2009 October



SNP shift focus on student debt pledge

19th October 2009

Sarah Smith The Scottish Government has indicated to Guardian that, due to the economic climate and “a lack of parliamentary support”, a lesser priority is now being placed on its manifesto pledge to abolish student debt in Scotland. The Government is instead changing its focus to reduce the overall levels of debt and offer more ...


Spate of mugging attacks in the West End

19th October 2009

Craig MacLellan Students have been warned to be extra vigilant after a series of muggings on Queen Margaret Drive. Three attacks have occurred over the last month, two of which took place within a week of each other. In each case, the victim was either approached or followed by the suspect, before being threatened and ...


Troubled GUU elects new president

19th October 2009

Adam Campbell After a controversial start to the academic year, the Glasgow University Union (GUU) has elected a new President, Dominic Boyle, after a by-election was held. Over 600 students turned out on October 8 to vote for the new GUU President, a contest which saw Boyle  defeat his opponent, Jo Marr. The position had ...



Valuing the right to vote

19th October 2009

Over a thousand students living at Murano Street Student Village found that they were unable to vote in the European elections that took place this summer. An “oversight” by Sanctuary Management Services (SMS) meant that the Murano Street residents were not added to the electoral register in Scotland. As students had been assured in their ...


In praise of twitterature

19th October 2009

Everyone has become awfully snooty about Twitter recently. In part, this is because it has reached the critical mass of followers necessary for any social networking mechanism to stop being cool. But to an ever-growing number it is also being seen as a genuine threat to the way we gather news and process information. Undeniably, ...


GU edged out in seven goal thriller

19th October 2009

Menzieshill 4-3 Glasgow Clare Toner A first round draw against one of the best sides in the country is not the easiest start to a Scottish cup campaign. Glasgow University were undeniably the underdogs heading into this fixture. However, as the 4-3 defeat suggests, they were certainly prepared to put up a fight against a ...


Time to fight for your rights

19th October 2009

Harry Tattersall Smith We find ourselves in sinister times. The news treats us to a daily deluge of general unpleasantness; so much so that even now a simple trip to the shops can leave us with a sense of impending doom. On my first arrival in Glasgow from the comparative safety of Edinburgh and the ...


Mass disenfranchisement at Murano

19th October 2009

Craig MacLellan Over a thousand residents of Murano Street Student Village lost their right to vote in June’s European elections due to an “oversight” in the registration process. This is despite Sanctuary Management Services, who operate the residence on behalf of the University of Glasgow, assuring all residents on arrival that they would be placed ...


Bouncy, trouncy, flouncy, pouncy fun

19th October 2009

Harry Tattersall Smith Choosing a fitness regime can often leave you feeling like a kid in a candy store. If I do that thing I’m going to get totally ripped abs, yet if I do that, the advert states that there is a fantastic chance that in no time at all I’ll be infinitely more ...