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What Comes After Social Media Gathers the World

Thomazeau Cyril | RHUL Alumni, and Founder of BELEAF Social media and its gathering of the world is transforming the way we behave and work together. From this has arisen the trend towards collective goodness, a much-needed hand to help manoeuvre political uncertainties. The UK plagued with Brexit negotiations dominates the discussions and headlines. Similarly, America has its topic of uncertainty, President Donald Trump. Society … Continue reading What Comes After Social Media Gathers the World

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Interview with Royal Holloway Students’ Union Sabbatical Officers for 2019/20

Cassandra Lau | Editor A huge congratulations to those who have been elected Sabbatical Officers in Royal Holloway Students’ Union for 2019/20. The past week has been extremely exhausting for those involved in the campaign process for the SU elections. It is incredible to see the enthusiasm and effort put in by all candidates in spite of the wind and rain. With great pleasure, The … Continue reading Interview with Royal Holloway Students’ Union Sabbatical Officers for 2019/20

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Tax Email Scam Hits Royal Holloway’s Student Emails

Editor | Cassandra Lau The number of e-mails that have had to go through quarantine@messaging.microsoft.com has been mind-blowing this academic year. Even e-mails from other U.K universities have been quarantined, so it came to my surprise when I received an email like this (without being quarantined): Careless, or gullible? As a student, I am used to receiving letters from the post stating the deduction of … Continue reading Tax Email Scam Hits Royal Holloway’s Student Emails

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Women’s Football ‘Female Is Fierce’ Campaign

Deputy Sports Editor | Jack Wright From Monday 25 February, Royal Holloway’s Women’s Football club will be running a range of events across campus in order to promote the ‘Female Is Fierce’ campaign. Each of the evening events being hosted, whether active or social, highlight inclusivity and place a key focus upon Royal Holloway’s female athletes. Women’s Football Charity Secretary Kate Roberts, with help from … Continue reading Women’s Football ‘Female Is Fierce’ Campaign

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Geography Department’s New Recycling Opportunities

Editor | Cassandra Lau Royal Holloway’s Geography Department have outdone themselves this month by providing the department with extra opportunities for recycling! You can now recycle: old spectacles, used postage stamps, and Crisp Packets Old Spectacles/Glasses We have started a collection for Vision Aid Overseas. Where? Photocopying/Post Room in Q163 “This is a one-off collection and we’d like to send the collected glasses at the beginning … Continue reading Geography Department’s New Recycling Opportunities

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Review: Our New Uni Gym

Student | Rita Mataruka Picture this: you, drenched in sweat, pathetically trying to work your glutes (so that you can obtain that Beyoncé bum you’ve always wanted) amidst a host of intimidating athletes, glistening and grunting their way through reps. Scattered amongst these professionals are beast machines, resembling closer to aliens than exercise equipment. For some, I just described your natural habitat. But for the … Continue reading Review: Our New Uni Gym

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Guide to Long Distance Friendships

Lifestyle Writer | Amy Butcher University can lead to some big changes in your friendships. You’ll meet a LOT of new friends, but that doesn’t mean you completely disregard the old ones. Your school friends might now be dotted all around the country… some may have even ventured ‘up north’, or abroad as they go to find themselves on their gap year. Whatever the situation … Continue reading Guide to Long Distance Friendships

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General Wellbeing at University

Student | Reka Goupil Moving to university is a big deal. Whether you’re excited to be waving your parents goodbye, or sad to miss home-cooked meals and your dog, I’m sure you’d like to emerge unscathed and mental breakdown free. While taking care of yourself fully for the first time may come naturally to some, I definitely think there is a learning curve. Here are … Continue reading General Wellbeing at University

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Why Living Off Campus Has More Benefits Than You Think!

Student | Rebecca Williams Living on campus is most certainly the easy option – no bills to pay and pretty much everything is on your doorstep. Not to mention the cleaners. Waking up five minutes before a lecture begins does not even stop you from going. The convenience levels of living on campus are through the roof, but its accessibility to lectures and seminars may … Continue reading Why Living Off Campus Has More Benefits Than You Think!

