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January 12, 2016

2015 Was A Shit Year

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Written by Christopher Wilburn A selection of some of the reasons why 2015 was the shittest year we’ve had for a while If a week is a long time in politics, a year is an eternity. 2015 was no doubt one of the most tumultuous years of the past few, with economic issues taking centre stage at many points. The most obvious place to start would be with the general…

The EU: Someone say Referendum?

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Written by Louis Klineberg The referendum is set to be a crucial and lingering debate as we go into 2016 With the turn of the New Year and a referendum promised by the end of 2017, it seems undoubtable that talk will turn to the Europe debate. It seems both Corbyn and Cameron are convinced of the benefits of remaining in the Union, but the issue is clearly splitting their…

Post-Crisis Victors Are Swift Strategists, Not Hard Idealists

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Written by Aris Grivokostopoulos The crisis has ushered in a new age of politics, the crisis seems to have done as much damage to ideology as to the economies Since the establishment of the European Parliament, the European centre-right is not an abstract definition of a political movement with common features, it is a party. The party that represents that part of the political spectrum in the Old Continent has a name;…

LSE Endowment Fund: Growth At What Cost?

LSE Endowment Fund: Growth At What Cost?

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Lord Myners, Chair of the Court of Governors and Council of the LSE, has revealed in an interview with the Financial Times that there is a plan in motion to boost the LSE’s endowment fund, which currently stands at £113m, to £1bn. While no concrete plan or timeline for this fund increase has been released, Lord Myners did reveal that the school will be approaching wealthy alumni and philanthropists, as…

Cartoon by Marco Kuan Long Lam

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LSE and Weapons of Mass Conversion

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by Megan Harvey, LSESU Atheist, Secularist and Humanist Society For a School so renowned for its diversity and social awareness, associating with Operation Christmas Child is surely one of the most counter-productive ways it could have concluded 2015. Unfortunately, despite the LSE’s most recent statement on its socially responsible investment review, it seems directly aiding an organisation that imposes religious fundamentalism upon young, impressionable and impoverished children is not seen…

What’s On Our Students’ Minds?

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by Samiha Begum, Student Trustee LSE is under more pressure than ever to develop effective measures to tackle mental health issues on campus. Last month, the National Union of Students (NUS) revealed that 8 out of 10 students (78%) say they had experience of mental health issues in the last year. Of the 1093 students surveyed in further and higher education between November and December, 54% said they did not…

LSE, Stop Increasing Halls Rents

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by Nona Buckley-Irvine, LSESU General Secretary You might be forgiven for thinking that the policy of increasing halls rents beyond inflation is a government policy, not the policy of a university founded by the Fabians. Yet, the LSE is acting unfairly to its students by increasing its rents year on year, meaning students have a net decrease in maintenance available to them. For years now, the price of rent in…

A Controversial Choice of Charity

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by Matt Cox, A common memory from most of our childhoods was the annual ritual of preparing a shoebox full of gifts at Christmas to be sent to children less fortunate than ourselves. An innocent gesture, it’s unlikely that many of us – myself included – ever stopped to consider who was shipping the shoeboxes or what else might have been sent alongside our own gifts. Perhaps if we had,…

Emergency General Meeting Motion on Syria Passes

Emergency General Meeting Motion on Syria Passes

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James Clark, Staff Writer The final week in the term is normally a time to unwind and hand in the last of the essays. However week 11 ended up with 3 UGM motions, two of which were submitted with the two week waiting period, and the third an Extraordinary UGM. Proposed by LSESU Community and Welfare Officer Aysha Al-Fekaiki and seconded by Layla Doyle, the motion whether LSESU should officially…