Kingston MA Museum and Gallery Design students hold first exhibition at Knights Park platform gallery

By Aneesa Anwar 

Students gathered at Knights park on Tuesday March 21 for the Curating the Future: Preserving the Past exhibition set up by the MA Museum and Gallery design students.

The exhibition, which was created over a period of two months, was a mixture of work the students both created and curated from all over the world.

Clayhill resident, and MA Museum and Gallery design student, Gokce Ozkan said: “We are taking a module called the challenge of change which is dealing with the futures of museums and gallery’s so as part of that we created this exhibition.”

The exhibition included a range of art pieces both created and curated by the students in many different forms and mediums: futuristic art pieces such as virtual reality 3D sculptures as well interactive art pieces for audiences to enjoy and get involved with.

Carmen Hubbard, MA Museum and Gallery design student and creator of the art piece inspired by the Cabinet of Curiosities, said: “Museums are engaging with new technologies to open up to wider audiences and we’ve had lots of positive comments about the exhibition.”

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“It is interesting to see other people’s visions of what they think the future of museums will actually become.”

The exhibition opened in the platform gallery at Knights Park and will be open there until April 5 when it will then be continued at the Museum of Futures in Surbiton.

Guest at the event Joseph Hoare said: “I really enjoyed the exhibition and I’m amazed at how varied it is and the mediums and approaches everyone has taken and created on the same topic.”

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Kingston Yoga and Vegan Festival fills up in spite complaints of poor organisation

By Ana de Liz

Hundreds of people gathered at the second Kingston Yoga and Vegan Festival at the Kingston Guildhall on March 25 despite complaints of poor organisation.

The complaints came after many who bought a ticket in advanced were not let in due to the venue being full and security reasons.

“They shouldn’t sell the tickets if they’re not going to let people in. Especially if they knew it was popular last year,” said Angela, who came from Teddington and had to wait half an hour to enter the event.

As a response to initial confusion, Kriti Sachdeva, one of the event’s organisers, said that those who weren’t willing to wait could get a refund via PayPal. Some got a cash refund at the doors of the hall.

Despite the wait, once inside those that attended the festival could take part in free yoga and meditation lessons, buy 100 per cent vegan food and products, as well as visit stalls which promoted environmentally-friendly small businesses.

“In my University there was a Vegan Fair and they were selling toothbrushes, but you couldn’t recycle the bristles and the wood they used wasn’t sustainable. So I decided I would redesign them and make them better,” said Rishi Gupta, a biochemistry student who was selling recyclable toothbrushes.

Small traders stalls

Some of the 60 stalls included local artists, handmade body creams, healing crystals, teddy owls and monsters made from recycled sweaters and groups which promoted spiritual healing.

“I’m not vegan and I’m not vegetarian, but I do eat very little meat and I am interested in kind of vegan recipes (…) so I just wanted to see what kind of things were available and I’ve really enjoyed it so far,” said Sofia, who attended the event with a friend.

When asked if she had any trouble to get inside the festival, she said she arrived early and therefore didn’t have to wait, however she mentioned her friend had been stuck in a “massive cue”.

The Festival is set up as a 100 per cent non-for-profit event, run by volunteers and the proceeds of which go to charities. The first edition of the event was held in October 2016 at the Kingston Grammar School.

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Beauty and the Beast

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Tale as old as 1740, song as old as 1991 but Beauty and the Beast is still just as magical as ever.

I went into the cinema with low expectations with the original animation being one of my favourites but I was pleasantly surprised with this live action adaptation. The music really brings this film to life with some new refreshing songs joining the old classics that everyone loves. The Beast’s dramatic solo however was a bit too cheesy for tone of the film but it didn’t stop me from liking it.

