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April 30, 2004 Cambridge Student
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The Great Brain Robbery
Charlotte Forbes graphical work. This would also Cambridge loses this element of its
Archie Bland mean that any work done using uni- attraction to academics, it could
versity equipment, including, for potentially harm student interests. He
instance, web-pages authored on a said that this would be a particular
university-subsidised computer, issue for scientific departments, as
A dispute over ‘greedy’ intellectual would no longer be the property of people would be more likely to take
property regulations has placed the author. their research to universities with more
Cambridge academics and universi- Academics have argued that this liberal IP regulations, such as
ty authorities at loggerheads. New takes away one of their main fringe Stanford. This could conceivably leave
university ownership proposals have benefits, as many rely on the sale of the department depleted of staff. The
been castigated as amongst the their work to supplement their university, however, denies any harm
“most repressive” of their kind in income, which can bring in an addi- will be caused to students and said that
Report author Bill Cornish Anderson may move on
British universities. tional £5,000-£10,000 per year. the measures are being considered
A recently unveiled report, conduct- Concerns have been raised that this simply “to bring the university into
ed by Prof. Bill Cornish, head of the departure would be another severe could pave the way for future taxes receive a third of the revenue. The line with others to ensure effective
university’s Intellectual Property Unit, blow to the unversity’s reputation, on additional consulting income. lack of control over sale of work has commercialisation of research results”.
has proposed an expansion in the uni- following a trend of academics mov- This follows precedents set by uni- raised some serious ethical issues, as They denied that the move was about
versity’s hold on legal rights to ing abroad for improved pay. He also versities such as York and Glasgow academics would have no control over “seizing ideas or property”. Professor
research findings, meaning that in told Varsity that the measures would whereby up to 50% of outside who bought their research. The pro- Cornish was unavailable for comment.
future academics could lose their right “certainly be a factor” in other aca- income earned by academics is posals do suggest ‘consultation’ with These latest proposals are to be
to patent or sell their inventions. demics’ decisions on where to con- handed over to the university. the individual concerned before discussed at a meeting in Regent
Ross Anderson, Professor of duct their research. Intellectual The dispute began in 2001, but it rights are sold. This suggestion has House on the 11th May, which
Security Engineering at the Property Rights (IPR) are generally was not until 2002 that further pro- been dismissed as “not strong Professor Anderson described as “the
Computer Science Department, is most valuable in Anderson’s comput- posals, according to which all tenured enough” by Anderson, who points out latest battle in a long drawn-out war”.
heading a campaign against the pro- er science department. As this is one academic staff would lose IPR, that one such consultation has already It is likely that the university will take
posals. He told Varsity that the meas- of the university’s most profitable caused outrage within and beyond the ended in the relevant academic’s note of opinions raised at the meet-
ures have made him consider his sectors, the potential consequences of academic community. Under such objections being ignored. ing, as it did in 2002 when a commit-
future at Cambridge, and that the a ‘brain drain’ to universities with a reforms the university would be able This decision has led to predictions tee was established to investigate the
likelihood of his departure has been more liberal IPR regime are grave. to assume full rights to staff ’s work, that the close and profitable relation- matter. But Anderson was not opti-
“significantly increased”. Prof. Whilst the university has conced- thus preventing them from control- ship between the university and high- mistic about the prospects of compro-
Anderson, who topped Varsity’s ed basic copyright to authors, aca- ling the use and sale of their inven- tech companies, otherwise known as mise: “They won’t stop at this,” he
Cambridge Power100, is a leading demics stand to lose rights to trade- tions. For anything worth over ‘Silicon Fen’, is doomed. Professor said. “It’s not going to go away.”
computer security expert and his marks, sound recordings and typo- £100,000, academics only stand to Anderson told Varsity that if
The region’s best guide to what’s on – see next Thursday’s Cambridge Evening News
02 NEWS April 30, 2004 www.varsity.co.uk
Corpus Christi set for major makeover
Master praises generosity of Old Members and sets ambitious target for project completion
Sarah Marsh construction project within Corpus Bursar revealed that the project Room and Media Centre are envisaged, now the “£5m fund raising campaign
Cambridge city centre. will be “the largest and most important where students can work either individ- for the new Student Library is close to
Corpus Christi is one of the oldest development the College has undertak- ually or in groups. The new Student completion, due to the exceptional gen-
Major developments are soon to and smallest colleges in the University. en within its old site for many decades”. Library will be accessible from the cur- erosity of Old Members. The architects
change the face of Corpus Christi, Situated in the heart of medieval The last major developments were the rently neglected Hostel Yard, provision- are now working with the college to
modernising and enhancing student Cambridge, it has occupied the same construction of New Court in the 1820s ally renamed as the Library Court. complete the designs. Building will start
facilities. Costing in excess of £5 mil- buildings since the 1380s. Next year, a and the Butler Library in the 1920s. Within the Library Court and adjacent in March 2005 and, if all goes well, we
lion and depicted in extensive plans massive project will begin to build a stu- The new library for Corpus’ 400 buildings, a new Student Centre will be will open the library in October 2006 in
on the college website, the planned dent centre, library court, conservation students and its fellows will be located created. time for the Michaelmas Term.” The
construction is bigger than any other centre and state-of-the-art library. The in the reclaimed stately Victorian Social facilities at Corpus have long various constructions will be coordinat-
building, which currently houses been a subject of controversy between ed in order to minimise disruption to
Natwest bank. Current plans for this the Fellows and students. In particular, academic life.
spacious property include the replace- the college bar hours have continuously Two other projects are simultane-
ment of the existing entrance door to been reduced due its awkward location ously ongoing: the refurbishment of
the bank from King’s Parade with a in the centre of College and subsequent the Parker Library and the creation of
bold stained-glass window. complaints of noise disturbance. The a Conservation Centre, which will
The Bursar, Dr Nigel Yandell, admit- blank space following the caption “The benefit from this surge of develop-
ted to Varsity, “although the current Next 10 events” on the Corpus JCR ment. The Parker Library will expand
Butler Library has served the college webpage is telling. But the planned into space currently housing the
well, providing a much appreciated makeover proposes to create an expand- Butler Library and part of the ground
atmosphere for students to work in, it is ed College Bar and other rooms cater- floor will be developed into a secure
also one of the smallest libraries in ing for various events and student par- vault and office space for the library
Cambridge, and we are simply out- ties, whilst the ground floor will provide staff. The ultimate goal is to increase
growing the space.” The new library will space for the new JCR. A first year lin- public access to this internationally
be about twice the size of the Butler guist at Corpus enthused: “it will be renowned library. The increased
Library, spread over three floors. fantastic to have separate areas in which number of exhibitions demonstrates
The book stock will eventually to eat, read and chat. Perhaps our bar this, since the appointment of a new
increase from 28,000 to 60,000 books, will change from being the village pub librarian. The conservation centre
but the real revolution will be the to a more functional student space” will be built within the grounds of the
change from a traditional studying The project has been waiting for sev- Master’s Lodge, dedicated to preserv-
environment to state-of-the-art e- eral years, and funding has been a con- ing Corpus’ valuable collection of
learning opportunities, and a wireless troversial issue. But the Master, medieval manuscripts, and early
Corpus’ historic front door will survive the proposed redevelopment network provision. Both a Project Professor Haroon Ahmed, says that printed books.
Supervison report brings mixed results
CUSU survey reveals differences across ethnic backgrounds, gender and subject
Aisleigh Sawyer indicate that some students do expe- needed to survey the identified mendations. Ben Brinded added that the strengths and weaknesses of their
rience cases of poor teaching. Female trends more closely. Over 110 indi- the University has “embraced the supervisions, as well as their position
students and students from certain vidual comments were made by stu- need for mandatory supervisor train- in relation to other colleges. It is
The results of CUSU’s Quality of ethnic minority backgrounds fre- dents that directly refer to a variation ing and has recognized that it was hoped that with CUSU’s guidance
Supervisions Survey, the biggest quently reported less positive experi- in quality and experience. Some stu- CUSU’s survey that led to this”. each college JCR will compile a list
such survey ever undertaken, were ences. There are also some cases dents remarked that they did not feel The CUSU report does not of recommendations suited to their
published this week. The report where students with disabilities feel that all of their teaching met the include information relating to the particular needs, and that in consul-
indicated that supervisions were more effort could be made to enable required standards and that there quality of supervisions in individual tation with their Senior Tutor any
highly valued among students, but them to get the most out of supervi- exists great inequality in the standard colleges. Each college will shortly problems can be rectified.
also that this attitude varied sions. of teaching across the colleges. With receive an individual report detailing
according to subject, and to the eth- The report finds that female stu- the perception being that the quality
nic background and sex of the stu- dents and students from some ethnic of supervision teaching is an integral
dent. minorities are less likely to know factor in deciding academic success,
The supervision system remains a what is expected of them in supervi- these students have right to be con-
cornerstone of the Cambridge educa- sions, more likely to report that they cerned. 32% of respondents found
tion system, but is also the subject of struggle with their workload, and less that they “sometimes or always strug-
scrutiny. Questions have been raised likely to contribute in supervisions. gle” with the work set by supervisors.
about the “resource-heavy” nature of They are more likely to find that The report principally recom-
the system. Oxford University other students and supervisors make mends that there should be manda-
recently announced a move away it difficult for them to contribute. In tory supervisor training for all
from one-on-one tutorials in certain addition, black students, Chinese College and University Teaching
subjects, with more of an emphasis students and those from a mixed Officers. It also suggests that student
on class teaching. The Quality feedback mechanisms should be
Assurance Audit (QAA) of The supervision system is improved. Among the report’s other
Cambridge University commended the distinctive feature that recommendations are that numbers
the supervision system, but insisted in supervisions should be kept, where
that supervisions be kept under ‘close marks Cambridge apart possible, to below four, that there
review’ due to some variability in from other universities. should be an indication of a reason-
quality. able amount of work set and that
The CUSU online supervisions background are less likely to find students should be given guidance as
survey, conducted during Lent term, their questions answered well. One to what is expected of them.
received 1085 responses (roughly female student told Varsity: “The Ben Brinded, CUSU President,
10% of the undergraduate popula- supervision system is what makes said: “The Quality of Supervisions
tion). Its main aim was to discover Cambridge unique but I think it gen- Report is just one part of CUSU’s
general perceptions, but also to erally suits boys better than girls.” ongoing work to enrich the educa-
investigate whether factors such as Jessica Childs, CUSU Academic tion that Cambridge students
school background, gender, ethnicity, Affairs Officer, commented, “The receive. We hope that this Report
disability and subject affected stu- Quality of Supervisions Report out- will have a significant influence
dent’s experience of supervisions. lines the strengths of the supervision within the University and Colleges.”
The results show that the majority of system and is evidence of why it is After attending a meeting of the
students find supervisions an excel- important that it remains a central University’s Education Committee
lent form of teaching. This confirms part of Cambridge’s education provi- on Wednesday to discuss CUSU’s
that whilst the supervision system is sion. However, the University, the Report, Jessica Childs told Varsity
resource-intensive, it is the distinc- colleges and CUSU must strive to that both of the University’s main
tive feature that marks Cambridge ensure that all students have a con- education committees, the Senor
apart from other universities in first- sistently positive supervision experi- Tutor’s Committee and the
class teaching. ence.” University Education Committee,
However, the report’s findings Separate investigations may be have endorsed the Report’s recom-
Heavy books and bulky jackets can make supervisions awkward for girls
www.varsity.co.uk April 30, 2004 03
Knife scare at Pembroke
Bryan Coll Skepper of Cambridgeshire Constabulary was
unable to confirm that any charges had been made.
Pembroke Senior Tutor Dr. Mark Wormald said
Pembroke College faced strong criticism over its the incident had been “distressing” for students and
security today, after police arrested an intruder that college authorities were reviewing present
who broke into student accommodation early security measures in light of the break-in. He told
yesterday morning. Brandishing what police Varsity that the college had “always been unhappy”
described as a “12-inch kitchen knife,” the male with the positioning of the lamppost beside the
intruder scaled a lamppost and made his way over low wall on Tennis Court Road, which the intrud-
a wall before entering the college’s Foundress er used to gain entry to Foundress Court. He
Court on Tennis Court Road. A CCTV camera hoped that Cambridge City Council would now
monitors the entrance, but no security staff were reconsider the location of the lamppost after the
on duty at the time. break-in.
Residents of Foundress Court were woken up at Students at the college have been unhappy with
around 5am on Thursday morning by a man bang- security arrangements for some time. One graduate
ing on the doors of student rooms. The individual student told Varsity that security at the college was
warned students that there was an intruder armed “particularly lax”. “There are no locks on staircase
with a knife in the building. This individual, who doors and entry to the college is very easy – the
was not a college member and identified himself door on Pembroke Street can just be pushed open
only as ‘Gary’, had apparently followed the intruder any time of the day.” Earlier this week, a bedder on
from the street into the college grounds. Students the college’s S staircase discovered a vagrant sleep-
were, understandably, extremely frightened at the ing there. Apparently, he had been residing in the
news. One resident told Varsity: “Everyone was real- staircase for several days and his presence had gone
ly freaked out. Some people hid themselves in their unnoticed. Despite these incidents, Dr. Wormald
room and were afraid to come out.” claimed that break-ins and burglaries at the college
After gaining access to the college, the intruder were rare. “In my twelve years as Senior Tutor,
entered Foundress Court and began to scream there has never before been an incident of this
loudly, wandering aimlessly around the accommo- kind”, he stated.
dation. Police believe he acquired a large knife Pembroke JCR President Iva Gaberova was
from a kitchen in the building. It is unclear relieved that the incident passed off without injury
whether he intended to cause harm with the to any students. “We are pleased to say that every-
implement. The reaction of students was one of one is OK after last night’s disruption. We are
panic and disbelief. “I expect to feel safe in my own working with the college to prevent future inci-
room”, commented one student. “I just can’t believe dents of this nature,” she said.
this happened so easily”. Two female students In an email sent to all college members, Dr.
promptly called the police, who arrived on the Wormald advised students and staff to be vigilant.
scene at approximately 5.45am. Police discovered The message reads: “An incident in college last
the intruder in a bathroom and were forced to night prompts this reminder: always remember to
restrain him. He was arrested on the scene and lock the door to your room whenever you are out,
transported to Parkside police station for question- and when you go to sleep. The police advice is to
ing. At the time of going to press, Inspector be aware but not afraid.”
04 NEWS April 30, 2004 www.varsity.co.uk
Young, posh and overcharged
More than a third of university students nationwide live on less than £40 a week, but not in Cambridge
Gabriella Jozwiak The majority of participants in an average weekly rent of £74.51 per Where’s it all going to end?” is not a possibility for full-time
Varsity’s own survey, claimed they week (Accommodation Costs The THES also found that two- Cambridge students, who are
spent more than £40 per week, usu- Survey), compared to the Cambridge fifths of students said they needed a obliged to keep full-term. However,
A survey by the Times Higher ally between £50 and £60. “It average of £73.10. This is far higher part-time job to boost their income. only 9% of students surveyed said
Educational Supplement has found depends on the term” one student than the average for the East Anglia Such opportunities are hard to come day-to-day financial worries were
that more than a third of university pointed out, “for example, I’m region, which stands at £54.37. by in Cambridge, with students their biggest concern, while 29%
students nationwide live on less spending a lot less at the moment, Unfortunately, the price of rarely having time to spare, other claimed they worried most about
than £40 a week. The survey also but I suppose last term it must have Cambridge life is rising. Ben than the occasional library or bar academic success. The fact that only
discovered that one in ten survive been higher.” The fact that food and Brinded commented, “In the last shift, or scientific research experi- 38% of UK students worry about
on an average of just £9.50 per week accommodation go on college bills four years the rents rose by 6% per ment. Nationally, a quarter of stu- money or their degree, begs the
after paying accommodation costs. means the average Cambridge stu- year. This year it has risen by 9% dents are currently living at home, as question; what on earth are the other
Varsity investigates how Cambridge dent is actually spending much with no sign of this stopping. it is the cheaper option. Again, this 62% thinking about?
students compare. more. If the average UK student has
The average expenditure per week £40 for food and clothes after rent,
per student, as calculated by the Cambridge students have £50 and
Cambridge Admissions Office, upwards after these costs.
claims that studying and living in A large number of students did
Cambridge costs students an average admit to a greater level of expendi-
of £180 per week. This figure ture. Smokers pushed the figure up
includes rent, fixed kitchen charge, to about £80 per week while others
network connection and telephone admitted to £150 or more. Such
bill, and leaves about £50 extra per spending power is available to only
week after these costs. Only slightly 11% of the UK’s students. One
above the national average of £40 Downing student confessed, “It’s
after paying bills, this sum is divided shopping. I like to buy shoes”. There
between clothes and toiletries was, unsurprisingly, significant dif-
(£6.93), books and stationary (£6.60) ferences between those who drank
and about £32 for entertainment, regularly and the more restrained.
allowing for “one formal hall, one The hidden costs of living in
cinema visit and two trips to a coffee Cambridge further reveal how we
shop/pub a week.” The £40 figure is spend much more than our counter-
divided differently by The National parts at other UK universities.
