The Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavillion – Domino

Declan McKay It’s hard to know where to begin when reviewing this album; very rarely is this avid music vampire left speechless, but this New York/Washington-based three-piece may as well have sewn my lips shut. ‘Merriweather Post Pavilion’, their…

Antony & The Johnsons – The Crying Light – Rough Trade

Catriona Reilly Many people may be familiar with Antony Hegarty’s unusual vocals, albeit unwittingly, through Hercules and Love Affair’s indie club favourite ‘Blind’ or perhaps from Bjork’s ‘Dull Flame of Desire’. His musical endeavours, however, extend further than collaborations…

Again?

Gerry McKeever With the advent of the new year, once again everybody and their neighbour is jumping to make predictions as to who and what is going to be big in music this year.  The BBC has released it’s…

Whose fault is it anyway?

George Binning The current financial climate has become a universal get out of jail free card, flaunted with abandon by all and sundry and allowed to pass, on the whole, unquestioned. With regard to the SNP’s proposal to replace…

The inexperience of a lifetime

James Porteous The news of a sharp fall in the level of graduate recruitment for the coming year, while worrying, is certainly far from surprising in the current financial climate. Following on from previous warnings that students graduating this…

The Secret Life of Bees (Dir: Gina Prince-Blythewood)

Victoria Gemmill The marketing campaign behind The Secret Life of Bees gave me the impression that the film would be two hours of overemphasised metaphor and sentimental mush. In reality, this can be considered a fairly accurate assessment, but…

94% rise in grants for EU students

Craig MacLellan The number of students coming to study at Scottish higher education institutions from other European Union Member States has risen dramatically over the last five years. The number of EU students receiving fee support from the Student…

Narrow Labour win at GUU

George Binning “This hours would re-elect a Labour Government” was the title of the bi-annual John Smith Memorial Debate, held in the historic Debates Chamber of the Glasgow University Union on November 30. Hazel Blears MP, the Secretary of…

Fire rages in West End

Numbers one to three of Lilybank Terrace were gutted by fire on Wednesday, November 12, just a few doors away from both academic departments and student flats. Eight fire engines and roughly fifty firemen were deployed…

Escort agency advertises on campus

An escort agency has attempted to recruit University students with targeted advertising distributed across campus. The adverts called for “discreet and open minded” girls over 18 years old and stressed: “all nationalities welcome”.…

Report reviews Holyrood tax powers

Ishbel Begg A recently published report from an expert economic panel established by the Calman Commission has been met with mixed reactions in Scotland. The interim report, which was to examine alternatives for allocating funds to Scotland, comes in…

Guardian Q&A with Hazel Blears

Prior to the John Smith Memorial Debate, Hazel Blears enjoyed a drink with the Glasgow University Labour Club and took time to speak with Guardian. Have you always been politically active? Yes, I first got involved…

Nancy That!

George Binning Who would have guessed that the John Smith Memorial Debate would be the scene of such bawdy rollicking and tabloid-worthy shenanigans? Admittedly one of the most prestigious debating events in the country, promising such a star-studded line…

Voices unite in plea for peace

A member of an opposing movement interrupted a recent rally held by the Glasgow chapter of OneVoice. The meeting, which called for an end to violence in the Middle East, took place in Glasgow University’s Chapel…

I.T. Services improve computer reliability

Glasgow University’s IT Services are hopeful that they have eliminated a computing error that caused a huge number of the University’s computers to malfunction. A Guardian survey in early November found that 25% of the Reading…