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Pantry Recipes: Microwave Cheats

Student | Pippa Roth-Biester If you’re like me and you spent at least one year at Uni without a kitchen in your accommodation, these recipes are really good. These 3 recipes are to help you create meals in a few minutes, even if you don’t have access to a stove, as all you need is a microwave. Instant Noodles Ingredients: Pack of instant noodles; hot … Continue reading Pantry Recipes: Microwave Cheats

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On Royal Holloway’s System ‘Upgrade’

Editor | Cassandra Lau  The ‘upgrade’ to the Schools system will place Royal Holloway on par with most other universities. Summing up the difference between the current Faculty system, and the soon-to-be Schools system: A Faculty is a body of professors, lecturers, and researches who research and pass on knowledge to students; a School is an establishment comprised of Faculties and students. For instance, typically … Continue reading On Royal Holloway’s System ‘Upgrade’

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The Local Government Association (LGA) Respond to Civic University Commission Report

Editor | Cassandra Lau Last October, the Civic University Commission, which sets out the place of universities in civic life, published an extensive progress report. The UPP Foundation Civic University Commission’s aims is to “explore and understand what a modern civic university is and what it should do.” Responding to the report by the Civic University Commission, Cllr Mark Hawthorne, Chairman of the Local Government … Continue reading The Local Government Association (LGA) Respond to Civic University Commission Report

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Single Review: Foals – ‘Exits’

Music Editor | Charlie Catmull Though the world is in potential chaos and Brexit, or whatever March actually entails, looms over us, 2019 promises to be a great year in music, hopefully one a bit more eventful than last year. Luckily January has already looked set to fulfil that promise with the return of one of the best bands Britain has to offer; Foals and … Continue reading Single Review: Foals – ‘Exits’

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‘The Hate U Give’, by Angie Thomas: How one book is changing the publishing industry

Arts Editor | Mimi Markham Every so often, a new publication shakes the waters of the usually quiet internet book community. In February 2017, Angie Thomas’ ‘The Hate U Give’ did just this and its ripples have resonated across the publishing industry, inspiring a recent film adaption. The story follows Starr Caster’s journey towards activism after she witnesses the police shooting of her childhood friend, … Continue reading ‘The Hate U Give’, by Angie Thomas: How one book is changing the publishing industry

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#WearRedDay

This month will see the country turning red, not for Valentine’s day, but in support of Congenital Heart Disease awareness.  Established in the U.K. by the Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire based Children’s Heart Surgery Fund, the day helps to raise awareness and funding to help children and adults born with congenital heart disease – funding equipment and further research. Congenital heart disease – also referred … Continue reading #WearRedDay

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Holocaust Memorial Day: Why we need to remember

Lifestyle Editor | Kyrie Roxby   There is nothing in the world that can explain or help us understand the Holocaust and the millions of senseless murders that happened during it. There is, however, the need to remember the events of it and the many lives lost because of the violence and racism brought against millions of innocent people. The best way of remembering all … Continue reading Holocaust Memorial Day: Why we need to remember

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Why it’s not too late to take part in Veganuary

Molly Williams | Arts & Culture Editor   I’m a firm believer that the best resolutions are the ones we don’t make on first day of the year. Hungover and tired, the type of people that still manage to haul themselves to the gym, or start the novel they’ve been talking about, are ethereal beings with self-control beyond the human realm. If you’re still looking … Continue reading Why it’s not too late to take part in Veganuary

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Announcement: National Storytelling Week Competition

What is National Storytelling Week? National Storytelling Week is the celebration of differing means of story telling. From ancient oral storytelling to written or drawn methods, its aim is to empower the narrator and support the unique bond between the story teller and listener. So what’s the deal? For 7 days of the week from 26th January to 2nd February, there will be 7 awards … Continue reading Announcement: National Storytelling Week Competition

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Why the World Does Not Accommodate Male Mental Health: A Movember Reflection

