CUSU Bulletin: Week 5, Lent 2010-2011
Sent at: 3:00 pm, 21st February 2011.
Your voice, your students' union
Check out our website: www.cusu.cam.ac.uk
I hope you'd had a good week. We're very pleased that the University Council
has backed away from the plans to slash bursaries after our lobbying last
week, but there is still more to be done to secure this, and ensure that
students get a fair deal on bursaries, fee waivers and our Access work.
Sexual Health Awareness fortnight continues this week, with our Sexperts
visiting clubs and bars to promote sexual health and give out free stuff!
Nominations have OPENED for the CUSU Elections, and close next Monday at
noon! If you're interested in running for one of the six sabbatical
positions or some part-time ones, contact email@example.com soon!
We're trying to get a range of candidates for all positions, so do think
If you have a notice for the bulletin, please submit it at
www.cusu.cam.ac.uk/bulletin by 5pm on Saturday.
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 28 February
Small Examinations Hall
New Museum Site
ELECTION HUSTINGS: The first round of hustings for the sabbatical elections
will be held at CUSU Council on Monday 28 February, so make sure you're
there to ask questions and grill the candidates!!
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.
4. 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
5. 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
6. 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. PEMBROKE MAY BALL AUDITIONS
Think you're funny, in a band, play the sitar? We're looking for talented
musicians, ensembles, singer-song writers, comics, bands and more to perform
in The Secret Gardens, on June 22nd 2011.
To find out more and sign up please visit
We look forward to seeing you there,
Mike Fallows and Jemima Hodkinson
Ents at "The Secret Gardens"
2. ST EDMUND'S CHOIR
The ST EDMUND'S SINGERS are an informal, friendly choir looking for singers
to work towards a concert at the end of Lent term.
We sing everything (choral, gospel, pop, whatever works) and rehearse once a
week in the chapel at St. Edmund's College, TUESDAYS 7.30-9pm.
If you are looking for a choir (or fancy giving singing a go), but haven't
yet found one that fits, join us this coming Tuesday. We'd be very happy to
have you along. Hope to see you there!
3. TRINITY COLLEGE PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY 'WILD' COMPETITION
Neville's Court, Trinity College
Trinity College Photographic Society will be holding an exhibition on the
theme 'Wild' in Nevile's Court on 5-6 March. Anyone in Cambridge is welcome
to submit photos. There will be prizes for winning entries, as selected by a
panel of judges including photographers and fellows.
To enter, submit high quality photos mounted on A4 white card with name,
college (if applicable), title of work and email clearly written on the
Drop off prints at the Cambridge Union Bar during one of the following
Friday 18 February, 12 - 2 pm
Saturday 19 February, 11 - 2pm
Saturday 26 February, 11 - 2pm
Or email email@example.com to arrange an alternative meeting time.
There is a £3 entry fee (pay when you hand over the prints) - entrants may
submit up to three photos. All proceeds will go to Cambridge Student
4. SOME EXPLICIT POLAROIDS
Mark Ravenhill, a Pembroke Players' production
Attempted murder, New Age strippers, beautiful bodies, abusive lovers, and
lots and lots of E. This is 1999. At times poignant, shocking and bleakly
hilarious, Ravenhill's Some Explicit Polaroids shows us what happens when
these characters collide. ."Welcome to the happy world..."
Tickets: £6/£5 from the Cambridge Arts Theatre (01223503333 or on the door)
5. HILL MAGAZINE SUBMISSIONS
The HILL MAG
is still looking for more
NON-PHOTO ART ||| DESIGN ||| YOU KNOW WHAT
DEADLINE: MARCH 17
Submit to : EDITORS@GMAIL.COM
6. JUST DANCE
2.30pm and 7.30pm
Mumford Theatre, Anglia Ruskin
CUTAZZ will be performing their annual society dance show 'JUST DANCE' on
Friday 4th and Saturday 5th of March at the Mumford Theatre. Dances of all
styles will be performed and this year promises to be a brilliant show.
Tickets sold out last year so make sure you get yours soon. Tickets are £9
or £5 for concessions and students. Call 0845 196 2320 or visit
https://tickets.mumfordtheatre.anglia.ac.uk/peo/default.asp to buy tickets.
7. STILL HUMAN STILL HERE- SLEEPOUT
26- 27 February
Great St Mary's Church (in Market Square)
CU Amnesty International and Student Action for Refugees are hosting a sleep
We will be taking to the streets with sleeping bags to spend a night in
Great St. Mary's churchyard. We're doing this to highlight the plight of
refused asylum seekers living in the UK who are forced into destitution.
Often, they have nowhere to sleep at night. We are calling on the government
to give them the right to work and access to healthcare.
Please join us to show your support.
