Matt Allen

Reflecting on a year of courting controversy

And so it ends. My time as Comment editor comes to a close with this issue of the paper. Although I hadn’t planned on writing a piece reflecting on my time with The Boar, it’d be foolish to give up the chance to put myself in print for one final...
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Posted Mar. 19, 2018

The Boar reviews Leamington’s Experimental Escape

Four of our writers paid a visit to Experimental Escape in Leamington, and here’s what they thought: Leamington’s first escape room was slipped between Coffee #1 and Shoe Zone on Warwick Road, just a over a minute from the main Parade bus stops. ‘Professional escape artist’ Charlie Little, who along with David...
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Posted Feb. 7, 2018

Is the future of science safe?

As the seasoned news-watchers among you might have heard, a general election is upon us. “But Matt, what does this mean for science?”, I hear you cry! Well fear not, for I have gone to the effort of providing an analysis of each major party’s position on science so that...
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Posted May. 18, 2017

Election night madness

On Friday 3 March, the roof fell in on Warwick student politics. Or rather, it almost did. The Dirty Duck’s structural snafu occurred earlier in the day. Though this ensured none of the candidates were injured, it also meant the kitchen was out of action – bursting with any hopes...
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Posted Mar. 10, 2017

The platform is yours to use

“Sorry,” Becky Gittins says following a brief interruption, “tribute to the busy job.” Throughout the interview her phone was buzzing repeatedly, with Becky studiously silencing it each time. Her office, ensconced in the heart of the Student Union Headquarters, was adorned with posters detailing the operation of university democracy. One...
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Posted Mar. 4, 2017

It’s not folly to live in La La Land. We need sincerity

This last week I did the obligatory and watched La La Land. Nobody needs me to recount here what a brilliant addition to the pantheon of cinematic masterpieces it undoubtedly makes. What struck me was its complete lack of self-consciousness. It was self-aware, urbane, and clear-eyed; it knew that modern audiences...
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Posted Feb. 4, 2017

Is Warwick affordable?

Let’s picture the scene. You, an aspirational, discerning denizen of Year 12 are researching universities. You, of course, emerge none the wiser about where to invest three years of your life, because league tables are but hieroglyphics to us mere mortals.This is an important decision though. It decides where you pay...
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Posted Jan. 13, 2017

Student protests – a modern Don Quixote

It is simply hopeless. We have seen this story play out in the same way every time, yet another iniquitous burden is placed on the back of students. The more vocal among us launch campaigns, protests and demonstrations – summoning a potent paroxysm of passion that soon fizzles out to...
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Posted Jun. 19, 2016