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  Polar Vision   Remembrance Day    
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• Polar Vision

In December 2011, LSE student Garrick Hileman will be part of a team trekking from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole, to raise funds for two sight-related charities.


• Act of Remembrance

The School and the Students' Union will be holding a Remembrance Day vigil on Thursday 11 November to remember all those who have lost their lives in any conflict, anywhere in the world.


• Michael Lok

Michael, the LSESU international students' officer, invites you to next week's International Week 2010 - a week celebrating global diversity at LSE.

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  10 November 2010  

- News

  Garrick Hileman  

• LSE student to trek 600 miles to the South Pole

In December 2011 Garrick Hileman (pictured), a postgraduate student in the Department of Economic History at LSE, will be part of a team of five trekking from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole. The trek aims to inspire blind and partially sighted people and raise awareness and funds for two sight-related charities.

Garrick will be joined by team mates Richard Smith, Andrew Jensen, Andrew Cooney and Alan Lock. Alan, who suffers from macular degeneration and has limited sight, is also aiming to set the record for the first visually impaired person to complete this journey.

The team will be taking on one of the toughest endurance challenges in the world - to trek, unsupported, from the coast of Antarctica all the way to the South Pole. They will cover a distance of nearly 600 miles, expending over 7,000 calories per day and taking on one of the harshest environments on the planet. Only about 100 people have completed the trek on foot before. Their expedition will also coincide with the 100th anniversary of the original race to the South Pole between explorers Robert Scott and Roald Amundsen.

Garrick said: ‘The challenge of this trek holds undeniable appeal. It's a two month epic of dragging a 45 kilo sled across the continent in fierce arctic weather, which relatively few people have completed. But the main appeal for me personally is to take a personal achievement and to turn it into something bigger than simply “look what I accomplished”. My team mate Alan's story is very inspiring. To play a part in his accomplishing something that no other partially sighted person has done before gives this real meaning.’

The team will be supporting two charities, Sightsavers International and Guide Dogs for the Blind in the United States. Donations will be split between these organisations and the team hopes that its endeavours will not only raise much needed funds, but will also increase awareness and generate invaluable publicity for these worthwhile causes.

For more information, visit the Polar Vision website or email Garrick at

  Sarah with her sQuid card  

• sQuid is catching on

All new and continuing students have now have been issued with a sQuid card.

The sQuid card can be used to pay for food and drink at most of LSE’s catering outlets, including the Fourth Floor Restaurant and the Garrick. Topping it up is easy, just visit and register an account. Money can then be added directly from your bank account.

The idea behind introducing the cards is to provide students with a quicker and easier way to pay for food, drink and other items across campus. If fiddling around with coins or waiting to put your PIN number in at a checkout has always seemed annoying, sQuid might be an ideal solution for you.

Lesley Causley, manager of the Fourth Floor Restaurant, said: 'using credit and debit cards often means longer queues during busy periods. We welcome sQuid for faster payments - just tap and go.'

Sarah, pictured above with her sQuid card after using it to buy lunch in the Fourth Floor Restaurant, said that she thought the cards were a good idea.

All new students should have been issued with a sQuid card at registration. Continuing students, if they have not already done so, can exchange their current LSE card for a sQuid card by visiting the Student Services Centre.

  Global Brigades  

• Experience sustainable development with Global Brigades

Interested in gaining hands-on experience in international development work? Want to make a difference to impoverished villages in Africa and Central America? Then join the LSESU Global Brigades on a trip to Ghana or Honduras during next year's Easter and Summer breaks.

Global Brigades is the world’s largest student-led global health and sustainable development organisation. In 2009, more than 4,000 volunteers helped to implement projects that have empowered over 110 different communities.

Next year's trips include:

  • Ghana water brigade: 26 March - 4 April 2011
    Help to design and build full-scale clean water systems, to prevent water-borne illnesses
    Programme cost: £550
  • Ghana microfinance brigade: 11 June - 20 June 2011
    Work with rural community banks to consult local villagers on loans and businesses
    Programme cost: £550
  • Honduras public health brigade: 16 September - 26 September 2011
    Help to reduce life-threatening diseases by improving home infrastructure and providing public health education
    Programme cost: £650

For more information on our brigades, come to one of our information sessions in room D302 on Thursday 11 or Friday 12 November, at 6.30-8pm. For any other questions, visit the Global Brigades website, or email Vanessa, the LSESU GB president, at

  The Analyst  

• Pick up your copy of The Analyst

Want to be educated in the world of financial markets? Want analysis, research, technical ideas, and careers advice? Then pick up the latest issue of The Analyst.

