• Big names decline Rector nominations

    Following the unexpected death of the popular rector Maitland Mackie in May, the University of Aberdeen is faced with the prospect of an unwanted rectorial election. The university began the process of seeking nominations for the position of Rector at the start of September this year, with the hopes that they would be able to entice a large number of candidates.

  • Modern art-rocity

    Last week in Paris, in a square in the 1st Arrondissement (The Place Vendôme, in which prevails a Napoleonic column which has been both erect and dismantled so regularly in its time it is surprising any subsequent installations could provoke such controversy) a large, green inflatable art piece, euphemistically entitled ‘tree’, was installed by American artist Paul McCarthy. It caused uproar due to its apparent (uncanny) resemblance to a particular sex toy: the so called ‘butt plug’.

  • NUS: ‘No Fees! No Cuts! No Debt!’

    On the 19th November, thousands of students will take to the streets of London to march for free education. Called by a broad coalition of student activists and supported by the National Union of Students, the demonstration will raise the banner: “No Fees.

  • Make the most of your dreary room

    Your room is the one haven of quiet solitude (or alternatively a party venue), so with living in halls it’s recommended that you mirror it to home or at least have it echo who you are in some way, shape or form. A well-kept and decorative room can benefit you physically, mentally and socially.

  • Gig Spotlight: Twin Atlantic with The Xcerts and Nothing But Thieves

    Following the release of their chart topping third album, ‘The Great Divide’, Glasgow based alternative rock quartet Twin Atlantic kicked off their UK tour at the Aberdeen Music Hall.   As the first of several sell-out shows on the tour, there was a decisive sense of anticipation as the audience began to fill out the venue from the main arena below to the surrounding balcony above.

  • In da (weightlifting) club - Part 1

    BOOM ‘N BUSTS A booming Freshers’ Fayre and a huge number of new lifters have made the Weightlifting Club Aberdeen University’s fastest growing sports club. We have a sizeable group of girls training regularly at our sessions, alongside a lot of new male members.

Student cooperative campaigns to purchase castle

A group of Aberdeen students who run the Shared Planet cafe have started a campaign to purchase the historic Dall Estate in Perthshire, including a 38 bedroom castle. The estate dates back to 1347 and the brochure states the castle itself ‘was built in 1855 as the new seat of the Robertson Clan, whose name and extensive lands were gifted to them by King Robert the Bruce, for their service to him in the Scottish Wars of Independence’ and is priced at offers over £6 million.


AUOC’s day in Forvie

The sands of Forvie Nature reserve were bathed in beautiful sunshine at the start of the day. None on our minibus full of orienteers had been out there before, and we were all amazed.


Edinburgh Uni 12-8 Aberdeen Uni - Lacrosse Match Report

The tension was high as Aberdeen Uni Lacrosse got set to face one of their toughest opponents in Scottish BUCs, Edinburgh. Captain Jozef Tomenga and Vice-Captain Phil Meier were both in high spirits and very optimistic about the day’s game.


News

A group of Aberdeen students who run the Shared Planet cafe have started a campaign to purchase the historic Dall Estate in Perthshire, including a 38 bedroom castle. The estate dates back to 1347 and the brochure states the castle itself ‘was built in 1855 as the new seat of the Robertson Clan, whose name and extensive lands were gifted to them by King Robert the Bruce, for their service to him in the Scottish Wars of Independence’ and is priced at offers over £6 million.

Features

As the last social media trend – the ice bucket challenge – careers towards its inevitable death, so does concern for the sufferers of ALS ebb from the consciousness of the masses. The money raised by thousands of self-congratulatory Facebook posts has no doubt progressed research into the disease hugely, but soon enough ALS charities will once again join the ranks of hundreds of other worthy causes, starving for media attention and funding.


Opine

 “Come on, you wimp” I gasp to myself as I wheeze, stumble and “run” my way up the hill, which might as well be Mt. Everest.

Editorial

Putting the student newspaper together is never an easy task. You have so many different editors, deputy editors, copy editors, writers, photographers and feral animals to contend with that it can all get a little stressful.


Life & Style

Do you have a party coming up in a few days and don’t know what to prepare. Why not shake things up a bit with a vegan option.

Arts

Kindness’latest offering is the point at which soul and smooth jazz meets the current percussion revolution which bands like Jungle and Glass Animals are leading. By indulging in a confident, leading brass section, free form jazz piano and smooth soulful vocals (notably enhanced by Kelela and Robyn) and bringing to it the interest in rhythms, samples and electronics which is so rife in the music industry right now, Kindness has brought together a genuinely interesting and engrossing album.


Listings

As a grand finale to this summer’s colourful exhibition celebrating the work of world-renowned knitwear and textile designer Kaffe Fassett, Aberdeen Art Gallery will be opening up after-hours for a vibrant and exciting evening complete with DJ sets, vintage gramophones, face painting, artist-led workshops and a pop-up Bos’n bar. Places are designated on a first come, first served basis so get there early and don’t forget to wear your brightest and spangliest of outfits.

Sports

The sands of Forvie Nature reserve were bathed in beautiful sunshine at the start of the day. None on our minibus full of orienteers had been out there before, and we were all amazed.


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