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Union drinks go on without CUSU LGBT+

CUSU LGBT+ have dropped their partnership with the Cambridge Union on weekly drink events after the feminist academic Germaine Greer was invited to give a talk, while the Union announced its intention to carry on the events regardless.

In a post to the CUSU LGBT+ Facebook page, Ents Officer David Lowis stated that “agreement amongst Trans students is that [Greer's invitation] disqualifies the Union as a space for Trans people to feel welcome and safe. Therefore, drinks at the Union will be cancelled indefinitely.”

However, a spokesperson for the Union stated: ”The Union will continue to host a drinks event on Mondays for[Read full story]

Comment

It’s time to listen to the voices of vulnerable students

One of the recent arguments levelled against the proposed reading week at Cambridge is that it is the stress and pressure of the current system which makes Oxbridge students so successful. Some people see the stressful environment we study in as preparation for the ‘real world’, ignoring the various unrealistic factors that are widespread in Oxbridge life. By glamorising the pressure Oxbridge puts us under, people are prioritising the few who thrive under extreme pressure over those who suffer under the current university system.

Whilst it’s true that Cambridge may teach some of us to manage a heavy workload, as well as[Read full story]

Culture

The Interview: Mark Watson

In 2001, after his graduation from Queens’ College, Mark Watson made his first trip to the Edinburgh Fringe with a Footlights show called ‘Far Too Happy’. Since then Mark has visited the fringe a number of times, performing several ground-breaking twenty-four hour pieces. He has starred in a number of television and radio shows including ‘We Need Answers’, ‘The Mad Bad Ad Show’ and ‘Mark Watson Makes the World Substantially Better’ while featuring in ‘Mock the Week’ and ‘Never Mind the Buzzcocks’.

Earlier in his career, Mark always spoke in a strong Welsh accent. Since then his on stage persona[Read full story]

Science

The Stanford Prison Experiment

Stanford University, 1971. It was a very simple concept: a group of young, healthy, male volunteers were split equally and randomly assigned roles. Half became prisoners, half became wardens; they were placed in a makeshift jail and their actions observed.

Although originally planned to last two weeks, the study was abruptly ended after only six days. Prisoners were behaving in pathological ways, having mental breakdowns and participating in hunger strikes. Guards were acting sadistically, stripping prisoners naked and placing bags over their heads, humiliating them both physically and mentally.

It was important to remember that the prison environment was closely[Read full story]

Reviews

ArcSoc: Cabaret

The temperature was low, but expectations were high. ArcSoc Cabaret has clearly established itself as a highlight of the Lent social calendar, judging by the impressive black market for spare tickets it had spawned on its Facebook page. After a long queue revellers were greeted by a Union Building saturated in suspended objects; starting with a cascade of balloons artfully descending from a first story window into the garden, to the familiar ArcSoc décor of pop art pasted over every surface. Balloons abound, there was no shortage of things to keep your hands and eyes busy, another highlight being a room[Read full story]

Features

Je Suis Ahmed

What is difficult about articulating thoughts for a predominately non-Muslim audience is the realisation that my voice will be taken as representative: the one that will be quoted and assumed to be a truth of the Muslim community universally. It is ironic that this is also the trend that consistently worries the Muslim community in the aftermath of attacks like the one which spurned the Je Suis Charlie hashtag: they will think it’s all of us. They’ll ascribe the name of Islam to this form of extremism; a dilution of principles and a skewering of morality which results in an aftermath[Read full story]

Sport

‘U’topia for Cambridge United

Cambridge United recorded one of the best results in their history with a goalless draw at home to Manchester United in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Friday night.

The lowest ranked team left in the competition, Cambridge United showed superb resilience to hold at bay the most famous football club in the world. The 11-time FA Cup winners were clearly unsettled by Cambridge’s physicality and the boisterous atmosphere in the Abbey Stadium. By contrast, Cambridge showed no signs of stage fright in front of an 8,000 capacity crowd and the television cameras for BBC One’s Match of the[Read full story]