Opinion & Debates Editor | Nicholas Ross Movember is an NGO whose missions are raising awareness for male issues like male mental health and prostate cancer and donating to relevant groups. For the last few years it has funded millions of pounds worldwide to donate to organisations such as The Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia. Its aims are noble but imply a sad reality about … Continue reading Why the World Does Not Accommodate Male Mental Health: A Movember Reflection

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‘Know Your Status’: World AIDS Day 30 Years On

Film Editor | Graciela Mae Chico Forty years after the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s, an estimated 36.9 million people worldwide are still living with HIV. Despite AIDS-related deaths reducing to more than 51% – since its peak in 2001 – it is estimated that the illness still caused almost a million deaths in 2017. (UNAIDS.org) This year the fight to defeat  HIV and AIDS … Continue reading ‘Know Your Status’: World AIDS Day 30 Years On

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World Tolerance Day 2018: Understanding Intolerance is Key.

Featured Photograph: During the time of Apartheid in South Africa, when black people were denied their basic human and political rights, two youngsters of different races forge a connection in Cape Town. / UN Photo (1982) Editor | Cassandra Lau   World Tolerance Day marks the 16th November every year as a day to generate public awareness of the dangers and unacceptability of intolerance. “Tolerance … Continue reading World Tolerance Day 2018: Understanding Intolerance is Key.

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Diabetes Awareness Month: When mental and physical health intersect

Arts Editor | Mimi Markham Content warning: eating disorders The narrative is familiar: student mental illness is a growing problem. In the last ten years, first year students who report they suffer from a mental illness has increased fivefold. 75% of mental illnesses are established by the age of 25 and, as many students arrive as teenagers, there is no doubt universities must acknowledge their … Continue reading Diabetes Awareness Month: When mental and physical health intersect

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The Taboo of Mental Health in Asian Culture

Student Writer | Alexa Tecson We’ve all heard the jokes, we’ve all seen the stereotypes, we’ve all witnessed the complaints: ‘As an Asian, our career choices are doctor, lawyer, engineer or disgrace to family. ‘Only 90% in exam? I have no son’. And my personal favorite, ‘Why did you get B? You’re A-sian not B-sian’. Unfortunately, the humor from these jokes come from a place … Continue reading The Taboo of Mental Health in Asian Culture

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My Life in My Art: Knausgaard and Misty

Deputy Sports Editor | Jack Wright   Every writer will, at some point in their lives, have heard this classic piece of advice: ‘write what you know’. I cannot say whether this is good advice. If that is a question that you would like answers to, I would recommend reading some of the insightful opinions shared by published authors. I’m also going to be careful … Continue reading My Life in My Art: Knausgaard and Misty

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Summary: The Founder’s Fair

Editor| Cassandra Lau 2 October 2018 | Library Event Space | 12:30 – 13:30 Many thanks to all those who made an effort to come to The Founder’s Fair! Here are a few notes for those who did not make it or for those who want to know more about us. The Founder Fair Highlights. / Film by Marketing Director, Sally Gibbs Part I We … Continue reading Summary: The Founder’s Fair

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Match Report: Mens Basketball V Surrey

Treasurer of Basketball | Ieuan Greaves Royal Holloway, Sports Centre | 24 October | 16:15 Men’s Basketball secured their first win of the season against local rivals Surrey in intense fashion after scoring in the dying seconds of the match to win 75-74. The game started off fast with Surrey getting the best of the opening exchanges, which meant that they went into the break … Continue reading Match Report: Mens Basketball V Surrey

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National Stress Awareness Day: Managing Stress at University

Designer | Helena Keeble University can be an extremely stressful time for many students. You are expected to juggle your academic work, fit in exercise, perhaps have a paid job, or two, or three to keep your finances stable, as well as maintain a social life in an already busy term. Finding this balance can be one of the hardest things students have to do … Continue reading National Stress Awareness Day: Managing Stress at University

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Halloween Special: What are your teachers’ favourite thrillers?

