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I wanted to share some updates on the things I’ve been working on these first two weeks of Lent Term. One of the main reasons I ran for Postgraduate Student’s Officer was because I was frustrated with the way students in my classes all had different information regarding their dissertation.
While we should all be aware that different departments have different deadlines, as well as different advisors for dissertations, I think it’s important to provide a consistent stream of information that is readily available to all Postgraduate students that are worrying about what they should be doing.We have been accepted into a great institution for our Master programs, we have put in the work to get here, and our dissertations are like the holy grail of our entire year (or years) here. This is why I want our Postgraduate students to be on the lookout for a survey that will be sent out in the next week or so. This survey will provide you with a means to let us know what your dissertation experience has been like and what sort of information your advisor has provided you with.
With this data, I will be better equipped to lobby LSE on your behalf and create policies here at the LSESU that will help focus our current and future officers on Postgraduate needs. So if you’ve heard your friends talking about turning in their proposals, fear not! I encourage you all to check in with your department and shoot an email to your advisors (this is the right time to do that!), but always remember that once the summer term is over, most dissertations aren’t due until September. This means we’ll all have at least two good months to focus on our research and writing before finally handing it in.
But again, remember to check in with your advisors and professors regarding your Department’s deadlines, and if you’re still concerned, LSESU’s Advice Team is available to help you figure out what your best course of action is.
Very excited to work on this project with your help and always looking forward to hearing from you all at email@example.com
‘In 6th form everyone would say don’t go to LSE because they’d say it’s boring, well, we’re making it un-boring.’
Three LSE students and friends have come together and are adding what some may say is much needed fun onto the LSE campus. Rishav Shah, Jay Vekaria and Rishi Dattani are the founding fathers of LSE’s first Rap Society.
‘We actually recorded our first track on Friday and we videoed it and will release it on our Facebook page to get more publicity. Our main aim is anyone who has an interest or can rap to come try it out as well as listen to different types of tracks i.e grime, trap. Every week we have a slot on the LSE Pulse, we invite anyone to come, spit bars, do fire in the booth.’
‘We’ve actually had contact with one LSE alumni who’s a rapper and he wants to do a talk for us, he raps about his life as a trader and his life studying maths and stuff like that.’
These are activities that are not usually associated with a top world-ranking institution such as LSE and so the society is bound to form quite the reaction.
‘People are shocked. They’re surprised. Always surprised. I think its because its like three people from LSE, we’re academics and known as a very academic institution. We’re doing something like rap which is not academic and is more out of the box and that’s the best thing about it.’
The three have distinct tastes within the genre, from 50 Cent to Cadet. Though they hadn’t mentioned females in their top list of rappers, Rishav, a second year economics student, explains how they could benefit from female involvement.
‘There aren’t that many females on the scene, if anything, Nicki Minaj, she’s alright. Lady Leshurr is also good. That’s why it’d be cool if we got female members. People would look at our videos and be like, oh my god there’s a girl rapping and everyone would want to see. People don’t usually associate rapping with females, I think that’s something that we could definitely focus on.’
Rishi, a philosophy and economics student, and Jay, an accounting and finance student, make it clear what the society stands for.
‘It’s not just we rap and everybody listen, we want people to get involved. It’s not about ‘oh their really good’ if people can say, ‘yeah I can rap better than that’ then good! Join! Even if you’ve never listened to rap because that’s part of uni, joining societies and trying new things.’
They’d like to collaborate with other societies on campus such as Classical Music. They’ve also connected with Kings Rap Soc, who have offered some tips and guidance.
It’s not just rap either, if you’re a singer, this Rap Soc wants you too. Every song needs a good hook and you could be it!
Visit their Facebook page
Join them, membership is only £1.50
Tonight (19 Jan 2017) at the LSE, students and public alike gathered together to experience an interactive, intimate night with former Black Panther Bob Brown and Omowale Rupert, a representative of the Pan Afrikan Society Community Forum.
Interviewed by Temi Mwale, Director of the 4Front Project and featured in Forbes’ ‘30 under 30′ 2017 Social Entrepreneurs list, Bob and Omowale reflected on their experiences throughout their lives which made for a night of heavy reflection: this author certainly felt blessed not to have had to live through their experiences of prejudice, discrimination and pain.
“I did not vote for Obama”Thought-provoking highlights from Bob’s lecture included his accounts of campaigning against senators for locking up minors in adult jails and his reflections on what it meant to be led by the first black President of the USA.
“I’m happy that he is the first black President - but we must move beyond this and raise questions of quality - it’s about the best representative”.
The night was also interactive - the audience was asked for their thoughts and opinions; and were invited to reflect and share their ideas as well as thoughts about Omaowale and Bob’s journey.
Overall, the night was a unique one - featuring rarely-found interactive dialogue with key ‘Black Liberation’ historical figures. Students went away with the added experience of having met and heard a Black Panther - something not often found on this side of the globe.
Thank you all for coming out!
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