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Union calls on Uni to revoke Mbeki doctorate

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Thabo Mbeki, South Africa’s former president and Sussex alumnus, has had an astonishingly bad year. First came a humiliating defeat last December, when the ruling African National Congress (ANC) elected Jacob Zuma, the country’s former deputy president, to replace him as the party’s leader. Mr Mbeki had sacked Mr Zuma in 2005 after his financial adviser was indicted in a corruption scandal. Then, on September 20th, the ANC decided he should be removed from office “in the interest of making the country move forward”. This put an end to Mr Mbeki’s presidency and he stepped down.

The decision to eject Mr Mbeki follows a court ruling in early September that saw his deputy, Mr Zuma, charged with fraud and corruption. The trial was dismissed a few days later as the judge believed that Mr Mbeki and some of his ministers might have influenced the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) over Mr Zuma’s prosecution. Unsurprisingly, both Mr Mbeki and the NPA dismissed such allegations. However, Mr Zuma’s supporters believed he was victim of a political conspiracy and called for Mr Mbeki’s resignation.
During his 15 years in power, Thabo Mbeki engineered an economic recovery that put an end to the desolate, divided and sluggish South Africa left behind by the Apartheid. The country is in surplus and the economy has been growing by an average of over 4.5% a year since 2004. He encouraged an “African Renaissance”, which was meant to provide African solutions to Africa’s problems, instead of relying on western aid. He mediated talks between Congo and Burundi and supervised a power sharing deal in Zimbabwe when it seemed as if the country was about to implode. Mr Mbeki put Africa back on the map, an achievement crowned by their hosting of the 2010 football world cup.

However, there are dark clouds collecting over this picture. Mr Mbeki’s attitude towards HIV/AIDS and his lack of action at the most desperate time in Zimbabwean politics has soured his legacy. Mr Mbeki’s refusal to believe the scientific evidence of HIV/AIDS cost millions of lives in a country where it is estimated almost 5.5million people carry the virus. He also stood silent and appeased President Mugabe for far too long – letting intimidation, violence and coercion run riot whilst idly standing by and in some cases actively promoting it.

For example, Mbeki has attempted to legitimize the Zimbabwean regime internationally. It was while Mbeki was in power, after all, that Mugabe stole the 2000, 2002 and 2005 polls. In all three cases, the Zimbabwean government’s handling of the elections was condemned by the international community, save the Southern African Development Community dominated by South Africa. Also, his envoy to the UN Security Council deliberately sidelined any debate about Mugabe’s human rights abuses.

It is against this backdrop of irresponsibility that the University of Sussex Student Union (USSU) is calling on the university to revoke Mr Mbeki’s honorary doctorate. Mr Mbeki was a student at Sussex in 1966 where he gained an MA in Economics and in 1995 was awarded an honorary doctorate by Lord Attenborough who paid tribute to his “charm, humour and sweet reason.” The effort to remove his honour began with last year’s sabbatical officers and is being continued by the incumbents. The former President of Sussex Student Union, Daniel Vockins, said “If our honorary doctorates are to mean anything, we’ve got to be prepared to revoke them when the recipients conduct themselves in unacceptable ways. Thabo Mbeki’s blind support for Mugabe’s regime is one of the cases where we’ve got no choice but to act.” In a letter sent to Mr Mbeki and signed by both sets of Sabbatical Officers, old and new, the union explicitly stated their position, “We are thoroughly disappointed by your lack of action against Robert Mugabe’s regime” claiming his “failure to make a stand against Mugabe has outraged… both incoming and outgoing sabbatical officers of your former Students’ Union.” Finally they called for his honorary doctorate to be revoked as his actions have brought shame on the university.

This action has been supported by Human Rights campaigner Peter Tatchell who famously performed a citizen’s arrest on Robert Mugabe in 1999 and in 2001. In July, Tatchell delivered a moving speech saying “I support and salute Sussex University students who are seeking to revoke the honorary doctorate awarded to …Thabo Mbeki.” Tatchell’s statement acknowledged Mr Mbeki’s importance in South Africa’s development, stating “Mbeki played an important and inspiring role in the struggle against apartheid.” Tatchell argued that “from great men we expect great leadership” and “Mbeki has failed to give a lead in challenging the tyranny and human rights abuses in Zimbabwe.”

