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We’ve approached an exciting time of the year, one that presents the idea of dressing up in extravagant costumes, spooking your flatmates with gruesome decor, and trying to convince yourself you’ll make it past seven days after watching The Ring. Amidst the spooky thrill Halloween brings, one thing usually dampens that spirit; Controversial Halloween Costumes! There’s nothing worse than heading out to Academi on Halloween night and seeing someone dressed up as Cecil the Lion busting a couple moves on the dance floor. When I see things like this, two particular thoughts usually run in my mind: 1) Out of…

Let me paint a picture for you, you’re at work, just finished a 9-5 shift and you can’t wait to head home, watch TV for a bit and browse the Internet, adding a million things to your shopping cart because you’re set to receive your pay check next week! Only, right before you can step out at exactly 5pm, your Boss takes you aside and says the company has decided to downsize and you are officially left with no job. That was pretty diplomatic of your Boss to say considering the business is actually cutting jobs. So why did he…

Around the World, September 21st marks a very important day in terms of mental health: Alzheimer’s Day. Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that causes problems when it comes to memory, thinking and overall behaviour. Symptoms develop very slowly, and become severe enough to interfere with many aspects of life. What many people don’t realise is that currently, there is no cure to Alzheimer’s. Though extensive treatment and research is going on, there is no substantial solution to this current dilemma. In today’s World, many people go through this tough battle, and for them to not be able to…

In life, people often believe that if we invest in dependable, quality tools that hail from a reputable brand, we will shape our lives towards success. So we venture out, and we buy the best brand of laptops that’s currently selling out, or the best phone at the moment because it comes with a built in personal organizer, that we assure ourselves we’ll figure out how to use someday. Though these things may help our success, and may have some degree of fact to it, personally, I believe that in life, the tools that mould our success, involve attributes…

May serves as a crucial month in health awareness as this month focuses particularly on Skin Cancer Awareness. One particular case that could have resulted in the longevity of life was Bob Marley’s case. The world-renowned Jamaican musician and songwriter passed away 35 years ago due to metastatic melanoma. Marley had previously concluded that his discoloured toenail of his big nail was down to a soccer injury and had dismissed it as nothing serious. By the time his condition had been diagnosed, a condition called acral lentiginous melanoma, Doctor’s had to perform an amputation of the big toe in order…

The Blue Whale game is a twisted suicide challenge that convinces vulnerable teenagers into committing suicide, and has recently caused uproar due to hundreds of thousands posts relating to this chaotic trend on Instagram. It is speculated that a group administrator assigns daily tasks to members and gives them a time frame of 50 days to complete these horrendous challenges. The manipulators control the game and reportedly instruct the teenagers to commit suicide on the 50th day. This is seen as a ‘win’ in the game. The NSPCC have warned children to not do anything they feel pressured into, and…

Google has been a source of controversy recently due to criticism that it hasn’t made an active effort to tackle online hate and bullying. Google has settled this sentiment by launching a series of workshops catered to teenagers on how to take on cyber bullying and hate speech. The workshop, named Internet Citizens, will be launched by YouTube, which happens to be a Google-owned video streaming service. This programme is part of Google’s campaign known as Creators for Change, and is centred towards people aged 13 to 18 in cities across the UK. YouTube has confirmed that Internet Citizens will…

The Bangor Indian Society (BIS) recently celebrated the auspicious festival of colors, also known as Holi. This festival celebrates the triumph of good over evil, and the society opened up their doors for a variety of celebratory events, in honour of this symbolic festival. On Thursday, the 9th of March, PJ Hall was used to host the Holi Event, which encompassed song and dance performances, refreshments, a henna stall, and an open Bollywood music dance floor with a music set, courtesy of the BIS’s resident DJ. The festivities continued on the 11th of March, which was when members of the…

People often question the validity and importance of podcasts. They don’t seem very interesting and can be drawn out and monotonous at times. However, when you relate the topic of time investment to podcasts, they can prove to be a vital constant in the process of investing in yourself. Personal development has to do with many influential factors. Books you read, people you meet and places you go, are all major factors that remind us to change habits, change our appearance, and eventually change our personalities. Whether for the good or bad, is debateable. Podcasts are a brilliant way to…

February 22nd 2017 marked 20 years since the fist successful mammal, Dolly, the sheep was cloned. Here are a couple of other mammals that have successfully been cloned since the famous legend, Dolly the sheep: • In 2005, South Korean researchers cloned the endangered gray wolf, which produced two pups. The two cloned wolves were produced from genetic material taken from the ear cells of a female gray wolf. Researchers, used eggs from dogs in order to host the genetic material, since it is extremely difficult and rare to obtain this material from gray wolves in the wild. • In…

  The month of love is upon us! Whether it is the romanticized dates, the expensive gourmet chocolates, or the lavish trips to Paris, it’s apparent why people are in awe. For some people, it’s a deciding factor for many things: longevity and direction to the relationship, commitment and loyalty, and the immense responsibility being in a relationship holds. However, you get penalized whether you’re in a relationship, or you aren’t. The pressure to find the perfect gift for your significant other isn’t something that’s taken lightly. Societal convention dictates candle-lit dinners and walks on the beach, but those ideas…

In recent weeks, I’ve encountered the concept of a safe space many times. It’s a fairly new idea to me, and one I’m unsure of. I’ve heard staunch criticisms and heartfelt defences of it, so we thought we’d take this opportunity to examine both sides a little more closely. To clarify, a safe is space is defined on Wikipedia (a poor resource, but just you try to find it in the OED) as “A place where anyone can relax and be fully self-expressed, without fear of being made to feel uncomfortable, intellectually challenged, unwelcome or unsafe on account of biological sex, race/ethnicity, sexual…

Every student has neighbours, be they across the landing in Halls or the house next door, but not everyone will have the sort of neighbours you might want to have. One student wrote an anonymous letter to her neighbours, revealing some of the issues she has to deal with. “It should be noted that I have loud neighbours – not the type who snore loudly, but those who like to play the music at the highest volume humanly possible, and it is annoying. I guess it is fine to have a party. But until three in the morning? Do…

On July 8th, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne presented his budget to parliament. This is the first Tory budget without Lid Dem input since 2010, and the second of the year. Undoubtedly, this budget will have an effect on the students of Bangor; past, present and future. We at Seren have combed through over 100 pages of statistics, numbers, and political thinkspeak to bring you the Budget for Bangor, demonstrating how the Budget will impact our students. Universities The Good News “The government has […] committed for the first time to remove the cap on student numbers, enabling thousands…

I’m afraid it’s come to that moment when we need to talk about sexual health. But first, let’s just remind ourselves what sex is: when two people love each other very much they… No? Okay, then. You surely know what I’m talking about, and if you do, you’ll know how important it is to play it safe. Cases of HIV have doubled in the last ten years, and there are now 100,000 HIV sufferers in the UK. One in Five of those are undiagnosed. Other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis are on the rise. It makes…

With only one week of term left it’s time to jump for joy at the prospect of going home for Christmas to a house with central heating, a full fridge and being surrounded by your nearest and dearest.  The prospect of actually getting home is however one many people are far less enthusiastic about. News broke last week of the rise of rail fares by 2.5% on 4th January 2015. In a society in which rail fares are already higher than any other country in Europe maybe even the world, not to mention quality of travel actually being poorer, it…