Author: Alice van den Bosch

Review of ‘The Girl Who Wouldn’t Die’ by Marnie Riches

A good book transports you to another world, however strange or even familiar that world might be. An even better book lets you into the hearts of the characters and, especially if they seem alien or even unlikeable, keeps you invested in them. Such were some of the thoughts I had while reading Marnie Riches’ new thriller, ‘The Girl Who Wouldn’t Die’. The main protagonist, George McKenzie, makes a compelling and believable heroine, a student in political and social sciences at Cambridge who, while on an Erasmus year in Amsterdam, is still stalked by shadows from her youth in...

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Voting Turnout…SO what?

Further (and belated) congratulations are in order for the new/old team of Student Officers as they face the year ahead. However, just as fascinating about this year’s election is the vastly increased number of students who voted. The final turnout stood at 18% with 4017 votes cast, an increase of more than 50% from last year’s 2660 votes. Most striking has been the high number of medical students voting. Doubtless there is a whole range of factors and explanations—not least, as I know in one case, voting so as to then be left in peace from the slew of emails during election week! Yet this does make fascinating study when one compares it with an apparently widespread feeling of being disconnected from the Guild in terms of every day life, not to mention the ever-present mutter of “what difference does it all make anyway?” The stereotype of the apathetic student is an unfair one, I think—one only has to think of the protests at the rise in student fees, for example—for students can and do care deeply about issues. It can be easy, in any representative democracy, whatever the scale, to feel that, however one votes, little will change or even that there is much to distinguish one candidate or party from another once the flashy slogans have all evaporated. In this way it could be viewed as encouraging that more and more students...

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Summary of Election Results

So (pun not intended)…whether or not you were able to attend Results’ Night last night, here’s a summary of where things stood at the end of each elimination stage. As each candidate was eliminated, their aggregated votes were allocated according to the voter’s second preference and so on. At the start of the night, with all the candidates ranked in order of their total number of ‘first preference’ votes, Harry Anderson had 671 votes, putting him comfortably ahead of Alex Ferguson’s 592. The first candidate to be eliminated was Isaac Lual. Stage 1 saw off three more candidates: Sadiq Haruna,...

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If Music be the Food of Love…National Youth Orchestra comes to the University of Liverpool

That tickets have been going fast for this occasion should come as no surprise as for the next week the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain (NYO) will perform in the brand new venues provided in the Guild. Not only this, but the Department of Music will be holding various workshops based around pieces that the orchestra will be performing. When the BBC filmed, for the first time last year, the Young Musician of the Year Awards I can recall being absolutely blown away by the range of talent and ingenuity. Part of the NYO’s outreach programme is ‘Inspire’,...

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A Book is not just for Christmas

When one is entangled in the monotony of the post-Christmas revision period, any book becomes instantly more fascinating than Reading Greek: Grammar and Exercises! Nevertheless, there are two very different, books that I want to heavily recommend: Moriarty, by best-selling author Anthony Horowitz, and a lesser-known gem of a classic, Stoner, by John Williams. As is often the way – at least in my household! – neither book was primarily given to me but each did the rounds and was eagerly devoured in turn. Perhaps as a consolation to those feeling the absence of the popular BBC series Sherlock (not until next Christmas guys!),...

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