The evening will commence at 8pm with a short film and some speakers.
We will also have a stall in market square from 10am- 4pm on the 26th, where
we will be getting people to write to their MPs and raising money to meet
the basic needs of destitute asylum seekers. Sponsorship money collected by
those sleeping out will also go to this cause.
If you don't fancy sleeping out, you are still very welcome to help on the
stall in the day and to come to the talk in the evening.
8. SLAVERY, SPORT AND STATE: Perspectives on human trafficking in the UK
Friday 25 February
Law Faculty (Sidgwick Site)
A panel event to launch the LWOB Anti-Trafficking Project.
Thousands are forced to work in the UK as prostitutes or domestic slaves or
as labour on farms and in cannabis factories. Physically and mentally
abused, they live in constant terror and it is predicted that trafficking
will increase in the run-up to the London 2012 Olympics.
How are those who escape treated by the authorities, and what support is
available to them? What are the challenges faced by the government and NGOs
in fighting human trafficking? And what is being done to prepare for London
1. DR LIZ HALES is undertaking a prison based research project on the
"Criminalisation of Migrant Women".
2. FIONA MACTAGGART MP is Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities and was
Chair of the All-Parliamentary Group on Prostitution and the Global Sex
3. CHARMAINE JELBERT is investigating the response to the expected increase
in trafficking posed by London 2012.
9. ROBINSON FILMS PRESENTS AN LGBT SPECIAL: ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW
Sunday 27th February
Robinson College Auditorium
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
---A newly engaged couple have a breakdown in an isolated area and must pay
a call to the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter---
Entrance is Free.
10. CHAOS SCHOOL HUB EVENTS: INSPIRE CHILDREN WITH FUN SCIENCE!
Wednesday 2nd March, 9.30am-12pm, Sawston Village College, Cambridgeshire
Tuesday 8th March, 1-5pm, Thomas Deacon Academy, Peterborough
We're looking to recruit keen volunteers to help out at "school hub"
events, organised by the Cambridge Science Festival. We're asking scientists
of all kinds (natscis, medics, vets, engineers, compscis,
mathmos...) to help demonstrate fun science experiments to small groups of
children. Each event will involve a large secondary school hosting pupils
from nearby schools, and will involve a number of fun science events from
other organisations as well as CHaOS. These events are a new venture for the
science festival and sound like great fun! CHaOS organises the transport and
a free lunch, so all you'll have to do is show up on the day with plenty of
Please note that: - there are school events, so we'll need you to apply for
a CRB check if you haven't already got one - you'll need to be available for
approx 2 hours either side of the start/finish time to allow for transport
If you want to help, please fill in our online form
here:http£://www£.£chaosscience£.£org£.£uk/march_school_signup_2011. If you
have any questions- just drop us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
11. THE CAFE PROJECT, 22 JESUS LANE
Acoustic show with touring musicians happening from 7.30pm on Saturday 26th
February at the cafe project 22 jesus lane
The acts performing include full band folk punk from 'wegrowbeards', witty
frank turneresque political song weaving from Al Baker (of Al Baker and the
Dole Queue) and acoustic punk from 'A Great Notion'
£3 suggested Donation (to cover musicians travel costs) and cheap vegan
event page is here:
12. CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY QUIZ SOCIETY EVENT: 2011
Cambridge Inter-Collegiate Quiz Challenge Date and Time: Throughout Lent
Location: To be sorted Description and contact: Entries are still open for
this year's Cambridge Intercollegiate Quiz Challenge. This is a University
Challenge-style tournament in which all Cambridge colleges are invited to
participate. If you want to prove that your college is the true brains of
Cambridge, and have a chance of being selected to represent Cambridge in the
annual Varsity Match against Oxford, this will provide the perfect
opportunity. Of course, even if your college has entered a team, feel free
to enter a second one- and if you can't get a full team together, get in
contact with us anyway and we'll try and sort something out, though there
will be a limit of 32 teams overall. We aim to conclude the tournament by
the end of Lent term.
For more details about how the tournament works. see
http://www.srcf.ucam.org/~quizsoc/ICC/ICC_Rules.html Entry fees are £10 per
team of 4. To enter a team, contact temg2 with your captain's contact
details and send a cheque for £10, payable to the Cambridge University Quiz
Society and addressed to Thomas Grinyer at Homerton College. The deadline
for entries is this Wednesday.
