Cover me: winner of the DMU Journalism Magazine Cover Prize revealed

MAGnificent: the contenders in this year’s DMU Journalism cover prize competition

After much chin-stroking and deliberation, we can finally reveal the winner of the DMU Journalism Best Cover competition.

*Drum roll*

Enter Ricky Gervais in a tux and half a lager. There are some rude gags about students who didn’t turn up for their lessons, the perpetually broken coffee machine and lecturers and their bad jokes – and then, thankfully, it’s straight down to business.

Ladies and gentleman.

Finally… we have a winner in the third year PJ3 Best Magazine Cover of the Year competition.

The winner of the DMU Journalism Magazine Cover of 2022, as judged by FourFourTwo writer and deputy editor, Joe Brewin is … Twenty One.

‘IT MAKES ME WANT TO LOOK INSIDE & READ IT’: That was the view of our judge, Joe Brewin, deputy editor of FourFourTwo magazine

Congratulations to third year students Seema Mian, Samantha Johnston, Arabelle Akinfe and Lauren Sadler who scoop the annual prize of £200. (Editor’s note: You have to split that between you, by the way – it’s not each. Sorry.) 

Joe Brewin, who came to DMU earlier in the year to give a talk to students on effective magazine designs, said he was impressed with the quality of work on show this year.

“It was a tough competition to judge and difficult pick a winner,” he said. “It was very tight.”

So what did he make of this year’s cover stars?

“I would say, in summing up, that Adore comes with the good hook of a cover star and some nice lines, but perhaps they’re a little bit lost with the white-on-white design,” he said.

Gen Fem looks smart but is probably a little generic with its offerings on the top strap – I like to know a little bit more on the stories am I actually going to find inside? 

Ocio is probably the strongest in terms of layout and compelling cover lines, but the cover story is perhaps on the weaker side and looks a bit like a travel brochure?

Taboob – fair play on taking the plunge with that name, and it’s arguably the most striking design of the lot on the newsstand. But does it have enough hooks?

“And then Twenty One: this has the best cover shot, and a couple of really solid, compelling cover lines, but perhaps not the best font. 

“So, on that basis, I’m going to very narrowly give it to Twenty One – it’s got some attitude, the colour should pop on a newsstand and, ultimately, it makes me want to go look inside and read the stories.”

Seema Mian, one of the writers/designers of TwentyOne, said she was proud and delighted that her group scooped the award.

“Aw, I just feel so happy to have won this and so proud of the group – Samantha, Lauren and Arabelle.” she said.

WINNERS: The journalists behind Twenty One magazine. From left to right, Lauren Sadler, Samantha Johnston, Seema Mian and Arabelle Akinfe.

“It was a good group, we got on well, we worked hard and there were some good stories and nice designs in Twenty One so I’m so pleased all that has been recognised.

“When I finally received the magazine, it was so satisfying seeing the stories and design in print. It made them come alive. It looked and felt like a proper magazine.

“The girl on the cover is a model. I showed it to her and she was pleased with it she wanted a copy, too. I hope that’s a good sign of how effective it was.”

Water might be an answer to prevent Alzheimer’s disease, according to a DMU professor  

By Madi G Bowman

Biomedical science expert Dr Parvez Haris believes there may be a way to avoid developing diseases such as Alzheimer’s by simply drinking more water.

The professor at De Montfort University (DMU) in Leicester said that when the brain becomes dehydrated, the water cycle in the body can lead to diseases as molecules in the brain will start to behave in unusual ways.

He believes people who regularly exercise tend to be healthier because of the increased intake of water due to people sweating and drinking water within the workout.

This is because there is an increased cycle of movement which removes the toxic substances and waste in the body. 

Dr Haris said: “With age, people can slowly begin to lose their thirst, meaning they don’t drink enough water and there isn’t enough water movement to clean the damaging toxins from their brains.”

When his mother was in hospital, he described how her condition was worsening and she felt weak and tired and this was due to a lack of water meaning she was very dehydrated.

Dr Haris said: “As she began to drink water she soon began to feel better.” 

He first began to look deeper into this water theory after looking into abnormal proteins called amyloids which can build up in someone’s body as a plaque that can have a damaging effect to the brain and are linked to various diseases.

Dr Haris highlighted that increasing the amount people drink can really save lives and take pressure off the NHS. 

