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The Cheese GraterTHE OTHER MAGAZINE OF UCL UNION
Welcome IssueSeptember 2012 [email protected]
STRANGER DANGERHow to avoid being preyed upon
COVERING ALL THE ENGELSHow radical is your union?
GUNGE PLUNGENick Clegg goes on Get Your Own Back
KISS MY A TO ZA Travel Guide to London
BITCHY TIT-BITSDigging the dirt on clubs & societies
ESTATE OF EMERGENCYNewham residents continue to oppose new UCL campus
Anna GrowlerThe problem with free shit is that although it is free, which is good, it is also shit, which is shit. If youre not careful youll end up with useless tat like poorly weighted mini frisbees and mouse mats. Who needs a mouse mat? By employing strategy you can get more than your fair share of actually useful things, like food.
The key is to seem susceptible to prey-ing societies. Christian Society giving out free biscuits? Sidle up to their stand and sob quietly: My life is so directionless since the accident perhaps the healing power of Christ could save me? At this point wink suggestively and, as they try
and help you, grab the custard crmes.Dominos giving out free pizza? Stride
over and announce: My life is so direc-tionless since the accident perhaps the healing power of pizza could save me? Wink suggestively and cram a slice in your mouth.
Hare Krishnas giving out free curry? Waddle towards them, full of biscuits and pizza, and shout: My, what lovely curry! Perhaps Ill have a little and donate some money later. Wink suggestively, slurp a bowlful and then please give them 2 as they really do deserve it. They gave my life direction after the accident. And a free mouse mat.
HAVE SOME MORE
FREE SHITFREE MOUSE MAT!
Also available: Free Nelson Mandela mouse mats 2
LIKE WHAT YOU SEE? KNOW ANY GOOD JOKES? THINK THIS IS SHIT? The Cheese Grater is looking for writers and cartoonists. Meet outside the Print Room Caf at 8pm on Tuesday 2nd October for our welcome meeting.
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Society BitchFancy yourself as a dab hand at tennis? Well, be prepared to re-ceive threatening
emails from the Tennis Soc President. Last years President, Mark Scotty Tyley, sent out an email from the society account accusing an unknown member of being scum, sub-human scum for stealing 50 euros from him at a party. He went on to change his mind at the end of the email saying he would completely forgive the person in question if they returned the stolen money.
Congratulations to Pi Newspapers Sam Johnson for being shortlisted for columnist of the year at the Guardian Student Media Awards. This is a surprise nomination, since Johnson was forced by his colleagues to resign as editor last December after making transphobic comments in his column Pi Diary. Presumably he nominated himself given the outright hostility shown to him by his previous Pi comrades.
Rumours abound that Pi Media is to lose its office in the Bloomsbury building. Malika Giles, editor of Pi Magazine, commented on the rumours: But where will we put all of our iMacs?
Contributors: John Bell, James Donaldson-Briggs, Eddy Hare, Beatrice Kelly, George Potts, Will Rowland, David Simpson, Oscar Webb and Hana White.
Oscar WebbAt a packed meeting in Stratford on 24th September local residents aired their anger towards UCL at the pro-spective home demolitions in the name of regeneration. The plans arent new; UCL announced its intention to ex-plore building a new campus over the top of the Carpenters housing estate, population 1000, back in November 2011. Resident Mary Finch said to UCLs Vice-Provost (Operations) Rex Knight: I will fight you which was fol-lowed by rapturous applause. Overall, the message was clear: residents in the meeting rejected UCLs plans.
Asked if he understood the mood of the meeting, Andrew Grainger, Direc-tor of UCL Estates, said he did but said that residents would have to be consulted in various ways. Grainger added: I un-derstand that the residents on site are not interested but change is gonna happen. It appears UCL senior management will continue consultation until they get the answer theyre looking for. UCLs plan will be submitted to Newham council on 25th October for the Mayors scrutiny. Campaign group Carpenters Against Re-generation Plans (CARP) plan to launch a publicity campaign against UCL in hope of frightening the college off.
Left Lenin unionUCL Union the place with Phineas in it is this year the most left wing its been in ages. All six sabbatical officers the full- time elected officers on 25k a year are all, broadly, left-wingers; at least one iden-tifies as being an anarchist. The UCL Left gained a landslide victory back in March elections, which saw a record turnout. The unprecedented swing to the left meant that the two sabb candidates backed by Tory soc, Ava Lloyd and David Brucey Morris were, as Trotsky would say, thrown onto the gar-bage heap of history.
