St. John’s College Cambridge Win University Challenge: The Best Reactions

St. John’s College, Cambridge University, have been crowned as Champions of University Challenge. The team triumphed over Oxford University’s Merton College. The final swung back and forth, eventually ending in a St. John’s victory with a scoreline of 145 versus 100. Merton took the early lead, but St. John’s ultimately triumphed. The official Twitter account of St. John’s College was delighted with the victory – with this St. John’s first ever victory in University Challenge.

 

The team consisted of Captain James Devine-Stoneman, Rosie McKeown, Matt Hazell and John-Clark Levin. Following their victory, they also achieved the distinction of being congratulated by host Jeremy Paxman. The quartet hoisted the trophy aloft at the end of the show. Twitter responded with a deluge of Tweets regarding the final, and we have picked out some of the best.

 

Early Days….

 

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An Emotional Day…

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We can all relate…

We all have looked like this from time to time…

 

Moving to Football….

 

 

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‘Hold my Beer’…

Many were impressed by the performance of Rosie McKeown.

 

More praise for McKeown…

 

An Impressive PhD!

Many were impressed by St. John’s captain Stoneman-Devine’s qualification…

 

From the Captain Himself….

 

A Great Team!

 

Well Played Merton…

A great performance from Merton College, Oxford…

 


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‘Vile’ Antisemitic Posters Found at Bournemouth University

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‘Vile’ antisemitic posters have been found on the University campus of Bournemouth University. The posters, which appeared as stickers, were found on toilet cubicle doors in Poole House, which is on Bournemouth University’s Talbot Campus. The University has subsequently been urged to launch an investigation into the posters, which can be seen below, via the Twitter account of the Pinkser Centre. The posters have been a source of disgust and distress for many on the campus. Read on for the full story.

 

 

As seen above, the posters feature a range of images. One depicts the Star of David placed atop the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 – commonly known as 9/11. The posters appear to be linked to Nazi-style conspiracy theories, and is clearly an attempt to provoke the Jewish community at the institution. What is very worrying is that these posters hardly seem to be the work of a quick ten-minute Paint creation. Instead, they look as if they have been specifically designed over time.

 

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The President of the Jewish Society at Bournemouth University – Joseph Serfaty, suggested the aim of the posters was to ‘intimidate and antagonise’ Jewish students. Serfaty, upon seeing the posters, reported the antisemitic incident. Serfaty has called on the University to investigate the posters, while other organisations such as the Students’ Union of Bournemouth University and the charity Community Security Trust have been notified of the incident. The charity aim to protect Jewish students in the United Kingdom.

 

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Commenting, Serfaty suggested the posters were ‘expressing the view that Jewish people are controlling all the atrocious things that go on in the world’. He also suggested these incidents were far from rare, using the detailed protocol that is in place for these events as evidence that these incidents happen regularly. The President of Bournemouth’s Students’ Union will meet Serfaty this week, and condemned the ‘disgusting stickers’, before reiterating that the Union will continue to ‘fight against antisemitism’.

 

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The stickers were swiftly taken down, and it appears that the University will soon be launching an investigation into the event. This was clearly an antisemitic event that had the potential to cause distress for Jewish students at the University.

 

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Weekly Bulletin: Mon 23 Apr 2018

Welcome to the Weekly Bulletin of News for Monday 23rd April 2018. Here is a brief summary of the news emanating from the world in the past week.

 

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  • The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, has given birth to a baby boy. This is Prince William and Kate’s third child together. The boy, who weighs 8lb and 7oz, is the fifth in line to the throne of the United Kingdom. Supporters of the Royal family have been camped outside the St. Mary’s Hospital in London.

 

World

  • In Cuba, Miguel Diaz-Canel has succeeded Raul Castro as President. This ends a long era of Castro control in Cuba.
  • The Commonwealth Games 2018 have drawn to a close. They were being held in Australia.
  • Protests have been taking place across the Eastern-European nation of Armenia against the Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan. Sargsyan is subsequently resigned.

