Wednesday 22nd October 2014, 22:40 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]


This House would abolish private education

AYE: Sam Dalton

The comprehensive victory for the Nays at last year’s Union debate on the motion “This House would send its children to private school” (320 to 246) suggested that a clear majority of Cambridge students recognise the traditional, archaic nature of private education and its embodiment of elitism, hereditary privilege and sickening injustice. Strong points were made by those speaking in favour, but the broad idea of paying for better schooling, and commodifying knowledge, is not one which makes for fair education or a subsequently fair society.

A debate on grammar schools, by contrast, would most likely illicit[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]


Film: Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Older horror and science fiction movies don’t always get the respect they deserve nowadays – an otherwise superb blend of ideas, characters and drama gets treated almost as comedy because the primitive monster effects are surpassed by modern Halloween costumes.

Despite this, contemporary moviegoers might be more familiar with classic sci-fi than they realise, with the prevalence of referencing and homage in so much of today’s pop culture. Now you have the chance to catch a piece of cinematic history on the big screen as the 1956 classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers is being rereleased at the end of[Read full story]


Restaurant Review: Branching Out

It can be easy to fall into a rut with our dining habits and to frequent the same restaurants serving the same cuisine. Cambridge is home to some unique, international-style restaurants, two of which I visited this week.

Charlie Chan, Regent Street

I’ve heard mixed reviews about this Chinese restaurant. On the one hand, it has a typical menu of somewhat westernised Chinese food. However, despite this, the restaurant is always packed with groups of local Chinese people, digging into a huge variety of dishes. So what’s the secret? Two words: Dim Sum!

Dim Sum is a style of Cantonese[Read full story]


Niche sport of the week: mixed lacrosse

I doubt that many, if any, of you fresh faced freshers arriving this term have ever played lacrosse in your time at school; – unless you went to boarding school around Guildford, of course. Some of you, mainly Americans, will have encountered burly men’s lacrosse, a mixture between American football and some form of weapon wielding team martial arts with a hockey-like ball thrown into the mix. However, almost none of you will have ever encountered mixed lacrosse.

Mixed lacrosse follows broadly the same rules as female lacrosse with teams of 12 on either side (one being a padded goalie)[Read full story]



Last year I saw a production of 1984 which failed to deliver the brilliance of Orwell’s text; I felt a little heart-broken to see such a great work so poorly adapted, so I went to see (Cantab) Robert Icke’s production a little tentatively. However, my fears were confounded by the intensity and brilliance of this show – Icke has adapted the novel himself, alongside Duncan MacMillan, superbly, with an incredibly strong ensemble cast. 

The actors were utterly captivating, without a single weak link, Tim Dutton acted a suitably menacing O’Brien and the omnipresent Martin (Andre Flynn) provided a little comic relief, albeit whilst[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

Questions over Chinese donations

Questions over Chinese donations

Cambridge insists that donations won’t influence policy.

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

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

Radio Varsity: Episode 2

This week, we hear personal account of Cambridge homelessness, discuss ethical investment and listen to some award-winning poetry

Professor Haslam cancels Farage event

A discussion involving UKIP leader Nigel Farage has been unexpectedly cancelled


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


This House would abolish private education

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

F*** swear words: On free speech

Banning offensive language is nothing more than a temporary solution to a deeper problem


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?

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

Worth his weight in Sterling

Why the Liverpool young gun deserves his break from international duty

Wounded veterans race for awareness

Handbikes and adapted cycles propel wounded veterans to a memorable start to the year

England’s shame

Why do English Premier League teams continually underperform in Europe?


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

Introducing: foodPark

Daisy Hessenberger visits the new street food collective that’s feeding the masses


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