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The Infinite Inclusivity of Fan-Fiction

Student | Mercedes-Georgia Mayes Fanfiction.net is one of many websites used for the dissemination of fan-created fiction, alongside Archive of Our Own and Whattpad, and boasts fiction based on almost 2,500 pre-existing works in the ‘Books’ category alone. Within this, each franchise has anywhere between 1 and 800,000 stories attributed to it of varying length. Such dedication is impressive in itself, but it is the … Continue reading The Infinite Inclusivity of Fan-Fiction

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Does Netflix celebrate or capitalise body positivity?

Editor| Cassandra Lau Recent Netflix originals have either starred actresses – like Jameela Jamil from The Good Place, and Lili Reinhart from Riverdale – who have publically advocated for body positivity, or characters who represent diverse ages, ethnicities and body types. Series like GLOWbreakdown stereotypes with multi-dimensional and bold female characters, for instance, Carmen (Britney Young) “challenges stereotypes of fat bodies as inherently unfit or unhealthy” … Continue reading Does Netflix celebrate or capitalise body positivity?

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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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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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Interview with Father John: Royal Holloway’s Catholic Chaplain

Interview conducted by Michele Theil [T]he answer is forgiveness – forgiving yourself, forgiving other people… It’s important to help people who are struggling and listen to their struggles. We’ve got to realise that terrible things happen and that people feel really bitter and hurt by it, but we have to help them move on and move through the pain towards resolution, acceptance and growth. Earlier … Continue reading Interview with Father John: Royal Holloway’s Catholic Chaplain

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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’

Opinion: The Flaws and Merits of World Religion Day

Nicholas Ross Founded by members of the Bahai faith, World Religion Day on 20th January was an event promoting the acceptance of an interfaith community. This was to be achieved by promulgating supposed common denominators of religions. The event’s purpose opposes the growing New Atheist movement championed by public intellectuals including the late Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, and Sam Harris. Debates about religion’s place in … Continue reading Opinion: The Flaws and Merits of World Religion Day

World Soil Day: How to tackle soil pollution with 1 action

Editor | Cassandra Lau This week kicked off with World Soil Day which is celebrated annually on the 5th December at the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations headquarters in Rome. This year’s focus was on soil pollution, a “virtually invisible” impact of the changes people have made to our planet. Soils are a “nearly forgotten resource,” says FAO Director General José Graziano da … Continue reading World Soil Day: How to tackle soil pollution with 1 action

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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