‘Scary and confusing’ – an EU student’s feelings on Brexit

Photograph by Anne Blombach

With Brexit Day, and therefore the day the UK is leaving the EU for good, approaching rather quickly, I wondered how young people, whose future depended on being allowed to live in the UK without restrictions, felt about the situation. I decided to sit down with Jenny Bremerich, 22, who was born and raised in Germany but has been living in the UK for 2 ½ years. The first two years, she spent working as an AuPair after which she decided to stay in London and go to university. She is currently a student of Media and Communications at the University of Greenwich.

When the referendum happened in 2016, Jenny was not allowed to vote because she had only been in the UK for a couple of months by then. However, there have been voices in the community and amongst politicians that there should be a second referendum. Jenny thinks this would be a good idea:

“I think it’s ridiculously stupid to leave the EU […] because we’re going to lose a lot of perks. I don’t think there is any good that could come from leaving the EU. Yes, I think there should be a second referendum just because I have read this study once. Everyone who turned 18 since the first referendum happened, if all of them now would vote to Remain, the majority would be to Remain and that says a lot.”

Fact is, the first referendum was not legally binding and therefore, parliament was not obliged to act on it. However, they decided to do so and have since been faced with some backlash on how they are handling the situation.

“A lot of things most of the times really just confuse me. Certainly, I don’t think they are handling it well because all they are thinking about is themselves, they are not really thinking about the public and all the people living here who would be affected by Brexit. I don’t really like that.”

Although the news that are being shared and everything that is happening in the Parliament is rather confusing, institutions such as universities are trying their best to inform and reassure, telling from Jenny’s experiences specifically.

“I just remember when the Brexit vote happened, I got an email from my AuPair agency explaining what will happen and that we shouldn’t worry at least not now, not yet. They [the university] do a lot because I see all the emails they send out all the time. If I have any questions, if I am concerned about what will happen, I would probably drop them an email and get a response, but I haven’t done that.”

So, what does it mean personally? Brexit is all over the media and comes up in almost every conversation. Does it affect people already, even without anything signed yet?

“Yeah, in one regard because my mum is planning to visit in April and multiple people have told her not to go because […] you don’t know what is going to happen at the airport and she is not booking any flights because she doesn’t know if she can actually come to visit me and that is a bit scary to think about because, I don’t know, it’s a lot.”

Nobody really knows what will happen yet. It will possibly have an impact on travel and, although highly unlikely, it might come down to EU citizens being sent back to their home country. As a student, this is particularly challenging.

“I think my biggest fear is that we will not be able to travel back and forth as often as we would like, to see our family and friends. I think that is one of my biggest fears but then also that deported thing because I go to uni here, why would I want to leave?”

Research shows that Jenny is not alone with her opinion. According to The Guardian almost a million young people are calling for a vote on the final Brexit deal. And although Brexit Day is just around the corner, nobody really knows what is going to happen and it causes especially students to worry about their future.

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.

Speakeasy with UGRFC @ Belushi’s: 29th March!

They’re going out with a bang! Paired with Belushi’s Greenwich, the University of Greenwich Rugby team (UGRFC) are hosting their final event of the year on Saturday 29th March. The theme- The Roaring 20s!

Oh, yes!

Break out your finery ladies and gentlemen, this ones going to be a big one. We’re talking anything from The Great Gatsby to Peaky Blinders. Everyone, it’s time to break out the flat-caps, feather boas and fanciest attire you’ve got for this final blowout of the year.

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Obviously Belushi’s will be offering their usual deals including:

2-4-1 VKs, £2.50 single spirits & mix, £3 pints, £2.80 Corona and £2.50 bombs!

And, of course, we’d all love to do it like they did during the prohibition when booze was cheap, but unfortunately we live in London in 2019 and we’re all students- so champers is off the table for most of us! But what’s the next best thing?

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There will be a FREE glass of budget-bubbly waiting for anyone who purchases a ticket online. There will also be glasses behind the bar for £2.50 and they’ll also have some lovely staff wondering through the party with glasses to buy on trays for the same price (adding to the trays of jagers that float around and threaten to push the night downhill!)

