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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…

According to the studentbeans survey, you Bangor lot have been very busy. The survey takes an average number of sexual partners for students over their three years at Uni and places them all in an annual sex league table. In 2011, we were ranked in at a celibate 57th place out of sixty one Universities in the UK. As I’m sure many of you are aware, things heated up a little for 2012 ranking us in at a reputable 1st place! (Well done for all your hard work guys). This year however, we seem to have calmed down slightly; I’m…

Hindsight is a powerful thing. Nothing can truly prepare you for your first week of University, except a few partial words of wisdom from people that have done it all before! One of the main things I wish someone had sat me down and prepared me for is freshers’ flu! You will more than likely at some stage be snuggled up in your awkward three quarter beds wishing your parents were there to provide you with paracetamol and TLC. However, for the first time, you won’t have that comfort and it’s not a nice ride. So do yourselves a favour…

As everyone who is a regular user of the site will know, it’s hard to log into Twitter these days without One Direction being the subject of a trending topic. While their huge internet presence is mostly down to the band’s massive success, it can also be attributed to their rabid online fan base, which was subject to a documentary film last week. Channel 4’s Crazy about One Direction exposed some of the most neurotic behaviour of the Directioners’ (the name for fans of the band), from girls practically stalking the band in their efforts to meet them, and hoards…

Bletchley: Home of the Code Breakers. Britain: Home of the Moral Code Breakers? Why I believe it’s right to celebrate Alan Turing’s Achievements on Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth. Last month, I stumbled upon a disused Daily Mail on a train to Euston, and what I found inside should be entitled ‘The Daily Hate Mail’. It was a cruel article entitled ‘Why I believe it’s wrong to pardon Bletchley Park code breaker Alan Turing for breaking the anti-gay laws of his time’ (sic!). Was this journalist even aware that without the efforts of timid, homosexual mathematician Alan Turing at Bletchley Park,…

Hollaback is a global campaign designed to end street harassment. What is street harassment? ‘Street Harassment’, as defined by the website www.stopstreetharassment.org, pertains to ‘any action or comment between strangers in public places that is disrespectful, unwelcome, threatening and/or harassing and is motivated by gender’. That is not to say one’s simply ‘being male or female’ but rather appearing non-conformist to their gender (or similar) in the eyes of narrow-minded harassers.  The Hollaback! movement recognises street harassment as a verbal or physical assault aimed at anyone based on an unlimited number of ‘reasons’.  Either way, it is illegal. 80% of…

That’s [not] debatable So it seems that in life I’m an easily annoyed person – and one thing that seems to annoy me – especially this time of year is brand loyalty – well not so much the loyalty but the blinded debates it causes. Amongst technology lovers, the debate between brands and makes is something that seems to annoyingly thrive in the world. Whether it is Android vs Apple, or Xbox vs PS3, it seems we love taking sides – even in celebrity breakups! The thing is that none of these pointless and countless debates ever seem to matter. All…

Did you know that double savings are now on at DFS where there’s a sofa for everyone? At CSL, the sofa specialists, your perfect sofa is now half price! And at SCS you can save up to half price in the Blue X sale! I like to think that this is the reason I stopped watching tv. In reality I just don’t have time and to be honest I’m quite glad of that. The constant stream of sofa adverts is just too much to take. I don’t think I would mind too much if they were actually advertising some kind…

Every year Christmas seems to rear its head earlier and earlier; which is definitely an odd concept considering it’s a single day. Growing up I’ve become used to certain traditions, the Christmas songs can come out on the first of December (and believe me on the 1st the Pogues will be blaring from my laptop), the Christmas decorations go up on the 6th and so forth. It’s also often been said that it’s not Christmas until you’ve seen the Coca Cola advert – which is great, providing the Coca Cola advert comes on at a good time. This year the…

It comes like a thief at night. Silently and treacherously just when I think it’s safe to breathe. I get homesick. Of course I’ve been prepared for this. I read every article and did the research. I know it’s alright to feel homesick. Still, nothing prepared me for this amount of melodramatics. My flatmates go home for the weekend and I feel jealous. I hear there’s already snow at home and my chest aches because I’m not there to see it. My problem is that I always try to rationalize my feelings, come up with reasons. I thought I’d share…

We have all seen the signs, for sale, to let, hanging around Bangor as of late, the surprise for most is where they are hanging from. The many bars of Bangor seem to have been hit quite hard as of late, but, the main question is why. Bangor is a flourishing town and with the large student body on top of that, it is hard to see why it might be that they would want to sell up or close down. Upon talking to the owners of bars across Bangor, the general feeling to come from them is that the…