Friday 24th October 2014, 14:29 BST | Cambridge,UK


Pussy Riot to speak at Union

Pussy Riot will speak at the Cambridge Union Society on 15th November, it has just been announced.

In yet another surprise speaker announcement, following the American actors Alec Baldwin and Robert Downey Jr., the Union has revealed that the feminist punk rock protest group Pussy Riot will grace their line-up on the 15th November.

CUSU Women’s officer Amelia Horgan has welcomed the news: “This is very exciting news, especially for an institution that tends to invite old, white men.”

Pussy Riot has a membership of around 11 women and write protest songs about feminism, LGBT rights and opposition to the Russian President[Read full story]


Millie Brierley: Week 3

This week, David Cameron did his bit for the proverbial ‘Average Joe’ (not to mention the struggling Conservative election campaign – but then, I am a cynic) by looking about as out of place at the Dagenham Ford plant as Nick Clegg does in the streets of Whitehall. And all this while rocking the working class outfit of a hard hat and high-vis jacket, because, you know, THE PEOPLE! (Did I mention I was a cynic?)

When faced with the inevitable questions about the EU (this was also the week in which The Party Who Shall Not Be Named, for[Read full story]


What Woody Allen did for me

“I’d never want to be a part of any club that would have someone like me for a member.”

It was with this immortal witticism from Woody Allen, attributed to Groucho Marx, that a neurotic monster was unleashed within my head. Perhaps that’s not quite fair; the monster may have been there all along, and Allen’s words simply anchored the previously unspoken feeling.

Whichever the case, I soon became obsessed with the world as presented in Allen’s cinema. Aren’t we all just neurotic, nerdy, bumbling messes bumping around from love-affair to love-affair, wounded and desperately craving the unobtainable?

Perhaps there[Read full story]


Harvard diabetes breakthrough

For over 250,000 people diagnosed with type I diabetes in the UK, a cure is on the horizon.

Douglas Melton, Harvard’s Xander University Professor and co-director of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, has with his team of colleagues discovered the complex series of steps that program stem cells into insulin-producing beta cells. Excitingly, they cured diabetic mice by transplanting in beta cells derived from human stem cells.

Type I diabetics are afflicted with an autoimmune response that kills beta cells. This leads to an inability to produce insulin, the hormone that facilitates glucose absorption from the blood into muscle and[Read full story]


An Evening of Rodgers and Hammerstein

West Road Concert Hall. Nestled at the side of the Sidgwick Site, this dull, modern building hardly screams premier concert venue. But within the bland exterior was CUPO (Cambridge University Pop Orchestra), and that meant there was a chance for something special. After running a string of concerts with rave reviews, particularly their sell-out Disney concerts in Trinity chapel, CUPO’s evening of Rodgers and Hammerstein had a lot to live up to.

Thankfully, disappointment was not on the cards. From the first note till the last, CUPO held the audience in the palm of their hand. Opening with ‘Oklahoma!’ was[Read full story]


Coffee and Culture

Housed in the striking, red-brick Victorian Dales Brewery building on Gwydir Street, Hot Numbers Coffee Ltd describes itself as “an independent single origin coffee roaster”. This may sound like a rather grand and intimidating title, but this café, with its rustic oak tables and art-adorned walls, is particularly homely and comfortable. The café attracts a range of genuine coffee lovers, from students working on laptops to mothers with children, and older couples with dogs in tow.

What makes Hot Numbers special is their on-site coffee-roasting machine, which allows them to experiment with different types of roast, and get it to[Read full story]


Roy Hodgson: England must dare to dream

The Union chamber may not have been full, but Roy Hodgson probably welcomed the sight of an enthusiastic audience after recently witnessing a lifeless Wembley play host to his side’s uninspiring victories over minnows Norway and San Marino. Rather than head to Anfield to watch Liverpool’s England contingent take on the champions of Europe, Hodgson chose to discuss with Cambridge students his managerial outlook, England’s chances at Euro 2016 and the prospects of Gary Neville becoming the national team’s manager. “I had no idea who would be playing on this night in what game. I’d rather be here – I’ve[Read full story]


Where dem girls at?

