CUSU Bulletin: Week 4, Lent 2010-2011
Sent at: 11:30 pm, 13th February 2011.
Your voice, your students' union
It's an eventful week ahead. The University Council will tomorrow be
deciding the future of fees, bursaries and Access at Cambridge: this are
hugely important decisions, and the student members will be taking forward
our arguments to preserve the bursary system and ensure that Cambridge
students get a fair deal. A preliminary Report was released on the
University's plans, and CUSU is extremely concerned, especially about the
effect on bursaries: with the disastrous tripling of the standard fee to
£9000, the need for more Access work, generous bursaries, and fee waivers is
more important than ever.
CUSU Council will be meeting at 7.15pm tomorrow evening in the Small
Examinations Hall to discuss the University decision, and what the next
steps need to be from students.
If you want an entry to be considered for the bulletin, please enter it
here: http://www.cusu.cam.ac.uk/bulletin/ before 5pm on Saturday.
It's also CUSU's Sexual Health Awareness fortnight: our team of trained
"sexperts" will be stationed everywhere that you're likely to go in the next
fortnight, ready to answer your questions on sexually transmitted
infections, contraception, and health services here in Cambridge.
Another reminder that the deadline for nominations for the CUSU Elections is
NOON on Monday 28 February. All six sabbatical roles are up for
election-- if you're thinking about running, or want to find out more,
1. CUSU Elections
2. CUSU Council
3. CUSU ENTS
4. CUSU Black Students' Campaign Presents: Diversity Week 5. Disabled
Students' Liberation Campaign Informal Open Meeting 6. CUSU LGBT Elections
7. CUSU Self-Defence Classes 8. CUSU Meditation Classes 9. Sexual Health
1. CU Investment Banking Society: Bloomberg Assessment Test 2. St John's
Films 3. Wolfson June Event 4. Come And Try Fives 5. Jesus May Ball Needs An
Accordionist 6. Teach English In Hong Kong This Summer With OCEP 7.
Magdalene Music Society: Flute Cocktail And Piano Solos Recital 8. ADC
Theatre Listings 9. SCISOC presents: Dr Matt Ridley on "When ideas have
sex: the collective brain." 10. Jesus Literary Society: What The Hell Is He
Thinking??? 11. Work At Trinity May Ball 12. MSF Charity Run 13. The
Cambridge Hub: Locking Up Or Giving Up 14. Christ's Films 15. CU Islamic
Society Presents: ***Experience Islam Week*** 16. Robinson Films
1. CUSU ELECTIONS
CUSU will be holding its annual elections for the six sabbatical positions
at the end of term. Posters and other information should be up in your
college soon, but please do consider running-- the sabbs are the most
important jobs in the student union, and organise everything from the
Societies Fair to the Shadowing Scheme!
These are some of the most exciting student positions in Cambridge, where
you can help lead and represent the student body and gain some amazing
experience through campaigning.
Nominations open on Monday 21 February, and close on Monday 28 February.
The voting dates this year are 7-9 March.
The Elections Committee can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please do email us with any questions!
2. CUSU COUNCIL
Monday 14 February
Small Examinations Hall
New Museum Site
This is the forum for all students to debate and decide what to do to
improve student life in Cambridge. All students are free to present their
ideas, speak, and each JCR, MCR and Faculty has elected representatives to
vote on their behalf. You will also have the opportunity to ask CUSU
Officers about their campaigns and hold them to account.
If you would like to suggest something, or bring a motion please contact
email@example.com . More information about Council and minutes of
previous meetings can be seen at www.cusu.cam.ac.uk/union/council
3. CUSU ENTS
All of CUSU's ents are £3 on the door, at any time.
Monday: 10pm - 3am Rendezvous returns to its home at 'The Cow' on Monday for
a Valentines edition of Cambridge's favourite LGBT night. DJ Seddon will be
back, with a few Valentine's classics to add to his set, and the lovely
ladies at the Cow will prepare special Valentines cocktails for ONLY £3!
