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  • Thu 26 Feb 2015 18:02

    Does the thought of cooking give you nightmares? 

    Do mealtimes often get your reaching for takeaway menus rather than recipe books? 

    A new BBC food campaign called Dish Up is aiming to get students having fun in the kitchen, cooking with simple recipes and learning easy techniques - and you can be in it!

    They’re looking for people to take part in the campaign who can share their own eating and cooking habits: how often you cook, how much you spend, what your favourite foods are. 

    This is for initial research at this stage, although some people will be filmed and may later become part of the campaign for TV (so you should be happy talking on camera).

    If you are interested in taking part, or know someone who is, email hannah.salt@bbc.co.uk with a few honest words on how you currently eat in an average week, where you live, and your contact details.

    Good luck!

  • Tue 24 Feb 2015 17:51

    The LSESU Mexican Society tell us about raising awareness about human rights abuses and next steps for Mexico, which will be discussed at their forthcoming event, Mexico Awakens, on Monday 2 March.

    At the beginning of 2014 the international press focused its attention in Mexico and its new President, Enrique Peña Nieto; they called him a “great statesman” and the “savior” of Mexico. The optimism from the international press came from wide range of reforms that his government passed through Congress during his first year in office: from Education to Energy. His presidency looked promising for the international community; in Mexico, the national press and the citizens were skeptical.


    On the 27th of September, 2014, the nation would tremble as they learned that 43 college students from Escuela Normal Rural Ayotzinapa, in the Mexican state of Guerrero, went missing during a raid by the police were 6 people were killed, and many others injured as they attempted to stop students from demonstrating in a political event held in the municipality of Iguala. Details would soon emerge that it was the Mayor who ordered the police to stop the students, who then handed them over to a local criminal organization.


    It’s been almost 5 months since the last time the 43 students were seen yet their whereabouts remain a mystery. The Mexican authorities have concluded that a drug cartel confused them with their enemies, killed them and burned their bodies. However, activists and civil society organizations have stated that the government’s official investigation is full of contradictions and loopholes. As a society, Mexicans have responded since the disappearance with massive protests and demonstrations that signal that Mexico has awakened and there is a thirst of justice and honesty in the country.


    This awakening in Mexico happens in the context of multiple scandals: In june 2014, two month prior to the disappearance of the 43 students in Ayotziapa, another 22 people were killed by the army because they were allegedly part of a criminal gang. The incident has also been surrounded by conflicting accounts. In the last five months, there have also been 3 political scandals where the President himself, his wife and some members of his cabinet have been involved in allegations of conflict of interest. Investigation efforts have been deemed to lack any seriousness.


    After these scandals, the international press has declared that the ‘Mexican Moment’ is gone. For us, the members of the LSESU Mexican Society, it is very important to raise awareness about what has happened in Mexico, especially now on the eve of President Peña Nieto’s visit to the UK on the first week of March. We want to start a discussion about what’s next for Mexico. 


    Where do we go after all the human rights violations and corruption scandals? 

    How should we as citizens respond? 

    What should we expect from our institutions?


    Please join us for Mexico Awakens:

    • Monday 2nd March
    • 6pm
    • First Floor Cafe, SAW




    - LSESU Mexican Society

  • Sun 22 Feb 2015 18:08
    • Are you running a campaign?
    • Do you want to raise awareness about an issue? 
    • Do you want to make a change?
    • Are you interested in photography?  

    In Week 9, Team LSESU is holding a Campaigns and Advocacy Photography Exhibition. So if the answer to any of those questions is YES, we want to see your work!

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    There are so many fantastic campaigns at the moment, from LSE Divest who are calling for LSE to divest from fossil fuels, to Operation Liberation, which is fighting against discrimination on campus. Your passion for change is one of the key reasons LSESU exists. And what better way to support the amazing campaigns you run than showcasing them visually?


    The background to the exhibition: a couple of weeks ago, LSESU held ‘In Focus: Exploring Liberation and Photography’, a Public Lecture that drew over 75 students to learn about how photography can be used as a tool for social change. 

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    Suyin Haynes, Deputy News Editor of the Beaver, reviewed it as ‘a great success… It is hoped that the LSESU will be able to host more with speakers of such diversity in the future.’ Have a look at her article to find out more about the panellists.  

    Following on from this, the Campaigns and Advocacy Photography Exhibition is an opportunity to showcase your creativity, talent and progress to hundreds of students. Activists and photographers from the third sector will also be in attendance - so it could be a networking opportunity too.


    The exhibition will comprise up to 20 photographs, judged on the following criteria:

    1. Campaign – your photo must represent a campaign or something you want to change.
    2. Creativity - use your imagination! Your photos don’t have to be literal representations of a campaign.
    3. Quality - work should be visually compelling and high resolution.


    To apply:

    • Submit your photos by emailing them to su.campaigns@lse.ac.uk  
    • Deadline for submissions is 5pm, Monday 2nd March

    If your photo is selected, you can also:

    • Write a caption or a blog post to accompany the photo (up to 300 words)
    • Raise-awareness and network at the exhibition on the 10th March


    If you don’t have your own camera, you can borrow one from the staff in the ARC (First Floor, SAW) - just drop by and ask!

    For any general questions, please email Claudia Coussins on c.coussins@lse.ac.uk. We look forward to hearing from you!

    If this kind of thing is your bat, we think you’ll like the below exhibitions:

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