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Film

Cult Column: Blue Velvet

I have always adored Blue Velvet, as a fan of surreal story-telling, non-sequitur narratives, and, frankly, just the plain weird. A new found appreciation for David Lynch’s 1986 neo-noir thriller has awakened in me against the backdrop of global horror. Blue Velvet follows Jeffrey Beaumont, a college student who returns to his hometown and becomes […]

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Music

Kali Uchis unabashedly explores her roots in Sin Miedo

4 stars You are greeted first by ethereal, reverberating echoes, a soft chorus, and light percussion. Then, the opening lines, spoken: “¿Y tú qué pensaste? ¿Que yo me iba echar a morir?” (lit. transl. “And what did you think? That I was going to throw myself down to die?”). With these telenovela-worthy remarks, the picture […]

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Comment

Morales’ protégé wins in Bolivia, but it might be too early for celebration

Latin America has been riddled with turbulence. Last year alone, the Amazon was set viciously ablaze, major protests festered in Chile and Ecuador, and Peru entered a constitutional crisis. In light of this, where does the landslide victory of Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS) in Bolivia fall? On a prima facie level, the electoral outcome must […]

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Culture Literature

Poem of the Week: Sarah Williams’ ​’The Old Astronomer to His Pupil’

Exactly one-thousand, eight hundred and sixty-seven days ago, a friend of mine passed away. He was not my ​best friend, my oldest friend, nor the very first person I would run to with a secret. His absence, however, marked my first direct encounter with our arbitrary impermanence, and the overlooked importance of otherwise insignificant moments. […]

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News

In Conversation with this Year’s BME Officer

The Student conversed with Ayanda Ngobeni, this years’ elected Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Officer for the University of Edinburgh. She was asked about her role, her background, and campaign. Tell me a little bit about yourself. I would describe myself as a “go-getter” who’s deeply passionate about three things: Existing as a woman while being Black, […]

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Culture Theatre

Alternative theatre done right ‒ Deficit review

“If you don’t like me at my worst… then we have something in common” Theatre Paradok’s production of Deficit, directed by Maddie Flint and a part of this year’s Edinburgh Alternative Theatre Festival, comes at cataclysmic odds with the usually substandard expectations which arise at the mention of devised student theatre.  Upon entering unusual venue […]

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Culture Theatre

In conversation with the co-directors of Yerma

It would be rational to initially question the appeal of Federico García Lorca’s 1934 story of a rural, infertile Andalucian woman, especially within the context of today’s relatively progressive Edinburgh city centre environment – it could very well seem outdated, irrelevant. Yet, upon conversing with Jane Prinsley and Laura Hounsell, co-directors of the upcoming production […]

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News

Students protest demands tuition fee refunds

Yesterday evening, a student protest was organised demanding tuition fee refunds as a result of cancelled teaching hours due to UCU industrial action. The protest was directed at Vice Chancellor Peter Mathieson, who at the time of the protest was present at his introductory event, Principal’s Town Hall, at McEwan Hall. Ben Jones, a masters […]