Full Discussion with Little Green Pig
Arts
3547 views
3547 views

Full Discussion with Little Green Pig

Kate Dennett - November 12, 2018
New Poets Take to the Stage at Hi Zero
Arts
1319 views
1319 views

New Poets Take to the Stage at Hi Zero

Roxana Xamán Mc Gregor - November 8, 2018
Poets Wow Crowds at The Haunt
Arts
1008 views
1008 views

Poets Wow Crowds at The Haunt

Alice Gledhill - October 25, 2018
807 views

Brighton and Beyond

Rachael Naylor - October 24, 2018
947 views

The best breakthroughs of 2018 thus far

Sabrina Edwards - October 22, 2018
Johnny English Fails to Strike Again
Arts
1031 views
1031 views

Johnny English Fails to Strike Again

Alice Gledhill - October 18, 2018
Sexual assault in the US government
Comment
981 views
981 views

Sexual assault in the US government

Tom Robinson - October 17, 2018
What’s ACCA-ning?
Arts
961 views
961 views

What’s ACCA-ning?

Emma Nay - October 16, 2018
Review: Journeying with Grace Nichols
Arts
1268 views
1268 views

Review: Journeying with Grace Nichols

Kate Dennett - October 12, 2018
University of Sussex Joins Libraries Week
Arts
1107 views
1107 views

University of Sussex Joins Libraries Week

Kate Dennett - October 6, 2018
Oscar Jerome at The Hope and Ruin
Interview
1098 views
1098 views

Oscar Jerome at The Hope and Ruin

Alex Leissle - October 4, 2018
Why we should all embrace drag
Features
1278 views
1278 views

Why we should all embrace drag

Chris Ahjem - October 3, 2018
In Conversation with Alannah Myles
Arts
3208 views
3208 views

In Conversation with Alannah Myles

Anastasia Konstantinidou - October 3, 2018
Brighton Needs You!
News
1116 views
1116 views

Brighton Needs You!

Anonymous - September 28, 2018
Books Every Fresher Should Read
Arts
1260 views
1260 views

Books Every Fresher Should Read

Anonymous - September 19, 2018
France in Fine Fettle
Sports
1074 views
1074 views

France in Fine Fettle

Anonymous - September 17, 2018
Dive into Brightonian Culture
Arts
1187 views
1187 views

Dive into Brightonian Culture

Sorrel Linsley - September 17, 2018
Oh, baby, baby, did you see Britney at Pride?
Arts
1245 views
1245 views

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

Anastasia Konstantinidou - September 15, 2018
Hong Kong: A Year Abroad
Features
587 views
587 views

Hong Kong: A Year Abroad

katenewts - June 8, 2019
1212 Views
7 Comments

The system’s broke: it’s time to fix it

“AGM motions ‘fail’ to represent students’ views.” This was the headline which, along with a friendly-looking pie chart, jumped out and grabbed my attention in last week’s The Badger. Sadly, my reaction to this headline was not outraged shock or even bemused curiosity, but “Well, duh!”

I’ve attended the last three AGMs and in each one felt the same mixture of boredom, frustration and ultimately despairing resignation (not to mention a really sore bum) as the most trivial of clauses in a motion I neither know nor care about is nitpicked and bickered over ad nauseam. The system of voting for everything (vote to hear an amendment, vote on the amendment, vote on the motion) slows things down even more, and is frequently both confusing and alienating if you’re not really paying attention (which after four hours of this, you won’t be).

Clearly then, there are plenty of reasons for Joe Average (HUMS) to stay away from the AGM – he can either spend hours numbing his rear while We The Student Body decide if we’re officially narked about the state of affairs in the DR Congo (and who is this Dr Congo person anyway), or he can spend one hour in a relatively comfy chair in Arts A1 and perhaps even learn something relevant to his life. Seems like a no-brainer, doesn’t it?

This can’t go on. If USSU is really serious about getting more people involved in the democratic process, the system needs to be changed to suit the busy, politically apathetic majority rather than the opinionated, mainly left-wing minority who actually attend the AGM. The 2.5% “majority” of the student body required to pass motions at the AGM is never going to be representative of US as a whole. That’s not democracy, no matter how you dress it up.

So here’s my idea: keep the AGM. Actually publicise it (how many of us were aware of it in advance this year?) and make sure everyone knows the deadlines for submitting motions.