Union of Students (NUS), as £28 per Overall, Cambridge is an unusually
week on food and household shop- expensive place to live. London, the
ping, and £10.80 on clothing. most expensive region in the UK, has
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seventh annual Yerushah Lecture in aspects of Jewish heritage. Previous lecturers have
Cambridge. The theme of the lecture was the
relationship between Judaism and science.
included Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks and Daniel
Libeskind, architect of the Jewish Museum in
godwin room, clare college, sunday 2nd may
Speaking about how scientists are so often crit- Berlin. Professor Winston is perhaps best known 10am for manifesto positions, 11am for non-manifesto positions
ical of religion, Professor Winston explored for his BBC series which included ‘The Human
whether religious feelings and belief in God are Body’, ‘Child of Our Time’ and ‘The Secret Life Founded in 1976, The Cambridge University Industrial Society as it was then, brought together students
divine, or whether these may have evolved as a of Twins’. who were keen on ﬁnding direction for their lives after university with the employment sectors that
protective mechanism in humans during the The University has placed high priority on they were interested in. Two years later, it approached a like minded careers-NGO and together the
made the concept a national one. Today there are over 45 Student Industrial Societies Nationwide,
process of natural selection. He examined the seeking to fund a permanent teaching post in working to help students develop personally and develop rewarding careers. Today we keep the
relationship between science and his own reli- Jewish Studies at the Faculty of Divinity. same vision alive, recognising and promoting the need, as the most academically privileged and able
gion, Judaism, which fundamentally believes that Judaism is the only major religion that does not students to put back to society beyond our time here be it economic, social, political or otherwise...
science is valuable and necessary. He also looked have a permanent teaching resource. Judaism is
at contemporary issues in his own scientific field currently taught with the help of specialists
- human reproduction and genetics - and the var-
ious attempts at their manipulation, such as
cloning, transgenesis and now parthenogenesis in
borrowed from other faculties and institutions.
The University is urgently seeking finance for
three new posts including a lectureship in
cambridge university’s student-run careers & personal development society
mammals as a model. Modern Judaism.
‘Yerushah’ is Hebrew for ‘heritage’ and the by Aisleigh Sawyer
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www.varsity.co.uk April 30, 2004 05
Revise-talise yourself Chinese whisper
Bryan Coll chairs with chemistry’, it’s probably Cambridge students have also been Charlotte Forbes overseas student studying in the UK
advisable to leave that periodic table on seeking alternative remedies. Isobel could expect to pay up to £19,000 a
your desk. Knight of Napiers Herbal Health Care, year in fees for clinical medical cours-
Cambridge can be a stressful place to On a more serious note, CUSU re- Sidney Street told Varsity she had The University of Nottingham es, yet a student studying at the
say the least. Supervision deadlines, launched their exam website this week noticed increasing numbers of students announced plans last week for a sec- Ningbo campus would only pay
the dubious quality of hall food and (www.camexams.com), which aims to making appointments at the clinic. “We ond foreign campus. The new cam- around £4000. Meleika Gooneratne, a
the permanent risk of being flattened help students with both the academic get a particularly high number of pus is to be situated at Ningbo in first-year medic from Sri Lanka, told
by a lorry on your bike, are just some of and welfare sides of exam term. PGCE students”, commented Ms. China, and will open this September Varsity there are definite advantages,
the things that can cause students Academic and Welfare Officers Jessica Knight, “and third year students seem to with a student population of 4000 at citing the financial gains in particular.
headaches. All these concerns pale Childs and Lizz Waller also publicised be the most stressed of all”. Popular both undergraduate and postgradu- She did, however, voice concern over
into insignificance, however, when the the individual support available to treatments at the clinic include Bowen ate levels. This week there was spec- how well the system might work in
dreaded exam term arrives. Cambridge students. This kind of one- therapy, an Australian soft tissue thera- ulation as to whether Cambridge practice. “There is sometimes resent-
This week, a number of colleges, on-one support is becoming a greater py, which uses small, gentle movements University would follow suit and ment towards people who go abroad
organisations and businesses launched part of the work of CUSU and, accord- on strategic points of the body to gener- expand abroad. Varsity investigates. to study, especially if they believe the
schemes to try and combat the stress of ing to Jessica Childs, has been of “real ate a healing response. During exam Nottingham’s decision to develop new university is somehow ‘better’
‘the quiet period’. These include bouncy benefit to both undergraduate and grad- term, Napiers is offering a special rate of another foreign campus was influ- than the ones at home.”
castles, speed dating, massages and uate students.” Any student is welcome £15 for a half-hour session of Bowen enced by the success of the universi- Cambridge University has a strong
holistic therapies. to call in at the CUSU offices to discuss Therapy, Reflexology or Life Coaching. ty’s first foreign campus in Malaysia, reputation for fostering international
Emmanuel College has been the exam-related anxiety, revision tech- Ms. Knight commented: “It’s important which has been open since 2000. It is links. A university spokesperson con-
front-runner in terms of exam term wel- niques or any other issue of concern. to take a break and relax”. hoped that this success may encour- firmed that Cambridge has no current
fare for the last two years. Senior Tutor age other universities, such as proposals for a second campus, as the
Dr. Richard Barnes told Varsity that this Cambridge, to follow suit. Although university tends to develop links on a
year’s programme of recreation and initially specialising in arts and social smaller scale. However, Cambridge
relaxation, organised by the college’s sciences, the Ningbo campus is has several strong links with the
JCR committee, would be one of the expected to grow to incorporate a Chinese universities of Peking and
best yet. “We spend around £1000 on wider range of subjects. Degrees from Tsinghau, which are supported by the
these kind of facilities for exam term the Ningbo campus will have the Chinese Ministry of Education.
and believe that it’s money well spent”, same status as those completed on the These partnerships comprise of stu-
he said. This year’s line-up of events Nottingham campus. This represents dent exchanges, staff links and
includes regular barbecues, games of a big step for China, and authorities research collaborations between
Giant Twister and DVD nights at the hope that the new legislation will departments. Cambridge currently
Master’s Lodge. encourage more foreign support to runs a joint masters programme with
In addition, there are a number of help modernise their Higher the University of Peking. Cambridge
society events taking place. You could Education system. also has a number of links with other
do worse than indulge in a spot of speed The potential benefits for both Chinese universities at Nanjing,
dating, organised by romance.ucam.org, partners and their students are con- Fudan and Shanghai Jiaotong, in
which takes place at the Anchor siderable. There are several enticing addition to many other partnerships
tonight. Although billed as ‘musical factors for prospective students. An across the world.
06 FEATURES April 30, 2004 www.varsity.co.uk
arsity got off to a pretty inauspi-
cious start. It first hit the streets
of Cambrige on January 15th
1931, but was initially unsuccessful and
folded in 1933 with losses of £100. After
this ignominious start an American
undergraduate relaunched Varsity in I joined Varsity in October 1953. A front
1947 and since then, barring the odd page story recounted how landladies objected
blip (and bankruptcy threat), Varsity has to being asked to keep their premises open
been the leading newspaper for the stu- until 11pm instead of 10pm because if
dent population at Cambridge. undergraduates were allowed to bring their
On its reappearance in 1947 Varsity friends in up until 11pm they would have to
carried headlines on the uncertainty sur- stay up to make coffee for them.
rounding women at the University and I already had my own column in 17 local
controversy over a proposed science cen- London newspapers which I got when I was
tre. Plus ca change... The paper also 14. I was rather bright then. It’s been downhill
included debating reports, reviews, ever since.
sports and listings, and a slapdash fea- I edited the paper a year after coming to
tures section, with one article rumoured Cambridge. My greatest achievement was to
to be a sub-editors’s essay hastily includ- Jeremy Paxman and the Varsity team bring out an Oxford edition which I
ed to fill space. nalistic careers. There was trouble right while working for Varsity”. For some of us announced, at 3p would be the cheapest piece
Today’s Varsity is the product of a from the start, when in 1932 Varsity’s edi- this is a sentiment we can relate to! of education Oxford ever had. It caused an
merger of two papers - the original tor was challenged to a duel over one of Prince Charles wrote in Varsity’s 21st enormous stir - with leaders and articles in
Varsity and a radical campaigning news- the articles. Luckily the police arrived birthday issue in March 1968 that he nearly every national newspaper.
paper, Stop Press which was founded in and the issue was resolved before the pis- “had never somehow contemplated the It also nearly bankrupted Varsity, which
1972. In 1955 a one-off Oxford edition tols were actually used. idea of writing for this paper since I had was extremely flush with cash when I
of Varsity was produced - but all in all, The distinguished list of subsequent received so many admonitions about it became editor, but down to near-nil when I
very little has changed in 600 issues. editors can be said to have got off lightly. before arriving here.” But he continued, left. My team of student journalists and I
Varsity has proved a starting point for Jeremy Paxman, Editor in Lent 1971, “I believe there is an old saying... ‘if you would pile into taxis and say, “Oxford!”
some of the finest (and not so fine) jour- says that he “wrote some absolute rubbish can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em!’”. Accompanying me were the Cambridge
Andrew Gilligan left the paper after a water ski team as the Oxford undergraduate
acrimonous row with his editor, an omi- In 1932 Varsity’s editors had threatened to throw me in the
Varsity at 600:
nous moment his future employers might Cherwell! I thought a little protection was a
have picked up on. Other Varsity writers challenged to a reasonable precaution. I greatly enjoyed
have included Clive James, Griff Rhys duel over one Varsity, where I was also film critic, colum-
Jones and Michal Frayn. of the articles nist, general dictator and nuisance.
A brief history Past editors include Michael Winner
and Richard Whiteley. Whitely goes so
far as to comment that “when I’m
knocked down by the Number 11 bus
My “staff ” included playwright Michael
Frayn and Jonathan Miller. We also had
musical writer and multi-Academy Award
winner Leslie Bricusse, screenwriter Frederic
you’ll see the word Varsity written on my Raphael, and many others who have gone on
By Laura-Jane Foley heart”. Opposite is a recollection written
by Michael Winner who jumped at the
invitation to write about his time as
Editor of Varsity for us– the least he
to some success. They all appeared very ordi-
nary at the time. As I’m sure I did. Even
though I was voted in a Varsity poll the most
well known person in Cambridge. So I was
and Tom Cahill could do to make amends for nearly
bankrupting the newspaper 60 years
ordinary and famous at the same time. My
www.varsity.co.uk April 30, 2004 07
Terror and violence spreads in Iraq
US forces pound rebel fighters in Falluja, Italian hostages taken, oil rigs hit
epercussions from the Iraqi War con- Tony Blair if he supported "the murder and Italians whom they have taken hostage, along-
tinue:, as US forces have attacked the mutilation of hundreds of women and children side a statement demanding that the Italian pub-
city of Falluja in the past week with
shells, airstrikes, and even leaflets, which,
in Falluja as an appropriate response to the sav-
age murder" of four Americans. Blair answered
lic stage "a big demonstration" in Rome to
demand that the “government to withdraw from
according to The Guardian, proclaimed,
"Surrender, you are surrounded. If you are a
by arguing that Tapsell’s description was entirely
inaccurate and that the American soldiers were
our country". The Green Brigade announced
that Italy had “five days” in which to fulfil the
terrorist, beware, because your last day was yes- only doing what was necessary. Lakdar Brahimi, demands, threatening otherwise that they would
terday. In order to spare your life, end your kill the hostages “without any hesitation or any week
actions and surrender to coalition forces now. “I deeply regret any civilian other warning."
We are coming to arrest you."
death in Falluja, but it's neces-
There are thought to be around 2,000 rebel oordinated suicide boat attacks on oil
fighters in Falluja. According to reports, about sary that order is restored” rigs in the waters of the northern gulf, Quote 1: “I’m not homophobic”
200 are Islamic militants, others desire to which occurred on Saturday, have been Quote 2: “I don’t want to
reassert Sunni supremacy in Iraq, and some are Tony Blair heralded as a new menace in the ongoing strug- campaign around gays”
supporters of Saddam. Suspicions that some of gle against terrorism. Until now, Iraq’s oil indus- Oh dear Frankieboy, not all
the Falluja rebels are linked to Al-Qaida are one UN envoy for Iraq, warned, "Unless this standoff try has escaped assault, but as violent revolt publicity is good publicity.
reason US forces may have acted so fiercely, is brought to a resolution through peaceful opens up across the country, Shamkhi Faraj,
although they have issued a statement defining means, there is a great risk of very bloody con- head of the Iraqi oil marketing organisation,
the attack on Falluja as self-defence, explaining: frontation"; a prophecy that was sadly being claims new security measures must be put in
"Marines responded by directing precision enacted by the attacks which were underway place. Since the attacks on the oil rigs, a
weaponry against enemy forces in order to
In Prime Minister’s Question Time on
even as Brahimi was speaking.
Meanwhile, the self-defined ‘Green Brigade’,
an Iraqi armed group opposing the occupation of
Jordanian activist linked to Al-Qaida has
claimed responsibility, intensifying fears regard-
ing the involvement of Al-Qaida with terrorist
Wednesday, Tory MP Sir Peter Tapsell asked Iraq, on Monday released a video of three factions in Iraq. EB
Tha boyz-in- “campaign
blue crew around gays”
live Wolfendale, the North Wales rank Maloney, the UK Independence
deputy chief constable, has been Party’s candidate for the London mayoral
accused of “patronising” and “demean- elections, caused a stir this week when he
ing” black officers by the chairman of the said that he would not take his campaign to
Commission for Racial Equality, Trevor Camden because “there are too many gays.”
Phillips. Maloney protested “I’m not homophobic”,
Wolfendale was addressing the first ever although he did also say, of gay people, that “I
meeting of the North Wales Black Police don’t think they do a lot for society.” His attitude
Association when he unexpectedly broke into a struck many as curiously defeatist for a wannabe
rap. He began on a defensive footing: “I'm just a politician, particularly given his justification that
white boy called the Deputy CC / They said I'd "I don't want to campaign around gays because I
never make it as a bitchin' MC”. His flow went don't think they will vote for me.”
on to include gems such as “So listen! Watcha Aside from his bizarre views, such as the pro-
doin' here today / Checkin' what the Heddlu nouncement that “there is a problem with gay
Gogledd Cymru gotta say.” parades”, most striking was Maloney’s assumption
The disapproving Trevor Phillips said that economic and social conservatism are inextri-
“Presumably this was an attempt to get down cably linked, and that any supporter of the aims of
with their supposed culture,” and likened the the UK Independence Party would inevitably be
performance to giving a speech to the London
Police Federation “starting off with a rousing
chorus of ‘Maybe It's Because I'm A Londoner’
“If you are homosexual, get on
with your life and stop bitching” -
before discussing policing strategy in Cockney
rhyming slang.” wannabe Mayor Maloney
Wolfendale retaliated by saying that
"Without wishing to sound patronising, I think
Mr Phillips has missed the point." The end of heterosexual. This is a far cry from the attempts
his rap made the ‘point’ clear enough - the jam: by the right to form a new breed of ‘cuddly con-
“There's no time for jam tomorrow, we need the servatism’, preaching right-wing economic poli-
jam today / That's why we launchin' our associ- The cap says it all cies while being more broadly accepting of
ation in this way / Thank you all for coming and minorities. Maloney seemed to explode this posi-
remember what we say / Support your local tion, arguing that "the majority of Tories are anti-
sheriff and the North Wales BPA.” gay." He summed up his dismissal with the blunt
When contacted by Varsity, Busta Rhymes
was unable to comment, but we reckon that’s
probably because he was in a business meeting
with Wolfendale over the prospect of a future
I have 28 balls "If you are homosexual, you are homosexual - just
get on with your life and stop bitching about
The Gay Conservatives were incensed by
Libby the dog has an oral adventure Maloney’s comments, branding him “a danger-
ous extremist”, and demanded that the UKIP
either endorse his views or sack him as their
e’ve been overwhelmed by the number reporters: "We didn't even need to X-ray her...she candidate. Maloney retorted, “What’s it got to
Winner of responses to our appeal for animal-
related news stories, and it’s been a
was clanking and we could feel them in her stom-
ach." Libby’s owner was very happy with the
do with them? The Gay Conservatives are not
going to vote for me anyway.” However, if the
of the tricky job to pick ones to use for publication.
