How Green is Greenwich?

What are you willing to sacrifice for the survival of our planet?

A second to turn off lights when you leave a room.

A minute of your time sharing a post on facebook.

Carry a keep cup or a reusable bag.

Walking rather than getting the bus.

Give up meat and dairy.

Back in October, a group for students met to discuss what we could do to help Greenwich be greener. The group threw ideas around and the outcome was the ThinkGreen Society.

There are many students who do their bit for the environment but as a Students’ Union, we want to do more, we acknowledge the need to play our part in combatting the effects of climate change and we take action to move towards a greener Greenwich.

Last month I held drop-in sessions for people who had ideas about what projects we should run. We created a Group on Facebook to discuss these projects and share any ideas we see when we are out and about London.

The SU has voted on having “No Single Use Plastics at GSU”. This means in our outlets we stop giving out plastic cutlery and straws with our food and drinks sold in Change Coffee, Village Shop and Lower Deck. (Please note, We will stock bio-degradable flexible straws in the Lower Deck available on request for anyone who requires this).

Change Coffee have been using plant-based lids for their coffees for a while now and will continue to do this for all beverages. Lower Deck use biodegradable plates made from plant leaves at events. So, we already do lots in these outlets but are keen to go the next step.

This is a call to action – Act now, stop sharing green posts on social media if you are still using a plastic wrap for sandwiches, still using plastic cutlery at coffee shops.

Join Eco Team Greenwich and join in an environmental project today. The planet is not going to save itself. (If this sounds like your kinda thing Join Here!)

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The Crow’s Nest is a Greenwich Students’ Union Student Media channel. The views expressed in this website do not necessarily reflect those of GSU, its trustees, employees, officers or the University of Greenwich.

 

“That’s what you lowkey want”

Picture by Feminism Society

Most of you who are on Instagram have probably noticed something going on around a certain post. Now, we as the student website were debating if we want to discuss it on here and if so, how to best approach it. We decided that it would be good to do multiple articles. We are a news outlet for the University and therefore want to stay informative to a certain extent, however, as we are student run and our goal is to give students a voice, we will also have some opinion pieces published in the near future regarding this situation.

I want to point out that everything said in this article (apart from quotes) are my views and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Crow’s Nest as a society, the GSU or the University of Greenwich.

The post in question was uploaded (and has since been deleted) to an Instagram account where students can send in confessions which will be posted anonymously. This one read: “And if I had a penny for every time a girl dresses half naked just to get attention from the lads, I’d be a fucking millionaire. So stop complaining about being hit on because we all know that’s what you lowkey want.” Comments under the post were mixed with some people agreeing to the point made and others pointing out that the account actively promoted rape culture by posting something like this.

Actively speaking out against it first was the Feminism Society. They posted on their story and on their account saying: “This behaviour is disgusting, repulsive, and does not belong on our campuses. Rape culture is a societal problem that promotes sexual assault, sexual violence, and rape. We are saddened to know that Greenwich students actively state and support ideas like this, and we will not let this continue anymore.” People reposted the story and showed their solidarity and support in the comment section of the FemSoc Instagram. Shortly after, the FemSoc posted another controversial post (“I have a thing for petite Asian birds, help me find one? They’re quite a rare species.”) uploaded to the Instagram page in question and pointed out that the page was “continuously supporting sexism, rape culture, as well as racism.” One student commented saying that “women are not pokemon.”

Since the backlash, the two original posts have been deleted and the Instagram page has posted an apology on their story saying that it was not their intention to hurt anyone.

By Anne Blombach

The Crow’s Nest is a Greenwich Students’ Union Student Media channel. The views expressed in this website do not necessarily reflect those of GSU, its trustees, employees, officers or the University of Greenwich.

“Can you imagine?”

Photograph by Society of Dramatic Arts

Where do I even start? Okay, hi, I’m Annie and I am (among other things) part of the Society of Dramatic Arts here at Greenwich. After about 6 months of hard work, all-nighters and endless snacks, we were very proud to present our interpretation of the play “Very Still and Hard to See” by Steve Yockey about three weeks ago, on the 12th April.

Why am I writing about this now? Well, because every one of you who wasn’t there definitely missed something and we decided to give you the chance to see it again, even if it will only be on a screen. We had the whole thing filmed and edited by the talented Amber Vassallo and are doing an official screening on the 22nd May in Stockwell Street (exact location to be confirmed). It will also be free of charge, so keep an eye out on our Facebook and Instagram pages for more details.