Wednesday 10pm - 3am Rendez2 continues this Wednesday night with resident
DJ's The Revival and Marsali Grant playing the best of Indie and Mash Up,
the cheapest drinks in Cambridge, AND the welcome addition of a smoke
machine to add to our collection of bubbles, free face painting, balloons
and bunting... why would you want to go anywhere else this Wednesday?
Thursday: 8pm - 12:30am Basement Tracks is a new CUSU night, in association
with Curious Yellow and Hidden Rooms. We aim to give up-and-coming student
DJs the chance to play alongside established acts in a celebrated City
Centre venue, to get their music heard (without interruptions from
Porters!) Add to that the incentive of half price tickets to TWO of
Cambridge's favourite clubs - Revolution and Fez Club, and you have even
more reason to get out of the house on a Thursday!
4. CUSU BLACK STUDENTS' CAMPAIGN PRESENTS: DIVERSITY WEEK
Monday 28 February- Saturday 5 March 2011.
The Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Students' Campaign has teamed up with
CUSU, King's, Lucy Cavendish, Love Music Hate Racism and many more to bring
you Diversity Week 2011. The first of its kind, every day will be filled
with an exciting activity or event. It will take place between Monday 28th
February- Saturday 5th March 2011.
The line up is as follows:
Monday- Robinson's College Film Night: The Kite Runner The Auditorium: 7:30
Tuesday- International CUSU International Formal Hall see
Unite against Fascism Talk
St Catherine's Ramsden Room 7:30 pm
Wednesday- Dispelling Misconceptions: Equality and Diversity Meade Room,
University Centre: 5:30- 6:45 pm
Cambridge University Steel Pan Society Steel Pan Taster Session
The Music Pavilion, Lucy CavandishL 7:00 pm
Thursday- King's College Student's Union Film Festival Launch: Offside
Keynes Room, 7:30 pm
A Touch of Africa Fashion Show
The Forum Room, Jesus College 7:00 pm
Friday- Islamic Society Film Night: Bilal's Stand
Winstanley Lecture Theatre, Trinity College
Carribean Dance Class and Club Night
The Bar: Lucy Cavandish, 7:00 pm start
Saturday- **Cambridge Unite**
Emmanuel United Reformed Churuch, Doors open at 7:00 pm, 7:30 pm start
A celebration of Diversity Performance Evening. Featuring White House
acclaimed slam poet Joshua Bennett, Britain's number one beat boxer Inja
Maker, Love Music Hate Racism, Malaysian dance and much moredance and music
from around the world. For tickets, please email the President, Akilah
Jeffers on aj370 and join the Facebook group:
BME Students' Campaign elections
Exec positions are NOW OPEN for next year's committee, including President,
Vice President and Secretary. For more details, please email the current
President, Akilah Jeffers: aj370.
5. DISABLED STUDENTS' LIBERATION CAMPAIGN INFORMAL OPEN MEETING
Tuesday 15 February
7:30 for 8pm
Anthony Low Building (ALB), Clare Hall
Mental health conditions, specific learning difficulties, chronic illnesses.
Do you think YOU might be affected by any of these? As a campaign we seek to
represent a broad cross-section of Cambridge students - not just those who
are visibly disabled, but also those who identify with any of the above. If
you think that you might fall under any of these categories, or already know
you do, then please come along to an informal open meeting, for advice,
support, or to get involved with the campaign.
Cakes and a bar will be available.
For directions please email firstname.lastname@example.org or see the facebook
event at http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=194290133923900&index=1
6. CUSU LGBT ELECTIONS
CUSU LGBT will be holding elections for the Exec this week (Chair &
President) and next week (Other Roles). If you are signed up for [LISTINGS]
with your @cam.ac.uk you will automatically be on the electoral roll. If you
are not signed up to the mailing list with your @cam.ac.uk you can still do
so before Tuesday 15th to be included on the electoral roll.
