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Pressing the right buttons

Written by: Simon Rushton

Bath SU has recently ticked a point off their Top Ten issues list, with the introduction of the Gold Button system. This will “improve access for disabled students” as it will allow students to flag any accessibility issues to the Department of Estates as a high priority. The system will operate as a simple online form similar to those already available for BUCS or Accommodation, but less complex. A system similar to this has been in place for staff who can report if doors or lifts are broken.

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Best ways to cure a hangover

Written by: Sian Maria Morgan

Had too much to drink last night? Were you a bit inebriated? A tad intoxicated? No problem! We’ve got the perfect solution for your blindingly painful hangover (or just your slightly irritating one).

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A little party never killed nobody

Written by: Natasha Thompson

Bath student fashionistas were out in style on Monday 25th November, to celebrate all things student - drinking!

Perhaps not celebrated in the conventional form, instead of binges and cheap varnish tasting vodka from Sainsburys, liquor was consumed in a manner of class and sophistication.

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Saying “that’s so gay”

During their time at school, there are many phrases a young student is likely to hear. Some friendly, others harsh. One that many students hear, with a variety of intended meanings, is the phrase “that’s so gay”.

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The curse of ‘generic fantasy’

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Written by: Barnaby Lamper


How have we gotten to a point when a story can be described as ‘Generic Fantasy’? I noticed this over the weekend, when a friend of mine was trying to convince me, misguidedly, that Game of Thrones has a structured plot. “Well, at least it’s not Generic Fantasy” he said, and this has been bugging me because I know exactly what he meant.

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Universities focus on research rather than teaching

Written by: Simon Rushton

A shift in focus for universities has seen current students receiving less contact time than previous generations of students, despite increased tuition fees and being instructed by the Government to ‘act as consumers’. This shift in focus would seem to suggest a move away from teaching for undergraduates onto increased importance placed on research.

 

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Tijuana cartel is not clowning around

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Written by: Daniel Robinson


Francisco Rafael Arellano Felix, 63, a former leader of Mexico’s ruthless Tijuana Drug Cartel - the Arellano Felix Organisation (AFO) - was assassinated on Friday 18th October. Whilst attending a family gathering in the resort of Los Cabos he was shot twice by a man disguised in a clown outfit, once in the head and once in the thorax, authorities have stated. The motive and identity of this murderous clown, who escaped the crime scene, is still unknown. 

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Bioethanol - failed fuel of the future?

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Photo credit: Daniel Schwen

Written by: Lisa Buddrus

In 1908 Henry Ford designed the famed Ford Model T, able to run on ethanol. He said it was the ‘fuel of the future’. Shortly afterwards, prohibition made ethanol an impractical fuel, but now, over 100 years on, bioethanol is a hot topic yet again.

Ethanol is a renewable source of transport fuel made from plant material and, thus, is a valuable alternative to fossil fuels. Although ethanol has a lower energy content than the same amount of fossil fuel-based petrol and increases the chance for corrosion, it does have its advantages. Its higher octane content can be used to make the engine more efficient, which is also why ethanol blends have been a favourite race fuel for decades. 

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Bath casino plans unveiled

Written by: Imogen Ware

Information of Bath’s £14 million ‘Sawclose’ development has been released this week, with an expected opening date of Summer 2016. The highly anticipated new leisure quarter boasts a pedestrianized space aiming to remove most car/traffic from the Theatre Royal area, as well as al fresco dining experiences, a 148-bedroom hotel, and Bath’s first casino.

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