The privilege of an honorary doctorate is, however, exactly that – honorary. The University can revoke the doctorate at any time and the committee which is in power to do so is the honorary degrees committee chaired by the Vice-Chancellor. For now, the honour remains bestowed upon Mr Mbeki as the university is unwilling to consider its removal. His connection to the university is, however, being slowly phased out of the university’s publicity literature.

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  1. To correct a point in your article, Thabo Mbeki has not been in power for 15 yrs, only 9 (since the 1999 elections, before that Mandela was president.)

    Regarding Zimbabwe, no degree of antagonism from Mbeki’s side towards Mugabe would have brought about a regime change in Zim. In the face of mounting criticism from home & abroad, Mbeki continued with his policy of ‘quiet deplomacy’ believing that negotiation, rather than aggression, would be the best way forward for Zim. This policy paid off in the end, & Mbeki proved to be the only person able to bring Mugabe & the opposition to a negotiated settlement. There is now finally a prospect of political stability in Zim. The future of Zim ultimately lies in the hands of the Zimbabweans themselves, but history will vindicate Mbeki’s role in the peaceful resolution of that country’s problems.

    A further testimony of Mbeki’s strength of character was that he made a very dignified exit when the ANC no longer wanted him as president of SA. He chose not to cling to power & fling the country into a crisis; something which could so easily have happened.

    I’m not singing Mbeki’s praises, unfortunately, no one is perfect, not even presidents. Mbeki has his shortcomings, perhaps the most glaring being his handling of the HIV-Aids crisis. Also, many things went wrong under his watch, e.g. the arms deal, but ultimately his valuable contribution to SA & Africa should not be dismissed.

    I realise that as a new student to Sussex, who are not a member of the Student Union, my opnion counts very little, but I could never support a call for Mbeki’s honarary doctorate to be recalled. I have too much respect for his considerable achievements in a very troubled country & continent, under very difficult circumstances.

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  2. Dear Anita,

    Thank you for your response. I feel I must clarify something and perhaps apologise. What I meant by ‘in power’ was Mbeki’s roles as both Deputy President and President which he held for almost 15 years. However, this may have been misleading as ‘in power’ does indeed imply leader of a country. Also I would like to make clear that he held office for almost 15 years as he was inaugurated as you rightly say in 1999.

    Secondly, your opinion counts a great deal and anyone, without exception, should feel their voices will be heard if they have something to say. If you feel you have more to say or are interested in writing on other news stories, please feel free to email. I would look forward to hearing from you.

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  3. As Miss Shaw has mentioned, Mr Mbeki, was not the most perfect of presidents but neither are most of the world’s leaders either.
    Indeed, the world would have been a different place had President Bush stopped at invading Iraq and considered a careful and quieter approach to things. Yet no one seems to be voting to remove his credentials, yet.
    Perhaps diplomacy is a skill that cannot be ascribed to an African nation, perhaps it is a tool that only first world presidents and nations can use. They use it, they’re practicing détente, Africans use it and we’re promoting a dictatorship.
    Isn’t it better to avoid conflict and not be reactionaries to ‘truthiness’ . (Like revoking someone’s doctorate.)
    Perhaps we Africans can teach you first worlders a thing or two, like Mr Mbeki has shown us.

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  4. President Bush doesn’t have an honorary doctorate at Sussex though. Mbeki did some great things for South Africa. However, the country became awash with serious economic and cultural crises under his rule. At the time Zimbabwe needed him most, he stayed silent. Zimbabwe would not be in this position if Mbeki had been stronger.

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  5. The country was awash with an economic surplus, I think that was mentioned in the article. And Mr Mbeki has has borne the brunt of the press, in his own country, accusing him of being an absent president because he was spending too much time in Zimbabwe.
    And as far as being stronger:
    A reactionary approach to Mugabe, would have antagonized him to the point where he would’ve willfully refused any input. Mr Mbeki’s ‘quiet diplomacy’ kept the lines of communication open. Yes, it took too long. But what would you have had him do. Have South African declare war on Zimbabwe, go in with guns blazing under the guise of liberating the country. I believe that has been tried this century and to date it hasn’t been that successful. The lives lost in that scenario would have been too much.
    In the end, it’s not about who’s stronger but about creating sustainable solutions.

