A floody disgrace!

  Flooded students are feeling abandoned by the council after claims they were refusing to distribute sandbags unless lives were in “lethal danger”. The flooding was so severe that council workers operating a pumping system near Abingdon Road stopped the system for just half an hour and caused over 200 houses to go onto “red alert”. Mehrunissa Sajjad, a third year at Merton who was staying at […]

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Cuntry Living seeks contributions

Oxford feminist zine Cuntry Living has resorted to Kickstarter to raise funds for its next issue. A post in the zine’s Facebook group by Charlotte Sykes, one of the co-editors, asked members to “KEEP CL ALIVE” by donating to a page on fundraising website Kickstarter. “We have 1,535 members so if everyone on the group contributed £1 it would keep us going for a year,” she wrote. The […]

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Rival farming groups at each udders’ goats

Two rival farming groups held their annual conferences in Oxford early this January. The 2014 Oxford Farming Conference was held from the 6th-8th, with events and talks in the Examination Schools, Christ Church, and the Oxford Union, while the Oxford Real Farming Conference was hosted by Magdalen, Jesus, and the Turl Street Kitchen from the 6th to the 7th. Speakers this year included Dacian Cioloş, […]

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Janney scores once again

Oxford was in the eye of the national press this week after Oriel rugby player Matthew Janney began dating actor Emma Watson. The media’s focus on the new couple has generated tens of millions of results on Google already, with reporters detailing his 6’1 height, linguistic capabilities in French, Spanish, and Russian, and his recent win against Cambridge in the Varsity rugby match 33-15. Aside […]

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H&M to open in Oxford

Clothing company H&M is set to open a new store in Oxford’s Clarendon Centre in spring of this year. The Oxford store will be the seventh H&M to open in 2014, with further stores planned for the summer. Reaction to the news was mixed. Iva Bentley, the owner of the vintage shop Unicorn on Ship Street, said, “This is to be expected. […]

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Further slashes for poorest students

Government cuts to access funding will deprive Oxford’s lowest-income students of a £2,500 tuition fee grant for their first year of study. The timing of this decision means that students from lower-income families who interviewed in December will be left without the fee waiver they thought they would receive when they decided to apply to Oxford. Moves made by the University to combat the […]

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Univ mission to Mars

A Univ student has been shortlisted to take part in a one-way mission to establish a human settlement on Mars. If successful, Ryan MacDonald – a third-year physicist – will be among the first 40 settlers of the Red Planet, as part of a mission sponsored by the Dutch not-for-profit foundation Mars One. The mission […]

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Medical research called to stop monkeying around

A prominent animal rights group has called on the government to cut funding for Oxford University’s experiments on primates. The Anti-Vivisection Coalition claims that the University is unnecessarily using primates in animal research, and asserts that other countries run more humane research schemes while remaining successful. The University says some of the claims are incorrect, […]

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No more friends, say dons

Teenagers still only communicate with a small number of people despite having hundreds of “friends” on Facebook, according to a recent Oxford study. Young people were found to operate an unconscious system of ‘one in, one out’ policies such that their communications patterns and number of close friends remain the same even who they socialise […]

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£14m expansion plan for the JR approved

The City Council has approved £14m plans by Oxford University to redevelop a Radcliffe Infirmary building for use by a medical research centre. The former Outpatients Building on Woodstock Road has been unoccupied since 2007. The new plan proposes to move the University’s Department of Primary Care Health Sciences into the site by 2015, after building a large glass infill on the north face of the […]

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OUSU calls for opinions on new immigration bill

OUSU is calling on international students to respond to an NUS survey collecting opinions on the government’s proposed immigration bill. Students in all NUS-affiliated universities are being asked to complete the survey so that student opinion can be presented to the House of Lords, ahead of their vote on the bill. A number of the proposals would affect all students from outside the EEA, leading […]

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Catch-up: what you missed over the vac

COACH CRASH CHAOS AFTER VARSITY The Varsity ski trip came crashing to an end when two buses carrying skiers back from their holiday collided north of Dijon. Fortunately no one was injured in the crash, which left tired students waiting on French roads for over five hours in the early morning. Benjamin Sullivan was our contact on the scene, emailing moments afterwards with […]

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