Now, why should you come and see it? I might be a bit partial here, but I still have to say it: Because it’s pretty awesome! I don’t want to give away too much of the plot, nobody likes spoilers, but “Very Still and Hard to See” is a short play cycle that can be categorised in the mystery thriller department. It’s scary, funny, confusing, unreal and it will definitely keep you on your toes.

We as the society are very proud of the result because there was so much hard work, time and dedication put into the final product and it is something that is very close to our heart. So, if you want to support us (again, free of charge!) and also see an awesome play directed and produced by your fellow students, we would love to see you on the 22nd May!

By Anne Blombach

The Crow’s Nest is a Greenwich Students’ Union Student Media channel. The views expressed in this website do not necessarily reflect those of GSU, its trustees, employees, officers or the University of Greenwich.

Henry’s Delegate Diary Day 3

So the final day has come and the seven of us were sat in the conference hall at 9am awaiting the last bits of business for NUS National Conference 2019.

Ohh boy I am tired, nonetheless fuelled up by coffee and hotel biscuits we are here on day 3.

We firstly voted through the reports from liberation conferences, (Mature, LGBT+, Disabled, Trans and Black Students) – And nations reports (Scotland, Wales, and NUS USI). We voted through all reports.

Motions from the Union Development and Citizenship and Society were debated and passed, and although some good work was done, many policies were not discussed, however, a debate between which city is better Birmingham and Manchester happened… So yea… That was a good use of time.

We had elections for Block of 15 who are like the student council of NUS, Elections for Student Directors (Like trustees) and the Democratic Procedures Committee. These are the guys to make sure that all debates are fair and policies are kept. Our very own Nathalie Grigorenko stood and we wait to see how she did! Best of luck Nathalie.

Drama alert: Conference floor delegates stood up and turned their back on a delegate who on day 2 praised the re-election of Israeli Benjamin Netanyahu who’s government has been killing Muslims in Palestine. Not a smart move by the delegate.

Business closed and final speeches were made from outgoing President Shakira Martin and we all decided to enjoy a bit of Glasgow before or train home.

Glasgow is beautiful for those who have never been, and is totally worth the 5 hour train from Euston. We had some laughs, lots of debate and not nearly enough sleep but that’s all from us. Thanks for following the diary and feel free to catch any of us if you fancy attending conference next year!!

‘WOOOOOO’: Rimini Tour 2k19

Well.

As I crawl my way back into Daniel Defoe after a 22-hour coach journey that spanned 5 countries- my head shaven, my voice ruined, €700-poorer and my pink, zebra-print thong riding up my arse, only one thought runs through my mind, ‘I f**king love tour!’

However much I never want to see a Bacardi Breezer again, I can’t deny that it’s been an incredibly fun week. There’s been drinking, wrestling, drinking, dancing, drinking, pizza, drinking, damage costs and of course, drinking.

It’s been a hell of a scatty week to say the least, I just wish it could’ve gone on for longer. I’ve enjoyed every minute of my time on tour, and spending it with some of the loosest people I know definitely made it 10x better.

I can only speak from my own perspective, and only as a rugby fresher on tour. I can’t say too much as ‘what goes on tour stays on tour’, and I’d hate to ruin the experience for anyone else who will be in my position next year. The looming threat of being intoxicated for 5 days straight is enough to put someone off, but all I’ll say is, it is 100% worth it!

The last few days have been a perfect way for me to end my first year at Greenwich, and I’m glad I could spend it with some of, who I now believe to be, my closest friends.

Thank you to everyone who made my first tour so f**king wild, and I can’t wait to hit it harder than ever next year!

I suppose there’s only one thing left to say, ‘WOOOOOO!’

By Mr. Gruffalo 2.0

The Crow’s Nest is a Greenwich Students’ Union Student Media channel. The views expressed in this website do not necessarily reflect those of GSU, its trustees, employees, officers or the University of Greenwich.

Henry’s Delegate Diary – Day 2

Day 2 was the day of reform, NUS needed to change how its business was done. Structures were complicated and not fit for purpose. The NUS Board devised a huge turnaround proposal to cut spending and keep NUS alive.