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  6. In response to John Thomas’ comment: As a South African, I’m fascinated to hear that S.A. is ‘awash with serious economic and cultural crises’. The Mbeki government’s economic successes are well documented, I suggest you familiarise yourself with the material. In case you haven’t noticed, Western economies are currently experiencing a crisis, such is the nature of all economies.

    I’m curious to hear what you mean by cultural crisis? S.A. is a very diverse country with many cultures, but I don’t recall us experiencing any cultural crisis. Could you please enlighten me on this matter?

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  7. This is a good comment thread. I thought I would post the full statement human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell made about the situation:

    “I support and salute Sussex University students who are seeking to revoke the honorary doctorate awarded to the South African President,Thabo Mbeki.

    “I say this with a heavy heart because Mbeki played an important and inspiring role in the struggle against apartheid, which I supported for two decades.

    “From great men we expect great leadership. Mbeki has failed to give a lead in challenging the tyranny and human rights abuses in Zimbabwe. His so-called ‘quiet diplomacy’ has been a miserable failure. Mugabe’s violence and corruption has got worse, not better. Mbeki has objectively given Mugabe a life-line and helped sustain his despotism, prolonging the immense suffering of the people of Zimbabwe.

    “Mbeki has betrayed the liberation ideals of the African National Congress and the ideals of pan-African solidarity with and between oppressed peoples. He is not the great man and African visionary that he once was.

    “In these circumstances, given Mbeki’s silence and inaction for a decade, it is no longer appropriate that he has the privilege of holding an honorary doctorate. Honours are meant for honourable men. Mbeki is no longer an honourable man.

    “He has colluded with a torturer and murderer who has killed more black Africans than even the evil apartheid regime. In one region of Zimbabwe, Matabeleland, in the mid-1980s alone, Mugabe slaughtered 20,000 civilians. This is the equivalent of a Sharpeville massacre every day for nearly nine months. Mbeki’s connivance with, and protection of, Robert Mugabe makes him unfit to hold an honorary doctorate from Sussex University or anywhere else,” said Mr Tatchell.

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  8. I respect Peter Tatchell’s opinion, but that is what it is, an opinion. There are many opinions about Mbeki. Here is another one:

    Sunday Independent – This is Mbeki’s legacy – judge it!This is Mbeki’s
    legacy – judge it!

    Whatever the hacks write and without the hindsight of history, future
    generations will build on his foundations

    By Onkgopotse JJ Tabane

    There are no simple answers to the vexing question of whether Thabo
    Mbeki’s reign has left us better or worse off than before. This much is
    clear following the the debate about the legacy of the former president
    launched by The Star this week,

    His legacy will eventually be judged by history, although one can attempt
    to do rough drafts, and when history eventually pronounces, a different
    picture might emerge – the impact of his actions, both positive and
    negative, will only be fully appreciated with the passage of time.

    Before one can assess some of the pointers on which an evaluation can be
    started, it is crucial to understand, especially in the current poisonous
    political climate, that the Mbeki legacy and the legacy of the ANC,
    particularly in the past 15 years, cannot be separated. Similarly, his
    legacy cannot be gauged only from his tenure in government but should also
    include his rich involvement in the liberation of our people long before
    the ANC was a ruling party.

    But it would be fair, if not definitive, to view the past 15 years as the
    defining moments of his influence.

    His legacy can be best understood by looking at three pillars: a domestic
    prophet not heeded, the sower of the seeds of continental renaissance and
    a man who has held Africa shoulder high to ascend to the world stage.

    When all is said and done, whether at home or abroad, Mbeki can be
    considered a victim of the big picture. In much the same way as Nkwame
    Nkrumah was appreciated too late by his own people, so too we are made to
    believe by many that Mbeki’s legacy has been tainted by his fall from
    power.

