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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…

Lately there has been a trend in pop song lyrics to concentrate on plus-size women celebrating their shape. Examples of this have been such recent hits as Nicki Minaj’s ‘Anaconda’ and Meghan Trainor’s ‘All about that bass.’ Both of these songs have been referred to as ‘empowering’ and ‘feminist’ by music critics and the general audience, with a strong message of ‘body acceptance.’ This is true, both of the mentioned songs have lyrics that feature women who are very confident about their size, stating that ‘he can tell I ain’t missing no meals’ and ‘every inch of you is perfect…

I always believed as a young woman heading out into the big wide world that I was fortunate to be in the position I am, a world of equal rights, gender equality and equal opportunities. News over the past few weeks has however contradicted such beliefs. Last week the World Economic Forums revealed that Britain ranks 26th in the world in terms of gender equality, meaning we have dropped 17 places in the last twenty years. This disturbs me greatly, in a society where women fought so hard for their rights how could this possibly have happened? Now before I…

“You goin’ Peep tonight? Need any Academi tickets? £1 jagerbombs! We’re the best club in Bangor you know!” With the fun of Fresher’s week comes the Bangor nightclubs’ and bars’ attempts to lure in the new Freshers and force them to spend money on tickets to events they don’t even need. And this is before they’ve even arrived in Bangor. Club promoters and student ticket sellers spam the Facebook groups set up to help new Freshers find their flatmates and friends in order to feel more confident on arrival. By posting in these groups they convince the new Freshers that…

The rose tinted spectacles have once again come off and the reality of what this forthcoming academic year has in hold has started to set in.  Freshers week is a distant memory and those all important exams are starting to creep up on you.  It’s times like these that it’s easy to feel stressed, anxious and depressed, but how do you tackle these feelings, where can you go for help and who is around to support you? The prominence of mental health among students is growing every year with the number of students seeking a counselor rising by a third…

This year the landlord blacklist, which has been crucial to students of previous years, has been removed from the Bangor website. It seems that instead of condemning landlords for their insufficient houses and poor reputations there has been more of a focus on the ‘good’ landlords. Today was the launch of Bangor Landlord Awards 2014 which has contributed to this new positive attitude towards housing. The Student’s Union have said, ‘We want to celebrate the work and effort put in by landlords across the city who provide students with high quality housing. All too often we her about the bad…

Having worked in Bangor now for two years, I have had the opportunity to meet some amazing people and form some close friendships with people from the area. I understand that I am very fortunate to have had this experience considering the low employment opportunities available in Bangor at the moment. These kinds of friendships are crucial in maintaining a healthy relationship with the local community, as it is important for us to acknowledge some of the frustrations that we as students can cause. In Bangor it has surprised me how much of a division there is between the local…