Editor | Cassandra Lau This year, I thought it would be exciting for some of Royal Holloway’s professors, heads of department, lecturers, and researches to share with us some of their personal horror-thriller indulgences. Many have confessed to not being a fan of scary movies; however, there are some exceptional books and films that truly worth the post-horror paranoia. Stewart Boogert, Head of the Physics … Continue reading Halloween Special: What are your teachers’ favourite thrillers?

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Far-Right Brazilian Candidate Wins Polls: 6 Controversial Topics With Quotes

Editor | Cassandra Lau After intense campaigning, far-right Brazilian candidate, Jair Bolsonaro, wins the presidential elections with 55.13 per cent of the popular vote against 44.8 per cent for Fernando Haddad of the left-wing Workers’ Party. The disheartened faces that roam the streets of Brazil conjures a not too long ago election which determined Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States. The … Continue reading Far-Right Brazilian Candidate Wins Polls: 6 Controversial Topics With Quotes

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{Review} Welcome Home

Film Columnist | Samuel Mcloughlin Welcome Home sees Emily Ratajkowski and Aaron Paul unite as damaged American couple Bryan and Cassie attempting to mend their broken relationship with an idyllic trip to the Italian countryside. However, things turn sinister when their mysterious neighbour wedges himself between them. The story crawls to a start and the stilted and inorganic dialogue doesn’t help the time pass any quicker. … Continue reading {Review} Welcome Home

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International Stammering Awareness Day: Restore the Lost Voices

Guest Writer | Kelly Cheung Affecting 70 million people worldwide in every language and culture, stammering (also referred as stuttering in the U.S.) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that creates speech problems, such as sudden involuntary pauses and a tendency to repeat the initial letters of words. Although everyone will experience a small degree of disfluency while speaker, a person who stammers experiences notable disfluency, with … Continue reading International Stammering Awareness Day: Restore the Lost Voices

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World Poverty Day

Lifestyle Editor | Kyrie Roxby Despite advances made in technology and numerous charities working to abolish global poverty, it is still vastly prevalent. The World Bank estimates that over one billion people around the world are living in extremepoverty, earning less than an average of £1.25 a day. However, it cannot only be measured by a living wage, but in the poor conditions found around … Continue reading World Poverty Day

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World Food Day: How to End World Hunger

Arts & Culture Editor | Molly Williams It’s 9:00am on a Tuesday morning. You’re sitting in your first lecture of the day, having just rolled out of bed and hauled yourself onto campus – there was no time for breakfast. Between slides, there’s a lull in the lecturer’s presentation; it is in this silence that your stomach erupts with a moan for the usual morning … Continue reading World Food Day: How to End World Hunger

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Food System Impact: How to Adopt a Sustainable Diet

Editor | Cassandra Lau Many probably recall being told off for wasting or playing with food as a child. Many might also recall hearing the familiar phrase, “Don’t waste food! There are children starving in Africa!” Digging into why its such a commonly used phrase, here are some interesting comments by people on Quora: “Not wasting food” seems to be a basic principle and even … Continue reading Food System Impact: How to Adopt a Sustainable Diet

Welcome Week Concert Review

Content Writer | Alice Couling At the end of an intense week we all like to call freshers, the music department played host to the Welcome Week Concert 2018. The concert which was very well received consisted of an orchestra and choir in which many of the participants were freshers themselves. The orchestra started the concert with ‘Dance episodes’ from ‘On the Town’ by Leonard … Continue reading Welcome Week Concert Review

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World Mental Health Day: Young People & Mental Health in a Changing World

Editor | Cassandra Lau World Mental Health Day takes place on 10 October each year to encourage “all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide”. It also creates a platform for greater awareness and understanding towards mental health. With ever increasing populations, competition and … Continue reading World Mental Health Day: Young People & Mental Health in a Changing World

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Tay-King life for granted: The life of TAY-K

Content Writer | Sami Derfoufi Eighteen-year-old Taymor McIntyre, Tay-K, is an American rapper from Arlington, Texas. In March 2016, he released a song entitled ‘Megaman’ which generated national attention due to his arrest shortly after its release. He was charged for capital murder and robbery, but more on that later. Following this on July 4th he released a digital mixtape entitled ‘#<3Tay-K47’ which gained very little … Continue reading Tay-King life for granted: The life of TAY-K

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Commuting to University: The Essential

Content Writer | Amy Butcher Whether you are a seasoned traveller or just starting out with commuting there are a few basic essentials that you will find you need. Hopefully your journey to and from Royal Holloway will run smoothly but if you’re travelling most days it is likely you will encounter a few tricky situations. Having a few of these things to hand will hopefully … Continue reading Commuting to University: The Essential

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The average student spends £364/month: How does your uni compare?

