Flash Friday 2/10: Commuter chaos, vandalism and student lock-ins

Flash Friday 2/10: Commuter chaos, vandalism and student lock-ins

Flash Friday 2/10: Commuter chaos, vandalism and student lock-ins

It’s a chilling thought to think that it’s October already – and as usual, student media has ushered in the new month in style.

See how our member publications covered the week’s news:


Vandalism puts town-gown relations under spotlight

By Joseph Cassidy for The Saint
Image: Golfworld

Image: Golfworld

A local resident has accused students of vandalising his car, putting ‘town-gown’ relations under strain.

A former student of the university, Rev Dr John Cameron hit out after students jumped on the bonnet of his car in the early hours of Wednesday 23 September, causing a “massive dent” in his vehicle.

In an email to the university – shared with The Saint – Dr Cameron explained why he believed the vandals were students: “We heard the metal bending but by the time we could get out of bed and onto the street they had raced away to the sounds of male and female laughter.

“Before you say it could have been ‘townies’ – the perennial excuse – I used to live in London and can tell Home Counties’ accents when I hear them,” he continued.

The incident has now been reported to the university’s discipline officer.

Chaos on train to Tokyo World

By Sorcha Mairead Bradley for Epigram
Image: Epigram

Image: Epigram

Chaos ensued between Clifton Down and Redland Station on Sunday as students travelling to Tokyo World pulled the emergency alarm to escape a severely overcrowded train in Bristol.

Students were forced to jump from the train and walk along the tracks in order to get back to the platform.

The incident occurred on the 14:48 train to Stapleton Road, as students travelled to attend the popular music festival Tokyo World. An estimated 150 to 200 students attempted to get on-board the two-carriage train at Clifton Down station, which was then kept waiting at the station for approximately fifteen minutes.

A third-year computer scientist told Epigram: “No one knew what was going on, the driver made an announcement over the tannoy but no one could really hear it.”


Bentall centre student lock-in ‘falsely advertised’

By Luisa Barrientos for River Online
Image: River Online

Image: River Online

Students eagerly queued outside Kingston’s Bentall Centre Tuesday evening awaiting party-like atmosphere.

However various stores, like Zara, were open during the event but did not offer discounts. Many students remarked on the stores lack of participation.

Ashwin Bhandari, a third year student at Kingston University, said: “The music was unnecessarily blaring, no one wanted to visit the silent disco, and it was poorly promoted. Whilst some discounts were decent, more shops should have been open – it was falsely advertised.”


Digestible news, a nib at a time.

Feature | De Havilland campus in GIFs

By Katie Noble for Trident Media

A unique way to explore your new home from technology buffs at Trident Media.

National | Consumer Rights Act now grants refunds for broken games

By Tom Lynch for Scratch Media

Gamers can get full refunds for faulty video games thanks to changes made to the Consumer Rights Act yesterday.

Consumers are now entitled to a full refund for up to 30 days after the purchase of a faulty product, compared to the “reasonable time” label before Thursday’s act was introduced.

For instance, if you purchase the new Assassin’s Creed game this year and it’s mechanically broken like last year’s entry into the franchise, you can appeal to the retailer in which you purchased it from for a refund.

Music | Nobody cares about local gigs: the fall and fall of the unsigned scene

One for all you music geeks out there. This fact-packed opinion piece finds reasons for the fall of unsigned bands. Well worth a read!

Comment of the week


Image: The College View

An insightful take on modern abortion laws by Sean Cassidy for The College View.

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