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Go to death and go to satire: The importance of staging Earnest, Sherlock Holmes, Dr Faustus and the Pirates of Penzance It’s never easy staging a well known play that everybody knows backwards and can quote verbatim, as I discovered by doing Blackadder whilst treading the boards in Rostra. From January to March, both BEDS (Bangor English Drama Society) and Rostra performed four productions native to the British Isles (a term that includes Ireland) and firmly engrained on our British psyche. The curtain went up on Irishman Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ and Edinburgh’s Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s…

Minecraft society (MOBS) is a brand new society dedicated to players of the game Minecraft. For you gamer-types it’s really just a limitless sandbox to run around in but for those unfamiliar with gaming it’s essentially LEGO on a infinite scale with monsters (known as Mobs!) and explosives. This is all playable in multiplayer or single player  environments with no limitations with the cherry on top being that there is a ridiculously huge modding, or personalisation, community. My personal favourite is the Pokemon mod where you can catch and level them up and I believe someone has already built a…

• University Increases Students’ Union Funding • Societies and Clubs Benefit from Free Memberships From the start of the next academic year, all Bangor University students will be able to join S.U. societies and A.U. clubs for free. This development comes after lobbying from the team at Bangor Students’ Union to get students more value for money in light of the University’s increase of tuition fees to £9,000 per year which beings this September. Clubs and societies charge anywhere from a few pounds to over a hundred for membership so this could potentially save students hundreds of pounds each year.…

Bangor University Brass Band have been offered their biggest gig to date in the form of entertainment at the Welsh National Football Cup Final. The match, which will take place on Sunday 6th May at Nantporth, the stadium of Bangor FC, is one of the highlights of the Welsh football calendar and is expected to attract around 1,000 people. The match will also be broadcast live on S4C. The band are delighted to have been offered this amazing opportunity after a year of heavy community involvement, including the Remembrance Day parade, Christmas caroling around the city and at Penrhyn Castle,…

• Entirely new sabb team voted in at the SU elections • Online voting system sees the highest turnout ever A new sabbatical team was elected last month in an election which saw the highest amount of voters in Bangor Students’ Union history. The voting process this year had been changed significantly so that voting could be cast online, and as a result of this, voting numbers rose to an all time high, resulting in 2140 students casting votes. The sabbatical team which will replace the existing team are Antony Butcher as President, Shon Prebble as VP Education & Welfare,…

The results of the 2012 sabbatical elections have today been announced. After days of hard fraught campaigning, a new voting system and much jovial banter between candidates, the new sabbatical officers are Antony Butcher for President, Shon Prebble for VP Education & Welfare, Ash Kierans for VP Societies & Community and Emyr Bath for VP Sports & Healthy Living. The results breakdown for the Presidential election are in the first and only round: Anthony Butcher 1230 votes Joey McNally 207 votes Will Osborne 373 votes Re-open nomination 25 votes Concluding Antony Butcher won the Presidential election with a landslide victory. The results breakdown  for the VP Education & Welfare election are in the first round: Shon Prebble…

Voting began today for the four posts available in the 2012 Bangor Students’ Union Sabbatical Elections. This is the first year that the vote is being held online and the website went live this morning at 9am. All Bangor University students are eligible to vote and have from now until polls close at 14:00 on Wednesday 21st March. To ease the transition to online voting there are physical voting locations as well. The main ones are Students’ Union, Main Arts Reception, Adeilad Deiniol & Bar Uno. These will be open and staffed 9-5 today and tomorrow and on Wednesday 9-12. There…

Budding candidates battling it out for a sabbatical position in Bangor Students’ Union next academic year have kicked off their election campaigns today as the campaigning period has officially begun. Whilst some candidates have littered their Facebook profiles with campaign posters, others have been canvassing university buildings trying to persuade fellow students that to vote for them. The campaign was up and running  straight away, with candidates for President and VP Education & Welfare participating in a question time session in the Wheldon Building this evening. For the first time the event was blogged  live on the web as events unfolded in addition to…

