Friday 3rd July 2015, 07:09 BST | Cambridge,UK


Why should I care about the city council?

Often not thought of as more than background noise in the administrative confusion of managing a modern city, Cambridge City Council can appear irrelevant to university students. Before I asked Lewis Herbert, Labour Leader of the City Council, to show me around, I hadn’t thought much about its real importance. Students tend to be concerned with social problems, or big issues like austerity or racism, rather than when and how the city’s bins are being collected. Perhaps in a sense that’s because we’re not independent and don’t have to worry about it. But after spending some time with Lewis, I[Read full story]


May Week: a relic of an elitist past

Glittering gowns, white tie, silent discos, world famous rock bands, smash hit DJs, extravagant gambling tables, rainbows of flowing cocktails and champagne, oysters, burgers, caviar, chocolate fountains, helter skelters, bouncy castles, inflatable observatories, night punting, balloon rides, four course breakfasts, fireworks displays over the rooftops of Cambridge…

It’s a familiar scene, one many of us have experienced first-hand. Even the most modest May Balls and June Events provide unlimited alcohol, delicious food and extravagant performances. And it’s a glorious scene, one which belongs in a world of revising on the backs in golden sunshine and getting firsts in all of[Read full story]


The Girl Who Wouldn’t Die

It’s always great when one of our own takes the path less travelled, and now Marnie Riches has done just that with her debut thriller novel The Girl Who Wouldn’t Die, set to take the world by storm. The title might remind you of a certain Swedish novel, and the similarity is no accident; Riches’ girl, George, is full of the grit, determination, and strength we are coming to love in our thriller heroines.

The Girl Who Wouldn’t Die follows feisty Cambridge student, George, as she begins an investigation into a series of attacks in Amsterdam. Soon though, it becomes[Read full story]


The recap theory of evolution

Most people have heard of Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution by means of natural selection. While this theory is widely accepted by the scientific community today, Darwin unsurprisingly faced widespread opposition when he first published his book, On the Origin of Species. He had anticipated this reaction and had accumulated support for his theory that he included in his book – one of these pieces of support was recapitulation theory.

Recapitulation theory, also known as the ‘biogenetic law’ or ‘embryological parallelism’, is best summarised in the words of the 19th century German scientist Ernst Haeckel: “Ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny.”[Read full story]


Editor’s Lunch: when Features met Magazine

Tom Wheeldon

In the outer Siberia past Christ’s pieces lurks the sub-culture of Mill Road, full of independent restaurants where Cambridge’s doyennes of the metropolitan elite such as Miss Cockerell go to eat, in a vain attempt to absolve themselves of a totally unnecessary guilt at growing up in nice houses in Notting Hill. There are many fine culinary establishments around here – the Turkish restaurant Tulip being its delectable jewel in the crown – but Norfolk Street’s Zhongua Traditional Snacks is not one of them.

Issy suggested that I liked it more than the impression I gave, as epitomised[Read full story]


Agony Aunt and Uncle solve your woes

Dear Agony Aunt,

I recently had what some might call a “mare”. After finishing my exams I consumed one too many jaeger bombs in da club. I subsequently passed out in the club, my head rested on the toilet. To my horror, I woke up at 10am the next morning with a devilsh hangover. When stumbling out of the club that morning, my supervisor happened to walk by. He look slightly bemused, and for good reason. The imprint of the toilet seat on which my head rested was very evident. I don’t know if I will be able to handle[Read full story]


The football season in a nutshell

It may not have been a classic Premier League season. The title was over by late April, but in theory by the end of February. The relegation battle did nicely for a while, but any end of season round which features a 3 minute break to carry players off the pitch smacks somewhat of anti-climax.

Nevertheless, there were enough winners and losers to praise and commiserate for our off-season entertainment.

Manchester United’s star signings:

Last year it was almost time for an obituary on the career of Juan Mata, and while he may have redeemed himself, United’s recent trend for[Read full story]



If one stepped back from the wallowing mire of May Week into Clare chapel last Friday, one would have come across, as Actaeon came across Diana at her toilet, the prospect of the chapel metamorphosed into a sylvan scene of nymphs and huntsmen and golden trees, a delicate retreat to be filled with exquisite music.

