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News

Cambridge places 4th in global university rankings

New rankings released by the Centre for World University Rankings (CWUR) place Cambridge as the fourth best university in the world for the second year running.

Retaining the top spot was Harvard, while Oxford took fifth place.

Outside Oxbridge, the highest ranking UK universities were University College London, which took twenty-seventh place, and Imperial College London, which came in at thirty-fifth.

The CWUR claims that it publishes the only worldwide university rankings that measure both quality of education and student training, as well as the prestige of faculty members and the quality of research. The league table does not consider[Read full story]

Comment

A road by any other name

Street names are symbols of the rich histories that make up a community – a network of important landmarks, local industry, professions, and people. The North West Cambridge Development is currently making history naming their streets. Recently, their decision making has drawn the attention of Professor Mary Beard who has criticised the proposal to name many of the streets after Cambridge alumni Nobel Laureates; a group, she notes, made up overwhelmingly of male scientists.From browsing their website it’s clear that the developers are keen to lay the foundations of history beneath the new concrete. Some of the names are[Read full story]

Culture

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]

Science

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]

Reviews

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]

Features

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]

Sport

Varsity Rugby fixture to be televised by the BBC

The BBC will broadcast the 134th annual Varsity rugby fixture between Oxford and Cambridge Universities at Twickenham in December.

The Corporation has reclaimed the television rights from Sky Sports, ensuring they will broadcast the Men’s fixture live for the next five years, as well as showing highlights of the Women’s fixture, which will be held on the same day as the Men’s for the first time in their history this year.

The move sees the fixture return to a terrestrial screening after a long absence, with the Beeb having first broadcast the fixture back in 1938.

Light Blues Captain, Don Stevens, told[Read full story]

Theatre

Actéon

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]

NEWS

Scientists unleash cake-powered rocket punt on the River Cam

Scientists unleash cake-powered rocket punt on the River Cam

Fuelled by Fitzbillies’ famous Chelsea buns, the rocket-powered punt made waves down on the River Cam earlier this week

Mary Beard criticises Nobel Laureates plan

Mary Beard criticises Nobel Laureates plan

The famous classicist has hit out against “institutional conservatism” in the decision to name streets after almost exclusively male Nobel Laureates

Cambridge student writing featured alongside Harper Lee

Cambridge student writing featured alongside Harper Lee

Oxbridge’s student creative writing anthology displayed in Cambridge’s most famous bookshop alongside 2015’s most highly sought novel

Cambridge flooding causes serious disruption

Heavy rains in East Anglia affect vital services across Cambridge

Trinity again dominant in Tompkins Table

Trinity achieves 41 per cent firsts, while Magdalene climbs to second with 33.1 per cent.

CULTURE

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

COMMENT

A road by any other name

A road by any other name

We should be rewriting history, not just regurgitating it, with our choices, says Ellie Coote

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

SPORT

Varsity Rugby fixture to be televised by the BBC

Varsity Rugby fixture to be televised by the BBC

In the year that the Women’s side make their inaugural appearance at Twickenham, the BBC reclaim the rights to broadcast the annual fixture

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

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

FEATURES

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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