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Sixteen Days: new project to fight gender violence in Cambridge

A new online project aims to highlight the problem of gender violence in Cambridge.

Sixteen Days in Cambridge, operating primarily through Facebook and Wordpress, aims to give a voice to students and staff at the University of Cambridge and residents of the city.

Sixteen Days of Activism against Gender Violence is an international movement which originated from the first meeting of the Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991. It runs from the 25th November, the International Day Against Violence Against Women, until the 10th December, the International Human Rights Day.

Since its inception, over 5,000 groups in almost 200 countries[Read full story]

Comment

Confessions of a Fresher: The Cambridge Personality Crisis

Cambridge, like any university, is filled with people who have never met you before. They know nothing about you, and it can be very tempting to try to impress them; to make yourself anew.

If only it worked…

My first week here was incredible: I bounced from group to group introducing myself to everyone like some kind of hyperactive neutrino, trying to make people laugh and become ‘the popular guy’ in college. I’d hurl myself into debates to prove my wit. I’d flirt with everyone. I’d go out every night, thinking that by being where the fun was, people would[Read full story]

Culture

The Cambridge Literary Festival returns

You might have noticed posters for the Cambridge Literary Festival cropping up around town – I certainly have, and every year I’m more determined to pull myself out of the end-of-term mire and seize this fantastic literary opportunity. The event, which has Winter and a Spring incarnations, began in 2003 as ‘Wordfest’, after author Ali Smith and Cathy Moore realised Cambridge was the perfect place for such a forum on literature. It has grown every year since, and played host to an astonishing array of this generation’s great minds. This year the festival takes place on Sunday 30th November and[Read full story]

Science

Progress in Cambridge research into childhood cancers

Research published recently by a team from the University of Cambridge and Addenbrooke’s Hospital has illustrated the potential of a non-invasive method of diagnosis for several childhood cancers. The team, led by Dr Matthew Murray and Professor Nicholas Coleman, used a change in the levels of a particular class of molecules in blood as a detection mechanism for tumours. These molecules – microRNAs (also known as miRNAs) – are produced within cells, but some escape and can be detected. MicroRNAs, discovered relatively recently, function to regulate gene expression within cells. This ultimately affects cellular function: their significance in cancer diagnosis[Read full story]

Reviews

Gig: The Kooks

I can’t help but picture The Kooks through a haze of nostalgia for my early teenage years. They were the band for those who affected musical snobbery without listening to much beyond the charts. Festival cool, but your mum would probably recognise a couple of their songs. The portion of my mental space which they occupied was firmly anchored to the past. Their September album, ‘Listen’, changed all this. Whatever its detractors have to say, it constituted a bold attempt to crack the shackles of public pigeonholing, and remind us all that they have a place in the musical landscape[Read full story]

Lifestyle

Celebrity and the female form

Millie Paine: let’s stop celebrating perfection

For anyone who brands themself a feminist (including myself), the latest controversy surrounding Kim Kardashian is a minefield of conflicting views and arguments and is part of a long-running debate surrounding the objectification of women in the media. Putting our knee-jerk reactions to Kim’s stark-naked, oil-covered body aside, it’s important to really consider what it is that we are reacting to so strongly. Female sexuality is always a double-edged sword: on the one hand, we could see the celebrity as a woman embracing her sexuality and displaying her body with pride. Or conversely, it[Read full story]

Sport

Match Report: Pythons 58 – 0 Chargers

Coming off a home loss last week, the Cambridge University Pythons travelled to Kent to face the Canterbury Christ Church University Chargers on Sunday. This time, however, the harsh rains and cold winds couldn’t stop the Pythons from a 58-0 resounding victory.

