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CUSU Bulletin: Week 5, Lent 2011-2012

Sent at: 7:54 am, 20th February 2012.

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Dear all,

Week 5 is rolling along, which can mean only two things - first, the annual
Any student can stand for most positions, so if you fancy having my job or
one of the other five full-time Sabbatical positions, or to be one of the
five delegates to the NUS Annual Conference in April, head over to the CUSU
Elections page:
Nominations close next Monday at noon.

Week 5 also means that Mental Health Week is upon us, including THE BIG
CHILL, a totally free full day of chillout events and freebies for you to
come, relax and enjoy - see the bulletin item just below for the full

As before, our new 'Last Week, This Week' feature continues on the CUSU
blog, giving you a snapshot of what each of the Sabbatical Officers are
doing to represent and support you, check it out at:

Have a good week everyone!

Gerard Tully
CUSU President

# CUSU news

# 1. CUSU Elections 2012 - Nominations Open

Date: Monday 20th to Monday 27th February

Are you CUSU's missing piece?

Nominations are now open for CUSU's six full-time, paid, elected positions. If you want a life-changing experience, to be the change you want to see in Cambridge and beyond, and have a crack at running a half-million pound a year charity, then make sure you nominate yourself.

Just download a form from the CUSU Elections website, and submit it along with an A4 colour manifesto. All the info you need is on the CUSU Elections website.

The positions are:
*President* - the lead representative of all 21,000 Cambridge students to the Uni and the wider world
*Education* - providing academic support to individual students as well as campaigning on HE policy within and outside Cambridge
*Access* - in charge of CUSU's varied access schemes, and sits on all the major admissions committees at the heart of decision-making
*Women's* - head of the Women's Campaign, campaigning for gender equality and women's issues
*Welfare & RIghts* - head of the Student Advice Service and runs all CUSU's welfare events, but also works crafting welfare policies with Colleges and the University
*Coordinator* - manages the Union's £400,000 budget and seven staff, and also directs the work of CUSU's Sabbs and Teams to advance our policies and aims.


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# 2. Elections for NUS Conference Delegates

Date: Monday 20th to Monday 27th February

At the same time as the CUSU Sabbatical elections, you have the chance to be elected one of the five voting delegates to the NUS Annual Conference. It's 24th-26th April 2012 in Sheffield, and all expenses will be covered.

At Conference you'll join with over 1000 delegates from across the UK and:
- Set the NUS's national policy on issues like education, access, Votes at 16 and citizenship issues, welfare, and much more.
- Elect the NUS President and other major national roles.
- Hear government and opposition spokespeople and major national figures at dozens of fringe events and on the Conference floor.

It's great fun and also very exciting, so if you want to be considered just download a form from the CUSU Elections website and send it in, attached with an A4 manifesto.


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# 3. Cambridge Students: Run This City

Date: Thursday 23 February
Time: 1-2pm
Where: Grads Cafe, University Centre

As residents of Cambridge City, how can you be better provided for? How can your living needs be met here?

The CUSU Coordinator Harriet, the CUSU Access Officer Taz and the CUSU Women’s Officer and Student Advice Officer Ruth will be meeting with representatives from Cambridge City Council this Friday to discuss how they can “meet the needs and aspirations of students from the University of Cambridge”.

So, if there’s anything you want us to bring up, please come to this café social the day before and let us know. We are looking for ways to improve life as a Cambridge student, particularly from the perspectives of women and underrepresented groups (BME, non-university, low-income, disabled, student parent, mature and young carer students). What would be useful, helpful and welcoming to students like you when they come to Cambridge?

If you can’t make the social itself, you can email or


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# 4. Mental health week

Date: 20th-22nd Feb

Monday 20th Feb, 1pm: LECTURE EVENT, "Chaos and Control: advertising psychiatric and non-psychiatric medication" Juliet Foster (Psychology, Cambridge) (Open to all! Location: PPS Seminar Room)

Tuesday 21st 7:30pm: DEBATE: Panel Discussion with Mark Phippen (University Counselling Service), Geoff Shepherd (Centre for Mental Health), Juliet Foster (Psychology Dept., Cambridge): "Is it always helpful to diagnose mental health?" Venue: Blue Room, Union

Wednesday 22nd 11am-5pm: The Big Chill: Free massages, meditation classes, zumba classes, bubblewrap, food and music. Chetwynd room, King's College.

