DMU to hold meeting for student elections

By Emily Barker

A meeting for students’ of De Montfort University (DMU) is being held tomorrow (Thursday 12th April) regarding the way the Students’ Union elections are held after there were accusations of cheating at the previous election.

The meeting will be held at 5pm in the Queen’s building on the DMU campus, in room 1.10.

There will be a policy put forward to discuss the future of how the new elections should be conducted and handled at DMU.

For more information on what happened at the previous election, please read the following article.

Laser Tag at De Montfort University for next leg of Faculty Championship

By Emily Barker

De Montfort University (DMU) is to hold a Laser Tag Lock-In, the second event of its Faculty Championships, at MegaZone in Leicester.

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The event will take place on Monday 16th April form 5pm to 9pm, with snacks and drinks being provided.

Each of the teams will consist of 10 team members and will have at least one lecturer. If the demand for this event is great, the team sizes will be increased from 15 to 20 members.

Only one faculty can take home the trophy, so get involved and make sure it is yours. Tickets for this event are only £5 and you will receive a free Faculty Championship t-shirt, if you do not already have one.

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You can sign up to take part in this event here.

VIDEO: Leicester Cathedral plays home to Peregrine Falcons

By James Cannell

A pair of mating Peregrines Falcons have returned to Leicester Cathedral spire to start a new family.

The two love birds are local to Leicester and have been coming here for around five years, but this year have caused quite a stir.

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Unfortunately, last year the birds were unsuccessful at starting a family. David Grey, co-ordinator of the Leicester Peregrines Project, said: “It’s possibly because of bad weather or maybe some of the eggs were too small.”

But, this year the pair of Falcons currently have four eggs and David added: “We are hopeful again this year because they have produced four eggs that they may hatch in the first week of May.”

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The project has been a collaboration between Leicester Council and the Leicestershire and Rutland Ornithological Society to try to promote conservation of Peregrine Falcons.

The birds can be seen through bird watching telescopes that David and his team have set up to spot the pair of birds.

Passers-by are invited to come and take a look at the pair as they perch on around the Cathedral.

The group have set up a webpage where you can see videos of the Peregrines at http://leicesterperegrines.org.uk/, or follow them on Twitter at @LeicsPeregrines.

 

 

Could summer be coming soon?

The weather is looking to improve from one harsh winter, with temperatures soaring to 18 degrees next week.

Although there will be cloud coverage, the temperature will make it finally feel like spring time, as we reach the middle of April.

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The met office has stated that by next weekend the weather is likely to be fine and dry with above average temperatures, however there is an increasing chance of rain and strong winds returning towards the end of the period.

Towards the end of April and beginning of May the weather is likely to turn unsettled, with an increased chance of wet and windy weather, so it seems that summer is not just right around the corner for us in Leicester.

The Met Office have further stated that the most likely scenario is for mixed conditions through early rain.

5 podcasts you NEED to listen to if you’re a student

By Emily Barker

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Abi Gibson’s “The Colour Pink” podcast for her dissertation

  1. TED Talks Daily – This podcast gets uploaded from Mondays all through to Fridays. It features many different topics of discussion, so there is something for everyone to listen to. Episodes are very rarely over 20 minutes, so perfect for commutes into university and back.
  2. TED Radio Hour – If you love watching TED Talks on YouTube, then this podcast is for you. This podcast is simply, the audio version. It is hosted by TED, but co-hosted by NPR.
  3. Anna Faris is Unqalified – A more comedic podcast than the previous 2. Guests on this podcast include Shay Mitchell from Pretty Little Liars and Step Mothers, Macaulay Culkin from Home Alone, Brittany Snow from the Pitch Perfect films and musician Nick Jonas.
  4. StarTalk Radio – Hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson. I personally have never listened to this podcast before, but I am going to start after it being highly recommended based on my listens on iTunes and by others. Appearing first and foremost as a science oriented podcast, this is not the case. Science topics are heavily touched upon, but include guests such as the late Stephen Hawking, politicians such as ex-President Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, and actors and filmmakers such as Morgan Freeman and Christopher Nolan.
  5. Yeah, But It’s Not As Simple As That – This podcast is now onto it’s third series. Topics include insomnia, integration, self care, social media and employment. It is hosted by VICE.

Read more about Abi Gibson’s podcast here.