Quit Stalin and get to the pointBut what does this matter to ordinary students? Well for a start, UCLU hasnt been this politicised in years. The sabbs are openly talking about liberation, march-es and strikes; words only whispered in previous years for fear of upsetting the view that students unions shouldnt be about politics a line still held by Tory society President Matthew Corner who has said the union should step away from politics. But whether the Tories pretend
to dislike it or not, politics is back on cam-pus. Keep your eyes peeled this year for mini-Trotskys and junior Tha- tchers running around campus, clash-ing on UCL Question Time and lamely trolling each other on Twitter. Ha- ving hardly any influence whatsoever in UCLUs elected bodies, Tory tactics this year will likely centre around Members Meetings and referenda; a suggestion no- dded to by Corner. Referenda worked for the right last year when their Yes Provost campaign came out top in preventing a Union no-confidence of Malcolm Grant.
On your Marx, get set, go!The sabbs have promised us the heavens this year. Manifesto pledges include cheaper food in union outlets, new sports training grounds, the London Living Wage as well as all of the platitudes you could possibly wish for: more democracy, participation, engagement, etc. But what, apart from these public promises, has this left wing union got planned? 10,000 is to be spent on student demos in October and Novem-ber, with some of the funds possibly go-ing to a solidarity bus to shuttle students from poorer Higher Education colleges
in the north down south for the march. The UCLU constitution is up for a rejig. Proposals see more members on Council, more power for liberation campaigns and voting taken away from external trustees. The Union has reserves of over 5m and last year saw a profit of over 300,000. In general, the sabbs are looking to spend spend spend, so be prepared for plenty of grandiose schemes. One thing is for certain: there will be mistakes and incompetence, of which well keep you well aware.
Carpenters Residents Meeting Rejects UCLs Campus Plans
Is UCLU Run By Communists?
THE INVESTIGATIVE SECTION
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J D Becchio London is a dangerous place. Vulnerable students should be wary of the opportu- nistic predators that stalk this citys streets. Letting your guard down, even for a second, could have terrible consequences. Take the following situation
Youve been for a night out at The Roxy. Alcohol, weariness and poor taste in music have dulled your senses. Instead of waiting for your friends you decide to walk home alone through the gloomy streets of Soho.
Fool. Predators love isolated individu-als to target in the night. An innocent loo- king man steps out in front of you, asking for a cigarette. Not realising the intense danger you are in, you reach for your pack of Marl-boros. That is when the predator makes his move. From the shadows leaps an enormous Sumatran tiger. King of the jungle, this apex predator is pure feline killing machine. You can only watch as the innocent looking man is torn apart before your very eyes. Terrified, you flee down the nearest side street.
Fool. Predators love dark side streets in which to ambush their prey. You turn the corner to find yourself face to face with a huge grizzly bear. Seven feet tall, this fero-cious predator is capable of devouring any Russell Group university student in a ma- tter of minutes. The bear lunges at you but fuelled on adrenaline you somehow manage to escape, fleeing to the safety of your room in halls. Except In your state of blind anae-mic panic you forgot to lock the front door behind you.
Fool. Predators love unlocked doors. Too late you realise your mistake, for there in your entrance hallway sits a giant killer whale. Lord of the oceans, this immense predator is six tonnes of carnivorous blubber. Mad with bloodlust, the marine monster thrashes its way towards you with lightning speed. Before you can react the beast is upon you, pinning you to the ground. It throws back its streamlined jaws to let out a squeakily sinister whale-song of victory, before gorging itself on your tender flesh.
Now, some of you might be thinking the above scenario is outlandish or unrealistic. But try telling yourself that when youve been eaten by a pack of kraken. You cant because youll be dead. Life in London is short but through great vigilance you may be able to buy yourself a few more precious moments of life.
Why not spend them down at the Ri- chard Mully Basement Bar, Gower Street? Two for one on Carlsberg every Tuesday after 6pm! Bargain! (Excludes Export.)