Wednesday 22nd 6:30pm: LECTURE EVENT: "Self-harm" lecture. NHS. William Harvey Lecture Theatre, Clinical School, Addenbrookes Hospital.


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# 5. The Big Chill: relaxation, food and fun

Date: 22nd February
Time: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: Chetwynd Room, Kings college

CUSU's annual chill-out event to celebrate the end of Mental Health week, featuring…

-Food: pizza, chocolate fondue, snacks and nibbles, endless tea and more!
-Zumba (class 1.30pm)
-Meditation (class at 12 and class at 4)
-Bubblewrap (100m for your popping pleasure!)
-massages (all day)
-cards, magazines, papers, music, board games and more

All FREE! Drop in and chill out at any point throughout the day!

Webpage: http://www.facebook. com/events/348688091829134/

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# 6. "Is it always helpful to diagnose mental health?": Panel debate

Date: 21st February
Time: 7:30 PM
Where: Blue Room, Union

As part of Mental Health week, CU Mental Wealth, in association with CUSU-GU, brings you:

"Is it always helpful to diagnose mental health?": Panel discussion and debate

With Mark Phippen (University Counselling Service), Geoff Shepherd (Centre for Mental Health) and Juliet Foster (Psychology Dept., Cambridge)

Everyone welcome! No membership needed.

Webpage: http://www.facebook. com/events/222815201148414

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# 7. CUSU Open Meeting and CUSU Council

Date: Monday 27th February
Time: 6:30pm
Where: Small Exams Hall, New Museums Site

The CUSU Open Meeting of Lent Term is where any student has a vote on the Students' Union's policies and stances. If you would like to bring a motion on anything which affects Cambridge students please contact the CUSU Chair at and submit your motion by Wednesday.

The Open Meeting will be followed by CUSU Council Lent III - which will also see the first hustings of the candidates for CUSU Sabbatical positions and NUS Delegates. Any student can come along, so make sure you do!


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# 8. Eating Disorders Support and Self-help group

Date: 24th February 2012
Time: 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Where: CUSU conference room

This is a non-judgmental, non-critical, confidential support group for anyone who suffers from eating disorders. The group is part of the B-eat network, a national charity for eating disorders, and facilitated by fully trained B-eat volunteers.
The groups run as small groups of individuals, and are guided by two b-eat trained facilitators who will ensure the meeting is conducted to include and support all members in a safe and constructive environment. Facilitators are bound by strict confidentiality agreements, national codes of practice and undergo constant reflection, evaluation and supervision so they can best support the group.

The sessions are always user led, so you can talk as much or as little as you like – no one asks you to stand up and recite your life story, and simply coming along to listen is fine! Members are also more than welcome to bring a friend along.

Every Thursday in term, 4,30pm-6pm


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# 9. Coexistnce trust event: 'Combating discrimination, promoting diversity

Date: 22nd February
Time: 1800-1930
Where: Room B, Arts School, Bene't Street, Cambridge CB2 3PY

The Coexistence Trust combats anti-Semitism and Islamophobia on UK campuses. We know that these issues are not solely the concern of students affected by discrimination or prejudice and work with students, societies and SUs to best address the challenges at each university where we work. Campus FaithHub is our campaigning and advocacy platform that gives all students a space to Be Heard on crucial issues.

As part of the Spring 2011 Campus FaithHub Tour the Coexistence Trust and CUSU Anti-Racism want to hear your views on campus relations at Cambridge and your ideas for the future. This session will be an informal facilitated discussion to help us learn how best work at Cambridge to

-Combat discrimination and hatred
-Ensure that students of all backgrounds can live and study safely together
-Promote partnership and learning between different groups

All students are welcome. Refreshments will be provided.


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# 10. Acoustics, Cocktails & Candles - fundraiser gig

Date: Tuesday 21st
Time: 8.30 - 12
Where: La Raza [NB: not disabled accessible]

At the end of week 5 we bring you the chance to unwind and relax with a cocktail or two, whilst listening to some relaxing acoustic music from talent across Cambridge...

***ENTRANCE - £3***

All proceeds go towards the Cambridge Rape Crisis Centre -

the line up thus far:


**** FAITH TAYLOR **** (




****WHAT THE FOLK**** (

Recent performances include Churchill Spring Ball 2012 as well as multiple May Balls last summer
This event is hosted by Cambridge RAG, The CUSU Women's Campaign and Cambridge Amnesty International

Apologies that this venue is not disabled accessible.


