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November 15, 2016

Students Defy Sleep as World Wakes to Darker Dawn

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By Bhadra Sreejith, News Editor What happened on the 8th of November 2016 will go down in history as the greatest upset in American political history. It was, perhaps, the greatest political surprise of the 21st century. The LSESU had planned an election party for excited students who wanted to watch the election alongside “Key political lecturers” who would be “offering analysis and opinion at different stages of the event”,…

Obama’s Legacy

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By Stefanos Argyros, Features Editor In 2008, Barack Obama’s election to the most powerful office in the world generated ripples of hope that spread across the world. His political creed, communicated with unparalleled eloquence and grace, was imbued with compassion, self-reflection, and a powerful sense of urgency and responsibility to come together in striving for a better future. His sweeping rhetoric was not meant to be self-fulfilling, but was anchored…

Another Win for the Populists

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By Daniel Shears, Features Editor Donald John Trump has been elected as the 45th President of the United States of America, and the political commentariat are lining up to offer their two cents on why the billionaire business-mogul won, and what the next four years might have in store for the American people. Larry Elliot of the Guardian took the economic position, talking of the “simmering anger” of the disadvantaged…

LSE Cleaners on Verge of Strike

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By Greg Sproston, Acting Executive Editor The LSE came one step closer to seeing industrial action this week, as cleaners employed by Noonan delivered an ultimatum to school management on Friday 11 November. United Voices of the World (UVW) Union, who represent the majority of cleaners at LSE, has been instructed by its members to put LSE and its contractor, Noonan, on notice that ‘a refusal or failure to confirm…

Consent Campaign Begins with Week of Events

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By Joel Pearce, News Editor LSESU is running a Consent Week on campus from Monday 15th to Friday 18th November. The week will draw attention to the issue, ensuring that students know what constitutes consent and what does not. It will also provide a space to support those who have experienced non-consensual sexual activity. Women’s Officer Fathia Begum is organising the week to kick off a year-long campaign on consent….

LSE Appoints New Chair of Court and Council

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By Joel Pearce, News Editor Dame Shirley Pearce is to be the next Chair of Court and Council at LSE. Starting in January 2017, she will take over the role from Alan Elias who has been Acting Chair since March. Beginning her career as a clinical psychologist, Dame Shirley had a background in the health profession before embarking on her academic career. She has since served as Vice-Chancellor of Loughborough University,…

LSE Senator Loses Re-election Bid

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By Scott Carpenter Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois, an LSE alum and perhaps the most vulnerable Republican senator up for re-election this year, lost to Democratic challenger Tammy Duckworth Tuesday night. He was one of only two Republican incumbents in the US Senate to lose their seats in this year’s elections, leaving Democrats short of a Senate majority. Kirk, a centrist Republican, had long faced a tough re-election bid in…

Bag from the Dead: Beanbags Return to the Library

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By Beth Loynes, Deputy News Editor Amidst turbulent times, the UGM on Thursday 10th November was able to put to rest an issue at the core of LSE identity: the reinstatement of beanbags on the library’s lower ground floor. With a Facebook event page reaching around 22,000 views, the 20 students attending the raucous debate waited with baited breath, as the passionate pleas and fervent condemnations of the debate unfolded….

Election Night: Cold Hearts, Warm Pints

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It started well. I must admit that it did start well. The screens were blaring, the coffee had been chugged, the power naps were had and the vibes were good. There were hot dogs. Being the inclusive liberals we are, there were even vegetarian hotdogs. This was promising. Tuns was bustling out with over-enthusiastic politics students, clambering over one another in a desperate attempt to wrap their clammy fingers around…