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by Emma & Micha At 17:30 on Friday 22rd March 2013, Micha and I set off from Bangor Students Union building on Jailbreak, with the hope of travelling the country for free. We had 30 hours to travel as far as possible away from Bangor with one catch, we weren’t allowed to spend any money. So, looking truly ridiculous dressed as two penguins, we hitched a lift with a friend in the direction of Manchester and set off on our journey. After a long and treacherous car journey through the snow, wind and rain, we were dropped off at Manchester…

This issue I attended a brand new society which has been running ‘underground’ for a while in people’s kitchens and flats, but has since been granted official status by the University – mostly thanks to the VP for Sports and Societies, Ash Kierans. The society is Beer Pong and although for someone like me who is wheat-intolerant this sounded like a recipe for disaster, thankfully it can be played with any drink and so is perfect for everyone, even if you don’t like beer! Since becoming an official society, they have acquired the use of Academi for their tournaments and…

The Students’ Union elections has seen a partially new sabbatical team elected.  This year’s elections brought the second highest turnout in Bangor’s history with 1786 voters, just a few hundred less than last year. It also had the most nominations since 2010 with twelve candidates standing, though both Emyr Bath and Jake Myatt dropped out in the early stages of campaigning. Both candidates that stood for re-election, Antony Butcher (President) and Ash Kierans (Societies and Community), were re-elected in the first stages of voting with 1262 and 806 votes respectively. “I’m delighted to have been returned with an increased majority,…

This afternoon (Friday) the candidates in the upcoming Students’ Union sabbatical elections were announced. The VP Education and Welfare position is the most contested of the four with five candidates. This comes after the current VP Education and Welfare, Shon Prebble, announced last week his intention not to rerun. “I miss teaching too much” the 22 year old PGCE graduate explained on his Facebook page Monday. Each of the four sabbatical roles will be contested with a satisfying total of twelve candidates throughout the whole election. The nominated candidates are as follows: President: Alex Thomson Antony Butcher VP Education and…

There is a rule in my house; no Christmas before December 1st. This is for the sanity of all around me as, for a month, I hail from the land of ice and snow. So, to fit as much Christmas in as possible, I attended the Betws-y-Coed Christmas 2012 in the ‘gateway to Snowdonia’ around 30mins drive from Bangor. The drive down the A5 was stunning, the mountains looked like someone had sprinkled them with sugar and some of the mini waterfalls had formed abstract sculptures of ice around their mouths. The 1st Saturday of December signifies something special in…

Having told our editor that I was ‘up for anything’ when it came to trying out societies, I soon felt that maybe I’d been a bit too over-enthusiastic when I volunteered to try out Canoe Polo, having no idea whatsoever what it involved and certainly no clue as to even whether you needed to be able to canoe to take part. What followed was many frantic Google searches, all of which led me to be standing in Bangor swimming pool changing rooms wondering whether I had massively overestimated how much my single kayaking experience on holiday had prepared me for…

T’was a long time ago, longer now than it seems, in a film that perhaps you saw in your teens. This film that you are invited to see, will not be charging any kind of fee. In case you did NOT get the clue, BAWLS (Bangor Animation Watchers and Lovers Society) will be showing the seasonal classic The Nightmare Before Christmas on the 9th of December. Jack, Sally and the Boogyman will be waiting in Main arts lecture room 3 at 6pm, waiting for an eager audience, hope to see lots of people there!

Well look at how fast the year is ade Ball hosted by Psych Society and going already and soon it will Nightline, there are still some tickets left be Christmas! I can’t wait to see and it promises to be an amazing night. what Santa has for me and for Nightline! Last year he gave me a teddy bear and he is still one of my dear friends who’s always there to listen to me, kind of like how Nightline is always around too. If you ever need to talk to anyone no mat- ter what it’s about then Nightline…

The Afro-Caribbean Society of Bangor in collaboration with the North-Wales Jamaican Society came together on the 10th of November, 2012, to deliver the biggest ever Afro-Caribbean event to hit Bangor University. The night was full of fun and was totally mind-blowing, with lights, cameras and lots of action. A Live Band was present to open the wonderful event of the night. As expected, the beautiful drum rhythms from the live band brought the whole Fridd Site (area of the night’s event) to a stand-still with students, et al. coming out of their accommodation and looking-on in awe and excitement. The…

by Becki WatsonThe last weekend of November marked Rostra’s first project of the year, Sophocles’ tragedy Antigone. The play follows the story of Antigone, the daughter of Oedipus, in the years following her father’s banishment and death, and the war that killed her two brothers. After the new king Creon declares that one brother would be buried as a hero, and the other, Polynices, would be left unburied and unmourned for betraying the city, Antigone defies the law and buries her brother by herself. When she is discovered by the King’s guards, Creon sentences her to death, despite the protests…

By Robyn Wynn There is a rule in my house; no Christmas before December 1st. This is for the sanity of all around me as, for a month, I hail from the land of ice and snow. So, to fit as much Christmas in as possible, I attended the Betws-y-Coed Christmas 2012 in the ‘gateway to Snowdonia’ around 30mins drive from Bangor. The drive down the A5 was stunning, the mountains looked like someone had sprinkled them with sugar and some of the mini waterfalls had formed abstract sculptures of ice around their mouths. The 1st Saturday of December signifies something special in…

On the 24th November this year, Beaumaris held its annual Victorian Christmas event – an eclectic mix of elves, rather-tipsy looking Santas and all things Victorian. Being the Christmas addict that I am, I couldn’t resist a visit and dragged my less-than-enthusiastic friend along under the pretence of being ‘chief photographer’. With entertainment ranging from Barrel Organs to ice skating, it was difficult to know where to start, but as usual, my inner child prevailed and we went in hunt of the infamous ‘Santa’s Grotto’. With the sweet aromas of mince pies and roasting chestnuts filling our nostrils and ‘snow’…

We went to Women’s Rugby, Rygbi Merched this month and went to one of their pre match training sessions. What you all might not know is that Bangor University Women’s Rugby team is very successful; last year they only lost one match and couldn’t play one in the whole season. They also do some of the best fundraising events of the sports clubs, keep an eye out around Bangor for sweet tubs appealing for pennies. This is for the Mile of Pennies Appeal, the proceeds of which will go to Anglesey Riding for the Disabled and Evie’s Fund, a cancer…

On the 21st November, the National Union of Students is organising a march in London. This is a march in support of higher education, marching against government cuts that are leaving students with massive debt in a climate of high unemployment. Now, let’s put this in context. The government cuts – 80 per cent – have already taken effect, which is why we have higher fees. These fees do not represent an investment into our education system, but a shifting of the debt from the government to the students. On top of this, studies have shown that the new system…

Dafydd the Bear of Bangor Nightline here. Exam time is nearly upon us once again, which can be a grizzly time for everyone, even us bears. Perhaps you are worried that you haven’t revised enough for your big exam. Maybe you are nervous about how you will cope with your first university exam. Or maybe you just want a takeaway number to ease your revision-induced hunger pains. Whatever is on your mind, and whatever you want to talk about, Nightline is open every night during term time (even reading week), to listen to you. When other services are unavailable, and…

Many of you have enjoyed such classics as The Lion King, Shrek and Toy Story and you may also have enjoyed Afro Samurai, Bleach or Pokemon. But have you found a society that indulges this passion of yours? You have now! We are BAWLS, the Bangor Animation Watchers and Lovers Society, and our aim is simple: to provide a society where people of all degrees can gather to discuss, watch and enjoy animation from all sources. We meet weekly in the Main Arts foyer on Sundays at 7pm, where we then go as a group en masse to Lecture room…

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