Alternatively, if you don't want to be on the mailing list, email
email@example.com to be added to the electoral role separately. You
must self identify as LGBT (or a similar, related, identity) to vote in the
7. CUSU SELF-DEFENCE CLASSES
Cambridge Union Society
The Women's Campaign in association with The Cambridge Union Society will be
holding a course of four self defence classes this term beginning this
coming Saturday (22nd) at 10am in the Union. The following lessons will be
held at the same time on 29th January, 19th February, 26th February. All
classes are free and open to men and women, Union members and non members,
but places in the classes are limited so turn up early to avoid
8. CUSU MEDITATION CLASSES
Godwin Room, Clare
Student-Support Sessions Of Mindfulness And Meditation
Mindfulness is a great skill that can help anyone. It has been used to treat
a wide variety of major and minor, mental and physical health issues.
It can be a fantastic way to tackle stress and depression at Cambridge.
And, aside from dealing with any "problems", it can also be a great way to
learn to enjoy life and relax!
These sessions will be a free and friendly introduction to what mindfulness
is, how it can help, and how we can practise it. They'll cover various
different ways of being mindful over the course of the term, but each one
will be independent so you can drop in to any session you want. This is a
great way for those new to mindfulness to learn about it. Anyone is welcome
- there'll be no angle towards or away from any particular religious
tradition. The techniques are intended to be practical and inclusive,
whatever background you may have.
The sessions will run from 8-9 every Monday this term in the Godwin Room at
Clare College. Stay around afterwards for biscuits and a chat if you'd like.
If you're interested and can't make it, or have any questions please
contact: Morgan Wild, Student Support Officer:
firstname.lastname@example.org or Patrick McKearney:email@example.com
9. SEXUAL HEALTH AWARENESS FORTNIGHT
Sexual Health Awareness Fortnight is here and raring to go!
>From the 14th - 25th February you won't be able to move for SEXPERTS.
team of trained sexual health outreach minions will be stationed everywhere
that you're likely to go in the next fortnight, ready to answer your
questions on sexually transmitted infections, contraception, and health
services here in Cambridge.
They won't diagnose your problems or preach at you - they're here to inform
you of your options and direct you to the professionals. Confidentially is
paramount, and we will do out utmost to be discreet. If our stalls look too
public, don't worry, your sexpert will ask if you'd like to discuss it
further away from the crowds.
So if you've been sitting on something for a while (physically or
metaphorically), now is the time to do something about it! Ask a sexpert,
pop to the Laurels Clinic for a free, confidential full screen and
treatment, or take a look at https://www.sexualhealthcambs.nhs.uk/index.php
for the full range of options available to you. Or feel free to get in touch
with Faye Rolfe (firstname.lastname@example.org) to find out more.
1. CU INVESTMENT BANKING SOCIETY: BLOOMBERG ASSESSMENT TEST
Cambridge University Investment Banking Society
Saturday 5 March Titan Teaching Rooms 1 & 2, New Museums Site 10:00am to
1:00pm 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Take the BAT (Bloomberg Assessment Test) for free.
Bloomberg are launching a new global financial assessment test, and they are
inviting you to undertake the test for free.
In today's job market, hard-won finance jobs are taken by the most
outstanding candidates. If you want to stand out from the crowd and make a
positive impact on recruiters and managers at financial institutions, you
need to take the BAT.
In future there will be a fee for taking the BAT, but currently it is free,
and any students who take the test now will be able to take it again for
free when it is fully launched.
The BAT has been designed in conjunction with leading global financial
institutions and academics to help outstanding students enter appropriate
jobs in all areas of finance. If you want to stay one step ahead of your
competitors, the BAT will: 1. Allow you to advertise your availability and
score to 20,000 global financial employers (if you choose). 2. Give you an
independent assessment of your skills, knowledge and areas for improvement
as well as the finance role which might best suit someone with your
abilities. 3. Enable you to compare yourself against peers at your
institution, in your region and around the world.
