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We’ll be dedicating our nails to women of significance on Monday evening (10th March) when London-based artist and nail art extraordinaire Phoebe Davies brings her renowned nail bar to LSESU. Come along to the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre from 5-9pm to learn more about Phoebe’s work, discuss feminist issues and get your nails done. You can read more about this event and about Phoebe on our blog.
On Tuesday (11th March), LSE Divest will host Fossil Fuels as ‘Stranded Assets’: Divest, Engage or Hedge? From 6.30pm in NAB 2.06. The group – led by postgrad students campaigning forLSE to divest from fossil fuels – have invited Trucost, a consultancy that provides the most comprehensive data on corporate environmental impacts, to present the different approaches to fossil fuel divestment by highlighting real world examples of how some of their financial sector clients are taking the task forward. This event will also add depth to divestment discussions taking place at the LSE. Find out more on the Facebook event page.
Also on Tuesday, we’ll be holding the fifth and final discussion group of our BME at LSE student engagement project. The discussion, which will take place from 4pm in the LSESU Meeting Room on the 3rd floor of SAW, will focus on influence and representation in the SU. Read more about the project and some of the issues you’ve raised so far on our blog.
The LSESU Energy Society will host their two-day conference on Energy Transitions at the Grand Connaught Rooms from Tuesday-Wednesday (11th - 12th March). Speakers include Rt Hon Edward Davey MP (Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change); John Gummer, Lord Deben (Chairman of the UK Committee on Climate Change); and Professor Paul Ekins (Director of the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources). Tickets can be bought online. Visit www.lse-energy.org for more info.
We’ll be celebrating LSE’s sporting achievements of the year at the AU annual colours awards ceremony and ball on Wednesday (12th March) from 7.30pm at The Brewery (52 Chiswell Street, EC1Y 4SD). The ball will be classy and timeless with 1920s decor. Find out more on the AU Facebook page.
On Thursday evening (13th March), we’ll be hosting the third in a series of special 'In Conversation…' events with some of the School’s most distinguished alumni. This event will see Martin Lewis, Money Saving Expert and award-winning campaigning TV and radio presenter, in conversation with Nick Barr, Professor of Public Economics, in the Venue from 6.30-8pm. Martin graduated from LSE with a degree in Government and Law and also spent one year as General Secretary of the LSE Students’ Union. After the conversation there will be an opportunity for the audience to ask Martin questions, followed by a free drinks reception where you will be able to meet him. Find out more on the LSE Public Events webpage.
We’ll be hosting Saucy: Student Friday – the biggest and cheapest student night in London – in the Venue from 10pm-3am.
And finally, the LSESU Punjab Society will present Bhangra Crush 2014 - the biggest student Bhangra night of the year - on Saturday (15th March) from 10pm-3am in the Venue. Check out the What’s On page for more info.
Still feeling a bit fragile after Elections Results Night? Don’t worry….we can help you catch up on all of the big events and activities that have been happening in Week 8 at LSESU.
On Monday (3rd March), we hosted the second in a series of special events to mark the completion of the new Students’ Union building with some of the School’s most distinguished alumni. Last week saw Bronwyn Curtis, non-executive director of JPM Asian Investment Trust PLC and board member of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, in conversation with Professor Danny Quah in the Venue. Bronwyn, whose career spans both the financial markets and the media, graduated from LSE with a Master’s degree. As well as hearing her in conversation, the audience had the opportunity to meet Bronwyn at an evening drinks reception.
In the evening, the LSESU Dance Club presented their Annual Dance Show ‘Through the Ages’ on Monday evening in the Peacock Theatre. The society showcase their incredible talents in an eclectic mix of dance styles ranging from hip-hop, contemporary, jazz, to Irish dance, ballet and swing.
[photo from The Beaver]
The LSESU Drama Society returned to the stage for three nights (Monday 3rd – Wednesday 5th March) of puppets, music and political incorrectness as they presented Avenue Q: The Musical.