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# 11. Women's Officer training

Date: Wednesday 22nd
Time: 7 - 9pm
Where: The CUSU Conference room, the New Museum Site

This term's Women's Officer training looks to be the most comprehensive yet, with training from Cambridge Rape Crisis on how to support survivors of sexual assault and rape in addition to the usual basic skills workshops on doing the job in college: open to all self-defining women, but obviously especially useful for current Women's Officers and anyone thinking of running for the position. RSVP to so that we can tailor the training to the number of people that are there and ensure there are enough materials for all. It will include presentations on what the job entails, workshops on how to bring about change and win arguments with individuals and on committees, information on how to get more involved on a university and national level, and a workshop from Rape Crisis on how to support survivors of sexual assault and rape


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# Societies news

# 1. "Die Fledermaus": CUOS Mainshow

Date: Thursday 23rd February - Saturday 25th February
Time: 8pm Thursday -- Saturday February 23-25th 2012; Saturday 25th February matinee at 2pm
Where: West Road Concert Hall

Cambridge University Opera Society presents

/Die Fledermaus/by Johann Strauss II

English Translation by Alistair Beaton

The operatic highlight of the year --bubbling with infectious energy and
fizzing with melodious charm, Strauss's /Die Fledermaus/ will leave you
as giggly as those onstage (champagne optional).

8pm Thursday -- Saturday February 23-25th 2012

Saturday 25th February matinee at 2pm

West Road Concert Hall

Tickets £16 (£10 concessions) <;

01223 300085

Prince Orlofsky is throwing a party, and Falke has orchestrated some
real-life drama for the Prince's entertainment. All in revenge for the
time his best friend Eisenstein left him in the middle of town, passed
out and dressed as a bat...

Everyone who's anyone is going to be there. They just don't want each
other to know. Eisenstein should be in prison so he's keeping a low
profile, especially as police-chief Frank is also there in disguise.
Eistenstein's wife, having left her former lover locked up in her
husband's prison cell, is also keen to conceal her identity. Their maid
Adele should be tending to her sick aunt, not partying with her sister.
With the help of a bit of waltzing and copious amounts of champagne,
everyone's identities will be exposed, and their philandering revealed.

Cambridge University Opera Society's production places this much-loved
farce in the privileged world of twenty-first century young socialites.
Bubbling with infectious energy and fizzing with melodious charm,
Strauss's /Die Fledermaus/ will leave you as giggly as those onstage
(champagne optional).


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# 2. St John's Films: Hugo and We Need To Talk About Kevin

Where: Palmerston Room, Fisher Building, St. John's College

This week at St John's Films:

Hugo - Thurs 23rd Feb - 9pm - In association with the MML Society
Hugo is the astonishing adventure of a wily and resourceful boy whose quest to unlock a secret left to him by his father will transform Hugo and all those around him, and reveal a safe and loving place he can call home.

We Need To Talk About Kevin - Sun 26th Feb - 7pm & 10pm
Based on the novel of the same name the film explores the torment and grief of Eva Katchadourian (Tilda Swinton), a mother whose teenage son Kevin (Ezra Miller) committed a high school massacre. This film is one not to miss!

Cost: £3 (anyone can attend, tickets available on the door)

All films are shown with 35mm film and Dolby Surround Sound.

More details and trailers can be found on our website.


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# 3. Talk + film night

Date: 23rd February
Time: 7.00pm
Where: Graduate Union, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1RX

The Brazilian Society is hosting a very exciting event:

"Talk by Ed Siegle followed by the screening of the film BUS 174".

Ed Siegle read Modern Languages at Christ's College. He will be talking
about his novel "Invisibles", a story spanning four decades of music,
torture and romance, and two cities by the sea, as one man travels from
Brighton to Rio de Janeiro in search of his long lost father.

"Bus 174" is a documentary film showing the story of a young man from a
poor background that bungled a robbery and ended up holding the passengers
on a bus hostage. Voted as "one of the ten best films of the year" by The
New York Times.

Free and open to all! Please come along and bring your friends!


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# 4. Spring Soundings - a selection of new Cambridge student writing

Date: Tuesday 21 February
Time: 7pm
Where: Judith E Wilson Drama Studio, Faculty of English [NB: not disabled accessible]

Cambridge University English Society and the English Faculty library present SPRING SOUNDINGS - a selection of new Cambridge student writing.

