2020 February



Penguin a far from random publishing house

19th February 2020

Emily Hay Culture Editor What an oligopolistic book publishing sector means for creativity. To many, the announcement of the winner of last year’s Booker Prize came as a shock, with the judges deciding to “flout” the rules and refusing to choose between Bernardine Evaristo’s Girl, Woman, Other and Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments. Yet, in other ...


Investigation shows students’ essays being reported under anti-terrorism laws

19th February 2020

Tara Gandhi Editor-in-Chief SRC President Scott Kirby expressed concern for the precedent after the investigation, and spokespeople from multiple unions have spoken out against the use of Prevent on campus. Some students from De Montfort, Reading, and Wolverhampton have had essays reported under counter-terror programme Prevent, according to an investigation by The Independent. Experts and ...


The UK-Africa Summit is a sign of the green economy conundrum

19th February 2020

Lucia Posteraro Multimedia Editor The climate crisis is hitting hardest in countries that contribute to it the least — how can the UK move to be part of the solution rather than part of the problem? The UK-Africa Summit, held in January in London, has highlighted a policy conundrum. On the one hand, Boris Johnson’s ...


Review: Unbelievable

18th February 2020

Rebecca Newlands Writer Rebecca Newlands is impressed by the Netflix drama’s handling of its difficult subject matter. Content Warning: Contains discussion of sexual assault  “I actually didn’t drink that much last night, I just had a light dinner.” “I didn’t see your message, I’ve just been so busy!” “I haven’t cheated on my diet all ...


The Problem with Bombshell

18th February 2020

Graham Peacock Writer The search goes on for a film that adequately handles the topic of sexual harassment. Megyn Kelly, Gretchen Carlson, Roger Ailes: three names that occupied prime real estate on the American conservative news circuit for years, and who, in 2016, were catapulted into the international spotlight. This was when Ailes, former CEO ...


What is quantum supremacy?

18th February 2020

Marianna Marcelline Science & Tech Editor Marianna Marcelline asks if Glasgow’s latest project will change the world. Packed into a one-square centimetre silicon chip, Google’s quantum CPU may be small in size, but certainly not in potency. The 54-qubit computer known as “Sycamore” contains an array of microscopic cables enabling it to perform calculations at ...


Tips for student tipping

18th February 2020

Paul Dawson Writer Ever been caught in the sticky situation of having no money left in your bank account but felt required to leave a tip? Paul Dawson considers the stigma around student tipping. Life as a student in any university around the world is notoriously difficult, particularly in regards to dealing with finances. Students ...


Review: Miss Americana

17th February 2020

Rachel Campbell Writer The world’s most prolific pop princess reveals an unyielding voice of empowerment in this raw Netflix documentary. Netflix documentary Miss Americana takes us into Taylor Swift’s NYC apartment, her doorstep surrounded by screaming fans. It feels as though we step into her real life, outside of the chaos which comes with being ...


Review: Uncut Gems

17th February 2020

Jodie Leith Writer NBA star Kevin Garnett, The Weeknd, and Adam Sandler star in one of the tensest films of the year. Uncut Gems follows Howard Ratner, portrayed by Adam Sandler, a morally ambiguous, New York City jeweller (and profligate gambler) through an uncomfortable descent into madness and chaos. Directed by Josh and Benny Safdie, ...


New council scheme will help people grow their own produce in Glasgow

17th February 2020

Francesca Di Fazio Reporter The strategy would maximize the usage of existing growing spaces by creating more plots within single allotments and to simplify the legal process to access available council sites. The Glasgow City Council has opened an online consultation on a new draft strategy to promote local food growing in the city. The ...