Ustinovians Showcase Wicked Costumes at the 2017 Halloween Party

Interviews and photography by Jie Ji, text by Kristine Bagdassarian It’s Friday 27th October and ghostly, spooky, blood-covered and overworked postgraduate monstrosities have crawled out of their college rooms to attend this year’s Halloween party. Hosted at Fisher House, the party is teeming with uncanny beings, Halloween treats and booming music. Horror stories are circulating […]

Students Shout Out Against Soaring College Accommodation Fees

Interviews and photography by Iqbal Ahmed, text by Kristine Bagdassarian Recent announcements regarding the annual increase in college rent fees for Durham University this year was met with more than quiet frustration by the student body. The £300-£400 rise in the prices urged many students to abandon their Friday lunchtime in favour of making a stand […]

The Inconvenient Truth Behind the Sheraton Park Move – Danger or Opportunity?

By Pen-Yuan Hsing PhD Student in the Department of Biosciences As I write this post, I recall being riveted by the seminal climate change documentary An Inconvenient Truth back in 2006. In the film (referring to the crises around anthropogenic climate change), former US Vice President Al Gore noted that the Chinese word for crises […]

A Psychological Experiment called ‘Ustinov’

By Gaurish Chawla Tasked with looking for a story for The Ustinovian, I approached a friend* with the intention of considering Ustinov from another perspective. Looking at the dark sides of things often makes us uncomfortable, but this conversation was refreshing, honest, and poignant. After all, living in Ustinov is a radically new experience for most students. “Come […]

Eurovision: A Night of Music and Politics

By James O’Neill, Café des Arts Team Lead The annual event of live streaming the Eurovision Song Contest traditionally falls into the capable hands of the GCR at Ustinov College. This year, however, we requested that the Café des Arts, in conjunction with Café Politique (both within the Global Citizenship Programme) arrange this particular favourite in […]