I know it’s one I’ll definitely be going to so I hope to see you there! I’ll be the one in the waistcoat and the flat-cap!

By Nicholas Jones

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.

THE GOLDEN AGE OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Events are Basically Instagram Coming to Life

Fyre Fraud

For the past decade, we saw social media evolving and taking the world by storm. As each year passed, our now favourite platforms such as Instagram, Facebook and Twitter have gained more and more power over us that allows them to shape our views and attitudes in unimaginable ways. The whole movement has not only allowed for celebrities to get more exposure but also made them into social media influencers who have become the trendsetters and human brands even more than ever before. Just add celebrity endorsements to a social media campaign and you will get a guide to a successful influencer marketing for your event.

A survey from WhoSay reports, 89% of U.S. agency and brand marketers believe influencer marketing can positively impact how people feel about their brand or product. This shines some light on why exactly Fyre Festival creators thought that involving Kendall Jenner to post a single Instagram post for £193,000 and launching a luxury marketing campaign with the other top 10 supermodels in the Bahamas was worth it.

From the event experiential marketing perspective, such an authentic and exclusive partnership for increasing event awareness is a sound idea and can lead to great results (Fyre Festival sold out in under 48h). The only problem here was the inexperienced event founder who was at the forefront of this whole fiasco, greedily robbing attendees of their money. Billy McFarland ignored all the financial warnings from his advising team and simply proceeded with promising to deliver the greatest music festival of all time. Through the influencer marketing, he was selling a false image of celebrities and influencers casually partying with attendees at the ‘luxury’ festival. Yet none of this was meant to be genuine.

Following the launch of the festival, hundreds of attendees and festival workers were left traumatised when Billy successfully fled the island. Bahamian locals who built the event site, camps and fed arrived attendees were left with nothing. He didn’t fix his disaster, he didn’t pay back the owned money, he didn’t live up to the expectations.

By creating misleading campaigns, McFarland defrauded millennials to pay him large sums of money for the vision they never received. He promised locals a 5-year event that will boost their economy. Billy is the one to be truly blamed for the Fyre Fraud and is now sentenced to six years in prison on multiple counts of fraud.

Rohan Midha, the managing director of influencer agency, said that while festival itself was a disaster, the influencer marketing behind it wasn’t. It simply goes to show how much power influencers have on the success of your event marketing.

Burning Festival

While involving influencers in your event marketing campaign can bring many positives, they can also affect the entire event culture. The lately spoken about non-for-profit Burning Man in Black Rock City is a great example this. The event that was supposed to decommodify its attendees, has increasingly changed towards marketing by becoming a tool for product launches and commercial photo shoots for Instagram.

You would wonder how is this affecting the attendees? Well, the original ‘burners’ used the event as an escape from financial and cultural restraints of mainstream society but with the elite attendees, the event has become more like an outside world. It simply goes against the event’s ethos.

For the past 3 years, event organisers have received backlash for enabling businesses to sell ‘all-inclusive,’ luxury event packages that attract influencers and rich demographic to Humano camp. The current ticket pricing is also discriminating against the original attendees of lower income. They believe Burning Man experience is meant to be a counterculture gathering of people from all backgrounds. No divide, no discrimination only harmony and uni.

By Melisa Bazane

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.

