University of Oxford: Ben Shapiro protestor
On October 30, 2023, Ben Shapiro spoke at the Oxford Students’ Union.
In his speech, he discussed Israel’s right to retaliate in Gaza, abortion, and the upcoming 2024 American election.
Roughly 20 people protested outside of the event. When asked what he thought about the protest, Shapiro responded, “I say things that I think are true.”
Shapiro is an American Conservative commentator, lawyer, and columnist, who hosts a daily political podcast and live radio show.
University of Edinburgh: the Right to Protest
Edinburgh University Students’ Association (EUSA) has launched an open letter demanding protection for students’ right to protest without intimidation.
The letter calls on the University to give an immediate commitment to protecting the right to protest on campus and to protecting students from heavy-handed policies.
The letter emphasises the impact of a heavy police presence on international students.
The letter comes after a student was detained by police on campus on October 20 for smearing red paint on a campus building as part of a pro-Palestine protest.
Also in Edinburgh: Europe’s oldest student paper, Edinburgh University’s paper The Student, has been saved from closure after a fundraiser raised over £2,000.
The paper is independent from the University and the students’ association, relying on advertising and fundraisers.
The paper was founded in 1887 by Treasure Island author Robert Louis Stevenson.
The editor-in-chief told BBC Scotland News that they did not want to lose the paper’s print history. He continued, “without that visibility we might not be able to survive as a digital publication.”
University of Cambridge: the Capsized Eight
In Cambridge, a boat of novice rowers from Clare’s College capsized into the river Cam, the first boat of eight to be tipped into the Cam in five years.
The boat tipped into the water after nearly hitting an abandoned houseboat.
“The Capsized Eight,” as the group now refer to themselves, was rescued by the women’s crew.
One rower said, “everyone went into shock, because the water was freezing cold.”
The Capsized Eight have told Varsity that they are planning a commemorative jump into the Cam on next year’s anniversary.
University of Exeter: new MA in Magic
Starting this year, students at Exeter can study magic, as part of a new Masters in Magic and Occult Science.
The course, based in the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, includes the study of dragons, witches, and the legend of King Arthur.
The course also focuses on “[d]ecolonisation, the exploration of alternative epistemologies, feminism, and anti-racism at its ‘core.'”