The Analyst, LSE’s first student-run financial publication, offers unique perspectives in the form of:

  • Articles written by our research teams, covering topics from investment views to fundamental theory, the magazine provides insight for all levels and backgrounds.
  • Visual interpretations of important issues produced by our team of graphic designers and illustrators.
  • A careers section that offers advice and tips from industry professionals on securing jobs and internship placements. We bring these to you through exclusive interviews with professionals, agencies, student surveys and much, much more.

Be sure to pick up your edition on Houghton Street soon. For more information, visit

  Open Mic Night  

• Introducing LSE Chill

Are you a budding musician? Are you in a group looking for somewhere to perform? Do you want the opportunity to perform at LSE?

LSE Arts is pleased to provide an opportunity for students and staff to do just that. LSE Chill is a new open mic session which will start in the Lent term 2011, on the last Friday of every month from 5.30pm in the 4th Floor Café bar.

We’re looking for acts to perform for each session. If you are interested in performing, please email with your name and details of your act.

Not a performer? That doesn’t matter. If you enjoy listening to music and want somewhere to go after work to relax or catch up with friends, then think about coming to the LSE Chill sessions.

More details will follow soon.


- Notices

  Remembrance Day Poppy  

• Act of Remembrance - Thursday 11 November

Remembrance Day is our chance to remember all those who have lost their lives in any conflict, anywhere in the world. It falls at 11am every 11 November to commemorate the cessation of the First World War, and those who died in that war and all wars since.

The School and the Students' Union will be holding a Remembrance Day vigil starting at 10.50am in the Shaw Library, sixth floor of the Old Building, on Thursday 11 November.

LSE Director Howard Davies, Chaplain Reverend Dr James Walters, and SU general secretary Charlotte Gerada will all say a few words, after which there will be a two minute silence at 11am, the same time that others will fall silent across the country.

Please come along to remember all those who have died and continue to die in war.

  Royal Courts of Justice  

• Law Fair

Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11 November at 5.30-8pm in the Senior Dining Room, Old Building
Book your place now on 'My Careers Service'.

Both law and non-law students are invited to come and learn about the law profession and its diverse career opportunities.

Meet partners, representatives and alumni from solicitors' firms, barristers' chambers, professional bodies, and law schools, including Allen and Overy, Keating Chambers, The Bar Council and Inns of Court, Clifford Chance, and many more.

Different employers will attend each night so book for both nights to take full advantage of this opportunity. For a full list of organisations attending, see the Law Fair brochure.

  LSE Careers  

• My Careers Service - Jobs of the Week

  • Business, social and political science consultant, Guinness Book of World Records - gain media, writing and publishing experience with this research position.
  • Development internship, International Bridges to Justice - interested in human rights, law and development? Apply to this Switzerland-based intern position for entry-level experience.
  • Global business summer internship programmes, HSBC - recruiting undergraduates from all academic backgrounds, HSBC’s programme offers a wide range of business, finance, IT and human resource experience.

For full details of these posts and over 900 more, visit 'My Careers Service' at and click ‘Search for Opportunities’.

Come and visit the Careers Service in our new location on floor three, Tower Three.


• Student training at LSE

Student courses scheduled for next week include:

  • Finding journal articles
  • Managing your time
  • PowerPoint 2010: polished presentations in 50 minutes
  • Word 2010: format an academic paper
  • Outlook 2010: outlook for business
  • Excel 2010: formulas and common functions
  • Excel 2010: pivot tables
  • Excel 2010: logical and lookup functions
  • Introduction to database structure and design

For a full schedule and further details, including booking information, please see

  Tai Chi  

• Tai Chi @ LSE

Exercise gently, relax energetically, and improve your health. Tai Chi classes take place every Monday at 1-2pm and 2-3pm in the Parish Hall, and every Wednesday at 8-9am at the badminton courts.

For more information, email Inés at


• Love food? Love 1eat

Do you like eating out? Then join the 1eat food club, and enjoy up to 50 per cent off your food bill at over 200 restaurants.

1eat was started by a former LSE student, and now includes restaurants such as Tiger Tiger, Sway, Smollensky, Caffe Amici, and many more around LSE and London. Membership costs just £37 a year.

