Author: Alice Sholl

Voting for Guild Elections now open

Voting open on University site and online Campaigners busy on campus Voting is now open for the Student Officer Elections 2014, and the University of Liverpool campus is busy with candidates looking to get your vote. This week’s votes decide upon who will become Student Representative Officers, Student Trustees and NUS Conference Delegates. This time voters have only five days to take their pick, while last year the voting period was ten. The campaigners and their supporters are scattered over campus, giving out their flyers, information on their manifestos, and conversation to students. They are keeping busiest around the Sydney Jones Library and the Harold Cohen, and few areas around campus aren’t being involved. Candidates are giving shout outs in lectures all week, so students should expect to hear from them every day. Polling stations are now open in the Central Teaching Hub, the Harold Cohen and the Sydney Jones if you would like to vote on campus, though all LGoS members can currently vote online. Each representative’s manifestos are available on the Elections website for an easy overview. The positions and the candidates: Student Representative Officers There are four Student Representative Officer positions; President, Deputy President, and two Vice Presidents. These officers work full time with the Guild to ensure that Guild policy is in the best interests of all varieties of students. These are currently held by Sam Butler (President), James...

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Johnny Panic & the Fever: Sleep the Sleep of Fever EP – review

Johnny Panic & the Fever are back. Or rather, they’re kind of here for the first time, but you don’t sense that this is their first EP: Sleep the Sleep of Fever. It’s been almost a year since we last met them just before the release of their first single, and they’ve been comfortably strolling through Liverpool’s venues since. Entering with more instrumental genres than you think can fit on a stage, it’s far from overcrowded on their new record. Want some violin that will sooth your speakers, or something that’ll get you a bit twitchy? In five songs they offer you both – sometimes at the same time – without overloading your senses. The EP opens with a sweeping violin prelude. Interesting choice, it certainly stands out and holds you for the right amount of time. In C Sharp major, it certainly builds a sense of anticipation as well as just being a lovely sound. It’s quite clear what this is, it doesn’t really need description – don’t skip it, though. In the moment as it finishes the record begs for the speed to appear, which is delivered by ‘Dark of Night’ – with a jittery beat, the violin still following, operatics holding it up the way through. It verges on a little Balkan. ‘Car on Fire’ brings the tempo down a little after this – the first part is...

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UoL staff strike for third time

Staff and students join picket lines placed in universities across country “The three unions have acted in solidarity and we will always act in solidarity.” – Unite The staff of the University of Liverpool went on strike today, joined by students and groups supporting their action against pay cuts. The protest was one of many carried out by universities across the country, and the third since October last year in response to the 13% pay cut in real terms to university staff in the past four years. From the early morning, strikers occupied picket lines at entrances to campus and main University buildings, particularly the area surrounding the Sydney Jones Library. Staff and supporters also travelled around campus with placards and whistles throughout the day. Strikers gathered at University Square at 12pm to deliver speeches before continuing in a march towards the city centre. Representatives of UCU, Unite and Unison and RMT spoke to the crowd, as well as a University of Liverpool student. Members of Liverpool Hope University and the Merseyside Pensioners Association and other organisations were also present. A representative of UCU said: “We are united against all their actions, and they need to see the strength of our unions. If we win our pay, we can win anything.” He communicated the concern that “lots of students don’t understand” the motives of the strike and gave thanks...

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Liverpool to launch mental health campaign ‘Time to Talk’

A new city-wide mental health campaign will begin across Liverpool this Thursday 6 February. The campaign, ‘Time to Talk Liverpool’, aims to raise awareness of mental health issues and improve people’s well-being across Merseyside. Information stands, live performances and readings will take place in spaces across the city during the day. Liverpool’s Time to Change Network, which comprises of health and counselling organisations within the city, will be hosting the events. ‘Time to Talk Liverpool’ encourages the open discussion of mental health, and for people of Liverpool to feel more comfortable to have conversations about mental well-being with family, friends and work colleagues. The launch on Thursday is part of ‘Time to Talk Day’ which will take place across the country, organised by UK Mental health charities such as Time to Change, Rethink Mental Illness and Mind. The national ‘Time to Change’ campaign target is to “spark one million conversations” about mental health issues. The Bluecoat on School lane will host events between 12 – 4pm with performances on the hour, Paradise Street and Church Street 11 – 4pm with performances at 12.30 and 1.30pm, and Liverpool Central Library will be open between 11 – 4pm with a performance at 3.30pm. CHATS will also host a mental health and well-being event at Frontline Church on Lawrence Road in Wavertree between 10– 3pm, offering holistic therapies, de- stress tips, book readings, refreshments and...

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Local charities launch Christmas toy appeal

“We know this is really making a difference.” – Liverpool Lions A toy appeal has been launched by local charities to help disadvantaged children this Christmas. Liverpool ECHO’s charity fund Liverpool Unites, and Radio City’s Cash for Kids launched the appeal last Monday, which aims to make sure that underprivileged children across Merseyside still have a gift to open on Christmas day. The charities have teamed up with local Greggs bakers, Lions clubs and BBC Radio Merseyside to collect toys from the public for children that might not celebrate Christmas with gifts of their own. Last year the appeal saw over 10,000 donations. Everyone is encouraged to donate. The public can drop off toys in all participating Greggs stores, and receive a free mince pie or sausage roll as thanks for their generosity. These include most stores in the centre of town, such as the Bold Street and St John’s branches. Toys are welcome of all kinds and for all ages, including teenagers up to 17. These are collected and sorted by Lions cubs, who then gift them to children’s homes, social services, special schools and refuges. Claudia Tanner, Liverpool Unites fundraising manager, said: “We’re really pleased to be involved the Christmas toy appeal again this year. “I know so many of us hardly feel flush these days but some children have nothing. “Please buy one extra gift this...

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