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Latest Articles

Mary Beard sparks Twitter outrage over Oxfam scandal tweet

The Cambridge Classics professor Mary Beard has been left "sitting here crying" after a provocative tweet concerning the Oxfam sexual exploitation scandal exposed her to a torrent of abuse on Twitter. The Academic tweeted on Friday that "Of course one can't condone the (alleged) behaviour of Oxfam staff in Haiti and elsewhere. But I do wonder how hard it must be to sustain "civilised" values in a disaster zone. And overall I still respect those who go in to help out, where most of us wd not tre
By Molly Miss
The Cambridge Student

All systems go for Cambridge Union redevelopment

Renovation plans for the Cambridge Union to redevelop its home off Bridge Street were yesterday approved by the Cambridge City Council, after years of continuing uncertainties over the construction costs. The renovation plans for the world famous Cambridge Union Society, which has offered Cambridge students the opportunity to meet the likes of Winston Churchill, Theodore Roosevelt and the current Dalai Lama, include the construction of a new building with shops, a restaurant and public spaces o
By Molly Miss
The Cambridge Student

CUSU and CDE launch joint campaign for NSS boycott

CUSU and Cambridge Defend Education (CDE) today launched a joint call to sabotage the National Student Survey (NSS), as part of a continuing campaign for a fair and public higher education system. The survey, which is aimed at undergraduate students in their final year, gathers students' opinions on the quality of their courses. It has been a huge source of controversy in recent years. The results of the survey form part of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), in allowing HE institutions w
By Molly Miss
The Cambridge Student

CUCA slams Daisy Eyre over Toby Young criticism

Cambridge University Conservative Association have slammed CUSU President Daisy Eyre after she renounced Toby Young's appointment to the board of the Office for Students, today accusing Eyre of alienating members of the student body with a "partisan critique" of the university watchdog. In a statement, CUCA backed Young's appointment, stating that he "has been a passionate and capable campaigner in education" and that, rather than engaging in political activism, CUSU "should prioritise improvin
By Molly Miss
The Cambridge Student

University Council backs easy class lists opt-out

The University's 300-year-old tradition of publishing class lists has been overruled by the University Council after they agreed to a proposal to allow students to erase their name from the lists. The proposal, if approved by Regent House, will give students the option of opting-out of the lists, Varsity has reported. The option to remove their names from the class lists— where students’ names are displayed alongside their degree grade on a board outside the university’s main building Senate H
By Molly Miss
The Cambridge Student

Cambridge News apologises over headline blunder

The front page of Cambridge News will serve as a warning to sub-editors forevermore, after the paper failed to realise that its front page had dummy text in place of the main headline until the morning after print. Instead of "£2m FOR 'SEX LAIR' SCHOOL", the headline was a reminder of font size for the writers saying "100PT SPLASH HEADING HERE". The strapline read “THIS IS A STRAP OVER TWO DECKS WITH A CROSS REFERENCE TO A PAGE HERE”. Although the blunder apparently went unnoticed and the pap
By Molly Miss
The Cambridge Student

Works by artist who died in Grenfell fire to be shown at Kettle's Yard

Kettle's Yard art gallery in Cambridge will exhibit works by Khadija Saye, an artist who died in the Grenfell Tower fire in June, in an exhibtion early next year. After Saye's work was spotted by Andrew Nairne, the director of Kettle's Yard, she accepted an invitation to be part of the exhibition just two days before the fire. Speaking to The Guardian, Nairne recalled seeing Saye's work at the Venice Biennale’s diaspora pavilion where he was struck not only by Saye's photography but also by th
By Molly Miss
The Cambridge Student

Respect, rote learning and ragout rôti: the reality of French education

Over the course of the past few months, I have made the most of being potentially one of the last British students eligible for Erasmus funding to study abroad in Paris. In the Ecole Normale Supérieure, no less, France's grandiloquently named answer to Oxbridge. Over the years, this venerable establishment — elitist haven of degenerate debauchery, for our Mail readers — has churned out such bastions of supervision essay fodder as Sartre, Foucault and Césaire, and it is not alone in France.
By Tom Higgins Toon
The Cambridge Student

Police search for missing driver after Trinity Street car crash

A black Mazda CX-5 was driven into the Comptoirs Des Cotonniers shop on Trinity Street last night. The search for the driver, who fled the scene, is still outstanding. The police were called at 4.18am to the central street in Cambridge after reports that the car had smashed into the front of the shop, a French womenswear chain. The car has since been removed from the store front. Three people have been detained for looting the vehicle after the crash. A witness who had been in Gardenia's at
By Molly Miss
The Cambridge Student

