Volunteerism versus voluntourism?

Thousands of young people today undertake volunteering projects in developing countries around the world. In Oxford too, organizations such as Oxford Development Abroad (ODA) sends student volunteers to Uganda, Nepal, and for the first time this summer, to Bolivia. But what are the underlying reasons motivating students to get involved in such endeavours? Is their […]

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Response to Luke Buckley: ‘Why Luke Buckley, not Slutwalk, is missing the point’

By Li Sian Goh  As an organiser, steward, participant, and all-round champion of Slutwalk, I was very surprised to be told in last week’s OxStu that I was ‘missing the point’. Luke Buckley wrote an article criticising Slutwalk Oxford, a march against victim-blaming which was held here on the 19th of May. Because I believe […]

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The Malcontent on: Trashings

Ah, Trashings. Yet another obscure Oxford tradition designed to put the plebs in their places and have ourselves an exclusive little bubble of penguin-dressed academic funsies. Glitter, flour, the shoes of a sleeping tramp; there is nothing that cannot be acquisitioned and thrown merrily into the faces of your triumphant friends as you skip down […]

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US university system better than Oxbridge?

Rebecca Temerario compares her experiences on both sides of the Atlantic…….  While the system of higher education in the United Kingdom is accommodating to individualism, this does not mean that the American system needn’t be. I attend Sarah Lawrence College, near New York City, which enrolls about 1,000 students each year. Sarah Lawrence doesn’t have any […]

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The Malcontent on: First World Problems

Or more specifically, “ohmygoshIwasjustgettingchangedafterashowerandmyscoutwalkedinonmehashtagfirstworldproblems”. Or any other egregious example of over-wringing a trivial moment of embarrassment, strife or inconvenience into a social occasion. Not that any of us are exempt from such minor worries. Of such incidental day-to-day mishaps is life’s rich tapestry woven. What is a problem, though, is the persistent habit of the […]

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