News Editor | Iffah Ahmed Following the cost of rent, it has been identified that on average, students spend £364 per month on living costs, where most of the funds contribute towards socialising and food. It has been recognised that students across the nation, from Scotland to the Midlands are spending equal amounts to those located in London but are receiving less Student Finance to … Continue reading The average student spends £364/month: How does your uni compare?

Two Men Have a Boxing Match

Opinion & Debate Editor | Nicholas Ross For months newspapers have been plagued with articles about two “YouTubers” having a boxing match in late August, an event in which people should not have taken interest. One struggles to discern the talentless spectacle’s phantom of appeal. Having trained in boxing and mixed martial arts, seeing two white-collar fighters throw jabs at each other would be no … Continue reading Two Men Have a Boxing Match

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Charles Dicken Museum: A Cosy Place for a Quiet Day Out

Arts Editor | Mimi Markham With Freshers’ Festival and a busy term approaching, day-trips may be at the back of everyone’s mind. However, London is full of hidden treasures and the Charles Dickens Museum is a great place to spend a couple of hours. Only walking distance from King’s Cross, the museum blends into its row of tall Georgian terrace houses. Already, it is possible … Continue reading Charles Dicken Museum: A Cosy Place for a Quiet Day Out

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The Alternative Reading List

Literary Review Editor | Rachel Farguson As August draws to a close and September looms in the not-so-distant future, many of us will be feeling like we’re running out of time to read for pleasure. When you’ve been asked to read four novels a week and prepare three questions to ask your seminar group on each one, this feeling is ultimately unsurprising. However, this needn’t … Continue reading The Alternative Reading List

‘Service Station’, Leila Dickinson

Service Station Maybe you could buy me a neck cushion, an overpriced coffee or a Krispy Kreme from WHSmith. You could laugh at me in baggy on-the-road clothes, glorified pjs you might say. Perhaps you’d wait for me outside the loos and we’d moan about how they need a good clean. We might discuss how strange it is to have gambling stations here. If I … Continue reading ‘Service Station’, Leila Dickinson

‘i think stars taste like tinfoil’, Hannah Bean

i think stars taste like tinfoil i think stars taste like tinfoil. hearts are always wine- dark, tempered, stomach-stirred, ripe like my mother’s berries, our saved summers. but stars are crisp, sharp-edged, burnt hollow, stamped static. they taste warm until the blood stops tasting sweet and starts tasting like metal again. and a few times a year i wrap myself up and i werewolf myself … Continue reading ‘i think stars taste like tinfoil’, Hannah Bean

‘Delay No More’, Anon.

Delay No More  Delay no more Discussion of our handover. Our future, discussed over Foreign blood. ‘How’s that Pekking Duck’, smiles Deng, ‘A little raw’, Thatcher notes.  Delay no more Discussion of bold men, In cravats and ties. Panda express, ‘one Donald deal, with a side of Leung.’ System Error.  Delay no more Discussion of broken umbrellas, Abducted books, and anger infused tears. Take our … Continue reading ‘Delay No More’, Anon.

Short Story: ‘The District Line’ by Anon.

The Founder x The Orbital Storytelling Competition | Anon.   Daily routine was important to Nick; alarm going off, hitting the snooze button, showering, applying gel to his receding hairline and eating a hearty bowl of All Bran while catching the end of the weather report on Good Morning Britain. Everyday he would catch the 8:10am train, grabbing a cappuccino from Starbucks. He had it … Continue reading Short Story: ‘The District Line’ by Anon.