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In defence of austerity

9th December 2012

Ruaridh Frize Since the start of the coalition, the very idea of deep spending cuts and austerity has become gradually more popular to demonize and protest against. All students at this university have, at some point, been exposed to the anti-austerity rhetoric that is employed by the overwhelming majority of student activists. In fact, in ...


In praise of dropping out

19th November 2012

Martin Patrick Lennon I dropped out of Glasgow University in October 2009, a few weeks into my second year and it was the best decision I have made to date. I came back a year later to do the same course and I would have had a totally different experience had I not left. Leaving ...


The Eurogamer Expo experience

16th November 2012

Joe Trotter It’s 9am and the London Underground is stale and busy. Although I don’t regret drinking with the Brazilian pilots the night before, I do regret the hostel’s subsequent breakfast, a mixture of hard toast, stewed bread and disappointment. Tired faces stare sullenly ahead contemplating the new day as I turn to Corey, my ...


In opposition of online snooping

14th November 2012

Peter Bradwell Snooper’s Charter: the new threat to your privacy The Coalition government came to power promising to be proud and passionate defenders of our freedoms. In a letter to voters before the last general election, David Cameron said that it is ‘time to take a stand against the ever-increasing powers of the “big brother ...


Amy’s choice

13th November 2012

Oliver Milne “Hey, I’m just going to start work but I’ll only be few hours so I’ll give you a call then.” This is the first voicemail I receive from Amy after being introduced through a mutual friend. In the vast majority of cases this innocuous message would be a simple courtesy to a student ...


Gilchrist Postgraduate Club opens

26th October 2012

Michael Comerford On the 26th October the University opens the new Gilchrist Postgraduate Club, the only one of its kind in Scotland and one of only a handful in the UK. The club is open until 11pm most nights and features barista coffee, a bar and a different menu from what is currently available around campus. ...


A £7m development? Now is the time to protect the unions.

24th October 2012

Chris Sibbald Confirmation of the University’s investment in Glasgow University Union (GUU) was welcome news to this writer: partly because of my affinity with the aforementioned institution as ex-President; but more importantly, because it signalled a tangible investment in student services. In my time at University (since 2008) the Senior Management Group (SMG) have mastered ...


Positivity Week: SRC VP Student Support Jess Mc Grellis responds

3rd October 2012

Jess McGrellis Issues have arisen surrounding the name of the event ‘Positivity Week’ proposed by the SRC. I would like to take this opportunity firstly to apologise for any offence which may have been caused, secondly to correct some misconceptions about the concept behind the week, and thirdly to outline how we plan to move ...


The problem with ‘Positivity Week’

1st October 2012

Liam Hainey The recent controversy over the SRC’s decision to rebrand the all encompassing Health Week to the more narrow Positivity Week reminded me of a ditty by indie art crooner Amber Rubarth called “Chrysanthemum Song”. The song’s second verse goes thusly: I read about a boy, who suffered depression, his parents hung a mirror, ...


Worms Collection

8th September 2012

Joseph Trotter Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3 PEGI: 18+ Release: 31st August Developer: Team 17 Publisher: Mastertronic Worms have a pretty crappy existence. Chased by moles, harried by birds, torn by children, they are nature’s whipping boys despite allegedly being able to live on once split in two. Although they have fared better in the world ...