Tuesday 21st April 2015, 09:13 BST | Cambridge,UK


Chamali Fernando sues Julian Huppert

Chamali Fernando, Conservative parliamentary candidate for Cambridge, is taking legal action against incumbent Liberal Democrat Julian Huppert over comments he made around the mental health wristband controversy, Varsity can reveal.

In an extraordinary twist to the scandal, documents passed to Varsity indicate that Ms Fernando, a former barrister and licenced attorney in the State of New York, has served papers in preliminary defamation proceedings against Dr Huppert.

The proceedings are in response to Huppert’s characterisation of her comments at the NHS hustings on Monday 13th April in comments made to Cambridge News.

In his comments to the media, Dr Huppert said that[Read full story]


Are we voting for MPs or the PM?

The most basic principle of a democracy, and indeed the literal meaning of the word, is the rule of the people. Of course, modern states are too big to be governed by a direct democracy, as was the case in ancient Athens, and so we have modified this to a different version of democracy, which has come to be known as representative democracy. In this system, those who get the most votes from the general population represent them in Parliament, as MPs. However, one position which is not elected, in what seems a travesty of justice, is the Prime Minister. Who[Read full story]


Star Wars Strikes Back

­­­If I said ‘Captain Jean-Luc Picard’ to the average person on the street, they would probably think I was talking about a famous French general. If I said ‘Darth Vader,’ however, 99.9 per cent of people would probably start having (apparent) breathing difficulties and telling me or Luke that they were my father. Star Wars is universal. It is riven into modern culture as much as Coca Cola and James Bond. And this evening a trailer for the latest iteration, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, arrived. It blew me, and apparently most of Twitter, back to a galaxy far, far[Read full story]


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]


Restaurant: Butch Annie’s

Located smack in the centre of Cambridge only a few yards from the market square, even at first glance, this basement burger joint has a lot going for it. The overall appearance and décor doesn’t try too hard and so manages to exude a certain easy, urban underground chic; it’s just a relaxed, not overthought, comfortable place to enjoy a burger and few beers. The staff are friendly too!

Butch Annie’s is a new, independent burger restaurant that is quickly earning a reputation for the quality and provenance of its ingredients, sourced from small scale independent suppliers. The menu is[Read full story]


Grave revelations

My mum thought it was a joke when the news broke on April 1st. If this was the case, I couldn’t quite understand what the joke was – perhaps it was the fact of St. John’s allowing their grass to be dug up? 

But the discovery of the remains of over one thousand individuals in St. John’s College between 2010 and 2012 has finally been made public, in line with the publication of the paper in Archaeological Journal 2015. The work was carried out by members of the university as part of the Cambridge Archaeological Unit.

Alas the grass was never disturbed,[Read full story]


Cambridge wins British University Handball Championship

Handball used to be a sport only known on the continent, but since the London Olympics, it is becoming increasingly popular in Blighty, and it has made an appearance on the British university sports scene. Only two years after forming, the Cambridge University Handball Club (CUHB) have already won their first accolades at the British University Championships. The men’s team won the championship title in style, crushing all opposition including GDBO. The women’s team returned home having achieved a great third place in the Plate Finals.

Regional round

The competition started in Michaelmas, when both the men’s and women’s teams[Read full story]



Cymbeline is by all accounts a difficult play. Samuel Johnson famously said “To remark the folly of the fiction, the absurdity of the conduct, the confusion of the names, and manners of different times, and the impossibility of the events in any system of life, were to waste criticism upon unresisting imbecility, upon faults too evident for detection, and too gross for aggravation”.

