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September 29, 2014

LSE Library to Suspend Fines

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by Peter Carrol The Library is changing its policy for overdue books during Michaelmas term. If you have an overdue loan you will no longer be charged a fine- but you won’t be able to borrow anything else until your overdue book is either returned or renewed. Books that have been requested by another student must be returned. The Library has moved to Library Search, a new collection management system,…

Why LGBT needs a plus

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by Alex Leung Many people asked me why I would like to change the name from LSESU LGBT Officer to LSESU LGBT+ Officer and even submitted a motion to the Students’ Union for the official name change. It is troublesome, it causes debates and I need to fill in different application forms etc. and yet I still insist on doing it. Here are my reasons. On campus, everyone wants to…

LSESU To Debate NUS Disaffiliation

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by Kallum Pearmain LSE students will be asked whether they want to remain in the National Union of Students (NUS), after the Presidents of two leading political societies submitted a motion to the Union’s Democracy Committee outlining a referendum on disaffiliation. Josh Hitchens, the chair of LSESU Conservatives, and Hari Prabu, the chair of LSESU Liberal Democrats, are set to argue that the NUS is unrepresentative, undemocratic and expensive for…

LSE Alumnus in Satirical Film Project

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LSE alumnus and indie filmmaker Matthew Lee is shooting the pilot episode to a TV series aimed at getting young people interested in politics and satirising elitism in British society. Set around a London private school, “Ruling Class” shows that politics and power structures are relevant to us every day through a host of eccentric power-hungry teenagers, even more absurd teachers, the next best rock band in the world, and…

LSE Drops Five Per Cent in National Student Satisfaction Survey

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by Megan Crockett A recent survey carried out by the Times Higher Education supplement ranked student satisfaction at the London School of Economics (LSE) at 83 per cent, down five per cent from the previous academic year. The survey, which was completed by over 320 000 students, was split into seven separate areas of satisfaction, including: teaching, assessment and feedback, academic support and learning resources. From these categories “teaching on…

You snooze, you lose

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“I’m too tired” is never a good excuse unless you’re about to perform open-heart surgery (and about to confuse the brain for the heart). Being “too tired” often equates to being too lazy, too flaky, too boring, and all around too much of a Debbie Downer. Of course you probably wouldn’t say you’re “too tired” to attend your sister’s wedding or to take your final exams, but when it comes…

‘Welcome to the Best University in the World’

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by Nona Buckley-Irvine LSESU General Secretary Newcomers, welcome to the best university in the world. It genuinely is. And returning students, welcome back. LSE is unique. Our student body is the most international in the world. We’re the most active student community: with over two hundred societies, fifty clubs, and thousands of events that take place every year. My role is to lead this community as General Secretary of the…

The Meteoric Rise of Alibaba

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by Alexander Chronopoulos Ali Baba of the One Thousand and One Nights tales was a poor woodcutter who discovered the legendary treasure of the forty thieves and managed to turn around his life. Last Friday Jack Ma, the founder of the Alibaba enterprise, reminded the financial world that sometimes tales do come true. Mr Ma twice failed the national university entrance exam and could not even find a job at…

Transgender Student joins Beaver Online as Sexuality Blogger

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Beaver Online are delighted to welcome a new member to our line-up of weekly bloggers. Mr. H, a pseudonym, is a transgender who will be blogging about sexuality and his experiences in completing the transition to male life. His blog will be called “Making Mr. H” The Beaver and Beaver Online rarely permit the use of a pseudonym, however in this instance it has been granted so Mr. H is…