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November 18, 2014

“Act now” because “time is not on our side.” – McKibben Lecture

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By Sophie Donszelmann, Staff Writer “We need to find another currency to work in: passion, spirit, numbers, creativity and people…This is the first time in history where localism does not have to mean parochialism.” This was compelling rallying cry of climate campaigner Bill McKibben as he addressed a full and applauding Venue audience in his lecture “Now or Never: A conversation with Bill McKibben on fossil fuel divestment, global activism…

LSE Inclusivity Report Proposes Increased E-mail Surveillance

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In proposals drawn up by Simeon Underwood, Academic Registrar and Director of Academic Services, the School is investigating whether to make more frequent use of its powers to monitor individual email accounts. The report was put together in the wake of the Men’s Rugby club scandal to investigate a broader culture of discrimination on campus. Section 27 of the report states that “Under the ‘Conditions of Use of IT Facilities…

Launch of LSESU’s Women’s Network

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By Gareth Rosser, Staff Writer Last Tuesday saw the launch of the London School of Economics’ (LSE) Students’ Union’s (SU) Women’s Network, a network created this year with the aim of empowering LSE women in all aspects of life. LSESU Women’s Officer, Gee Linford Grayson hosted the event, which featured several high profile guest speakers. The Venue, a room more accustomed to hosting infamous student night Saucy, was transformed for…

Christmas songs that don’t suck

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  So, it’s now November and apparently it’s socially acceptable to play Christmas Songs anywhere and everywhere imaginable. Most people merrily sing along and love all the joy associated with these songs. I however, do not. Here are four songs that don’t make me want to gouge my eyes out…   #1 – The Pogues Fairy tale of New York Probably the only Christmas song I actually look forward to…

We Must Now Work Towards an AU For All

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by Alastair Duncan, LSESU Activities and Development Officer After the Men’s Rugby club was disbanded and an appeal rejected by the Students’ Union Trustee Board, a newly created Men’s Rugby Working Group met for the first time last Monday. Opening the meeting, I made it clear that the group would act as an opportunity for them to engage in the sort of positive action required by the Trustee Board in…

Removal of the post-study work visa affecting LSE students

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By Megan Crockett, News Editor According to an article published by the Times Higher Education (THE), “international students are being distracted by the need to acquire work experience or apply for jobs during their course following the removal of the post-study work visa in the UK”. The abolition, which took place in January 2013, could very well be having an impact on London School of Economics (LSE) students as only…

Happy Birthday, Twitter

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Birthdays and anniversaries are always a good time to reflect on past successes and failures. On the 7th of November, the social networking giant Twitter had time to do this, as it celebrated its first year anniversary as a public company. At its launch one year ago, its stock jumped 73 percent and opened at $45.10 on its first trading day, ushering a new wave of consumer tech public offerings….

The People’s Army Marches on

The People’s Army Marches on

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With mere days until the hotly contested Rochester and Strood by-election, bookmakers are certain that former Tory rebel and current UKIP candidate Mark Reckless will retain the seat under his new political guise. The result would be a vast blow to Cameron’s Conservatives, who are haemorrhaging votes to the purple menace at a remarkable rate, in a seat which ranks at over 270th in UKIP’s list of target seats. Perhaps…

FEMSOC hosts celebrity feminist debate

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By Rian Watt, Staff Writer Arguing in front of a packed house on the evening of Thursday 13th November, the Opposition scored a narrow but definite victory over the Government on the proposition that “This house regrets the rise of celebrity feminism.” Despite strong performances across the board, in particular from Saskia Neibig, a second year Social Policy student, and Lena Schofield, a second year Social Policy student, the Government…

Abramovich and his AmEx, or The New Invincibles?

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This is a long one… Strap in. I don’t personally think that direct comparisons can be made between ‘great’ teams in the ‘post-Galacticos’ era and the ‘great’ Premier League teams of the last 20 years: Manchester United 1998-99, Blackburn 1994-95 and especially Arsenal 2003-04. It can be argued that the Blackburn side, containing 34 goal and player of the season Alan Shearer, bought 2 years previous for a British transfer…