DMU students celebrate Holi

Daniel Sykes

Daniel Sykes

By Sam Ellison

Students of De Montfort University celebrated the Festival of Love and Colour last week at Bede Park.

DMU’s Indian Society organised the event as they have done for the last two years. Starting from 4pm, students were provided with free powder, called Abir and covered each other in bright colours for over an hour.

Holi is the Hindu festival of colour and love and welcomes the start of Spring. It is also thought of as a time to meet others and forgive those that have wronged you.

“It was an incredible experience to immerse myself into a culture so different from my own,” said Daniel Sykes, a first year studying Drama.

“I feel like it also helped to tear down social barriers across all the different cultures that were there and everyone seemed to be embracing that.”

Originally, Holi is an ancient Hindu festival dating all the way back to the 4th Century. Recently however, it has caught the attention of many other cultures, especially in Europe and North America, and is now celebrated by non-Hindu communities in India and other South Asian countries.

An Indian student of Creative Writing and Film Studies, Sim Banning said: “I love that Holi is a marking of Spring starting. What better way is there to celebrate that than with a fusion of colours?

“It’s a very welcoming experience for everyone and it’s just good fun to celebrate with people from all walks of life. I like it because it’s about expression and the freedom to celebrate with whoever you want.

“The event at Bede Park was particularly great for me as I got to spend it with my friends from University who hadn’t experienced Holi before!”

For updates on future events, The De Montfort University Indian Society can be found on Facebook.

Student Lock-in is back!

By Megan Colley

The incredibly popular shopping event, Student Lock-in, at Highcross returns on the 10th March from 8:30pm for another evening full of discounts and giveaways.

Participating retailers are offering a range of 10-50% off in store merchandise; retailers involved include Topshop, New look, Debenhams, Karen Millen and many, many more.

A shop assistant in New look claimed the event “was so busy once that we had to call security because people were getting pushed”.

She also claimed that the event does however “benefit the business” and that they “take a lot of money.

In addition to discounts, the first 50 students will receive a gift card for money to spend at the event.

Staff member at Jack Jones mentioned that as well as a 25% discount there will also be “free giveaways” and “a chance to find a dog in store to win freebies”.

At the event there will be a live DJ on site, the DJ’s will also be handing out spot prizes during the night for those who stand out.

Restaurants and cafes will be handing out free food samples and deals for those who want to eat at the event.

In order to get access to the event all students must RSVP on the website www.highcrossleicester.com, they must also bring along their student cards.

The discounts are exclusive to the event and only students have access to it.

The event has previously been exceptionally successful; therefore stores should be expecting a large turn out.

Are you in the right frame of mind?

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By Simone Dalling

Coping with exam stress as the exam period looms is the main focus of a revived event at De Montfort University known as ‘Mind your Head week’.

However this time ‘Mind your Head week’ will have a larger focus on coping with exam stress considering the exam period is looming.

It will take place on the week commencing the 16th of March until the 20th of March, where a series of activities will be taking place. This is to make people become more aware of mental illnesses as well as to support people in maintaining good mental health.

Each event will be held in different buildings on campus, some of the activities will include: exam strategies and meditation.

This week will hopefully ensure that students will be able to cope with the exam period in a healthy manner and also help students to create the right balance between handling personal endeavors and educational commitments.

One DMU law student, who did not want to be named, said: “I don’t think I’ll go to the events myself because I would probably go to a friend if I was stressed out about exams but I do think that it’s a good idea and could be very helpful for students.”

Another DMU student said: “I think it’s a great idea as it shows that the university really cares about our wellbeing. I’m also quite prone to stress during exam season, so I will definitely go to a few of the events especially the ones regarding exams.”

Although this week is being held in the build-up to exams, these activities will help students within their day-to-day life.

So please don’t be a stranger, hope to see you there.

Fur scandal spreads to DMU

Tendai and his fur jacket

Tendai and his fur jacket

By Ilaina Skinner

Fashion legend Karl Lagerfeld has controversially announced that for his upcoming haute couture fashion show he will be using animal fur, which has caused a stir in the fashion industry and inspired fashion students at De Montfort University.

The fur peices are to be unveiled in July during the Paris Couture Fashion Week.

Lagerfeld, head designer of Chanel, made his views abundantly clear on fur. He said: “The problem with fur…for me, as long as people eat meat and wear leather, I don’t get the message.

“It’s very easy to say no fur, no fur but it’s an industry.

“‘I hate the idea of killing animals in a horrible way, but I think all that improved a lot. I think a butcher shop is even worse.”

His comments have caused a massive uproar from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) who described the designer as “shameful and pathetic”.

But how has this dispute filtered down to students studying fashion? DMU fashion student Tendai Motiwa said: “I agree with Lagerfeld, our heritage is very important and because the ancient world used fur there should be no difference in today’s fashion and fur should still be used today.”

Tendai recently designed a Largerfeld-inspired fur jacket, which he described as: “faux fur because the fur itself is too expensive. However I would much rather use natural fur rather than chemically enhanced synthetic fabrics.

“This garment is not only inspired by the designer but also the ancient way of life and fashion.”

To follow Tendai’s work and journey in fashion, visit https://www.pinterest.com/tendaimotiwa10/

Controversy over banning of India rape documentary

By Ali-Haider Hussain
Last night the BBC aired again its horrifying documentary named ‘India’s Daughter’, showing a full breakdown of the brutal gang rape and murder of medical student Jyoti Singh on a moving bus in Delhi in 2012.
The documentary showed the interviews with the family and friends of Jyoti, and even the rapists themselves. The views expressed by the rapists and the two defence lawyers have been so controversial that the Indian government has outlawed it on grounds of “objectionable content”.
New Delhi Television Limited (NDTV), an Indian broadcasting station, ran a slate when the decision to not broadcast the hour-long film was finalised. The editorial director Sonia Singh said on Twitter “We won’t shout, but we will be heard.”
I spoke with Narmeen Kamran, Demon Media’s Sports Editor about the situation and whether it was detrimental for the image of India. She said: “There is a rape problem in India but there is also a rape problem everywhere – 85,000 women in the UK are raped every year, and in India its 1 every 20 minutes.
“Yes it’s worse in India, but it’s not just India’s problem, with International Women’s Day yesterday, I think it was good to coincide with Women’s Day with the releasing of the film.”
The film seems to have rekindled international interests and attention for change in India three years after Jyoti’s rape.
The day after the Indian government banned the documentary, a 10,000-strong mob broke into a prison in Assam, beat an alleged rapist to death and hung his body up for public view.
The argument stands strong on both sides whether the film should be prohibited from being viewed due to it inciting a public uproar. But many have said that this uproar is what India and the rest of the world needs to shudder this poor perception of women.
The Indian government have said that the film won’t be broadcast because it is allegedly meant to defame India. Narmeen retorted: “It’s more covering themselves, even in the documentary it says that hundreds of members of parliament are being tried on counts of rape, embezzlement, fraud but they won’t ever get tried.
“I think it’s to protect them, rather than the image of India and what bad is it going to do if it isn’t shown in India? India already knows what it’s like. I think Indian people know the situation there, and banning the film won’t do anything.”