Join us for a selection of up to 10 short student poetry and prose readings over a relaxed, wine-rich evening. Free wine, fruit juice and nibbles for all!


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# 5. Fabians Lecture: Professor Guy Standing on "The Precariat"

Date: Thursday 1 March,
Time: 6pm
Where: Knox Shaw Room, Sidney Sussex College

Guy Standing is the author of The Precariat. He explores this new class
workers in the UK and across the world who work in precarious
short-term jobs with no protective regulations, no occupational
identity, no stable social protection, and no "voice" - which, he
warns, makes them frustrated and dangerously vulnerable to extremist
political parties. Standing advocates a new kind of society [of
active citizens] that engages the precariat, based possibly on a new
unconditional basic state income for everyone, which could be topped
up through people's earnings. He will be discussing 'The Precariat' with the Fabian Society on 1st of March at 6pm in the Knox Shaw Room Sidney Sussex College. Please join us for a lively discussion and debate.


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# 6. "Scaling your social enterprise"

Date: Thursday 23 February
Time: 7.00pm
Where: LR 6, Engineering Department

Lecture Room (LR) 6, Department of Engineering, first floor
“How do I scale my social enterprise once it's running?”
One common problem faced by social entrepreneurs is taking the steps from local to national to global once their enterprise is running. With a talk by Nick Sireau (AKU Society and SolarAid, Ashoka Fellow), this event will give participants the opportunity to ask for advice from a highly experienced serial social entrepreneur. Nick Sireau is a successful social entrepreneur and an Ashoka Fellow from Cambridge. Ashoka is the global association of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs—men and women with system changing solutions for the world’s most urgent social problems.
Links:,, and
Format: 45min talk followed by discussion and drink & nibbles.

Beyond Profit Committee.


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# 7. Cambridge University Yoga Society Timetable

Monday: CA Flow with Pilar, 8-9:15am, Chetwynd Room, King’s
Tuesday: Pilates with Tatiana, 12-1pm, Chetwynd Room, King’s
{NB 21st Feb is with Howard 12.30-1.30pm}
and CA Flow with Pilar, 7:30-9pm, Jane Harrison Room, Newnham
Wednesday: Hot Yoga with Pilar, 3-4pm Cambridge Yoga Centre
Thursday: Yoga Flow with Louise, 5:30-7pm, Blythe Room, Clare Colony
And Iyengar with Mike, 12.30-1.45pm, Blythe Room, Clare Colony
Saturday: Power Yoga with Howard, 2-3:30pm, Blythe Room, Clare Colony
Sunday: Hatha Yoga with Martin, 5:30-7pm, Reddaway Room, Fitz

Please find us on facebook or email to be added to the mailing list


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# 8. Cambridge University Malaysian Night 2012: Amnesia

Date: Saturday 10 March
Time: 7.00pm - 10.00pm
Where: Wolfson Theatre, Churchill College

"Is it still part of history if nobody remembers it?"

In our recollection of our nation's history, one page of the story is inconspicuously missing.

A story about hope.
A story about unity.
A story about a people's struggle to be free.

Watch the teaser here:

Sign-up now at:

Facebook page:

Ticketing details:

CUMaS £6
Non-member (Group save) £35 for 5 tickets. Only one member of the group needs to sign up.
Non-member (Individual) £8

*Tickets are highly limited. Your seat will only be confirmed upon receipt of payment. So those who signed up AND paid will be given priority. A confirmation email will be sent to you once your place has been secured.

Tickets to be collected at the door.

What have you forgotten? What will you remember?


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# 9. SciSoc Talk: “Modelling aspects of tumour growth and progression”

Date: Tusday 21 February
Time: 8.00pm
Where: Plant Sciences Department, Dowinig Site [NB: not disabled accessible]

This talk will survey a number of different modelling approaches that have been taken to investigate aspects of tumour growth, ranging from simple ordinary differential equation models, to partial differential equation models and hybrid cellular automaton type models. Applications will include colorectal cancer growth, acid-mediated tumour progression, and possible therapeutic implications.