The Pythons started off strong, scoring a touchdown off the first few offensive plays at the start of the first quarter. Barely any chance was given to the Chargers, with seemingly every Cambridge offensive play culminating in an eventual touchdown. The strength of attacking play also meant that every other try would lead to a two point conversion[Read full story]

Theatre

Road

From the very beginning Road assaults the audience with a dizzying rush of emotions as it flickers between scenes, from house to house and room to room. The kaleidoscopic scenes are not incoherent though, for all are connected by the Road, an unidentified street in 80s Lancashire. The flood of impressions is almost overwhelming – the smell of perfume, of matches, of hot chips and cigarettes, the blaring punk music, the crashes of thrown chairs and bottles, screaming, swearing, and the eerie tinkling of a child’s musical box. 

The set reflected this, with jumbled piles of half broken furniture and[Read full story]

NEWS

Laura Bates at the Union

Laura Bates at the Union

Speak up against sexism, Bates urged students

CUSU counselling survey launched

CUSU counselling survey launched

The survey aims to gather information on students’ experience of talk therapy provision at Cambridge to inform future changes

Interview: Pussy Riot

Interview: Pussy Riot

Kenza Bryan talks Putin, protest and the West with Pussy Riot at the Union

Woman charged with stealing £300,000 from Pembroke College

A former employee of the college has been charged with fraud by position in connection with £300,000 missing from college accounts

City council call for sex attacks inquiry

Councillors demand independent inquiry into recent sex attacks

CULTURE

The Cambridge Literary Festival returns

The Cambridge Literary Festival returns

Ahead of the 30th November festival, Isabel Adomakoh Young takes us through this year’s highlights

Queers in Shorts

Queers in Shorts

Jessica Barnes goes along to the monthly Picturehouse event celebrating LGBT short films

Professor Rae Langton: the world's 'fourth most influential woman thinker'

Professor Rae Langton: the world’s ‘fourth most influential woman thinker’

Jack Harding talks Philosophy, pornography and consent with world-famous Newnham fellow

Can hip-hop ever be feminist?

Despite some deeply-engrained misogyny, hip-hop chimes with feminist themes, argues Gabrielle McGuinness

The Law of Kanun

Aurelien Gueroult discusses the dark inspiration behind his upcoming radioplay

COMMENT

Confessions of a Fresher:  The Cambridge Personality Crisis

Confessions of a Fresher: The Cambridge Personality Crisis

As first term draws to a close, Luke Heppenstall-West reflects on the fall of his fresher facade

The Education Gap nobody is talking about

With expensive tuition fees, we should be guaranteed a certain quality of education, right? Jenny Steinitz argues that this isn’t always the case.

Diary of a recovering alcoholic: finding God

That’s Group of Drunks, Gift of Desperation, or even the real deal

Why our reading lists are sexist

Following the attention surrounding the English Tripos Tragedy paper, Micha Frazer-Carroll notices a worrying trend of sexism in other subjects

What is the power of protest?

Do we let idealised images of protest obscure its many forms – and its many successes?

SPORT

Match Report: Pythons 58 - 0 Chargers

Match Report: Pythons 58 – 0 Chargers

The rookies reign as the Pythons sweep aside the Chargers

The College Football Review: Week 6

The College Football Review: Week 6

Peter Rutzler looks back at last week’s action in the college football league

Match Report: Pythons 0 - 10 Oxford Brookes

Match Report: Pythons 0 – 10 Oxford Brookes

The Pythons go down fighting against Oxford Brookes

Women’s tennis teams travel to Bristol and Leicester

The 1sts lost a tight encounter with Bristol, while the 2nds eased to victory over Leicester

Double victories for the netball teams

The Blues were convincing victors over Bedford, while the Jays claimed success over Oxford

LIFESTYLE

Celebrity and the female form

Celebrity and the female form

Inspired by Kim Kardashian’s latest photo shoot, Millie Paine and Amy Clark look at the depiction of the female body in the media

Dealing with stress

Dealing with stress

Raisa Ostapenko shares her personal methods for stress-relief

Afternoon tea at Harriet's

Afternoon tea at Harriet’s

Katie Cornish delights in the old-world charm of Harriet’s afternoon tea

The foodie’s hidden gems

This week, Katie Cornish visits some of the less well-known Cambridge eateries

Honestly, love… feeling the fear

Ella Waters considers the detrimental effect fear can have on a relationship

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