Monday 8th February 2016, 12:09 GMT | Cambridge,UK


Academics release open letter of protest over death of Giulio Regeni

Two Cambridge academics have release a letter addressed to Egyptian President Abdelfattah al-Sisi, criticising his regime for running a “security campaign which has resulted in mass arbitrary arrests”.

Dr Anne Alexander and Dr Maha Abdelrahman, who both conduct research on the Middle East, said they “note that according to Amnesty International, bodies reporting to the Egyptian Ministry of the Interior and the Egyptian Ministry of Defence routinely practice the same kinds of torture that Giulio is reported to have suffered against hundreds of Egyptian citizens each year”.

They wrote that “[t]hose of us who knew of Giulio’s disappearance before the[Read full story]


Cambridge is right to raise the rainbow flag

On Monday, the flag-poles of many Cambridge colleges were adorned (many for the first time) with the Rainbow Flag, flown to mark the beginning of LGBT History Month. For many queer people in Cambridge it was a day to be proud of; a day when our feeling of belonging in this university was affirmed. In a small way, we have struck yet another victory on the path towards the full and equal inclusion of LGBT+ people in our university. Of course, some of the colleges were notably absent from this move – Girton, Trinity and St John’s, to name but[Read full story]



January 2016 will not be remembered as a good month for British pop music. However, those feeling shell-shocked at the loss of one of contemporary music’s greatest innovators might be feeling a bit better by the end of February. February 19th sees the release of Jack Garratt’s debut album Phase, and five days later he’ll be onstage at the Brit Awards Ceremony receiving the Critics’ Choice award, whose previous winners include James Bay and Adele. Needless to say one award maketh not a Bowie-successor. But for the first time in a while British pop has produced a sound that[Read full story]


Zika virus: global emergency?

Unlike its related counterparts in the virus family Flaviviridae, the Zika virus does not have the luxury of a petrifying title. Yet the Zika virus, with only its exotic-sounding name to bear, is alongside Donald Trump on the sensationalist headlines of most American newspapers.

The Zika virus is spreading like wildfire, and it does not appear to be stopping its juggernaut-like invasion anytime soon. Once a virus restricted to the narrow equatorial belt from Africa to Asia, it was a virus unknown to the Western hemisphere until it started spreading eastward across the Pacific Ocean to French Polynesia, then to[Read full story]


Bek and Jack at the Movies: Creed

Bek: So we should probably establish that I’m a huge fan of the Rocky movies, and you haven’t seen any of them, right?

Jack: No, this is my first Rocky. But I don’t think that stopped me from enjoying the film, as they do so much to establish who Rocky is and what he represents for people like Creed. They take kind of the same strategy as the people who made The Force Awakens, where the new characters treat the established ones as these legendary figures. Rocky is as iconic in the world of Rocky as he[Read full story]


How to pretend to be a prince

Now, this is the story all about how I became the fresh(ers) prince of Cambridge.

Alcohol is a social lubricant. But who might have known it could even sufficiently lubricate the class system to allow the ascent of a mere fresher to royal status? It was the first weekend of Freshers’ Week – we were still naive to the dark truth that “week” was not a term to be taken literally – and the foetal entity that was my still-forming friendship group were living out every possible stereotype at the Union Freshers’ Ball. Free champers was quaffed – free, here,[Read full story]


Brits Shine at Aussie Open

While the Australian Open may have ended on a sour note for one Andy Murray at the hands of his perennial conqueror Novak Djokovic, that should not detract from what was a superb and historic tournament for those of a British persuasion.

Johanna Konta was rewarded for her valiant efforts with a move up the rankings to inside the world’s top 30. The Australian-born Brit reached the semi-finals of the women’s tournament last week, and in doing so became the first British woman to reach the semi-finals of a Grand Slam in 33 years. Even though Konta lost to the[Read full story]


Review: The History Boys

Alan Bennet’s The History Boys will be a favourite of many Cambridge students, not only because of its exploration of the Oxbridge admissions process, but because of the success of the 2006 film.

