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By Oli Hewson Bangor University has a Natural History Museum. This will be news to many of you, I’m sure, seeing as it has somehow remained a secret to me for almost three years at this institution. This may be partly down to the fact that admission to The Brambell Natural History Museum (no prizes for guessing where it is… Psst! It’s in The Brambell Building – sort of opposite Asda) is generally restricted to students of Natural Sciences at the University and rarely open to the public. When it is, however, it fills. Saturday 3rd was the weekend of…

Bangor’s first ever food festival, which took place on Sunday 30th September, shed light onto the culinary artists close to home. With over 15 different food stands, a cocktail garden, and live performances on stage, we were quite frankly blown away. This excellent bonanza was put together and raised all the spirits of the otherwise boring, hungover Sundays. Open to all members of the community, it welcomed students and locals to come together and socialise in a means that isn’t a noise complaint. As soon as we approached Bangor High Street, our nostrils were overwhelmed with the amount of flavours…

Here is a look ahead at some of the biggest games that will be coming out during the next academic year, up to exam season. September: Marvel’s Spider-Man (PS4 – 16) In his latest game, the friendly neighbourhood superhero has been around for eight years. In this outing, Peter Parker has the entirety of Manhattan to explore, which opens the game up to many different activities for the players, from fighting crime to photography. The scale of the game is important as he investigates a mystery that brings up comic book characters and rogues that span the whole of…

Review written 12/05/2018. A bit Baby Driver, a bit A Clockwork Orange in the protagonist, a little bit Scorsese, smatterings of Tarantino, but make no mistake, Luis Ortega’s The Angel is an absolute breath of fresh air. Stylish, slick, and with a soundtrack to die for – almost literally – crime never looked so cool. Newcomer Lorenzo Ferro takes on the role of “The Angel” – Carlos Robledo Puch – the real-life teenage serial killer, rapist, thief, and arsonist who sent shockwaves around the world 40 years ago, a real life Dorian Gray if ever there were one and all…

Universities across the UK will be hit with another 14 days of strikes around exam time if the pensions dispute is not resolved. Sixty-five institutions face another wave of strikes as members of the University and College Union (UCU) keep up the pressure on universities to sort the row over changes to their pensions. The union’s higher education committee (HEC) met today (Thursday) and sanctioned another 14 days of strikes, if necessary, designed to hit the exam and assessment periods between April and June. UCU said it would now gather information on when the 14 days of action would be…

Half eaten packets of croissants are going on ebay for €250 on ebay… no I’m serious. Thanks to the shortage of butter in France this week, with French newspapers warning of the worst shortage since the Second World War, the crisis has turned political as the government seeks to reassure consumers. The result is that pastry-makers and bakers cannot obtain enough wholesale butter to maintain normal production levels. Some French supermarkets – including in historic butter-producing areas like Brittany or Normandy – have had to put apologetic notes on empty butter fridges. Honestly, I’m not sure how we will all…

On 28th October,  Bangor University’s Women’s Handball Team played their first match in this year’s Nationals competition, at Northgate Arena in Chester. Unfortunately, they lost of 33-8 to Leeds Beckett who fielded a very strong and experienced team, but the score in no way reflected the team spirit and dedication of the ten girls who traveled with Bangor. With Leeds having several players  who have trained at GB level, and one who plays for the Super 8 league – the highest level of club Handball in England – Bangor were up against one of the toughest opponents in their group.…

The highly anticipated sequel to a such an unique and spectacular film was released at the beginning of the month; Blade Runner 2049. It is a truly stunning film. It stands shoulder-to-shoulder with its predecessor and, in my opinion, will be one of, if not the best film of 2017. However, for some reason since its release, the box office ticket sales have shown it has not been popular; why is it that? Are people becoming lazy with cinema? Because of the morality it questions, methodical plot points and noir stylisation; it’s not something you can swindle along to on…

by Arron Williams French film is a very impactful and beautiful part of cinema. Their themes are moving and stylised superbly to create some truly stunning movies. But one of the problems mentioned with foreign film, however, can be that you have to read them rather than watch. There are so many wonderful films other countries have produced and you should watch in order to extend your knowledge. I suggest that your first venture is across the Channel to France, as I would recommend these 5 films to watch as a starting point Léon the Professional (1994) Léon the Professional,…