For more information, visit


- What's on

  Fawaz Gerges  

• New events announced....

How Serious a Threat Does Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula Represent to Yemen and the West?
On: Tuesday 16 November at 6.30pm in the Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
Speaker: Professor Fawaz Gerges (pictured), professor of middle Eastern politics and international relations at LSE.

Balkans 2020: the ministerial debate
On: Thursday 18 November at 6.30pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speakers: Vuk Jeremić, minister of foreign affairs of the Republic of Serbia, and Nickolay Mladenov, minister of foreign affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria.

Ken Clarke - an interview with Mr Justice Cranston
On: Thursday 9 December at 6.30-8pm. Venue tbc to ticketholders
Speaker: Kenneth Clarke QC MP, lord chancellor and secretary of state for justice.
One ticket per person can be requested from 10am on Wednesday 1 December.

  Events Michaelmas 2010  

• Other events include....

Superpower? The Amazing Race Between China’s Hare and India’s Tortoise
On: Monday 15 November at 6.30pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Raghav Bahl, founder, controlling shareholder and managing director of Network 18.

Trying to Quantify Uncertainty
On: Wednesday 17 November at 6.30pm in the Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
Speaker: Professor David Spiegelhalter, Winton Professor of the Public Understanding of Risk at the University of Cambridge.

EU as a Global Player: reality or illusion?
On: Tuesday 23 November at 6.45-8pm. Venue tbc to ticketholders.
Speaker: Dr Danilo Türk, president of the Republic of Slovenia.
One ticket per person can be requested from 10am on Monday 15 November.

  International Week  

• International Week 2010

A week of international celebrations. Events include:

Friday 12 November

  • Italian pizza party, the Quad, 6pm

Monday 15 November - Europe Day

  • Hungarian lunch, 4th Floor Restaurant, 12.30-2.30pm
  • International open mic, Underground, 6pm

Tuesday 16 November - Asia Day

  • Asian careers week
  • Chinese lunch, 4th Floor Restaurant, 12.30-2.30pm

Wednesday 17 November

  • International Assembly, U8, Tower One, 2pm
  • Asian careers week
  • Lebanese lunch, 4th Floor Restaurant, 12.30-2.30pm
  • Polish party, the Quad, 8pm till late

Thursday 18 November - Global Day

  • Asian careers week
  • Baltic film night, H108, 6.30pm
  • USA lunch, 4th Floor Restaurant, 12.30-2.30pm

Friday 19 November - Asia Day

  • Asian careers week
  • Indian lunch, 4th Floor Restaurant, 12.30-2.30pm

For more information, visit

  Maryam Namazie  

• Sharia Law and Women's Rights

Tuesday 16 November, 6.30pm, room 602, Clement House

The LSESU Atheist and Humanist Society presents this lecture with Maryam Namazie (pictured), the human rights activist, commentator, and broadcaster.

Maryam is the spokesperson for the One Law For All campaign and for the ex-Muslims Council of Britain.

  Brad Adams  

• Impunity in Cambodia - Centre for the Study of Human Rights panel discussion

Thursday 18 November, 6.30-8pm, Old Theatre, Old Building
Speakers: Brad Adams (pictured), Human Rights Watch, Margo Picken, former director of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Cambodia, Simon Taylor, Global Witness, and Dr Chaloka Beyani, LSE.

From the trials of former Khmer Rouge leaders to state-sanctioned pillaging of the country's natural resources, the experts will examine different aspects of impunity in Cambodia, including the response of the international community.

This event is part of a series organised to coincide with the exhibition Cambodia: reflections of the Khmer Rouge currently on display in the Atrium Gallery, LSE. More information about the exhibition and event series, can be found here.

  La columna de los 8000  

• Spanish in Motion - La columna de los 8000

Tuesday 23 November, 6.30-8.30pm, room 402, Clement House

The Language Centre invites you to the first Spanish in Motion session of this academic year, organised jointly with the Cañada Blanch Centre for Contemporary Spanish Studies.

On Tuesday 23 November, the centre will be screening the documentary The Eight Thousand People Column (La columna de los 8000, 2005). The film will be in Spanish with English subtitles.

The documentary rescues a forgotten bloody episode that took place in the south-western Spanish province of Badajoz during the first months of the Spanish Civil War.