    At home, Mbeki was a prophet not always heeded and many concede that he
    was a general marching too far ahead of his troops. But the facts of his
    outstanding leadership of the ANC speak for themselves. Under his watch
    the ANC increased its majority in parliament three times in a row – a
    majority that was never abused or used to tamper with the constitution.

    But he leaves behind a party that is divided, an alliance that is wounded
    and an ANC that has failed to modernise. Whether the division that was
    precipitated by his unfortunate decision to run for office in Polokwane
    will prove to be good for our democracy is yet to be seen.

    Many have argued that the ANC’s unfettered power can only be tempered by
    internal opposition. Mbeki’s legacy in this regard may yet be defined by
    the unfolding events that could lead to the birth of a real and serious
    opposition to the ANC.

    Mbeki’s legacy at home cannot be fully appreciated beyond his role as a
    midwife of economic stability. Put simply, his administration inherited a
    faltering economy with a staggering deficit of more than $25 billion.
    Today our reserves are in the black – R36 billion, which is no small feat.
    He has presided over the longest sustained period of economic growth ever
    experienced by South Africa. This, too, is no small feat.

    Economic facts tell a story of a masterful steering of the economy,
    enabling the current government to talk of a surplus that can be deployed
    to increase social spending. This is the fruit of Mbeki’s toil.

    It is also crucial that his legacy must acknowledge that he presided over
    the most revolutionary redistribution of wealth ever by passing
    legislation such as the mining charter and the broad-based black economic
    empowerment codes of good practice.

    The foundations of the stock exchange were rocked by his government’s
    decision to take the bull by the horns and announce its intention to
    transform the wealthiest sector of our economy – mining. But it has now
    become commonplace to talk about interventions to deal with the second
    economy, which created an environment that saw inflation being kept under
    10 percent until this year.

    This positive story is topped by the radical amendment of the social grant
    system and a focus on other economic sectors, such as agriculture and
    tourism. The boom speaks volumes about the big vision that often
    characterised his leadership of government.

    The downside is the lack of sustainability – an attempt to be everything
    to everyone was bound to result in an unfinished story.

    The ANC, whose mandate he was implementing when he achieved all this,
    cannot afford to squander these foundations by handing them over to others
    with a misguided communist agenda. Although we have been assured that this
    is not on the cards, the proof of the pudding will be in the eating.

    Mbeki’s supporters don’t find it easy to point out the faults of the man.
    This often does him and his legacy no good. The man has some oddities, not
    least of which is that he is what could be termed an under-communicator.

    Though he could wax lyrical about the philosophies of the renaissance of
    Africa and the values on which we need to build a new kind of cadre for
    our nation, though he could pen thousands of letters to the party faithful
    and rebut concisely the arguments of friends and foes alike, he suffered
    from a belief that he should not always explain himself too much. No
    wonder even those who supported him were often none the wiser about his
    inexplicable decisions on HIV/Aids, his strategy on Zimbabwe and his
    insistence on keeping Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, his minister of health,
    and similar non-performers in his cabinet. I am certain he had good
    reasons.

    His under-communicator mode also kicked in unstrategically at the most
    difficult of times, leaving him vulnerable to attack and making his
    delayed response ineffective.

    His relationship with the press is a result of this mode. But belittling
    the press is not a good idea and the result of this has been seen all over
    the opinion pages. As a result, very few newsrooms are mourning his
    departure, giving leading opinion-makers, who have nothing new to add to
    their criticism of him, the opportunity to air their prejudices
    repeatedly. Some have even sought to rewrite the history of his role in
    our body politic.

    On the HIV/Aids debate in particular, I believe his biggest missed
    opportunity was his failure to inspire the nation to rise up against the
    monster. The public needed inspiration. It was sorely missing and, sadly,
    now threatens to define his presidency – which is a pity when you consider
    that, despite these debates, South Africa soldiered on to create the
    biggest antiretroviral roll-out programme in the world. Its strategic plan
    is today the envy of the world – a fact often conveniently forgotten by
    those seeking to crucify him.