And it undeniably was filled with exquisite music. Charpentier’s Actéon is the sort of small late 17th century opera that, much like its contemporary, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, succeeds in exciting and moving the audience without grand and exaggerated gestures. Its emphasis on liberté,[Read full story]


Cambridge Arts Theatre raises the curtain on a new act

Cambridge Arts Theatre raises the curtain on a new act

A new chairman has been announced at one of Cambridge’s best-loved theatrical venues

A Day with Daniel Zeichner MP

A Day with Daniel Zeichner MP

Joe Robinson reflects on a bittersweet election victory with Cambridge’s new Labour MP

Sandi Toksvig celebrates 'Women of the Year' awards at Newnham

Sandi Toksvig celebrates ‘Women of the Year’ awards at Newnham

Rebecca Moore and Hannah Graham attend the ‘Women of the Year’ awards at Newnham College

Catz scraps gendered dress code

Formal dress code at St Catharine’s College has been degendered

The Interview: Sir Peter Stothard

Former editor of the Times and current editor of the TLS, Sir Peter Stothard discusses the changing world of journalism with Talia Zybutz


The Girl Who Wouldn't Die

The Girl Who Wouldn’t Die

Jessica Barnfield talks to Girton alumna Marnie Riches about her new crime thriller

In defense of Kitsch

In defense of Kitsch

Archie Squire Lindsay considers artwork that has been unfairly diminished by the term ‘kitsch’

Sidney Sussex Arts Festival

Sidney Sussex Arts Festival

A marvellous day of arts and culture to top off May Week, says Samuel Hewitt

An afternoon with Robert Macfarlane

The prize-winning nature and travel writer and fellow of Emmanuel College discusses his new book with Katherine Dunbar

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Varsity Screen Editor Will Roberts & Julia Craggs debate Cantab alum Eddie Redmayne’s starring role in the forthcoming Harry Potter spin off


Snap out of it and live in the moment

Snap out of it and live in the moment

Ian Johnston says we should do more of our May Week than just photograph it

May Week: a relic of an elitist past

Can we really excuse ourselves for the sheer decadence of May Week, asks Noa Lessof-Gendler?

Editorial: Are May Week and journalism both just products?

Will Hutton discusses the motives behind this year’s cover of Varsity’s May Week Issue

Why you can’t say no to May Balls

Despite the cost there’s something so compelling about May Balls, says Kate Edwards

The end result: exams aren’t everything

In her final column of term, Millie Paine tells us exam grades aren’t all that


The football season in a nutshell

The football season in a nutshell

Felix Schlichter rewinds through the 2014/15 football season

Simon Johnson: Qatar under

Simon Johnson: Qatar under “added pressure” without Blatter

Speaking with Peter Rutzler, the England World Cup 2018 bid chief says Qatar is now under “added pressure” following resignation of Sepp Blatter

Formula 1 and its Existentialist Crisis

Formula 1 and its Existentialist Crisis

Felix Schlichter explains why F1 is declining – and fast

FIFA: The Corrupt and the Geopolitical

Why FIFA’s crisis could have consequences beyond its Zurich headquarters, explains Peter Rutzler

Are Footballers Worth It?

James Dilley gives his two cents on footballers’ wages


Agony Aunt and Uncle solve your woes

Agony Aunt and Uncle solve your woes

The final injection of sort your life out

Breaking into May Balls: a bluffer's guide

Breaking into May Balls: a bluffer’s guide

Varsity’s May Ball gatecrasher gives us the low down on how to get into the May Ball you’ve always wanted to attend

May Week on a shoe string budget

May Week on a shoe string budget

Varsity’s Features Editors show you how to save in style

Agony Aunt and Uncle solve your woes

Weekly injection of ‘sort your life out’

Dentists: martyrs of the professional world

Dentistry is one of the most honourable professions there is, says Bret Cameron


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