The Perils of London LivingWords of warning for new and returning students
David SidepurseI grew up in the tiny village of Chudd, Gloucestershire and when I arrived in Lon-don as a fresher two years ago I was over-whelmed by the sheer amount of possible sights to see. I was so overwhelmed that I resolved to see nothing and keep my eyes firmly closed. This turned out to be as im-practical as it was unsettling to others and I decided instead that I would see every-thing. Let me share the great places I have discovered.
CloseCentral London, easily reachable from UCL by paying a little man with a rickshaw to cycle you there, is where most mainstream attractions can be found. Firstly, youve got your galle-ries: the Royal Academy (paintings),
National Portrait Gallery (pain- tings of heads) and Madame Tussauds (sculpture). Youve also got your museums: the jolly Science Muse-um has creepy crawlies and lasers, the disappointing British Museum just has a general array of bits and bobs and the excellent London Sea Life makes a feature of its fish. Ive spent many a Sunday in Sea Life enigmatically stroking the rays whilst reading Goethe pointedly, but no-one has asked me out yet. Not even the lady who mucks out the tank.
Further awayYouve got to go east in order to find the groovy, happening heart of London. Yes, I refer to an area inhabited by media agen-cies and the cutting edge of young british artists: Beckton. Easily reachable from
UCL by taking the Victoria line from Euston to Green Park, then the Jubilee line to Canning Town, then the DLR to Beckton Station, Beckton is an area pervaded by the East London sense of knowing self- mockery. It has a pop-up Tesco Express, an undoubtedly City-backed Mr Burger Mr Pizza Kebab and an ironically oppressive sewage treatment works. The plant symbolically works as a big piss off to the entrenched values of middle class West London and functionally works to convert human waste into disposable effluent.
Too far awayAlton Towers, Des Moines, Valencia, Balmoral, Bermuda, Cork, Djibouti, most B & Qs, Winnipeg and Chad are not easily reachable from UCL. Theyre too far away. Dont bother.
See London; See LifeThe man who is tired of London needs a good nap, says David Sidepurse
Predators are everywhere
UCL UNION CHEESE GRATER MAGAZINE SOCIETYPresident and EditorWill Rowland [email protected] EditorOscar Webb [email protected] EditorJames Donaldson-Briggs [email protected] UCL Union, 25 Gordon Street, London WC1H 0AY. The views expressed herein are not necessarily those of UCL Union or the editor.
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Gravel NedvedNot content with his initial apology, Nick Clegg has attempted to further rebuild his credibility by appearing on CBBC show Get Your Own Back. At the press confer-ence before the show, Clegg explained his decision alongside presenter Dave Benson Phillips. Following the runaway success of my apology statement, which prob-ably moved millions to tears, I was trying to think up further ways to get my mes-sage across to the younger generation. Thats when I twigged that the charming man I often saw resting outside my local reclamation yard was none other than Dave [Benson Phillips]! When I approached him he suggested I use his old show to reach the young electorate. I agreed immediately.
Benson Phillips, sporting a deep purple Hawaiian shirt featuring six dolphins and
a semi-covered lady, gave his perspective on Cleggs appearance. In the context of the contemporary political spectrum, Cleggs decision is a powerful statement, a profound image of a man throwing him-self into a pool in order to metaphorically come out clean. Its the kind of catharsis that Get Your Own Back always aspired to achieve. Phillips also mentioned that he was available for childrens birthday parties, local radio shows, club nights anything, really. Ive been between pro-jects since the BBC pulled out of my period drama The Gunge-back of Notre Dame. Originally they had promised me a pilot episode, but later said they shouldnt have made a promise they werent absolutely sure that they could keep. I just wish theyd apologised for leaving me on the hook with a new Fiat Multipla bought on instalments.
During the show Clegg apologised di-rectly to camera as he was slowly cranked above the gunge pool by a sweating Ben-son Phillips. His apology was cut short, however, by the snapping of a mouldy piece of twine that had held the rusty gunge-seat together. Clegg was prema-turely plunged into the gunge, his desper-ate screams of Im sorry! drowned out by the viscous goo that spilled into his mouth. Benson Phillips, vowing never to rely on twine again, pencil-dived into the gunge pool, knocking Clegg unconscious. Im sorry said Benson Phillips, Im just glad I didnt have enough money to put any film in the cameras.
Nick and Dave Offer Joint Apology
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