    Similarly on Zimbabwe. At the beginning of the crisis, Mbeki wrote a long
    note of rebuke to Mugabe, something that everyone conveniently chooses to
    forget. It is plain to the level-headed that, as a mediator, you cannot
    possibly take the route of shouting from the rooftops.

    Blame for failing on the Zimbabwe crisis, given that it is an issue driven
    by the Southern African Development Community (SADC), is more sound and
    fury on the part of the media rather than a serious debate about what
    could help to solve the problem. When all is said and done, history will
    tell a story different to the current noise on Zimbabwe.

    Mbeki’s legacy as a sower of the seeds of African renaissance is probably
    his most remarkable achievement – he made the development of Africa his
    big vision, he made it his business and he put a stamp on it that many
    can’t deny.

    He saw to the adoption of a sensible plan in the New Partnership for
    Africa’s Development and, by supporting the peer-review mechanism, stepped
    up to the plate, which many African leaders had until then only talked
    about in hushed tones.

    It is crucial that the resources that Mbeki’s government dedicated to
    peace-making and peace-keeping on the continent be seen as a mark of his
    leadership – to put our money as a country where our mouth is as promoters
    of the reawakening of Africa’s self-reliance.

    His mantra, African solutions for African problems, underpinned everything
    he did about Africa. No wonder we played host to the relaunch of the
    Organisation of African Unity and became the headquarters of the African
    Parliament. Africa was Mbeki’s throne and this did not always sit well
    with his peers, so not all are mourning his departure.

    It is yet to be seen what his future role on the continent will be. The
    fact that both SADC and the ANC have asked him to continue as mediator in
    the Zimbabwe crisis vindicates his stance on the matter, despite some in
    both the ANC and SADC speaking with forked tongues about the matter when
    it suits them.

    All the world was Mbeki’s stage. In his wake, Africa is being taken a tad
    more seriously, the United Nations will be restructured and the G8 will
    cease to be a club of the privileged – thanks to his daring. Developing
    countries are also awake to the possibilities of collaboration and his
    successor will marvel at the opportunities he has created – Africa will be
    heard on a world stage, a stage where it has never been heard before.

    This is the stuff that legacies are made of – indelible footprints that
    can only benefit future generations, who will know how to assert
    themselves and, as the people of the second-largest continent, stand up
    against those who have always sought to control Africa.

    Needless to say, Mbeki’s independent-mindedness in the global arena did
    not always win him friends. He has annoyed the West in many instances – as
    an agent of change, that was an indicator that he was on to something
    good.

    There is little that you can fault where his mastery of foreign affairs is
    concerned. A foundation that built on a renewed South Africa has been laid
    – foreign direct investment has increased a hundredfold and tourism
    numbers are soaring and will be knocking at the 10 million a year mark by
    2010 when we will bask in yet another of Mbeki’s gifts to us – the Fifa
    World Cup.

    So, could we really live with ourselves if we were to say that we are
    worse off because of Mbeki? Could the ANC live with itself if it were to
    rubbish or isolate his legacy? Could Africa look at itself and wish his
    Midas touch away? Could the world claim it did not drink something from
    his cup of brilliance? Could commentators, including those who cannot
    write a single sentence in his favour, really have us believe that he
    should be consigned to the dustbin of history instead of the hall of fame?

    Methinks not. You be the judge.

    Onkgopotse JJ Tabane is the group executive at Altron and a media
    commentator. He is writing in his personal capacity

    Published on the web by Sunday Independent on October 19, 2008.

    © Sunday Independent 2008. All rights reserved.

