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The Myth of Luck – A Response to Robert H. Frank

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This article is a critique of a lecture hosted by the LSE, however, it has been written in such a way that the argument being critiqued should be clear enough even to those who did not attend. On the 7th of December, I attended a lecture given by Robert Frank at the London School of Economics and Political Science on his new book “Success and Luck: Good Fortune and the Myth…

The Best Friend’s Best Friend – A Freshers Phenomenon

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I like to think that I’m a very reasonable person, y’know. I’m a nice gal. But at the moment I’m being faced with a real dilemma, a proper moral test. Its similar to when you meet your new partner’s ex, or your ex’s new partner. Its the best friend’s best friend. To outline this, there seems to be a bit of competition between one’s uni friends and home friends over…

Women Leaders of Tomorrow Walk the Catwalk of Success

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By Beth Loynes On Friday 25th November, the Women Leaders of Tomorrow will launch their first ever business fashion show in collaboration with the LSESU Dance Society. “The One Way Project” aims to inspire ambitious individuals on how to dress to impress in the world of work. Showcasing both formal looks and black tie outfits from various cultures, the event will provide an international guide on how to walk down…

LGBT Rights Under Trump: Whither The Rainbow?

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By Philip Apfel, Deputy Features Editor, In July of this year, Donald Trump made history as the first presidential nominee to ever explicitly pledge to protect LGBTQ people at a Republican National Convention. In October, a picture of him brandishing a rainbow flag at a rally in Colorado went viral. The uninformed onlooker could almost be forgiven for the assumption that we have finally found a Republican president who is…

LSE US Centre Scrutinises Election Results

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By Aruna Krishna, Deputy News Editor In the summer of 1987, Benjamin Franklin, after finishing the Constitution Convention at Philadelphia was asked what form of government was agreed upon to which he replied, “Republic. If you can keep it.” The United States of America has voted and elected Republican Donald Trump as the 45th President. The  LSE US Centre on November 9th organised a Public event with a host of dynamic panelists…

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”,…

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 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…