Although every submission has been rewarded
unexpected bonus of the free balls, which the vets
gave back to him. Wardrop had no qualms about
boxing promoter, who freely admitted he was
“not a career politician”, is only bothered about
with a Mystery Free Gift, it’s not the taking part using the contraband: “They were slightly dis- the likelihood of people voting for him, then he
week that counts but the winning, and one story in coloured but otherwise in great condition and will may as well give up now: Ken Livingstone, the
particular caught our eyes. be great for practice.” News Review warns its current Mayor, is tipped to retain his position
Libby golferdog Ross Pein, of Peterhouse, sent us the tale of
Libby, a German shepherd dog who swallowed 28
readers of the considerable potential for top crim-
inals to smuggle illegal and stolen goods in other
by a considerable margin.
Poor Libby walked around for days golf balls and needed an operation lasting two- dogs stomachs; owners of dogs should keep an eye
with 28 golf balls in her stomach. Her and-a-half hours to put her back at operational out for anyone interfering with their dog’s food.
owner didn’t seem to notice that she capability. Libby's owner Mike Wardrop couldn't Meanwhile, well done to Ross for highlighting the Contributors:
was clanking, but at least she can eat understand why his dog had gone off her food and story – you’ve won a free ticket to the Queens’ Bats Esther Bintliff
again now. was losing weight. Wardrop, who works at a golf May Week play, The Merry Wives of Windsor! Ollie Rickman
course, took Libby to vet John Ford, who later told OR & EB
08 INTERVIEWS April 30, 2004 www.varsity.co.uk
Blunkett: from cradle to grave
The position of Home Secretary is notoriously tough , but David Blunkett tells James Dacre that he’ not dead yet.
“In my darker moment I despair, but I think made a difference now and will for the foresee-
that balancing rights and responsibilities, re- able future. It’s created greater insecurity nation-
enforcing duties, and getting a sense of respect ally as well as internationally. People are more
back into society is something that is vital for the fearful and that plays into other parts of the job.
health of our community. I believe we should There is a need to reassure people in relation to
actually care about what’s happening in the better policing, reassure people in terms of the
world, even, dare I say, those of us who believed balance in the nationality and asylum policy and
we were right about Iraq. If we care about that border controls and reassure people about a crim-
and are prepared to say so, I think those are good inal justice system which we admitted when I
signs and my optimism is then able to shine came into office required radical reform. And
through. Otherwise I couldn’t live day-to-day dealing with related issues, like the terrible threat
with the difficulties that I face.” of class A drugs..”
“Actually caring about what’s happening in Which is all very well. But it is claimed that
the world,” is the message that shines through Mr Blunkett has caused considerable confusion
all his books and pamphlets, Being a member of the over his changes to Britains drugs
interviews and articles, speech- laws. “I think that the presenta-
Labour Party immedi-
es and policies. He worries tion of the change as being the
ately dubbed you as
that “we’ve lost the art today of legalisation of cannabis did lead
communicating to young peo- to a contemporary confusion. But
ple that politics is not about abstracts, that it is talking to young people, I think that they
actually about day to day decision making. The understand that what we were trying to do was
balance that we have to achieve between aspi- place the horrors of class A drugs in their right
ration and possibility, of the things we can do context for educational and cultural purposes
as individuals and the things that we can’t do so that people who are told that heroin and
individually.” crack cocaine are different to cannabis would
We range over his life but as always it’s his believe us. They know that’s so because many
early years that are the most fascinating. How young people have tried cannabis, and they
political were his parents? “They weren’t mem- need to know that if they’re told that they can
bers of any political party. My grandfather had die from taking crack, they’ll believe it. That
been active in the trade union movement. He isn’t to say that the message on cannabis isn’t
used to read me the Daily Herald. I got a that it’s a dangerous drug and taken over a peri-
flavour of where they were coming from, which od of time becomes more dangerous and I
was as a hard-working, thrifty, working class think that that is a clear message.”
avid Blunkett is very much in control. Although he won’t admit to it, I suspect he sees family, wanting to be self determining but real- He is far better able to read my tone of voice
He is the star of a story as poignant as the liberal left as exerting a decaying effect on the ly finding it hard work in terms of income, than a seeing man might.“Your tape recorder just
any that Hollywood’s best could man- values of self reliance, but Blunkett’s advantage prospects, insecurities.” stopped,” he warns me. Fitting the player with a
ufacture. The boy who was born blind, lived over the chattering classes is his heritage, and it How politically involved was he at University? new tape, we discuss whether Britain’s political
through appalling family tragedy, turned down is because of this that he is “so strong about anti- “I wasn’t. I was involved only at the fringes. I was classes woke up early enough to the immigration
an education in piano-tuning (he took himself social behaviour, so concerned about building generally involved in taking on the very powerful issue. He concedes that no-one was prepared for
off to university), became a local councillor at security and order and stability” into society socialist society and fringe elements of the inter- the change in people movements that impacted
22 and ended up as one of the most powerful because without such security decent people can’t national Marxist group, who were very, very on the UK. Invoked by “world events like the
men in Britain. work to better their lives. active in the late sixties. I was very involved in Taliban in Afghanistan, like the stepping up of
He is perfectly prepared for our interview. He It makes him “smile” to think that the man the anti apartheid movement, but that wasn’t in world attention on the terror in Iraq, these tides
has a detailed answer to every question, and once painted as a left-wing firebrand, is now the party political sense. I was much more started to come in the mid-Nineties and acceler-
unlike many a ministerial explanation, these depicted by The Guardian as a right-wing bogey- involved in my own community and I actually ated in the late Nineties into the early part of this
answers are his own. He is not afraid to say what man. But Blunkett was a student of Bernard became an elected councillor of Sheffield city century.” During this time, there was a serious
he thinks and he has a distinct I became known as Crick - the progressive educational- council in my second year as a mature student so neglect of the problem which was not given the
moral philosophy that entirely ist, and bete noir of the right - and I was more involved in politics in the city than appropriate resources and this, he implies, was
dictates his policy. “Read it in my was also once notorious for being in the university.” down to a French reluctance to co-operate with
book” could be the definitive Sheffield was a very leader of the Socialist Republic of the issue. “It was not possible until Nicholas
answer to any question that I ask. South Yorkshire. So exactly how e move on to his years as Education Akosi became the interior minister in France to
But I ask them anyway; Blunkett is known as a left-wing was he? Minister. What was he most and actually reach an agreement, not only to close a
politician who is confident and honest enough to “Well, I wasn’t,” he tells me. “I was the voice of least proud of ? “I’m very proud of camp that was on French soil, not on UK soil,
offer a new answer with every conversation. And, the Labour party, and the Labour party was seen a great many things that I did. I think that re- but actually to get him, and the French more
in any case, I don’t believe that his book explains as being towards the right in terms of the student focussing education on giving youngsters a foun- broadly, to agree to put in security measures,
everything. politics of the early seventies. Being a member of dation on which they themselves can build again on their soil, to effectively start to transfer
Blunkett is the most private of politicians, but the Labour party immediately dubbed you as through the literacy and numeracy programme our border controls from Britain to France and
his life story has entirely shaped his politics and it being very reactionary, and so I learnt to defend will, in the long run, probably be My social outlook is
subsequently to Beligium and in
was his early years that were the most influen- myself very strongly. I read Political Theory and the greatest foundation that I the future to Holland.
one of believing that
tial.“If people hadn’t helped me in my early life, I Institutions for my degree which involved eco- could have laid. But also things In retrospect, does he think
what we do to others
wouldn’t have been able to do what I’ve done but nomics and history as well. I probably came out that are not so well known, like that this “neglect” gave succour to
if I hadn’t had the will and determination, the of university more to the left than I went in, but introducing lessons in citizenship such right wing groups as the
sense of self-responsibility to do it, it wouldn’t when I joined Sheffield city council, I was to the and democracy into the state BNP ? “If you don’t provide the
have happened. People couldn’t have done it for right of the new brand of firebrand younger school curriculum to try and build an under- security of stability and order that secures peo-
me. I had to do it for myself, and its that combi- councillors in Sheffield and across the country. standing of our state of responsibility, our state of ple’s confidence, they won’t turn to moderate or
nation of self-reliance, and of knowing that When I was elected as leader of Sheffield some belonging and our centre of identity, is some- left-wing policies, they’ll turn to people that offer
everybody around us, from our families to the years later in 1980, I was the moderate candidate thing that I’m really very proud of.” As Blunkett them greater certainties- to the right. That was
broader community, can help us sink or swim for the leadership of the council. I became known talks of Britain and her values, he seems at his certainly true in the late nineties and the early
…that is my politics.” as left wing because Sheffield was a very radical happiest during our hour together. Outside, the part of 2002 in Europe, where governments that
A man who has come through a lot, he council and we were doing very radical things at Royal Scotts Guard are rehearsing Land of Hope didn’t address the issues of security in the home
expects much of others. Aside from his blind- a time when Margaret Thatcher was doing very and Glory. He doesn’t even notice; taking himself and the community and across borders were
ness, he learnt to cope with the circumstances radical things nationally, but we were never very seriously, he seems totally unaware of the actually swept away. I’ve been trying to argue the
of “my father being killed in a works accident engaged with militant tendency, and we were irony of the situation. case for tackling these issues to create an environ-
when I was twelve, and my mother struggling seen as very different from the politics of the But he deeply regrets, he says, that “I didn’t ment in which broader discussion and debate can
to survive the environment in which I lived.” London boroughs of the time.” actually build into those four years a sense of be heard.”
The impoverished but resilient Sheffield So what is he now? “A Social Democrat.” And greater ownership by the people carrying Blunkett’s guide-dog Lucy returns from her
Brightside area where he grew up is now his what does that mean? “It means that I combine through the programmes… I had to move walk around the block. He treats her with a touch-
constituency. It is by “drawing on the lessons old-fashioned socialism with old-fashioned quickly to get the numeracy and literacy pro- ing affection; as a spoilt child. Her black hair
from those years,” early in his life that he sees “duty” conservatism and that’s why my social out- grammes installed, and by moving quickly I did- seems to be turning grey. His shaggy auburn beard
his “voice able to reflect the needs, the con- look is one of believing that what we do to others n’t necessarily have the time to actually win over was noticeably darker when he entered office.
cerns, and the fears of people there today.” determines how society operates.” the profession to what we were trying to do, and “The Home Office is called the political grave-
And it is at a grassroots level there in So Blunkett believes that government should if you’re going to make things work in the long- yard,” he laughs,“but the difference between being
Brightside that he listens to a voice that guarantee basic rights and freedoms and in return term, then you have to do that.” Home Secretary and being in a graveyard is that
informs much of his ministerial policy; that of the citizen contracts to meet certain social And what of his years at the Home Office, when you’re in a graveyard you sleep peacefully.”
his people, not “an alternative voice at a responsibilities. In an age of endemic street crime, notorious as one of the hardest positions in gov- Somehow I think this very likeable and
national level, for there are no national broad- drugs and asociated anti-social behaviour, does he ernment? How tough has it been? “I though it impressive man won’t be getting much sleep
casters or journalists, and no judges, and no never despair that his approach of ‘Social was going to be very difficult, but I couldn’t have for a long time.
members of the House of Lords there.” Democracy,’ is not an over-optimistic one? anticipated September 11th 2001, which has
April 30, 2004 09
The Alternative Dating Plan
We’ve all heard the statistic - 70% of Cambridge students meet their future spouses whilst at university. Urban
myth or surprisingly scary fact? Whatever. But seriously....for many of us Cindies just won’t do any more. So
whats the alternative? Zanny Ali and Ronojoy Dam investigate.....
"I know the perfect person for you, you’d get on
Web dating - romance.ucam.org
sooo well"- a friend Premise:
Dating Totally free dating site exclusively
Empty Promises?: for Cambridge students. Leave
Why on earth would you agree to spend a your details. Wait for the reply.
romantic evening with someone who’s face you Like MSN Messenger. But with
haven’t even seen? Like it or not, most of us are more flowers, candy romance and
more superficial than we pretend we are to the wet dreams of the internet gen-
impress hot chicks. And while we’re at it, if your eration.
friend thinks this person is so great, why aren’t
they going out with them? Empty Promises?:
This claims to be a dating site but,
Some Words of Advice: romance.ucam.org can have unex-
If you’re nothing, you’ve got nothing to lose. pected consequences, the message
End of. board tells us Lady Penelope has
"ended up with a God-son through
The Verdict: the site". And what’s this? Archery
Then again, a stunning Finnish model asking you lessons? S writes "...Oh - and
back to his/her’s for coffee because they haven’t thanks for the arrows, they're work-
really met anyone in Cambridge… well what ing well! Hit me spot on a week
you waitin’ for? ago...." – Wowee zowee!
Some Words of Advice:
Speed Dating Human contact can be tedious.
This is like writing dirty text mes-
sages but with enough word space
Premise: to get past the mere foreplay - Ooo
30 girls + 30 guys x 3 minutes = ‘Musical er! - Hence, not for the backwards-
chairs with chemistry’ according to speed at-coming-forward amongst us.
dating guru, Richard Neill.
The Empty Promises?: It’s not all idle dirty talk, the web- Emma and Joe got hitched in New
Guaranteed drunkenness? Well, a compli- site have just celebrated their first Zealand in March 2004 after meeting on
mentary cocktail is on offer. Also, "even if marriage. (see picture - barfff!) the OxfordRomance website.
you’re not interested in meeting the ‘one’
it’s a great way to meet new people." We
suspect, however, that ‘new’ may be a
euphemism for fuck-buddy
LesBiGay N/A. New as it may be, speed
dating in Cambridge hasn’t quite caught up
The Lifestyle Date of the
with our cosmopolitan modern world.
Some Words of Advice:
Guys are desperate for – sex.
Your chance to date some of the most eligible singletons in Cambridge
Girls are desperate for – company.
Verdict: If nothing else, it’s a great excuse
Ok, so we haven’t exactly been hugely successful in finding you love in our Date
to try out fifteen new chat up lines and Speed Dating Events are being held on the 4th and 10th of
of the Week column but some of the replies have been priceless. Several good
collect fifteen new dating anecdotes and at May at the Anchor. To register for a place go to
friendships have been established along the way and we’ve had a couple of hilari-
£4 you can’t really go wrong. Or can you...? www.romance.ucam.org.
ous date stories: pick of the bunch must be our Hawks’ favourite, who had a
Graduate style encounter outside Kings. You can work out the rest….
Our Favourite Reject
Last Week’s Russell Abel receievd a fair few resposes as our Man of The Week. Some of
them, however, were perhaps not quite as genuine as others. Tamara, from
London, was one of our favourites.
