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March 10, 2015

Visual Arts Exhibition Swiftly became a must attend

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By Robin Park, Sport Editor On Wednesday 4th March, the London School of Economics (LSE) Students’ Union (SU) Visual Arts Society organised the now annual Exhibition Launch Party. Promoted as “a celebration and appreciation of the arts”, the LSESU VASoc scheduled four different acts to perform throughout the evening, as well as organising an open mic session, and of course, the artwork exhibition itself. Held on the top floor of…

UGM: In Favour Of Meat Free Mondays

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by Sara Hyder and Dan Kidby Our environment is in crisis. All of us, our scientists, academics and even our politicians agree that we are on the brink of ecological disaster. If we let the global temperature of our planet increase by just 2°, our environment will be at the whim of a destructively unstable climate. For many it may not be immediately obvious why Meat Free Mondays is an…

Re-Election: Differences Not Divisions

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By Nona Buckley-Irvine Differences not divisions. That was the message I took away from the week of campaigns, and I hope it is a message that you take away too. LSE is a challenging place to study at in many ways. Not only do you have to get through that whole degree thing that we come here to get, but there is coping with London and making friends. On top…

A Response: On Feminism And Friendly Criticism

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Someone whom it is more than fair to describe as a BFOC – a Big Feminist On Campus – once told me that no-one is a perfect feminist, and that anyone who thinks they are has probably stopped helping their own cause. In this vein, allow me to reply to Umut. Firstly, let’s tackle this implied notion of a conflict on campus between the Athletics Union as a whole and…

‘India’s Daughter’: The Deeper Meaning

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By Taryana Odayar. “In our culture, there is no place for women.” This was just one of the many vitriolic statements made by defence lawyer, M.L. Sharma, in defence of the six rapists who brutally gang-raped and mutilated 23 year-old Indian medical student, Jyoti Singh, in a recently aired BBC documentary titled ‘India’s Daughter.’ On the 16th of December, 2012, Jyoti had just finished her final year medical examinations, despite…

Are FemSoc the biggest intimidators on LSE campus?

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By Umut Bektas The Athletics Union (AU) is commonly labelled as being sexist, intimidating and generally obstreperous (feel free to google this word, I used a thesaurus). I am not going to say that the AU is perfect as sometimes these labels are applicable, however it isn’t everything the AU is about. Besides this, I do not believe that the AU is the most daunting group at LSE, but really…

“Golden Skirts”: Is Female Empowerment in the City harming the Feminist Project?

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By Mika Morissette “Feminists today are too obsessed with their own elite, metropolitan lives” wrote Alison Wolf in a commentary piece for The Guardian towards the end of January. By “feminists”, she was referring to what Norway calls “golden skirts”: highly-educated and active women who campaign for more female participation in the elite spheres of business and politics. In Wolf’s opinion, feminism has been appropriated by a generation of self-interested…

Meat Free Mondays to be taken to UGM on Thursday

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By Liam Hill, Managing Editor The LSESU Animal Rights Society has launched a campaign to mandate lobbying by Sabbatical Officers that LSE Catering Establishments should not sell meat products on any Monday. The Meat Free Mondays campaign will include a motion to be debated and voted on at Thursday’s Union General Meeting (UGM). This would entail The Bean Counter, the Fourth Floor Restaurant and Café Bar, The Garrick, Café 54,…

Happy Sixty-Sixth Birthday to the Beaver!

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By Beaver Online Editor Leen Aghabi Our very own Beaver will be blowing its Sixty-Sixth candle this coming May! First christened by George Bernard Shaw, one the founding fathers of the LSE, The Beaver acts as a platform for student journalism and free expression in the student community. It was first issued on the 5th of May 1949. What started out as a 4 – pager, underwent several makeovers, survived…

LSE STAR To Lobby Government in Support of Asylum Seekers attending British Universities

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By Mercedes Doménech Enseñat LSE Student Action for Refugees (STAR) has revealed that they will lobby the government for reforms to offer asylum seekers and refugees the opportunity to attend British universities as home students. For the time being, the application process for asylum seekers is lengthy and complex given the bureaucratic nature of the immigration system. During the time it takes to finalise the application, young people can attend…