Friday 27th November 2015, 15:23 GMT | Cambridge,UK


PalSoc prepares to protest

The Cambridge University Palestine Society (PalSoc) is planning to host a demonstration against Yiftah Curiel, the head spokesman for the Israeli embassy, when he arrives to speak at the Union on Monday night.

The executive committee is inviting members to bring “placards, banners and any other noise making equipment (tin pans and spoons, megaphones, whistles etc.)”

The planned protest, mirroring the reaction to Curiel’s appearance at a similar event at UCL on Tuesday, follows PalSoc’s release of a statement expressing “outrage” at the Union’s decision “to give the stage solely to a representative of the Israeli government, rather than host[Read full story]


“There are gunshots outside the building. Be careful.”

This year, I’m living on Rue de la Fontaine au Roi. The terrace of the Casa Nostra pizzeria on this street was targeted during the Paris terrorist attacks on Friday night, where five of the current death toll of 129 died. It’s eerily silent and empty; people are still going out and doing their shopping, but they daren’t stay out long.

I am unharmed, and so this account in no way at all compares to those of people affected. Everyone’s thoughts are with the victims and their friends and families. My supervisor emailed from Cambridge to encourage his students to[Read full story]


1947: A cultural snapshot

1947. The age of Varsity. The age of a few other cultural triumphs, too. As Britain bathed in the glory of winning WWII, frugal times meant the only things in abundance were rationing coupons. Hope was lingering round the corner with the birth of rock ‘n’ pop legends David Bowie, Meat Loaf, Gerry Rafferty and the genius that is Elton John. Ziggy Stardust, flares and the Lion King owe it all to this year of creativity. Topping the charts at the time were loved-up tunes such as Ted Weems’s ‘Heartaches’ and Francis Craig’s ‘Near You’. Literary imagination was also[Read full story]


The fuss about fission

Across the world’s green movement, creeping continental drift is occurring. What was once a shibboleth for environmentalists, the very foundation of green politics itself, seems now to be a divisive taboo to be brushed under the carpet in the pursuit of greater goals. From renegade ex-Greenpeace activists to po-faced NASA geeks, the movement against climate change has put the nuclear baby in the corner. The Green Party seem increasingly divided over the matter and even Friends of the Earth recently reviewed their policy, moving to an opposition “in practice” rather than “in principle”. Is all well in the greenie world,[Read full story]


Film: He Named Me Malala

Davis Guggenheim, director of the Oscar-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth, here turns his attention to the incredible story of Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai. Shot in the head by the Taliban for speaking out in support of women’s education, she not only recovered but has become one of the most famous teenagers in the world, known for her determined campaigning for women’s rights and unwavering faith in the liberating power of education. Guggenheim’s documentary effectively explores both the public persona and private individual that is Malala, using a combination of historical news footage and vivid animation to trace the development[Read full story]


On Liberty and Coercion

Earlier this month, Gary Gerstle delivered his Inaugural Lecture as Paul Mellon Professor of American History at Cambridge. Speaking of his most recent book, Liberty and Coercion: The Paradox of American Government from the Founding to the Present, Dr Lawrence Klein, Chair of the Faculty of History, described the project in his introduction as “as close as historians are ever going to get to a definitive account of the American state”.

On the event of Quentin Skinner’s Inaugural Lecture as Regius Professor of Modern History in 1997, ‘Liberty before Liberalism,’ the London Review of Books commented that he had[Read full story]


On Michaelmas, sombreros and synchronised swimming

Sports in Cambridge are like political parties in the UK. There are two big ones, and a lot of smaller ones which you probably won’t hear about unless you’re part of them. And like political parties, the small sports get the occasional chance to set out their ideas, hand out leaflets, send out emails and bring in new blood. The inevitable boon is exciting, but the taste soon turns bitter as emails go unreturned, the obligatory Facebook group falls into disuse and interest ebbs away to the hegemons, rowing and football.

