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Facebook, the 21st century ballot box

5th May 2012

Euan McTear Quick question. What is blue, supports community and will win the US Presidential election this year? No, not Papa Smurf, I’m talking about Facebook. This is its year. It has amassed 800 million members and will act as the electoral tool as Barack Obama looks to build on his pioneering and successful use ...


A secret shame? Poverty in the west-end of Glasgow

2nd May 2012

Iona Baker Luke Newberry For many, there seems to be a dissonance between appearance and reality when it comes to thinking about poverty and social exclusion in the west end of Glasgow. What might underlie this is the assumption that poverty is largely an issue of location, paired with the widespread impression that the west ...


Bingo!

18th April 2012

Harry Tattersall Smith As addictions go, my problem on a scale of nought to rock’n’roll is hovering dangerously close to Barry Manilow. Of late I’ve developed a rather damning social affliction: A taboo so frowned upon that I’d probably have an easier time revealing I had a penchant for snorting Class A drugs ...


Booty Call: a feminist review

17th April 2012

Mhairi Mcalpine This post originally appeared here on Second Council House of Virgo on 14/04/2012 I ended up at The Garage’s “Booty Call” last night, following an outpouring of fem-rage across twitter and facebook at the advertising campaign shown on the left. A woman out in Glasgow one night had spotted the flyer and become ...


This seating is for paying customers only…

13th April 2012

Dennis Barry Amid all the controversy surrounding the expensive implementation of MyCampus, proposed course cuts, cross-border tuition fees and general anxiety over university funding and the cost of higher education in Scotland, the University of Glasgow has begun this year to quietly institute a rather puzzling little policy change. Though seemingly innocuous and unimportant this ...


Glasgow to launch controversial East Asia centre

1st April 2012

Senior managers at the University of Glasgow have come under fire after announcing a new venture which seeks to expand the institution’s growing influence in Asia. At an unpublicised meeting of the university’s ruling body of Court late on Friday afternoon, Professor Anton Muscatelli announced the university would seek to push on with their policy ...


The Darkness II

23rd March 2012

Joe Trotter Platform: Xbox, Playstation, PC | PEGI: 18+ | Release: Now | Developer: Digital Extremes | Publisher: 2x Games It’s fair to say that Jackie Estacado is not a happy man. Consumed by an all-powerful, dominating force known as the Darkness which he has managed to control for now (surprise plot ...


A harsh place for asylum seekers

12th March 2012

Debbie White Destitution is a major issue affecting the asylum seekers of Glasgow; according to a report by the Joint Committee of Human Rights, the Government practises a ‘deliberate policy of destitution’, by forcing people into a state of complete poverty in order to persuade them to ‘voluntarily’ return to their country of origins. These ...


The Sun is out, the Ewoks have lost.

12th March 2012

Euan McTear Last month we discussed the dismissal of ‘Lad’s Mag’s from the QMU shop. Now shelves have been joined by a new villain. By the time this newspaper passes through your hands, you’ll have witnessed the birth of a new newspaper. I use the word “new” here, but I shouldn’t. It’d be like if ...


The internship paradox

5th March 2012

Sam Wigglesworth It’s that age old problem, you can’t get a job without experience, but nobody is willing to hire you so you can’t get it. Internships, it has been proposed are a solution to this catch-22 problem. However, they’re not accessible to everyone, for two key reasons. Firstly, given that many internships require students ...