Name: Tamara Mustill
Last week’s Date of the Week, Ella, being a From: London
Buckinghasmshire girl opted for Favourite Song: Sex Farm by Spinal
Buckinghamshire’s finest; Rich Bamford from Tap
Caius. They met up for an evening of banter Favourite Book: Men are from Mars,
and cocktails at Qi Lounge, Market Passage, Women are from Venus
on Monday evening. ‘It was a great date,’ said
Ella, ‘ I can’t fault Rich- except for his opinion Describe Yourself In Three Words:
on Blazin’ Squad- and the bar staff were so Russell me up
nice.’ Rich was equally optimistic, ‘ The date What I'm best at: pulling off Johns'
was great; we had loads in common, though stash
differences in opinion on the strength of Blazin' What I'm worst at: keeping my knees
Squad's last album threatens to ruin it all - we'll together
see...’ To pull me: flash your Hawks' card
10 EDITORIAL April 30, 2004 www.varsity.co.uk
Cambridge students pay some of the highest room rents in the
country. As revealed in Varsity’s own survey this week, our accom-
modation costs are disproportionately high. It seems only fair that
we should expect competent levels of security in our colleges for the
high prices we pay. Yesterday’s incident in Pembroke was potential-
ly very dangerous. It was extremely fortunate that none of the res-
idents of Foundress Court were seriously injured. Nevertheless, the
fact that two strangers were able to gain access to student accom-
modation so easily and remain undetected by security staff must be
of great concern to college authorities. No student should have to
face the possibility of violent attack on their own staircase.
Although the intrusion at Pembroke appears to be have been an
isolated incident, it is clear that improvements can be made to col-
lege security. The college should not be surprised that Thursday
morning’s intruder was able to scale the wall on Tennis Court Road
– Pembroke students returning to college late at night have been
doing it for years. In order to gain the respect and trust of its stu-
dents, Pembroke should admit there are gaps in its current securi-
ty system and set about actively to resolve the issue.
Other colleges can learn from Pembroke’s misfortune. Such inci-
dents can happen anywhere – regardless of however tight a college
believes its security to be. Students have a right to live in safe
accommodation and it is the college’s responsibility to ensure this.
Varsity is 600 issues young! Thousands of students have taken part
in the writing and production of Varsity over the past seven decades.
Many have gone on to be journalists and media personalities whilst
others have simply got involved for the enjoyable experience alone.
Over the last five months over fifty students have been involved in
producing, editing and designing Varsity. Many more have con-
tributed articles, photographs and cartoons. Unlike student newspa-
pers at other universities Varsity does not have sabbatical editors and
we have brought this paper out each week whilst struggling with the
demands of, respectively, a Part II and an LLM. At times it has been
The Week in Words
difficult, and we’ve struggled to meet our 5.30am deadline– but, with
the unstinting work of our reliable and wonderful team we have “We hope to distract people from causing trouble by fulfill- “My team of student journalists and I would pile into taxis
always pulled together and got the paper out on time. Despite our ing one of their main needs - something to eat - and giving and say, ‘Oxford!’”
Friday mornings being very unproductive, and largely slept through, them something else to do.” Michael Winner on his time as Varsity Editor.
we have both enjoyed our editorship immensely and would like to PC Ian Curtis of Dorset Police explains the impetus behind
thank everyone who has helped us over the past nine issues. But this a new crime-stopping scheme: give sweets and chocolates to “We will probably do something together as a group. I think
is not a Union term card, so we aren’t going to launch into a series of people as they leave the pubs, to stop them fighting. they are going to release an album and hopefully we will all get
sentimental gushings about everyone from first teachers to the man together and write a song for it.”
from the taxi company whilst making sure not to leave out the girl “Our main fear is about weather, but the forecast has been Emma B describes what she used to do in the Spice Girls,
from the faculty who waves in the UL. good so far.” and may do again (again).
Not the return of rain to Cambridge, but the astronauts aboard
Whilst it is a team effort there are those who play a bigger part Russia’s Soyuz capsule, preparing to come home this week. “I can’t definitely say ‘I would tour.’”
than most. So big thanks must go to: our news team, ably headed by Graham Thorpe on a possible boycott of England’s tour to
Bryan, who regularly put in many, many late hours; our genial and “Violent military action by an occupying power against Zimbabwe.
astute comment king Amol, who has regularly exceeded his job inhabitants of an occupied country will only make matters
description to stick out the late shift; our marvellous Deputy Editor worse.” “In my darker moments I despair, but I think that balancing
Ellen, who has put together an impressive arts section week in week The UN secretary-general, Kofi Annan, as US troops pull rights and responsibilities, re-enforcing duties, and getting a
out; our other Deputy the superb Archie who has been more like a out of Fallujah. sense of respect back into society is something that is vital for
third Editor since last week; the wonderful Ifti without whom we the health of our community.”
wouldn’t get the paper produced; and finally, Pat and Sam, whose “Everyone was really freaked out.” David Blunkett on his vision of a better Britain, speaking to
unstinting work for Varsity ensures that we can keep producing the One Pembroke student’s reaction to this week’s knife attack. James Dacre in this week’s interview.
paper for another 600 issues at least.
It’s been a pleasure,
Laura-Jane Foley and Reggie Vettasseri
If you would like to contribute to Varsity, forget Arts/News Photos (email@example.com) Lifestyle (firstname.lastname@example.org) Thanks to all our sub-editors for their hard
it for a bit. We’re all off to revise. Andrew Gillespie, Jack Chiles, Ella McPherson Alex Grundy, Vicki Booth work.
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was enforced. I was also anxious about the minimise the risk of variable fees, whilst keeping
impact the system would have on graduates the rest of the package. I proposed amendments
working in the public sector. I won important at both Committee and Report stage which
concessions in all these areas. would have replaced the variable fee with a fixed
The fee cap can only be raised by a new HE fee. Had I not previously resigned my role as
Bill before 2010 and thereafter only by a vote in PPS over the war in Iraq, I would have had to
both Houses of Parliament. I persuaded the resign with this voting record.
Government to put future Education Secretaries I could not support Ian Gibson’s amendment
BY INVIT TION
under an obligation to fine any university which because it removed all power from the regulator
and all legislation pertaining to fees,
“Universities are in
thereby leaving an unregulated market.
hen the idea of variable top up Bill are long overdue. At the outset, I wel- If this amendment had been passed, the
fees was first proposed by univer- comed the Government’s proposal to abolish Government would have had to aban-
sity Vice Chancellors in 1996/7, I up front tuition fees, so that graduates, rather don the Bill in its entirety. CUSU may
opposed their introduction. I did not want than students, pay the fees. Similar to the have regarded this as a victory, but it
to see an American style market in higher
education which leaves everyone except the
very poor and the very rich unable to afford
Scottish system, long argued for by NUS, it is
in essence a capped graduate tax for those
earning above £15,000.
crisis. They need would have been short lived.
Universities are in crisis. They need
more money now. Disadvantaged stu-
the top universities. Other landmark announcements in the Bill dents at Cambridge and APU, strug-
My position on this has not changed. That
is why I was opposed to the Higher Education
Bill when it was first published and why I
included the proposal to reintroduce grants and
mandatory bursaries for the least advantaged
students of more than £3000 a year, the cre-
more money now” gling without any grants or bursaries,
cannot afford to wait for the new sup-
port package. No Bill would mean no
worked very hard as the Bill passed through ation of the Office of Fair Access to oblige uni- attempted to charge higher fees. The Langlands grants, no deferred fees and no easier debt repay-
the House of Commons to ensure that we did versities to improve access schemes, increased Review will report in a year’s time and examine ments. The low level of loan would continue to
not get such a system in the UK. However, as capacity of interest-free loans for students, and fee remission for those graduates who take low force students into commercial debt. Russell
the process has gone on, the Bill has been more favourable restructuring of debt repay- I did not want to paid jobs in the public sector. Graduates who group universities, desperate for funds, would
transformed into something which will benefit ments. The vast majority of students who see an American take low paid jobs or who become carers will continue to threaten to break away from the
all universities and direct far more money to wrote to me strongly supported these initia- style market in have debts written off after 25 years. State system and charge everyone overseas stu-
students in need. It is a mistake to think we are tives. They mark a real victory for those who higher education... Following these and other important amend- dents’ rates. I do not believe that the majority of
going down the American road, for we have have campaigned for access. ments and concessions, I voted for the third Cambridge students and constituents wanted
My position on this
rejected it in favour of a system which I worked hard, however, to persuade the reading of the Bill, confident that it would ben- this to happen. And I hope that when students
entrenches the principle of ‘access for all’ into Government to change its mind on several key has not changed efit students and universities. As Varsity has reflect on what I have worked for they will realise
our universities for the first time. issues. My concerns centred on the importance noted, I did not support the government on the that I have striven hard to achieve the best possi-
Many of the measures set out in the HE of keeping the low fee cap and ensuring that it second reading, in the hope that I could work to ble deal for Cambridge.
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raise a toast to our hulking land economist heroes.
CUSU: Ugly? Yours sincerely,
Please never print that photo of Tim Stanley again. I Churchill
certainly don’t think he should have been banned
from hustings on the basis of what he said, but,
frankly, his face is reason enough to bar him from
office altogether, and possibly send him down. Becks Text Sex Ex
Wes Streeting is better looking, perhaps, but not real- Dear Editors,
ly up to our recent presidential standards. Are expec-
tations slipping? Lewis was boyband, Brinded is boy- I have an offer to make you. I am one of David
next-door; Streeting, it pains me to say, is more bell- Beckham’s lovers. I have asterisk free text messages,
boy. three sarongs and an alice band, and detailed measure-
ments. I am considerably better value than Rebecca
Leadership is all about image, Wesley: before you Loos, and I’m proper posh, not like her. I think we
ascend to power, take my advice and get yourself a have things to offer each other: what do you say?
nice makeover. In the meantime, keep it under you
hat. And let’s hope next year the Fashion Show and I eagerly await your reply.
elections are sensibly combined, for all our sakes. Yours faithfully
Now Gardies is going, presumably you need a new
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TCS in letter faking scam? 1 Worker near the border of a northeastern county. (6)
5 The king's namesake or half of a comedy double act?
2 Female trumpeter who escaped the ring. (6)
3 Period since sea ran around. (11)
(8) 4 Ancient farmer, or newscaster. (9)
Merrily Down The Stream Dear Varsity 9 Cold antiseptic. (8)
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5 Character of a bore. (7)
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your ‘rivals’ have started making up letters for publica- 12 "A kind of magic": a hit for a recorder. (5,3) 8 Introvert is hiding a fellow capitalist. (8)
Finally, a reason to be proud of Cambridge. I am refer- tion. Take this week’s issue, for instance: one of their 14 One who doesn't respect boundaries must be shot 13 Backwards country in the style of french swelling and
ring, of course, to the 150th boat race, which our proud letters, from someone called Zoe, praised TCS for down! (5,7) the middle of returned capital. (5,6)
lads won by a thumping margin. One of them was even being ‘a pleasure’ - surprising enough in itself – and 17 Can our lad cut around a batty Eastern European? 15 Ate sundae, danced and became ill. (9)
an undergraduate! goes on to sing the praises of the, er, captions: ‘a blend (5,7) 16 Cartoon character with insignificant voice. (3,5)
of American brahsness (sic) and British dry wit.’ 20 Journalists in a kitchen installation, originally for 18 This girl is a considerable bother! (7)
Have machiavellian brains and disproportionate brawn social events. (5-3) 19 It is best to take care, if he is around. (6)
ever combined to such devastating effect? These men – Right. This is compelling evidence: does anyone out- 22 Throw suede around unknown issues. (6) 21 Sensory ring collector. (5)
demi-Gods, I should say – deserve our adulation. Can side their immediate circle really know (or care) about 23 Crystal invites Joe inside. (6) 24 Allow a free service.(3)
anyone with a link to the university deny shedding a lit- their transatlantic connections? If the editors really 25 Counter is untidy in a depot. (8)
tle tear when cox Acer Nethercott spotted the chance of imagine so, well, it’s very sweet. A remarkably similar 26 Act slimy, confused, and strange. (4,4)
victory? tone to Editor Strimpel’s own musings, as well, espe- 27 Area with sound of matching entrances. (6)
cially when she Gets To Thinking. If Zoe Leigh really
A picture of sporting excitement, his innocent little bot- exists, I apologise for my libellous suggestions instant-
tom lip aquiver with glee, young Acer, oblivious to his ly; otherwise, TCS, j’accuse. Last week’s answers
microphone and the 8.9m television audience, cried:
‘Now let’s fuck them!’ And a legend was born, for fuck Yours sincerely, ACROSS: 1. BRIGHT EYES 7. GOLF 9. STABBING 10. LEAGUE 11. BON MOT 13.
them we did. UNHEEDED 14. MANUFACTURER 17. TOTAL ECLIPSE
Allan A Johns 20. SPLIT PEA 21. LASSIE 22. BOXERS 23. LIAISONS 25. TSAR 26. OF THE HEART
Noble sentiments indeed, and what a relief it is to see the DOWN: 2. RATIONAL 3. GOB 4. TWIST 5. YOGHURT 6. SULPHURIC 7. GRAPEFRUITS
Corinthian ideal living on in our best and brightest. I 8. LAUREL 12. MOUNTAINEER 15. ANTIPASTO 16. ASSIGNER 18. LEAFLET 19. SPOONS
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12 OPINION April 30, 2004 www.varsity.co.uk
Eighteen people were killed in Etienne answers. This is all very well with CUSU
Archie Niyonzima’s house. Six hundred and
forty-seven died in his neighbourhood.
elections, or the rights and wrongs of
CICCU’s advertising campaign; but what
His wife was shot, but survived, though use is opinion in the face of this?
she lost her arms. All sixty-four people All you can do is remember it. Ten
on her side of the family were murdered. years is a long time. But what happened
His son was killed with a machete. But in Rwanda remains clearly visible as one
Niyonzima’s other children survived, and of the most disturbing examples of the
his account, also to Gourevitch, is above capacity of ordinary men and women to
WE FAILED IN RWANDA. WHAT HOPE all that of a man who believes he was do terrible things, and as one of the great
FOR SUDAN’S VICTIMS? lucky: ‘Quite honestly, I don’t understand stains on the conscience of the interna-
at all how I was saved.’ tional community.
In one sense, no-one was really saved In spite of which: in Sudan today, the
makes to our conception of the loss. We all failed from the genocide in Rwanda, Tutsi or Zurga tribe face extermination, and Kofi
know it says ‘opinion’ at the top of
the page, but there are events which There are so many numbers. Break it hopelessly in our Hutu. Such monumental, widespread car- Annan has said that ‘the risk of genocide
remain impervious to commentary, down: six people were killed every duty to the nage cannot fail to touch every single indi- is frighteningly real’. And the global
and resist any attempt at understanding. minute, every hour, every day, for one Hutu people vidual in a society, and there are children community dithers, and no-one knows
For instance: exactly ten years ago, hundred days. Contextualise it: 200,000 unborn whose lives will be affected by it. about it, just like no-one knew about
Rwanda was overwhelmed with death. Rwanda, and of those that do know about
Eight hundred thousand Tutsis and Hutu
moderates (which is to say, Hutus who
would not murder their friends and
neighbours) were killed, in the most effi-
cient genocide since the Holocaust. It
Ten years on, how it, it is still referred to as a civil war, just
like Rwanda, and the UN has still not
acted, just like Rwanda, and it could hap-
pen all over again.
This is not opinion at all, really. And it
was a literal decimation, and it was not far
from being the total extermination of a
people. The UN failed hopelessly in its
duty to the Hutu people, responding to a
fax from its representative in Rwanda,
can the wounds of breaks the other cardinal rule of writing
student opinion pieces: focus on the local,
because there are lots of people better
informed than you about the wider ques-
tions, and at least you have a niche when
which proved beyond any reasonable
doubt that a genocide was in the offing,
with – extraordinarily – nothing other
than a rejection of protection for the
source, who promptly disappeared. The
genocide be healed? it comes to Gardies.
