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Black History Month: A Reflection

By Hajera Begum on Fri, 31/10/2014 - 08:00

Today marks the end of October, and therefore the end of Black History Month. In this article I reflect on Black History Month as a whole, more specifically at UCLU and also what my plans are moving forward. And what better way to articulate this than by using our running theme: past, present, future.

Past

This month, to me, was a starting point for the whole year; a way of starting discussions we should be having all year by highlighting the void in the other eleven months.

When planning for Black History Month I wanted to:

Update.

By Lukmaan Kolia on Thu, 30/10/2014 - 17:35

Fellow students

This has been long time coming, and I apologise for my tardiness. But here’s an update on what’s been happening so far (the interesting bits atleast):

Faculty StARs!

BHM Series - 29th October 1924 - Dixie to Broadway opens on Broadway

Wed, 29/10/2014 - 11:47

On October 29th 1924, Dixie to Broadway, a new musical revue opened at the Broadhurst Theatre on Broadway. The shows opening was the first time an all black cast had performed on Broadway and would make a star of the leading lady Florence Mills.

Originally produced in the UK under the name Dover to Dixie, the show had included a mixture of white American and British performers as well as African Americans. When it transferred to Broadway, it’s white producers decided to capitalise on the trend for black musicals by getting rid of all the white performers.

Tonight - Stand up Comedy in Mully's - just £3!

Tue, 28/10/2014 - 10:27

£3 is AMAZING value for professional stand up comedy anywhere in the country, let alone London and that’s exactly what we have here at UCLU with our very own Ministry of Comedy. A UCLU institution for over 10 years if you haven’t caught one of these hilarious nights then now is your chance. With different professional comedians every time tonight (28th October) is the turn of Stuart Goldsmith, John Hastings & more. Buy your tickets here 

BHM Series - 26th October 1982 - Nicola Adams is born

Mon, 27/10/2014 - 09:51

Born in Leeds on the 26th October 1982, Nicola Adams became a British sporting legend in 2012 when she became the first female boxer ever to win an Olympic gold medal.

 

Adams first entered the ring at the age of 12, when her mother took her and her brother to the gym while she attended an aerobics class. There was an after school boxing class going on with kids from her school there, so Nicola gave it a go. Being the only girl in the class didn’t put her off and she was soon sparring with, and beating, the boys in the class.

 

25th October - International Artists' Day

Sat, 25/10/2014 - 00:00

‘Who run the world?’  Beyonće

 

So festival season is well and truly over for another year. This year at T in the Park, I decided to challenge my friend to see how many BME punters she could find, and after walking back to our campsite from the main stage- passing what must have been 2,000 people- she has spotted 14, while I won having spotted 16. Of course there were no real winners here, and to answer Beyonće’s question above - white people do.

First Term Campaigns

By Omar Raii on Fri, 24/10/2014 - 23:00

Hello all!

This first term at UCL has been hectic for many reasons, whether it be the numerous clubs and societies events taking place, or the increasing number of lectures being planned on Wednesday afternoons. But there is a lot more exciting stuff planned for this term focused around issues that are important to students.

IWGB workshops

PGT and PGR Funding and Welfare... and why Free education is important.

By Mariana Ceccotti on Fri, 24/10/2014 - 16:13

Under the current political climate in the UK, it is safe to state that the student loan system is crumbling. With the recent course fees having been increased to £9,000 at an undergraduate level, the government is failing to collect enough funds necessary to offer loans to all the new students. Moreover, loan re payments are also becoming less likely to occur, as graduate job prospects are at an appalling level. Even if students do manage to get work, it is likely that they will have to live with debt from their studies for most of their working life.

BHM Series - 24th October - Ismay Chughtai

Fri, 24/10/2014 - 09:24

‘In the depth of winter whenever I snuggle into my quilt, its shadow on the wall seems to sway like an elephant. My mind begins a mad race into the dark crevasses of the past; memories come flooding in.

Begging your pardon, I am not about to relate a romantic incident surrounding my own quilt, I do not believe there is much romance associated with it. The blanket, though considerably less comfortable is preferable because it does not cast such terrifying shadows, quivering on the wall.’ (Translated by Syeda Hameed and Tahira Naqvir)

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