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February 3, 2016

Taryana Odayar on taking the wheel as the new Executive Editor

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  By Taryana Odayar, Executive Editor.  Having watched my predecessors Jon, Alex and Ellen toil over the paper as Executive Editors, it has not been difficult to predict what being Exec will entail. It will mean spending every Sunday in the confines of the Beaver office, fleshing out the paper with single-minded resolve until getting unceremoniously kicked out of SSH by security at 10pm. It will mean giving up half…

Exam Timetables ; Better Late Than Never, but Never Late is Better

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By Taryana Odayar, Executive Editor. Two LSE undergraduate students have proposed that an EGM (Emergency General Meeting) be convened in order to push for the release of the 2016 Summer Term Exam Timetables two weeks in advance of the normal publication date, which usually falls within the last few weeks of Lent Term. Joshua Ip and Nadia Taiwo believe that, “There should be no excuse in not being able to publish…

News Analysis – London Mayoral Debate

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Joseph Briers The candidates from the five major political parties touched swords for the first time on Thursday during the opening debate of the 2016 London Mayoral campaign. Labour’s Sadiq Khan and Conservative Zac Goldsmith headed into the debate with the former enjoying a reasonably comfortable lead over his opponent in the polls; with Green Sian Berry, UKIP’s Peter Whittle, and Lib Dem Caroline Pigeon also looking to gain points…

Question Time Event Entices SU Hacks Back

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  Alina Ryzhonkova The SU Celebrity Edition of Question Time saw several former SU ‘hacks’ return to their old stomping ground and debate everything from national politics to student politics, to LSE politics, all in the name of charity. The event was chaired by Harry Maxwell, whose position as Governor and Student Representative to the Academic Board, as well as general involvement in all things ‘student life’, threatened to undermine…

LSE Academics to Aid Colombia post-War on Drugs

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Jack Greenwood On January 28th pioneering members of LSE IDEAS, the institution’s esteemed foreign policy think tank, touched down in Bogota, Colombia in order to provide assistance to the nation’s president Juan Manuel Santos on the topic of post-’war on drugs’ strategy. The Colombian Head of State has recognised the Institute of Global Affairs Centre’s extensive contribution to the academia surrounding the endemic issue. Its work includes the May 2014…

Our Right To Privacy Is Being Violated

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by Emilia Brown,  What if we were to tell you that your right to privacy is actively being violated as you are reading these lines? Governments around the world are able to know your internet searches, who you’ve called, who you’ve emailed, where your phone has been located, and what internet games you’ve played, amongst a number of other surveillance measures they do not need. With Theresa May’s proposed ‘Draft…

To BNOC, Or Not To BNOC

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by Adam Crowther, LSE is facing an epidemic like no other. Hall rents? UGM attendance? Censorship? No, I’m talking about the Big Names On Campus. Or, more accurately, the widespread boot-up of BNOC politics. As we enter Lent Term, it seems every other sentence contains at least a mention of the celebs, the memorable faces, the stars of the SU. At universities like Reading and Manchester nobody particularly sticks out…

Students Protest Rising Cost of Halls

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Hamza Shoaib London rents are notoriously expensive and have always been a major deterrent to students contemplating studying in the capital. In protest, students from LSE have asked for a freeze on rent increases. UCL’s Cut the Rent campaign has gone further, with students refusing to pay until their rents are cut by 40%. Students argue that, with the removal of student grants and rising prices, universities risk discriminating against…

Calhoun To Leave LSE this Academic Year

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LSE’s outgoing-Director Craig Calhoun has announced that he will be leaving the university sooner than had been declared; this academic year will be his last as he takes up “an exciting new position” as President of The Berggruen Institute, based in Los Angeles.  The Berggruen Institute is a think tank and founded in 2010 with a mission to “develop foundational ideas, and through them, shape the political and social institutions…

Banning The Anti-Ban Society

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by Maurice Banerjee Palmer, Perhaps I am an enormous hypocrite, for last year in these pages I wrote: Banning things is neither a popular nor the most effective way of improving behaviour. Students’ Unions are becoming increasingly associated with banning opinions or things, leading to being caricatured as left-wing killjoys intent on enforcing their groupthink – not facilitators of a broad experience. And now I’ve put in a UGM motion…