Nevertheless, here it is, because it’s
worth reminding ourselves, simply to
remember, and you can’t do it too many
times. Anyone who wonders why we
genocide was preventable, and we did children were orphaned. Expand it: Everyone, just about, is related to someone should continue to think about this,
nothing to prevent it. 535,000 women were raped, and of the who died, or someone who killed. despite the total absence of answers, need
That a paragraph change is the closest survivors, around two thirds contracted only look to Sudan. Rwandans need to
one can come to forcing a pause in a piece AIDS. he hardest thing for Rwanda is find a future, and it is their duty to move
of journalism is an expession of what a dis- All useless. Focus it, then. Laurent finding a way to move on. on, for they cannot help but mourn; but it
mally inadequate way of expressing horror Nkongoli was lucky. He survived, for no Justice becomes an irrelevant is our duty to remember, because forget-
this is. In fact, horror is not really the reason other than blind luck. He told the concept when murder takes place on this ting is too easy, and this must never hap-
right word, because horror requires com- American journalist Philip Gourevitch: ‘I scale: it is impracticable. But for widows pen again.
prehension, at least, and eight hundred had accepted death. At a certain moment and orphans to live next door to those
thousand is a meaningless number. Joseph this happens. One hopes not to die cru- who killed their family – it is an intolera-
Stalin, an expert in the field, was right: the elly, but one expects to die anyway. Not ble burden. How can these two funda- We wish to inform you that tomorrow we
death of one is a tragedy; a million deaths death by machete, one hopes, but with a mental truths be reconciled? will be killed with our families, by Philip
is a statistic. May as well be eight million bullet. If you were willing to pay for it, The thing about writing an opinion Gourevitch, is available in Picador
or eight billion for all the difference it you could often ask for a bullet.’ column is, it implies an easy facility with
every night out for the next two years. jab and a stiff drink, she made it to the
Last week, and two years on, I was get- Ball like Cinderella just before twelve -
ting glammed up to go to a 21st Birthday but ended up spending most of the night
party and in my usual way I was trying to sitting on a chair with her foot resting on
do 25 million things at once and not con- an icepack... and she still has the scars...
centrating on any of them. What exactly but not the hair straighteners!
happened though remains a bit of mys-
tery – all I know is that moments after
Girls will always whatever did happen, I was in indescrib- efore my recent accident, when I
THE LESSONS OF A MAKE UP DISASTER:
want their make- able pain, bruised and bleeding, with my still had the ability to read trashy
DANGER LURKS ALL AROUND US
up and their tools eyelashes no longer on my eye lids but in magazines, I read about a rather
for change my curlers. Suffice to say I shan’t be using hirsute young lady who fell asleep whilst
eyelash curlers ever, ever, ever again. They depilating her top lip. Many hours later
A boyfriend once watched me in have been consigned to the bin - or more she woke in agony with the skin of her
’ve never taken much notice of the
proverb “less haste more speed”. amazement as I set about my laborious precisely the skip at Homerton where I top lip missing. Guess where she ended
Shame that, as I now find myself beauty routine ready for a night out. As I tossed them in rage as I set off for A&E. up? Yep, A&E. Many months and several
two weeks into term back en famille with clamped the curlers down on my eyelash- I’m not the only one who has been skin grafts later, she is heavily scarred.
impaired vision, no eyelashes on one eye es, ensuring the metal strip was positioned incapacitated as the result of a cosmetic So what’s the common thread, apart
and an extremely bruised ego. firmly in the fold of my eye, he winced. catastrophe though, and it is actually from them all ending up in A&E?
more common than one would suppose. They’re all young women who see imper-
The devil makes
A friend of mine inadvertently fection in themselves rather than accept-
removed a large mole whilst shaving her ing the way they look. We’re never happy
legs in a hurry with a disposable ladies with what we’ve got. I for one would love
razor. This was described by A&E as “a to have the curly hair of my friend who
medical emergency” as it was very diffi- has spent many, many hours trying to get
work for idle
cult to stem the flow of blood. She even hers as poker straight as mine. At school
had to have a blood transfusion. It goes to I used to sleep in curlers sometimes only
show that just because a ladies razor is for the curls to have dropped out before
pink it doesn’t make it any less lethal than the end of morning registration!
the male variety! Despite this my friend I’m not suggesting for one minute that
remarkably still uses the same method of we girls have a ritualistic burning of our
hair removal for her legs! mascaras and lipsticks (I feel naked with-
Another friend had a very unfortunate out mine) but I do think we take unnec-
accident on the night of a May Ball last essary risks to change things that only we
summer. She was rushing around notice. Girls will always want their make-
The cause of my enforced convalescence “They look lethal. Don’t they hurt?”, he straightening her hair, helping a friend up and their tools for change but for my
chez Foley was a rather unfortunate mishap asked. Surveying the finished result he with her make-up, making a phone call peace of mind and for the longevity of
with a pair of eyelash curlers. Eyelash raised a critical eyebrow – “there’s no dif- and trying to decide which bag to take your eyelashes and more importantly,
curlers, which so befuddle the opposite sex, ference... why bother using them?” when she trod on the upturned plug of your eyesight, I implore you to throw
and are an essential in many ladies’ make- Dismissing him as a typical subtlety-lack- her electric hair straighteners. Her away your eyelash curlers. They are very,
up boxes double as a lethal instrument of ing boy I continued with my incredibly screams could be heard at the other end very dangerous. Lecture over.
pain and torture - as I can now testify! important eyelash curling ritual before of college! After a trip to A&E, a tetanus
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presents Martin Crimp’s The new beginnings. To witness the serves a good audience. Even if it Thomas Hansen, is a purveyor of Sleep When I’m Dead features Clive
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Naked Female Mud Wrestling
...and other things Page Fourteen would like
to see at May Balls this year...
1. Everyone with tickets for Magdelene giving 6. Chas and Dave. At every ball. Please God
them away to tramps. let this happen – and why have Blazin Squad
Come on, it would be worth it to see the car- been chosen to do our Euro 2004 song instead of
nage in the morning. these legends? This country’s going to the dogs.
2. A thousand people mooning on the sur- 7. A naked female mudwrestling arena.
vivors photo for Johns. Someone’s got to do it.
3. Someone punching any jugglers that 8. Queens finally taking after its name and
attempt to ‘entertain’ the queue to get in. having Russell Grant, Julian Clary and Elton
John compering the main stage.
4. The main act not turning up at Trinity 9. Likewise, Trinity from the Matrix at Trinity,
again. How we laughed when the Fun Lovin Jim Robinson at Robinson and Clare Raynor at
Criminals had a bit too much fun before their Clare.
slot in 2002.
5. Female torso Vodka ice sculptures like the 10. A human spitroast as well as a hog roast.
ones in Footballers’ Wives. For that touch of Actually, Newnham’s having a Ball this year isn’t
class. it…. Elton John, Julian Clary and Graham Norton re-enact the Darkness video at Queens’ Ball
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decent one. same day. Last seen rapidly disappearing thank you very much. Well, that and nothing, literally nothing left to write. All creative genius has been
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Cost over £30 new mony.
Judging from the feedback we peaked a little too soon, a common problem, and our finest hour by a
Substantial reward offered for safe country mile was in our very first issue: the ongoing debate over college Scrabble™ scores. A big thank
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roughly the same as they are now. Unfortunately, tle. Bill and Ted went on an excellent adventure;
he future. Many have tried to predict it. for Charlie, James, Matt and their anonymous soon after it was a bogus journey.
Historically, none have got it right. I mean drummer, “not much has changed” can mean that I’ll see in you in the future, then. Don’t bother
look at George Orwell. By his reckoning humans have evolved gills and your “great-great- packing your swimming costume.
1984 was going to be all Big Brother this, dou- great-granddaughter” looks pretty fine despite
Welcome to blethink that, beer served in metric units, rats on
your head and shagging in woods. How wrong
being approximately 837-years-old. Maybe they
should have spent less time looking down their
The VarsityArts Guide to The Future
can a man be? Everyone knows we didn’t have teacher’s top and paid more attention to her 1. The Jetsons or Futurama?
Big Brother till summer 2000. Davina McCall maths lesson. The berks. 2. Back To The Future II, Space Odessy 2001,
was only 17 in 1984 (imagine that! I have) and A clever loophole is to create art of the future Bladerunner
Jade Goody was only two (a reading age she’s rather than about the future. In this way you can 3. Italy’s Futurism art movement (1919ish).
The now tripled). I drank several pints of beer last
night, not litres. And as for rat torture, we didn’t
get that till I’m a Celebrity... or, at the earliest, Fort
avoid being judged in the present. Marty McFly
(not be confused with Marty Busted) had the
right idea when, after stunning his mom’s 1950s
With an appreciation of noise, grime and the
city the reversed traditional notions of beau-
ty. Shame they were a bunch of facists.
Boyard. And Paul Merton invented Room 101. prom crowd into silence with his far-out guitar 4. Year 3000, Busted - Their grasp of simple
Nope, 1984 was all nuclear protest, miners on solo in Back to the Future, he quiped: “You people arithmetic may be dodgy but their eye-
strike and people pretending to like hip-hop. It might not be ready for that kind of music yet … brows are heavenly.
was quite a warm summer though, so there may but your kids are gonna love it!” 5. 1984 - George Orwell, Brave New World -
Future have been some al fresco bonking (there’s a nice
forested area near Greenham Common).
Our contemporary arty folk are trying a bit
harder. Let’s take, for example, Busted (they were
1, -1 and –1 in 1984). When they journeyed (via
Not everyone has a “doctor” friend capable of
whizzing them off to various points in the space-
time continuum with hilarious consequences.
However, we can be fairly sure, just as Busted in
their own warped way are, that the future will be
Aldous Huxley, We - Yevgeny Zamyatin.
6. www.cyborgname.com - just call me
E.L.L.E.N (Electronic Lifeform Limited to
Exploration and Nullification)
7. The works of Nostradamus - WW3 will only
the medium of song) to the year 3000, they came kind of like now. Whereas once there was last “seven and twenty years,” apparently,
back admitting that “not much has changed”. Morecombe and Wise, there’s now Vic and Bob. which given it began in 1999, means we’ll all
This is clever thinking on their part. When mak- There was the blues; then we had the Rolling be home in time for tea. Hurrah!
ing predictions it is always wise to predict some- Stones and, later still, the White Stripes. In the 8. May Week Varsity - We haven’t started it yet
thing so far off in the future that no one can ever Renaissance there was the artist Raphael; in but when we’ve finished its gonna be amaz-
Martin Hemming prove you wrong. It is also wise to err on the side Victorian England there were, confusingly, the ing. Promise.
of caution and guess that things’ll probably be pre-Raphaelites; in the 1990s he was a ninja tur- (list compiled by Ellen E. Jones)
Music Classical Theatre
Songs about robots Porno Pianissimo? Easy as ADC
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16 FILM April 30, 2004
Kill Bill Thrills Camerabridge
Niraj Modha reviews Tarantino’s latest The Cinecam Film Fesitval
ristina Esconda’s Searching has Mannequin Men explores the male
Kill Bill Volume 2 ent are we from the image of ourselves most importantly, it makes sense and a light bulb in it. Life with your body with more than a nod to Genet.
Released on that we project? how far do our actions doesn’t take itself too seriously. other half is like having the Lucy Styles’ film contrasts the pale,
determine or justify our being? Deep. I, for one, am thankful that this bloke light bulb; breaking up is like losing bland mask of the mannequin, placing it
However, quite frankly, this film does- isn’t still an anonymous video stacker in your light bulb. But the film didn’t in the possession of a brooding, danger-
uentin Tarantino is a quintes- n’t require you to dwell on those interest- some Los Angeles video store. It’s a trib- actually feel this low budget. ous male form. But this is so much more
sential movie and music buff, ing questions if you can’t be bothered to ute to Tarantino’s immense talent for Searching was just one of the 16 short than a car advert gone noir. A short play-
and no-one’s complaining do so. It’s beautifully shot, the plot script writing and sheer comic genius films screened at this year’s Cinecam ing with caress, abuse and fellatio ensues;
with the likes of Johnny Cash, makes sense and the main characters are that I can exhort you to watch it, if not Film Festival. A capacity crowd hit packing its tension into a tightly con-
Ennio Morricone and a Santana mix all fully developed, which immediately for anything else, for Pai Mei’s high cal- Robinson Auditorium for one of the trolled use of framing Mannequin Men is
on the soundtrack to his much-antici- distinguishes this work of art from the ibre beard-stroking and a discussion on biggest events for student film in a very sexy film.
pated follow-up of the Bride’s tale of drivel that’s been leaking like a kicked-in Superman’s own social critique of the Cambridge. Cristina Esconda’s film Noah Charney’s Sleep of Reason con-
revenge. But you don’t have to be a urinal out of Hollywood over the last world he dropped into from Krypton. dwelt on the effect of desire upon the jures up the world that is left in our cities
movie or music geek to really enjoy this few decades. This film is its own genre – lover, its imagery was economic but neat
film. Nor do you need to be an ultra- and provocative.
violent samurai-warrior fanatic. But in the end it was Emma One of the biggest
In fact, surprisingly, Kill Bill Volume 2 Lightfoot’s After Things that swayed the
turns out to be less about violence and, judges’ attention. Her film covers a events for student
perhaps, more about that really signifi- dystopia-fuelled Britain in which reality
cant period in a woman’s life – mother- is second best to imagination.Lightfoot film in Cambridge
hood (but, despair not, budding kung-fu has the potential of this gripping new
artists, since this comes in equal measure medium sussed and uses it to reap bewil- while we sleep. This is literally a silent
too). For, through his innovative non- dered, nervous laughs. After Things is movie, one that takes the viewer for a
linear story-telling and Uma Thurman’s shot to hype Britishness every bit as ride, testing their credulity and nerve.
simply brilliant performance as an assas- weird as The league of Gentleman and Charney’s camera cuts between a lone
sin-turned-mother, Tarantino turns his pulls off an Anglophilic comedy. First night walker, edgily rushing through the
proclivity for acerbic, inspired dialogue prize was a place at the Brighton Film London streets and a strange masked
towards the task of creating something School summer course. figure that intervenes in what might
that could be interpreted as resembling a Among a programme spanning stu- otherwise be a regular quiet night. A
‘souped-up’ BBC drama that juggles the dent-issues, flicks, science education ani- haunting is in order as the spectral figure
dilemmas of responsibility and retribu- mes and the unforgettable Caesar turns out to be a plague-warden one
tion, interspersed with the odd breath- Diamond Geezer were loads of films that might normally expect to see in a histo-
taking action sequence. dared to be different. La Double Vie ry book. Sleep of Reason unsurprisingly
The more cynical amongst the cine- meditates on a single enigmatic, double- has more than one twist, ending in as
ma-going populace may question sided woman who remains mysterious to unsettling a manner as it began.
whether this entire enterprise could be a the camera. So shy, yet so provocative, Of course, afterwards there was
money-making shtick; but, despite the Atta Chui’s subject draws on the camera Robinson Bar.
imputed irony, there is the real concern and the anonymous man who controls
of the Bride’s identity issues: how differ- it. Ollie Coates
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Classics crash into the 21st century
Ciaran Rhys Jenkins looks to the future
lassical music has a future. It Despite what this survey may reveal at the heart of Mahler’s 1st
is not dead, as many of its about my erratic driving – I tend to Symphony Finale – classical music’s
doubters claim, because much swerve slightly during the climaxes of equivalent of tantric sex.
of the music written by western com- Shostakovich symphonies – it does
posers over the last 400 years has emphasise an important point: classi-
transcendental qualities which will cal music overwhelmingly has the For most children
surpass the passage of time. power to affect our emotions.
