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Coronavirus: The UK and New Zealand Compared

Alex Whiteman | Managing Editor After four new cases of COVID-19 were discovered, New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that the country would be placed back into lockdown for the first time in 102 days. She stated that Auckland will be ‘moved to level three restrictions for a period of three days’, while the rest of New Zealand will be placed under Level 2. … Continue reading Coronavirus: The UK and New Zealand Compared

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Corona and Culture

Sela Musa | Features Editor Music is one of the only things that is indifferent to our differences. It is a culture of haze and lyrical beckoning, of youthful anticipation, of peaks and troughs of happy and sad days. And, like almost everything else affected by this pandemic, the culture is inevitably changing and there is no guarantee it will come back. Corona has completely … Continue reading Corona and Culture

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Toxic Club Culture

Sela Musa | Features Editor   How making sure you aren’t a killjoy seems to be in the small print of joining university sports clubs. Toxic club culture (TCC) refers to one of the many subcultures created by clubs – mainly sports clubs – that alienates certain people in and out of them. There’s disagreement on what makes a culture ‘toxic’. For example, the drinking … Continue reading Toxic Club Culture

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Interview with “Young Minds are Precious” Founder Zeshan Iqbal

Interviewed by: Eliot K. Raman Jones | Sports Editor In cooperation with: Carlota Santos Movilla | News Editor Sela Musa | Features Editor    Zeshan Iqbal started “Young Minds Are Precious” on June 27th 2020. He graduated in 2020 and will be starting an MSc in Biological Sciences at Royal Holloway in September.   Good morning Zeshan. So, what is “Young Minds are Precious”? Zeshan … Continue reading Interview with “Young Minds are Precious” Founder Zeshan Iqbal

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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?”

Disability History Month: Invisible Illnesses

Student Writer | Chris Keane Any form of disability or long-term condition is debilitating, draining and difficult to navigate. Studies show that approximately 13.9 million people in the UK are disabled. Why does this number seem surprisingly high? Because a vast number of these disabilities are classed as invisible, with no visible signs for the naked eye to pick up on. Invisible illnesses are problematic … Continue reading Disability History Month: Invisible Illnesses

Top 50 UK University Student Halls: Where does RHUL rank?

Editor | Svilena Iotkovska This year, 23,340 students in the UK reviewed their university student halls, taking the following factors into consideration: Value for Money Location Hall Management Cleaning Social Spaces Social Experience Wifi Quality  Apollo Court, Liverpool has ranked first place on the Top 50 list, taking the title of ‘the nation’s favourite Student Accommodation’. Amongst the top 50, Royal Holloway’s Gowar and Wedderburn … Continue reading Top 50 UK University Student Halls: Where does RHUL rank?

NSMS 2019: ‘More students than ever before are struggling to make ends meet’

Editor | Svilena Iotkovska This year’s National Student Money Survey (NSMS) results have revealed a 4.8% increase in student spending from 2018 as the average cost of living was found to be £807 per month. 3,385 students have taken part in the 2019 NSMS and the statistics following the survey have shown that 79% of students say they worry about making ends meet. The financial … Continue reading NSMS 2019: ‘More students than ever before are struggling to make ends meet’

NOT IN CINEMAS

Film Editor | Graciela Mae Chico Our Not in Cinemassection is back, this time with reviews of more Netflix originals: The Silence, Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé, Annihilation and productions by Ricky Gervais. As we enter a new film festival season, with Cannes opening its shores to a new wave of films this May, streaming juggernaut Netflix is pulling out more tricks from its sleeve … Continue reading NOT IN CINEMAS

BFI FLARE: The UK’s Leading LGBTQ+ Film Festival at 33

Film Editor | Graciela Mae Chico Last March saw another successful year of the BFI Flare Film Festival, the UK’s leading LGBTQ+ film festival. The 33rd edition of Flare was opened by Chanya Button’s highly anticipated Vita & Virginia and closed by the European premiere of Justin Kelly’s JT LeRoy. Over the eleven-day festival, the BFI also programmed insightful talks such as Lethal Lesbians andTrans … Continue reading BFI FLARE: The UK’s Leading LGBTQ+ Film Festival at 33