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Editor’s Note Issue 15 05/03/12

It’s with great sadness that we report on the attack on Daniel Whiteley. The 1st year English literature student was beaten and is now in hospital with life threatening injuries. We wish him a full and speedy recovery.

If anyone has any information that could be of help to the police, please call 0161 856 424.

Casting your eyes to the bottom of this page you’ll see the list of those who have decided to stand in this year’s student elections. This is just a taster for our election special coming up in next week’s issue. As the election campaign reaches it heady climax, we’ll have all the candidates’ mini manifestos so you can see who deserves your vote.

Voting opens on 9th March and is open until 15th March. No doubt you’ll have had some of those plucky contenders doing shout outs and the start of your lectures. Running for my position as Mancunion Editor last March, I know exactly how they feel. It’s a daunting experience trying to explain to a theatre of 400 people why they should vote for you.

All these people want to make sure that the students’ union is relevant to the needs of Manchester students, so hear them out. Give them a chance and if you like what you hear (or if you don’t) vote on your student portals to make your voice heard.

If you are a resident of Fallowfield, you’ll no doubt have heard of Gaff’s. This week’s business section (page 11) will take you to the heart of the shop’s success in the student heartland.

On the subject of student institutions, it’s MIFTAs time again. This annual student theatre festival puts on a variety of top notch student productions. Turn to page 19 for previews of some of the plays being staged this year.

So read on and we’ll see you next week.

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Nick Renaud-Komiya

Former Editor-in-Chief of The Mancunion (2011-2012). Graduated in July 2011 with a BA in History & Social Sciences.
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