raised such as Terrorism and Security, Death Penalty and the Still Human, ‘Still Here’ campaign as well as introducing the new campaign Demand Dignity and basing a day around the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. Highlights of the week include: Sunny Jacobs and Peter Pringle speak about their 17 and 15 years on death row respectively before being exonerated. A debate chaired by SU President Andrew Bradley: ‘What has Obama done for Guantanamo detainees?’ An introduction from Barbed Wire Britain on asylum tribunals and whether they’re conducted in accordance with human rights regulations. A Piazza sleepout to highlight the plight of destitute asylum seekers in collaboration with Warwick STAR, Project Ayuda and Friends of Palestine. For more information check out the Warwick Amnesty website: www2.warwick.ac.uk/sunion/amnesty/pthw.
officer elections 2010
If you want to represent Warwick students, meet new people, experience student life like never before and boost your career prospects, then an officer role in the SU is for you! There are several ways to get involved: run for one of the seven Sabbatical Officer positions or, if you don’t want to take a year out and are here next year, run for one of the many Part-Time Officer posts available.
be quick though...
OFFICER ELECTIONS ARE HERE! NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN!
sabbatical positions Sabbs work on a daily basis at the heart of the Union. These are paid positions which most will engage in after finishing their degree, but you can always take a year out in the middle of your course. The seven positions include:
Fancy being the top-dog of Warwick SU and calling all the shots?
In charge of all academic affairs and liaising with the University.
○○DEMOCRACY & COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER:
NEW FOR 2010! Responsible for democracy, and communicating the Union’s work to the students.
○○FINANCE OFFICER: NEW FOR 2010!
Easy task of managing the Union’s £7million revenue.
Co-ordinates the Union’s 250+ societies.
In charge of promoting and running student sporting activities.
Responsible for the health and well-being of every Warwick Student
part-time positions These roles are generally aimed at students who do not wish to take a gap year, but would like to get involved in Union life outside of their studies. No previous experience in Union participation is required to run for these posts, as full training will be given to those elected. All we ask is that you are enthusiastic and want to get involved! The 26 exciting positions include:
○○7 COMMITTEE CHAIRS/FORUM CO-ORDINATORS Choose between Executive Committee Chair, Academic Forum Co-ordinator, Campaigns Forum Co-ordinator, Democracy Committee Chair, Societies Committee Chair, Student Sport Committee Chair, Welfare Committee Chair
○○7 CAMPAIGNS OFFICERS
Choose between Anti-Racism, Ethnic Minorities, Environment, Ethics and Social Justice, LGBTUA+, Students With Disabilities and Women’s Campaigns Officer roles.
○○6 UNIVERSITY REPRESENTATIVES
Choose between Undergraduate Arts, Undergraduate Science and Undergraduate Social Studies Faculty Representative along with Second University Senate, Third University Senate, Second University Council Representative.
○○INTERNATIONAL FORUM CO-ORDINATOR
& 5 MEMBERS Represent international students on all issues that affect them while at Warwick, and ensure that the Union is providing for them to the best of its abilities.
want to find out more? E-mail the person currently in the post you’re interested in - find their details on the Officers page of the Warwick SU website. Or, if you’re interested in a Sabbatical position, go and talk to this year’s team. They’re happy to help you out! You could visit www.warwicksu.com/elections or e-mail email@example.com and ask us any questions!
Remember: It’s YOUR chance; it’s YOUR Union; BE PART OF IT!
west side story • china week • measure for measure • warwick presents the x factor • nus offers • curiositea’s anti-valentine’s party
society news and events music theatre warwick presents west side story ‘My only love sprung from my only hate…’ Set on the turbulent streets of 1950s New York, rival gangs the Jets and the Sharks scrap for survival and reputation. Testosterone-fuelled bouts of violence plague the city, and the stage is set for one final catastrophic act to settle it once and for all. Parallel to this, a story unfolds of first love and the journey into adulthood: Tony, the founder of the Jets, is preparing to turn his back on his childhood gang when his heart is captured by Maria. Young, fresh-faced and naïve, she is undeniably a Shark, and the lovers are dragged back into the fray as they attempt to end the fighting. This musical reimagining of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is a beautiful, tragic and heartbreaking tale of youth, rebellion, anger and love.
warwick chinese society bring you china week One of the largest culture societies on campus is holding a week-long event called ‘China Week’ to celebrate the Chinese Spring Festival in week 5. This event is supported by the Student Union and Warwick international office. Most of the activities will be taking place in the Atrium so make sure you come by daily to see what is going on. There will be other shows and events such as The X Factor. For more information and to find out exactly what is going on, check out www.chisoc.co.uk.