Emma Wilkinson is brave in her new adaptation of this troublesome but canonical work. She shifts the action to modern day Britain where King Cymbeline (Hugh Stubbins) has just enacted the Marriage Equality Act. The problem is[Read full story]


CUSU hope to put past exam papers on their website, as several faculties take theirs offline

CUSU hope to put past exam papers on their website, as several faculties take theirs offline

Following the past exam papers from several faculties being taken offline, CUSU hope to host them on their website

History of Art past papers taken offline 'for lack of funding'

History of Art past papers taken offline ‘for lack of funding’

Art historians have been sent an email saying that online access to past exam papers has been removed after a Jisc-funded pilot was discontinued

Fernando hits back after wristband controversy

Fernando hits back after wristband controversy

Tory PPC for Cambridge denies allegations she proposed that the mentally ill “ought to” wear identifying wristbands

Caius win University Challenge

Gonville and Caius College beat Magdalen College, Oxford, in a landslide victory in the popular TV quiz

Tory PPC suggests mental health wristbands

Chamali Fernando, Conservative parliamentary candidate for Cambridge, suggests mentally ill people should wear wristbands to indicate their condition


Star Wars Strikes Back

Star Wars Strikes Back

Alex Izza loves the new Star Wars Episode VII trailer, and so should you

Literary feminism: Economics and role models

Literary feminism: Economics and role models

Sriya Varadharajan on Caroline Criado-Perez and Katrine Marçal’s insightful discussion at the Cambridge Literary Festival

The Art of the Binge Watch

The Art of the Binge Watch

Tom Wheeldon on the series to fill your next few guilt-free days and what makes them so addictive

Why I miss Terry Pratchett

A week on from the author’s death, Hazel Lawrence makes sense of its effect on her

Disturbing the Past: The Legacy of David Foster Wallace

The forthcoming film End of the Tour has put David Foster Wallace back in the spotlight, but is that a good thing?


Are we voting for MPs or the PM?

Are we voting for MPs or the PM?

Tom Day asks why the British public have so little say in who becomes the most powerful person in the country

Exam term bragging – are you guilty?

Martha Perotto-Wills argues that we need to be more sensitive to the needs of those around us during exam term

Reflections on Jeremy Clarkson

Emily Page asks why a petition to reinstate Clarkson got over ten times as much support as the one to give John Lewis workers the living wage

Tabloid press: The last laugh is on you

The manipulative power of tabloid journalism is not restricted to gospel or outrage, argues Sarah Sheard

Purvi Patel and the violation of women’s rights

This is happening today, right now, in wealthy countries that the international community deem representative of free societies


Cambridge wins British University Handball Championship

Cambridge wins British University Handball Championship

Just two years after forming, the Men’s Cambridge Handball Club win the British Championships

Cambridge crushed as Dark Blues dominate in Boat Races

Cambridge crushed as Dark Blues dominate in Boat Races

With Oxford’s clean sweep of victories on an historic day on the Tideway, Peter Rutzler questions the future of Cambridge sport

Plain sailing for Lightweight rowers at Henley

Plain sailing for Lightweight rowers at Henley

The Cambridge University Lightweight Men and Women boat crews record double blow to Oxford at the Henley Boat Races

Historic Varsity Part II for the Men’s Ice Hockey Blues

As if one wasn’t enough, the Cambridge Men’s Ice Hockey Blues beat two Oxford sides in Varsity double triumph

Ice Hockey Varsity: Cambridge ‘Ordinary Heroes’ dismantle Oxford

Jaason Geerts reports as the Cambridge Men’s Ice Hockey Blues smash Oxford to reclaim the Patton Cup


Grave revelations

Grave revelations

Dan Hepworth speaks to Craig Cessford, the leader of the Archaeological dig that led to the recent finding under St John’s Divinity School

An evening with the President of Peterhouse May Ball

An evening with the President of Peterhouse May Ball

More than Guardian sponsorship: the man behind this year’s Peterhouse May Ball

The ultimate Facebook purge

The ultimate Facebook purge

Forget going through your friend list one by one: Bret Cameron deleted his whole account and started again from scratch

Getting to know your parents

Julia Attwood reminds us that getting to know your parents is part of growing up

How to: survive a zombie apocalypse in Cambridge

Varsity wants to make sure you’re prepared for when it finally happens


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