The Path Home

  by Melissa Au   When you ask where home is, I can give you a variety of answers. I was born in Hong Kong, but I grew up in Shanghai. I’m not deeply familiar with either of these cultures…

JHS: Unlocking Mythic Structure

The guiding principles behind Star Wars’ success… Upon its release, ‘Star Wars: A New Hope’ became one of the most successful films in history. Its stars grossed millions. Through spin-offs, toys and merchandise, it’s Director George Lucas profited hugely. ‘Star…

Ariana Grande said “Let there be light,” and there was light

We all need a bit of sweetener in our lives, but not necessarily this one. The world sucks right now and Ariana Grande knows it. This is why her new album, Sweetener, is one of optimism and charm. Sweetener details…

Student Petition to Remove Benches Hits 47k Signatures

Over the past week, the petition started by a group of LSE students to remove “anti-homeless” benches from outside the Library plaza cafe has received a further 47,000 signatures. Its organisers told The Beaver: “We’re delighted to see the mass…

How To Buy An LSE Freshers’ RAG Band

Hello all excited, incoming freshers to LSE! You’ve just got your results, giving you a place at the *best* London uni. All you have to do now is buy a RAG band. Freshers is a unique, fun and memorable (hopefully)…

LSE Defend New Benches Amid Upcoming Review

Following our previous article, LSE has released several statements regarding the rationale behind the newly installed benches which have sparked public concern. There are two officially stated reasons behind the new benches: the first being “extreme anti-social behaviour in the…

LSE Fail To Answer Staff Expenses FOI

On Monday the Sun released responses to Freedom of Information (FOI) requests regarding the usage of university staff expenses. 54 institutions told the Sun that since 2016, some of their staff collectively spent £204m on corporate credit cards and claimed…

Accusations of ‘Hostile Architecture’ Made Against LSE

New benches have been installed outside LSE Library within the past month. Long silver benches have been replaced with those with the additional gaps and armrests often cited as ‘defensive’, ‘anti-homeless’ or ‘hostile’ architecture. The Beaver news team was made…

Anti-Homeless Architecture – LSE Forgets Its Roots

When you visit LSE’s website, you are met with a statement. In a large box, right in the centre of the screen, text reads: “LSE was founded with the aim of understanding the causes of things and for the betterment…

“First Reformed” Should Be Your First Choice

Paul Schrader’s First Reformed uses potent images and an exceptionally crafted protagonist – found in Ethan Hawke’s lonely Reverend Ernst Toller – to find a bleak balance between hope and despair. Reverend Toller, a former military chaplain, has much cause…