Have the meeting, make sure quorum is reached (no way were there 406 people in that room this year) and go through the motions as per usual but all decisions made, quorate or not, are only indicative.

Now take the amended, nitpicked motions, read them out and vote on them at the start of lectures for the next few days, so that everyone is made aware and is represented. There won’t be any debating or amendments – that’d waste time in lectures, and besides that’s what the AGM is there for. There’d just be a vote.

I think we’d all be surprised to see just how radically the views of the student body differ from the views of We The Student Body. Then again, maybe we wouldn’t. Either way, it’s time we the democratic majority of US students got our Student Union back.

Editor’s note: This year the AGM was more publicised than ever before. The submission deadlines for motions were printed on cards on 3000 lanyards in Freshers’ Week; there were five full pages dedicated to it in The Badger (which included the Front and Back page), posters, flyers, door-knocking, social networking, blogs and a mass email to ALL students.

Despite the allegations in this article, the AGM was quorate for a period of time as was confirmed by the door count, the chair and the sabbatical officers.

Get the best viral stories straight into your inbox!

Don't worry, we don't spam
Full Discussion with Little Green Pig
Arts
3547 views
3547 views

Full Discussion with Little Green Pig

Kate Dennett - November 12, 2018
New Poets Take to the Stage at Hi Zero
Arts
1319 views
1319 views

New Poets Take to the Stage at Hi Zero

Roxana Xamán Mc Gregor - November 8, 2018
Poets Wow Crowds at The Haunt
Arts
1008 views
1008 views

Poets Wow Crowds at The Haunt

Alice Gledhill - October 25, 2018
807 views

Brighton and Beyond

Rachael Naylor - October 24, 2018
947 views

The best breakthroughs of 2018 thus far

Sabrina Edwards - October 22, 2018
Johnny English Fails to Strike Again
Arts
1031 views
1031 views

Johnny English Fails to Strike Again

Alice Gledhill - October 18, 2018
Sexual assault in the US government
Comment
981 views
981 views

Sexual assault in the US government

Tom Robinson - October 17, 2018
What’s ACCA-ning?
Arts
961 views
961 views

What’s ACCA-ning?

Emma Nay - October 16, 2018
Review: Journeying with Grace Nichols
Arts
1268 views
1268 views

Review: Journeying with Grace Nichols

Kate Dennett - October 12, 2018
University of Sussex Joins Libraries Week
Arts
1107 views
1107 views

University of Sussex Joins Libraries Week

Kate Dennett - October 6, 2018
Oscar Jerome at The Hope and Ruin
Interview
1098 views
1098 views

Oscar Jerome at The Hope and Ruin

Alex Leissle - October 4, 2018
Why we should all embrace drag
Features
1278 views
1278 views

Why we should all embrace drag

Chris Ahjem - October 3, 2018
In Conversation with Alannah Myles
Arts
3208 views
3208 views

In Conversation with Alannah Myles

Anastasia Konstantinidou - October 3, 2018
Brighton Needs You!
News
1116 views
1116 views

Brighton Needs You!

Anonymous - September 28, 2018
Books Every Fresher Should Read
Arts
1260 views
1260 views

Books Every Fresher Should Read

Anonymous - September 19, 2018
France in Fine Fettle
Sports
1074 views
1074 views

France in Fine Fettle

Anonymous - September 17, 2018
Dive into Brightonian Culture
Arts
1187 views
1187 views

Dive into Brightonian Culture

Sorrel Linsley - September 17, 2018
Oh, baby, baby, did you see Britney at Pride?
Arts
1245 views
1245 views

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

Anastasia Konstantinidou - September 15, 2018
Hong Kong: A Year Abroad
Features
587 views
587 views

Hong Kong: A Year Abroad

katenewts - June 8, 2019
Music to Study To
Music
650 views
650 views

Music to Study To

Hal Keelin - June 3, 2019
Honest Burgers: an honest review
Reviews
607 views
607 views

Honest Burgers: an honest review

Jessica Hubbard - June 2, 2019

7 Comments

  1. I share Dorian’s angst; there is something quite wrong if the salient forum for student decision making was so badly attended as to make it, for the moment, benign.