In the recent Austrian elections, conservative politician Sebastian Kurz won the majority vote, making him the youngest leader in the European Union at only 31 years old. Kurz ran under the OVP, otherwise known as the Austrian People’s Party, and founded his campaign mainly upon promises of lowering taxes and limiting ‘political islam’. The most alarming of his campaign promises, however, is his continuously suppressive legislation regarding immigrants. He and his party were strongly in favor for the prohibition of full faced veils in courts and schools, a piece of legislation which was passed in January of this year. These…

Bangor University has received a resounding testimony from last years graduating students after being placed eighth in the UK and second in Wales following the results of this year’s National Student Survey. The NSS, taken by half a million graduating students across the United Kingdom, featured 460 academic institutions, eight of which are in Wales. Professor Oliver Turnbull, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Teaching & Learning at Bangor University said: “These are a wonderful endorsement of our activities, and indeed of Bangor University’s values. We have long been renowned for providing not only excellent teaching but also student support, and these results…

Bangor University has released  that they may be planning cuts to staff. The news comes as a shock to staff as they learned of the news through their union representative, Unison Cymru/Wales. Bangor University has told the unions that redundancies are very likely among staff as they look to make cuts over the next two years to reduce costs. It is not known as yet exactly how many jobs will be at risk as a result of these cuts. The university issued a statement to Unison Cymru/Wales on the 11th May 2017 stating it was “currently in a very difficult…

A group of 12 proofreaders have been found locked away in a secret basement under PJ Hall, police can confirm. Investigators were at the scene at 1 p.m. this afternoon when passers by called emergency services after noticing activity beneath the PJ floorboards. It’s rumored a heated argument about the correct use of a semi-colon could be heard from below the foundations of the building; the debate has yet to be resolved. A past Seren sub-editor has commented: “They went down there to look for a dictionary to check whether they should have used effect or affect in a sentence and…

On Tuesday the 28th of February, people up and down the country will have stocked up on chocolate spread, bananas, lemons and sugar for Pancake Day 2017. There are a lot of traditions we follow in the UK. Some more popular than others, but is any more popular among the student population than pancake day. Shrove Tuesday better known as pancake day is an odd tradition because it isn’t the celebration of anything. Shrove Tuesday is all about preparing for life without some of our favourite foods for lent. Firstly, why do we call it Shrove Tuesday? Well Shrove…

Varsity 2017 is the biggest sporting event of the year against our rivals Aberystwyth and will be coming on Saturday 25th of March. This is the 7th year of the competition with Aberystwyth taking their turn to host.  Throughout the competition only the home team has taken the converted Varsity trophy. We know the fight is won in training, so we have been preparing to #winaway since day 1 of the academic year to return the trophy to it’s rightful home. We will be traveling down to Aberystwyth as one under our mighty lion #togetherweroar to defeat them on…

The Sabbatical Officers nominations closed on Monday 6th of February and the candidates have now been announced. A total of 17 candidates have been attracted to the positions of the Sabbatical team, which the Students Union stated as “another great year of nominations”. The nominations are as followed: President Katy Hughes Martin Kimber Panagiotis Kokkos Ruth Plant Elizabeth Strange Vice President for Education Ankita Goyal Helen Marchant Katarine Roberts Vice President for Sport Thomas Lee Jerico Nepomuceno Tatenda Shonhiwa Lily Stokes Vice President Societies and Volunteering Mohammed Abdulla Falah Hamza Matthew Day Chloe Stone James Williams UMCB President Mirain Roberts…