 

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Business

  • There has been some concern regarding business Capita, who have been struggling in recent times. Following the collapse of Carillion a few months ago, –  there have been fears that Capita could follow their decline.

 

Politics

  • The UK will leave the Customs Union of Europe after Brexit, it has been announced.
  • Talks over Brexit continue.

 

Technology

  • Martin Lewis – the founder of MoneySavingExpert – has announced he will be seeking damages after Facebook failed to address concerns over fake adverts on the site, which featured Lewis against his wishes.

 

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What Happened to MySpace?

MySpace was at one point more popular than Google in the United States – the site offered a social network that was favoured by more over Facebook. MySpace offered its users the chance to create profiles, connect with friends, upload photos and more – with the site also featuring an underlying emphasis on music. Its rise led to an inevitable purchase at the hands of a media conglomerate, yet a decline would follow within years, as MySpace struggled to react as the clattering hooves of Facebook came roaring past. So what happened to MySpace and what went wrong? And what has happened to MySpace in the present day? Read on for more, this article is also this week’s Sunday Read.

 

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MySpace was once a popular social network

MySpace was created in 2003, as a result of employees at eUniverse seeing a gap in the market. Chris DeWolfe, Tom Anderson and Jon Hart founded the site with some help from programmers at eUniverse. eUniverse subsequently used its industry connections to raise awareness of MySpace, and mass interest soon followed. Friendster had previously been the most popular social network, but was unable to keep up with the rapid rise of MySpace. MySpace became one of the most popular websites on the internet, similar to how Facebook dominates the market in the contemporary era.

 

Given the success of MySpace, it didn’t take long for large conglomerates to show an interest in purchasing the site. News Corporation – owned by media magnate Rupert Murdoch – purchased MySpace (as well as its parent company eUniverse) for $580m in 2006. News Corporation staved off competition from Viacom to secure the purchase. Viacon owner Sumner Redstone consequently fired the CEO of Viacom due to its loss, which was branded as ’embarassing’. Initially, MySpace fared well under News Corporation’s ownership.

 

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Such was the meteoric rise of MySpace was that at one point in 2006 it overtook Google as the most visited site in the US – something that is near unthinkable. 100,000,000 users existed by 2007, and the site seemed to be going from strength-to-strength. Yet the rise of Facebook soon paved the way for a marked decline. While Facebook continuously improved and innovated, MySpace were largely stagnant. They also attracted criticism for what was perceived as a lax security system, further prompting users to ditch MySpace for Facebook.

 

Around this time, several more questionable decisions were made by MySpace. The site included more advertising on its platform – deemed by many to be excessive and ultimately inadvertently compromising the user experience. The business started opening new offices, which would later be seen as a questionable decision. Advertisers dropped their interest in the site due to falling traffic, and the workforce of MySpace was trimmed significantly. MySpace attempted to claw market share back by undergoing several redesigns, but these ultimately proved unpopular with users.

 

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MySpace eventually admitted defeat in their bid to compete with Facebook and moved into social entertainment, as opposed to social networking. Yet by 2011, the site was up for sale. A few months later, Specific Media and Justin Timberlake purchased MySpace for $35m – an enormous drop on the $580m that News Corporation had paid originally. The new owners were unable to restore the site to its previous glory. It was purchased in 2016 was TimeInc, who continue to own the business to this day.

 

MySpace was a big part of many people’s teenage years, and is viewed with nostalgia by many. It was once what Facebook is now. Music was also a huge part of MySpace, and several artists like Lily Allen and the Arctic Monkeys were discovered on the platform. MySpace is viewed very positively by most – who have good memories of using the site. Unfortunately for fans of the site, traffic levels dropped as users emigrated mainly to Facebook, as well as other social networks like Twitter and Google+.