‘All-male comedy show takes to the ADC stage!’ is not a headline you are likely to come across (unless the quality of Cambridge’s student press drops dramatically this year). Yet the same can’t quite be said for ‘All female comedy show takes to the ADC stage!’. It might not be the best headline, in fact I really hope we’ve come up with something better for this article, but it is still newsworthy. When Female Personality of the Year opens next week, its female creators won’t just be satirising the representation of women as ‘other’ in the media, they will also[Read full story]


Israeli ambassador speaks at Union in midst of protests

Israeli ambassador speaks at Union in midst of protests

Daniel Taub, the ambassador from Israel to London, spoke over the noise of pro-Palestinian protesters

Activists offer money for personal details of vivisection students

Activists offer money for personal details of vivisection students

Activists offer money to students who report animal testing

Harriet Harman at Homerton

Harriet Harman at Homerton

Today Harriet Harman appeared at Homerton College in order to lend her support to Labour by-election candidate Rahima Ahammed

Questions over Chinese donations

Cambridge insists that donations won’t influence policy.

Dr Dre, literally: Could hip-hop solve mental illness?

A pair of Cambridge academics want to treat mental illness with lessons from the hip-hop world


What Woody Allen did for me

What Woody Allen did for me

Jess Barnfield on the New York Legend’s neurotic and idealistic influence



David Bowie’s films are just as iconic as his music, and who could forget Labyrinth?

An Evening With Downey Jr (kind of)

An Evening With Downey Jr (kind of)

Will Hutton talks Robert Downey Jr ‘the brand’ with the Iron Man himself

Music: Mercury Prize Preview

Tom Bevan leads us through the music that matters and the artists that made it vying for the prestigious award

Cambridge Creatives

Lavinia Puccetti sits down with the Chair and directors of Cambridge Creatives, Rebekah-Miron Clayton, Jack Collier and Eliska Haskova, as well as some of the creative’s themselves, to discuss creation and Cambridge


Millie Brierley: Week 3

Millie Brierley: Week 3

In which Millie takes over as Prime Minister.

This House would abolish private education

Sam Dalton and Morwenna Jones fight it out to the death

The road to sobriety: being a ‘dry drunk’

In the third part of the series, our recovering alcoholic reflects on the importance of asking for help

Beyond the Bubble: Volunteering in Cambridge

Katy Lewis Hood reminds us of the positive impact volunteering can have, not just for the local community, but for us students too

Coming out: trans in Cambridge

Rather than being a bubble, Cambridge bursts stereotypes and offers wonderful opportunites for identity and self-expression


Roy Hodgson: England must dare to dream

Roy Hodgson: England must dare to dream

Manager of the England football team, Roy Hodgson, tells Sam Dalton what the future holds

Early season netball round-up

Early season netball round-up

The Cambridge netball teams start their season with a win and a loss

Niche sport of the week: mixed lacrosse

Niche sport of the week: mixed lacrosse

Varsity investigates the ins and outs of this peculiar sport

Too cruel for school?

In light of the inaugural Varsity horse race, Toby Crisford has a look at some of the welfare issues associated with the sport

Worth his weight in Sterling

Why the Liverpool young gun deserves his break from international duty


Coffee and Culture

Coffee and Culture

Katie Cornish appreciates the fusion of good coffee, art and music at Hot Numbers Coffee

Restaurant Review: Branching Out

Restaurant Review: Branching Out

Katie Cornish goes in search of something a little bit different in Cambridge

Honestly, love...

Honestly, love…

In her second column, Ella Waters questions whether romance and feminism can co-exist


Anne O’Neill is charmed by Clowns Café

Rise of the new feminine

Gayathiri Kamalakanthan analyses what the flatform means for women


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