For more information, sample questions, and to sign up, please go to:
Should you have any queries, please direct them to email@example.com
2. ST JOHN'S FILMS
This week at ST. JOHN'S FILMS: www.stjohnsfilms.org.uk/
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl - 17th Feb - 9pm
Director: Gore Verbinski| 2003, Cert: 12 | 143mins In association with
Cambridge Pastafarian Society.
Swashbuckling action adventure. When Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) finds
pirates have kidnapped his childhood sweetheart Elizabeth Swan (Keira
Knightley) he releases the rogue Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) to help him
rescue her. Together they go on the hunt for Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey
Rush) and his crew, who have been doomed by a terrible curse to live forever
as the undead; a curse that can only be broken if the treasure they
plundered is restored.
Despicable Me - 20th Feb - 7 and 10pm
Director: Pierre Coffin/Chris Renaud| 2010, Cert: U | 95mins
Animated Comedy. Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) is a super villain planning
the world's biggest heist - to steal the moon. Armed with the usual array of
freeze rays, shrink rays, and combat vehicles, he vanquishes all opposition
who stand before him, that is until he encounters three orphan girls who
look at him and see something no one has ever seen - a potential Dad.
Venue: Palmerston Room, Fisher Building, St. John's College, Cambridge
Thursday 24th Feb (7pm) - Top Gun
Sunday 27th Feb (7&10pm) - Invictus
Thursday 3rd Mar (7pm) - Easy A
Sunday 6th Mar (7&10pm) - RED
All films shown with 35mm reel and Dolby Digital Surround Sound.
3. WOLFSON JUNE EVENT
-- TITANIC - AN UNSINKABLE NIGHT OF REVELRY! --
TITANIC, this year's Wolfson June Event has now been launched and tickets
are selling fast. A wide range of musical entertainments will keep guests
amused throughout the night and will range from live music, DJs and a
ceilidh in steerage to salsa and swing in the first class ballroom. The
renowned Wolfson Howler, dance performances from street to burlesque and
free food and drink including hogroasts and a decadent breakfast will keep
you going until the break of dawn.
With non-dining tickets currently selling at the special earlybird rate of
£59 (dining tickets `£79), this makes Wolfson one of the best value events
of May week. Dining tickets are close to sold out, and as with last year,
all tickets are expected to sell out in good time. Join the officers and
crew of the RMS Titanic on Friday the 24th June for an unsinkable night of
revelry and an epic climax to May Week. For more info and to buy tickets,
check out www.wolfsonjuneevent.co.uk --
4. COME AND TRY FIVES
Have you played Fives before? Do you play squash, tennis or real tennis and
want to try something new?
Then try Fives! A crazy three-walled multi-ledged court in which you play in
teams of two against another pair, and hit the ball with your hand wearing
The Cambridge University Eton Fives Association Ladies team is on a
recruitment drive, and with Varisty on the horizon there is no better time
to get involved!!
A fun, fast moving game definately worth a try!
Contact Eli Hullis eh388 for more details and to arrange a game!
5. JESUS MAY BALL NEEDS AN ACCORDIONIST
Calling all accordionists!
Jesus May Ball committee are looking for an accordionist to play on the
evening of Monday 20th June. If you're interested, sign up for an audition
If you can't make an audition slot, feel free to drop us an email at
firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll see if we can find you another time
6. TEACH ENGLISH IN HONG KONG THIS SUMMER WITH OCEP
OCEP is a UK-based charity which sends Oxbridge students to various
locations in Asia each summer to run camps for the local children, with the
aim of promoting education and alleviating poverty.
