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Opinion pieces on LSE, domestic, and international affairs.

The public is the enemy of good journalism

I’m a little too young to have a mantra, especially one so cynical. And yet, nearly every experience I’ve had in my stint in both student and professional journalism has only served to reinforce this wisdom. Not everyone agrees with…

The Ordinary Life of Arty Fishal

Arty Fishal is a regular guy. He lives in London, he has a job at a bank. He works six days a week. Every morning, Arty wakes up at 6AM to take the tube and gets to work by 7.…

We need to scrap elections to save the SU

LSE has a problem. Our students’ union doesn’t represent the wider student community. While the majority of students are women, 75% of sabbatical officers are men, and every GenSec elected while I have been a student at LSE has been…

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…

How to save journalism

The state, publications and readers all have a role to play if vital journalism is to remain a viable enterprise The Beaver has a proud history of fostering future journalists, and many of the words you’ll read in this special…

LSE needs to invest in student journalism

Student journalism is invaluable for career as well as community building For many acclaimed journalists, the answer to how to start in this cut-throat world is clear: join your student paper in university. Student papers, both in the UK and…

Don’t Blame the Bankers, We’ve Always Been Dour

Haydon Etherington traces the university’s straight-laced character to founders Sidney and Beatrice Webb. Today, LSE students rarely glow when they consider their university environment. For many, it is too career-focused. It’s a poorly kept secret that you’re more likely to…

Geography and Environment Society endorses Will Stein for Gen Sec

Will Stein: the man, the myth, the legend. Have you heard the whispers? That he has put more time into improving Student Satisfaction than pursuing his degree? That he birthed the campaign idea for the Summer Ball motion, a platform…

Islamic Society endorses Zulum Elumogo for Gen Sec

The Islamic Society, has decided to endorse Zulum Elumogo as he has been an invaluable supporter of our society during his time as General Secretary and has built a strong relationship with the committee and members alike. Throughout the year…

What creative societies need from the SU

Sam Rippon Drama Society President Societies are the lifeblood of this University, and they need to be able to function efficiently, effectively and for the benefit of their members. For that reason, Activities Resource Centre (ARC) reform is at the…