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Self-Representation – Women of Colour in Publishing Event

Florence Dutton - October 29, 2018

Over recent years, relentless injustice has caused a surge in female self-reclamation, especially across the media. More and more women from marginalised communities and backgrounds are coming…

Poets Wow Crowds at The Haunt
Arts
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Arts
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Poets Wow Crowds at The Haunt

Alice Gledhill - October 25, 2018

On Sunday evening, The Haunt welcomed a trio of poets from America and Canada as part of Neil Hilborn’s UK tour, treating guests to an uplifting night…

Top Stories
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Brighton and Beyond

Rachael Naylor - October 24, 2018

Finding your feet in a brand new city can be overwhelming and confusing at first, however Brighton offers a range of alternative travel options to satisfy all…

Freshers 2018
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The best breakthroughs of 2018 thus far

Sabrina Edwards - October 22, 2018

As we begin a new school year, this is a great time for Sabrina Edwards, the new Science editor, to reflect on the best scientific breakthroughs of…

De-Stressing with Rob Cowen’s Common Ground
Arts
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Arts
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De-Stressing with Rob Cowen’s Common Ground

Hal Keelin - October 18, 2018

Upon my transfer to Sussex University, I found Robert Cowen’s Common Ground a particularly comforting read. After nearly a year out from academic study, I was finally…

Johnny English Fails to Strike Again
Arts
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Arts
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Johnny English Fails to Strike Again

Alice Gledhill - October 18, 2018

Striking up laughter in cinema screens once again, Rowan Atkinson may have given up playing lovable Mr. Bean, but he hasn’t retired as Johnny English just yet.…

Sexual assault in the US government
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Comment
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Sexual assault in the US government

Tom Robinson - October 17, 2018

“I believed he was going to rape me.” are the stand out words in Christine Ford’s final testimony at the confirmation hearing of Brett Kavanaugh as an…

What’s ACCA-ning?
Arts
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Arts
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What’s ACCA-ning?

Emma Nay - October 16, 2018

  All you need to know about autumn at the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts If you have not seen the ACCA’s new autumn programme, you…

Review: Journeying with Grace Nichols
Arts
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Arts
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Review: Journeying with Grace Nichols

Kate Dennett - October 12, 2018

In celebration of Black History Month, Sussex Student Union organised a number of interesting talks and events across October. One of these exciting opportunities was a chance…

Review: Suzanne Ciani & Martin Messier at the ACCA
Film & Theatre
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Film & Theatre
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Review: Suzanne Ciani & Martin Messier at the ACCA

Anonymous - October 10, 2018

At the outset, Mr Messier’s FIELD at once invoked The Matrix and Daedalus’ Boiler Room set.  The basic concept of this mixed media performance relies on transducer…

Shelf Help: The Organisation Encouraging Self-Development
Arts
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Arts
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Shelf Help: The Organisation Encouraging Self-Development

Kate Dennett - October 10, 2018

To commemorate to this year’s Mental Health Awareness Day, I found it increasingly difficult to draw attention to just one book of relevance in recognition of this…

Freshers’ Week from a second year perspective
Campus News
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Campus News
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Freshers’ Week from a second year perspective

Chris Ahjem - October 9, 2018

Annually, the University of Sussex welcomes thousands of new students to our Falmer campus and every year the Student’s Union and Brighton based clubs and businesses increase…

National Badger Day: 10 fun facts you might not have known
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News
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National Badger Day: 10 fun facts you might not have known

Chris Ahjem - October 6, 2018

To celebrate National Badger Day here are 10 fun facts about our animal kingdom namesake Badgers can run up to 16-19 miles per hour which is the…

University of Sussex Joins Libraries Week
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Arts
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University of Sussex Joins Libraries Week

Kate Dennett - October 6, 2018

This coming week marks the celebration of Libraries Week, an event solely dedicated to praising the work of libraries across the UK. This annual event is taking…

Oscar Jerome at The Hope and Ruin
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Interview
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Oscar Jerome at The Hope and Ruin

Alex Leissle - October 4, 2018

The young star is often a tricky title to navigate. There are the big names, who explode into the world with noise, bright light, a big record…

How Fenty Beauty changed the face of the makeup industry
Lifestyle
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Lifestyle
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How Fenty Beauty changed the face of the makeup industry

Rachel Badham - October 3, 2018

Fenty Beauty, launched in September last year, is a makeup line created by global superstar Robyn Rihanna Fenty, better known as Rihanna. It’s not uncommon for celebrity…

Why we should all embrace drag
Features
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Features
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Why we should all embrace drag

Chris Ahjem - October 3, 2018

Once an art form disregarded by many, 2018 bears witness to the continuous rise of drag as a legitimate, celebrated art. Spearheaded by RuPaul’s Drag Race, drag…

In Conversation with Alannah Myles
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Arts
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In Conversation with Alannah Myles

Anastasia Konstantinidou - October 3, 2018

This week we had the pleasure of interviewing Alannah Myles, the 1991 Grammy winner for best female rock vocal performance for her outstanding vocal abilities for the…

Brighton Needs You!
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News
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Brighton Needs You!

