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Confusion and controversy over local MP’s visit to Freshers’ Societies Fayre

Rob Wilson, MP for Reading East, was the centre of a controversial run-in with both the Labour Society and the LGBT+ Society on Wednesday 2nd October at the University’s Freshers’ Fayre, inside the marquee. Many accounts of the events have been submitted to Spark*, which differ in several regards.

The allegation against Rob Wilson is that he snubbed questions posed to him by the LGBT+ Society, accompanied by the Labour Society, concerning his voting history in the House of Commons on same sex marriage.» >

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Update on Library Refurbishment

The library is currently undergoing its redevelopment and along with the extra materials that have been made available and the longer opening hours, the library has made some positive changes with the University having spent over £2 million pounds on the project.

Although the work is planned to continue well until November, changes are already noticeable and accessible to students on the second floor. This floor now has 350 study spaces, which all have a laptop plug point, more collaborative study options with large table seating and individual study seating for quiet study beside the windows. » >

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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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