Author: Charlotte Thomson

Social Media Officer 2018-19

Just under 250 people answered our survey to crown Bangor’s favourite businesses for the 2018/19 academic year! Here’s what they decided: Best Pub – Cove Pop Up Coffee & Rum Shack Best Cafe – Blue Sky Cafe Best Restaurant – Dylan’s Menai Bridge Best Takeaway – Bella Bella Best Hair Salon – Clayton’s Hair Design  Best Barbers – Kai’s Barber Shop Best Beauty Salon – Studio Nails & Beauty Best Independent Retailer – Lookachu Vintage Shop Best Major Supermarket – Morrisons Best Newcomer – Cove Pop Up Coffee & Rum Shack

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On Sunday 24th February, Bangor University hosted their first Pride celebration. Students Owen Hurcum and Jasper Williams hosted the event (alongside the LGBT+ Society) in the Main Art University Building. Throughout the day, there was a range of entertainment, including circus performers, live music, poetry, comedy and drag acts. Alongside the entertainment, there were also talks including a Queercare Workshop. MP Hywel Williams came and spoke in support of the university’s LGBT+ community, as well as VP of Sports, Louise Fell. The historical event was a great success and promises to be bigger and better next year.

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Following on from Seren’s sexual harassment survey released earlier this year, we thought we’d take another opportunity to raise awareness of an important issue that affects students, Domestic Abuse.  Women’s Aid, the national charity supporting women and children affected by Domestic Abuse  defines it as an incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening, degrading or violent behaviour which often includes sexual violence. Domestic Abuse is mostly perpetrated by a partner or ex-partner and in the vast majority of cases it’s experienced by women but anyone of any age, race or gender can be affected. Domestic abuse can be present in all types of…

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February is a crazy month for everybody. Semester 2 is in full swing and this month in particular is a hectic one – LGBT+ History Month, UMCB’s Welsh History Month, the Student Volunteering Bangor and Raising & Giving (RAG) ( 11th – 17th February), Sabbatical Officer Elections (25th February – 8th March), and for your VP Societies & Volunteering and the incredibly enthusiastic students that make up the Societies and Volunteering Executive teams there is also the added juggling of the tasks of planning and fundraising for the Societies & Volunteering Award Dinner (4th April) and an ambitious first ever…

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Hi everyone. The last few weeks have been chaos (in a good way!), largely due to the University’s current financial situation. However, this hasn’t prevented me from acting upon what students want, and I’m pleased to say there has been some really good progress, over the past month or so. This article is a snapshot of what I have been working on, but do get in touch with me if you’d like any further information! Financial situation As many of you are probably aware, much of my time, over the past few weeks, has been dedicated to the University’s current…

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Tenovus Cancer Care concluded their 75th anniversary this year with a special Lovelight concert at Bangor Cathedral featuring their own choir. The event encouraged people to come along and light a candle in remembrance of family and friends lost to cancer. Bangor and Holyhead male choir, Treffos Independent School, and Bangor University graduate Kiefer Jones all performed alongside the Bangor Sing with us Choir. Debbie Rowley, regional fundraising manager for north Wales, explained the purpose of the event: ‘They are in celebration or in memory of people. People come in and light a candle for the moment of reflection, they…

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Lost Like Alice, a project from local lad Ben Parker, was birthed from Ben’s love for the blues and poetic lyrics. He has performed in various locations around the UK, but made his Cove debut on the 22nd November. Lost Like Alice’s rich vocals and mesmerizing guitar rhythms coupled with the chilled vibes of Cove created the perfect Thursday evening entertainment. Cove Pop Up Bar and Rum Shack may be the new kid on the block, but has already established itself as the ideal student venue for a fun-filled night. It can now add live music to its ever-growing list of…

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Public Service Broadcasting’s show in Pontio was a part of a line up of five intimate shows around Wales prior to their final UK performance at the Royal Albert Hall. The shows acted as a final farewell to their latest album ‘Every Valley’, and it was not a night to disappoint. Opening the night, Cardiff-based indie electronica group ‘Dead Method’ treated the audience to the rich vocals of frontman Lloyd Best. Playing tracks from their self-titled EP, ‘Dead Method’, they commenced the evening with their dark and gritty beats, adding a new, refreshing feeling to the world of electronic music.…

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UNDEB Bangor hosted their second ever cultural fair at Bangor University on the 18th October. The event was organised by the student’s union and the Vice President of Societies and Volunteering, Muhammad Firdaus. The event raises money for Bangor University’s societies and clubs as well as donations to the university’s RAG charities. The evening consisted of different creative performances from several societies, including martial arts demonstrations and medieval re-enactment. A total of 23 societies attended, compared to 16 from the previous year. Muhammad Firdaus said ‘We are a university in the middle of North Wales. When you walk on the…

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Here is a look ahead at some of the biggest games that will be coming out during the next academic year, up to exam season. September: Marvel’s Spider-Man (PS4 – 16) In his latest game, the friendly neighbourhood superhero has been around for eight years. In this outing, Peter Parker has the entirety of Manhattan to explore, which opens the game up to many different activities for the players, from fighting crime to photography. The scale of the game is important as he investigates a mystery that brings up comic book characters and rogues that span the whole of…

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