Diwali, Business or Pleasure?


Vast preparations for Diwali have left some suggesting that the festival of light has been over-commercialised.

Diwali is a massive celebration for the Indian community every year, however it has been suggested that it has become more a business than a celebration.

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Sam took a month to plan for the upcoming celebration as he sells fresh food and it has to be cooked the same day.

So is Diwali over-commercialised? Sam said he believed it wasn’t at all as his friends are already buying Christmas gifts and, in his words, “Diwali is about exchanging blessings and sweets.”

Sam added: “Today there is not enough time for family and Diwali brings the family together wherever they are.”


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Ranu said: “Sweets are so important for Indian cu
lture, because when we pray we offer sweets.”

The shop is another that notices the increase in business around the Diwali season. Ranu added: “Diwali is still good but a little bit over-commercialised.”

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DMU Journalism lecturers to speak at #DMUlocal launch

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#DMUlocal is a new project being launched today by De Montfort University to improve Leicester’s local community.

The project includes several aspects, such as mentoring schoolchildren with their education, boosting’s Leicester’s tourism trade by promoting the city’s historic sites such as Leicester Castle and the Heritage Centre Museum, and helping volunteers to work with local schools and hospitals under the already award-winning DMU Square Mile program.

To commemorate Remembrance Day, Journalism lecturers David Penman and John Dilley are set to present a lecture on how local newspapers presented the First World War, which itself is part of a week-long series of events to celebrate the launch of #DMUlocal.

The pair will be spending four years researching the subject.

The speech is set to take place at 6pm today at DMU’s recently opened Venue building, and also includes a speech by DMU Vice-Chancellor Professor Dominic Shellard and an electroacoustic musical composition by Professor John Young.

Alarm bells ring in Newarke Point

By Selene Moquet and Skye Chapman


Students at Newarke Point accommodation block have been left angry and annoyed after an ongoing fire alarm kept them awake at night.

The nightmare began at the start of term for the De Montfort University students.

What was supposed to be an exciting night quickly turned into a fiasco when the fire alarm started ringing in the early hours of the morning and didn’t stop.

Annabel Burnham, 18, living on the third floor of the affected block, said: “It was incredibly annoying, we could hear it from the third floor.”

Despite steps taken by the on-site management team to solve the issue, the fire alarm continued to ring at random intervals during the ongoing term.

Alice Harvey, 18, added: “The longest it has continued for is two days straight.”

Concerns were raised by students that this was a serious fire hazard.

Jessica Glennon, 18, said: “In the event of a real fire, students in Block A may ignore the fire alarm due to its ongoing ringing.

“If we were to evacuate every time we heard the fire bell we would be sleeping outside!”

The receptionists of Newarke Point know that the ongoing fire alarm is an issue and in a statement said: “We always check that there isn’t a fire every time the alarm is sounded.

“Each individual fire alarm has been thoroughly checked and they are all in working order.

“The problem lies in the main box which likes to go off now and again. We know this is an issue and we are working to solve it.”

Remembrance Day: Do Young People Care?

By Harry Rogers and Max Pearson


Crowds gather in Hawthorn Square


Despite an ongoing perception that young people don’t care about Armistice Day, a considerable number of students attended DMU’s Remembrance Day Service today.

And across campus scores of other staff and students honoured the silence as a mark of respect to the fallen at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

Students of all ages gathered in silence at the service in Hawthorn Square to pay tribute to the men and women who have fought for the freedom of others.

Sam Fletcher, a first year Mechatronics student ,said: “I always try to make a service and if I can’t I always have a two minutes silence.”

Mr Fletcher, whose great-great grandfather died during the First World War, also attended a Remembrance Sunday service with St Johns Ambulance.

He added: “Although some young people don’t have the respect that they should, I feel that the majority do.”


Dennis Stone watches on as Professor Dominic Shellard gives his address

Dennis Stone, a security guard at the University and former member of the 3rd Battalion, Light Infantry, led the two-minute silence in Hawthorn Square after delivering the poem, ‘For the Fallen.’

Vice Chancellor Professor Dominic Shellard, who hosted the event, also spoke of former students who did not return from the trenches.

Afterwards he took to Twitter, stating: ‘It was particularly gratifying to see so many students.’

Terri Fountain, a third year nursing student, said that Armistice Day “means a lot to my family as I have a lot of family members in the forces.”

Ophélie Castellani, a French international student, added: “It is really important to me as my father was in the army. I had to be here.”


Warning issued after three fire call-outs at student halls

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Three incidents of bins on fire in just two months at student halls in Leicester have sparked safety concerns.

The cause of the three fires at Newarke Point at De Montfort University is believed to have been students throwing lit cigarette ends down rubbish chutes of the hall’s buildings, and igniting things like pizza boxes and general rubbish at the bottom.

The three incidents took place on the 11th, 21st and 25th of October.

These chute blockages have taken place despite the clear warnings placed on all doors leading to the rubbish chutes.

This has led tIMG-20151111-WA0005o the local Leicester Fire Department being called out numerous times. One anonymous source said: “It’s essentially lazy people putting cig butts down the rubbish shoot, which meets things like pizza boxes and sets off a small fire. Fire trucks have to come out and it is unacceptable.”

After this spate of incidents in such a short period of time, all residents of Newarke Point received an email on the 6th of November outlining the frustrations felt bystaff at responses to fire drills and the actual incidents themselves.

The email sent by The Unite-Students (the management company for the halls of residence) said: “We are unsure of the exact cause of the fire but it was evident upon investigation that large pizza boxes and cigarettes are being put down the bin chutes.

“We want you IMG-20151111-WA0004to be safe, so please discard of your rubbish correctly and break down any large boxes.”

The email added: “By law, you must not smoke in the building. If you are found smoking anywhere in the building you may be called in to the University under the University regulations.”


Annoyed…Emma Guy near the rubbish chute.

One student from Newarke Point Block D who wished to remain anonymous said: “It has affected my sleep and made me anxious about when the next fire drill will be.”

 Other students who felt they have been affected by these drills and incidents wanted to have their say.

George Burton of Newarke Point Block C said: “I remember having a drill about two weeks ago, it was at 2am and very annoying. There was some confusion on whether or not we had to go down, I know my flat found it very hard to get back to sleep”

Emma Guy of Newarke Point Block A added: “It’s a nightmare! Especially when I’m coming out of the shower, it seems to go off once a week”