How to keep healthy and hydrated this Ramadan

One of the many joys of becoming a member of the Baha’i Faith is the opportunity I’ve had to experience the benefits of sunrise-to-sunset fasting. In addition to its spiritual benefits (allowing us to cultivate self-discipline, and to make more time for quiet meditation), fasting has been shown to contribute to physical good health. According […]

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Seven tips to beat exam stress

Exams are approaching, and many students will now be in the deepest depths of a library trying to absorb information via osmosis.  However, many students end up generating more heat than light. Here are some tips to help you stay happy and productive during this revision season. 1) Get some sleep If you go to […]

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Living up to the feminist ideal

How it feels to be a bad example of a good feminist. First and foremost, being a feminist means believing in gender equality; but being a good example of a feminist is so much more. To be a feminist role model means being a ‘strong, independent woman’; one who stands up for herself and for […]

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Bahá’í: religion for the modern world

Bahá’í is what we might consider to be a ‘new religious movement’, because it has only come about within the last 150 years. It considers its recent emergence to be one more step on humanity’s advancement towards maturity, as the Bahá’ís believe that all religions brought about great leaps in human progress and understanding. Bahá’í […]

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CONIFA: a score for the sidelined

In June this year, the world’s biggest football tournament will take place in Russia. Fans from all over the world will descend on the country to watch some of the stars of the game play against each other. There promises to be some scintillating match-ups, from Spain playing Portugal to Belgium challenging England. Yet this […]

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Hating the sin: how I balance friendship and faith

The stereotypical behaviour of students is often incompatible with Catholic morality. If you believe that getting drunk, taking recreational drugs, and any kind of pre-marital sex are all morally unacceptable (which, admittedly, not all Catholics do) you are probably in the minority. The conduct of people around me – people I genuinely like and respect […]

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The woman who took Oxford by storm

Oxford University’s Local Delegacy exams, first set for school-leavers in 1857, had more riding on them than simply grades: the top candidate would also be offered an exhibition scholarship to the university itself, either at Balliol or Worcester College. On calculating the results for the papers of 1873, there was no doubt as to who […]

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Review: Cinnamon Kitchen

Ever since the new Westgate Centre opened I’ve found it slightly daunting and a bit too busy for Oxford; it feels like stepping into a London shopping centre, with its huge John Lewis outlet and a different pricey clothes shop in every direction. For students, the Westgate is a double-edged sword of tempting shopping opportunities […]

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Cocktail: “The 5th Week Blues”

This week’s cocktail is a pre-emptive pick-me-up before 5th week finally hits, with orange-flavoured Curaçao to sweeten up this sad, sad time. The salt-rimmed glass is worth putting in the effort for –one might say it’s rubbing salt in the wound of your mid-term despair. So if you’re feeling blue this week, then just look […]

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