Teesside Barbarians Conquer Powerlifting Competition

STRENGTH IN NUMBERS: The Teesside Barbarians stand together

STRENGTH IN NUMBERS: The Teesside Barbarians stand together

THE Teesside Barbarians Powerlifting team took part in their first team competition, winning four overall weight classes.

Twenty lifters from the Teesside University club took part in the Five Towns Powerlifting Club Deadlift Competition at Formula Fitness in Yorkshire last Sunday, making up almost half of the entrants in the competition.
Club Chairman Andrew Richardson led the team into Yorkshire, winning the under 105kg class

Andrew was pleased of the team’s efforts after a few members took part in a successful competition in a couple of weeks ago.
Andrew said: “This competition was aimed at beginners and the majority of the club competing where first timers so it suited us nicely.”
There were a lot of reasons to celebrate for the Barbarians, with Tom Lingard winning the Under 66kg class for the Barbarians.
Simon Wisdom won the Under 120kg class while Adam Nash won the Over 120kg as the Barbarians impressed in the final powerlifting event of the year.

Chris Baker came 2nd in the Under 93kg class while Credia Ineza and Tom Bishop both came third in the U72kg class and Under 74kg classes respectively.
The competition featured powerlifters from around the country and the Barbarians put in a great effort.
This had followed up from success for some of the members at the Open/Junior Powerlifting Competition held by Yorkshire North East Powerlifting Federation, capping off a tremendous first year for the club.
The Barbarians will be looking for even more success in 2015, having ended 2014 off with a bang.
To get involved in the Powerlfiting club, see the Teesside Barbarians Powerlifting Club Facebook page for more details.

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A Very Ugandan Christmas.

FESTIVE: Liz Leatitia is celebrating Christmas Ugandan style.

For most of us  Christmas Day consists of opening presents and tucking into a huge dinner.

But Teesside students from other countries can experience a different type of Christmas.

Liz Leatitia, who is studying a masters degree in International Management, is from originally from Uganda and has talked to tside  about Christmas in her country.

Click below to hear more.

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Hartlepool remembers the dead from WW1 attack

Poppies released in Hartlepool to remember the victims of shells from German warships.

IT’S BEEN one hundred years since World War One came to the North East.

On  December 16 1914  Hartlepool was hit by shells fired from the German warships that had taken up position off the North East Coast.

The bombardment left 130 people dead and hundreds more injured.

One hundred years later the town spent the day remembering those it lost in a series of commemorative events.

The day’s biggest event was the Bombardment Live Show, an outdoor performance depicting the events of the day through the eyes of the people of Hartlepool.

Tside Reporter Jack Crute was at the event  and reported live on Twitter.

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Teesside students battle in the Independent’s national band comp

THREE TEESSIDE acts are battling it out in the Independent i Paper’s annual iSessions competition.

Self-titled Ed Brooking, Adrian Kwan of A2Z and Nathan Myers of Crimson Eye are strumming strings for votes, along with sixty-seven other acts from 19 universities nationwide.

The boys entered the competition in October, and have since entertained a crowd in the Student Union as well as voiced their brand around campus to give them the best possible chance.

Although competition is tough, hopes to enter the next and final round are not compromised.

Ed Brooking, a Television & Film student said: “I’m excited to hear the result.”

Ed and Nathan: in this together

Ed and Nathan: in this together

“If one of us gets to the final, we will all support whoever it may be.

“I’ve worked hard for a lot of years, so recognition is what I hope to draw from the competition.”

The acts entered with a diversity of experience; with Ed Brooking and A2Z being familiar with the game, and Crimson Eye a starry-eyed rookie duo.

Nathan Myers, a PGCE student said: “Lewis (my band mate) is my partner in crime.”

“We entered this competition on a whim, but we’re really enjoying it.

“It’s just a bonus that the final is based in Manchester; Manchester has a Taco Bell, we’d be excited about that.”

Voting is now live, and will close on the  January 4 2015.




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Tside TV: Christmas special 2014

Presenters Jamie Crow and Natalie Devonshire with the production team singing festive carols.

Presenters Jamie Crow and Natalie Devonshire with the production team singing festive carols.

This is Teesside News Christmas edition  with presenters Jamie Crow and Natalie Devonshire.

Coming up in today’s show:

Election fever begins for students at the SU AGM as thousands campaign for free education.

We talk to a local charity who help victims of human trafficking.