    Dorian ventures a number of reasons as to why nearly every single student didn’t turn up for the matinée performance of student democracy. The primary factor can be summarised thus; “sitting down hurts, if done for long enough.” Perhaps if “Joe Average” had got up from the bean bag in the Arts Fac, he could have put the issue of seats to the chair, and guarantee for a future generations of bums a brighter, more elevated future.

    I disagree also with Dorian’s suggestions on how to remedy some of the ills that haunt the perhaps fusty institution of allowing students to freely and publicly contest, expand, or do away with the policies that will affect them and their peers. Decision making, despite appearances, does have to be taxing ; you need to pay attention Dorian – indeed, collective action requires individuals to encourage other people to pay attention too.

    I can’t stand the idea that students, you know, people that are trying to learn something about the world, are only willing to make their voices heard if “there won’t be any debating or amendments.”

    My position; you can sit (or stand) around drinking fair trade-ish coffees, waiting for someone to invite you to a Facebook group named “we want SOFTER bog roll in the library kazis”, or go and discuss and thereby affect Sussex University policies for four hours per year – to use the phrase that Dorian borrowed from Dick Cheney, it’s a “no brainer”, isn’t it?

    Reply
  2. Juicy Ramone Wrote – (“are only willing to make their voices heard if “there won’t be any debating or amendments.”)

    I think that’s a pretty unfair quote taken out of context, Dorian’s argument is not to remove the debate process, instead she argues that the debate should continue, followed by a larger vote formed after the debate. The “won’t be any debating” bit, is simply to recognize that the chance for debate has already passed (the AGM) and that the vote is simply that, a vote.

    Also, Dorian might have been a bit flowery when she wrote “Clearly then, there are plenty of reasons for Joe Average (HUMS) to stay away from the AGM – he can either spend hours numbing his rear while We The Student Body decide if we’re officially narked about the state of affairs in the DR Congo (and who is this Dr Congo person anyway), or he can spend one hour in a relatively comfy chair in Arts A1 and perhaps even learn something relevant to his life.”

    But she did not mean Joe Average (Hums) was slacking in a “bean bag” she meant (I presume) that Joe Average (Hums) was busy in a lecture (Arts A1 is a lecture theatre after-all), as the AGM took place right in the middle of the academic day.

    My impression of Dorian’s article is just ramming home the points made in the referenced news article: http://www.thebadgeronline.co.uk/news/agm-motions-fail-to-represent-students-views/

    Why would Joe Average be interested in “discuss(ing) and thereby affect(ing) Sussex University policies for four hours per year” when as the news piece makes quite clear, the discussion is all about motions which do not necessarily represent the opinions of students.

    Reply
  3. Dorian’s broad approach to the more sublte machinations of student democratic decision making is that they’re boring, and thus archaic. Did I remove the quote from it’s intended context? Ok. Misleadingly so? Nope.

    And pull the other one with the Knackered Student stuff ; I reject that myth just as quickly as I do The Lazy Student generalisation. If you’ve got 40hrs contact a week, congratulations ; hiding behind A Jam Packed Schedule whilst leaving the difficult task of participation in democracy to others is one of the more dishonest types of laziness.

    What Dorian is saying is that students who are are double plus not happy with the state of the AGM should abandon it altogether, or are at least reasonable in abandoning it, and should instead be provided with Another forum, preferably one that is easier to intellectually navigate.

    I’m sure that both you and Dorian turned up to the AGM – why do you not expect others to ar least try to do the same?

    Granted, it’s got some major problems, some cosmetic (approachability, comfort over a long day), some more profound ; should public discussion be done away with becuase of these issues? This is what Dorian, and by extension yourself, seem to suggest.

    Reply
  4. Dear Paul Codd,
    Dorian’s broad approach to the more sublte machinations of student democratic decision making is that they’re boring, and thus archaic. Did I remove the quote from it’s intended context? Ok. Misleadingly so? Nope.

    And pull the other one with the Knackered Student stuff ; I reject that myth just as quickly as I do The Lazy Student generalisation. If you’ve got 40hrs contact a week, congratulations ; hiding behind A Jam Packed Schedule whilst leaving the difficult task of participation in democracy to others is one of the more dishonest types of laziness.

    What Dorian is saying is that students who are are double plus not happy with the state of the AGM should abandon it altogether, or are at least reasonable in abandoning it, and should instead be provided with Another forum, preferably one that is easier to intellectually navigate.

