The newspaper of Imperial College London
 Issue 139, 31 March 2004
£76m centre for clinical imaging«
Tribute to miracle miler Sir Roger«
Harriet’s prime howler!«
International student awards«
Making a grand entrance«
Lowering blood pressure«
It’s a bug’s life«
Will powers IC Trust«
We’re on the map«
Britain the ‘tobacco control time-warp’«
Cutting carbon emissions«
When too much competition can prove unhelpful…«
Emotional intelligence scrutinised«
Move to new headquarters«
Staff Pay and Grading update«
An international night to remember«
Water way to make a splash at College…«
Science soirée at Silwood«
Snap happy…«
In Brief«
Media Spotlight«
What’s on«

Water way to make a splash at College…

One second from glory
Report by Simon Dennis MBE, chief coach

IMPERIAL College Union Boat Club headed up to the River Trent last month to race at the premier event of the student rowing calendar.

While Oxford and Cambridge prepared for their private race, every other university was racing at the BUSA Head.

The event to win was the championship eight. After taking an early lead, Imperial College led Oxford Brookes almost all the way to the line.

The coaches were left scratching their heads as to the winner while they waited for the official results. In the end, Imperial lost to Oxford Brookes by one second.

For a 14-minute race, timed by hand and eye and measured in whole seconds, this is as close as it gets.

Attention then turned to our top women’s boat, the women’s championship four.

Showing the men how it’s done, they rowed long and efficiently to beat Nottingham University on their home water; winning by a seven-second margin.

A great turn around for the women’s squad, and a well deserved reward for the hard-working girls in this crew.

Later on in the afternoon, the men’s championship four followed in the women's puddles.

They were the crew of their event and totally dominated the river, making their 22-second winning margin look easy.

As if this wasn’t enough, the rowers of Imperial College went back out on the water again: this time the championship coxed four did well to beat the top rowers of University of London in their four. However, both crews lost out to the surprise winners from Loughborough University.

Still not satisfied with the amount of silverware to carry home in the minibus, the men’s pair took to the water, and despite having already raced in the championship eight, they raced hard and finished second.

In total Imperial College was the most successful British university and collected 12 BUSA points.

The second university was Nottingham which collected eight points, then Oxford Brookes which collected six.

... but it’s farewell to sports centre
THE Prince’s Gardens sports centre closes its doors for the final time today, after 37 years.

The last swimmer out of the pool will be Norman Jones, swimming development officer, following an hour of swimming activities with various sports centre staff and members of student clubs, to mark the occasion.

The closure makes way for the construction of the new sports centre scheduled to open in Autumn 2005.

The current site at Prince’s Gardens will be handed over to Exterior plc on 5 April for work to begin. A temporary gym in the upper Southside lounge will open on 2 April to cover this interim period, and students and staff can continue to use the other College sports facilities and local facilities around Kensington — see for details.

“This is an exciting time for sport and leisure at Imperial and we are delighted that construction is commencing and the new development is underway,” said Neil Mosley, head of sport and leisure.

“The custom and support provided by students and staff over the years has been invaluable and will hopefully continue when the new sports centre opens.”

Pooling our talents
THE inaugural Imperial College water polo tournament 2004 took place this month when four teams consisting of Imperial College, Imperial College Medicals, King’s College and University College London, battled it out for first place.

All four teams played each other during three 20-minute games.

UCL finished top of the group, winning all three of its matches, then won the final, beating King’s 7-4.

In a third/fourth place play-off, Imperial College beat Imperial College Medicals.

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