Theatre

Evolution

Cambridge University Dance Society’s annual showcase, Evolution, was certainly a kaleidoscope of different dance styles. Indian, ballet, contemporary, belly dancing, ballroom, hip-hop, gymnastics; it was vibrant, eye-catching and enthusiastically performed. There were some stand-out performances, in particular ‘Mayil’, an Indian dance performed and choreographed by Shrividya Ravi, Mahima Chandrasekhar and Architha Srinivasan. This dynamic and colourful piece was a wonderfully co-ordinated, very polished, and expressive performance. Alys Williams’ ‘Real Human Beings’ – a four part dance that followed the relationship of a girl (Williams) and boy (Hao Feng) from first meeting to break up – was similarly successful, with sensitive[Read full story]

NEWS

Padman appeals for calm in Greer outcry

Padman appeals for calm in Greer outcry

Dr Rachael Padman, whose Newnham fellowship was protested by Germaine Greer in 1996, has asked for her to be given a ‘fair hearing’ amid demands for disinvitation from the Union

Students demonstrate for release of Saudi blogger sentenced to 1000 lashes

Students demonstrate for release of Saudi blogger sentenced to 1000 lashes

Cambridge PEN demand freedom for Saudi blogger Raif and his lawyer Waleed in rally outside King’s

RAG presents ‘Once Upon a Blind Date’ video

Promotional video released for RAG blind date

Whose University? campaign launches in Oxford

Oxford to follow Cambridge and ask: Whose University?

Peter Hitchens cancels Union appearance due to disagreement with Stephen Fry

Peter Hitchens, who had been scheduled to debate the disestablishment of the Church of England, pulled out of the debate after being placed on the same side as the comedian

CULTURE

The Interview: Mark Watson

The Interview: Mark Watson

Jack Benda talks to Mark Watson, ex-footlight and now professional comedian about his life

Culture What's On: Week 2

Culture What’s On: Week 2

From Germaine Greer and Sarah Pascoe to sex with horses, Week 2 has something for everyone – here’s the Culture Editors’ pick o’ the bunch

Love Art After Dark: A Personal Perspective

Love Art After Dark: A Personal Perspective

Miranda Gabbott takes us behind the scenes of this magical night at the Fitzwillaim Museum

Sara Pascoe: Does all comedy have a victim?

Ahead of her stop at The Junction on 23rd January, Jordan Mitchell grabs an interview with this rising comedic star

Our Preference for Posh: perhaps a problem?

With the recent influx of poshness on our screens, Joanne Stewart delves into the tantalising but troubling world of toffs, Tatler and tiny dogs

COMMENT

It's time to listen to the voices of vulnerable students

It’s time to listen to the voices of vulnerable students

Serious consideration needs to be given to introducing a reading week

Transphobic feminism: an oxymoron

Why Greer’s feminism isn’t worth your Monday evening

The dangers of reading: why CDE is wrong about a reading week

Reading week – healthy or disastrous?

Radio Varsity: Episode 5

Free speech, a female Pitt club and Julian Huppert

Millie Brierley: Page 3 antics

Sexy bookshelves – an alternative to the current page 3?

SPORT

Case closed for shirt swaps: solicitors step in

Case closed for shirt swaps: solicitors step in

Alexander JLO Solicitors kindly agreed to cover the cost of any Cambridge United player who wished to swap their shirt against Manchester United on Friday night

'U'topia for Cambridge United

‘U’topia for Cambridge United

Cambridge United earn a more than deserved goalless draw against Manchester United in a memorable cup fixture for the U’s.

Divided and United in Cambridge

Divided and United in Cambridge

India Matharu-Daley, a devout Manchester United fan, reflects on seeing football in Cambridge for the first time, and the differing worlds of two distinctly different Uniteds

The FA Cup Fourth Round: How did Cambridge get there?

With just hours to go until kick-off Richard Stockwell reports on how Cambridge United won the chance to face Manchester United in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

The College Football Review: Week 9

College football is back and it’s Cuppers quarter-finals weekend. What more could you ask for?

FEATURES

Je Suis Ahmed

Je Suis Ahmed

Muslim student at Cambridge gives her verdict

How to: Pretend to be cool

How to: Pretend to be cool

Trade secrets from a professional

Poolside Perspectives: the Winter Pool

Poolside Perspectives: the Winter Pool

It’s that time of year: Rose Lander and Melissa Smith share different experiences of the Winter Pool

How to: Rewin your bedder’s love

Sarah Collins reveals how to rescue your most important Cambridge relationship

How to: Get rid of not so fresh first-term friends

Hesham Mashhour explains how to make a seamless transition between friendship groups

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