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CUSU election results in

Election results have just come in for this year’s CUSU elections.

After a long night of counting, with the result announced almost an hour after it was originally scheduled to be released, it was revealed that CUSU President for the year 2015-16 will be Priscilla Mensah.

Though early indications in the evening indicated a very tight race, Mensah won the online vote, with the final combined total of online and paper results giving her 2077 votes to Milo Edwards’ 1520.

4,005 ballots were cast, a significant improvement on last year’s result.

In a recent interview with Varsity, Mensah summarised her candidacy by stating: ”If CUSU is[Read full story]

Comment

Obesity must not be treated as a disability

With one in four adults now classified as dangerously overweight, most agree that obesity is a scourge of modern day society. However, there is no consensus over the means to tackle this generation-defining problem.

Two contrary treatments of obesity have surfaced recently. Underlying each is a fundamental difference in interpretation vis-à-vis the nature of obesity. First, in light of the ruling by the European Court of Human Rights in December 2014, obesity can now be seen as a disability in its own right. Employers will potentially face future claims from disgruntled ex-employees of unfair dismissal for being overweight. As Omer[Read full story]

Culture

In Conversation with Desiree Akhavan

“Why the f*ck not” was the response I was given by Desiree Akhavan when I asked her why she wanted to make Appropriate Behaviour, an indie favourite at last years Sundance Film Festival and due for release in the UK this week. Akhavan wrote, directed and starred in the film about a young Brooklynite, Shirin (played by Akhavan) navigating New York after a serious break up with her girlfriend/house mate Maxine (played by Rebecca Henderson).

Akhavan told me: “I wanted to make a film that spoke to me because I wasn’t seeing anything like that around.” As the daughter of[Read full story]

Science

Green space: plants in zero gravity

NASA is looking to increase the production of crop-plant gardens on the International Space Station (ISS) in order to investigate possibilities for both future station management and missions that delve further into space than man has ever gone before. It is well established that a green environment gives us a more favourable mental state, but do we really know the extent to which plants enhance our health?

The first seed-to-seed cultivation of plants in space was achieved on the Russian space station Mir in 1997, and ever since there has existed a space garden in which crop experiments have been[Read full story]

Reviews

Documentary: Bitter Lake

Adam Curtis has been both praised and ridiculed for his innovative style, patching together short fragments of BBC archive footage, which he spends weeks trawling through, and compiling a collage of clips that range from the comic to the affecting; the bizarre and dream-like to the brutally real. It has been said that his technique obscures the facts; indeed, this blurred and flickering mass of footage amounts to something rather hypnotic.

Watching his newest documentary, released on iPlayer so as not to be restricted by the rigid schedules of television (it runs for an exhausting two hours and 20 minutes),[Read full story]

Features

Up-and-coming: Sports Team

I met with Sports Team at the Peterborough Dog Tracks, as they refused to meet me anywhere else. I was curious to finally find the source of the “genius” that some have attributed to Homerton’s latest musical venture. We met at dusk, with the yelps of Yalla Yalla, a hotly tipped greyhound, faintly echoing through the tunnels. There was still enough light beneath the East stands to make out the figures of Jerry Cummins, Alex Greenwood, Rob Knaggs, Alex Rice and Henry Young as they nervously anticipated their first official interview. Jerry, with his bucket hat pulled firmly down over[Read full story]

Sport

Light Blues confident ahead of Abbey Varsity fixture

Varsity is coming home. On Sunday 8th March, at 3pm, Cambridge United’s R Costings Abbey Stadium will play host to one of the oldest regular fixtures in world football – the 131st clash between Oxford and Cambridge Universities. And the Light Blues are ready.

The chance to play in front of a home crowd certainly does not come around very often. Traditionally, the game has taken place at a neutral venue, which from 1953, had been the home of English football – Wembley Stadium. In recent years, the fixture has been played on the banks of the Thames on boat[Read full story]

Theatre

Candide

Only a few weeks after their main show, Eugene Onegin, CUOS are back in full force with a witty, lively and impressive operetta. This semi-staged production showcases all of Bernstein’s score with a charismatic and confident cast who rise beautifully to the challenge.

