Author: Emily Houlston-Jones

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News Editor 2014/15, 2013/14

As Malawian writer and human rights activist Jack Mapanje shuffled to the front of Main arts Lecture theatre to read from his body of work on March 10th, I was struck by his age and frailty.  Such thoughts were swept away when he began to speak, his strong and imposing voice barely needing the microphone attached to his front. It is not just Mapanje’s voice that is imposing. During Bangor lecturer Kachi Ozumba’s introduction, I was awed by Mapanje’s achievements and life experiences. Not only is an accomplished poet and writer – having published 5 poetry collections and a memoir…

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Emma Watson has the world at her feet. She is beautiful, young, and talented. She has access to the most prestigious and talented stylists, make-up artists, and hairstylists in the world. Yet she turned up to the Oscars, the most important showbiz event of the year, with a hairstyle that screamed “I just came from the gym and forgot to shower.” No Emma Watson. No. You can do better. We all know you can do better than a hairstyle that somehow makes you look like you’ve borrowed your dad’s toupee, and then forgotten to wash said toupee. It’s a misstep…

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by Peter Clarke A few weeks back, a group of history students at Warwick university organised their own lectures in response to their temporarily absent tutors, who were on strike for a few lectures. Teachers at Warwick were on strike for a plethora of reasons, and the immediate reasons for the protests in recent weeks, according to Sally Hunt (general secretary of the union representing academics), was to request further negotiations to improve the pay rise offer of employers from a minimal 1 per cent. Warwick university, similarly to universities all across the country, have of course been arranging strikes…

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TV

South Park Whenever I’m feeling low, this is the show I watch. South Park, for me, is comfort television. No matter how bad things may seem, South Park is the one show that never fails to make me laugh. The show has spawned countless memes and catchphrases (“Oh my God, they killed Kenny” anyone?) which can obscure how sharp the comedy can be. Of course, there’s still plenty of disgusting jokes and swearing children (two things which I approve of heartily) and that’s what keeps the fans coming back for more. Secret Diary of a Callgirl After watching the…

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As a rule, students don’t care about politics. This statement has been hammered home for me during my first few weeks as Seren’s new politics sub-editor. When I announced my new role, people nodded approvingly and offered their congratulations. When I asked them if they wanted to contribute anything to the new politics pages, I was met with awkward silences and the universal refrain of the university student: “I don’t know anything about politics.” If I had to sum-up the current generation’s political attitude in one word, I’d use “apathetic.” Of course we’re apathetic. British politics is dull. Let’s look…

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Miley Cyrus. Do we really need an introduction? It’s been impossible to escape her these past few months, as she celebrated her emergence from the Disney cocoon with aplomb: twerking, licking hammers, and proving to everyone her Hannah Montana days are long over. Bangerz, Cyrus’ fifth album, is the culmination of the past few months’ publicity. This is her first “adult” album, and she’s determined to make it work and prove her mettle. But does she succeed? On the whole, yes. Vocally, she can’t be faulted. Her voice sets her apart from her peers. Even the copious amounts of vocal…

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