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Venue: Capital FM Arena
Date: Monday 27th April 2015 (Ladies’: 17:30, Men’s: 20:15)
Women's basketball pre-match interview:
Men's basketball pre-match interview:
It begins with basketball. A sport which has grown over the last few years to become one of the first fixtures fans look for when booking their Varsity tickets, basketball this year has the honour of starting the series.
Two years ago the event moved to the Capital FM Arena. Naturally this increased the crowd significantly, and although still falling short of the sell-out sales that the Ice Hockey game attracts, the attendance of 4,426 last year was double that achieved in the inaugural year at Nottingham’s largest indoor arena.
It’s on an upward trend – a bit like our basketball teams. Since the event upgraded venue the University of Nottingham hasn’t lost a match in this sport in either the men’s or women’s event. Last year was particularly comfortable, with the women running out 61-20 victors and the men chalking up a 75-43 win.
Two years ago one of URN’s taglines for Varsity was “it’s live, it’s unscripted, and it’s happening now”. You could be forgiven for questioning the middle one.
When the outcome of last year’s entire series depended on the final event, cricket, and when the outcome of the cricket match depended on the final ball, you have to hold your hands up and say that that is probably an unmatchable climax to a Nottingham Varsity series.
But while Varsity 2015 may not finish as dramatically, it is certain to build up just as much of a buzz.
This year the series has undergone a major change, with all but one event condensed into a 10-day period, as opposed to spreading the competition out over the course of 5 months.
It means that this year, Varsity will be the word on the lips of every sports fanatic at the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent during the period between the Easter holidays and exam season.
Looking at the form books, UoN should have every confidence of making it four Varsity series wins in a row.
The University’s sports scene is growing and improving year-on-year, and this year Nottingham are 3rd in the BUCS standings overall, with Nottingham Trent in 17th.
Before the End of Term, we interviewed Philip George. A local, Nottingham-based producer and DJ responsible for the monstrous Wish You Were Mine from the beginning of 2015.
He's been announced for this year's No Tomorrow Festival alongside a host of other spectacular artists and DJs due to take over Wollaton Park on the 6th & 7th June.
Have a listen to our interview with him below, where we discuss his rapid rise to stardom, his favourite songs to play in his DJ sets and his dream B2B set...
Make sure you get your hands on a No Tomorrow ticket HERE.
Check up the full lineup so far:
On Thursday 26th March, URN and the Politics Society invited all of the candidate standing to be the next Member of Parliament of Nottingham South, which includes the Lenton and Dunkirk areas, onto campus to answer all the questions University of Nottingham student's want answered before the May 7th election.
In attendance was the incumbent, Lilian Greenwood MP (Labour), Jane Hunt (Conservative), Adam McGregor (Green Party) and David Hollas (UKIP).
YOUTH APATHY IN POLITICS
The evening began with a question surrounding how each of the parties would seek to tackle youth apathy in Politics. Lilian Greenwood said some young people don't engage in politics as 'they don't think it has anything to do with them', whilst Adam McGregor argued 'it's not so much apathy, as disillusionment'.
Voices: Lilian Greenwood speaks first, followed by Jane Hunt then David Hollas and Adam McGregor.
DO WE DISTRUST POLIICIANS?
Earlier this year, members of the men's football club were banned from this year's Varsity fixture for holding an "initiation-style event".
In a URN Sport Special, we told the story of the club's Varsity ban. In addition to hearing the thoughts of the student community, a URN Sport panel also debated the Students' Union's decision.
URN questioned UoNSU Sports Officer Kiri Madhani about the disciplinary action, as well as the wider problem of initiations in university sports clubs. We also spoke to incoming Sports Officer James Bramley about his proposals to further tackle initiations, which are banned by the Students' Union, next year.
You can listen to the programme below.
URN Sport: Drinks and Disciplinaries
In the first part of the programme Sam, Hannah and Patrick explained what had happened to the men's football club this year, and heard statements from both NUFC and the Students' Union regarding the matter. URN also went out and about on campus to gather students' opinions on the Varsity ban decision.