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  • Fri 30 Sep 2016 16:25

    This week, 28 activity sessions were hosted by different sports clubs and societies for Give It A Go (GIAG). This is a series of taster sessions where LSE students can try out a Students’ Union activity, be it a sports club training, a society workshop, or an Active Lifestyle session for free. Taking place all over London, students have been to Regent’s Park, Highgate, the Olympic Park and of course, your Students’ Union venues.

    Students ran the sessions, and we went along to see everyone in action. For those curious to get a sense of this week’s sessions, head to the LSE Students’ Union Facebook page, where photographs are now up.

    It was a week of first-time experiences - at the powerful Zumba Active Lifestyle session, many had never tried the exercise before. One attendee remarked that “exercising in a group is much more motivating than going to the gym on your own.“ Quite a few students turned out to be looking for ways to get fit that didn’t involve going to the gym.

    The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) hosted a debate on the South China Sea Arbitration. Students watched short video clips and were talked through the opposing viewpoints. With the help of the committee, they were able to discuss and conduct arguments for and against. The session served also as a taster of their flagship event, the LSE Model ASEAN Summit, which is held every academic year.

    Nat Thong, President of the Lacrosse Club, described how she didn’t expect that so many students to attend the Mixed Lacrosse GIAG session on Wednesday. Given that more than 60 students showed up, it’s easy to understand why. Her and her committee took the whole group across London to Regent’s Park, many who had never held a Lacrosse stick, to try out basic skills like catching the small rubber ball.

    If you’ve missed out on the fun, don’t worry - GIAG continues next week. Among the 23 sessions you’ll find horseback riding, pole fitness, Bachata dancing and creative writing, to name a few. If you can’t make a session and would like to see what the activity is all about, we’ll be covering most of the sessions live on Snapchat - find us at lsesu1. Also, you can sign up to any of the activities on the events calendar via the LSE Students’ Union website

    Further info

    Sign up to a club or society online

  • Fri 30 Sep 2016 14:35

    If you’ve ever pictured yourself in politics, here’s your opportunity! This coming week, nominations are opening for halls elections across undergraduate, postgraduate and mixed halls.

    This handy little cheat sheet will help you decide if you want to run

    Is my hall up for elections this week?

    • Bankside
    • Butler’s Wharf
    • Carr-Saunders
    • Northumberland House
    • King’s Cross
    • Rosebery
    • Sidney Webb
    • Westminster Bridge

    If your hall is not listed above, look out for nominations opening in week 5 of Michaelmas Term!

    What positions can I run for?

    Each halls committee has three core positions up for grabs, just like societies:


    This is the most prominent role in representing students’ views and leading the activities of the whole committee.


    The Secretary keeps on top of the logistics of the Halls Committee, including things like emails, committee meetings, admin, and the behind the scenes aspects of all the things you’’ll be doing in halls.


    They do the financial stuff (as you’d probably expect). They handle the financial dealing of the committee and control the committee budget for the year.

    Secret bonus positions

    Most halls also have the position of Events Organiser. They’ll take the lead on organising the all important socials the Halls Committee want to put on throughout the year.

    Some halls also have extra positions up for grabs, with the number and type of positions depending on the hall. Examples include Environmental Officer, International Officer, Postgraduate Officer and Community and Support Officer. You should receive more information about these roles from your wardens in the next few days.

    What would I be doing?

    There’ll be loads for you to get involved with, including:

    • Putting on events and socials
    • Working with your Wardens to improve life in your halls
    • Acting as a spokesperson for residents in their halls. You’ll be who people can go to in your hall when they need help
    • Helping plan out Freshers’ Week 2017

    So when can I actually vote?

    You can nominate yourself online between Tuesday October 4th (when forms will go live) and Sunday October 9th. Voting will then take place between Tuesday 11th October and Thursday 13th October.

    How does this nomination thing work?

    Your wardens will be putting up nomination forms starting Tuesday October 4th. You can find these either on your Hall’s Facebook pages or emails. Get in touch with your wardens for more info.

    Make sure you check out your hall’s social media pages and emails to nominate yourself (or a friend) when the forms come out on Tuesday. Once voting opens you can go online to to cast your ballot.

    Good luck and happy voting!

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  • Wed 28 Sep 2016 17:04

    LSE Sociology Department are hosting a 3-day festival exploring the ideas and actions behind resistance.


    The festival will look at how the theme of resistance is interpreted in academic research, the arts, grassroots activism campaigns, student debate and mainstream politics. They’ll be taking over the campus for public discussions, film screenings, workshops, debates and art exhibitions curated by LSE staff and students.

    Here are just a few highlights to look out for.

    Vivienne Westwood: We Are The Opposition. (Part 1 26/9 & Part 2 28/9)

    Kicking off the festival, the legendary designer and activist is giving a talk on how critical thinking, collaboration with intellectuals and activists, and the arts can be used to resist propaganda.

    Food banks, Sanctions and Participatory Methods

    In order to go beyond the statistics documenting the recent rise of food bank use and benefit sanctions, this session will show two short films made by people with personal experience of them. There’ll also be a discussion about how such films can be used to both illuminate these systems and mobilise resistance.

    Sounds Of Resistance: Gig Night

    Resist hosts a selection of bands, poets and DJs to celebrate how music and performance can be used as vehicles for resistance. The evening will include pieces by poet Bridget Minamore, band Thee Deadtime Philharmonic, and DJ Jay King.

    Project Resist

    Drawing the festival to a close, this light installation will be a demonstration of the power of light by asking participants to verbalise their impressions of the previous three days. People’s ideas will be projected onto the facade of the New Academic building in true guerilla resistance style.

    This is just a tiny glance at all the things happening at the festival. There is so much more to see, do, and get involved in.

    Jagged Fragments: a radical theatre production (Friday 30th 6-7pm, The Old Theatre)

    Expect dance, glitter, theatre, film and rioting. A multimedia stage show, Jagged Fragments takes audiences to the grinding heart of a future East London. The play looks at how borders, work, housing and community might operate in a future which isn’t quite ours, but could be.

    As a means to engage people to think about what resistance means to them, and to explore how practices of resistance feature in their daily lives, the Resist organisers are asking people to offer a couple of words in response to a simple question: What do YOU resist? Answers can be witty, wise or anything in between. Responses will then be shared with the wider public on the last evening of the Festival by projecting them onto the facade of the New Academic building in a true resistance and guerrilla style. Contributions can be made by tweeting @LSEsociology using the hashtag #LSEresist, emailing, or by filling in the response cards that will be given out during the Festival.

    This is just a tiny glance at all the things happening at the festival. There is so much more to see, do, and get involved in.

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