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Action shot WFC vs Bend It Like Peckham
Photo Credit: Will Beach, GSU Sports Assistant

Despite the bitterly cold weather, a big crowd turned out to watch Goldsmiths WFC take on Bend It Like Peckham in a pre-season 9-a-side friendly. The Goldsmiths Ladies were using this as an opportunity to give some of their new recruits some game time against a confident opponent.

Goldsmiths began the game with some wonderful passing plays down the pitch from side to side, however, they were failing to translate these moves into shots when they reached the final third of the pitch.

The first of Peckham’s goals came from their captain Roanna Fawcett who capitalised on a poor clearance by Goldsmiths from a corner. She followed this with a powerful free kick into the bottom left hand corner only moments later.

A break through that Goldsmiths tried to clear took a lucky deflection into the path of Peckham’s other centre forward for a one on one with the Goldsmiths keeper, which she capitalised on putting Peckham 3-0 up early on.

As the first half progressed, each team were starting to make more and more probing runs with Goldsmiths appearing to wake up a bit and spending a considerable amount of time in

"A Tale of Two Cities" graphic courtesy of the event Facebook page.

With the start of October came not only an influx of Halloween decorations and a drop in temperatures, but also the beginning of Black History Month. Goldsmiths, as well as the Student Union, have planned a series of events for the month. We’re now halfway through October and a few of these events have already successfully occurred.

These events included a launch event on October 3 and a screening of the 2015 documentary “Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution” on October 12. Also, on October 13, Goldsmiths held a full-day conference called “Challenging the Silence in Higher Education: Race & Racism in the Academy” with the university, the student union, the London School of Economics, and their student union.

While these events might have passed, there are still many more to come. Monday the 17th will see an event called “The Great Debate” taking place, co-hosted by the Student Union, the Afro-Caribbean Society and the Pan-African Society.

“The Great Debate Tour (GDT) is the first and largest national debate forum targeted at cultural communities on university campuses across the UK”, says the event’s Facebook page. “The tour is a celebration of diversity and heritage as well as

Second SWSS Art Show
Photo Credit: Alice Garwood

“So, what is, um, this?” The girl, who had only swerved toward my table in order to avoid the gentle but insistent members of The Gideon International handing out copies of the New Testament across from me, gestured to the sign hanging behind my head. Sex Worker Solidarity Society it read, clear in white and red. What was less clear, then and perhaps now, was the meaning and the purpose behind such a society.

My name is Charlie Wright, and I am the second and current president of the Sex Worker Solidarity Society (SWSS for brevity). I mention that I am the second president because we are a new society, indeed the first society of our kind. This means that we have no blueprint for activity and are forging new ground, if you want to be romantic, or muddling along as best we can if you want to be realistic.

The point of us, in a sentence, is to be a focal point and space for sex worker support and sex workers’ rights activity on campus. In practical terms we will be holding meetings and events to facilitate this; for example last year we ran a

picture of NUS mandate approval
Photo Credit to National Union of Students'

On Tuesday 4th October, Goldsmiths students made the London snapchat story for protesting outside of Deptford Town Hall during a meeting of the Finance Resources Committee. In this meeting, it was decided that Goldsmiths University would increase its fees for new students. This has upset students and staff alike, but before we start planning what our next move will be, let’s remind ourselves why this increase has happened and how poorly the Conservatives understand real people.

At about 1am on 5th November 2015, Jo Johnson, the Minister of Universities and Science and brother of Boris Johnson, announced the Tory government's Green Paper on Newsnight. Johnson claimed that these reforms would have the students' voice at the heart of them and that they would work to further improve access to HE. Following consultations and second readings, a white paper, and an HE Bill, these reforms remain relatively unchanged, and are sadly still working to accelerate the marketisation of University, something made possible through the introduction of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

We can all agree that teaching excellence is something that universities should be striving towards, and it's also something that students can help

Cut the Rent Demo outside Goldsmiths, Richard Hoggart Building
Photo Credit to Eva Crossan Jory

Last year at Goldsmiths, Cut The Rent was formed with two main goals; the first being that all halls should meet the standards set by housing charity Shelter and the second seeking to make halls affordable by capping rent at half the average maintenance loan, the equivalent of £100.20 per week.

We all know rent is expensive in London, but universities should be doing their best to create and offer affordable housing. Rent at Goldsmiths halls has risen significantly this year with some halls increasing by £50 a week with only vague aesthetic improvements to show for it. Last year our halls cost on average 75% of the maintenance loan; it's clear that most students can’t afford these unsustainable prices.

Since starting, the Cut The Rent campaign have put the views of students first. They've put the real story of halls, from exploding toilets to rat infested kitchens, into the public domain so students can see that increasing fees doesnt lead to improved accommodation. Instead of falling on deaf ears, these stories have inspired a movement determined to change the status quo. Since the campaign started, the National Union of Students has vowed to