University Mental Health Day 2019

In the blur of the 2019 GSU Elections Week was a day of events and stalls for University Mental Health Day. Across Greenwich, Medway and Avery Hill, staff, students and externals came together to run a program which promoted the new University Health and Wellbeing Strategy. Click here to read more about it! Capture.PNG This strategy was written by the Univerity and Greenwich Students’ Union and sets out a plan for the next 3 years for the development of mental health support for the Greenwich community. From online resources such as “Big White Wall”, to mental health first aid training for tutors, the strategy has something for everyone. At the Students’ Union, we are very grateful to be involved in the writing of this strategy and welcome the support for our GSU Advice team. Our advice team provides academic support to students when a student is in conflict with the University. Find out more at https://www.greenwichsu.co.uk/advice/ University Portal Ad The day of events also included a number of free talks; I attended one by Pro-Vice-Chancellor Prof Derek Moore on “Life Transitions” explaining how everyone is constantly moving from one stage of their life to another from infancy to retirement. Changing from one stage to another is stressful however we are all experiencing similar stresses. Finding little “Uplifts” keeps us positive and add a bit of colour to the greyest of days. 53752184_1219893134852890_6557177805468073984_n We also had a visit from Rugby World Cup Winner Matt Dawson MBE who met students and staff and joined in on a game of touch rugby! You can try out touch rugby every Friday at Avery Hill – Join the group here! You can read more about Matt’s Visit here – https://www.londonnewsonline.co.uk/rugby-star-gives-mental-well-being-advice/ Staff put on a casual knitting class teaching some students the basics, knitting and other activity that requires focus is a really good way to escape the day to day worries. Occupational therapy has been used for years and the upsurge of mindfulness has this idea at its core. Better than just offering a distraction, you get to produce something to treasure too! 54278010_573769643135916_8961554867759874048_n The key message from the day and all the work I do is: University is a transformational experience and it can get tough for everyone, but the Students’ Union and your peers are here to help you. We all have wobbles and that’s okay, the people around you are here to keep you pushing on. By Henry Setter

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.

Cirque du Soleil’s Totem: An Experience I’ll Never Forget

I had no idea what to expect when I booked my tickets for Cirque du Soleil’s Totem show; I just wanted to surprise my mum with a trip to the theatre. However, looking back I am so glad that I took a chance on a show that I knew little about- it was an experience I’ll never forget!

Totem is just one of many of Cirque du Soleil’s shows. The renowned entertainment company have many different shows all over the world, so seeing one show does not mean that you’ve seen everything! Later in the year there will often be a completely new and unique show to see, and each show has its own theme and message.

Totem was exquisite. I was mesmerised from the second the lights hit the stage. The central theme of the show was evolution, and this theme was composited of various acts, including acrobatics and comedy sketches. There was never a dull moment, with each individual act displaying a new skill set, the likes of which seemed humanly impossible! I could not believe the sheer amount of diverse talents that were all part of one incredible show. There is truly nothing like it!

It was inspiring to see how such beauty could come out of hard work and talent- the artists were incredible, and their acts were all breath-taking. And that was just part of the show! The use of fluorescent lighting and costumes created a work of art for the eyes of the audience, and combined with the amazing acrobatic abilities of the cast, it made for an experience of a lifetime!

I sincerely recommend Cirque du Soleil to anyone who wants to enjoy a mesmerising journey into a fantasy world, experiencing the circus in an exciting and artistic show! You won’t be disappointed!

By Morganfayx

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.

Pokemon Go Walk for Charity! 23/02/19

Listen up, everyone! It’s time to unleash your inner-child!

This Saturday there is a special Pokemon Go walk being done for charity, hosted by the Anime and Games Society.

The charity in question is ‘Special Effect Gaming’ which provides specialised games, controllers and equipment for those with disabilities, to allow them to game as easily as everyone else!

This charity walk is for a great cause and is a great opportunity to compete with your mates to see who is the ultimate Pokemon hunter! Whether you play the game regularly, used to play or have never played at all, don’t be shy! Download the app and get started right away! The game is free to download and play so the event will only cost you what you are generous enough to donate!

Here’s a message from Anime and Games,

The event will start at 10am outside the entrance for Dreadnought and will pass through East Greenwich, Blackheath Standard, Shooters Hill, Welling, Bexleyheath and will end at Avery Hill!

The walk can be done by anyone they don’t have to play Pokémon Go and they don’t have to do the full 20KM they can drop out at any point!

We ask for a small donation either via the JustGiving page which is linked in the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/288004311882759/ or they can donate in person via the donation tub that we will have and all donations go to Special Effect Gaming Charity.’

I know I’ll be going, so I hope to see you all there!

By Nicholas Jones

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.

We’re all good people really!

Photograph by Nicholas Jones

Story time,

I was sitting on the DLR on my way back to halls, and I had a two-person bench to myself, sitting opposite another two-person bench actually being used by two people.

As we approached the next stop, the man opposite me got up to leave, and as he left he tapped me on the shoulder (I had my headphones on) and pointed out that my train ticket had fallen onto the seat. Now admittedly I didn’t need the ticket anymore, but the fact that he pointed it out could’ve saved me a lot of hassle and money. I said thank you, and off he went.