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# 10. Screening of Howl's Moving Castle and talk on Animation

Date: Wednesday 22 February
Time: 7.30pm
Where: Robinson College, Umney Theatre

On the 22nd of February, the Cambridge East Asian Cultural Society will screen one of Studio Ghibli's most popular films - Howl’s Moving Castle. The plot revolves around a young girl named Sophie who is cursed and seeks refuge in the castle of a young man named Howl. Except, the castle isn’t your typical castle; it is able to walk and teleport, and is fuelled by a fire demon named Calcifer. Naturally, Howl also happens to be a wizard.

The event starts at 7.30pm, a talk by Helen MacCarthy (a world expert on Japanese animation) will precede the film. The talk will cover the importance of anime in Japan, themes in Studio Ghibli and a discussion on Howl’s Moving Castle. If you haven’t seen any anime before, this is the perfect introduction. If you have already seen it, come along and introduce your friends to the sheer joy that is Studio Ghibli. Japanese green tea will be served throughout the evening. Yes; a talk, a film and tea all in one evening. £1 Entry

Webpage: http://

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# 11. Wolfson June Event – Limited Offer!



Come and discover the best that the material world has to offer; four entertainment stages, activities ranging from a helicopter simulator to an ice rink, fireworks, and copious amounts of free food and drink!

Limited offer – Early Bird discount available till Wednesday 22nd February only; Standard £62 | Queue-Jump £68 | Dining £84. Don’t miss out, buy your ticket NOW!

For more information and to buy tickets visit

We look forward to seeing you there,

The WJE Committee


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# 12. Wolfson Howler with Josh Widdicombe

Date: Monday 20 February
Time: 8.00pm
Where: Wolfson College Club Room

On Monday, February 20th we're back with a headline set from the marvellous JOSH WIDDICOMBE, Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards Best Newcomer nominee 2011, FHM Stand Up Hero 2010, and Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2010. Josh is fast becoming a familiar face on our screens with recent appearances on Channel 4's 8 Out Of 10 Cats and Stand Up For The Week and E4's Show and Tell. Join us on Monday to catch one of the best up-and-coming acts on the UK comedy circuit.
‘Hysteria-inducing jokes arrive in lightning quick succession during this frighteningly impressive debut hour’ ***** – Three Weeks
As ever, we’ll have a showcase of the best in Cambridge comedy, all presided over by our regular MC Ed Gamble (as seen on Russell Howard's Good News).
Doors will open at 8pm for an 8.30 start. Capacity is strictly limited so we recommend arriving early to guarantee a seat. Just £5 for tickets (available on the door).


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# 13. WATERSPRITE: The Cambridge International Student Film Festival

Date: Friday 24 February - Sunday 26 February
Where: Emmanuel College, Magdalene College

Watersprite 2012 is happening next weekend, with brilliant speakers and events in venues across Cambridge. And they’re all FREE!

Speakers include: David Yates, simply put, the most successful British director of all time (Harry Potters IV - VIII); Maria Zuckerman, Vice-President of HBO Films; and Oscar-winning make-up maestro Christine Blundell. The festival will showcase outstanding short films from student filmmakers all over the world, selected from 250 submissions from 41 countries across six continents this year. 14 talks and workshops with industry experts are free to attend, covering documentary making, composing music for film, VFX, film & TV careers and more. Speakers include Oscar, Emmy and BAFTA award-winners.

Please note that online registration is open and ALL of our events are FREE, so have a look at our schedule while tickets last!


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# 14. John F. Burns, "The Iraq War: Past, Present, and Future"

Date: Tuesday 21 February
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Where: Old Combination Room (above the Dining Hall), Trinity College [NB: not disabled accessible]

John F. Burns is a highly distinguished journalist at The New York Times. Lauded as ‘the dean of American foreign correspondents’ and ‘one of the great foreign correspondents of our time’, Mr. Burns has won two Pulitzer prizes. He is currentl...y the London Bureau Chief for The New York Times.

From 2002 to 2007, he was based in Iraq, making him the longest serving western journalist there. He covered the critical months in the build-up to war, the toppling of Saddam, the weapons of mass destruction controversy, and the subsequent slide into sectarian violence. His frank coverage of the conflict, often at considerable personal risk, was widely praised. Originally from Nottingham and a graduate of Cambridge, Mr Burns’ talk will be relevant not only to those with an interest in foreign affairs, but also those considering a career in journalism.

