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The Problem With Voting Blocs

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by Hari Prabu, As I walked out of the old Beaver office in my first year, I asked another campaigner who was among the twenty or so people who had gathered secretively to Back Barnett and had even insisted on a code word to get entry into the room. He replied succinctly but rather ominously, “They’re hacks.” From that point onwards, I gradually became a cynic with regards to Students’…

When Student Politics Came of Age

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by Nadeem Shad, LSE Alumnus The events of the past few weeks concerning elections at the LSESU are nothing short of the best entertainment that the LSE has had in recent years. It highlights both the best and the worst of student politics. However, before we judge the entire affair as petty, consign it to the history books and chalk it up to a case of typically over-serious student electioneering, we…

Our Editorial Independence

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Our Students’ Union is in disrepair. If last week’s Gen Sec election debacle demonstrates anything about the state of our Union, it tells a story of a toxic, divided and disunited Union. Nevertheless, it also gave us the opportunity to seriously consider the role played by The Beaver during the election period and beyond. For me, this case has highlighted that the SU’s interpretation of the bylaws are too restrictive…

On the State of the Union

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by Hakan Ustabas, Deputy Comment Editor   Prior to joining the LSE last September, I had hoped to be able to observe and partake in numerous debates worthy of the university that is supposedly the most politicised in the country. What I have instead witnessed is blunder after blunder from our very own Students’ Union. It’s time that the intelligent students of this university speak out and rectify the mess…

Mischief Managed; RON prevails!

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By Taryana Odayar, Executive Editor.  We’ve just seen the conclusion of one of the most important nights in the LSE SU’s calendar – Election Results night – which took place at the SSH Venue. But more importantly, we’ve probably witnessed one of the most unpredictable and overwhelming nights with RON (Re-Open Nominations) claiming the coveted and highly prized Gen Sec spot! With a staggering 1000 plus votes, RON cleanly beat out…

Addressing the Kurdish Question

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by Dween Billbas, There have been few success stories in the Middle East as of late. Sectarianism coupled with the flamboyant rise of a radical Islamist State have seemed to dominate the headlines. In light of this threat the Kurds have managed to hold their ground on a 650-km front, that has heavily outstretched its personnel and resources. Iraqi Kurdistan, a semi-autonomous region within Iraq, contains about a quarter of…

LSESU Lent Term Elections Unfold

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The 2016 LSESU Lent elections campaigns took off on Thursday 3 March. The next few days will see the student body electing its LSESU Executive Committee for the next academic year, including four new Sabbatical Officers. Despite the loss of Houghton Street as a vibrant campaign centre, this year’s elections are unlikely to pale in comparison with past years’. The contentious issues that have arisen on campus this year –…

It’s Time for LSE to Divest the Rest

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by David Kampmann, On Friday 26 February, LSE’s Students’ Union passed a motion for full fossil fuel divestment with 81% of students’ votes (379 out of 469) backing the proposal that LSE should remove investments in oil, gas and coal companies from its GBP 97.2 million endowment fund portfolios. The voting result sends a clear signal to the school’s decision makers that the partial divestment decision announced in November 2015…

Red Lips Project: Can We Not?

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by Hannah Tyndall, The Red Lips Campaign ironically attempts to assure us intrinsic empowerment is gained by changing your external appearance. Being powerful is presented as buying into societal standards and constructs, which, incidentally, routinely reduce people’s agency. I feel this campaign ultimately damages the female empowerment it seeks to achieve and I won’t be participating. LSESU Red Lips Campaign has returned to the campus for another year. But before…

Plsdontspeakjustfuckoff: The True Beauty of Free Speech

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by Bobby Gard-Storry, Congratulations to Katie Flynn and Maurice Banerjee Palmer: you successfully recruited me to the LSE Free Speech Society. When I bumped into a couple of the society’s founders in the George IV the other week, I was thoroughly sceptical. “Well yeah,” I told them, “Free speech is important, but… do we really need a society?” Later, to friends, I repeated my succinct conclusion, “You don’t need a…