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  • Fri 28 Nov 2014 18:28

    imageYour Sabb team is going to sit down every month and chat about what they’ve been up to - and we’re going to film it. What better to guide the convo than actual questions from you?

    Soooooo what do you want to know?

    Ask them anything! What they had for breakfast, their favourite spots in London, nightmare lecturers, weirdest thing they’ve ever done, will they be running for Prime Minister… Yeah, anything. 

    Ready? So are we! Submit a question here!

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    Submit a question now!

  • Fri 28 Nov 2014 11:48

    You’ve been spending so much time on coursework and essays that you’ve forgotten you live in one of the most marvellous cities in the world. 

    Fact.

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    Stop staring longingly out the library windows and get out for a much-deserved study break! Read on for seven easy and awesome 2-hour study break suggestions from student blogger Susannah.

    I think we are all guilty of occasionally failing to take full advantage of this city especially when coursework gets out of control. London is particularly lovely at this time of year, so pack up your backpacks and get off campus for an adventure!

    1.  Mulled wine and wandering about at the Southbank Centre Christmas Market

    Travel time: 15 minutes by foot/10 minutes by bus

    Activity time: 1-2 hours

    This is the perfect study break complete with amazing treats, mulled wine, and jolly people. Added bonus if you grab some wine and then attempt the Christmas Tree maze! Give it a go any time between 10am and 9pm from Monday-Thursday as well as extended hours on the weekend.

    2. Movie break at the Underground Film Club

    Travel time: 20 minutes by foot/12 minutes by bus

    Activity time: 1.5-2 hours

    This place is a serious gem! Enjoy a classic film or new release in the vaults underneath Waterloo Station for a truly unique movie-going experience. There is a fab lounge as well as superb snack and drink bar. Plus, cocktail 2-for-1 happy hour from 6-7pm on Tuesdays-Thursdays can be just what you need after a long day hitting the books.

    3. Christmas lights on Oxford Street

    Travel time: 25 minutes by foot/10 minutes by tube

    Activity time: 1 hour

    Need a little pick me up? Pop into a café on Oxford Street and then take a stroll to view the gorgeous Christmas light display. Decked out in 1778 glowing white orbs, this is truly what Instagram dreams are made of.

    4. Have a laugh at Angel Comedy

    Travel time: 20 minutes by bus or tube

    Activity time: 1.5 hours

     Laughter is the best medicine! Rally your study group to head to this fab venue that hosts free comedy every single night of the week starting at 8pm. Amazing! Make sure to arrive a bit early to avoid disappointment.

    5. Embrace your inner artist at the Saatchi Gallery

    Travel time: 20 minutes by tube/30 minutes by bus

    Activity time: 1 hour

     Switch up your brain function with some time roaming about this super cool gallery. Now is the perfect time to visit with their new Post Pop: East Meets West exhibition, which celebrates the legacy of pop art from around the globe. The gallery is free to visit and it is open every day from 10am-6pm.

     

    6. Ice skating at Somerset House

    Travel time: 5 minutes by foot

    Activity time: 1.5 hours

     This is an absolute must for wintertime activities in London! Plus, it’s the ideal study break since student discount tickets for only £8.50 are available Mondays-Fridays from 12:30-4pm. Bundle up and don’t forget to book tickets online!

    7. Shake it off at Bar Salsa

    Travel time: 15 minutes by foot

    Activity time: 1-2 hours

    If secretly singing along to T. Swift’s “Shake It Off” isn’t enough to get you through your study session, then take a break and get your dance on! Bar Salsa offers free beginner classes in a range of Latin styles nearly every night of the week. Take some time to get some much-needed exercise plus a good laugh with friends.

    Happy exploring!

  • Thu 27 Nov 2014 16:51

    Next Thursday (4th December) a UGM will be held to discuss the following motion: Condemn Sri Lanka and support sanctions against the government for violations of human rights.

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    The UGM will take place from 1 - 2 pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building.

    Read on for a full outline of the motion, plus details on the proposer and seconder. 

    Proposer - Harish Karunalingam, LSESU Tamil Society Campaigns Officer

    Seconder - Durgesh Prabu, LSESU Tamil Society Tamil Student’s Initiative (TSI) Representative

    This Union notes:

    • That the Sri Lankan Civil War ended in May 2009 after a 26 year long military campaign by both Tamil rebel groups and the SL government
    • That Sri Lanka is one of the top “red alert” countries at risk for genocide (Genocide Prevention Project), and in 2008 was voted off the UN Human Rights Council 
    • That almost 150,000 and counting Tamil people still remain unaccounted for, almost 5 years after the end of the civil war 
    • That President Mahinda Rajapaksa, a man accused of severe allegations of orchestrating war crimes and genocide, currently sits as Chairperson-in-Office  of the Commonwealth of Nations after Sri Lanka hosted the Commonwealth Head of Government’s meeting in 2013
    • That there have been numerous reported cases of forced sterilisation of Tamil women within the North East, with “imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group” a key part of the UN General Assembly’s “Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide” definition of Genocide
    • That a resolution was adopted by the UNHRC in March 2014 calling for accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka, requesting the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein) to undertake an investigation into the “alleged serious violations and abuses of human rights and related crimes by both parties in Sri Lanka” – something which the government has refused to cooperate with, with Mr. Zeid recently accusing the govt. of using a “continuing campaign of distortion and disinformation” to obstruct the OHCHR’s impartial investigation
    • That even today many journalists and academics, both citizens of SL and foreign, are being unlawfully detained – recent example of LSE lecturer, Dr. Rajesh Venugopal, detained by Sri Lankan immigration officers and questioned by police ‘for violating his visa regulations’ by travelling to the North East (Batticaloa)  and enquiring about military presence and military reprisals 

    This Union believes:

    • That the ongoing mistreatment of Tamil civilians within the North East of Sri Lanka is representative of genocide and violations of human rights
       
    • That the SL government’s intentional repeated obstruction of the international investigation process breaks international law and should thus face sanctions and reprimands from the British Government and the United Nations
       
    • That the LSE, in accordance with their ethics code and given their presence as a world renowned academic institution, should make a statement against the actions of the SL Govt. in restricting the intellectual freedom of Tamil people and not fund nor benefit from any relations with Sri Lanka

    This Union resolves:

    • To instruct the General Secretary to issue a statement, on behalf of the Student Union, condemning the actions of the SL Govt. since the end of the civil war, both in their mistreatment of Tamil civilians within the North East and their obstruction of the ongoing international investigation by the OCHRC
       
    • To instruct the General Secretary, on behalf of the Student Union, to write a letter to the Commonwealth, encouraging them to suspend Sri Lanka and strip President Mahinda Rajapaksa of his position as Chairperson-In-Office, because of its atrocious human rights record and constant failure to abide by the organisation’s core principles
        
    • To instruct the General Secretary, on behalf of the Student Union,  to write a letter to the British government and the United Nations, calling for stronger sanctions and prosecution against the Sri Lankan government in light of ongoing allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity

    To submit a motion, or speak for or against this motion, please email su.democracy@lse.ac.uk.

    Voting on this motion will take place online at www.lsesu.com/vote from 2pm on Thursday until 5pm on Friday.

    See also:

    More info on UGMs

    Previous blogs about LSESU’s UGMs