After the film, there will be a panel discussion on the issues raised by the film. The speakers will included Professor Paul Preston, director of the Cañada Blanch Centre, and Francisco Freire, one of the film's four directors.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For more information on this screening, visit the Spanish in Motion website or email

  Corporate Governance and Complexity Theory  

• Corporate Governance and Complexity Theory - seminar and book launch

Monday 13 December, venue to be confirmed
Registration: 3.15pm
Seminar: 3.30-5pm
Reception: 5-6pm

This event will launch the new book Corporate Governance and Complexity Theory (Edward Elgar, 2010). The book is based on an ESRC-funded project which involved five universities and a multidisciplinary team of senior researchers, including Professor Eve Mitleton-Kelly, director of LSE's Complexity Group.

The seminar will present some surprising findings and important new insights into why governance systems are failing and what may be done to improve this situation.

The seminar will be followed by a reception. The book will also be available on the day at a 50 per cent discount.

The event is free, but places are limited and must be booked in advance. To book your place, email Rahoul Masrani at


• Podcasts of public lectures and events

Green Growth: the transition to a sustainable economy
Speaker: Chris Huhne MP
Recorded: Tuesday 2 November
Click here to listen

Where Good Ideas Come From
Speaker: Steven Johnson
Recorded: Tuesday 2 November
Click here to listen

The State of the World Economy
Speaker: Olivier Blanchard
Recorded: Thursday 4 November
Click here to listen


- Society profile

  Women in Business Society  

• LSESU Women in Business Society

The LSESU Women in Business Society holds a wide range of events over the year focusing on improving the skills and networks of our members. These include panel discussions, presentations, trading games, image consulting, chocolate tastings and more.

Society president?

Bethany Andrew

Big event coming up that you would like to highlight?

How I made it in advertising, marketing and PR
Tuesday 23 November, 7pm, NAB 2.04

An event for those who might be interested in a career in advertising, marketing or PR. During the panel discussion, the speakers will discuss their roles, their career progression and how to succeed in the marketing industry. Afterwards, an informal networking session will be held with the speakers and other representatives of their companies. Companies to attend include Leo Burnett and Burson Marsteller. Refreshments and drinks will be provided.

Why should people join the society?

You should become a member to take part in our invaluable networking, skills, and presentation events. We will also provide you with excellent opportunities to meet and speak with professionals in many different industries, and learn more about how to be successful as a woman in business.



- 60 Second Interview

    Michael Lok  

• with..... Michael Lok

I’m a third year lawyer from Hong Kong. Last year I was elected as international students’ officer of the LSE Students’ Union. I'm responsible for organising fun and exciting cross-culture events on campus, as well as representing international students on various School and SU committees.

What is International Week?

It is a reincarnation of the Global Week - and it differs in the fact that this year, the Students’ Union plays more of a supporting role behind the scene, allowing students from different national societies to take the stage. During the week, therefore, we organise the Houghton Expo but other events will also take place and are put together predominantly by various societies on campus. Events start on Monday 15 November.

Why did you get involved with the event?

Over 70 per cent of the student population at LSE come from overseas and we do have more nationalities represented here than the UN! One thing that I noticed in the past two years, however, was that students didn’t really have an opportunity to learn about other cultures and nationalities. So hopefully this week of events will allow all students to gain a feel of where we’ve all come from. Students can also join societies during the Expo on Houghton Street.

What can people expect from this year’s International Week?

The major act will be the Houghton Expo. Expo 2010 only just finished in Shanghai a couple of weeks ago but the LSE one is yet to begin. Each day will have a special theme - Europe on Monday, Oriental on Tuesday, Global on Thursday, and Asia on Friday - and all national societies will participate in this mini-carnival. Wednesday afternoon is particularly important as we’ll have the first ever International Assembly, at which point you can hear from speakers from various areas advising on international students. For a full list of events, visit

Can people still get involved? If so, how?

To get involved, email

What would you do if you were LSE director for a day?

I think I would hang around the Quad and speak to students to see how they feel. That’s the best way of, literally, listening to the student voice.


Nicole wants to hear from you!

Do you have some news, an achievement, or an aspect of LSE life that you would like to share? If so, then I would love to hear from you, contact me at or on ext 7582.

The next edition of Student News is on Wednesday 17 November. Articles for this should be emailed to me by Monday 15 November. Student News is emailed on Wednesdays, on a weekly basis during Michaelmas and Lent term and fortnightly during Summer term.

Nicole Gallivan