 

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MySpace couldn’t cope with the popularity of Facebook

 


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MySpace.com still exists to this day, and continues to be a social entertainment site. TimeInc have seemingly steadied the ship, and the site has a strong readership with a strong revenue model. It is unlikely that it will ever, ever return to its previous glory, but the site does still function. We have written in the past regarding how Bebo struggled to innovate and compete with Facebook, and the same can be said about MySpace – that proved to be another victim of Facebook’s rise.

 

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UniEel Experiencing: Finland

Finland is a country located in Europe. The nation is known for its picturesque landscape, the Northern Lights and its interesting history. Finland shares borders with Sweden, Norway and Russia. Finland forms part of Scandinavia. Finland has a largely cold climate – given its Northern-Europe position. as evidenced by its alpine terrain! The population of the nation is approximately 5,500,000. There is a lot to see and do in the country. Overall, Finland is a nation well worth visiting, helping to form this edition of UniEel Experiencing’.

 

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Nation: Finland
Continent: Europe
Capital: Helsinki
Land Mass: 130,000 square miles
Population: 5,500,000
Religion: Lutheranism Christianity
Language: Finnish
Currency: Euro

 

Finland has an interesting history. There are traces of human in-habitation in Finland that date back over 100,000 years ago. The early centuries in Finland would be marred by violence with other nations in Northern Europe. During the Protestant Reformation in around the 16th Century, Finland adopted Lutheranism – a sector of Christianity. Severe famine would plague the nation, before an actual plague led to around a third of the Finnish population dying. Wars between Sweden and Russia would affect Finland, with Finland eventually falling under Russian control, and forming part of the Russian Empire. A destructive famine would happen again. Civil War broke out in the 1900s, which culminated in independence. Following the Second World War, Finland was able to strengthen ties with both the Soviet Union and Western superpowers. In recent years, Finland has enjoyed economic growth, stability, and joined the European Union in 1995.

 

Things to Do and See:

Finland is full of interesting sights and things to see! There are a range of National Parks in Finland. Some of the most well-known are the Koli National Park, Repovesi National Park and Pyha-Luosto National Park. The capital Helsinki also offers some incredible sights. One of Finland’s most popular tourist sites is the UNESCO World Heritage Site Suomenlinna. Located on the outskirts of Helsinki, Suomenlinna is a stunning site full of museums and military facilities. The Market Square in Helsinki is another popular location. There are also several museums in Finland such as the National Museum of Finland. A popular recreational location Linnanmaki is available to visit, it is a popular amusement park that also features some amazing views. There are some coastal areas which are very popular in Finland. Finland is also well-renowned for how the iconic Northern Lights are visible from the nation. People flock from all over the world to gain a view of the Lights. It is worth researching beforehand to know where and when to see the Lights.

 

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Finland is a nation well worth visiting. As shown in this article, Finland certainly is an interesting country that offers a lot to its visitors. This short guide should provide you with key information regarding Finland, complete with ideas of things to do. Look out for more countries being analysed in our ‘Experiencing’ series. For more information on Finland, consult the UK’s Travel Advice for Finland at this link. Happy travelling!

 

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Mental Health Statistics for Brunel University

Statistics regarding the mental health of students at Brunel University have been released – with the results showing that almost 2,000 students accessed counselling in a recent academic year. While this number is worrying, it does give the impression that the stigma around mental health is disappearing – which is at least one positive. The budget for mental health services has also risen considerably at the University in response to the marked increase in demand for counselling. Read on for further information and statistics.

 

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Concerns over mental health problems continue to rise

 

The University released the information used in this article through a Freedom of Information request. In the 2015-16 academic year, 1,708 students sought counselling. With around 14,000 students at the University, this equates to around 13% of students at the University having sought counselling – a worrying amount. Unfortunately, the institution didn’t provide any more recent information. However, we can surmise the number has been rising, as just 1,151 students accessed the service in 2013-14.

 

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As mentioned earlier, the budget for mental health services at the University has risen significantly. In the 2013-14 academic year, it was set at £439,748.30. This rose to £465,196.200 for the 2015-16 academic year. Waiting times were on average 2.4 days in the 2013-14 academic year, and so far in the 2017-18 academic year, waiting times have been at an impressive 1.5 days. This is a much shorter wait than that of several other Universities in the United Kingdom – which is a positive result for Brunel.

