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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,
The LSE Accommodation Office has a lot of information regarding housing for both term-time (this year and next year) and the summer, and their website would definitely be the best place to start. Since we’re nearing the end of Lent term, there’s no time like the present to consider your options.
Unfortunately, applications for summer 2014 are not yet available, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth looking into. The temporary booking webpage will hopefully be updated within the next few months, and this is where you will need to look for mid August to late September accommodation opportunities.
If you applied to live in LSE halls before you arrived, you’re probably already familiar with the LSE halls at a glance webpage. It is your best resource for hall-specific information, and it includes documents like What we provide in each hall and the current table of room fees, which is an excellent guide, even if next year’s fees will change.
The Accommodation webpage also has information about private accommodation, and that might be also worth looking into, depending on your personal circumstances and preferences.
We have a plethora of excellent housing advice available in past posts, and I cannot sufficiently express how important this information could be for students searching for private accommodation. Hours of time, research, and student concern went into these posts, and some of them include legal details for your protection. If you’re considering private accommodation at all, please look at the following links for more information:
Looking After Yourself: Avoiding Housing Scams
Common Landlord Problems
Student Housing Guide (Part 1: Housing Options; Halls of Residence vs. Private Accommodation)
Student Housing Guide (Part 2: Searching for the Perfect Property)
Student Housing Guide (Part 3: Sorting Out Contracts and Moving In)
Finding a Home from Home Part 1
Finding a Home from Home Part 2
Finding a Home from Home Part 3
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