    I’m sure that both you and Dorian turned up to the AGM – why do you not expect others to ar least try to do the same?

    Granted, it’s got some major problems, some cosmetic (approachability, comfort over a long day), some more profound ; should public discussion be done away with becuase of these issues? This is what Dorian, and by extension yourself, seem to suggest.

    Reply
  5. I agree, hiding behind a schedule or simply not taking part is a poor excuse. I’m sure it’s also possible to extend a “well if you don’t take part, don’t complain” argument as well.

    My problem, is that is it still acceptable for the Union to take decisions that affect all students, when it clearly suffers from so little student participation.

    Low student participation can not be blamed on the Union (as the editor’s note makes clear) but still, when the Union takes action or involves motions that affect all students (i.e Anti-Military, or Anti-NUS) Whilst low participation might not be the Union’s fault, can it ignore it and press ahead anyway with representation based on less than 5%?

    Far more worrying, is that the news article http://www.thebadgeronline.co.uk/news/agm-motions-fail-to-represent-students-views/ (whilst I’m sure equally flawed) seems to show that it’s possible to find a completely different response to the exact same motion outside of the AGM (i/e a “no” vote to NUS disaffiliation compared to the ‘Yes” found at the AGM) How does the Union respond?

    Reply
  6. I responded on a personal level in The Badger this week (http://www.thebadgeronline.co.uk/comment/a-response-to-student-apathy/), though it does reflect the sentiment of many within the Union.

    You seem to keep forgetting Paul that the Union HASN’T taken action on the NUS or military bodies. In fact, what we said at the time and which has now been confirmed by Council was that both these descisions effect all students and are clearly too contentious an issue to be decided within the AGM.

    NUS affiliation was never decided at AGM and can never be by our constitution, and is likely going to referendum. The Union has no official position on whether to affiliate or not (I’ve written articles in The Badger to remain affiliated), but if 300 students ask us to faciliate a debate and then a referedum then we have to do it.

    Same with military bodies. If 200 or so students have come forward and asked for it to be policy, we can’t simply ignore it from an AGM as that would be ridiculously undemocratic. Understanding that it’s such a massive issue that we can’t decide there on the basis of an inquorate AGM, the decision will be going to referendum, most likely next term.

    Yes, AGM isn’t entirely representative and yes, it has a lot of flaws. However, when we have a large group of people coming forward in an open democratic matter to decide on Union policy we can’t simply just ignore them as irrealevant. Instead, the Union has seen that these are controversial issues that can’t be decided here and will go out for all students to decide. This is the same for any controversial issue that is brought up.

    Reply
  7. DR Congo means Democratic Republic of Congo. That is a crap joke.

    Dorien at least complains about the AGM having actually attended it, the same can’t be said for some

    Reply

Leave a Reply to Paul Codd Cancel reply

Join the Badger Team

Apply today!

Latest Posts

‘We’re Bringing our Worlds to an Audience’ – Rokia Traoré on the Brighton Festival
Music
808 views
Music
808 views

‘We’re Bringing our Worlds to an Audience’ – Rokia Traoré on the Brighton Festival

Lara Antoine - February 15, 2019

We are nearing that time of year where Brighton is flooded with arts and culture festivals. Following shortly after the Fringe, Brighton Festival runs from 4th- 26th…

Christmas Queens: Spilling the tea with RuPaul’s Drag Race’s Kameron Michaels and Asia O’Hara
Interview
2902 views
Interview
2902 views

Christmas Queens: Spilling the tea with RuPaul’s Drag Race’s Kameron Michaels and Asia O’Hara

Chris Ahjem - November 27, 2018

Tis the season, to indulge in some incredible drag performances! Iconic queens spanning many series of RuPaul’s Drag Race will grace the Brighton Dome on December 3…

Remakes and Reimaginings: Suspiria (2018)
#CINECITY19
1658 views
#CINECITY19
1658 views

Remakes and Reimaginings: Suspiria (2018)

Yazz James - November 13, 2018

Suspiria is a surprising and radical reimagining of Dario Argento’s 1977 film. The story is centred around Susie Bannion (Jessica Harper/Dakota Johnson), a young American, who moves…