Anonymous - September 28, 2018

Brighton is a vibrant and thriving city that many students at Sussex are lucky enough to call home. But there are many in the area in need…

Books Every Fresher Should Read
Arts
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Arts
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Books Every Fresher Should Read

Anonymous - September 19, 2018

Starting university comes with both exciting but potentially daunting changes, with both moving away from home and studying at degree level posing to be two new challenges.…

INCREDIBLES 2: The Sequel with a Feminist Twist
Film & Theatre
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Film & Theatre
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INCREDIBLES 2: The Sequel with a Feminist Twist

Olek Młyński - September 18, 2018

One key film in the development of anyone who grew up in the early 2000s was The Incredibles (2004). It’s comedy, vibrancy, and general sense of fun…

France in Fine Fettle
Sports
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Sports
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France in Fine Fettle

Anonymous - September 17, 2018

Prior to the start of the quadrennial tournament this summer, football fans across the world grew sceptical over Russia’s credentials and ability to host the most prestigious…

Dive into Brightonian Culture
Arts
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Arts
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Dive into Brightonian Culture

Sorrel Linsley - September 17, 2018

Boredom is impossible when you throw yourself into everything this weird and wonderful city has to offer. The specific and unique cultural wonders of Brighton are indeed…

Oh, baby, baby, did you see Britney at Pride?
Arts
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Arts
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Oh, baby, baby, did you see Britney at Pride?

Anastasia Konstantinidou - September 15, 2018

During this year’s Pride Festival, Brighton had the honour of welcoming international pop star and voice of the early 2000s, Britney Spears, to the main stage. Undoubtedly,…

Union obliterates the debate – unwritten requirement used to shut down free speech debate
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Campus News
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Union obliterates the debate – unwritten requirement used to shut down free speech debate

Jordan Wright - April 27, 2018

Written by the News Team. Student society Liberate the Debate’s most recent event was cancelled over a lack of compliance with the Students' Union's (USSU) requirement for…

Wild Rose Review
Arts
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Arts
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Wild Rose Review

Michael Humphreys - April 18, 2019

With American musicals sweeping the box office, what can be expected from the Scottish A Star is Born. (more…)

Small Scale/Big Heart – Shazam! Film Review
Arts
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Arts
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Small Scale/Big Heart – Shazam! Film Review

Ali Wakelin - April 17, 2019

The semi-officially titled DC Extended Universe (DCEU) has gotten off to a bumpy start ever since 2013’s painfully average Man of Steel, ultimately deriving into downright painful…

News
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Valley Gardens designs get final approval

joelrenoufc - April 16, 2019

Final designs for the Valley Gardens regeneration scheme have been approved by Brighton and Hove city councillors, in a meeting last month. Valley Gardens – the green…

Jordan Peele doubles down on satirical horror-comedy with US
Arts
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Arts
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Jordan Peele doubles down on satirical horror-comedy with US

Jake Abatan - April 16, 2019

Two years after Jordan Peele’s Oscar winning breakthrough, Get Out, expectations were high for the writer/producer/director’s follow up. Whilst Us falls short of the bar set by…

Campus News
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Sussex plastic-free referendum approved by Students’ Union

Matthew Nicholls - April 15, 2019

On April 1, the University of Sussex Students’ Union Council voted in favour of holding a referendum on adopting a plastic-free policy initiative. The referendum was called…

Couples wanted for ‘kinky’ TV show
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News
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Couples wanted for ‘kinky’ TV show

Charmaine Jacob - April 14, 2019

Fans of lifestyle and reality TV rejoice. Brighton television company Crackit Productions, has announced that they are looking for participants for a new TV series. They are…

News
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Saltdean Brexit S.O.S.

