2009 February



Keeping Yourself Occupied

15th February 2009

George Binning Interest groups such as the Stop the War Coalition (SWC) and the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign (SPSC) seem to split students into two camps. While there are plenty of sympathisers and supporters, a surprisingly large number of students find ‘that bunch’ very annoying. Perhaps its all the aggressive rhetoric and blocking the steps ...


Our Self Preservation Society

15th February 2009

James Porteous The actions of wildcat strikers, in reaction to the employment of foreign workers at Lindsey Refinery, are at best absurd, and at worst a shameful indication that flagrant xenophobia is acceptable in Britain today. Although at first glance it is hard to see why a French-owned refinery in the UK would choose to ...


Number of student enrolments down

10th February 2009

Ross Mathers The number of students enrolling in Scottish higher education institutions has fallen, according to new figures. The Higher Education Statistics Agency recently published a report showing that the number of students enrolling in Scottish universities, and some colleges, had fallen by 2 per cent in 2007-08. The number of enrolments in Scotland stood ...


Student survives wall collapse at Kelvin Hall

10th February 2009

News Staff A member of Glasgow University’s basketball team made a ‘miracle’ escape after being crushed by a falling wall in the Kelvin Hall International Sports Arena last week. On February 4, Glasgow student Vytautuas Astromkas was trapped by the falling rubble after the entire backboard came loose bringing the wall with it. The accident ...


Future’s bright for Tommy

10th February 2009

Amy MacGregor A Glasgow University student has been awarded a £60,000 recording contract after being named 2009’s Orange Unsigned Act. The 19 year old singer-song writer was announced winner on the Channel 4 television programme which documented the competition on Sunday 25th January having won a landslide public vote. Reilly, who was described by Lauren ...


Scientists discover kidneys’ true age

10th February 2009

Ross Mathers Scientists at Glasgow University have made significant discoveries that could help patients awaiting kidney transplants. The research, carried out at the Western Infirmary, has shown that the ‘bio-age’ of a kidney is more important than its actual chronological age when judging its suitability for transplant. This information will allow doctors to calculate the ...


Orthodoxy

10th February 2009

Aidan Cook I am not a scientist. And I’m certainly no expert in stem cell research. What is important here, however, is more the general morality than the biological details. So I will try and avoid anything too precise and stick to guiding principles and broad pros and cons. There are certainly some aspects of ...


Autodidakt

10th February 2009

James Foley Paperback science fiction, religious hysteria, and Stalin’s botched attempt to crossbreed a human-ape Red Army in the 1930s have combined to make people suspicious of genetic research. Some students proclaim themselves mortified that lank-haired boffins are investigating stem cell technology right under our noses at Glasgow University. Now and again, the hysteria boils ...


At Rest and remembered

10th February 2009

James Maxwell reflects on the life and work of one of America’s finest writers, John Updike John Updike, who died last month from lung cancer at the age of 76, was a uniquely talented literary polymath who excelled as an essayist, poet, critic, commentator and fiction-writer. Over five decades as a professional author, he rigorously ...


The word on the street

10th February 2009

As Glasgow’s arts scene gets all poetic, Nafees Mahmud reveals the charm and purpose of the spoken word I have a dark and dreadful confession to make. I write poetry.” The opening words of Stephen Fry’s guide to writing poetry showcase the stereotypical view many take of this artform. Many perceive poetic musings as being ...