Full Discussion with Little Green Pig
Arts
3547 views
Arts
3547 views

Full Discussion with Little Green Pig

Kate Dennett - November 12, 2018

We got the chance to talk to Catherine from Brighton & Hove’s local organisation, Little Green Pig, who work with young people to unlock their imaginations and…

CINECITY Opening Night: The Favourite
#CINECITY19
1355 views
#CINECITY19
1355 views

CINECITY Opening Night: The Favourite

Emma Nay - November 11, 2018

I did not always believe in the magic of cinema. Sitting in one of a thousand identical cinemas, looking at the waves of unoccupied seats, can make…

New Poets Take to the Stage at Hi Zero
Arts
1319 views
Arts
1319 views

New Poets Take to the Stage at Hi Zero

Roxana Xamán Mc Gregor - November 8, 2018

On the 30 November it was the last Tuesday of the month, meaning, of course, I was at The Hope and Ruin ready for Hi Zero, as…

Poets and Musicians Against the Arms Trade Preview
Arts
1232 views
Arts
1232 views

Poets and Musicians Against the Arms Trade Preview

Emma Nay - November 6, 2018

On the 10th of November in Falmer Bar’s own Room 76 a series of musicians and poets are coming together to protest against the arms trade. The…

As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning: 50th Anniversary
Arts
1183 views
Arts
1183 views

As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning: 50th Anniversary

Hal Keelin - November 2, 2018

As one of the best things to come out of the 20th Century nears its 50th anniversary, it is a chance to look back at Laurie Lee’s…

Self-Representation – Women of Colour in Publishing Event
Arts
1030 views
Arts
1030 views

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
1008 views
Arts
1008 views

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
807 views

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
947 views

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
1073 views
Arts
1073 views

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
1031 views
Arts
1031 views

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
Comment
981 views
Comment
981 views

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
961 views
Arts
961 views

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
1268 views
Arts
1268 views

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
1090 views
Film & Theatre
1090 views

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
1719 views
Arts
1719 views

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
1188 views
Campus News
1188 views

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
News
2079 views
News
2079 views

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
Arts
1107 views
Arts
1107 views

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
Interview
1098 views
Interview
1098 views

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
1893 views
Lifestyle
1893 views

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
1278 views
Features
1278 views

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
Arts
3208 views
Arts
3208 views

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!
News
1116 views
News
1116 views

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
1260 views
Arts
1260 views

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
1111 views
Film & Theatre
1111 views

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
1074 views
Sports
1074 views

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
1187 views
Arts
1187 views

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
1245 views
Arts
1245 views

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
Campus News
3127 views1
Campus News
3127 views1

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…

Hong Kong: A Year Abroad
Features
587 views
Features
587 views

Hong Kong: A Year Abroad

katenewts - June 8, 2019

For many students, moving to university can feel like a big enough move as it is. But why stop there when you could go further? With the…

Music to Study To
Music
650 views
Music
650 views

Music to Study To

Hal Keelin - June 3, 2019

It's that time of the year again with exams brewing over the next few weeks. From film soundtracks to ambient albums, we pooled together some of our…

Honest Burgers: an honest review
Reviews
607 views
Reviews
607 views

Honest Burgers: an honest review

Jessica Hubbard - June 2, 2019

At Honest, students can get 30% off every Monday- Thursday, 14:30-17:00. The friendly staff at their Duke Street branch offered our editors a meal on them so…

Maisha live at Patterns review: the zenith of contemporary British jazz
Arts
624 views
Arts
624 views

Maisha live at Patterns review: the zenith of contemporary British jazz

Ketan Jha - May 29, 2019

If you were to line up the new stardom of British jazz and choose the most iconic artists, you might be forgiven for Maisha having escaped your…

Association Football: A History of the Game
Sports
407 views
Sports
407 views

Association Football: A History of the Game

James Cohen - May 22, 2019

By Jonny Garwood Now is the time to close the blinds on another season of joy and despair. Association football, often known simply by the Rugby School…

Why I’m a fan of Skating and you should be
News
520 views
News
520 views

Why I’m a fan of Skating and you should be

James Cohen - May 21, 2019

By Melissa White Everyone follows the ice skating championships at least a little bit - we’re all surprised by the precise movements and beautiful jumps the skaters…

“Booksmart” breathes fresh air into the coming of age genre
Arts
315 views
Arts
315 views

“Booksmart” breathes fresh air into the coming of age genre

Olek Młyński - May 21, 2019

It is almost impossible to say something new in the genre of coming-of-age films. They always inevitably need to tick all of the usual boxes: the protagonist…

Racism: Why is it still an issue in football?
Sports
369 views
Sports
369 views

Racism: Why is it still an issue in football?