Jessica Hubbard - April 13, 2019

Artist Duncan McKellar organised a living art installation  come protest at the end of last month. ‘EU S.O.S.’ saw hundreds of people, brandishing mirrors, gather at White…

‘What Men Want’: The sexual encounter at the film’s heart is rape, not comedy
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Comment
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‘What Men Want’: The sexual encounter at the film’s heart is rape, not comedy

Ellie Doughty - April 12, 2019

Essentially, What Men Want was a movie following the life of a determined, if a little obnoxious, career woman who prioritises work over everything before learning the real…

News
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Pronoun badges for Brighton school children

joelrenoufc - April 12, 2019

Children in secondary schools across Brighton and Hove have been given the choice to wear pronoun badges for the first time ever. The badges – which can…

Punk Nostalgia: The Stranglers at Brighton Dome
Music
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Music
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Punk Nostalgia: The Stranglers at Brighton Dome

Ryan Bridgewater - April 11, 2019

For someone who believes that music culture must constantly evolve to stay vital, seeing a treasured band whose heyday was the late 1970s and 1980s is potentially…

Sussex Alumni opens ‘pop-up’ barbers
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News
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Sussex Alumni opens ‘pop-up’ barbers

joelrenoufc - April 11, 2019

An ingenious new idea sees pop up barbershop on wheels take to the streets of London and Brighton. Two young men from South Norwood, London, are revolutionising…

Brighton Festival: 30 Years Of Mr Bongo preview
Arts
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Arts
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Brighton Festival: 30 Years Of Mr Bongo preview

Alex Leissle - April 11, 2019

Back in the heyday of 1989, when Tina Turner and Kylie Minogue dominated the charts, and Prince was is his Batman-score phase, something else was brewing on…

Mental Health resources
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Uncategorized
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Mental Health resources

Billie-Jean Johnson - April 10, 2019

This list has been compiled by The Mental Health Project, a student run society dedicated to getting others talking about mental health. Residential Advisors: contact via email…

Crop top unfit to fly on Thomas Cook
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Comment
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Crop top unfit to fly on Thomas Cook

Jasmine Edmonson - April 10, 2019

The continuous over-sexulisation women face in society is sickening and must end. 21-year-old Emily O’Connor was supposedly targeted by Thomas Cook Airlines for wearing a crop top…

Sussex students talk at European Parliament
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News
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Sussex students talk at European Parliament

Matthew Nicholls - April 10, 2019

Four University of Sussex students were invited to the European Parliament in Brussels to meet with Members of European Parliament to discuss Climate Change. Students Mary-Jane Farrell,…

News
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‘We should have roots here’

Jessica Hubbard - April 10, 2019

Sussex University allotment group, Roots, is facing another move; the third in six years. Currently located behind Park Village, student gardeners may have to make way for…

Rhys Lewis Interview: Love songs and political needs
Interview
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Interview
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Rhys Lewis Interview: Love songs and political needs

Rebecca Spencer - April 10, 2019

Rhys Lewis is a 28-year-old singer/song-writer with over 27 million Spotify streams on his song ‘No Right To Love You’. His songs are about heartbreak, anxiety and…

Hyphenated Identities: Internationality in the ‘Hostile Environment’
Features
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Features
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Hyphenated Identities: Internationality in the ‘Hostile Environment’

Alex Leissle - April 10, 2019

If there is anything the last three years of political near-phantasmagoria has proven, it is that British society, whatever or wherever that is, is obsessed with identity.…

Artist Focus: Ella Willson-Smith
Artist Focus
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Artist Focus
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Artist Focus: Ella Willson-Smith

Elizabeth Richardson - April 10, 2019

Ella Willson-Smith is a finalist Illustration student at the University of Brighton. Originally from London, her projects are largely concerned with the relationships between people, objects and…

Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff turns to editing with new anthology Mother Country
Arts
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Arts
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Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff turns to editing with new anthology Mother Country

Kate Dennett - April 9, 2019

Brighton Festival is due to take place from 4 to 26 May and there are set to be so many exciting literary events on offer. The festival…