Enjoy an exclusive interview with Teesside X factor star Kerrianne Covell.

And stay tuned at the end of the show for some festive carols!


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Ten Tips to Avoid Burglary

Tside reporter ELEANOR WELSH who was burgled in her student residence while she was in earlier this year, shares her top tips for keeping your stuff safe.

ALTHOUGH you may seem quite confident that you will avoid burglary, it’s really more common than you think. Earlier this year, in the summer I was burgled in my student residence, whilst I was on my own.

Though it was a terrifying experience; I like to think I have come away from it wiser, and more cautious.

Campus Watch have been urging students to take more care after a number of break ins in accommodation off campus. So to keep you safe here at Tside we’ve come up with a range of tips to help.


  • Lock your door front, and back doors. It may seem the most obvious way to avoid having an intruder in your home, but in fact in Middlesbrough town centre it is very common for the burglar to pass by and try the handle, and sometimes finding it unlocked.
Make sure your front/back doors are locked at all times.

Make sure your front/back doors are locked at all times.


  • Close windows when you’re not at home. Cat flap windows are becoming less common as they are now thought of as a fire risk, with a lack of escape route. This means wider windows, which people can climb in.


  • Leave lights on when you’re out. Making it look like the house is habited will lessen the risk of intruders, as they think you are in.


  • If in student residence having locks on bedroom doors is helpful. Lock valuables in your room when you are out, then if there is a trespasser they are less likely to take anything.


  • Invest in home/room insurance. As a student it may seem like a drain on funds, but in actual fact it is really helpful in case of a burglar. Cheap home insurance is easy to find, some companies do student deals!


  • Follow localnews/ Teesside Uni campus watch. Almost all of us have ‘smart phones’ nowadays with the internet at our fingertips. Check up on local news and university news and bulletins via social media or the evening gazette page.

    ALL student properties are supposed to have alarms, use them to help prevent burglaries.

    ALL student properties are supposed to have alarms, use them to help prevent burglaries.


  • Share on social media to circulate news. If something like a burglary happens to you or someone you know, you could help another person avoid it by sharingit online and making it become well known.


  • Burglar alarms! Every student house/private rental should have one. If these are on when you’re out then it lessens the risk a lot.


  • If you are getting burgled and you’re in the house, stay calm and quiet. Whilst it doesn’t happen often, occasionally, intruders can be violent. It is best to, stay away.


  •  CALL THE POLICE! It may seem very obvious, but in the initial panic people forget their heads. Make sure you ring the police if you hear/see anything suspicious. It is their job to ensure safety and to catch criminals. Plus they can be very helpful in times of need.

Being cautious about simple things can really ensure the safety of you, but also your belongings.

“I am really cautious about keeping my house locked at all times since I got burgled, little noises scare me. I wish I had been more cautious before, and it might not of happened.” said Maria Ellis, 20, Middlesbrough.

Whilst going home for Christmas ensure your student residence is safe with the above tips and pointers as houses are going to be empty and criminals will be aware of that if the house doesn’t look lived in.


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Work Placements

Students are often reminded that work placements/work experience is an absolute must whilst they are studying. This makes it easier for them to get a graduate job because we have some awareness of what a workplace environment in which they would like to work in would be like, but also to give them some experience before we jump into a real job.

Almost everywhere is offering some sort of work placement these days because not only is it going to look good for their compa

work exp

Why is it important to have work experience?

ny, but also because companies are recognising the importance of experience in the field you are interested in before leaving university.

Within the course you are studying there is a designated careers advisor that students can go to with any questions about careers from; work placements, CV help, and graduate jobs. These people are specialising in the area of work that you are studying for. It is so important that you take a

dvantage of this free excellent help before it’s too late. It’s not too hard to book a meeting with the careers advisor for your specific course and ask for some guidance towards your future. It is encouraged to do some placement work or experience before you leave universtiy by tutors, but also employers. To read a bit moer about why it’s important click here

For Social Sciences and Law it is advised to speak to your tutors and to make enquires at your schools information desk.

For the Teesside Business School you can e-mail Victoria Johnson at  v.johnson@tees.ac.uk

Also make the most of the universities resources and check out the c

areers service website here

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The Internet’s Own Boy: Review

Film Title: The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz
Publisher: FilmBuff, Participant Media, Luminant Media
Release Date: 27/06/2014
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Promo Image for The Internet’s Own Boy


The Internet’s Own Boy is an American documentary film, written, filmed and produced by Brian Knappenberger, which focuses on the life of the late political activist and software programmer, Aaron Swartz.