This summer we are looking for ten enthusiastic volunteers to teach English
on a programme of summer camps in Hong Kong from 29th June - 5th August. We
are looking for positive, inspiring and hard-working people. No previous
experience teaching English is necessary. Food, accommodation and a return
If you are interested in applying or would just like to know more please
7. MAGDALENE MUSIC SOCIETY: FLUTE COCKTAIL AND PIANO SOLOS RECITAL
Monday 21 February
Master's Lodge, Magdalene
Magdalene Music Society are proud to present the first concert of this term
in our popular Monday night series. Join us in Magdalene Master's Lodge (the
entrance is just beyond the Porters' Lodge on Magdalene Street, on the same
side) for a delicious combination of Magdalene's very own Flute Cocktail
ensemble and piano solos by accomplished college pianists Helen Thorpe and
Benedict James Wilson. The programme is to include music by Chopin, Alkan
and others. Entrance and refreshments are free as always, and everybody is
For details of other concerts coming up this term please join our Facebook
group at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2202270572 or contact our
president Lauren Braithwaite (lb430).
8. ADC THEATRE LISTINGS
Noises Off Wed 9th Feb - Sat 19th Feb 2011 (excluding Sun 13th Feb) ,
7.45pm; (Saturday 19th matinee at 2.30pm) Mon, Tue & Wed & matinee
performances £8/£6; Thu-Sat performances £10/£8;
This February CUADC brings a two-week run of Michael Frayn's classic farce
to the ADC stage. Billed 'the funniest farce ever written' by the New York
Post, this production boasts a stellar cast and crew who will ensure that
you are in stitches from start to finish. _________________________
Mon 14th Feb 2011, 11.00pm
Fitz Barbershop are the University's premier all-male a cappella group.
Expect everything from classic Barbershop numbers and Jazz favourites to
Seal and Eric Clapton. _________________________
Jeff Carpenter's Dido and Aeneas Henry Purcell and Nahum Tate; adapted by
Jeff Carpenter Wed 16th Feb - Sat 19th Feb, 11.00pm Wed £5/£4; Thu-Sat
In Jeff Carpenter's brand new take on Purcell's classic Dido and Aeneas,
you'll see the opera as it's never been seen before.
9. SCISOC PRESENTS: DR MATT RIDLEY ON "WHEN IDEAS HAVE SEX: THE COLLECTIVE
Tuesday 15 February
8:00pm (doors open at 7.40pm)
Plant Science Lecture Theatre, Dowining site
FREE for members, 2 pounds for non-members followed by a wine reception
What sparked the technological explosion that turned just another ape at the
mercy of its environment into a planet-dominating space traveler? Not big
brains, language, culture or consciousness-all those were present before.
Matt Ridley will argue that the secret lies in the invention of the habit of
exchange, which gave technology a capacity to evolve in a cumulative way,
just as sex did for genes three billion years before. The result of human
exchange and specialisation is a collective brain capable of achieving
things beyond the capability of individual intelligence. Matt is a
journalist, writer, and businessman.
We hope to see you all there! If you have any questions, please don't
hesitate to contact: email@example.com
10. JESUS LITERARY SOCIETY: WHAT THE HELL IS HE THINKING???
Tuesday 15 February
Upper Hall, Jesus College
Q: The Jesus College Literary Society care about you. About your emotional
well-being: your life, your loves, your heartbreaks. Which is why on we have
come up with the perfect antidote to that Valentine's Day hangover.
On the 15th of February, Zoe Strimpel - ex-Jesuan and wry social observer -
is coming back to the Bridge to discuss her book, What the HELL is He
Havving spent a good part of her post-pubescent life picking apart dating
dilemmas with her girlfriends over cocktails, Miss Strimpel decided it was
time to stop moping about the Mars/Venus divide.
So she did something completely crazy: she talked to actual guys, getting
them to explain the tales of confusion that she had gathered from her
Honest, intriguing and funny, Zoe Strimpel's insights are fascinating for
both boys and girls. Come find out what your sex or the other sex are really
thinking behind those big pretty eyes.