More information at: and


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# 15. Cambridge RAG Wine Auction and Tasting 2012

Date: Monday 27 February
Time: 7.00pm
Where: Old Library, Emmanuel College [NB: not disabled accessible]

On the evening of 27th February at 7pm in the Old Library, Emmanuel College, a variety of donated lots from the cellars of Cambridge colleges and other generous parties will be auctioned off to raise money for some fantastic causes. A list of the charities Cambridge RAG supports can be found here:

With the help of our auctioneer, Paul Bowes from Bacchanalia on Victoria Road, we hope to raise over £1,000 for RAG's core charities and the event promises to be a fantastic night. The Master of Emmanuel College, Lord Wilson of Dinton, will be present and Bacchanalia will also be hosting a wine tasting throughout the evening. The finalised list of lots will be posted here closer to the time, so we can even welcome phone bidders.

Tickets: £8 in advance and £10 on the door.

For more information and to buy tickets, please contact the RAG President, Kirsty Potter, on


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# 16. C.U. Bangla Soc Presents: Nationalisms and Identities, East Bengal 194

Date: Tuesday 21 February
Time: 7:30pm
Where: Cripps Court, Magdalene

Bangla Soc is proud to present its first talk given by one of Cambridge's prominent and outspoken lecturer, Joya Chatterji!

Our guest speaker is a fellow at Trinity and spealises in the modern history of South Asia, especially the partition of 1947 and the associated migration, borders and refugees. She'll be talking about the language movement, the 23 years of struggle between the independences and how it lead to the independence.

We hope to celebrate language day with an inspiration talk followed by free food and drinks, so keep the date free!

Date & Time: 21st February, 7:30PM

Price: £3 (on the door)

Venue: Cripps Court, Magdalene College


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# 17. Mastana 2012

Date: 10th March
Time: 7 pm - 10 pm (doors open at 6.30 pm)
Where: Cambridge Corn Exchange

Cambridge University Hindu Cultural Society presents its most awaited event of the year, MASTANA 2012 -- a spectacular night of music, comedy, dance and drama!

It is the biggest Asian cultural show in all of East Anglia and a CUHCS flagship event for the past 14 years. Mastana 2011 was a huge success, raising more than £10,000 pounds for charity and preforming for 1300 viewers. In its 15th year, Mastana 2012 promises to be even bigger and better! The show features a wide variety of cultural acts, from dance performances to a full-length play, put together by over 130 talented students. There will also be food served during the show's interval.

Tickets are priced at £12.50, £15 and £17.50. Please email us at to book yours, as they are selling fast!

Check out the show's trailer at
Also find us on Facebook at


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# 18. The Adams Maths Society presents: Problems for the Clairvoyant Demon

Date: Wednesday 22 February
Time: 6pm, refreshments from 5.30pm
Where: Castlereagh Room, Fisher Building, St John's College

A talk by Prof. Geoffrey Grimmett

The clairvoyant demon can see into the infinite future. Does this help 'it' to perform mathematical tasks that are impossible with a finite time-horizon? Three such problems will be described, each involving infinite sequences of coin tosses.

Refreshments served in the Fisher Building foyer from 5.30. Please join us in Hall after the talk.


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# 19. Brazilian Carnival Party

Date: 25th February 2012
Time: 8.00pm
Where: Graduate Union, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1RX

In collaboration with Graduate Union we are organising a Brazilian Carnival party. It will be on the 25th Feb from 8pm at Graduate Union. There will be a £2 fee for entrance (£1 for BrazSoc members) and really cheap and good drinks. The Arco Iris band will be playing as well. It will be a great fun!


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# 20. Clare Politics: David Lammy MP (20th) and Diane Abbott (23rd)

Date: Monday 20th February, Thursday 23rd February
Time: 8:30pm
Where: Elton-Bowring Room (20th), Latimer Room (23rd), Clare College [NB: not disabled accessible]

This week we have two Clare Politics events!

Today (Monday) we have David Lammy, MP for Tottenham, addressing us about the recent riots in his constituency, based upon his recent book 'Out of the Ashes'. He will be joining us straight after a debate at the Union, so if you wish to speak to Lammy and meet him in a much more informal context we'd recommend heading over to Clare Politics afterwards. The talk should begin at 8:45pm in the Elton-Bowring Room of Clare College.

Also joining us on Thursday is Diane Abbott MP, the first black woman to be elected to the House of Commons. In 2010, Abbott became Shadow Public Health Minister after unsuccessfully standing for election as leader of the Labour Party. She was recently subject to heavy media coverage following a purportedly racist Tweet. This talk should also begin at 8:45pm, in Clare College's Latimer Room.