On Tuesday, March 22, Dr Haris hosted an online discussion on the Teams platform about the link between water and Alzheimer’s disease with students who were interested in his theory.

DMU Rowers bid to recruit new members

by Kas Ellis

The DMU Rowing society is recruiting for more members to join its squad. 

Jack and Alfie training with the rowing machines

Emma Padfield, the second year president of the society, organised a stall on Thursday, March 17, to invite De Montfort University students to try out rowing. 

“You don’t need to know how to row,” Emma said. “You can join even if you’ve never done sports before.” 

The society is looking for women rowers in particular in order to compete in more races. 

With a lot of hard work, the women of DMU are a small but strong team, coming in second in the country in a recent race. 

Emma said that doing about 10 training sessions a week makes you very close with others, and is a fantastic way to form a close bond with other students. She described the society as being like a family. 

“Now’s the time to join,” Emma said. “It’s a great opportunity just to try something new.” 

The society held taster sessions from Wednesday, March 23, through to Wednesday this week (APR6) on select days. 

If you are interested in finding out more, you can contact the team on their Instagram @dmurowing

Men storm into uni flats ‘looking for friends’

by Kas Ellis

Students were terrified when two unknown men broke into their flats at De Montfort University late one night claiming to be trying to ‘find their friends.’ 

Chaos Bane outside the block that got broken into

Chaos Bane, who is staying at a flat in Castle Court, suffered the break-in at about 11.40pm by two unknown men on Monday, March 7. 

“I was absolutely petrified,” Chaos said. 

The men managed to get through the block’s front door without a key, and then through a further secure door without one either. 

The strangers went straight to their flatmate Sana’s room where they stood over her while Chaos and her friend continually asked them to leave. 

“I don’t know who you are, get out of my room,” Sana kept saying. “Get out of the flat.” 

The men left Sana’s room to instead enter the flat’s kitchen area, before walking back into her room once again. 

Chaos and their flatmates had to wait about 15 to 20 minutes until security arrived to handle the intrusion. 

When asked what they were doing, the men said they were looking for their friend who lived in the building. They said they would simply walk into every flat until they found them. 

Before the break-in, Unite Students had installed new locks on the doors, and Chaos felt secure in their accommodation but is now afraid that other people could be able to walk right into their flat. 

Chaos now locks their bedroom door more often than they used to, even if just out for a short period of time as they are worried that until the issue is resolved with Unite Students and security, they may be faced with another intrusion. 

They have talked to reception about the incident and have yet to receive any updates on the men who broke in but Chaos, along with their flatmates, are looking forward to seeing the other side of the ordeal. 

Leicester’s ‘Stabby’ park leaves students fearing for their safety

By Daniel Bellamy

Leicester students are fearing for their safety after sharing concerns over lighting around a popular park route through Bede Park.

An image of the green space Bede Park
An overview look on the popular open green space, Bede Park located in Westcotes

The calls for lighting improvements followed a previous initiative shared by the city council in which they aimed to turn Leicester street lights ‘greener’ by using LED alternatives.

Bede Park is the route for many students to and from campus and, more importantly, the route for students to social events at night.

Students and many users of the park nicknamed the space ‘Stabby’ Park referring to knife crimes and other anti-social behaviour that occurs across the park typically when darkness overcasts the area.

On several occasions, including September 24 last year, police cars were parked at the end and sides of the park, not only this, on a couple of mornings police have been spotted at the entrance of the park near a weapon detector gate.

Police were seen around these gates speaking to members of the public in a general manner.

A Leicester City Council spokesperson said: “The lighting provided is in line with permitted lighting levels for public green spaces to ensure a compromise is met between user safety and wildlife/biodiversity on the site, in particular minimal impact on bats.

‘”The site is regularly patrolled by parks wardens. Where there are repeat criminal offences recorded, this creates a profile with local police who then align police patrols in order of need, public safety.”

According to Leicestershire Police crime map data there were 17 reported incidents in September last year when students began arriving, which was a high number for that year.

One student said: “I feel anxious any time my friends ask me out, knowing I have to cross the park as my way to get there.”

The park is set to have CCTV surveillance installed in the future, with additional monitoring making it a safer place.

The city council spokesperson added: “In summary, safety in any site is dependent upon both the common sense informed decisions made by users, together with the provisions and maintenance incorporated into the location. Amalgamated, they contribute to designing out crime and anti-social behaviour wherever reasonably possible within the resources available.”