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Is Political Unity Ever the Answer to Crises?

Abra Heritage | Opinion and Debate Editor Democracy can not thrive nor survive without the existence of a strong, persistent opposition. Without political and social debate, change is rarely called upon by individuals in political factions. Thus, it is an opposition’s job to demand, to compete, to challenge. But with the ever-present health, social, and economic threats that accompany the pandemic, should democracy be compromised … Continue reading Is Political Unity Ever the Answer to Crises?

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RHUL Staff Voice Threatened Amid Ongoing UCU Dispute

Izzi Vaughan | Editor in Chief A proposal threatening Royal Holloway staff involvement on the College Council has been put forward by the Council Effectiveness Review. The proposal seeks to change the number of positions held by directly elected staff from six to four, and suggests that as independent members are appointed following an interview process, the same appointment process should be used for staff … Continue reading RHUL Staff Voice Threatened Amid Ongoing UCU Dispute

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Summer Reads for 2020

Mercedes-Georgia Mayes | Literary Review Editor It is no secret that lockdown has provided many with the time and freedom to read again but, after many months, bookshelves may start to run dry. Here are a few picks to keep you powering through as restrictions ease. To begin, A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara was released in 2015 to widely positive reviews, being shortlisted for … Continue reading Summer Reads for 2020

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Sport-light: Royal Holloway Chess Club President Jonas Erbe

Eliot K. Raman Jones | Sports Editor Jonas Erbe was re-elected as President of Royal Holloway Chess Club in May 2020. As part of a new segment interviewing presidents and captains of RHUL sports clubs, Sports Editor Eliot Raman Jones spoke to him about what Chess Club is all about, his history with the game, and his plans for the future. Good morning, Jonas. How … Continue reading Sport-light: Royal Holloway Chess Club President Jonas Erbe

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Bayern Munich Win Eighth Consecutive Bundesliga Title

Eliot K. Raman Jones | Sports Editor   Bayern Munich were crowned Bundesliga champions this week, after a 1-0 win against Werder Bremen meant that perennial also-rans Borussia Dortmund could not catch up with the Bavarian side. Bayern have been in scintillating form since Hans-Dieter “Hansi” Flick took over from Niko Kovac in November 2019, and the victory against Werder came off the back of … Continue reading Bayern Munich Win Eighth Consecutive Bundesliga Title

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RHUL Students are Keeping the Arts Alive During Lockdown Through Poetry

Abra Heritage | Student Writer   Submissions to a new poetry and art anthology are open now With art comes expected audience. So, with a nationwide lockdown enforcing a two-metre gap between each pair of feet, how are artists keeping their work alive? I talked to RHUL’s finest poets to find out. The Crested Tit Collective is a group of nine female poets, comprised of … Continue reading RHUL Students are Keeping the Arts Alive During Lockdown Through Poetry

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Deadline Missed to Remove Flammable Cladding 3 Years on From Grenfell Fire

Izzi Vaughan | Editor in Chief 3 years after the Grenfell fire on the 14 June 2017, 307 high rise buildings in the UK are still clad in Aluminium Composite Material. The deadline to remove all ACM cladding from buildings in the country was set last year at June 2020 by Communities Secretary James Brokenshire, giving the government three years to remove the highly flammable … Continue reading Deadline Missed to Remove Flammable Cladding 3 Years on From Grenfell Fire

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“Where are you from? No, originally? No, like, originally?”

Sela Musa | Student Writer Questions asked by friends, friend’s parents, store owners, strangers, teachers, bartenders, airport security, and random people on trains. I had my first – and, luckily, only – notable experience of racism when I was seventeen, learning to drive, when I forgot to indicate before I turned left. A man driving in the opposite lane rolled down his window and shouted … Continue reading “Where are you from? No, originally? No, like, originally?”

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10 LGBTQ+ Films to Watch this Pride Month

Graciela Mae Chico | Film Editor It is safe to say that 2020’s Pride month is one that will be remembered for a very long time. Not due to the parades or a new record on the number of rainbow capitalist floats but, in fact, the lack thereof. This year, as with most events in the foreseeable few months, Pride celebrations around the world are … Continue reading 10 LGBTQ+ Films to Watch this Pride Month

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Tim Brooke-Taylor Dies Aged 79

Luke Hetherington | Student Writer The legacy of the Monty Python troupe has been ingrained in popular culture and comedy for the last five decades, receiving international recognition and accolades. In the 1960s, a trio of comedians including Tim Brooke-Taylor (later known as The Goodies) worked alongside the fledgeling Pythons at Cambridge Footlights, before collaborating on programmes such as At Last the 1948 Show. As … Continue reading Tim Brooke-Taylor Dies Aged 79