2013 December



The most Wongaful time of the year

21st December 2013

Euan McTear December. A time of fairy lights, shopping, cards, pretty trees in the living room, those fancy Starbucks coffees, red, green, gold, a jolly fat man and … payday lenders? With the Money Advice Service estimating that 1.2 million Brits will turn to a payday lender like Wonga, QuickQuid or Mr Lender to fund ...


‘Tis the season to be spending

21st December 2013

Imants Latkovskis The most wonderful time of the year is here, and it’s worth taking a second to appreciate what this joyous time of Christmas is really all about  – spending money. And lots of it. According to a report by HSBC, the average Briton spent £526 on their Christmas shopping in 2012, most of ...


Scam company raises campus security fears

19th December 2013

Karen Oakley The Students Representative Council (SRC) has advised students to be extra careful when revealing their personal details after letters from debt agencies have been sent to several Glasgow University students demanding payment for careers guidance said to have been given by an external company. The company, operating under the name of Career Guide ...


The Rector we need

19th December 2013

David Santamaría As happens every three years, the students of the University of Glasgow will have the opportunity to elect their new rector in 2014. In this time of uncertainty, both in the economy and in education, it is more important than ever that we make sure the best candidate is chosen to lead student ...


Copying is so cliché

19th December 2013

Matthew Sharpe There’s a searing topic of debate among filmmakers and critics these days, and it’s one that needs resolving: has the line between cinematic homage and blatant theft become too blurred? Of the hundred highest grossing films of the last ten years, 75 of them are remakes, sequels or adaptations of source material, such ...


Christmas on my own terms

18th December 2013

Cecilie Jensen I can picture the scene clearly in my mind’s eye: me, stuffed to bursting point with food that I’ve eaten merely because it was placed in front of me. (And because there was nothing to eat in the house that wasn’t curried herring, bacon, pork paté, fried potatoes or any of the many ...


GUU inquiry released

6th December 2013

Euan McTear The independent inquiry looking at the prevalent culture of Glasgow University Union (GUU) has highlighted the possibility of criminal behaviour taking place on the premises, suggested that sexual behaviour had become “normalised” and labelled the Union “out of date.” Following the public outcry after allegations of sexist heckling at the GUU’s Ancients debate...