March 2005

Four candidates suggests a touch race for AU President

WITH FOUR candidates running for AU President this term it promises to be one of the most fiercely contested elections in recent years. Current President Stuart Leslie commented that he was “pleased to see so much competition for the post this year; it is longer than I can remember that there have been so many candidates.” As a result Neil Stevens, Dave Humphrey, Emily Wood and Nik Engineer face a gruelling campaign

AU to investigate rugby photo complaints

The Athletic Union is set to discuss potential action against rugby club after obscene photos were put on the official Student Union site. Women’s Officers head campaign to ‘protect reputation of University’

Dodgeball proves to be a hit amongst York students

28 TEAMS from across the university decided to ‘Grab Life by the Ball’ in a dodgeball charity event organised by the Athletic Union to support the British Heart Foundation. With record participation in a charity event of this kind, it would seem that the sport has been a hit amongst the university’s sports clubs

Roses underway

YORK ALREADY trail Lancaster 4-2 in this years Roses competition, but this is a score that actually gives York plenty to smile about coming into the Roses weekend

Defeat to Leeds ends basketball hopes in BUSA

AFTER a superb run in BUSA this year for the York Mens Basketball team, the season is finally over after they were beaten 73-62 at home to a very impressive Leeds team in the semi-final of the shield competition. It was the first time that the team has been beaten in BUSA this season and it came as a big disappointment with the final looking like a real possibility

York cruise to easy victory in inaugural Varsity with St. John

WITH 950 students queueing outside Toffs nightclub for the Varsity party on Wednesday 16th February, it had clearly been a day to be proud of for AU President Stuart Leslie. To make the day even better York ran out 44-32 winners to plant a large trophy onto the desk of the AU President

AU Edge – With AU President Stuart Leslie

Our flagship Roses weekend is set to take centre stage on the sporting calendar. Indeed the competition has already begun. Although we suffered a defeat in the skiing last Wednesday, come May 6th, this precursor turns into a major spectacle. The remaining 241 points are fiercely contested as Lancaster challenge our sporting elite across campus, in an attempt to retain the Carter-James Trophy they captured from York in 2004 for the first time since 1986

Netball teams turn back time for RAG

COLLEGE netball teams braved freezing wind and sleet to take part in an 80’s themed tournament, an event which raised £101.06 for charity during RAG week

Which local team to watch?

Ben Masters and Ed Humphreys ponder whether watching lowerlevel football has more appeal today than the expensive top leagues

‘Third time lucky’ for college sport swimming gala

LAST WEEK saw a huge blow to the college sport calendar after the swimming gala had to be cancelled for the second successive year. The AU announced the decision on the same day as the event was due to go ahead at Next Generation gym. It is a massive disappointment made worse by the fact that last year the event was also called off at the last minute due to the closing of the Barbican centre in York city centre

Halifax look to take initiative

WHILE THE three horse race for the Premiership title many predicted at the start of the season may have failed to materialise, those in search of a rather more nail-biting run-in need look no further than the college sports table. With just three points separating the top three, the battle for first place looks set to go right to the wire

YUSU – a force for change?

Late in February I hosted the annual reception of the National Union of Students on the House of Commons Terrace. By coincidence the occasion coincided with my birthday and I recall that half a lifetime ago I had spent the evening of my 21st birthday (or at least the earlier part of it) speaking at a student union hustings. The availability of free beer had made it a particularly lively affair