It’s also a brilliantly written play: deeply poignant explorations of issues from pedophilia to the Holocaust intersect hilarious and touching scenes from the classroom. I went along to the Pembroke Players’ production determined not to constantly compare it with the film and, whilst this inevitably proved difficult, there’s enough innovation in this re-working to make it worth watching.

That the script was written for the stage rather than film was obvious:[Read full story]


Strange Bedfellows

Strange Bedfellows

Male students and academics are heading to Grindr to find casual sex together. Is technology changing power dynamics within the university?

Gender pay gap a ‘wake up call’

Gender pay gap a ‘wake up call’

Freedom of Information request reveals that 89 per cent of university’s top earners are men

The Regal Wetherspoons evacuated as fire discovered

The Regal Wetherspoons evacuated as fire discovered

Wetherspoons and The Cambridge Arts Picturehouse were both evacuated this afternoon

Kate Hoey: “there is a very credible left-wing argument” to leave the EU

Theo Demolder speaks to one of the founders of Labour Leave about democracy, internationalism, and ‘the fear campaign’

Rainbow flags fly in Cambridge

This week saw the appearance of rainbow flags to mark the start of LGBT History Month


Varsity Introducing: Imogen Rae

Varsity Introducing: Imogen Rae

Alice Chilcott speaks to Imogen Rae, a singer-songwriter studying Medicine at Sidney Sussex and a past winner of the OpenMic UK Future Music Award



Guy Clark on Jack Garratt and why he’s changing the face of British pop

Escaping the frame: the poetry of mathematics

Escaping the frame: the poetry of mathematics

When two traditionally unrelated disciplines collide, we can learn a lot about the human condition, argues Jade Cuttle

The alternative Oscars race

Will Roberts asks why so many talented BME actors were missing from the Oscar shortlist

Anna’s Culinary Corner

Anna Hollingsworth adapts to the ‘new vogue’: overnight oats


Cambridge is right to raise the rainbow flag

Cambridge is right to raise the rainbow flag

It’s a step in the right direction, but flying the rainbow flag is by no means the end goal

Week 4: H e a d s p a c e

In her fourth weekly column, Rhiannon Shaw discusses how to tackle talking to family about mental health

How to make sure you don’t give up friends for Lent Term

As Freshers’ Week fades into distant memory and the work starts piling up, Vidya Ramesh has some suggestions on avoiding becoming a social hermit

The obvious choice: reflections on the referendum

We’ve won the battle, but not the war… yet

Sugar Babies are a sign of capitalism gone wrong

The Sugar Daddy culture points to broader issues in modern relationships, says Connor MacDonald


Brits Shine at Aussie Open

Brits Shine at Aussie Open

Jamie, Johanna, Andy and Gordon give British tennis a boost

Youth: the commodity of football

Youth: the commodity of football

Akuan Liu analyses football’s preoccupation with finding the stars of tomorrow, and asks whether this is healthy for all involved

Withstanding the test of time

Withstanding the test of time

In light of last week’s Australian Open, Santi Willder wonders whether an athlete can ever wind back the clock

Finding the meaning of sport

What’s in a sport? Sophie Penney asks which of Cambridge’s many different societies deserve that label

College Football Review: Week 9

With Cuppers ahead, it’s crunch time in the College Football League


How to pretend to be a prince

How to pretend to be a prince

Hamish Ungless suggests invoking the powers of alcohol and a bad Swiss accent

Corporate responsibility

Corporate responsibility

Shefali Kharabanda on why sorting out a summer internship isn’t the be all and end all

A veggie month or a veggie life?

A veggie month or a veggie life?

Finnoula Taylor recounts her experience of meat-free January

Escape from Cambridge: Stockholm

Lily Spicer describes how she spent three days in Stockholm

To LDR or not to LDR?

That is the question…


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