Dustin Lance Black on the potency of authentic storytelling

These words continue to resonate long after the interview has come to and end. Dustin Lance Black, Academy Award-winning screenwriter and director, is confident that we’re living in a time where storytelling is one of the most potent skills in changing culture. Stories pull at our heartstrings, and if you want to change someone’s mind you have to start with their heart. ‘When i talk to people around the world now about how we change laws, I say don’t start with law, science or statistics even i
By Molly Miss
The Cambridge Student

Column: Paperwork and prolixity, or why France just loves its bureaucracy

In France, it is fair to say that civil servants enjoy a greater level of prestige than is generally afforded to their British counterparts. Over here, grey suits and faceless cinder-block buildings tend to dominate public imagination, with pen-pushing in general seldom deemed a glamorous occupation. Yet as I open my tenth letter from the bank in what seems like as many days, it becomes clear that across the channel, excessive administration is very much de rigueur.
By Tom Higgins Toon
The Cambridge Student

Caitlyn Jenner on politics, coming out and the Kardashians

‘When did you know you were a girl?’ Silence fell as Caitlyn Jenner posed this question to the audience. ‘That’s what a trans person goes through 24 hours a day, 365 days a year’, she adds. ‘That’s what goes through their heads, trying to understand who they are.’ I listen to Caitlyn Jenner, one of the world’s most famous transgender women, former athlete and reality TV star whose voice is often distorted through the media, as she discusses a lifelong battle with her identity. After 65 years
By Molly Miss
The Cambridge Student

French supermarkets: a microcosm of national stereotypes

What links blue tac, bacon and baked beans, aside from a speculative attempt at alliteration on the part of the writer? Traipse around a French supermarket and you may just hit upon the answer. Or not, since it is their very absence that forms the basis for this particularly petulant diatribe. For across the Channel, these inherently practical items are, well, practically impossible to commandeer. As the old saying goes, one man's cultural nuance is another man's bloody nuisance.
By Tom Higgins Toon
The Cambridge Student

Clare Summerskill: Unearthing the voices of LGBT asylum seekers in Rights of Passage

Cambridge theatre is staging Rights of Passage from the 17th October in Corpus Playroom, a play uncovering the voices of LGBT asylum seekers with a script based solely on interviews. I listen to the author Clare Summerskill, also LGBT activist, comedian and PhD student researching the role of the contributor to verbatim theatre, as she inspires a room full of students at Sidney Sussex college with the story behind her play. Based on interviews with LGBT asylum seekers in the UK, and also interv
By Molly Miss
The Cambridge Student

Egypt tortures Regeni lawyer investigating enforced disappearances

Ibrahim Metwally Hegazy, a prominent lawyer investigating the murder of Cambridge student Giulio Regeni, has said that he was subjected to brutal torture and solitary confinement after being arrested last week. Mr Metwally, 53, vanished at Cairo International Airport on the 12th September as he prepared to fly to Geneva to address a UN meeting. The human rights lawyer had been due to speak about the case of Giulio Regeni, the 28-year-old Cambridge Phd student murdered in Egypt last year, and o
By Molly Miss
The Cambridge Student

Emma Thompson: "He rode his bike into my bedroom"

Emma Thompson took the time to speak to TCS during her visit to Cambridge, talking about her admirers, her writing process, and her opinions on ageism in the film industry. As a Cambridge alumna herself, Thompson spoke both at her old College, Newnham, and then at the Cambridge Union, before rounding off her night with a dance at the club Kuda, known to Cambridge students as Life. During her time in Cambridge Thompson read English and was a member of the Footlights. I meet Thomspon, who is one
By Molly Miss
The Cambridge Student

Review: Selwyn May Ball

Coming up with a good theme for a May Ball is often a thankless task, with only the finest of margins separating originality from pretentiousness. Fortunately, however, the Selwyn committee were right on the money with their seaside theme, transporting the college back fifty-odd years to a time when Margate trumped Marbella in the battle for middle-class money.

How's that?! Cambridge women record first Varsity win at Fenner's

Cambridge eased to victory in under twelve overs after a ruthless bowling display saw Oxford reduced to just 74 runs. Losing the toss on a flat track in perfect batting conditions, the chances of Cambridge picking up their first win since the competition began in 2011 certainly appeared slim.

May Bumps round-up: Day one

An eventful opening day to Easter Bumps 2017 saw plenty of action all across the divisions as over 150 crews battled it out on a congested River Cam. First contested in the 1820s, the bumps format lends itself particularly well to the narrow nature of the River Cam as it flows through Cambridge, passing the Plough on its way to the start line at the First Post Reach.