This debate occurred on Tuesday 31st of January at 7.00 in MALT. One quick point, congratulations to Martin Ellis Parry for the preparation and event management work that went into making this debate possible. Congratulations to AGOR-A for putting on a debate that didn’t encounter any silence from the audience when they were requested to ask questions. There were four people on the panel; Rev. John Butler, Professor Stephen Jay Stern, Ann Farr and Michael Brodsky from the Israeli Embassy and the Chairman, Jochen Eisentraut. The debate lasted an hour and a half with quite a few questions asked from…

30 actors from BEDS transform Beaumaris into a Victorian Christmas paradise Last weekend 30 actors from BEDS took to the streets of Beaumaris to help transform it into a Victorian Christmas paradise, marking a year since BEDS’ first period acting event. In that time, the society has been heavily involved in 5 community events across North Wales, from entertaining the 30,000 visitors that attended the Conwy Feast festival to organising the inter-society Medieval Day out in Beaumaris. This most recent foray was yet another brilliant example of the positive role that students can play in the local community; with BEDS…

Campaign Update and Upcoming Events for Students Women’s Society (WomSoc) are a mostly-campaigning society open to all students, regardless of gender. We do a lot of work on feminist issues (feminism is for everybody!) but we also have non-political activities like our weekly knitting group, who meet every Monday in Blue Sky at 3:30pm. However, this month, we have a very important new campaign that we think will make a big difference for the good of all students at Bangor. There will soon be a survey making the rounds on our own SU website regarding students’ experiences of verbal harassment…

Running tea parties for local elderly people is one of SVB’s longest running projects. This year’s annual Christmas Tea Party will be held in Rathbone Hall on Saturday 3rd December. It is an event which is organised by a group of volunteers and aims to welcome members of the elderly community together and provide them with an afternoon of food, fun and games (Bingo is always a winner). It gives both students and the local elderly  a chance to befriend one another and enjoy a nice chat over a plate of sandwiches and a few Christmas carols. The Christmas tea…

November saw the arrival of the much anticipated RAG Week. RAG Week is a series of events run by the Union’s Raising and Giving, who each year choose four charities to support with the help of Bangor’s students generosity through a series of light-hearted events. There were some great highlights from among the menu of events. This year RAG hosted its second annual adaptation of the game show Take Me Out that saw sixteen women and several men competing for a date. Special guest Rhodri, RAG’s own mascot, made an appearance to showcase his inspiring dance moves at the centre…

In late November the National Union of Students held the first Student Activist training event for many years. After several decades largely on the sidelines of British politics, the student movement has re-emerged from its rather stagnant cocoon to once again become a  voice against what many see as ideological and flawed ‘reforms’ to education in this country. 2010 saw the largest demonstration by students in many years, and unlike the protests during the Labour government’s introduction of top—up fees, the ball has not stopped rolling. Protests have continued and spread to other sectors of society affected, both by the…

It’s been a very busy month for the SVB Promotions Committee, with most of our time going towards re-establishing our Moulin Rouge night in Academi. SVB have run a Moulin Rouge Night annually for many years now. Despite not doing so last year due to the lack of any decent student nightclub in Bangor, this year it was as popular as ever, and SVB managed to raise over £800! The doors to Academi, which had been tastefully decorated with silhouettes of burlesque dancers, red and black stars and plenty of tinsel and glitter, opened at 10pm. The movie was played…

Bangor University Music Society is getting into the Christmas spirit and gearing up for its annual Christmas concert. Showcasing the musical talents of Bangor’s students from a variety of courses, such concerts are always great successes; with an eclectic programme of classical, film, pop and Christmas music, the concert on December 10th is set to be no exception. Taking the reins of orchestral director this year, Rob Thompson has selected a variety of music, including the theme tune from Gladiators and Bizet’s Carmen Suite no. 1. “The orchestra has taken really well to some challenging repertoire and a variety of…

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