But surely we can turn our gaze, for a[Read full story]


Review: 5 Lesbians Eating A Quiche

5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche is a totally ridiculous, joyously silly romp which left the audience cackling and clapping with a heady mix of bewilderment and delight over absurd characters, raunchy humour and positively bizarre circumstances. The action focuses on a single room in which the Susan B. Antony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein meet to have their annual quiche breakfast and are assaulted by atomic bombs, leaving them to deal with the prospect of being trapped together for four years until the radiation clears. Using audience participation (be warned) to draw the room in nearly instantaneously, the[Read full story]


Cambridge police step up anti-terror patrols

Cambridge police step up anti-terror patrols

New policy set out in Cambridgeshire in response to the Paris attacks, though no “immediate or specific risk” has been identified

The Cambridge Union Society heads to the polls

The Cambridge Union Society heads to the polls

The Union is set for a fierce Presidential Election following a term of resignations and controversy

Varsity Interviews the Union Presidential Candidates

Varsity Interviews the Union Presidential Candidates

Charlotte Ivers and Sachin Parathalingham speak to Louis Ashworth about why they want to be the President of the Cambridge Union

City Council spends to tackle homeless rise

Homelessness continues to rise in Cambridge, despite increased spending from the City Council

A good day for Good Night Out

The anti-harassment Good Night Out campaign takes a step forward by meeting representatives of the Cambridge nighttime venues


1947: A cultural snapshot

1947: A cultural snapshot

As Varsity celebrates the publication of its 800th edition, Molly Biddell looks at the culture of the era of its founding

‘Popping rhymes like bubble gum'

‘Popping rhymes like bubble gum’

Varsity interviews first-year Magdalene Student Chay Graham on his spoken word background in his hometown of Brighton

The mainstream: friend or foe?

The mainstream: friend or foe?

Watching spoken word artists rub shoulders with pop artists at festivals leaves Anna Jennings conflicted but hopeful for the future of spoken word

A Lifelong Relationship with Shoes

A pair of designer shoes is for life argues Varsity’s fashion editor

Festive Fashion Faux-Pas

Ah, the festive season. ’Tis the time to be jolly and revel in all things merry: except in what you’ll almost certainly be wearing.


“There are gunshots outside the building. Be careful.”

Jade Cuttle is a year abroad student who lives on Rue de la Fontaine au Roi, the street where five were killed outside the Casa Nostra pizzeria

Cambridge has given up on the HSPS Tripos

Instead of splitting the HSPS Tripos, why aren’t we improving the course as it stands?

We must be compassionate in the face of terror attacks

James Swaden is a year abroad student in Paris who was in close proximity to the attacks

Editorial: The politics of solidarity

There is no fixed way to grieve in the face of terrorism and true compassion involves fully understanding this fact

In defence of our right to a good night out

The CULC Women’s Officer explains why the Good Night Out Campaign is needed in our pubs and clubs


On Michaelmas, sombreros and synchronised swimming

On Michaelmas, sombreros and synchronised swimming

Daniel Gaye discusses the underappreciated sports in Cambridge. Ever tried Korfball?

BT Sport: The bane of football?

BT Sport: The bane of football?

Zack Case laments the rapid rise of BT Sport and argues that significant improvement is needed to match Sky Sports

The College Football Review: Week 5

The College Football Review: Week 5

International breaks? Pfft, College Football has no time for that

Behind the Scenes at Wimbledon

Sophie Penney talks with Martin Guntrip, Club Director of the All England Club, about access and tennis’ future in Britain

Must the show always go on?

Sophie Penney, a student on a year abroad in Paris, reflects on the significance of Tuesday night’s France v. England friendly


On Liberty and Coercion

On Liberty and Coercion

An essay on the inaugural lecture of Gary Gerstle, Paul Mellon Professor of American History

Top 10 Secret Places to Study in Cambridge

Top 10 Secret Places to Study in Cambridge

In the second of a mini-series on “Top Ten Secret…”, Katie Wetherall reviews the secret work spaces around Cambridge using the Space Finder website

CUCRAG in Calais

Cambridge University Calais Refugee Action Group made a two-day trip to Calais on 13th November to help with relief efforts

Management consultancy: a sign that Western civilisation is doomed?

It began with an ironic interview. It ended with a highly-paid, shallow existence, marking the end of Guy MacKendrick’s career in Marxist academia.


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