Ioan Phillips Articles by: Ioan Phillips

German dominance sucks – but since the EU benefits students like me, it’s Remain über alles

German dominance sucks – but since the EU benefits students like me, it’s Remain über alles

22nd June 2016

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Finally, this depressing and divisive referendum campaign is at an end. Perhaps now Cornmarket Street can be reclaimed from the leafleters and placard holders. I’ve… Read More ›

So mainstream

Pride and Pretentiousness – a Cellar Night (with apologies to Jane Austen)

14th June 2016

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It is a truth universally acknowledged that an Oxford student, disdainful towards the populist excesses of Atik or Bridge, and in possession of a fiver,… Read More ›

Yes to NUS celebrate victory with new song to follow up ABBA cringe-fest

Yes to NUS celebrate victory with new song to follow up ABBA cringe-fest

6th June 2016

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Okay, we’re joking. Yes to NUS haven’t followed up this monstrosity with any more painful musical offerings. But what, we hear you ask, if they celebrated their… Read More ›

I write for VERSA, and I’m proud of it

I write for VERSA, and I’m proud of it

5th June 2016

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Apparently, the publication I write for has gone to shit. Crocked. Fucked – or as one charming keyboard warrior quipped, “Versa [sic] used to be… Read More ›

Maybe a sinking or five would liven up VIIIs?

Summer hates: why rowing is dreadful (sorry rowers)

24th May 2016

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It’s that time of year again. Yep, it’s when the Isis swarms with 19 metre pieces of carbon fibre, inside which nestle people clad in… Read More ›

OULC: sticking its head in the sand?

Problem? What Problem? Report finds OULC to be “not institutionally anti-semitic” but are told they “must change”

17th May 2016

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We all know the “O” of OULC stands for “Oxford”. But after today, “ostrich” might be a more appropriate word. We’re talking about the report… Read More ›

Lamed and Shamed: Oxford’s 10 wettest degrees

Lamed and Shamed: Oxford’s 10 wettest degrees

10th May 2016

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It’s a typical icebreaker during Freshers: the classic “what subject are you studying?” line. At the time, you’re nice, whatever the response. “Oh yes”, you… Read More ›

No elitism please, we’re state school

No elitism please, we’re state school

3rd May 2016

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I’d like to start with a disclaimer: I spent my adolescent years at your run-of-the mill state school. You know the type – think asbestos,… Read More ›

Facebook post leaves RMF leader in hot water, again

Facebook post leaves RMF leader in hot water, again

29th April 2016

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For many South Africans, April 27th – or Freedom Day, invokes memories of the euphoria of 1994, when voters of all races voted alongside each… Read More ›

VERSA’s guide to May Day 2016

VERSA’s guide to May Day 2016

28th April 2016

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May Day is quite a big deal up here. But if you’re struggling to understand what’s so special about high-pitched, early morning singing or strangely… Read More ›