warwick university drama society presents measure for measure In the bombed-out rubble and moral confusion of post-war Vienna comes a production of one of Shakespeare’s darkest and most human plays. The city is falling apart and the Duke leaves his seemingly spotless deputy Angelo in charge to try and bring some discipline to the madness, and to see if Angelo is as perfect as he seems. Into this world of dangerous power comes Isabella, religious and innocent. She hopes to save her brother from execution by Angelo’s harsh new rules. But if the price to pay for her brother’s freedom is her virginity and honour, should she give them up? When no one is what they seem and sex and death fester under the surface of law and order, who is there to turn to?
John Sm ith Unive rsity of Warwi ck Stu dents’ Union
nus extra offers this fortnight week 5: xananas Free dessert when ordering a starter and main together
week 6: curiositea Cup of tea and a piece of cake for just £2.
Buy an NUS Extra card today and save money: www.warwicksu.com/nusextra
Anti-Valentine’s Party at Curiositea! 4pm - 8pm £6 entry, or boo ka table for 4 for £20. remember to get tickets from
Warwick University Drama Society brings you a beautiful and shocking play that explores our darkest desires and the lengths that we will go to fulfil them.
warwick presents the x factor feat. james bellamy It’s happening... the X Factor is finally coming to Warwick! With audition rounds, a huge live show, guest judges, a prize worth £2000, professional artist James Bellamy performing and a crazy after-party in The Copper Rooms featuring DJ Teddy, this event is sure to sell out quickly. Visit www.warwicksu.com/events/4004/6180.
Limited places available. Book early to avoid (yet more) disappointment!
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what’s on week 5
7:30pm - late £tbc ramphal building
As part of the celebration for Chinese New Year, we bring you an extraordinary reality show. Come check out the people who think they have the W Factor!
8pm - 1am (club open from 10pm) £2 NUS / £4 non (free before 10pm) full union
Top B is BACK! With free entry between 8-10pm and a host of additional chill-out spaces (including the return of the pool room!), there’s never been a better time to come along and indulge in a spot of monkey business.
battle OF THE BANDS: HEAT 2 8pm - 12am £3 MEMBERS / £4 NON room 2
BOTB continues with Heat 2 of Bandsoc’s quest to uncover Warwick’s greatest homegrown act.
West Side Story Wed 10th - Sat 13th 7:30pm & Sat matinee - 2:30pm £7 NUS / £9.50 NON ARTS CENTRE THEATRE
Music Theatre Warwick presents West Side Story. On the turbulent streets of 1950s New York, rival gangs the Jets and the Sharks scrap for survival and reputation as the stage is set for one final catastrophic act to settle it once and for all. One not to be missed!
pop! 10pm - 2am (circling from 7pm) £3 entry room 1
Get ready for another bout of midweek mayhem as Disco DJ unleashes yet more cheesy classics! Don’t forget circling kicks off at 7pm.
3pm - 6pm atrium
Come listen to some soulful Jazz music in the Atrium as you grab some tea, coffee, cocktails or just a regular game of pool. There is no better way to end the week.
hustle FEAT. BASHY 10pm - 2am £5 NUS / £6 non rooms 1 & 2
Our sleek & sexy urban night returns, this week hosting an appearance from UK hip-hop supremo Bashy!
Ministry of Sound Electro Anthems Tour 10pm - 3Am £5 NUS / £7 NON ROOM 1
Get your whistles and glow-sticks ready for a night of thumping electro beats from the Ministry of Sound boys!
THE COMEDY NETWORK 7:30pm - 10:30pm free entry room 2
Simon Brodkin, Ed Gamble and compère Gareth Richards provide the laughs at our free end-ofweek chuckle-fest.
V-day Rag quiz 8pm £2 per person Atrium
There’ll be the traditional RAG Prizes (that means booze, sweets, DVDs and games). Teams are a maximum of 8, registration from about half seven. All proceeds got to the Terrence Higgins Trust.
what’s on week 6
Latin Night offers the perfect opportunity to try out your slinkiest moves - don’t forget there’s Salsa classes before the main event!
Economics Summit 6:30pm - 8:30pm £16 NUS / £19 non ramphal building
Debate motions that might become policy and determine how the SU is run.
