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June 12, 2008

Warwick Student Cinema: Relocation?

Last week Hannah Smith reported on the problems Warwick Student Cinema are facing regarding new laboratories which are to be built underneath L3 on the Science Concourse, which is home to the screen of WSC. What we know already is that a relocation for the society will cost around £40,000, which is a staggering amount. Unfortunately, a representative from Warwick Student Cinema was unavailable for comment on this issue but the Students Union released the following statement today:

The Students’ Union is of course supporting Warwick Student Cinema with
the issue of new science labs underneath L3. The lines of communication
between the Students’ Union, the department and the wider University
administration are open and clear, and all parties are keen to work
towards a mutually beneficial solution. There is certainly not an
adversarial approach being taken by anyone involved.

At this stage it is impossible to know the outcome of the situation, and
the Students’ Union for its part is working hard to resolve the issue as
soon as possible. It is important to note that the fact discussions are
being had makes it clear there is a recognition throughout the
University of the importance of student-led extra curricular activity.

From there the issue appears to be being dealt with amicably and we will keep you updated on this story, what it means for the WSC. Hopefully we can get a response from the society for next week’s show. As always if you are a member of WSC or simply enjoy the films they show, do email in and let us know what you think on studio@radio.warwick.ac.uk.


Student Opinion: 42 Pre Charge Detention

The Labour government was yesterday successful in the passing the terror law through the House of Commons, which may soon mean terror suspects can be held for up to 42 days without being charged. Home Secretary Jacqui Smith stated the obvious reasons for the legislation of national interest and the view that the threat of terror is wholly new and unique.

The government were, however, very fortunate in getting the legislation through the House of Commons; it has a majority of 66 but only managed to win with a margin of 9. 36 Labour MPs rebelled with the government having to make concessions to the Democratic Unionist Party MPs. The House of Lords still has to make a decision with the likely outcome being that they will send it back to the Commons.

But away from the number politics of the whole vote, what do students here at Warwick make of the issue? Do they reflect the wider, national opinion that holding people without 42 is perfectly in line with the tradition of civil liberties in the UK? I spoke to a few on the eve of the vote, to find out what they thought.

Also, have another chance to listen to David Davis, who resigned over the issue, and the new Shadow Home Secretary Dominic Grieve, who we interviewed back in February on the subjects of liberty and security:

David Davis:

Dominic Grieve:


April 28, 2008

Sense Through the Smoke: Student's Views on Cannabis

Earlier this month the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs issued its
update on the classification of cannabis. The government had sought a
review of its 2004 re classification of the drug from a class B to class C. The
review was commissioned out of a concern that the strength of cannabis
people are taking is far stronger than it was four years ago. Concern is also shown by the home secretary Jacquie Smith and PM Gordon Brown, who appeare determined to tighten the laws on cannabis, but The advisory council suggested that the drug remain at its current classification. The Association of Chief Police Officers, however, have compelled the government to reverse its 2004 decision. They suggest that the drug be taken back up to class b. Downgrading cannabis sent out the wrong message that cannabis was legal and harmless. This has all been a bit of a confusion for the government, as saving police time and resources was the primary reason put forward by the Home Office for the down grading of cannabis in the first place.

As for the statistics, well, come to all sorts of conclusions. For example last year the London’s Institute of Psychiatry, estimated that at least 1/10th of the 250,000 schizophrenics in the UK could have avoided the illness if they had not used cannabis. Only this month, Keele University’s research suggested this wasn’t wholly true; there was no causal link between cannabis use and mental health problems. So with the government, police and experts all giving out mixed messages, is it possible to find our way through the smoke? I spoke to 2 students about their encounters with cannabis and other drugs and what they made of the inconsistencies. I began by asking them, if they thought the government was right to down grade cannabis four years ago…

Listen to Rithee’s report here:


April 27, 2006

RaW News: Insight – LIVE NOW

On tonight's RaW News: Insight at 5pm tonight:

  • Kat Stark and the AUT Strike
  • Exeter University tell us how the strike's affecting them
  • Warwick World Cup
  • And all the latest headlines

Listen to RaW by clicking here!


February 15, 2006

Fancy being important?

Are you at a loose end for the next....12 months?
Fancy running the best news team in the world, ever*!

RaW News needs a new News Editor, or else I'll have to do it until the Summer. And that'd be crap. For you. And for me.

So pull your finger out and do something cool!

*Allegedly


February 01, 2006

Student Union Elections

What do you make of the candidates!!??

RaW would like to know your opinions in advance of this weekend's The Big Decision, to be broadcast from 5pm on Saturday.

Who do you intend to vote for?
What do you make of the candidates?
Are you bothered!?

Leave your comments on this blog, and we'll use them to find out how popular the candidates are. You might even get invited to speak on RaW.

And make sure you tune in, online or on 87.7FM, this Saturday from 5pm until 1am.


January 27, 2006

Listen again…

You can listen again to last night's Insight here:

Download Insight

Listen to the rest of Best of the Blogs, and hear about the latest news on the Christian Union, Simon Hughes and Palestine.

And don't forget to tune into the Big Decision next Saturday at 5pm!


January 26, 2006

What's Best of the Blogs?

Every week, RaW News: Insight does 'Best of the Blogs'
It's our review of who's been the best commentator on the Blogs this week. You can hear the full details on tonight's programme (5pm on RaW 87.7FM), but here's what you've been saying about George Galloway this week:

Listen to Best of the Blogs, 26th January


January 24, 2006

On tonight's RaW News…

In 25 minutes time…

– Honest reporting or 'reckless journalism'? Was the Boar's reporting of a stabbing in the Union accurate or alarmist?
– The Arctic Monkeys break HearSay's prestigious record
– And we'll have all the details of What's On tonight.

Tune in to the new-sounding RaW News. At 5pm.

Listen Online


January 21, 2006

RaW ON FM

Listen from Monday for loads of great shows and music! We'll have Phill Jupitus broadcasting on RaW this Friday, and The Big Decision at the start of February. Plus there's a chance to win an MP3 player, digital camera and loads of other stuff!

Tune in from Monday lunchtime, where we'll be live in Cholo!


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