James Cohen - May 20, 2019

The seemingly perpetual battle with racism within football, somehow took a turn for the worst in the past few weeks with several instances highlighting the severity of…

Leeds United: Risen from the Ashes?
Sports
412 views
Sports
412 views

Leeds United: Risen from the Ashes?

James Cohen - May 19, 2019

By Jonny Garwood Formed in 1919, Leeds United FC is a club with a long, vibrant and tangled history. Supporters will know the club for its historic…

Tottenham Hotspur: New Stadium, New Era?
Sports
608 views
Sports
608 views

Tottenham Hotspur: New Stadium, New Era?

James Cohen - May 19, 2019

By Jonny Garwood This week could not get much better for Tottenham Hotspur fans. After moving into the revamped White Hart Lane with a thrilling opening ceremony,…

A Pole Dancing Marathon: My Training Diary
News
269 views
News
269 views

A Pole Dancing Marathon: My Training Diary

Jonny Garwood - May 18, 2019

When I first contemplated pole, in my head it was a space for thin people. People who had danced before, could do incredible feats and only wore…

In Conversation with Maisha
Arts
405 views
Arts
405 views

In Conversation with Maisha

Alex Leissle - May 18, 2019

It is no understatement to say that Maisha are one of the hottest new outfits in Jazz, comprised of some of the most in-demand instrumentalists from the…

The Great Escape – Day 3: Truly impressive weekend comes to an end
Arts
546 views
Arts
546 views

The Great Escape – Day 3: Truly impressive weekend comes to an end

Alex Leissle - May 13, 2019

The final day at The Great Escape was notably quieter that those that preceded, nevertheless the turn out for most venues came close to capacity. Wrestling with…

The Great Escape – Day 2: Foals and Girl In Red take weekend to higher planes
Arts
619 views
Arts
619 views

The Great Escape – Day 2: Foals and Girl In Red take weekend to higher planes

Alex Leissle - May 12, 2019

The second day at The Great Escape was hailed in with sun rays beaming down over the city. Buzzing with vibrancy, The Great Escape really found its…

The Great Escape – Day 1: Brighton’s weekend of new music begins in style
Music
739 views
Music
739 views

The Great Escape – Day 1: Brighton’s weekend of new music begins in style

Lara Antoine - May 11, 2019

It is that time of year again, as the masses descend on Brighton for festivities, infrequently good weather and the full musical experience the city provides. The…

Artist Focus: Billy Liang
Artist Focus
327 views
Artist Focus
327 views

Artist Focus: Billy Liang

Elizabeth Richardson - May 11, 2019

Billy Liang is a photographer, videographer and current Business finalist at the University of Sussex. Originally from a small sea-side city south of mainland China, called Zhuhai,…

Cabbage live at The Haunt: Swaggering with youthful audacity
Arts
405 views
Arts
405 views

Cabbage live at The Haunt: Swaggering with youthful audacity

Hal Keelin - May 8, 2019

Cabbage enter the stage to Gimme gimme gimme by ABBA and disco lights. They shuffle around, as if to say “this wasn’t what you were expecting was…

Comment
311 views

Broadly speaking on studying abroad

Lilly Subbotin - May 7, 2019

Studying abroad always brings about certain expectations and to be honest, most of them have nothing to do with studying. Instastories of my peers built up the…

Comment
360 views

UK museums: beyond the history

Jasmine Edmonson - May 7, 2019

Museums are time capsules that allows us to interact with the past, engage in the present and acknowledge the technological advances of the future. However, majority of…

Mr Bongo 30th anniversary – Moses Boyd leads the way in eclectic celebration of music
Arts
473 views
Arts
473 views

Mr Bongo 30th anniversary – Moses Boyd leads the way in eclectic celebration of music

Alex Leissle - May 7, 2019

It is safe to say Brighton-based record label Mr Bongo has earned its name as the best champions of diverse music in town. Director of Operations Graham…