Emma Watson gave a fantastic performance as Belle despite her vocals being slightly autotuned but not in a bad way. She took the already strong minded Belle and made her even stronger which works perfectly for this modern age view on the character.
Some of the casting could have been better as they noticeably took some big named actors to make the film more popular. Ewan McGregor, a very Scottish actor, trying to talk and sing whilst putting on a French accent as Lumiere didn’t work very well. It took away some of the excitement of the ‘Be our Guest’ number. They did make up for this with a visually stunning dinner sequence yet my mind couldn’t help but wish for the original Lumiere.
The star of the show was Luke Evans playing Gaston, the vain and selfish character who wants to marry Belle. Luke Evans gave a memorable performance, reflecting the original animated character that everyone loved and hated at the same time. The performance of ‘Gaston’ in the tavern was by far one of my favourite in this adaptation with Le fou also living up to expectations as Gaston’s sidekick.
The film stayed true to the original storyline, so much so that you could almost picture the animation over the top. The director, Bill Condon did add some little stories that increased the films running time by 45 minutes but these scenes answered some of the questions we have had since 1991.

Overall the film will never be the original but it was most certainly an enjoyable and entertaining recreation that I will be sure to watch again.

Clayhill residents expected to pay rent until June but want to move out early

By Charlotte Beasley

Kingston University students living at Clayhill Halls of Residence are expected to pay rent until the end of June despite most courses being completed by April.

Halls licence states that ‘payment for the full residential period is mandatory,’ but this means students are required to spend £1000 more after the university year has fi17622889_10209048691358212_758402057_onished.

Film student Ryan Chapman said: “We should be able to move out any time after our courses finish and not keep paying hundreds of pounds.”

Some students have already started looking for people to take over their rent as soon as possible so they can go home for the summer.

International students who receive no government support/student loans have found this system even more inconvenient.

Peter Enia said: “I will be returning to the States in May, but I still have to pay for a full month worth of rent. It is not my fault that I have to abide by my visa.”

Students have argued that the halls should be 17690138_10209048691158207_680695922_nmore flexible about the last payment, allowing residents to pay weekly and move out when they want to.

All courses finish at different times, some of which finish as early as April 24 but students have to stay and pay to live in London until June 24 or go home and still pay rent.

Rich Allo said: “There should be more communication between the university and halls, and negotiations over which students are entitled to reductions if they have to leave early.”

Most residents understand the conditions of the agreement they signed before moving into halls but they do not agree with it and wish for action to take place in the future.

Rhys Jarvis said: “As inconvenient as it is, it is part of your licence agreement which everyone accepted when they paid their deposit. Perhaps in the future they can make it more flexible.”

Students are left feeling confused due to lack of information about student housing

By Charlotte Beasley

Students want more support from Kingston University after statistic show that 40 per cent of surveyed students feel uninformed about the process of student housing.17690689_10209048699078405_19662168_n

The University will open their headed tenancy applications on April 3 2017 but only 15 per cent of students were aware that you could apply through the University.

Biological science student Jacob Callow said: “More emails would be helpful and better advertising about how to apply for a house is needed because I was confused.”

Meetings have taken place in the halls of residence and important housing information has been advertised around the University and on social media.

10 per cent attended one of the advertised meetings but did not feel confident or completely informed after and 70 per cent did not even know there were any meetings.

History student, Rianna Husein said: “Halls should do more meetings about transitioning from Halls to houses but when you do need advice, they do respond to emails fairly quickly.”

S17619193_10209048698598393_42536390_ntudents applying for housing in private sectors can be expected to pay a deposit of up to £700 and additional costs for security deposits and administration fees.

Only 5 per cent of students said they were prepared for costs that high whilst 50 per cent said it is too expensive and they would struggle to afford it.

Louise from the accommodation office said: “contracts signing is likely to take place in April/May and if some of the students cannot be in Kingston to sign the contract, this will be okay.”

Due to headed tenancy applications opening just before Easter, students are worried about the process of applying but have been reassured that not all residents need to be present to sign contracts.

A speed house-mating event will take place on Monday March 20 between 5pm and 8pm for students looking to rent in private sectors or headed tenancy.

Kingston women hope for equal wages and equality in the future.