However, the very nature of these ‘Popular-Classical’ music is there- classical music is
virtues means that they reveal them- fore futile. So-called ‘crossover’ artists
selves most often in the subtleties of such as Vanessa Mae and Bond do not
the music itself, participation is represent the future of classical music
therefore vital. At present there are because their agenda is substantially People need convincing that classi-
few opportunities for people to more popular than classical in balance. cal music can reach them in ways
become involved in making classical The range of expression in a classical which they might never have imag-
music, hence the widespread misun- work is infinite, whereas popular music ined. The key to this is education and
derstanding of its merits. is too often compromised by factors participation. At present classical
There is no doubting the impor- relating to its genre and marketability. music is largely the domain of the
tance of popular music: it gives youth The substance of crossover acts is privileged. The cost of musical instru-
culture a focus and provides a range of not the music (as endless arrange- ments and instrumental lessons makes
role-models and influences with ments of Bach’s D minor Toccata and classical music inaccessible to thou-
which people can identify. Cynical sands of youngsters.
theories regarding the aesthetically Fundamentally musical develop-
regressive nature of popular musics do They could perform ment is available exclusively to those
not alter the fact that for many people with the ability to pay. Provision for
popular music is a passion, and George Fornby musical education in the National
defines much about their image and Curriculum is woeful. Too much
the way they would like to be per-
covers on electric emphasis is placed on biographical
ceived. Classical music is not in com-
petition with popular music, its qual-
ukuleles but their details of composers, and too little on
encouraging children to learn the basic
ity is measured by a different yard- appeal would skills of their own musical traditions.
stick, and its function is dissimilar. It is little wonder that for most chil-
The Guardian reported last week be the same dren classical music is dead.
that a new survey has demonstrated Participation is crucial to the future
that playing certain pieces of music in Fugue testify) but packaging and per- of classical music. Young people
the car is more likely to provoke dan- sonality. Sexy string quartet Bond should be given the opportunity to
gerous driving than others. Wagner’s could perform jazzed-up George learn staff notation and musical
Ride of the Valkyries and the Dies Irae
from Verdi’s Requiem are among the
five most perilous pieces, in addition
Fornby songs on carefully fondled
electric ukuleles, but their appeal
would remain the same. The sexiness
instruments and explore the sensa-
tions of classical music for them-
selves. I continue to hope that with
View from the stage
to Firestarter by the Prodigy, Red Alert of music is vital as it provokes a raw improvements in musical education ambridge’s spaghetti junction ticularly in the Kyrie, where George
by Basement Jaxx, and Insomnia by reaction with the human psyche. the greater population could once of a concert caledar was in full could have made the orchestra play
Faithless. The safest five tunes include However, the masturbatory strum- again indulge in classical music. swing again last weekend. more quietly than they did. However
riveting numbers such as Norah ming of guitars in today’s popular Perhaps in future children will prefer The stressed citizens of this city were this is was the only minor fault in an
Jones’s Come Around with Me, and do ‘kerrang’ style is a cheap thrill in com- Beethoven to Britney and cars will spoilt for choice as requiems, operas excellent performance and one in
not feature any classical works. parison with the great breakthrough collide to the sound of Wagner. and concerti contested for the lime- which I was very glad to have taken
light. Varsity got behind the scenes at part.
Trinity’s Verdi Requiem and at
Fitzwilliam’s Concerts to celebrate James Crawford, Tenor, Fitzwilliam
the opening of their new auditorium. College New Auditorium opening
concerts, April 24 and 25.
Adam Balkwill, Trombone, Verdi Proper music. There’s nothing like
Requiem, April 24, Trinity College it. Really, there isn’t. Not that I have
Chapel. anything against your average
Last Saturday I was fortunate lunchtime recital. Quite the reverse in
Robinson/Choir of St John’s College – Leighton enough to play trombone in George fact – I pop along to quite a few when
Naxos Corbett’s TCMS production of Verdi’s I get the chance, and (almost) always
Jonny Sells Requiem. I had been drafted in late as a enjoy them.
Leighton should be more than familiar to the choral scholar scene in replacement for somebody else, and it But there’s something about a real,
Cambridge, but only through a few of his works. This disc devoted to his music was already clear in the final rehearsal high class, top quality concert that you
should please both connoisseur and layman, since it has space to wander from the just how much effort everyone had put can’t beat. I had the pleasure of being
beaten track. The quality and variety of the works included is notable. in. George managed to get some of the a lowly chorus member in last week-
The choral sound is distinctive and strong, although with the close placement best instrumentalists in Cambridge end’s Fitz Auditorium Opening
of the microphones the singers can hide nothing, and there is a up-front edge that Concerts, and quite frankly had a large
may tire the ear during extended listening. The boys come off worst, with a wob- aquatic mammal of a time. Excellent
ble in pitch discernable from the start. They also occasionally push sharp at loud Just imagine, direction from the professional
moments. The adult male sound underneath them never ceases to exude class. Fitzwilliam String Quartet made for
John’s infamous organ is prominent here, with two solo tracks as well as through every note far from tedious rehearsals and an
Leighton’s active and demanding accompanying parts, played well by Christopher excellent sound. Performing alongside
Whitton. Why could they not have recorded in Queen’s, especially when the mics
you play you are professional soloists like Sally
are too close to take advantage of John’s acoustic? Surely that organ would have
been far better. To rub salt in the wound, the disturbing rumble of the bellows
helping a man to Bradshaw, Kathryn Zerk and Anthony
Rolfe Johnson was quite simply a joy.
disrupts most of the tracks – even the unaccompanied Drop drop slow tears from heaven Of course, it wasn’t perfect. I
Crucifixus pro nobis. Turn the damn thing off! messed up a couple of lines myself
(though I don’t think anybody
together; many from CUCO were play- noticed), but rather than that ruining
Tony Woods Project – Lowlands ing, yet it was what he did with the the evening, it just propelled us on to
Basho Music orchestra that was so phenomenal. He regain control of the music. You can’t
Ciaran Rhys Jenkins would stand for nothing less than per- stop and run it from bar 224 in a con-
This album opens with the sound of a long searching sax solo to the accompa- fection, even from those who were cert. But you don’t need to, and you
niment of waves gently caressing the shore. Following a quick check that I had sight-reading on the day! don’t even want to. The adrenaline
not put on ‘Relax with Whales’ by mistake I sat back to enjoy Woods’s sweet sax The Dies Irae in particular was rush, the surprisingly good (albeit crit-
tone. Unfortunately, I could concentrate on little else but the prospect of a sea- played with vigour and extreme inten- ical) acoustic and the packed seats
side holiday following exam term and so I decided to peruse the rest of the album. sity of feeling. He said to us before the don’t let you.
The instrumentalists on the Woods project have undoubted quality, but the performance: “Just imagine, through There is an awful lot of good music
blend is often questionable. I was thoroughly enjoying Country Dance until the every note you play, that you are help- in Cambridge, but not enough proper
sax melody was answered by tuned percussion, which lacked both the expressive ing to take a man to heaven.” The music. The talent is there, but without
range and timbral nuances to contribute positively to the corporate sound. Old strings were precise in all their difficult proper venues, directors, rehearsals
Joe Clark is a quirky number with inherent vibrancy, but I did not hear enough runs, and the soloists were also top and most of all audiences, it just does-
on Lowlands to be convinced that this album could be saved from the back- quality. The only criticism I would n’t fulfil its potential. Sort it out, guys.
ground mix at Starbucks. have is that there were moments, par- If I can do it, so can you.
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ADC-ing into the Future
Alison Flemming reveals plans for a state-of-the-art student theatre
Derek Jacobi, Sir Ian McKellen. and in 3 stages. The preliminary phase took 2006, will see the installation of a lift and
more recently Garth Marenghi. place in the summer of 2000 and trans- disabled refuge points, a second access
It’s now run by the University, though formed the bar from a dark, dingy area corridor to the auditorium, new dressing
still owned by the Amateur Dramatic into the space which is familiar to current rooms (with showers), a sound-proof
Club, and houses over 75 productions a students. Phase 1 was begun last summer rehearsal room, bar terrace and renovated
year by both amateur and professional and is due to be completed this year in workshop space. The work is expected to
groups; including English Pocket time for the beginning of Michaelmas cost around £1.8 Million; an Appeal to
Opera, ETG, Footlights, BAWDS, term. Last year’s building work was struc- raise the money was launched in 2002
Combined Actors of Cambridge and, of tural rather than cosmetic and few people and has raised £1 million thus far.
course, the Amateur Dramatic Club. will have noticed a difference in the facil- Students from 2006 will not only have
The building is now faded and battered, ities; this year, however, the change will be access to the oldest University Playhouse
though well loved, and in need of refur- much more dramatic. Returning audience but the best student playhouse in
bishment. Today’s audiences, perform- and Freshers will be treated to a new, Britain. The improved production and
ers and technicians, although treated to more spacious, foyer and box office and rehearsal facilities will enable students to
he ADC Theatre, home of the formances in the Easter Vacation of fantastic performance facilities, are con- new toilets, while behind the scenes there continue stretching the potential of the
Amateur Dramatic Club, and 1855. Originally the Hoop Hotel, it strained by cramped offices, dressing will be new management offices, produc- ADC stage and technical capabilities.
Britain’s oldest University reopened as the ADC Theatre in 1935 rooms and Front of House areas. The tion office and amateur dramatic club The ADC should have become a build-
Playhouse will be closed this Easter following a serious fire in 1933. Since lack of disabled access to the Bar, common room. Hopefully this interme- ing which will enable the ADC to con-
term for the completion of phase 1 of a then it has been the launch pad of Auditorium and Stage makes the rede- diate stage will reduce the pressure on the tinue being “..the best theatre school in
major facelift. many distinguished and newly flour- velopment more urgent, as incoming Front of House area during the time the country..” (Nicholas Hyntner,
The Theatre has been used as a ishing careers, including Sir Peter Hall legislation requires all public buildings between main shows and late shows until Director of the National Theatre and
venue for student Drama since the (and his daughter Rebecca), Stephen to have full access or face closure. the transformation can be completed in alumnus of the ADC).
Amateur Dramatic Club’s first per- Fry, Emma Thompson, Rachel Weisz, The redevelopment has been planned summer 2006. Phase 2, scheduled for
Juniper’s Frightening A De-stable-izing Show
Juniper’s Whitening character of Beth - but I can’t help feel Equus The Playroom is a perfect space for two characters work very well together
Playroom, April 26 - May 1st 9.30 that it made Juniper (and perhaps Aleph Playroom, Apr 27th - May 1 6.45 this kind of psychological drama. The and convincingly depict the tension
- arguably the two most ‘real’ of the trio) proximity of the stage and the fact that between a middle-aged man and a
equally as distant as Beth and more dif- the audience is on two sides does two teenage boy. Amelia Worsley, who plays
uniper’s Whitening, by the author’s ficult to find any kind of human attach- things: firstly it creates the voyeuristic the magistrate, is perfect as reason
own admission, is weird. Three ment with, as all three are quite similar eigning an orgasm astride a impression that the spectators are actu- incarnate; dressed in sensible heels and
people, Juniper, Aleph and Beth, in terms of speeches and actions. This horse. Miming self-flagellation. ally inside the psychiatrist’s office with neat shawl, her persona screams of a
are all apparently trapped Sartre-esque inevitably leads to a certain level of This production of Peter the patient; second it captures the sense repressed workaholic who fights her
in a house with no escape. sameness, making the genuinely disturb- Shaffer’s Equus could have easily gone of the claustrophobia that the boy feels loneliness by resolutely taking on the
Oh, yes, and Aleph keeps killing ing bits far less jarring than they could so wrong. Instead, the Selwyn Mitre within his own psyche. This claustro- pain of others.
Beth. But she keeps coming back from be. Players give a mature performance of phobia is further emphasised by the fact From a technical point of view, the set
the dead and demanding various food- But then again, perhaps that’s the an amazing but difficult script. that the entire cast, that is, the boy’s par- is precarious with unstable barriers that
stuffs, and then she kills Aleph, and then point – maybe we’re just meant to leave The play focuses on the relationship ents, his girlfriend and of course the the actors keep bumping into and the
he comes back too, though not quite as the play questioning exactly who was between a psychiatrist and his patient, a horses are permanently on set. costume is more reminiscent of the
hungry as Beth. See? Weird. Seriously, real, what actually happened and what seventeen-year-old who has been hospi- Tom Hardcastle who plays the psy- Great Depression in America than it is
though, it’s deliberately difficult to the whole thing is meant to represent. talised for gratuitously blinding a stable chiatrist is excellent in dialogue but of England during the second half of
determine if the three actors are sup- The play is performed on a clinically of horses. What evolves is a painful dia- overdramatic in monologue and has a the twentieth century. However, despite
posed to be portraying real live people, white set, and once again the claustro- logue between passion and reason, the disconcerting tendency to yell. Tom these drawbacks the production is excel-
ghosts, or simply a staged representation phobia of the Playroom works a treat; former being associated with suffering Bryden who plays the patient is strong lent and a fantastic debut for both direc-
of ideas – that the bad deeds you’ve done there are also a couple of great moments but also vitality whilst the latter may in his portrayal of a seemingly ordinary tors.
in your life will always come back to with the lighting, which seems to con- bring relief but the penalty is a numb- adolescent who leads a disturbing but Giulia Miller
haunt you – here, quite literally. stantly morph from harsh and blinding ness not dissimilar to death. unrestricted inner life. Moreover, the
It’s equally difficult to describe the to dim and spooky as the characters
acting style which, with this play espe-
cially, is inextricably linked to the style of
the work itself. Here, the language is
themselves process swiftly from scene to
scene. Before you know it, in a brief 40
minutes or so, the whole thing is abrupt-
A-Hedda Its Time
particularly multi-layered and richly ly over. Hedda Gabler tension, but is for the most part per-
descriptive in its form: it’s clear that I’m not sure I wholly understood St Chad’s Octagon, 27-1st 7.45 formed in line with the general atmos-
writer Helen Oyeyemi’s is used to prose Juniper’s Whitening – and I think that’s phere of monotony. Characters sit
writing simply from the poetic feel of the probably the point. I quite enjoyed it impotently in chairs; stand patiently
spoken lines. This vividness of language though – and it’s worth seeing, especial- waiting for others to arrive, helplessly
means that the characters have a very ly if you like your theatre dark, perplex- searching for acceptable ways in which
non-naturalistic feel to them – obvious- ing and, well, weird. bsen is generally acknowledged to pass the time. There are a few points
ly a trait to be expected in the ethereal Chris Adams to be the founder of modern at which this atmosphere of restraint is
prose drama, the first major shockingly torn, most notably when
dramatist to write tragedy about Hedda suddenly reprimands Mrs
Backstage Curtain Call ordinary people.
The trouble with tragedy about the
Elvsted for calling her by her surname,
with a sudden and electrifying
Theatre News ordinary is, quite naturally, its capacity moment of contact. Yet ultimately this
to be relentlessly, even unmercifully, is a play about failing to fruitfully con-
Well, in the words of The Two dull. Hedda Gabler herself is a charac- nect with those around you. Whilst along the way! Rebecca Hamway, too,
THE new Association of Ronnies, it’s goodbye from me, ter trapped in a tedious marriage, des- Topham’s direction faultlessly portrays turns out a tremendous performance,
Cambridge Theatre Societies was and it’s goodbye from him, as perately seeking destructive outlets to this idea of interpersonal atrophy, in making the most of a small part by
formed this week with the aim to Chris and I sign off as theatre edi- escape the confines of her own dull which no one seems to really under- injecting it - and subsequently the play
create links between the myriad tors for this term. There were existence. This confinement is stand each other, it unfortunately - with a welcome burst of physical
of student drama groups. Visit peaks; there were troughs, and superbly represented by a stylised and results in a production that feels a lit- energy that succeeds in pushing dia-
www.camdram.net or email mainly three star reviews from our detailed set, the room in which the tle flat. logue into secondary position.
firstname.lastname@example.org budding critics. Many thanks to entire drama enfolds. The lighting, Nonetheless, the acting is patently Hamway’s decision to do away with
CAMBRIDGE Christian all who contributed. Apologies go too, makes best use of the Octagon’s superb. Julia Clark is sinister and cal- subtlety allows one to draw equally
Musical Society is looking for to those whose work was painful- space, which could otherwise have felt culating as Hedda, always presenting unsubtle contrasts between the life and
new scripts for their Lent term ly amputated, including any pro- too wide and open for this constricted, to the world a perfect porcelain face opinions of the elderly Miss Tesman
musical next year.The produc- duction teams felt unfairly brand- tense drama. that hides the dangerous thoughts and the other major characters, dis-
tions normally embody some ed by a 2 star stinker. But as James Topham’s direction appears to beneath. Holly Strickland is charming tinctions which ultimately make sense
kind of Christian themes. For Checkov said: centre on this inherent banality and as the slightly pathetic Mrs Elvsted. of and add meaning to this intriguing
more info contact Ben at “Subjectivity is a terrible thing.” deadness. With the exception of Alex From the first moment you see her she blend of tragedy and ordinariness. A
email@example.com Stevenson’s hilarious depiction of plays the victim with childish power- taxing evening (not least if, like me,
BLANK Theatre Society is Gentles, do not reprehend, George, whom he says he has based on lessness, an inevitable target for you shall need to find directions to the
looking for actors interested in a If you pardon, we will mend. ‘the spluttering supervisors we all Hedda’s toying. This makes her char- Octagon!) but undoubtedly worth the
range of dynamic educational - A Midsummer Night’s Dream know and love’ (and if so, the imitation acter’s progression through the play effort.
theatre projects including a pro- is near faultless!) nothing is over- one of the most satisfying to witness,
posed Christmas tour of The Charlotte and Chris played. The dialogue drips heavily not only because of the myriad of mar- Alexander Williams
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20 MUSIC April 30, 2004 www.varsity.co.uk
New Kids on the Bloc Songs About Robots
Bloc Party at APUSU, 30th March
Bloc Party are special. Very special.