Q&A session followed by wine, cheese, crackers as always!


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# 21. The Union - Upcoming Events

Where: The Cambridge Union Society

Monday 20th:
7.00pm – Riots Forum
8.00pm – Pub quiz

Tuesday 21st:
7.00pm – Debating workshop

Wednesday 22nd:
4.00pm – Prof. Robert Winston
7.30pm – Dame Kiri Te Kanawa

Thursday 23rd:
7.30pm – Debate: This House would legalise euthanasia
Proposition: Tom Curran, Jeremy Purvis, Nick Ross
Opposition: Bishop Lee Rayfield, Baron Carlile, Baroness Finlay

Saturday 25th:
9.00pm – Masquerade Spring Ball

Please note that these events are primarily for Union members only, however our usual guest policy applies. More details can be found at:

Go to to become a member today!

Watch our online videos:


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# 22. Masquerade Spring Ball

Date: Saturday 25 February
Time: 9.00pm
Where: The Cambridge Union Society

No one throws a ball like the Union - make sure you get a ticket for an evening of delicious food, champagne, cocktails, and the finest musical and comedic Cambridge talent in a stunning Venetian setting:

The chamber will be transformed into a beautiful dining room with a sensational three course meal from the Cambridge Dining Company. At only £25 for members and £30 for non-members for a dining upgrade, it's well worth it!

For non-diners, ALL inclusive food & drink will remain exquisite & plentiful as we bring in 3 extra bars to minimise queuing time! There'll be classic ball favourites such as a Casino room, jazz music & a silent disco, but we'll also be offering you a boudoir room, with massages & pampering available, as well as Truly Medley Deeply headlining.

There simply is no better way to beat the winter blues than by dressing up, donning a mysterious mask, and spending an evening of shameless indulgence & decadence.

£60 for members, £65 for non-members.


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# 23. “Liberty and Security”, Professor Conor Gearty, LSE

Date: Thursday, 23 February 2012
Time: 6 pm
Where: LG19 Law Faculty

Cambridge University Lawyers Without Borders is delighted to host Professor Conor Gearty, Professor of Human Rights at the LSE and founding member of Matrix Chambers. Professor Gearty is a leading commentator and prolific author on Human Rights and terrorism.
He will be in Cambridge on THURSDAY 23 FEBRUARY at 6PM in LG19 of the Law Faculty to present a talk on 'Liberty and Security' - the subject of his next major book.
There will be time for a Q&A session afterwards, so think up some questions and hope to see as many of you there as possible!

This talk is presented in association with the Centre for Public Law.


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# 24. Microfinance with African Refugees in Urban Areas

Date: Saturday 25 February
Time: 4.00pm
Where: Ramsden Room, St Catherine's College [NB: not disabled accessible]

We are delighted to invite you to a talk by Andrea Kruchik Krell on the
topic of "Microfinance with African Refugees in Urban Areas". Andrea is the
founder of Microfy, a non profit organization based in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Microfy's mission is to help Refugees & Asylum seekers sustain themselves
and become economically independent by developing their own sources of
income. Microfy achieves this through the provision of business training,
consultancy, mentoring & small loans.

You can read Andrea's full biography here<;

A research paper completed by Andrea on the above topic was recently
published online. You can read it


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# 25. ZAB: Cambridge Thai Night 2012

Date: 11 March 2012
Time: 6.30pm
Where: The Guildhall, Cambridge

Sweet… Sour… Salty… Bitter…

Think you’ve tried all the tastes that exist?
Don’t be sure yet until you have tried...

“ZAB: The Fifth Taste of Thailand”

Join us in Cambridge Thai Night 2012 to savour your senses with 3-course authentic Thai dinner, plus a great variety of Thai cultural performances. What’s more, you could get a chance to win *Chelsea Premiere League* tickets and other prizes in our lucky draw!

Tickets may be bought from Thai students in any college or may be reserved by signing up in the following link.


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Date: Saturday 25th February

Got an eye for design?
You've got less than an inch squared to prove it.

Camgraphik announces CamPins, our first design competition. Choose a location or society in Cambridge and design four badges related to it. Your college, Cindies or your sports team, all are fair game. Four sets will be made in limited runs of 50, as voted by you. Winners will receive a trophy, and up to £25 depending on how well their badges sell.

