Review of the Year 2014


As 2014 comes to a close and everyone packs up and heads home for Christmas we take a look back at some of the big stories on FreshAir News this year.

Ukraine- The year started with the world watching events in Ukraine as protesters took to the streets the demand action from the government. In an interview with FreshAir News Economics Graduate Olga told us she was “proud of people standing up for their rights”.

Ukraine Student Protester Speaks to FreshAir News by Freshairnews on Mixcloud

In February and March each year Campus turns its attention to the EUSA Elections. With hundreds of positions up for grabs the “This Is Eusa” series went behind the scenes at the Students Association to find out what they do for students.

In March EdQT was held on FreshAir News allowing students to ask questions of their candidates. The broadcast went on to win Gold at the Student Radio Awards in November.

Briana Pegado was elected as President of EUSA.

Briana Pegado elected EUSA President 2014 by Freshairnews on Mixcloud

International Women’s Day also took place in March. On FreshAir a day of all female presenters took to the airwaves. Hannah Whitcombe spoke to Olympian Katherine Grainger to find out why the day is important.

Edinburgh University celebrates Women's Day by Freshairnews on Mixcloud

In the Summer sport fever hit Scotland as Glasgow played host to the Commonwealth Games. The Queens Baton Relay toured the Commonwealth before arriving in Scotland where FreshAir’s Charles Lang was one of the Baton Bearers.

Edinburgh Student To Carry Commonwealth Baton by Freshairnews on Mixcloud

With the athletes returning home attention turned to the Independence Referendum. Scotland had a big decision to make and 84% of the population turned out on the 18th September to vote. Rosie Gillot was at the count and announcement for FreshAir News.

In September the umbrella revolution began in Hong Kong as citizens demanded free and fair elections. Student Wing Tsang, who had family members taking part in the protest and had thought about returning to Hong Kong to take part told FreshAir News what the situation was like.

In November the Student Newspaper published leaked minutes from a meeting of the DKE Fraternity at Edinburgh purporting to show sexism and threats of rape from the society members. The University and EUSA denied any association with the organisations but students involved are being investigated by the university and an outcome on the situation has still not been decided. While this was happening in Edinburgh across the pond, where Greek Life originates, fraternities are under increased scrutiny. Kate Russell spoke to Alex a fraternity members in the States.

December saw the Winter Graduations at the University of Edinburgh and Honorary Degrees awarded to golfer Colin Montgomerie and Paralympian Dame Sarah Storey.

FreshAir News will be back in January 2015 but until then from everyone on the News Team we wish you a Happy Christmas and New Year.

We leave you with the news that this Christmas marks 100 years since the Christmas Truce when soldiers on the Front Line of WW1 put down their weapons for one day.

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