Delegates debated for 4 hours on all suggested amendments to the bill (15 of them) and came out the other side with a number of adjustments. Full Story here

National Executive Council was scrapped which I was happy to see go. This was a body of students holding council and making decisions and scrutinising full-time officers. If you haven’t heard of it, it is because it’s not effective, transparent or efficient. A new “Scrutiny Committee” replaced the NEC.

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Overall the reforms are passed and NUS lives to see another day, the output overall will fall but let’s hope the work still reaches Greenwich and its students.

We also voted to keep the NUS Trans Campaign, Two Year Officers Terms and leaving space for more liberation officers if there is money for it.

We also voted on a number of motions for the Welfare and Education Zones, some highlights were the stance against islamaphobia and anti-semitism.

It was a long day of debate and we decided to get some well-earned food and rest. Joined by City SU VP Education and incoming president Tuna!

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Henry’s Delegate Diary Day 1

Day 0- And we are off…

Only a hop, skip and jump, or rather a train, plane, and taxi. Five delegates and our staff support headed up to Glasgow and settled into our accommodation. We all got some rest ready for the first day of action at NUS Conference 2019. On board: Henry, Panth, Nathalie, Vincent, Marian, and Chiron. Meike had arrived two days before!

We go to NUS conference to decide who we want to lead the NUS, decide what we want them to work on and to hold officers accountable for their promises made at last years conference.

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Tight Squeeze on the flight! 

Day 1 – Elections

Delegates fueled up and headed over to the conference center all lugging Meike’s campaign materials to spread the word about why #NUSNeedsMeike. All delegates attended training to understand how the conference works and we were told about the scale of the NUS Reforms! We were told that without the proposed changes NUS would not exist!

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A morning walk to wake up the brain! 

Elections are a chance for delegates to chose who they want to lead the NUS in the coming year – at the time of writing this I am sat with Meike who waits to stand, give her speech and win (hopefully) – We wish you all the best #SheWillAlwaysBeMyPresident!

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What happened on day 1:

Conference Voted in condemn Islamophobia and Anti-Semitism through motions. Conference also approved the minutes from last conference and the reports from the fulltime officers. The conference heard the speeches of prospective candidates for election. Meike absolutely smashed her speech!

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Meike, unfortunately, came up short but has done all of Greenwich so proud! She came in 3rd and had huge numbers of second preferences. Well done to all new incoming officers and best of luck for the coming year!

Day 2 will be about the big reforms!

 

Creating sound for the Film Industry with Mark Ulano

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(Photography by Tony Zetterstrøm)

On 1st April 2019, the University of Greenwich film department was visited by Mark Ulano, the Multi Award Winning Production Sound Designer for films such as Titanic, Kill Bill and Iron Man to name but a few.

Mark hosted a lecture based on his position as a Sound Designer, what he had to do to be the Sound Designer he is today and what Sound Design truly means in the world of film.

When discussing the production process, he states that he starts where most other members of the industry usually start, when offered a job for a film he sits with the script. Now while some will read the script in their own time, Mark does not believe in that, he locks himself away from his family, friends and pets and makes sure that he read the script in one sitting. When reading the script he refuses to take an analytical/technical approach to it, but instead takes an objective approach to it.

He reads it as if it were a novel or something, to find if his attention has been caught, once he has read it and it has his attention, he contacts the director to have a sit down with them and then starts finding out what he needs to do. With this, he discusses a meeting with James Cameron: “During a meeting with Jim to discuss beginning work on Titanic, he said something to me which has stuck with me to this day – Don’t give me what I ask for, give me what I need!” He then asked the audience to think about it for a minute, what could be meant by that statement.

This led me to think about it and how, in a creative industry it’s fine attempting to do EXACTLY what a Director asks of you, or what the person in charge asks of you… BUT ARE YOU standing out to anyone? What impact are you making and what special thing are you doing to make this work yours?

During the time Mark gave the audience to think, he stated that “To this day I still have not figured out a specific answer to this, but I’ve found several way’s I think it could be answered, which led me to find MY TAKE on production sound” this shows that when being a filmmaker or someone in a creative industry, you should take the initiative to be different, take a stance that will make you memorable and be more likely to be hired.

