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November 25, 2014

LGBTQ+ Activism: “An Uphill Battle” – Interview with Magda Orlander, LGBTQ+ Activist, Luxembourg

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This week, in order to gain a meaningful insight into the important LGBTQ+ activism being carried out, I had the opportunity of interviewing Magda Orlander, a Luxembourger who has certainly done her fair share of activism. Her journey as an activist began in 2010, when she became involved with Secondary School Reform negotiations between the National Conference of School Students and the Luxembourg government. Then, last year, as a fresher…

Why we should not try to prevent debate.

Why we should not try to prevent debate.

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This week, we have seen a successful campaign to ban a debate on abortion supposed to be held at Oxford University. A debate was to be held between Brendan O’Neill, and Tim Stanley on whether there was a “culture of abortion” in the UK. In response a student group, called Oxford Revfems, organised a campaign, a counter protest and a motion within Christ Church, and other colleges, to get the…

Damaging Misconceptions About Bisexuality

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by Lena Schofield Since it is Pride Week I thought it would be a good time to talk about biphobia and bi-erasure. Bisexual people experience bullying based on their sexual orientation, and sometimes they do not receive the support they need because they are believed to have it easier than other LGBT+ people because they are able to closet themselves and simply ‘act straight’. I myself didn’t come out as…

NUS pull support from Free Education demo

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By Megan Crockett, News Editor The National Union of Students (NUS) pulled its backing from Wednesday 19th November’s “Free Education: No Fees, No Cuts, No Debt” demonstration. Despite the withdrawal of support, ten thousand students from across the country took to London to march for Free Education. This demonstration would have been the first national demonstration backed by the NUS since it held the march through central London in November…

Students demonstrate for free education amidst clashes with police

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By Ollie Hill, Staff Writer On Wednesday the 19th, students from across the UK marched through London for free university education under the banner of ‘No Fees, No cuts, No debt’. Organisers claimed that around ten thousand students from as far afield as Plymouth and Aberdeen attended the gathering as part of the largest student demonstration since 2010. Many students made their way to the protest independently whilst around fifty…

RAG Gets Lost in Barry, Wales: Raises Nearly £7000 for Spires

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An annual affair, RAG Gets Lost is a one day charity hitchhike, to raise money for the London-based charity, Spires, which works to improve the quality of life of people who are homeless and unemployed and women who are taken advantage of. On Saturday, participants met on campus at 6:30 am, many in an assortment of fancy dress costumes and onesies- from traffic lights to dinosaurs and bananas. They were…

In Opposition to Free Education

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By Mark Malik   Stealing from the poor to give to the rich. Few things in life are truly free. The free cheeseburgers we can get at McDonalds with our student cards don’t materialise out of thin air. All the ingredients have to be sourced, transported and made into a cheeseburger. This process is costly. That we can enjoy a cheeseburger without paying for it does not mean that it…

Band Aid 30; Western Saviourship?

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This weekend, Bob Geldof and his new line up have been busy recording the 4th edition of ‘Do they know it’s Christmas?’ This year it will be fundraising for the fight against Ebola. But 30 years after the original 1984 recording, is another Band Aid really a good idea? Of course, the cause is a deserving one. The fight against Ebola has so far been severely underfunded. According to the…

Oxford Students for Life (and Free Speech)

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By George Greenwood This week, we have seen a successful campaign to ban a debate on abortion supposed to be held at Oxford University. A debate was to be held between Brendan O’Neill, and Tim Stanley on whether there was a “culture of abortion” in the UK. In response a student group, called Oxford Revfems, organised a campaign, a counter protest and a motion within Christ Church, and other colleges,…

Unthoughtful, Reactionary and Sexist

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The Inclusivity report gets us no where, and achieves nothing. “We must act in stronger and more effective ways to achieve a truly inclusive, safe, and open institution….But even more, we need to find positive, proactive ways to reduce bias and hostility and increase mutual respect and support….This is a matter of culture… of individual actions… and of how the institution works.” You may be fooled into thinking that quote…