[photos from LSESU Drama Society]
Election fever gripped the SU on Tuesday (4th March) as voting for SU elections opened at 10am until 7pm on Thursday (6th March). It was a busy few days out on Houghton Street as the candidates went all out with their campaigning.
Also on Tuesday (4th March), we held the fourth discussion group of our BME at LSE student engagement project. This discussion focused on social activities and SU space. Read more about the project on our blog.
Award-winning poet Sabrina Mahfouz, along with other special guests, was on campus on Thursday (6th March) for an evening of live literature, performance and debate exploring the theme of climate change. The event, Rhyme and Reason: Reflections on climate change, also featured a live poetry slam on climate reflections. It was hosted by LSE’s Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, along with arts charity Cape Farewell, as part of LSE’s annual Literary Festival.
It was an extremely tense night in the SU Venue on Thursday after a huge 2842 votes were received in the Lent Term elections. Hundreds of students waited patiently as the results were announced to find out who will be leading the LSE Students’ Union over the next academic year.
Your new Sabbatical Team for 2014-15 are General Secretary Nona Buckley-Irvine, Education Officer Thomas Maksymiw, Activities & Development Officer Alastair Duncan and Community & Welfare Officer Sebastian Bruhn.
The LSESU Media Group were hard at work covering the action as it happened so if you missed out on the announcements or if you just want to relive your favourite moments, catch up on LSESUelects.co.uk.
For full results please visit our blog post. You can see all the photos from the night on our Facebook page.
We recovered from the excitement of Lent Term Elections with a very special Friday Pie Day (Friday 7th March) in celebration of British Pie Week. Our scrumptious and hearty Pieminister pies, sold in the Denning Learning Cafe, were on offer ALL DAY at the amazing price of £3.14!
Saucy: Student Friday hosted a special Bring-a-Buddy event in the Venue on Friday night with 2-4-1 tickets up for grabs.
And finally, guest speakers came together on Saturday (8th March) for the TEDxLSE Society’s conference on the theme of World’s Architects. The conference aimed to encourage and empower people to be architects of positive change in their lives and the world. Speakers included Jeremy Balkin, the founder of global movement Give While You Live, Paul Anderson, environmental lawyer, and Paul Dolan, happiness and behavioural economics academic.
As some of you may have noticed, we are rapidly approaching the end of Lent Term (where on earth did it go?)
After the past week and a half of electioneering at the SU, I am happy to announce that we will be putting on an End of Term party for Postgrads – ‘The Graduate’ - in our new building.
For those of you who have yet to check out the Venue, it’s a pretty sleek club room. We will be hosting the event on Thursday 20th March from 10.30pm, with cheap drinks and a great DJ all night long.
Tickets will be £3 for the first 100 people to buy, and from there on the price goes up. If you know a big group of friends who want to go, you are also in luck - we are looking for some keen entrepreneurs to sell tickets, and for each ticket sold we will give you £1…so why not make money and have a good night in the process? Sounds like a pretty good deal to me.
If you are interested in selling tickets, please drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll be telling you how you can buy tickets soon.
In other news, as election season comes to a close, I can tell you that I will be working closely with both the current and new set of elected officers to make sure that the examination period passes by smoothly for the Postgrad community.
On that note, the SU will be running a room booking system for study groups, allowing you and your study buddies to knuckle down and revise in a room of your own. More information on this will follow next term.
I’ll be meeting with the Course Reps again next week to keep them up to date with academic affairs here at LSE. As some of you may know, the School are considering changes to the layout of the academic year to an 11-11-8 system of term length (by weeks). If you have any thoughts or concerns regarding this, please do get in contact with either myself or your Course Representative.
As a final note, I will be working over Easter on several projects with long-term benefits for the Postgraduate community here at LSE, including re-organisation of the working week and further representation for students on a School-wide level. I’ll be keeping you updated with the progress of these initiatives next term. This being said, there is plenty of scope for new initiatives! If you have any other thoughts or concerns, or changes you would like to see made, get in touch with me at email@example.com.
Have a great weekend,
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