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Freshers, Food Poisoning, and Late Night Frolicking

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Freshers week has drawn to a close, leaving us spectacularly hungover and hurtling towards our overdrafts at a rather alarming speed. It has, however, been fantastic. Freshers week requires a suspension of your snobbery – to really enjoy the RAG pack you have to embrace it with open arms, personalised freshers t-shirts and all. If you accept that you will have to participate in a surprisingly aggressive dance-off with rival…

Welcome Back to that Student Life

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When I came to LSE I had a dream. I had a dream deeply rooted in many a student’s dream. I had a dream that I would found my own start-up by the age of 20, be living off innocent smoothies and expensive whole foods, and potentially be running against Trump in the presidential election. But no. Life happened. Reality kicked in. And reality has a thing for making you…

How does one pronounce ‘Pret a manger?’

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Gywn loses his self-worth in overpriced chains and gives his expert opinion on Leon’s ‘Super Lean Quinoa Salad’. How does one pronounce ‘Pret a Manger’? Surrounded by Parisians and laudable linguists, it was a bit of a shock for me when this became the debate, after I simply called it ‘pret’ without even a hint of a French accent. Being from Cardiff, it is just about the fanciest restaurant in the…

DEAR FRESHERS…

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Freshers is a daunting thought for some. Will I make any friends? Will my new friends be anywhere near as cool as my home mates who can flatten Fosters cans on their head? Is it true that at LSE we spend freshers reciting Keynes to one another while debating whether J.S Mill is truly a Utilitarian or Feminist? Or can he be both? For those of you caught in this…

Sharing is Caring: My experience as a Food Cycle Volunteer

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What if I told you that there is a way to stop people from starving? What if I told you that this way doesn’t require more from you than giving away what you would otherwise throw away? That you can take something you don’t care about anyway and use it to save a life. Just the other Sunday I did what you might not even think of doing. I cooked…

New Year, New LSE

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2016 came around and it seems like the whole of LSE has decided to make their New Year resolution to go out less. That, and to go out better – a.k.a no more painful nights of regret, downing jagerbombs like fruit juice at Saucy. If your drinking and general sinning over the Christmas holidays hadn’t persuaded you to revaluate your life and change your ‘I’m a fresher this year doesn’t…

Halls are expensive, what’s the solution?

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LSE, we need to talk. For a university centered around economics, it’s ironic that our Students’ Union is taking such a nonsensical and short-term approach to the cost of halls. Yes, it’s important that students from all backgrounds can afford a room and study at LSE. But no, lobbying LSE to ‘freeze’ prices is not the answer when more effective solutions are available. It’s time to shift the conversation onto…

Zoo Bar: An Unrequited Love

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  Zoo is probably one of the most quintessentially LSE places that possibly exists. It’s tragic but in a ‘we don’t care we like finance’ kinda way and we hold it as a weekly pilgrimage that is as much a part of LSE as bashing game theory. Zoo and I begin all our encounters with optimism. But lets be honest, the fact you have to bring a plastic bag just to…

The Return of the Tape

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You know things are bound to go wrong when Rosebery’s open bar runs out over an hour before expected. It’s fair to say that Monday night was a messy one, partly thanks to our committee’s eagerness in reviving that Fresher’s feeling and purchasing a hideous amount of alcohol (sorry guys, as your treasurer I feel I’m partly to blame). But the excitement for  Tape was back. The last couple of Mondays…

Grace Burrows: The Geography Student Launching a Business

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After it was reported 1-in-4 LSE undergraduates pursue careers in finance or management consulting, Grace Burrows, an enterprising third-year Geography student, has decided to buck the trend by launching her own business venture. The English Mineral Make-Up Company, which Grace has founded with her mother Jeanette, offers a luxury range of cosmetics that’s 100% natural and free from cruelty. “My dissertation explored corporate social responsibility in the beauty industry and…