2008 December



The Secret Life of Bees (Dir: Gina Prince-Blythewood)

11th December 2008

Victoria Gemmill The marketing campaign behind The Secret Life of Bees gave me the impression that the film would be two hours of overemphasised metaphor and sentimental mush. In reality, this can be considered a fairly accurate assessment, but as the story progressed there seemed to be at least a little more to it than ...


94% rise in grants for EU students

3rd December 2008

Craig MacLellan The number of students coming to study at Scottish higher education institutions from other European Union Member States has risen dramatically over the last five years. The number of EU students receiving fee support from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) has risen 93.8% between 2002-2003 and 2007-2008. There was also a ...


Narrow Labour win at GUU

3rd December 2008

George Binning “This hours would re-elect a Labour Government” was the title of the bi-annual John Smith Memorial Debate, held in the historic Debates Chamber of the Glasgow University Union on November 30. Hazel Blears MP, the Secretary of State for Comunities and Local Government, led a bench of Labour MPs and MSPs, against Lembit ...


Fire rages in West End

3rd December 2008

George Binning Numbers one to three of Lilybank Terrace were gutted by fire on Wednesday, November 12, just a few doors away from both academic departments and student flats. Eight fire engines and roughly fifty firemen were deployed to fight the blaze, which was visible for miles across the city. Sparks and embers were seen ...


Escort agency advertises on campus

3rd December 2008

George Binning & Amy MacGregor An escort agency has attempted to recruit University students with targeted advertising distributed across campus. The adverts called for “discreet and open minded” girls over 18 years old and stressed: “all nationalities welcome”. They also claimed to offer potential candidates the opportunity of earning over £2,000 per week. The small ...


Report reviews Holyrood tax powers

3rd December 2008

Ishbel Begg A recently published report from an expert economic panel established by the Calman Commission has been met with mixed reactions in Scotland. The interim report, which was to examine alternatives for allocating funds to Scotland, comes in the wake of the Westminster department’s submission to the Calman Commission, which did not recommend any ...


Guardian Q&A with Hazel Blears

3rd December 2008

George Binning Prior to the John Smith Memorial Debate, Hazel Blears enjoyed a drink with the Glasgow University Labour Club and took time to speak with Guardian. Have you always been politically active? Yes, I first got involved through my trade union; I joined my union before I joined the Labour party. I was a ...


Nancy That!

3rd December 2008

George Binning Who would have guessed that the John Smith Memorial Debate would be the scene of such bawdy rollicking and tabloid-worthy shenanigans? Admittedly one of the most prestigious debating events in the country, promising such a star-studded line up of speakers, was bound to draw a crowd. But I did not expect to see ...


Voices unite in plea for peace

3rd December 2008

Ross Mathers A member of an opposing movement interrupted a recent rally held by the Glasgow chapter of OneVoice. The meeting, which called for an end to violence in the Middle East, took place in Glasgow University’s Chapel on November 10 and was one of the first public events since the founding of the Glasgow ...


I.T. Services improve computer reliability

3rd December 2008

George Binning Glasgow University’s IT Services are hopeful that they have eliminated a computing error that caused a huge number of the University’s computers to malfunction. A Guardian survey in early November found that 25% of the Reading Room’s 110 computers, and 20% of the library’s 490 computers, were out of action due to problems ...