Aaron Swartz was gifted from a very early age, using computers at the age of six, before going on to develop his own software programs from scratch.

By the age of 14, he was awarded by Harvard University, and Swartz went on to help create RSS, the ubiquitous tool that allows users to subscribe to online information.

Ahead of his time, Swartz created a website that looked strikingly similar to one of the internet’s most viewed websites today, Wikipedia and a database where anyone could upload and edit articles of information, years before Wikipedia went live.

Soon after Swartz went on to help market and distribute creative commons, which benefited publishers and authors everywhere around the world, and still do today.

As the film progresses, its clear that Swartz had always felt passionate about information and the public’s free and civil right to liberate themselves by gaining knowledge and questioning those who dictate what information is fed to them.

aaron swartz

The film documents Swartz’s rise to internet folk hero, covering his desire to make valuable public information free and accessible.

These issues are still relevant today with public access being restricted in most third world countries and freedom of information still a major issue, especially in America.

The film is a harrowing tale of the oppressive forces that exist and takes you on a journey, showing Swartz metamorphosis from an acclaimed computer programmer to world-leading-hacktivist. This juxtaposition leads to a Shakespearean twist of fate, which in turn, ultimately leads to his downfall.

Swartz, whose tireless work and campaigning reshaped the internet and clarified copyright law, became something of a martyr in the cause for freedom of information. After the federal government built up a case file, the four state felony charges Swartz was originally charged with soon rose to 14.

As a result, Swartz found himself in an ever more hopeless situation, facing a possible 35 years in prison if found guilty. Before Aaron could put forward his defence at trial, he was found dead in his Brooklyn apartment, after committing suicide.

It is a tragic ending to a life that had so much potential for political change and leaves you wondering why Swartz chose to end things this way and why he was ever considered an enemy of the state, when all he did was seek the truth and urge others to do the same.

The film effectively raises these questions and carefully leaves imprints on your consciousness.

Made up of home videos, news footage, interviews and testimonies from family and close friends, this film builds a stunning portrait of Swartz and his legacy. It is perhaps one of the finer documentaries I’ve seen in recent years.

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Prison Pen Pals

WRITING to someone from the other side of the globe can be easy nowadays, but what if they were in prison?

There’s this little website on the web that always people like you and me to communicate with inmates via email. Even more interesting you can talk to people who are on death row.

I spoke to someone who does just this, Eleanor Welsh, 20 from Middlesbrough plucked up the courage and began talking to an inmate called Alvin Pellum, 25.

Eleanor Welsh, 20, Media Student

One day Eleanor happened to come across the website WriteAPrisoner. After surfing a couple of pages she stumbled across Alvin’s profile, a young man from South Carolina. She read his bio and thought he sounded really interesting and relate-able, especially that he got sentenced the same age she is now.


After a couple of weeks of speculating, she finally hit the send button. The process was very daunting at first for her, she had to wait a couple of weeks for a reply due to security measures.

“I was excited when I seen the notification email!” Alvin had finally messaged her with a full page of his life story and his struggles. Alvin was charged with felon in possession of a fire arm for 10 years, in 2010.

Eleanor and Alvin have sent dozens of emails to each other now, they both learn about their cultures, and stories and their upbringing. Alvin has always been in and out of trouble through his teenage years.

Alvin Pellum, 25, Prisoner

Alvin is one of the lucky ones who can access the computer to stay in touch with loved ones and meet new ‘pen pals’. He said that Eleanor is his only pen pal at the moment and he loves receiving messages from her.

Who knew that you can study a degree while in prison! Alvin has just finished a degree in Business, and is waiting to see if he graduates. Eleanor has learnt a lot from Alvin and finds it fascinating that he’s redeeming himself while inside, and hopes to do something with his degree when he gets out which he hopes it will be in 2018.

When asked if she would meet up with him, she said she would definitely think about it. “I would love to go to South Carolina, he makes it sound so beautiful and picturesque”.

This website diminishes the barrier people face when trying to talk to people they know in prison. Whether it’s a letter or an email it arises that Alvin is very eager to learn so while in prison, the chance to talk to people gives him a sense of worth.

Whether this is a long term thing or not, it’s inspiring that a young girl has had the confidence to speak to someone in an American prison and since telling people even some of her friends have joined in and are writing to inmates.

You can visit Alvin’s Profile here.

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