Pigging out in Hogtown

Toronto is an ethnic melting pot: originally in Iroquois territory (and before then it was occupied by the Wyandot people), it was invaded by French merchants, British refugees from the newly independent United States. In the subsequent centuries there were waves of migration from across Europe and Asia, all contributing to the city’s rich cultural […]

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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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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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‘The Polycephaly Monologues’: untraditionally entertaining

A trio of monologues anchored by the motifs of insanity and fruit had the potential to be nauseatingly pretentious and boring. Remarkably, the deranged ramblings forming The Polycephaly Monologues contained enough comedy, and offered a piercing reflection on the human mind, to remain peculiarly gripping throughout. Despite there being no perceptible narrative or personal relationships […]

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Streetwear, feminism and the comeback of ‘ugly chic’ in the Instagram age

If you scroll through the Instagram feed emerging as well as well-established brands, like Gucci or Prada,it is almost impossible to wonder: has ‘ugly’ become the new chic? From oversized jumpers to tees with catchy slogans. From Birkenstocks and ‘jesus sandals’ to unflattering sunglass shapes, and how could we miss Gucci’s excessive prints. ‘Ugly chic’ […]

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The Erasmus Programme could be in danger of dying post-Brexit

The Erasmus Programme turns 30 this year, but its future in the UK is in doubt. With no concrete assurances from the government that it will continue to participate in the programme after Brexit, students and academics alike are concerned that the scheme will soon be a thing of the past. Hal Churchman, just back from an Erasmus year […]

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Review: ‘History of Wolves’ by Emily Fridlund

  Wolves, even since the Anglo-Saxon period, have always been symbolic of humanity’s deepest anxieties. Representing the unexplained, lurking on the fringes of society, wolves embody the fear of the unknown. Beginning Madeline’s coming-of-age story, then, with the history of wolves rather than humans, immediately alienates the bildungsroman from traditional ‘growing up’ novels. Instead, Madeline […]

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Westgate body identified as Oxford student

The body found at Westgate Oxford shopping centre on Monday has been identified as Max Mian, a 2nd year student at Brasenose College studying Classics. Construction work on the centre, due to open in three weeks, has been halted for police to investigate the death. A Thames Valley Police spokesperson said that the death remains […]

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Arts at Brainchild: An Interview with Lily Bonesso

Brainchild, set up by a group of friends in 2012, is a festival popping with creative attractions. Held in July at the brilliantly eccentric Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum, whose beautiful steam train puffs and toots on a railway track which circles outside the festival space, Brainchild really is one of a kind. Unlike at […]

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NHS and social care teams awarded for student placements

Staff members from the NHS and social services were awarded last week for valuable work placements offered to health and social care students from Oxford Brookes University. The 5th Placement of the Year Awards highlighted providers nominated on criteria including quality of care and student support, from hospitals, care homes and health centres from across […]

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