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Still Going Strong

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LIVIC Editor Peter
LIVIC Editor Peter

Hello? Are you there? Hopefully you are not too hung over from the post elections pub crawl. What’s that? You missed it? Too much work? You’re having an absolute laugh! It’s silly o’clock in the morning and I’m here, a man of the people, writing LIVIC for your thirsty souls. There will be mistakes, there will be drunken errors; but how are we meant to learn without first failing first? Ok, enough poetry for one decade, on to LIVIC! This issue is pretty much reviewing all the awesome stuff that has been happening since Valentine’s Day, all the events you...

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London Underground Strikes

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Closures This Week and More Next Week
Closures This Week and More Next Week

Where am I typing this article? From home. Why? Because I can’t get in to university today, I did try, but 35 minutes of waiting and a platform more packed than Metric on a Saturday meant that I had to retire home at a meagre 09:30 in the morning. That was only to travel two stops, by the time I got in the lecture would have probably been over. It was the same case on Thursday and next week it looks like the circumstances will be the same. So what’s causing all this disruption? Strikes, more specifically tube strikes. Why is this a hot topic Peter? I...

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Your Guide to Valentine's Day

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Roses, hearts, flowers and stuff
Roses, hearts, flowers and stuff

It’s that time of the month where hormones are buzzing, emotions are at an all-time high and boys are doing it all wrong. Not THAT time of the month, this ladies and gentleman, is Valentine’s Day. It comes from Roman Times when men used chase women and beat them to make them more fertile (Riordan, 2013); although I wouldn’t suggest that tactic, as tempting as it is and someone out there will probably enjoy it. As a veteran of this day, with three successful tours of duty under my belt I am here to show you how it’s done. I’m probably the worst person to...

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What Has Happened at Old Trafford?

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The Theatre of Dropped Points
The Theatre of Dropped Points

The whole time I was growing up, Manchester United were a force to be reckoned with, whether it was the Class of ‘92 winning The Treble in ‘99, the hat trick of Premier League trophies or Fergie’s final Premier League title before bowing out after 26 years. Like any team they would have their fair share of ups and downs, but ultimately they would come out on top. You only have to look at last season, with the team they had, they still managed to win the title ahead of clubs that were pumped full of cash such as Chelsea and City. So what has happened to them?...

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Graduate Interview with Seb Kaminski

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Is It Just Me Or Is The Roof Slanted?
Is It Just Me Or Is The Roof Slanted?

My name is Seb Kaminski and I’m a Senior Structural Engineer working in Arup. After graduating in 2007 I joined Arup’s Advanced Technology and Research group, before moving to Building Engineering London (Bel) which is effectively Arup’s bread and butter design group, working on all manner of buildings across the world.

What was the highlight of your degree? 

Going to El Salvador twice and working with local communities. The experience was amazing and made me really appreciate how lucky we are in the UK, but also how we can really help improve...

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Elections: The Run Down of All 10 Committee Positions

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The time has come when positions need to be filled, heirs need to be decided and the greater needs of CivSoc need to be accounted for. February 10th marks the opening of CivSoc Elections, from this point forth you will be able to nominate yourself for a position. Peter! I hear you cry, and not for the first time young LIVIC reader, what position shall I run for? Well I have interrogated each and every committee member to find what they do, what skills you need and what they would improve on to give you an idea what you want to put in to your manifesto. Amongst the muffled cries of "let me...

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A Look Into The Life of a STEMNET Ambassador

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STEMNET_logo_with_strapline
STEMNET_logo_with_strapline

Being a student, you are always looking at ways that you can enhance your CV. Roles that will give you those good ol’ transferrable skills that everyone desires. A lot of people do volunteering work just for the sake of it, but why do that when you can volunteer for something that you are not only good at but are passionate about. I’ve worked in a charity shop, don’t get me wrong, it’s very rewarding giving your free time to help others but I also found it very boring. So you’re sitting there in your underwear reading this article and eating junk food wondering...

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Guess Who's Back?

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I haven't moved from this position since the first issue.
I haven't moved from this position since the first issue.

We are back! Well I am back, it’s just me up here in LIVIC Tower’s Editorial Room. There’s room for one more though, so if you’re free Friday afternoon? No? Gah, your loss! Anyway, it has been quite a while since the last issue, around 63 days, 1512 hours, 90720 minutes or 5443200 seconds. Not that I’ve been counting, you have though right? You haven’t had anything better to do! Don’t kid yourself. So after such a long hiatus what do we have in store for you?

We kick things off with an in depth look at being a...

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BREEAM

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Sustainability in one image, I think
Sustainability in one image, I think

The last LIVIC of the year, and that means the final hot topic for 2013! Hopefully the previous editions of the hot topics have been useful or at least interesting. If you have ideas for a hot topic or want to write one yourself then get in contact via the CivSoc email or with me personally. This month we are taking a look at BREEAM. I’ll be honest; I didn’t know what it was before I started writing this, so this is all off the back of my own research.

So, what is BREEAM? Well, it stands for Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment...

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Tour: The Low Down on Budapest

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The following article was written by Dominik Sznajder.

Wow.
Wow.

As you probably all know, this year we are going to Budapest! The news has been passed to the Budapestanians and they are delighted and grateful to us for choosing them to host this year’s CivSoc International Tour. Happy residents were heard exclaiming: “Nagy megtiszteltetés, hogy házigazdája lehetünk a CivSoc Tournak”, “Nagyon izgatottak vagyunk a CivSoc Tour miatt, és alig várjuk, hogy megérkezzetek”. Isn’t it exciting?

Your one and only chance to secure a place on a trip of your lifetime is by replying to the CivSoc e-mail...

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