 

The huge rise in demand seen here at Brunel University isn’t purely limited to the institution – with other Universities reporting similar statistics. These are difficult times to be a student – with uncertainty over the future, higher tuition fees than ever before and with the job market being at an unprecedented level of competitiveness. There is a pressure like never before on students to succeed – which can lead to these mental health problems developing or aggravating. These revelations give credence to the idea that a mental health crisis is developing.

 

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These revelations can however be seen in a positive light – such as that it appears the stigma around mental health is disappearing – leading to more people to request help. The only concern is that many students suffer in silence. Not every student suffering from ill health uses counselling services – which should be remembered when considering these statistics. Those in need are encouraged to actively seek help, there is certainly help out there for those who need help.

 

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These are certainly tough times to be a student. However it is encouraging to see that more people are coming forward with their mental health concerns – and that the stigma finally appears to be going away. While Universities all around the United Kingdom need to improve their current provisions for mental health, it appears that some positive steps have been taken in recent months in the battle against mental health problems. Hopefully this trend will continue. Remember you can contact the Samaritans on 116 123 – should you ever need.

 

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Why is Ainsley Harriott Appearing on Road Safety Signs in Bournemouth?!

Students waking up to see the iconic face of Ainsley Harriott appearing on road signs throughout the city of Bournemouth would be forgiven for thinking they were in some sort of strange dream. Yet this strange occurance has turned into a reality, with the Dorset city’s road signs being taken over by Ainsley Harriott – famous for his cooking shows, bizarre quotes, and over-exuberant facial expressions – all reasons that we love him. Read on for more, including the reason behind his appearance.

 

It turns out that the appearance of Ainsley Harriott on road safety signs isn’t to do with a dramatic new strategy from Dorset County Council, or Bournemouth University for that matter.

 

Instead, the work has been done by a prankster, who has added Ainsley’s face to several road safety signs. The safety signs have only recently been erected in a bid to urge drivers to keep a safe distance from cyclists.

 

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Harriott is well known for partaking and hosting a range of food shows, most famously Ready Steady Cook! The TV personality is a favourite among the British public.

 

 

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The fun won’t be lasting long, with Bournemouth Council set to take the face of Harriott off the signs, as great as they are.

 


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This is the latest strange happening for cyclists in the area, who just a few months ago complained that a new cycle lane led them to an inevitable collision with a lamp post. The fun never stops in Bournemouth.

 

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Zumba Instructors Tell All… From the Good to the Bad

Zumba is an activity that has been gaining in popularity in recent years. Many have benefited from this, and some Zumba instructors are able to make a full-time living out of the high-energy activity. And like any other job, the Zumba instructors have a wealth of both weird and wonderful experiences to talk about. Now, some Zumba instructors have taken to the popular confessions app Whisper to tell all regarding what goes on in their classes – the mix of events is startling! Read on for more!

 

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The Zumba activity has grown in popularity significantly in recent times

We start with the positives. A common theme was how rewarding people felt being a Zumba instructor was. One mentioned they liked to see the progress of their class participants. Another mentioned how they had lost 100 pounds in weight – an impressive feat – thanks to being an instructor. Others spoke about how happy they were to be doing something they love, with another saying their parents support was key in their decision to become an instructor. Saving the best until last – one person told how they could have copious amounts of pizza without guilt thanks to their fitness-oriented job!

 

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However, not everything is rosy in the life of a Zumba instructor. For all of the positives, there were several negatives. Weight issues were prevalent in the discussion. It appears that most people expect Zumba instructors to be thin, but some mentioned that they were overweight – and that some were surprised to see their body. Another felt they were burning out as a result of all of their teaching – just wanting to have one class where no one showed up – sounds like they need to take a night off!