Warwick Economics Summit is the largest student-run academic conference of its kind in Europe. Now in its 9th year, recent student delegations have joined us from places such as Italy, Austria, Croatia, Slovenia, Sweden and even The Gambia!
union council 7:30pm - 9:30pm social studies, s0.21
8pm - 1am (club open from 10pm) £2 NUS / £4 non (free before 10pm) full union
Come chill out in the Terrace Bar and Atrium before heading into The Copper Rooms for a night of cheap drinks + banging tunes!
battle OF THE BANDS: HEAT 3 8pm - 12am £3 MEMBERS / £4 NON room 2
Bandsoc continue their quest to uncover Warwick’s greatest home-grown act.
Measure for Measure Wed 17th - Sat 20th 7.45pm £5.50 NUS / £7 non
In the bombed-out rubble and moral confusion of post-war Vienna comes a production of one of Shakespeare’s darkest and most human plays. Performed by Warwick Uni Drama Society.
3pm - 6pm atrium
More live jazz in the Union’s Atrium for your enjoyment.
Warwick presents The X Factor 8pm - late £6 event + after-party / £4 after-party ROOM 1
Your chance to decide who has what it takes to make the grade!
crash 10pm - 2am £3 NUS / £4 non room 2
More rock, metal, punk and ska bangers as the Crash massive indulge in yet more prime whimsy.
Economics Summit 10am - 2am
Economics Summit 11am - 3pm
10pm - 2am (circling from 7pm) £3 ENTRY room 1
Cheese, purple, shenanigans. Is there any better way to spend a Wednesday night?!
latin night 10pm - 2am £2 member / £4 nus / £5 non room 2
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8pm £2 per person
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ministry of sound: electro anthems tour The Ministry of Sound lads will dropping by again in Week 5, and this time it’s all about the glow of neon as they line up the juiciest electro cuts for your delectation. Make sure you pack your glow-sticks and fluorescent clothing as DJs Al Taylor and Darren Casey lash out a series of slamming beats, gnarly synths and basslines so filthy that not even Kim and Aggie would be able to have their way with them. Can I get an ‘Oot! Oot!’…?
SMOOTH & SEXY: RNB • GARAGE • UK FUNKY • BHANGRA
friday wk 6
Another treat for lovers of UK grime arrives this fortnight in the form of MOBO-nominated underground sensation Bashy. From his triumphant work on the Adulthood soundtrack to his own acclaimed debut album Catch Me If You Can, this is a man bursting with lyrical talent who looks set to take the music world by storm in 2010.
If you’ve never experienced the madness of our acclaimed rock night, you’re missing out. Whether it’s pogo-ing like a loon, moshing themselves into a frenzy or simply forming an impromptu conga line around the venue, our dedicated band of regulars ensure that there’s never a dull moment even when they decide to just sit down and watch Starship Troopers for half an hour, as bizarrely happened at the last event. ‘MEDIC…!!!’
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Join us for the finest rock and alternative tunes as we invite you to take a leaf out of Andrew WK’s book and ‘party hard’ this Friday!
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question time: time off The Sabbatical Team works day and night to support the Union in providing its numerous services for Warwick’s student population. Now, if they had a Reading Week, aside from getting stuck into a good book...
sumaiya I would switch off my alarm and wake up when I want to. I would go away from campus and visit friends in other cities. I would also take time to just be by myself for a while - preferably near a beach.
james Spend the week learning sign language - I’ve always wanted to do it and I’ve never found the time. That or hop on a plane to Hong Kong great food, sunshine, beaches and cheap tailors for a new outfit or two!
Any plan for a good week off should include (1) lots of cooking (2) hanging out with my girlfriend (3) going somewhere exciting. Maybe a local holiday? Lake District, here I come!
alex I would go to the Lacrosse World Championships in Manchester this summer. I would watch England kick Wales’s arse with great pleasure whilst sipping a bevy or two. I would then buy some needless lax gear just because it seemed like the right decision at the time.
I would ideally leave the country; I’d probably go to somewhere in Eastern Europe for a few days and do a bit of sightseeing. That sounds really boring, doesn’t it? I’d pick up some cheap booze to bring back with me though…
andrew As my hometown is a 7-hour train ride from campus, on the rare occasion that I do get a weekend off I tend to stay local. Birmingham is good for shopping, Warwick and Kenilworth have some lovely pubs and Stratford-upon-Avon is well worth a trip!
I would head to the nearest airport and get a ticket to a place I haven’t been before. My only problem is with my jet-set ways I have to travel further afield. Europe? Done! America? Done! Africa? Done! Where next?