Also... FREE WINE. Told you'd we'd take care of the hangover.
Check out Miss Strimpel's blog here http://zoestrimpel.wordpress.com/
11. WORK AT TRINITY MAY BALL
Trinity May Ball is now recruiting! Lots of different positions are
available and experience is not necessarily required, although there are
plenty of senior roles for the candidates who really impress. There are also
lots of set-up and clear-up shifts available. If you are interested in
boosting your finances for May Week and fancy helping to run one of the most
amazing parties in the world along the way, we would love to hear from you.
Please apply through our website: www.trinityball.co.uk. Perform at Trinity
May Ball Trinity May Ball is seeking performers and acts for its diverse
range of venues. To book an audition slot, please
visit:www.trinityball.co.uk, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more
12. MSF CHARITY RUN
2011 Friends of Médecins Sans Frontières Charity Run
Who? 300 students, staff from MSF UK and anyone wishing to support MSF When?
9.30am, Sunday 20th March 2011 Where? Regents Park, London What?! 5 and 10km
runs in aid of MSF
tickets on sale for only one week longer 5km:
If you have any questions please email: email@example.com or visit the
13. THE CAMBRIDGE HUB: LOCKING UP OR GIVING UP
Locking up or giving up?
Wednesday 16th February, 7:30pm
Latimer Room, Clare College
Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=146675962059815
The number of children sentenced to custody has increased significantly in
the last decade. Oliver Chantler, Policy & Public Affairs officer at the
children's charity Barnado's, will be discussing the changes needed in the
custody system of youth crime and how youth can break from this negative
cycle of crime and poverty if they receive the necessary support. In
particular, he will be speaking about their most recent campaign calling for
raising the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 12, and the need for
interventions outside the traditional criminal justice system.
This event is hosted in collaboration with Student Community Action as part
of the Cambridge Hub Lent Series, held every week of Lent term. Find the
termcard here: http://cambridgehub.org/series or email
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
14. CHRIST'S FILMS
Christ's Films has another new film this week, to see what we have for the
rest of the term see our website: http://www.christsfilms.org.uk/
Somewhere Johnny Marco, a young film star recovers from an injury in the
Hollywood retreat, Chateau Marmont after another incident in his life of
wild excess. However, when his 11 year old daughter, Cleo is unexpectedly
dropped off by her mother, Johnny is faced with trying to fit his little
girl into his privileged lifestyle. Sunday 20th February, 7.30pm and 10pm in
New Court Theatre, Christ's College and tickets are just £3 each.
15. CU ISLAMIC SOCIETY PRESENTS: ***EXPERIENCE ISLAM WEEK***
12th February- 20th February: Join us for a week of events aimed at raising
awareness about Islam, generating debate and celebrating diversity. **Watch
the trailer here:
:: Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him)::
Wed 16th February :: 8.00pm Speaker: Prof. Tariq Ramadan (University of
Oxford) Cavonius Room, Stephen Hawking building (West Road), Caius --> An
author's book reading to understand who the man who brought forth this
:: The Quran::
Thurs 17th February :: 7.30pm
Lucia Windsor Room, Newnham College
--> Fear and hope; peace and war; transcendence and immanence: an
into the nature of the Muslim Holy Book
For more information & Full list of events:
16. ROBINSON FILMS
Sunday 20 February
Robinson Films will bring you a showing of the award winning 'District 9':
>From producer Peter Jackson and director Neill Blomkamp comes a
original science fiction thriller. With stunning special effects this
grittily realistic film plunges us into a world where aliens have landed...
only to be exiled to a slum on the fringes of Johanessburg. Now, one lone
human discovers the mysterious secret of the extraterrestrial weapon
technology. Hunted and hounded through the bizarre back alleys of an alien
shantytown he will discover what it means to be the ultimate outsider on
your own planet.
All showings are held in the Robinson College Auditorium at 9pm on Sundays.
There is NO ENTRANCE FEE