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Voices unite in plea for peace

3rd December 2008

Ross Mathers 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 on November 10 and was one of the first public events since the founding of the Glasgow ...


I.T. Services improve computer reliability

3rd December 2008

George Binning 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 Room’s 110 computers, and 20% of the library’s 490 computers, were out of action due to problems ...


Glasgow subway price hike

3rd December 2008

Craig MacLellan The price of travel on the Glasgow Subway is set to increase for the second time in under a year. Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT), which operates the Subway system, has been hit by the escalating cost of energy. An increase of 94% in the price of traction energy, which is used to ...


Merry Xmas Everybody

3rd December 2008

As Christmas shopping rears its ugly head, Tara Hepburn tells us why the modern Christmas is still beautiful Whilst working last Christmas I was subjected to a tirade by a woman who saw the increasing popularity of the spelling “Xmas” in place of “Christmas”, as responsible for near enough everything that was wrong with modern ...


The Latin spirit in everyone

3rd December 2008

After years of political alienation, Venezuelan freedom fighters show Crystal Chesters how to fight for the right to party They could have been filming the new Bacardi advert the other night in Blackfriars. There was Latin spirit bursting from all corners thanks to twelve-piece revolutionary salsa band, La Redonda. “Venezuela! Venezuela!” they chanted as the ...


Repression and resistance: Egypt on the brink of revolution

3rd December 2008

Influential Egyptian journalist and activist Hossam el Hamalawy speaks to Pete Ramand about the growing wave of strikes against the US-backed dictatorship of Hosni Mubarack Egypt is witnessing an uprising of a proportion not seen for many years. Strikes and mass demonstrations are shaking the very roots of Egyptian society and have the highly repressive ...


A different light on a dim view

3rd December 2008

George Binning What is escorting if it is not prostitution? If 99% of escorting work involves sex the difference is surely a legal technicality. Scotland’s escort websites are packed with semi-nude images and graphic descriptions of ‘services’ each escort will perform (if she so chooses). It is an industry laughing brazenly in the face of ...


The unknown consequences

3rd December 2008

James Porteous Although Guardian sometimes does not have the resources to cover all the events that we would wish to report on as a news-led publication (usually in the case of news that is geographically difficult to reach), there are times when the scope of the paper must expand to encompass moments of worldwide significance. ...


Sir Muir Russell to step down in September

11th November 2008

Sarah Smith The Principal and Vice Chancellor of Glasgow University, Sir Muir Russell, is to step down from his post in September. Sir Muir has held the position since 2003 when he succeeded Sir Graeme Davies. Before becoming Principal, Sir Muir served as Permanent Secretary in the Scottish Executive. Sir Muir’s retirement from the University ...


Student loses deposit on bogus flat lease

11th November 2008

News Staff A student at Glasgow University has signed a tenancy agreement to a flat that is already inhabited, and is now unable to reclaim his deposit and first month’s rent, totalling £850, from the landlord. Waqar Sadaat, an international student who is completing his masters in research in Electronics and Electrical Engineering, was in ...