He also discussed the importance of listening to even the smallest detail of what is said in the meeting with the Director. In one instance, he spoke about having worked on a Bruce Willis film, which he wasn’t allowed to name, but that said he discussed something, that allowed for the Director to know how thorough he was. “During my meeting with the Director for this project, we were coming to the end of our lunch and he made a statement which threw me off – Bruce is gonna call for a ‘SOUND PERSON’ while on set… ignore him, you and your crew ALL IGNORE HIM; I didn’t understand why but he wouldn’t say anything else. So I turned up to the set the next day and as I was told, half way through the shoot, Bruce called for sound, we all ignored him, no one went over and no one replied, after the break I finally went over and adjusted his microphone and he winked at me. It was then that I realised I was being tested, my team were being tested to know that we took direction and were being thorough and listened to the smallest detail.” Before hearing this, I never realised how important sliding small details into a conversation could be, it helped me understand that I need to do so to be able to know are people listening, are people truly respecting what I’m saying and will they do what I need them to, especially in such a professional environment.

I then had the opportunity to ask a question myself, which gave me an incredible insight into creating the disbelief in film through sound. I asked – “You worked on Iron Man 1 & 2 which much like Super 8 are films in the Sci Fi genre but unlike Super 8 is a film in the Superhero genre, which features more disbelief and sounds that would not normally be as prominent in our world like the armour being put together and taken apart? Could you discuss what it was like to create those sounds?” and Mark answered in a way I didn’t expect, instead of directly answering the question, he discussed the difference between John Favreau’s vision and the visions of James Cameron, Quentin Tarantino and JJ Abrams but to name a few, he said “You will never experience four more drastic differences when trying to create a film, you will never experience four more opposing ideas for what they want for sound, but that’s what I respected because each of them have their own approach, this allowed me to show them how I would then deliver what they need to them and make my impact, which has allowed me to work with them again.”

In the end, hearing all of this from someone who has had so many years in the industry gave me a new perspective on all creative professions I am involved in, hearing such inspiring insights I couldn’t go without letting others know his input on the industry and I hope you all enjoy hearing what he had to say.

If there’s a topic you’d like us to cover, or an issue that you think needs more awareness, let us know at thecrowsnestgre@gmail.com.

By Tommy Monkhouse

The Crow’s Nest is a Greenwich Students’ Union Student Media channel. The views expressed in this website do not necessarily reflect those of GSU, its trustees, employees, officers or the University of Greenwich.

What happens when Gaming and Fitness come together?

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On Saturday 23rd February, Greenwich Anime and Gaming took to a new extreme; they arranged an event, which would bring light to how gaming could have a positive impact not just on physical health, but also mental health and the community.

This event was a Pokémon Go Charity Walk in aid of Special Effect Gaming charity; the walk was 20KM starting in Greenwich and ending at Avery Hill.

Now while there was a route that could have been taken just to focus on the Greenwich borough, the societies president Tommy Monkhouse (myself!) decided to step out of his comfort zone and attempt something even bigger. I contacted the Pokémon Go Bexley Group and begun working with their leader Natalie Forbes to create an event which would show community spirit. The walk would now cut through the Bexley borough and would bring two groups together that normally had no connection.

Now, while some of you may be wondering how this applies to physical and mental health, I took another step and not only arranged for the funds to go to a Gaming Charity that creates controllers for the disabled gamers, but I also decided to get in contact with as many societies as possible from the university and bring them together for one event. The majority of the societies that I contacted were sports themed, attempting to show how fitness and gaming had impacts on each other.

With this, other societies begun to come together to get involved including The Crows Nest itself, the Computing Society, the Hispanic Society and other members of the Student Union. Between the combined efforts of our societies plus the Bexley group the event was an overall success reaching a turn out of 50 people, with members joining and dropping off in different areas, showing not only dedication to the boroughs but a love for something that everyone had in common.

Greenwich Anime and Gaming is still currently raising money for the Charity but as of the event, they have raised £200 and counting. This money will be delivered to the charity at the end of April.

The events success was not just dependant on those that arranged it though, it was also dependant on those who participated, that said the members who did attend had nothing but positive feedback for the event.

Anime and Gaming’s own Treasurer, Keanu, was quoted as saying:

“I really enjoyed the walk, though it felt a bit long at times, you sort of lost track of time while you were doing it because it was just so fun and everyone was laughing with each other and just playing the game.”

While their storage manager was quoted as saying:

“we had a decent turnout, and some members even went further than anticipated originally, and the collaboration between societies and local groups was good”

Finally, the Crows Nest’s leader Nick stated,

“Yeah, it was really fun! I started playing the game again for a while when I came up to London and I’m glad I was able to go out and have a laugh with friends I already had, plus it was great to socialise and meet new people.”

