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Author: Max Beckett

Break out of the university bubble – build youth power at the ballot box

The fifth-most shared story last week was about the surge in students registered to vote. According to a survey by the Higher Education Policy Institute and YouthSight, some 93% of you full-time undergrads are registered. It marks a record high for engagement – even greater than the 87% turnout amongst students in the Referendum last year. So: great work guys, it’s fantastic to see you understand your power at the ballot box and that you’re planning to use it. But there’s more to be done, starting with our friends back home. Here’s the clincher. If we take a ballpark...

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VARSITY: Men’s Football 3s lose on penalties

Team Kent’s Men’s Football 3s were unable to defeat Canterbury Christ Church this afternoon in a heated and eventful Varsity match. Within minutes, a CCCU fan had to be escorted off the premises for aggressive behaviour, and that set the tone for an angry contest filled with many fouls and passionate words exchanged. The referee probably had to call more free-kicks than throw-ins, as both teams locked horns and battled relentlessly for the win. CCCU held the upper hand for the majority of the match, and they were much further ahead in terms of possession, shots and missed chances....

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‘Alternative Facts’ is the euphemism that just keeps on giving

In the latest of appalling blunders to have emerged from Donald Trump’s team, Kellyanne Conway’s comment on the non-existent “Bowling Green Massacre” has provided us with another example of the complete and utter inexperience that is currently littering Washington. It is not the first, and by far will not be the last error we see from the new government, so let’s take a look right back at where it all started. A mere two weeks ago. Seems long already, doesn’t it? Trump has managed to sneak a circus into the White House. Through the eye of the media, we have privileged...

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Theresa May finally lays down the ground rules

Divorce talks are finally starting to sound like a reality, as Theresa May has now presented the highly anticipated and perhaps marginally ambitious 12-point Brexit plan. In language that implies a bitter break-up, the Prime Minister made it very clear that any sign of a “bad deal” for Britain will result in her walking away from the negotiations in Brussels. She aims to invoke Article 50, triggering a two-year exit, in just two months, and has finally revealed her proposal for it. Speculations over Britain joining the “Norway club” can be now put to rest as she confirmed that Britain...

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Kent Union condemns UKC’s increase in tuition fees

In an email sent to all UKC students this afternoon, Kent Union has criticised the University for its announcement that it intends to “increase tuition fees next academic year for continuing Home/EU Undergraduate students who joined the University in or after September 2015.” Union President Rory Murray, who signed off the email, said that the Union is “incredibly disappointed”, and that they believe putting up fees is “a mistake.” Kent Union were able to challenge the University on the increase of tuition fees for students who started before September 2015, but did not succeed in persuading them to implement...

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