Author: seren

A gang of four men have been sentenced to a total of seven years in jail for a spate of robberies from cars in rural areas around Caernarfon. In a case presided over by Judge Rhys Rowlands at Mold Crown Court, the four men were accused of stealing various electronics and valuables from parked cars in the Bethel, Deiniolen and Llanrug areas. The operation occurred over a two night period earlier this year, accessing 14 cars in the area and collecting items of value from the glove compartments. The men were jailed for conspiracy to steal from cars, a sentencing…

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A Bangor University music student has won the Bryn Terfel Scholarship, defeating six talented performers at the Urdd Gobaith Cymru Youth Competition broadcasted live on S4C. Huw Ynyr Evans from Rhydymain near Dolgellau was presented the scholarship, worth £4,000, by Bryn Terfel. The music student said, “It was a bit scary knowing it was live and my mates at home were saying they were all watching, the pressure was on.” Huw won his chance to perform in the final concert at Theatr y Stiwt, Rhosllanerchrugog, on Sunday 14th October by winning the Cerdd Dant and the Solo Under-25 competitions in…

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On Friday 12th October many members of staff and administrators from the College of Arts and Humanities gathered in the Council Chamber to witness the launch of the new School of Philosophy and Religion at Bangor University. Members of the council were invited to the event and the Vice Chancellor was happy to welcome everyone who had been able to attend. The head of the new school, Dr Eryl W Davies, claims that the school is being built from ‘sturdy foundations’, even though it is a fairly new initiative. He believes this because religion has been taught at Bangor, in…

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STAG is based at the university’s beautiful Treborth Botanic Garden, where we help with all aspects of the garden: planting, weeding, woodland maintenance and generally making the place even better. If you like getting your hands dirty whilst learning about plants and nature, STAG is right for you. When we’re not gardening we run trips to botanic gardens, forage for mushrooms, hunt for bats and much more. Visit us on Facebook or email us to get the latest! Events: Sunday 28th October 10am-4pm Work Party and BBQ: The Great Gnome takeover For more info see our Facebook page or email…

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Local business Crumbs Salad Sandwich Bar digs itself down for another year facing big brand companies now that students have settled back into Bangor. The sandwich bar, situated on the high street next to charity shop Oxfam, has already been running for 12 strong years under the ownership of the Thomas family. However, despite being a healthier and cheaper choice, Crumbs has faced a dip in sales over the past few years due to the presence of larger franchises such as Greggs and Subways. Speaking to the owner, Stephanie Thomas, and her husband David, she tells Seren how people are…

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I am well aware that, as a university student, finances are tough. With many popular books costing anywhere from £8 to £15, it is unrealistic to fund a consistent supply of literature. In fact, it is difficult at times to fund the purchase of literature for your respected studies, let alone for leisure. Therefore, I decided that a good idea to promote reading would be to champion great literature which can also be purchased cheaply. The book I shall be promoting is The Liar by Stephen Fry. As a well known public figure, comedic actor and presenter, his role as…

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Bangor University Men’s Hockey club have had a mixed start to their season. With three teams all competing for a top spot in their respective leagues, it was sure to say that they needed a good start out of the blocks. The 1XI relished the challenge and with a Home fixture Vs City of Manchester 2XI. The game was a heated one with both sides getting frustrated but the home side managed to keep their cool and push on the win 3-1. The 2XI followed suit with their opening fixture. They travelled to host team Oxton 6XI and after a…

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by Thomas bickerdike Performance enhancing drugs have for some time now been a problem in sport, particularly in road cycling. There was a time when successful ‘clean’ cyclists were in the minority, but most of the cheats have since been exposed and faced fines or bans from the sport. However, none of these cases have been as high-profile or shocking as that of Lance Armstrong. He was a hero, an inspiration, reaching the pinnacle of his sport by winning the Tour de France seven consecutive times. He also battled against cancer, setting up the Lance Armstrong Foundation, a charity to…

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I’ve spent the summer doing my absolute best to avoid the startling problems that have become evident with my dissertation, by spending an awful lot of time watching TED videos (www.ted.com – seriously excellent stuff) and reading similarly inspiring books. This has caused me to be uplifted and then crash harder than the diet of vending machine corn syrup snacks I spent most of July living on causes me to. There’s something about finishing a book which really challenges your assumptions, helps sharpen your aim and uplift you that can really, really depress the hell out of you. Something, I…

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Monster Energy Drink is currently being investigated by US officials as it has been reportedly linked to five deaths and one non-fatal heart attack. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is looking into the heavily-caffeinated drink, which has three times the amount of caffeine that 240ml of Red Bull has and seven times the amount that a regular 340ml cola has. Allegations have been made that people have had conflicting reactions after consuming the beverage. However, whilst the FDA investigate these allegations – which date back to 2004 – the agency have warned that the reports do not consequently prove…

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by Joe Keep     The 17th of October saw Bangor’s fencing team have their first match of the new season. After a fairly successful season in 2011-2012, where they won the BUCS Men’s Northern 2A, they were keen to play host to a recently reformed Huddersfield side. As the time drew closer to the first clashing of blades, the guys, Simon Williams, team captain, James Hudak, A.K.A Nibbles, Matthew Ellis, Will Jobson, Sean Boyle, James Stewart, A.K.A Hat-man, and Bede West, began their warm ups. The competition saw the team enter into a relay format, one which uses all…

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I am well aware that, as a university student, finances are tough. With many popular books costing anywhere from £8 to £15, it is unrealistic to fund a consistent supply of literature. In fact, it is difficult at times to fund the purchase of literature for your respected studies, let alone for leisure. Therefore, I decided that a good idea would be to promote reading would be to champion great literature which can also be purchased cheaply. The book I shall be promoting is The Liar by Stephen Fry. As a well known public figure, comedic actor and presenter, his…

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On the 13th of October, Steve Cummings won the final stage of the Tour of Beijing, the final event on the UCI World Tour. Cummings’ victory brought the curtain down on a year to remember for Britain’s road cyclists. The only thing missing was an Olympic medal for Mark Cavendish, who started the year as the World Champion. When Dave Brailsford made the bold claim that within 5 years of Sky ProCycling’s formation, a Brit would win the Tour de France, the cycling world laughed at his arrogance. In Sky’s third season, Bradley Wiggins helped achieve Brailsford’s impossible dream. Wiggins…

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                    With the MudDogs’ most successful season just passing, with a record of five wins to three losses, the management team have turned their sights to this season, hoping to carry on that form and improve upon it. With three seasons under their belt, they are confident, with addition of new guys mixed with more experienced head, they can translate all they have learnt into a high performance season, ending in playoff competitions. Intake of new guys this season has been helped dramatically by the lowering of societies fees, however, an…

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Whilst the Bangor University Jitsu Club may have been officially closed over the summer, its members have not been inactive in their achievements. This summer the club celebrated the grading of its Sensei, Gabriella Rossetti, from brown belt to 1st Dan black belt at The Jitsu Foundation Summer Ball and training course. This has been a culmination of over fourteen years of hard work. The club also gained two green belts in the form of Lewis Fisher and Harry Bradford this summer. Lewis Fisher achieved top grade out of the entire grading class and Harry Bradford received the second highest…

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