As the man left, a young couple no older than myself boarded the carriage. I saw that they were looking for somewhere to sit (preferably together) but the train was very busy and there were no two seats together. I thought of the little act of kindness that the man had just shown me, and now (given that he had just left an empty seat opposite me) I nudged the young couple and told them to have the two-seater I was currently taking up on my own.

The man that had shown me kindness, had left an empty seat and given me the opportunity to show some kindness myself, and allow this young couple to sit together. The young couple said thank you, and the journey continued.

What I saw next was incredible. As if a domino effect, the young lady from the couple who had just sat down, then spotted a cuddly toy, that a child in a pram had dropped, and gave it back to the mother who hadn’t realised it was missing. The (presumably) parents of the child said thank you to the girl, and the journey carried on.

Continuing the trend, the (presumably) father, then helped an elderly lady onto the DLR as she was struggling with her trolley full of belongings. She said thank you, and the journey moved along.

It’s at this point, that I departed the train so I don’t know if any more good will was shown on this ongoing train of selfless acts- though I like to think it was.

People in London have the stereotype of being grumpy, only looking out for themselves and making their own journey as comfortable as possible for themselves (which may be the case some of the time)! But I think it’s important never to forget that everyone is just another person going about their day, and to remember to help others when we can, in both the biggest ways and littlest ways.

By Nicholas Jones

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.

Yoga and a Hiit Workout for Charity!

Hi everyone!

The MA International Events Management students have organised a great event on the 19th of February for everyone to get involved with!

They are working alongside side a charity called ‘KEEN London’ which provides one-on-one sports coaching for children and young adults with special needs at no cost to their families.

The event offers exciting activities such as Yoga and a Hiit Workout- but if that’s not for you, then there’s also some helpful health tips and a raffle (so there’s no excuse not go and show your support!)

Find the Eventbrite link with more information and tickets here,

 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lift-the-weight-tickets-55216851088?aff=eand&fbclid=IwAR16IwWarh11U81dGlHCVPM6bJvbNayRuhnSEw9Djxnrm5dUFk5btMXs-AA

and have a look at the the Facebook event here,

 https://www.facebook.com/events/361789054371877   .

Whether sports is your game or not, there’s no denying that it brings people together, aids in health and fitness, and can be incredibly fun and rewarding.

So why not come down for half and hour so to give something to those who haven’t had the greatest of luck, and aid in allowing them to get the coaching that KEEN London provides!

You might make someone’s day!

By Nicholas Jones

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.

Elections and All That- a Helpful Guide to the SU Elections – By an experienced Candidate

Every year Greenwich Students’ Union hold elections to decide which students will be the leadership for the following year. There are two kinds of role up for grabs: part-time and full-time roles. The game has been changed this year with big implications on the voting that begins 4th of March. This is article includes everything you need to know!

Elections

Part-time Roles


Students can run for a part-time role which is done on a volunteered basis and runs alongside your studies. The part-time positions include the faculty officers and sports and society executives. In March we elect just the faculty officers (the sports and soc exec will happen in term 3). Four students per faculty are elected and their job is to hear about the issues happening on the ground and work with University and Student Union Staff to combat these.  The successful candidates are provided with training before starting their tenure the start of the 19/20 academic year.

Remember you’re electing 4 so make sure you don’t just vote for one person (voting tips are listed later on in this article).

We are no longer have the Part-Time Officers and so you’ll not be electing; LGBTQ+, International, Volunteering, Disabled, Women, BAME and Campus Officers. We are replacing these this year for paid researchers who will work on engaging hard to reach student groups.

Full-time Roles


This is where we see the biggest changes! Last year there were four different roles that candidates could run for; President, Welfare, Education and Activities. This year instead of that, all full time officers will be running for one of the four GSU Officer roles. This now mirrors the style of faculty officer elections. This means that all candidates are competing against each other and the roles are highly contested. There is no easy way in to these roles. You have to be in the top 4 to win!

The candidate with the most votes after looking at the preferences listed by voters will be the President. The new team will then divide up the responsibilities of the team between them once they are in post.