13. CHRIST'S FILMS
Freder Fredersen lives a carefree life in a perfect utopian world until he
follows a beautiful woman and finds an underground city filled with workers
powering the machinery that keeps his world functioning. This recently
restored 1927 classic follows the social upheaval of an entire society with
dramatic results. 9pm, Thursday 24th February
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
Voldemort has finally emerged from hiding to control the wizarding world,
leaving Harry, Ron and Hermione alone to fight back against the tide of
evil. They must rely on each other to find and destroy the horcruxes in the
penultimate film of the epic series. 7pm (not 7.30pm) and 10pm, Sunday 27th
14. SCISOC TALK ON "MAGNETRICITY AND MAGNETIC MONOPOLES" BY PROF STEVEN
Tuesday, 22nd February, 8pm Plant Science Lecture Theatre (Downing Site)
followed by a wine reception FREE for members, 2 pounds for non-members
Professor Steve Bramwell has won the 2010 Holweck Medal and Prize, one of
the most prestigious awards in European Physics. The prize recognises
Professor Bramwell's groundbreaking work in magnetism, and particularly his
work on "spin ice", leading to his discovery of magnetic monopoles and
"magnetricity" - the magnetic equivalent of electricity. Steven is a member
of the Condensed Matter and Materials Physics group (CMMP) in the Department
and the London Centre for Nanotechnology (LCN).
15. CU EXPLORES' AND TRAVELLERS' TALK
Monday 21 February
"Working in Antarctica from the 1960s onwards"
by Dr Peter Clarkson Venue: Umney Lounge, Robinson College Time: 6.30pm for
drinks, 6.45pm for a talk FOLLOWED BY DINNER WITH OUR SPEAKER!
Peter Clarkson was born in 1945 and soon developed an interest in the polar
regions. He graduated from Durham University in 1967 and immediately joined
the British Antarctic Survey as a geologist. He carried out geological
mapping in the Shackleton Range (80°S, 25°W) during the 1968-69 and 1969-70
austral summers and return to Antarctic many times since then. He was
awarded the Polar Medal in 1976, received a PhD from Birmingham in 1977 and
was the Executive Secretary of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic
In the 2010 New Year Honours he was awarded the MBE "for services to
Antarctic science". He has written numerous scientific and general articles
about the Antarctic, contributed Antarctic articles to travel books and two
encyclopaedias, and has written a book on volcanoes.
He is a total enthusiast for all things Antarctic and will talk endlessly
about his passion to anyone prepared to listen!
Free for CUEX members, £1 non-members, drinks provided.
If you want to come to dinner with our speaker after the talk, or you can
come just for the dinner (Bella Italia, at 8pm), please try to let
me(emb61) know before (don't worry if you're not sure though, we can always
have few more people coming on the day!)
16. ADC THEATRE LISTINGS
Tue 22nd - Sat 26th Feb 2011, 7.45pm
Tue-Wed £8/£6; Thu-Sat £10/£8
Cut-glass vowels and deep pockets. Debauchery, decadence and bloody good
wine. Welcome to the Riot Club. _________________________
Varsity Big Band Battle
Tue 22nd Feb 2011, 11pm
Cambridge University's premier big band returns to the ADC for the annual
battle of the big bands between the Cambridge and Oxford University Jazz
Jacques and his Master
Wed 23rd - Sat 26th Feb 2011, 11pm
Wed £5/£4; Thu-Sat £6/£5
Writer of 'The Unbearable Lightness of Being', Milan Kundera presents a
comic drama where past and present seamlessly overlap and nothing is quite
as you remembered it. _________________________
17. RYAN PYLE
Title: "A Lens on China: Sources of Political Change."
Venue: Auditorium Lounge in Robinson College
Time/date: 5-7pm on Tues 22 Feb.
Bio: Ryan Pyle is a Canadian born, award-winning documentary photographer
who has been living in (and covering) China for the last 10 years. After
obtaining a degree in International Politics from the University of Toronto
in 2001, he realized a life long dream and traveled to China on an
exploratory mission. In 2002 Pyle moved to China permanently and began
taking freelance assignments. In 2004, Ryan Pyle became a regular
contributor to the New York Times covering China. He then expanded his
portfolio to include Time, Newsweek, Outside Magazine, the Wall Street
Journal, the New York Times, Fortune, and many others.
18. JOIN AIESEC BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
AIESEC (www.aiesec.co.uk ), the world's largest student organisation,
enables students to take part in internships throughout the world. Its
corporate partners include Microsoft, UBS, HSBC and PWC. Business
Development aims to raise traineeships in local companies. Leadership
positions available due to graduation of current team.
AIESEC Business Development benefits: (1) develop sales/marketing skills
(2) responsibility for holding meetings with local hi-tech companies
(networking opportunity) (3) unique overseas opportunities available to
members (beyond internships) (4) conferences with students from 24
Get in touch with Guillaume at email@example.com or come to the meeting. No
experience needed. To find out more about AIESEC contact Roseanne at
**Monday 21st of February @ 7pm, Linnett Room, Robinson College**