 

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One confessor stated that she was sickened that men thought that she would do dirty stuff with them because she was a Zumba instructor – get with the times! Another noted how the job didn’t tend to pay the bills – as there was’t enough interest. It can be difficult when effort you put in doesn’t result in anything positive. Sweat of course is an issue for anyone working in this industry too – as was noted by a confessor! Finishing on a lighter note – one confessor stated she could no longer visit anyone else’s Zumba class – as it simply wouldn’t compare!

 

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So there we have it – multiple confessions that show what life as a Zumba instructor is really like. So if you ever take part in a Zumba class – remember this article! As we have seen, there are clearly good and bad elements of life for Zumba instructors. There are certainly some feel good-stories here, which hopefully, have just about outweighed the negatives! To see the full article, including additional confessions, click here.

 

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Every Stage of a Night Out at University

You are only at University once – but the chances are that you will enjoy more than one night out during your stay. Yet despite the numerous night’s out, they will all follow a similar pattern. In this article, we take a look at the fourteen stages of a night out at University – from the original plans to the regret the next day… we’ve got it covered! Read on for more!

1. The Build-Up

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While the general University week is full of boring lectures, seminars and team meetings, you can at least look forward to the night out. In the days approaching the night out, your WhatsApp group chat will be lighting up your phone non-stop, as the gang look forward to the night out.

 

 

2. Getting Ready

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While we could write an entire article on the stages of getting ready, we will keep this short. You sort your appearance out, put on your finest clothes, and generally make yourself presentable…

 

 

3. Pre-Drinks

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Next up is pre-drinks, where you and your friends meet up. The price of drinks in clubs mean that drinking before hand is a good idea. At pre-drinks, all the usual things take place – drinking games, plenty of obligatory pictures, and general fun.

 

 

4. The Arrival of the Taxi

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The fun of pre-drinks is cut short by a certain phone call, or, more commonly – a deafening horn from outside. Suddenly chaos ensues as everyone gets ready to go, trying to stay calm, before leaving in drips and drabs to make it into the taxi.

 

 

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5. Queing

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Once the taxi driver has bid you farewell, you join the queue to get into the club. This is arguably the worst part of the evening, as you put up with sub-zero temperatures, and the inevitable comments from the ‘lads’ who urge people to ‘just walk in’…

 

 

6. First Drink

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You do eventually get into the club. Next up on the agenda for the squad is getting a drink. Yet you see that the queuing continues once inside, and that it takes around twenty minutes to actually get your hands on the drink.

 

 

7. Dancing

Once the early admin is out the way, you can officially let your hair down. The squad hits the dancefloor, and before you know it, the night out is in full swing, with everyone enjoying themselves.

 

 

8. Shots

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Yet eventually the fun will be cut short, as someone decides it is time to do some shots. As you sink the tequila, you wonder just why…

 

 

9. Calling or Texting your Ex

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With the alcohol fully in your system, for some reason you decide it would be in your best interest to message your ex, or a potential love interest. It isn’t something that sober-you would ever do, but hey, why not – you only live once… so says drunk you.

 

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10. Time Vanishes

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Next up, the night seems to go past in a flurry. Perhaps you see other friends, get another drink, or hang out on the dancefloor again. Either way, the night seems to fly by, and soon enough, your time at the club will end.

 

 

11. Leaving the Club

Eventually the club will kill the music, and it is time to leave. You and your friends will have reunited, and stumble out of the club.

 

 

12. Food

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The journey home will always include a customary stop off for food. McDonald’s is always a place worth visiting, or there is always the dodgy store in an even dodgier street that offer a burger including some strange meat. Either way, food is bought.

 

 

13. The After Party

You eventually make your way back home, or back to a friend’s house. Here, for those who still have energy, the after party begins. The after party can include anything – from further drinks, to further eating, to deep and meaningful conversations.

 


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14. The Morning After…

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Finally, the night out will end, and later on that day you’ll wake up, in a state of distress, and wonder why you put your body through such a night. But still, within a few days, plans will be made for the next night out, and so this fun cycle begins again.

 

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