Richard Crook

Richard Crook

Editor-in-chief at The Mancunion. E-mail me at [email protected].

The Mancunion 2012-2013: Highlights

A reminder of what we delivered in 2012-2013.

The Mancunion needs a paid editor and a ring-fenced number of issues if it is to surivive

This week a motion goes before the union assembly calling for The Mancunion to have a paid editor and a ring-fenced number of issues. Here’s why we’re putting it forward


NUS publish evaluation lambasting their own demonstration DEMO2012 and admits costs topped £155,000

Election scandal as five candidates disqualified

Activities, Community, Diversity, General Secretary and Wellbeing candidates kicked out of elections

Candidates hit out at election rules

Open letter started by Colin Cortbus and signed by numerous candidates reveals split


Society in homophobia scandal shuts down after national outcry

– ‘Global Aspirations of Women’ disbands following outrage – Police receive complaint over homophobic language – Recording receives over 11,000 hits on YouTube

Winter Wonderland Pangaea 2013

Julian Wakefield’s shots from Pangaea 2013

Missing Man Met student Souvik Pal found dead in canal

Body of student who went missing on New Year’s Eve found in canal near Manchester United ground

SPOTTED shuts down amid complaints and library pressure

Popular Facebook page pointing out attractive students in the library taken down following concerns of student welfare

Crossing over: Fresh Fridays quit Students’ Union to replace The BOP

Fresh Fridays to leave the Students’ Union next semester in favour of Jabez Clegg following a dispute with Rough Hill

Staff member jailed for stealing £30k from Cancer Studies department

– Money spent on drug habit and computers – Sentenced to 20 months in jail – Used fake names for expenses claims

Tommy Fish issues new statement on societies funding scandal

Activities Officer has issued a revised statement following the societies scandal last week.

Women cheat in exams twice as much as men at Manchester

– Student discipline cases up by 70% – International students make up majority of cases – Academic Appeals against ‘poor supervision’ up fivefold

Union events – Good idea, poor execution

This week I examine what went wrong with The Welcome Week Party and M13 Festival

Lavish perks offered to peddle club nights to students

– Committee members offered special perks to sell Freshers Pack – SKUM discounts, free entry to clubs among the benefits

Preview: Benicassim festival

Forget partying with the post-AS level results crowd at Leeds or trawling through the routine Glastonbury mud, make your festival experience this year Benicassim.

Saturday night, Sunday morning

It lacks the heart of the novel and film, but this adaptation of Sunday morning still has a lot to offer

University Challenged? Society sells misspelt hoodies

The Civil and Construction Society accidentally sold many students hoodies containing a misprint

Cooking up an Oscar winner: Ingredients for a Best Picture

The step-by-step guide to getting the big award at the Oscars

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