2013 November



Mum is here, hide the cheesy pasta

24th November 2013

Eloise Birtwhistle When faced with the painstaking responsibility of entertaining friends and family who have come to visit, choosing the right place to go for lunch can be an ordeal. Naturally, you want to show them the best that Glasgow can offer. Ideally, you also want to make them jealous that you live in such ...


The presidential line

23rd November 2013

Beatrice Cook With over 15,000 members, and 2,000 students using the gym daily, it’s no surprise that with the role of being President of the Glasgow University Sports Association comes great power and pressure. The recent closure of the Kelvinhall sports complex has undoubtedly caused problems for the association, but Law, during the recent Glasgow ...


One bike stolen per day

23rd November 2013

 Alastair Thomas Swatland 349 bikes have been stolen in Glasgow’s West End in the last year, amounting to as much as £250,000 of stolen property, causing a real problem for Glasgow University students who use bikes as their means of getting around. Witnesses claim that the thefts have been carried out by organised groups who ...


Open to op(era)tions

23rd November 2013

Rixta Sievers Opera. Take a long look at that word and tell me what springs to mind. This is a task I have asked of a number of my friends, and, based on their answers, I have to conclude that my generation just isn’t very keen on this particular artform. They might like music, films, ...


Police closures

22nd November 2013

 Zandi Coles Police stations in Glasgow’s West End are set to move from 24-hour to 12-hour days as part of an attempt by Police Scotland to cut costs. Police Scotland has decided to reduce opening hours and close police counters across the country, with 65 of Scotland’s 215 stations to stop offering police counter provision. ...


GUU paralysis

22nd November 2013

Ferdinand Goetzen The Glasgow University Union, one of the oldest student unions in the UK, has for decades stood strongly at the centre of university life. It has been a place of entertainment, academic prestige and buzzing social events all in equal measure. Since its founding in 1885, the GUU has played an important part ...


The loneliest role in football

22nd November 2013

Jack Haugh An icy breath of air escapes the gritted teeth of a solitary figure resting at the centre circle.  As friendly banter and eager chatter swarms around the beaten up pitch, players from opposing teams race through their warm ups whilst a small crowd, made up of angry coaches, pushy mums and bouncing dogs, ...


Review: Blue Jasmine

21st November 2013

Imants Latkovskis Woody Allen is not one to compromise on style. Indeed, that’s probably the reason why you either love him or hate him. All of his films even start off the same: white Windsor font over black, inoffensive jazz music, cast (in order of appearance) and then … go! His new film, ‘Blue Jasmine’, ...


Senate set to shrink

21st November 2013

Amy McKinnon Proposals are being considered which could see the Senate, the University’s academic decision making body, condensed into a ‘Senate Council’ almost one fifth of its present size. The Senate currently has over 500 members and includes all University professors, some members of the Senior Management Group and a number of elected members of ...


Effective altruism

21st November 2013

Bradley Ford The overwhelming majority of us have donated money to charity at some point in our lives. A considerable number of us give regularly to charitable causes – or at least we intend to once we have left university and ensconced ourselves in a steady job with, we hope, a reasonable income. Indeed, over ...