In the end, this event showed that while some see gaming as a reason to sit around and be lazy, others use it to enjoy each others company, get active, and do something that they normally wouldn’t allowing for a new experience and to be able to do something that makes a difference.

By Tommy Monkhouse

The Crow’s Nest is a Greenwich Students’ Union Student Media channel. The views expressed in this website do not necessarily reflect those of GSU, its trustees, employees, officers or the University of Greenwich.

‘Going from a paddling pool to an Olympic-sized swimming pool’: An Interview on Acting with Henry Rundle

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Thousands have the dream of becoming a star. Many long for their name in lights, or across tabloid newspapers for the world to see. For Henry (Harry) Rundle, 26, this isn’t the acting dream he sees when he closes his eyes at night.

Harry started acting at the age of 14, whereupon he played Tybalt in a youth production of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. After a few years he decided that he’d apply for drama school to further his on-stage abilities. He hadn’t always wanted to be an actor, he says, ‘I wanted to be a journalist or in philosophy or something within that field.’ He added, ‘my family’s always been in the industry [media], so it’s always been in the background’.

Harry says that it’s the ‘thrill of being creative’, ‘the energy’ and ‘the adrenalin’ that keeps him acting on stage claiming that ‘it’s addictive’.

From 2014-2017, Harry attended Rose Bruford College, who’s alumni include Anthony Daniels (Star Wars), Tom Baker (Doctor Who) and Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight trilogy). Whilst training there, he performed in contemporary pieces such as Shakespeare’s ‘The Winter’s Tale’ and ‘The Tempest’ where he played Antigonus and Trinculo respectively. He also played Konstantin in Chekhov’s ‘The Seagull’ and Danforth in Miller’s ‘The Crucible’.

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Harry says that he enjoyed acting in ‘The Seagull’ as Chekhov’s plays allow you to ‘explore and grow’ with the character, whereas Shakespeare is ‘much more technical’ and focuses more heavily on the delivery of the lines and ‘the meter’.

Harry’s portfolio of work includes smaller productions staged during his time at drama school, along with various short-films and a role in TV’s ‘Doctors’. Harry’s big break however came in 2017, when he was cast as the role of Scorpius Malfoy and Yann Fredricks in the award winning ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’.

When asked how it felt being cast in such a huge production, Harry stated ‘it’s like going from a paddling pool to an Olympic-sized swimming pool’. Harry compared having ‘a whole floor of a film studio’ to rehearse in to the small rooms he used to rehearse in at drama school. He says, ‘they named each of the rehearsal rooms after different rooms in Hogwarts, like ‘The Great Hall’ or the ‘Owlery’ so you’d do little bits of rehearsal in different little areas.’

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is of course a stage representation of J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world- so the recreation of magic without CGI is something that presented a lot of new challenges for the actors.

Harry stated that the show was very technical with ‘trap doors that go through the floor and you have to learn how to do all the magic tricks.’

He stated further,

 ‘it’s difficult because you’re doing a scene and in your mind you’re always ‘got to do that magic trick coming up’. I had a conversation with Theo Ancient who played Albus Potter and he said the nicest scenes are the ones where you can just sit and just do a scene. [The show] is just such a behemoth, I think.’

Moving from smaller scale productions in drama school that ‘no-one really cares about’ to becoming a character in one of ‘the biggest phenomenons in the world’ is something that Harry both found challenging and enjoyed thoroughly during his time in The Cursed Child. Becoming part of the Harry Potter canon and having to deal with superfans is something Harry expressed his shock at stating that it just felt ‘really weird but it was an amazing experience’.

Actor’s can sometimes form attachments to roles they’ve taken on and can learn from the characters they embody. For Harry, his two favourite roles were Scorpius (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) and Konstantin (The Seagull). Actors are there to entertain the audience and allow them to see something outside of their own world. Harry loved playing Scorpius as ‘he’s so joyful and as soon as you’ve said your first line, the audience want to love you’. Konstantin, on the other hand, is a well-known character of Chekhov’s, and therefore Harry enjoyed ‘doing the research’ and expressed his satisfaction at getting ‘to inhabit one of the great characters of stage’.

It’s safe to say Harry’s already had a brilliant kickstart to his stage career, and I can’t imagine it’ll be long before we see his name popping up across theatre’s everywhere in the UK.

By Nicholas Jones