Busy as a Beaver – The Story of Felix

Adopted in February 1922, the LSE beaver mascot was selected by Edwin Cannan, Professor of Political Economy at the time. The beaver was chosen because of its attributes as a “hard-working and industrious yet sociable animal”, traits that founders of…

Crime and Punishment: LSE Misdeeds

Like the metropolis that surrounds it, LSE has seen its fair share of crime and mischief. The open campus is often the target of petty theft, with four such cases around Houghton Street being reported in January of this year…

Goodbye to The Beaver

The Beaver is my home. It is the university family everybody wants. It is the friend everybody deserves. I don’t know better people. Memes aside, the last three years at university have been difficult and emotional. But recently, as I’ve…

How can I ever change things that I feel?

Sexuality, home and change I look down at the lapel of my coat. Fuck. The badges. I forgot to take them off. Frida Kahlo and a gay flag stare back at me. I take one off, slip on the cool…

Writing the LSE story since 1949

Though The Beaver has evolved through the decades, its penchant for substantive news coverage and hard-hitting commentary has never dwindled. Here’s a look at the history of our paper from its inception to the present day. 1949 1954 1964 1973…

Solace in the Sports Section

I hated playing Imperial anyway. Their captain is an awful bloke and the pitch is by Heathrow airport. Around half an hour in to the game, I made a fateful turn chasing down their left-back, heard a click in my…

Sports, Community and other Rare Treasures

One thing I noticed in the SU elections was how all the candidates loved to talk about community. Activities & Development candidates competed over how many student events they could run. Gen Sec candidate Alex Selway focused his campaign on…

See you on the Flipside

I sort of fell into working for the Beaver. I spent the entirety of my first year reading it because my friend Isabella, who’d go on to become my flatmate, worked as a staff writer and I was keen to…

Vilifying Russia will not solve anything

This piece is a response to an article written by Ben Townsend, The waiting game: Russia’s resurgence The Beaver’s 897th issue contains a voluminous article criticizing Russia. In the publication, totaling more than one-thousand words, Ben Townsend does not skimp…

Minouche is in her second year. How is she faring?

For LSE Directors, much like students and Premier League managers, the second year is the most important. Dame Nemat Talaat Shafik – Minouche – has been at the School for less time than many of its students. She feels like…