The production is made by the excellent acting across the board. The female lead, Rosalind Dobson, charms with her coquettish Cunegonde. A particular highlight was her superlative performance of the vocally acrobatic ‘Glitter and be Gay’ which had the audience spell-bound. Alongside her in the title role was Michael Bell whose solos were wistful and endearing. Candide[Read full story]

NEWS

Whose Democracy?

Whose Democracy?

When RON doesn’t work: CUSU appoints delegates behind closed doors and Welfare Officer election faces derailment

Interview: Bonnie Tyler

Interview: Bonnie Tyler

‘Believe in me’: you will love Bonnie Tyler after reading this

Talking to the CUSU presidential candidates

Talking to the CUSU presidential candidates

Katie Akers, Milo Edwards, Leonardo Kellaway and Priscilla Mensah give Varsity an insight into their views on CUSU and student politics

Cambridge flying high

“I have so much more fun on drugs than alcohol and it’s actually terrifying”

CUSU manifesto booklets printed inside out

Thousands of manifesto booklets have been printed inside out, giving an unfair advantage to the candidate on the cover

CULTURE

In Conversation with Desiree Akhavan

In Conversation with Desiree Akhavan

Will Hutton talks to the actor, writer, director about bisexuality and her new film Appropriate Behaviour

Watersprite 2015: Director's Cut

Watersprite 2015: Director’s Cut

Ahead of the sixth annual film festival, Ciara Nugent gets the lowdown from Watersprite director Lily Staff

Interview: Clean Bandit

Interview: Clean Bandit

Ciara Nugent chats to the Grammy-winning Cantabs after their breakout success

Little Comets: The Potentialities of Song

Ahead of their visit to Cambridge, Young Sun Park discusses the creative genius of indie rock trio Little Comets

A Michelangelo Discovery

Isabelle Kent gets the story on the Fitzwilliam Museum’s recent discovery from Professor Paul Joannides

COMMENT

Obesity must not be treated as a disability

Obesity must not be treated as a disability

We must strike the correct tone if we are to address the problem of obesity, argues Chris Rowe

Pop music and the Middle East

Political and cultural change don’t have to go hand in hand

Millie Brierley: The vitality of reading

Never forget that reading is one of the most vital things that you can do with your mind

The price-tag on our fun in May Week

You can’t talk about elitism in Cambridge when you’re selling on your May Ball ticket for double the price

Dangers of the Cambridge dream

Cambridge isn’t utopia, but we love it all the same

SPORT

Light Blues confident ahead of Abbey Varsity fixture

Light Blues confident ahead of Abbey Varsity fixture

With just a few days to go, Blues captain James May is confident the Light Blues will bring home the Varsity trophy for a fourth successive year

Ice Hockey: Cambridge continue to impress ahead of Varsity fixture

Ice Hockey: Cambridge continue to impress ahead of Varsity fixture

Cambridge 8-8 London Dragons: Cambridge match an unbeaten London side who had previously dismantled Oxford

The College Football Review: Week 15

The College Football Review: Week 15

The titles have been decided, with Downing securing the Premier League and Churchill doing likewise in Division Two

Dwain Chambers visits the Union

Dwain Chambers talks candidly to the Union about his career

Pythons secure East Conference Championship

The Cambridge Pythons win the East Conference Championship and earn a shot at the playoffs thanks to a comfortable 17-0 win over Kent Falcons

FEATURES

Up-and-coming: Sports Team

Up-and-coming: Sports Team

Mikael Åstrand talks to promising talents on the Cambridge music scene, Sports Team

The solution to Cambridge clubbing

The solution to Cambridge clubbing

Bored of Cindies and Life, we spoke to Backtracks’ Mischa Frankl-Duval about creating new student nights and Saturday’s upcoming event

Interview: Joss Stone

Interview: Joss Stone

Joss Stone talks to Jack Benda about her career, image and the guys who “tried to chop my fucking head off!”

Books I Lie and Say I’ve Read

It’s about more than just bluffing your way through supervisions

Cocktails on a shoestring

Why should the size of your maintenance loan dictate what you drink?

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