The Top 5
In a dumbed down musical climate
over-saturated with stagnantly drea-
ry indie, over-hyped fad bands and
mind-numbing chart toppers, Bloc 1. Add N To (X) - Metal Fingers In My Body
Party come like a charged lightning
bolt through the mass of grey. "I ‘Avant hard’ London-based trio Add N To (X) released this track
think British pop music is at an all with an animated video featuring a woman who “wants metal fingers
time low at the moment", says lead in her body”, and so phones up the robot escort agency, and has sex
singer, Kele Okereke, "with the with a robot.
strained faceless boy/girl band
machine pumping out completely 2. Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots
vacuous shit and destroying all the
mystique and intelligence around the A heroic Japanese girl called Yoshimi uses her black-belt in karate
pop process." Taut, incendiary gui- and takes lots of vitamins to defeat some evil pink robots, who are
tars, a driving pulsating rhythm sec- going to eat everyone. Clue’s in the title, really.
tion, vocals that are both sensitively
sung and howlingly cathartic: full of 3. Grandaddy - Jed The Humanoid
sex and soul; a stellar serotonin-like
sound of soaring melody and stab- Grandaddy build a robot called Jed who can walk and talk, but
bing heart beats. Bloc Party is for then he finds their stash of booze, drinks it and breaks down.
During the student exodus of the 4. Anything by Kraftwerk
Easter holiday, the APU bar hosted a
searing performance by the band, sup- John Peel’s favourite German weirdos Kraftwerk got so obsessed
ported by the Washing Machine-era with robots, took to referring to themselves as robots and wrote
Sonic Youth-esque lo-fi punk of Kill ‘songs’ about robots called Robots and Man Machine. And their web-
Kenada. Bloc Party performed a tight site’s the scariest thing in the world.
set of supernova-like pop brilliance to a
handful of a crowd including the arrest- 5. Radiohead - Paranoid Android
ing punk of The Marshals Are Dead, the
gloriously affecting Like Eating Glass Based on the character Marvin the Paranoid Android from
and the sexual electricity of forthcoming Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, this Radiohead
single, Banquet. Tense, throbbing bass doesn’t really have anything to do with robots, unless it’s a metaphor
funk and a hard, pounding drum beat, for our own souless existence or something.
accompanied by poetical polemical them as "genius" and the video for their nothing but invigorating. There are no
snapshot lyrics with fervent choruses, forthcoming single has been MTV’s facades here. No style over content. The
yielded music to make you dance, smile, Video of the Week. After much major label music speaks for itself. Pure and impas-
cry, forget and remember everything. interest following their debut release, sioned. "We just want to make some-
"I’ve always been inspired by music that She’s Hearing Voices, the band finally thing that some could view as really dear
touches you inside and that physically signed to the well-respected independ- to them," articulates Okereke, "To do
sends a shiver down my spine. I’m a bit ent label, Wichita, just over a fortnight something that makes people feel the
of a romantic and it’s the songs that
touch you through a moving vocal and
melody that have been the greatest
after their Cambridge show. Believe the
hype for your own sake. While Okereke
appreciates the press that the band have
real power of music. Because that’s
While there are echoes reminiscent of
Akira Win the Battle
influence", confesses lead guitarist, been getting, he also recognises that "the The Cure’s Boys Don’t Cry album, Joy
Russell Lissack. And this is exactly what music industry is a fickle one". While Divison’s Disorder, Fugazi and Gang of
the band do. Bloc Party transmit a life- the press may strive to push Bloc Party Four, Bloc Party’s sound is a singularly
affirming sound filled with an honest into a scene of sorts, they stridently stand original and exciting one. This is the
urgency and energy that cannot fail to apart. Top karaoke picks that include sound of a guitar band who make intel-
convince or touch you. Madonna’s Get Into the Groove and ligently artful, strikingly English, liberat-
In the last few months the foursome Mogwai’s Ithica 27-9 stand testament to ingly expressive and youthfully loose pop
have received a wave of media attention the band’s varied musical taste. "We music. Music to believe in.
including coverage from broadsheets never ever saw a band that we thought Ronojoy Dam
such as The Independent through to fash- we were at all similar to," Okereke
ion magazines such as The Face besides asserts. Bloc Party possess a humility Double A-side Banquet/Stay Fat out
the standard pumped-up NME acclaim. which is nothing but endearing while 3rd May and Bloc Party tour in June
Radio 1’s Steve Lamacq has described their music and their live performance is www.blocparty.com
St Thomas – Let’s Grow Together
Track & Field, May 3rd
At first glance this CD looks like some kind of charity compilation. There are dumb Cambridge’s favourite student for shitty clubs and rowing boats.
kid’s paintings on the cover, and ‘St Thomas’ sounds like the name of a children’s band, Akira, brought joy to all and Making music like explosions on a
ward short on cash. But it isn’t. When you listen too it, you’ll find a masterful mix sundry by rocking out to glory with a beautiful skyline such as the beauti-
of melancholic tunes, somewhere between The Beatles, Neil Young and Weezer 25 point lead triumph at the APU fully elegiaic I Will See You In My
(but in a good way) courtesy of one Thomas Hansen. Some of it is a bit silly (Cool Battle of the Bands final during the Dreams and the glorious Marimea,
Yellow Flower Shirt), and sometimes it sounds a bit too much like a Sesame Street Easter holiday. Most excellent. The the band will soon leave university
sing-a-long, but mostly it’s just brilliant. victory was majorly warranted after a and enter the big bad world. Akira
long Cambridge time of playing pas- will be playing the Diablo event
sionate post-rock alien pop in dingy alongside Coolio as well as
The Charlatans – Up At The Lake dives and silly college places, DJing Newnham May Ball. Their Selections
Island, May 3rd to empty dancefloors and being of Modern Music EP is also available
Jon Ray forced to do fashion shoots due to at Fopp! in the unsigned section so
Up At The Lake, The title track from The Charlatans’ eighth studio album their stunning good looks. make sure you catch them before
released later this month, sees everybody’s favourite Oasis alternatives sticking The band have always reveled in they a) become big in Japan b) form
to what they know best – making old-fashioned rock-pop records with a hand- escapist rock music of the loud loud the greatest hip-hop band ever c)
ful of glossy riffs and Liam Gallagher-like vocals. Tim Burgess’ vocals sound loud variety, with the standards con- start ruling the world d) all of the
genuinely menacing, and the stomping piano sounds fantastic, but it never stantly being raised and haven’t above. You heard it here first.
really progresses beyond the first verse. If you’re a devoted Charlatans fan, then always got the attention they’ve Ronojoy Dam
you will love it, but there’s really nothing here to tempt the rest of us. deserved due to student preferences
LITERATURE / VISUAL ARTS
www.varsity.co.uk April 30, 2004 21
The Secret History of the Bookworm
Ann Lingard calls for a union of the novelist and the scientist
cience is the new rock ‘n roll: we’re amongst others, providing grants and rates such a wealth of stimulating ideas into small plastic vials! world. It’s time for the efforts that have
bombarded with scientific facts sponsorship. that even a non–sci-fi-addict will enjoy So why are novelists lagging so far been put into making Science ‘accessible’
and breakthroughs in magazines But what of fiction? Poets seem to being made to stop and think. Fiction behind in using science in a realistic but through artworks, television and plays, to
and newspapers, on radio and TV. have embraced science and the work of that includes science, in contrast, tends to not didactic manner? Perhaps out of be concentrated on full-length fiction as
Scientists, particularly the media-savvy scientists with alacrity, with poems that fall into certain categories: self-referential nervousness at having to ‘research’ (in the well; and time to get rid of the Scientist
ones or the eccentrics, discuss, explain are – as with art – illustrative or concep- – the novel written by a scientist about writer’s not the scientist’s sense) a subject as Stereotype. As a scientist and novelist
and present results and hypotheses, on tual in content; ‘poets who use science’ are the trials and tribulations of scientific life that’s perceived as difficult, where mis- myself, I have facilitated several interac-
news bulletins and documentaries and in demand for readings, and there are (not much different really from a novel- takes can easily be made. But more likely tions between writers and scientists, and
chat shows. several anthologies and specially-com- ist’s story about the struggles of being a because they haven’t yet realised what a have watched the mutual respect and
And ‘sci-art’ - science-inspired art, missioned series and collections. As for writer) and often not that inspiring for a wealth of useful models, either central to enthusiasm develop. For the writer seek-
theatre, and orchestral works – is a prose, science fiction /fantasy is a wholly general reader; the novel written by a ing authenticity there is the joy of the
growth area, with several organisations separate genre and not to everyone’s non-scientist that uses scientists and a “His hair’s all a mess, language of a particular scientific disci-
such as the Wellcome Trust, the taste, although some of it, especially Kim scientific theme as the backbone of the pline; the often beautiful or intriguing
Gulbenkian Foundation, Pfizer UK Stanley Robinson’s Mars trilogy, incorpo- story, either in a realistic or a slightly fan- he’s wearing hole-y images; the sounds and smells of differ-
tastical way; and the stories – usually for clothes...He hasn’t got a ent labs. The flexibility of the characters’
children – that portray scientists as lives is endless: send her off on fieldwork
‘boffins’ or buffoons. There are one or clue!” for a few months; make him work late in
two notable exceptions, but in the main, lab every night; a PhD student off to the
fictional scientists in children’s books the story or merely as a walk-on part, and US to give her first paper at a conference;
conform to the stereotypes — the mad, varied environments the scientist-as- an animal-house technician, a surface
bad old men or the wild-haired med- character can provide. There are rôle- chemist working in industry, or a postdoc
dlers. The unflattering images are models for any number of scenarios, all on ‘soft money’ with a wife and child to
imprinted at an early age: I once read a waiting to be exploited. support ...They are all ‘people’ with lives
sentence to a group of 7-9-year-olds, And scientists themselves have been as diverse, as mundane or thrilling, as
‘Professor Smith rushed into the lab to partly to blame for their failure to inspire those of any other group of individuals.
speak to Dr Jones, who was staring at a fiction-writers, because they so often use Just as a novel that has an accountant
rack of tubes’, then asked the children jargon that, although it’s merely short- as a character doesn’t have to be ‘about’
how they imagined Professor Smith. hand, seems exclusive and even élitist; accountancy, neither does a novel with a
Their hands shot up: ‘His hair’s all a their places of work (even a tent on a physicist as a character have to be ‘about’
mess,’ ‘He’s wearing hole-y clothes’ and windswept headland) are often daunt- physics. But if fiction-writers would have
(my favourite) ‘He hasn’t a clue!’ A bit of ingly forbidding. the courage to broaden their character-
a surprise, then, when I showed them a It’s time to sweep away this apartheid. base and language into modern science,
photograph of two attractive female sci- Novelists and scientists need to get both the novels and the scientists of the
entists in their 30s, one of whom was together to talk, and learn about each future will benefit. And so – most impor-
transferring a suspension of living cells other’s ways of working and seeing the tantly - will the readers.
Beck’s Futures Performance
A new crop of talent at the ICA Anxiety
hile Saatchi has sprayed the Glasgow-born Susan Philipsz performs sentation of a human face, alongside organises. Cambridge Dancer’s club
South Bank in New Blood, Radiohead in a Tesco supermarket and delicate sculptures wrought from carpet arranges loads of classes from Latin to
over in the Mall, the pipes Nirvana through the corridors. fluff. Salsa; these take beginners again from
Institute of Contemporary Arts is also Ergin Cavusoglu’s videos, now trangely promising stuff despite April.
showcasing emerging talent.The ICA detached and discretely shot, employ an the fact that last years’ shortlist The CU Lion Dancing Troupe prac-
presents the annual Beck's Futures aesthetic of illicit surveillance as they was not a blanket success. Carey tises this traditional Chinese art form
exhibition and awards bringing follow the episodes of individuals or Young for example, had been accused of both at Chinese New Year and on
together work from ten of the most events under the cover of darkness. Still plagiarism in exhibiting ‘invisible’ art- request, alongside appearances at various
exciting UK-based artists. lost but being watched. Nicoline van work. Her piece consisted of a framed May Balls. All of the moves tell a story
Now in its fifth year, Beck’s Futures Harskamp continues the exploration of legal document forbidding the sponsors that accompanies the lion, told through
was established to ’identify, support and notions of power and surveillance in of the show from disclosing what she intricate moves, this is often coupled
promote the most promising contem- contemporary urban life. She has invit- had been commissioned to make. It with Da Tou Fou or The Laughing
porary artists working in Britain today’. ed members of the public, traffic war- reminded me a little of the episode a Buddha that taunts the lion throughout a
Setting aside any concerns that you dens, security guards, and night-club few years ago in which Wombles cre- performance.
might have about the corporate spon- bouncers to the ICA with one each day ator Mike Batt was accused of infring- Forget Kill Bill, martial arts mix sport,
sorship of awards in the arts, the prizes policing the exhibition space. You will ing the copyright of American mini- self defence and provocative perform-
must be regarded as a good thing. Each get a ticket and trainers are allowed. malist composer John Cage, after plac- ance. While the ivory towers look that is
short-listed artist receives an award of Simon Bedwell, who forced his way ing a one-minute silence on his CD. hink performance art, think so often banded in with Cambridge
£4,000. First prize is £20,000, from the The case was later settled out of court dreadlocked art-scene aficiona- might seem more like a stretched version
total fund of £65,000, making it the with Batt paying a six-figure sum to dos watching a man sleeping of Lara Croft’s house than the set of a
UK's most generous art awards. charity, while maintaining his silence behind a glass screen, or someone cut- Bruce Lee movie, the chance to take part
The range here is excellent: precise was original. Ludicrous. ting their ear open on stage. So this is in real martial arts is everywhere. Karate,
watercolours, conceptual installations, Last year’s exhibition was a little pre- the kind of performance that gets Judo and Tae Kwan-Do have busy uni-
music, film, and photography. This is a occupied with trying to be consciously hyped in the media. Behind the sensa- versity clubs, Wu Shu Kwan (Chinese
sensuous, eccentric mix. Saskia Olde avant garde and had an air of ‘do-it- tion, the diverse world of performance kickboxing) and Tai Chi Chuan (literal-
Wolbers’ video installations for exam- yourself ’. This year’s is certainly more art is something that is all around you. ly ‘Supreme Ultimate Fist’) societies are
ple, draw you into abstract dreamlike thoughtful and carefully crafted. The Don’t try ear cutting at home. around as well. Mixed from Chinese
worlds, narrating emotional stories over winners are announced on 27 April and Dance has always been a form in its cosmology, Taoism, Confucianism and
mutating, animated shapes. Andrew as a counterpoint to the excess of the own right that frequents the perform- Buddhism, Tai Chi Chaun aims to fos-
Cross takes us into arenas more mun- Saatchi emporium, to which compari- ance art world. There are loads of ways ter inner peace as well as the practical
dane. His work looks at railway lines in son will inevitably be drawn, it is imme- to try this out around uni. The self defence that seems implied in the
the US, mixing almost resentfully artful diately more successful. The exhibition Cambridge Contemporary Dance force of the fist from which the art takes
scenes of stillness with sudden images confirms the cosmopolitan vibrancy of Workshop runs classes in contemporary its name.
of industry; train-spottingly insipid yet the UK's contemporary arts scene, and dance, from Hiphop and break dance to Fine, so none of this is quite like
somehow quite brilliant. the range of artistic and cultural Bharat Natyam (the South Indian clas- spending a 48 hours in a UCLA gym
Imogen Stidworthy's films, part resources informing art made in sical dance form), Bollywood, Flamenco locker with a urine bottle. But that
medical documentary, part wry obser- Britain. The Futures bright, and all and Afro-fusion. seems kind of dated to me and just
vation, explore projections of personali- from the ‘ghetto with a 2H pencil and a that. From the global to the local, The slightly yucky. Dance and martial arts
ty and the discrepancy between spoken lump of clay’, offers posters editori- Huw Lewis-Jones Round (the university’s society for give two ready ways in which you can
language and image. Patients read out alised through the addition of trench- English Country Dancing) organise add that little bit of performance, but not
excerpts from Jules Verne; Cilla Black ant slogans and spray paint. Brazilian hold a weekly Round covering dances endurance, art to your life without
impersonators sing Burt Bacharach artist Tonico Lemos Auad has turned a Beck’s Futures: Institute of Contemporary Arts, which you can flaunt at the ceilidh par- becoming terribly thespian. Go perform!
classics. Gleefully strange. Meanwhile, bunch of ripening bananas into a repre- London, 26 March - 16 May 2004. ties or annual Playford Ball the group Ollie Coates
22 SPORT April 30, 2004 www.varsity.co.uk
Sailors make waves Sven’s conundrum
Rajan Lakhani obviously knows
better than the Swede - Part Two
t’s obvious that Paul Scholes, too early for Jenas.
