With news drying up for the summer, here's another selection of news snippets from the last week.
Greg Dyke visits stoic tv
Former Director General of the BBC and general media mogul Greg Dyke visited stoic tv earlier this week for a quick piece to camera. Dyke is currently Chancellor of York University and helped save their student TV station , YSTV, from closure. YSTV is 40 years old this year, so he visited the stoic tv studio to film a birthday message.
Deputy President (Education & Welfare) Fluffy Harris expressed his amazement that such an important person in the media industry visited the dingy basement where most of the media group are located.
Ball Tops £60k
By the time you read this the Summer Ball will probably have taken £60k, with two weeks still to go until the event. Dinner tickets are sold out, but ents tickets are still available. Live! has been assured the meal on offer is a good one and not
pigeon chicken. Whether the "breakfast" will consist of anything more than fatty bacon and stale buns remains to be seen.
Ball sales have helped contribute to the stunning success of the ICU website, which has now taken over £250k since its launch and saved a large amount of work processing paper forms. A slightly revised layout is also in the works, which we're promised will have Live! news headlines for the first time in well over a year.
NUS Under Fire
London Student has taken shots at the NUS for being too close to the Labour Government. NUS Vice President (Education) Wes Streeting came under fire for helping to staff Gordon Brown's leadership election campaign: Brown helped to introduce top-up fees and is believed to be sympathetic to lifting the cap, while his competitor John McDonnell had expressed opposition to fees. Streeting described McDonnell as "unelectable" and that the leadership election was "not a debate about student fees".
Both Streeting and NUS President Gemma Tumelty have come under attack for their "five challenges" for the Prime Minister in waiting, which call for discounted bus travel and reduced prescription charges, whilst ignoring the topic of fees altogether. Tumelty clarified that the challenges were intended to be implementable in the first 100 days of Gordon Brown's premiership, when he is expected to make a number of policy changes.
Web of Changes
College have made designs for their new website available to anyone with an Imperial login, through the web redesign page. The redesign project aims to change not only the look but also the structure of the website to make it easier to use. The last redesign was around 6 years ago and the site has grown into an uncontrollable mess since then.
It is hoped the new website will be slick enough to win awards.