You don’t have to go far to find independent cinema in Glasgow. The QMU’s own film festival, Exposure, takes over Qudos for over 5 hours of quality shorts tomorrow, selected from over 1900 entrants. Many of these films have been submitted by students from around the UK, and it is hoped that Exposure could be the first step to success for budding young film makers.
Jim’s Bar QMU, Friday 18th September
On Friday, QMU welcomed GLASS (Glasgow Stand-up and Sketch) society to the stage with open arms. The group regularly organise stand-up comedy shows with all-student performers taking to the stage and all levels of experience are welcome. Even on the Friday of Freshers’ Week, when everyone is stuck in bed nursing their hangovers/freshers’ flue/all of the above, their showcase was packed out. The three hours of comedy and sketch kicked off in Jim’s Bar, with host, Robert McGovern, providing many amusing segues into the next acts and getting the audience to interact and get involved in the peroformance.
For those of you who are new to the union you may have noticed a lot of posters promoting the fact that we at the QMU sell tampons and sanitary products tax free. Here’s the low-down of how the QMU became one of the first establishments in Scotland to offer tampons and other sanitary products tax free.
Lauren Hinton was president of the Queen Margaret Union from July 2014 to June 2015. Now that her term has come to an end, we caught up with her for a few final questions.
So you’ve just come to the end of your term as president. How have you found the experience?
I have had an absolute blast. I have been so lucky to work with some absolutely amazing people and see how their involvement in the QMU has increased their confidence. I have learnt so much both in terms of handy transferable skills, and myself as a person. Plucking up the courage to run in the election has been the best decision I have ever made.
Fancy a messybomb?
Glasgow University is widely acknowledged as a prestigious institution, with many awards and accolades to its name. But recently another title was added to this long list – fourth most boozy university in the UK, and booziest in Scotland.
Vulpes – Qudos 20/6/15
Playing the Qudos stage in the QMU as part of the West End Festival, Vulpes performed a strong setlist of distinctive originals and covers. Setting up on stage with an unassuming introduction, it’s clear they are keen to let the music speak for them, offering only rare moments of dialogue between songs. There was enough within the night’s arrangement to leave audiences with a clear indication of the band’s own electro-rock style, with renditions of Foals and The 1975 hinting at the band’s inspiration.
23.46: VOTE. Thursday 5th March, 9am-6pm, QMU polling booth on the ground floor.
23.45: And it is done. I may now attempt to regain proper use of my arms/hands/fingers/brain/laptop/liver. Continue reading