Students of Cambridge on the general election

“The endless cuts made by the Conservative government can't go on” I'll be voting for Labour in the election. There are two reasons for this: first, I think Daniel Zeichner has been a great MP for Cambridge and has not ignored local issues in his campaign in favour of spouting a party line. Cambridge voted overwhelmingly in favour of remaining in the EU, and despite Labour's pledges to commit to Brexit, Daniel Zeichner has restated his commitment to the representing the views of the constituenc
By Molly Miss
The Cambridge Student

Why Scottish football needs Celtic to stay

Here's one for the pub-quizzers amongst you: amongst the main football leagues in Europe, which country has the highest attendance rates? England, the home of football? Or perhaps Spain, where you're hard-pressed to find a taxi driver who doesn't have something to say about his local equipo? Neither, in fact. According to research by Sporting Intelligence, it is the Scots who are the most dedicated fans in Europe, with 3% of the population regularly turning up to cheer on their side.

Cambridge whitewashed in 143rd Athletics Varsity at Wilberforce Road

Despite some very tight scores and excellent performances across the board, Cambridge found themselves on the receiving end of a 4-0 loss to their Oxford counterparts. It was the first time in over 10 years that none of the four teams that make up the general classification failed to record a single victory in their category. Nevertheless, this method of scoring suggested a dominance that perhaps slightly flattered the athletes in dark blue.

"It's like you're involved in something bigger — a team spirit I haven't experienced before"

With his powerful arms, strong jaw and dislocated shoulder, Elliot Teboth has much in common with the conventional boxer. However, his nickname is anything but conventional. Departing from the long-held tradition of intimidating one's opponent by choosing a fearsome moniker like 'Hurricane' or 'Bonecrusher', Teboth opts for the slightly more prosaic 'Pudding'. Pudding?! I can hardly hide my disbelief, but he assures me it's all genuine:

"What are they protesting about. Me? A mum of three kids?”: Katie Hopkins on standing by her views

Meeting Katie Hopkins, the self-proclaimed “biggest bitch in Britain”, I sit down expecting a dog with a bite. What I get instead is an overly-energetic puppy. I can't count the number of times she showers the room with 'darlings' and smiles. Does she really believe the hot air that comes out of her mouth? “I don’t know what your point is”, she tells me. “Do you mean do I say it for my own amusement? I genuinely believe everything I say. It is my belief.” Asked about her recent Ramadan tweet,
By Molly Miss
The Cambridge Student

Selwyn edge out Hughes Hall in thrilling rugby Plate final

A last-gasp conversion from fly-half Craig Peter Winfield was enough to secure the silverware for Selwyn, running out 30-28 victors in a highly entertaining encounter at Barton Road. Full-back Jack Fernon thought he had won it for Hughes Hall, running through under the posts to take the score to 28-27 with just five minutes left on the clock, yet Selwyn had other ideas. A probing restart and determined scrummaging forced a defensive error, resulting in a penalty just outside the 22.

Exhilarating snooker final

Snooker. For a sport that identifies itself in such innocent terms — think tight waistcoats, polite applause and John Virgo getting excited whenever the cue ball goes within six inches of a pocket — it is perhaps surprising that there should be such a fractured relationship between certain players and its organising body, WPBSA (World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association).

Cambridge take cycling Varsity, securing one-two finish in BUCS time trial

John Mulvey and BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport) 10-mile champion Seb Dickson took gold and silver respectively as Cambridge riders swept the field away at last Saturday's race, held in the Cambridgeshire countryside. However, it could have been an entirely different story for Mulvey, who had to forgo the warm-up following two punctures to his rear wheel.

2017 Cancer Research Boat Races: All you need to know

This Sunday 2nd April, Cambridge and Oxford are set to battle it out on the Thames in the annual Boat Race, last year watched by some 250,000 spectators lining the 4.25 mile course from Putney to Mortlake. The 72nd meeting between the two women's crews will see Cambridge trying to seek revenge following the disappointment of last year, slipping to a 24 length defeat after nearly sinking under Barnes Bridge.

That's not cricket: Why elite-level sports need to embrace innovation

For a second year in a row, Italy did not muster a single point from any of their Six Nations fixtures. However, they could not have come much closer than with their performance against England, during which they wreaked havoc for the first 70 minutes by exploiting a particular loophole in the scrummaging rules.

Anglish: A Brexiteer's lingua franca?

"Unlike most nations, we no longer "own" our language. The Anglish/New English project is intended as a means of recovering the Englishness of English and of restoring ownership of the language to the English people" Whilst you would be forgiven for thinking this statement comes straight from the latest UKIP manifesto, it is in fact a quotation from The Anglish Moot, a fan-page promoting the use of the 'Anglish' language — that is, English with all foreign borrowings stripped away.