Nightmare flight to New York

By Megan Colley
During the Easter break, a photography student had a nightmare flight to New York, with the flight lasting twice as long as it should have!
The 18 year old student, Katie Beechy, was flying from Heathrow airport, for a relaxing holiday to New York, which was supposed to be a six hour flight, but took 12 hours instead.
Katie claimed: “They tried to land three times in New York but because it was so foggy had to abort and go to Washington to re-fuel.”
Thankfully, Katie arrived safely in New York after a very disruptive flight, however initially it gave her quite a scare.
Katie said: “I was worried we wouldn’t be able to land safely.”
Despite doubts that the plane would not arrive in New York safely, the situation was dealt with well, considering the unfortunate circumstances.
The student seemed to remain calm about the situation, however many passengers were not at all pleased with the disruption.
Katie said: “Quite a few passengers were complaining about the length of the flight, but there was not a lot that could have been done.
 “I was just happy to finally arrive at our destination and look forward to the rest of my holiday.”
After a long and eventful 12 hours the flight landed in New York, six hours later than the initial arrival time, but at least no harm was done.
Katie was extremely relieved to finally get off the flight and enjoy her holiday in New York, she said: “It didn’t stop me enjoying my holiday.”
Katie had an amazing time in New York, and luckily there were no disruptions when flying back to the UK.

Student left job-hunting during exam season after company closes down

By Lucy Ross

A student from Leicester has been left unemployed after her workplace of two years suddenly shut down leaving her jobless and disappointed.

Emma Corbett, 19, a student studying at University of Wolverhampton came home for her Easter break to be told by her employers at the Bombay Wok restaurant that she no longer had a job.

Being a student is costly especially as Emma lives away from home, having to live off of her student loan.

Emma Corbett said: “I am disappointed, it was sudden but not unexpected, there were very few customers.”

Emma worked there as a waitress for over two years. Like any other shift, she went into work on Monday April 6 and received the news that she no longer had a job due to the company closing down and has already started applying for several job vacancies.

As the end of the university year is looming, the pressure of not only exams but also finding another job for when she returns home for the summer has begun.

She said: “ I’ve already started the hunt, I need a job for the summer.”

As it was the second time the company had closed, Emma was not surprised when she went into work to be told that the managers had had a meeting with the owners and agreed to terminate their contract early, leaving the staff out of pocket as they were now unemployed.

Over 50% of youngsters are not expected to vote in this year’s general election


_73434525_postalvote_bbc-2By: Maren Mahnke

Broken promises over tuition fees and a set focus on pensioners votes may be the reason why adolescents are more interested in One Direction than politics.

According to the last season of X-factor 40 million people voted for their favoured superstar–to-be, that is more people voting than in the 2010 general election.

Predominately it is thought that young people are not knowledgeable towards politics or do not endorse the idea of voting.

De Montfort University International relations and politics student Sulekho Ahmed Kadawo (20) said: “Overall I find that the general elections are very much anticipated, since all the major parties have a very similar policies proposition. Having that said, it occurs to me that that is also the main reason why young people do not vote anymore, since they get confused and then loose interest in mainstream politics.”

The result of this lack of interest resulted in an absurd outcome of a governmental survey where actor/activist Russell Brand was just 5% short off Labour Party politician Ed Miliband, when it came to who do young people want as prime minister.

Generally speaking however, young people do understand the consequences of not electing their favoured party.

Fulltime Drama teacher Kamiji Ebun-Cole (23) said: “We, as a generation, risk being misinterpreted as we automatically invite the rest of society to speak on our behalf when we choose to stay silent instead of voting.”

As a teacher it is important for Miss Ebun-Cole to ensure that the children grow up realising the importance of voting.

“It is vital for the younger generation to understand that without your voice, your opinion is more likely to be overlooked or missed entirely. Ceasing the opportunity to vote is utilising your opportunity to be heard. Why silence yourself?”




DSU Welfare is here to help!

By Megan Colleyimage
Do you ever feel like you can’t cope? Being a student can be extremely stressful and many fail to admit when they need help. The DSU Welfare is an advice centre available to support students with any queries about university; it is located on the first floor of the campus centre building.
DSU Welfare is a confidential service that provides support for academic, housing, money and immigration issues that many students query about.
The manager of DSU Welfare, Catherine Western, said: “DSU Welfare is the thing that keeps students on the course.”
Common queries dealt with by the centre include: problems with VISAs and immigration for international students, private sector housing such as issues with bills, repairs and checking contracts, in addition to dealing with complaints.
Catherine added that the centre “deals with about 6000 enquiries each year” meaning the centre is very busy at helping students deal with a wide range of issues that concern university.
The centre is part of the Students Union rather than the university meaning that they are independent which is a particular strength that the centre has.
There are currently four advisors working at the centre who offer support. Catherine said: “There is no conflict of interest, we are completely confidential.
“We provide a safe environment that produces good results.”
The centre aims to support students with many issues that can affect their academic work and are always happy to help.
The advice centre is available from Monday to Wednesday from 9:30-3:45, Thursday from 9:30-6:30 and Fridays from 1:00-3:45 on the first floor of the campus centre building.
If any personal issues affect you, DSU Welfare aims to support students in order to help them stay at university.
To contact DSU Welfare you can call 0116 257 6307 or visit the website for more information. You should not have to suffer alone so if you have any queries, help is always available.