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“Shadow” Should Have Stayed In The Dark

Epic only in its headache-inducing abilities, Zhang Yimou’s ambitious 3rd Century centred Shadow says little of the historical source material upon which it is based. But a morsel of enjoyment comes from laughing at the sheer absurdity of what the creators thought…

Are Trump Voters Right To Fear The Authoritarian Deep State?

The authoritarian ‘deep state’ in Washington showed its face this week, amplifying Trump’s call to drain the swamp. This week The New York Times published an article titled ‘I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration’ anonymously. The…

The Term ‘Cultural Appropriation’ Doesn’t Reduce Segregation, It Increases It

Before I begin, it worries me that my opinion on this matter is not the norm. In fact, it seems it is controversial. For someone who has kept their head down politically and socially for most of their lives, thinking…

The Beaver is looking for contributors to its annual Black History Month special issue

Each year the LSE community and the Beaver mark Black History Month, celebrated in the UK each October since 1987, with a commemorative issue noting the historical and current achievements of the global black community. This year will be no…

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)…

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…

LSE Student Satisfaction Continues To Drop

When discussing LSE, a recurring topic is our shamefully low student satisfaction score, which persists despite our renown international standing. This trend appears to be continuing. Following the release of the National Student Survey (NSS) results yesterday, our student satisfaction…

“It’s not Fine… It’s not normal”: Gun Violence in America

I am proud to be an American. Despite all the political turmoil with the last election and subsequent and questionable legislation, I have still felt a deep connection with my country of origin. Certainly, many American students at LSE –…