Good idea but no design skills? No problem, email and we'll find you a designer.

Deadline midnight Saturday 25th February. See the website for further details.


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# 27. Hub Series - Speaking out in Sudan

Date: 24.02.12
Time: 7.30pm
Where: Latimer Room Clare College

Hub Series Week 5 – Aegis Trust: Injustice in Sudan
February 24th, Latimer Room, Clare College 7 30 - 8 30

This week the Cambridge Hub and Aegis Trust present Dr. Mukesh Kapila discussing
injustice in Sudan. Dr. Mukesh Kapila was on secondment from DFID as UN Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Sudan 2003 - 2004 when he raised objections to violence against Darfuris. He was subsequently
promoted out of the region; he says to prevent him causing difficulties. He’s written a book about his experiences with Damien Lewis, due to be published in 2013.

Having just returned from the region, where he has been talking to Darfuris displaced by the violence, Dr Kapila will be speaking to various audiences in the US and UK about the responsibility of individuals who bear witness to such atrocities to speak up and possible mechanisms to improve accountability in such situations.


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# Other news

# 1. Kaleidoscope Call for Paper--Deadline Extended!!!

Date: Monday 19 March
Where: Faculty of Education, Cambridge

Kaleidoscope 2012 CALL FOR PAPER—Deadline extended!!!
Kaleidoscope has been an annual student run conference in the Faculty of Education, Cambridge since 2004. It is a not-to-be missed chance to present your work and to know what is new in the educational field!
This year’s conference will be held on 1st June, Friday 2012. The Kaleidoscope Committee would invite graduate students from any departments to submit abstracts and outlines for this year’s conference.
The deadline for submission has been extended to 19th March 2012. Attached is the pdf poster with the link of the conference website.
We look forward to hearing from you!


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# 2. Les Justes Corpus Playroom week 5 Mainshow

Date: Tuesday 21st to Saturday 25th of February
Time: 7.00pm
Where: Corpus Playroom

Written by Nobel Laureate Albert Camus, Les Justes has never before been done in Cambridge and this may be a once in a lifetime opportunity to see this incredibly powerful and evocative play. Camus' masterpiece follows the story of a group of young terrorists determined to bring freedom and liberty to their nation, at any cost. Can a bomb blast break the shackles of oppression? Or will it merely bring death, devastation and despair? Discover a gripping and terrifying tale, come to the Corpus Playroom in week 5 and be mesmerised by this truly moving performance.


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# 3. Rickshaw Theatre Project Tour 2012

Date: Friday 24th February.
Time: 12pm
Where: India and Nepal

Love travelling? Love acting? Love children? You'll love the Rickshaw
Theatre Project.
We are looking for an enthusiastic team for this year's
Theatre in Education trip around India and Nepal.
Over the last six years groups of performers have travelled to India and
Nepal in August/September visiting schools and NGOs with the aim of taking
theatre to disadvantaged children and teenagers.
The full cost of the tour is around £1000. However, last year we secured a minimum of £400 each for all tour members, and many
individuals managed to get additional grants.
Applications should include:
1. Why you want to get involved
2. What you think you would bring
3. An outline of any performance experience
4. An outline of any teaching experience
5. An outline of any experience travelling in other countries
After we’ve received your application you may be invited to an informal interview and/or workshop on the 25th or 26th- please include your availability in the application.


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# 4. Online Recruitment System for Economic Experiments Online Recruitment

Would you like to be a paid research volunteer in the social sciences? CEBEG (Cambridge Experimental and Behavioural Economics Group) has established an effective online recruitment system for interested participants. Simply register at and whenever places are available at any of our experiments, you will receive an invitation to join. Experiments are typically conducted at Sidgwick Site or The Judge Business School and often pay over £10 per hour. Please make sure that you use email address when you register. You will then be sent a confirmation email, and you will then need to click on the link provided in this email to complete your registration.


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# 5. Participate in my research project & get your own personality profile!

I need your support!

My name is Sandra and I’m a third year student reading the PPS paper. I’m currently working on a research project that includes an online questionnaire about the link between facebook information and personality traits. I would like to ask as many of you as possible to participate in the questionnaire. It won’t take you longer than 25 minutes and you’ll be provided with your individual personality profile at the end of the questionnaire… you would help me a great deal!

To get to the questionnaire, just follow the link below:

Many thanks in advance,


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