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Robin in the Thicke of it

Robin Thicke’s controversial number one ‘Blurred Lines’ has been banned from five UK Universities.

The song, which has become the fastest selling digital song in history, has been under heavy criticism for its connotations with the degradation and objectification of women and its promotion of non-consensual sex through its risky lyrics.

As sparsely dressed women dance around the fully dressed singer in the Blurred Lines music video, Thicke joined by T.I and Pharrell sing lyrics such as “Do it like it hurt”, “I know you want it” and “I hate these blurred lines”.» >

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Further league changes for Reading

The University of Reading saw nine courses ranked in the top ten of their respected fields in the latest Times Good University Guide League Table, despite a fall in the University’s overall national ranking.

Land and Property Management at the University is ranked as the second best in the country according to the 2014 study, with Building and Italian placed 4th. Food Science was ranked as the 5th best in the country, meanwhile Agriculture and Archaeology both achieved a ranking of 6th.» >

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Supermarket ‘co-operates’ with NUS

The NUS extra card harbours plenty of student-friendly discounts, from cutting prices on the latest clothing trends, to saving you 25% on your train tickets.

Arguably the most important aspect of student life which should be carefully budgeted for, however, is the food shop.

Thankfully, as of the 23rd of September 2013, a 10% student discount is available from Co-operative Food, potentially saving students up to £130 a year.

The wait is finally over for students, who, throughout many NUS surveys have requested a supermarket discount.» >

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2/1 odds on your 2:1

With students facing University fees of up to £9,000 per year, the need for money is constant. Ladbrokes has introduced a trial scheme that could alleviate some of this financial difficulty by allowing students to bet on their final marks.

The new betting service started after a father attempted to gamble enough money to pay all of his daughter’s University fees if she achieved a first in her veterinary degree. A number of factors are taken into place when calculating the odds and winning money, such as subject of study, university ranking and A-Level results.» >

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Oracle Topshop to expand

Student favourite Topshop, based in Reading’s The Oracle is to double in size by the end of Spring 2014. As a result of strong sales growth, the store along with popular partnering brand Topman will turn into a massive two-storey shopping experience. Topshop and Topman belong to the Arcadia group which also consists of brands such as BHS, Burton, Dorothy Perkins, Evans, Outfit and Wallis.

The brand’s website boasts that: “street/designer collaborations and partnerships with some of history’s most iconic names have cemented the brand’s reputation as fashion leader and trendsetter” and the 10% NUS student discount will have undoubtedly made this a popular clothing store for students.» >

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Take care of your student home

Moving out of halls and into a rented student house off campus can be daunting to many students, especially so with the horror stories that follow student houses. Although there are obvious advantages to living off campus, like no security to tell you to be quiet or fines when your kitchen is not tidy enough, for some the bad outweighs the good.

A big issue students find with their off campus residence is burglaries.» >

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UoR’s MOOC

The University of Reading are offering one of the first ever free online short-course that allows students from around the world to learn how to program a mobile computer game.

Begin Programming: Building Your First Mobile Game is a seven-week course, available through the FutureLearn website, that teaches the basics of Java programming to develop a simple computer game from scratch that can run on computer, Android phone or tablet.

The course is due to go live on October 28th and will be part of the first wave of high quality Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) from 21 top UK Universities.» >

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Biscuit Meltdown

Fire crews from Reading have been called to the University’s Halls of Residence twice in a matter of days during Freshers week.

On the afternoon of Monday 30th September, the fire crew was called to St. Georges Hall on Upper Redlands Road.

The fire crew discovered that somebody had cooked their food for too long in the microwave, causing the room to fill with smoke. The students had to be evacuated for the crew to deal with the incident.» >

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