Each candidate for both full-time and part-time roles submits a manifesto (plan) outlining what they would do if elected. You can check these out on the SU website from the Thursday 21st Feb.

Voting

Voting


Understanding how the voting works is key to ensuring you get the best team in for next year. On your voting slip (or online) you will see the role title and then a list of all the people running for that role. (There will be a lot of names). Next to each name is a box. Your job is to rank the candidates from #1 to as many as you want. However we suggest you at least mark your top 4, (#1, #2, #3 and #4). If your first preference doesn’t win, your vote will still count if you put a second (and third ect.) preference in.

If you want a particular candidate to be president make sure to put them #1. This voting method is called single transferable vote and you can find out more here.

Voting opens 4th of March and closes 4pm on the 7th so do not miss your chance to have a say!

Now for My Bit


Now you know all the facts about the voting and roles, I will say that I, myself am re-running for the GSU Officer place and hoping to be next years GSU President. I am happy to have a chat about why I am running but you can check my page out on Facebook here or on Instagram here. See you all soon! Happy voting!

Henry

By Henry Setter

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.

Help! I’m Drowning in Books! 3 Tips to Survive the Bookload

Image by Morganfayx

When I first started studying at Greenwich, I was completely overwhelmed with the workload, which mostly consisted of what seemed to me at the time (and sometimes still does) as tonnes and tonnes of reading. I think most of us will agree that it’s a big shock, perhaps particularly when coming to uni straight from A-Levels, that you pretty much have to finish a book per week/ fortnight (considering that at 6th form we’d spend a whole term on one book). Never fear, my fellow procrastinators; here are some tips to help you focus and manage your reading schedule that will hopefully make the task of reading less stressful to those who, like me, find it a struggle. These tips can also be applied to other homework and deadlines you need to meet!

Tip number 1: Timing!

This is perhaps the most obvious, but also the most important tip about deadlines in general, not just finishing a book ahead of a seminar: DON’T LEAVE IT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE! We all tell ourselves that we’re going to start a book weeks in advance, and then panic when it gets to two days before it’s due to be read and we’ve got a fat 500 pages sitting in front of us, unread. My suggestion of a solution to this recurring problem is to set yourself a certain amount of pages everyday up until the deadline. If we can find out how many pages there are, and how long we’ve got before we have to have read the book, we can work out the number of pages we roughly need to read per day in order to achieve the deadline. Breaking a scary looking book down into manageable chunks may help us avoid procrastinating as a result of it looking unmanageable in its entirety. As well as this, having a daily goal of so many pages may keep us motivated to achieve these individual goals, as they are easier than thinking of the whole book as a larger and more difficult goal.

Tip number 2: Rewards

If you’re like me and tend to prefer the company of movies over a book (I have spent nights longing to watch Disney’s Finding Nemo, but instead have found Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre sitting expectantly in front of me), why not set yourself so many pages, then reward yourself for reading them with what you want to do! This doesn’t have to be a movie either; in my case, I read a bit of a book, then watch a bit of a movie as a reward for my progress- you could read some pages, then go for a walk, or play some sport, or whatever it is you enjoy doing. Ultimately, this tip is about making sure you give yourself a break after working through difficult tasks for a period of time!

Tip number 3: Environment

A lot of the time I believe my struggles with being able to focus stem from being in the wrong environment. I have tried reading in a busy setting, surrounded by people who are doing or talking about things that seem much more interesting than the book or text I have in my hand, and I end up putting it down to join in! If you find yourself in the same situations that prevent you from focussing on working or reading, why not try finding a quiet space to focus- if you’re in university accommodation, your room there is a perfect spot designed for studying! If you live with other people, why not find a secluded spot where you can really focus on a task? For me, Greenwich Park is a perfect place for reading or working (take gloves in the winter); you can find nice spot to sit amongst the beautiful scenery during the daytime, where it’s peaceful and easy to work!

I hope these are some helpful tips that help anyone out there struggling with the weight of their workload at uni, reading or otherwise. Try to allow yourself enough time to complete tasks in order to avoid panic, but don’t stress if you make mistakes with regards to time management! Grab yourself a cup of tea and relax.

By Morganfayx

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.