By Ana de Liz

Kingston’s women said their biggest hope for the future is equal pay and equality in rights, according to a survey conducted on International Women’s Day celebrated on March 8.

According to the Office for National Statistics, the pay gap (the difference between a man and a women’s wage) for all types of contracts in the UK stands at 18.1%.

“Having three daughters who are trying to make their way in the business world, I think it (my biggest hope for change) is that they will be regarded as equals in terms of equal pay,” said Carolyne, 53, who works at the Bentalls Centre.

She added that she also hopes that working women who have children get more support, such as providing childcare that “doesn’t fleece women of all their wages” so that all women get the opportunity to work if they want to.

Charlie, 30, a staff member of the Kingston Union for Students, said one of her biggest hopes for women was: “to have the power and the rights that men do, but also to have the ability to show all your femininity at the same time.”

In celebration of their day, the other part of the survey asked women was what they loved about being a women.

“I think that being a women now and being in a position where you’re going through that transition of power or being empowered is a really cool thing to be a part of,” said Megan, 23, a Politics and International Relations student.

“I don’t think I’d want to be a man” 

Yvonne, 90, said that she loved being a mother of two children and seeing her granddaughters grow. She added: “I’m old now but I don’t think I’d want to be a man.”

“I think that when females come to instances when they don’t have the same rights or the same access to things as men do is something that bonds women together. I certainly feel that female relationships are very different to male, but being a women I do think that I really enjoy those relationships,” added Charlie.

The organisers of the Women’s March on London came together with the Argentinian collective “Ni Una Menos” (Not one less), which led mass protests in the South American country against gender-based violence and murder in October 2016, to call for an international day of action.

In the “Day without a Woman”, both organisations encouraged women to not engage in paid or unpaid work, only spend money in small, female-owned shops and wear read in solidarity with the cause.

Logan

logan-2017-poster-4By Charlotte Beasley

*warning contains spoilers*

Set in the year 2029, 25 years after the last mutant was born, Wolverine is no longer the raging hero. Instead he is stripped down and his character is given the best treatment yet in what is the end of an era.

Logan, directed by James Mangold, leaves you emotional for all the right reasons as Hugh Jackman gives us his best performance as Wolverine and just in time for his farewell. The film begins with our protagonist as an alcoholic working as a limousine driver. We learn that all the characters we have grown to love, since the first X-men was released 17 years ago, have gone and we are left with just three mutants. Logan, Professor X (Sir Patrick Stewart) and Caliban, (Stephan Merchant) an Albino mutant. It is a Wolverine film that finally feels like it is part of the real world whilst still being an action film with heroes.
What once gave Logan more strength and power is now slowly killing him and now leaving his heroic days behind, all Logan wants to do is buy a boat and live out the rest of his life on the sea with the rambling, insane professor X. When a Mexican immigrant (Elizabeth Rodriguez) turns up with a young girl called Laura (Dafne Keen), begging for Logan to take them to safety in Canada, his plans change. Laura is being hunted along with several other children as she is a mutant, born and bred in a lab run by a company called Transigen but we are also quick to learn that she is so much more.
The film in some scenes was quite predictable, reflecting similar events that have occurred in previous instalments of the X-men movies but such scenes were considerably more polished and better executed in Logan.
From car chases, that cinematically give an old western vibe to heart-breaking and almost horror style scenes, Logan is one movie in the Wolverine trilogy that will leave you wanting more.
Classed as a 15, Logan is more violent than previous x-men/wolverine films but the filmmakers at times take their upgraded certificate to seriously by adding in more swearing than what was needed. A little side note, some video gamers may understand and appreciate ‘The Last of Us’ vibe that was given whether it was intentional or not. The middle-aged, broken man who is trusted with the life of a young, powerful girl.
There were times where the film dragged and slowed down like Wolverine himself but by the end I was satisfied with the overall treatment of the film. 17 years ago we were introduced to the character Wolverine and it took a handful of producers and directors 17 years to portray this character effectively but it was worth the wait.