Steven Gerrard, David The future on the left-wing for
Beckham, Nicky Butt and Frank England looks brighter with the likes
Lampard will be going to Euro 2004, of Etherington of West Ham and
leaving three spots in the midfield in to Whittingham of Aston Villa emerg-
sort out. The diamond formation is the ing. If Eriksson plays the diamond,
wrong formation because it leaves the then he will probably go for another
full-backs exposed. If England had central midfielder at the expense of a
full-backs the quality of Salgado, winger, who Eriksson has suggested
Roberto Carlos or Thuram, then it will be Parker.
would be a shrewd formation but this This leaves us with the five striking
side does not. Better sides will simply positions. Owen and Rooney are both
stifle the central midfield and target certainties but like the goalkeeping
the full-back positions where both position, England is suffering from a
Gary Neville and Ashley Cole have lack of quality among the forwards,
shown great doubts about when to especially since Owen is struggling for
attack and defend. consistency. Vassell has played well for
Eriksson should simply employ an England, notably scoring a superb goal
orthodox 4-4-2 with Scholes operating on his debut against Holland and caus-
on the left. He is one of the few tech- ing havoc in the Turkey defence. He is
nically gifted players England possess playing well for Aston Villa at the
and has played well there for moment and his pace should make him
Manchester United. Gerrard plays at more than adequate cover for Owen.
his best when he is given All international
the freedom to maraud Vassell has played teams have someone
up the field from central who can hold up the
midfield, knowing that well for England, ball, allowing midfield
there is a defensive play-
er providing cover for the
notably scoring a players toShearer was
defence, in this case superb goal on his superb at doing this but
BUSA Sailing winners of BUSA for the last 4 years. difference. A coveted place amongst Nicky Butt and at club of course he is unavail-
Slick start line manoeuvres by Rob the ‘chocolates’ in the playoffs had level Dietmar Hamann. debut against able for selection given
Styles and Bethan Carden allowed the been won. Beckham is obviously his retirement. Rooney
From the Sailing Team Blues to start ahead of a fast The final day looked bleak as the 8 the choice for the right-
Holland plays this role effectively
Southampton team and Jon and Sarah remaining teams were met by a ‘mir- midfield while Lampard is finally but there has to be cover for him in case
Hill’s quick reactions on the first leg ror’. The wind eventually trickled in beginning to find his feet at interna- of injury so that this dimension is not
Under (sea) dogs some would call gave a stable position early on. The at midday and the teams hit the water. tional level and should provide good lost.
them but the virgin Cambridge First team managed to hold on and stay London University were all that stood cover for central midfield. Heskey has his detractors to say the
Team, having battled through gale ahead despite their small size in windy in the way of Cambridge and a sail off This leaves one covering central- least, but ironically Rooney and Owen
condition qualifying rounds earlier conditions. with Bristol or Southampton 1. midfielder and two wingers. Scott have both played their best football at
in the year, proved their ability at As the wind picked up so too did Unlucky wind patterns and 3 years Parker, Joe Cole, Jermaine Jenas and international level with Heskey along-
Chew Valley Lake last week. 32 the competition as Cambridge went sailing experience together gave Owen Hargreaves prefer to play in side either of them and fans forget how
teams made it through the provi- through into the second day lying sec- London the advantage as they defeat- central midfield but all four have been Heskey turned the away match for
sional stages to represent their uni- ond behind Southampton in their ed the Blues in a ‘best of three’ playoff. forced to play out on the wing. The England against Macedonia. His power
versity in the BUSA National Team group. This qualified them for the Next year’s Captain, Jon Pinner, was best footballer of the four is Scott and pace continues to frighten interna-
Racing Finals, held over three days Gold league, in competition with 2 not disappointed though; ‘We’ve Parker but he is not getting regular tional sides but his confidence is low at
near Bristol. other ‘Scum’ teams, Loughborough, turned heads. No one expected a new football in central midfield at Chelsea. the moment and is not performing con-
Due to a few (in the words of helm Oxford, Cardiff and York. In close team to reach the playoffs and we did. While Hargreaves has not really con- sistently as domestic level. Beattie has
Jon Pinner) ‘pants’ decisions at the matches with Loughborough and Scum may have won this year but vinced at international level, he has the power and height to do a similar role
Qualifiers, the route to the finals had Southampton 2 the boats weaved in we’ll be back and better than ever’. played regularly in the Champions but last month he was not even a first-
been tough and the team were not and out of winning positions but were Having beaten Oxford 3 times this League with Bayern Munich and was team regular at Southampton and has
well seeded. This meant that unlucky to be in a losing order at the year already, things are looking prom- part of the World Cup so he should be played poorly at international level.
Cambridge had it all to prove as they finish. However, solid wins against ising for Cambridge team in their a member of the Euro 2004 squad. The best solution is to call up Chris
powered away from teams such as York, Cardiff and Strathclyde meant Varsity at the end of June. This leaves who should cover Sutton. He has been superb for Celtic,
Strathclyde, Exeter, Birmingham and that even though Gemma Farrell and If anyone is interested in sponsor- Scholes and Beckham on the wings. As both at domestic and European level
Nottingham in the opening stages. Ben Lister were faced with fixing ing the Cambridge Team at the well as Parker, Jenas and Cole, Kieron and would be the best player to carry out
The first real test came in the 4th race equipment after a breakage in the Varsity Match or in the 2004-2005 Dyer, Alan Thompson, Gareth Barry, this role. Unfortunately, the FA will not
when the team came up against the match against Oxford, the light blues season, please get into contact with Danny Murphy and Shaun Wright- swallow their pride and the most capa-
‘Southern Scum’ (Southampton!), finished ahead in 3rd place on points Jon Pinner (firstname.lastname@example.org). Phillips are the other candidates for the ble player in this forward role will not be
wing positions. Dyer and Wright- going.
Phillips should be chosen because of Heskey will probably go to the cham-
Girls having a (net)ball their ability to run with the ball at pace.
There is nothing that defenders fear
more than a player with the dribbling
skills of Dyer and Wright-Phillips. In
pionships leaving one striking position
between Alan Smith and Jermaine
Defoe. Smith has a poor temperament
and has already been sent off in an
Georgina Powell vincingly win BUSA. The highlight Congratulations go to Homerton who addition, these two footballers can also England shirt. He has a bad goalscoring
of the season came at Varsity when we won the ladies first division and Catz play in the forward positions. record this season and has not done
thrashed Oxford 59-26. who won cuppers. And then there are Dyer can additionally play at right- anywhere near enough at international
The Cambridge netball season of The seconds finished forth in their the netball socials! With themes back like he did for England against level to make a decent claim. Defoe also
success perhaps stems from the trials, league and rounded the season off on including ‘anything but clothes’ to just Luxembourg and briefly for Ipswich. has had his fair share of discipline prob-
back in October, where the standard a high by completing the Varsity turning up to ‘Life’ in our kit, it’s no No English winger this season has lems, but his performances for
of play was generally exceptionally double victory, winning 45-18, an wonder netball girls need to be more impressed as much Wright-Phillips. Tottenham have been brilliant, he is a
high and selection very difficult. impressive result for a squad whose than just fit on the court. He has been in tremendous form and is strong finisher and was the only bright
Within the chosen squad, competi- home ground is 20 minutes drive Farewells go to many squad mem- a great reminder of what capabilities a player in the England side against
tion for starting line-ups continued from Cambridge! bers at the end of the year. Mentions winger should possess. Sweden so he deserves that final fifth
throughout the year, encouraging There is hope for Netball’s funding go to Lizzie Naylor as Captain, and Thompson played poorly against spot.
members to play to their optimum. on the horizon. During the season we to Lois Farrow who has played 5 Sweden, in spite of his danger from
Vigorous fitness training and strong played a good game against the years on the first team. free-kicks and the potential natural Varsity’s squad
team commitment counter-acted for KPMG intercity league team, who Congratulations also go to Lucy balance he could provide being a left- Goalkeepers: D James, N Martyn, I
our desperate lack of facilities and have agreed to sponsor us in the Walker (player of the season), Jenny footed player. He should have been Walker; G Neville, S Campbell, J
funds, to produce a successful season. future. We are also currently organis- Quinn (most improved player), given an opportunity earlier as should Terry, A Cole, G Southgate, J
The firsts, promoted at the end of ing a raffle with fantastic prizes, tick- Eimear Neeson (player’s player) and have Barry who has played well on the Carragher, W Bridge; P Scholes, N
last year, finished third in their divi- ets will be on sale soon! Jodie Fergus and Helen Skidmore left for England in defence and for his Butt, S Gerrard, D Beckham (capt), F
sion, therefore reaching the quarterfi- However being a part of netball at (Men of the varsity matches). club Aston Villa in midfield. He also is Lampard, O Hargreaves, K Dyer, S
nals of the BUSA Premier League Cambridge does not just involve sport To concludenetball is brilliant, and a naturally left-sided player in contrast Wright-Phillips; W Rooney, M Owen,
where they played away to at a high level and the search for funds to Mr Rob Wells, from all the netball to Murphy who is having a poor season D Vassell, C Sutton, J Defoe
Birmingham. After a tough fight we and facilities. College netball involves girls, we’ll always remember ‘the wider for Liverpool. Cole is too inconsistent
lost and Birmingham went on to con- many members of the university. your legs are, the easier it is’! while this tournament has arrived just
April 30, 2004 23
Athletes out of the blocks
Richard Wheater the line deserved winners... Oxford (the chap who won this year’s cross-
drifted home in the middle of the field, country Varsity Match by over a minute,
relying on distance runners to fill the smashing the course record in the
Last Saturday was host to the second gaps in their team. process). Needless to say, Thompson
athletics fixture of the Trinity term, an Another 400m pb came from Hettie was quite unstoppable over the 3.75
eight-way battle of brawns against the Briscoe in the Ladies’ B String. She laps, cruising home to victory in well
RAF, the British Police Force, was partnered by Blues captain Alex under four minutes.
Shropshire AAA and four fearsome Cooke, who also braved the fast and It will be interesting to see how he
University teams... amongst them our furious 100m in an unusual visit to the fares on home soil against CUAC
dearest friend, Oxford. shorter distances. Meanwhile Grace strongman Andy Baddeley in the
Held at the RAF Cosford Stadium, Clements excelled in the field events, upcoming Track & Field Varsity Match.
Wolverhampton, the meet provided this high-jumping her way to an awesome Baddeley attained international hon-
year’s Varsity hopefuls with an invalu- personal record and attaining the Blues ours during the vacation, representing
able opportunity to hone their skills and standard to boot. With a depleted mid- Great Britain in the World Cross-
press for selection. Captains Rich dle-distance contingent, the ladies Country and World Student Cross-
Wheater and Alex Cooke, on the look- were short of a competitor for the Country Championships in Europe.
out for Oxford-beating talent, were 4x400m and, although Rich Wheater Next Thursday he will be heading up to
rewarded by an afternoon of gutsy per- offered - rather enthusiastically – to fill the Oxford track to take part in a com-
formances and a haul of personal bests the position, they were forced to with- memorative mile race, on the 50th
across the squad. One of these was pro- draw from the event. anniversary of Roger Bannister’s record-
duced by Wheater himself, running a Still, the day ended on a high note in breaking 4-minute mile achievement.
22.8s 200m heat in the afternoon. the female 4x100m, in which This Baddeley-Thompson showdown
Having already dominated his 100m Cambridge secured a comfortable sec- will no doubt raise the stakes for the
heat (winning by a clear three metres) ond position. Owing to a monstrous Varsity fixture on 15th May (again at
this was his second victory of the day. effort down the back straight, Oxford’s Iffley Road stadium). The ten-
In parallel heats Steve Green and Birmingham had established them- sion is mounting...
Rob Harle went even further, clocking selves as clear leaders coming into the Whilst an overall victory was not
22.5 and 22.2 for their respective 200m final leg. But, Whether it was the swel- quite within reach at Cosford (the
races. For comparison, last year’s Blues tering heat or the pressure of the occa- RAF and Shropshire AAA secured
200m race was won in a time of 22.8 (by sion, the baton ended up being fumbled male and female honours respectively),
Mr. Harle, incidentally). in the third changeover and our light Cambridge athletes must no doubt
Steve Green stormed home to victo- blue lasses were able to overhaul the dis- feel confident after the range of strong
ry over 400m hurdles, whilst Flynn qualified team. individual performances displayed on
Castles, Rob Harle and Mike Collins Luckily the temperature had no Saturday. ‘Man of the match’ Adrian
each dipped inside 52 seconds to gain noticeable effect on the Cambridge Hemery, alone in the men’s field
pbs in the 400m flat. In the final event middle-distance men. Indeed, the events, epitomised the day’s efforts in
of the day, the men’s 4x400m relay, the scale of the pbs seemed to increase with securing a total of three personal
men snatched a daring victory from the scale of the races, Tom Coats bests... With a full-strength team the
strong contenders Birmingham over the smashing his 1500m time by 7 seconds looming challenges of Varsity and,
last 200m of the final lap. Nail biting and Matt Hallissey plunging 15 seconds more immediately, BUSA (1st - 3rd
stuff, but Green’s power on the home under his previous best in the 2000m May, in Gateshead) can surely be sav-
straight shattered the Brummies’ Steeplechase. Coats had been pitted aged and subdued by the light blue
resolve, and Cambridge rocketed over against Oxford titan Fraser Thompson machine. Bring it on!
Anything you Kendo...
Hyo Won Kin and
title but the dark blues won’t let it
slip so easily.
The team match, consisting of 5
against Malte Willer. His attempts
to seal the Cambridge victory did
not avail but instead received a do-
Sport in Brief
This year, both Oxford and fighters, saw varsity veteran Charles cut (to the waist) during the last 10
Cambridge had a shortage of McLachlan (Queens’) take on a seconds of the fight. With both sides
armoured kendoka “in statu pupil-
lari”, with many of last year’s veter-
newbie, Jin-Taek Lee, in the first
match. Lack of experience threw Lee
now having acquired 2 wins each, it
was down to the captain Hyowon
ans having now earned their degrees. out of the arena not once but twice Kim (Churchill). No pressure!!
The possibility of admitting non- resulting in a penalty point. The Opposition Peter Pugh put up a The Fencing Club held their inaugural inter-college ‘Cuppers’
student competitors in the Varsity clock ran out and McLachlan good fight matching Kim blow for on Sunday. Gonville & Caius won the overall title, narrowly
teams was considered but then secured the first victory. Second up blow. With little time left, Kim suc- defeating Emmanuel 12-10 in the final. Fresher Rob Shaw
bravely dropped, opting instead to was Emily Kay (Darwin), new to the ceeded a kote-cut to bring the saga (Robinson) won the individual Men’s Foil event while Georgie
train new recruits to the rigours of kendo attire but extremely deter- to an end. Osborne (Caius) was victorious in the Women’s Foil. “In the
competition. mined; she lost an early point by The team fight was followed by Novices Event, Erza McDonald (Kings) was crowned champion.”
Following the release of The Last receiving a men-cut (on the head) individual matches arranged in a
Samurai, kendo clubs have been from Nathan Broomhead in his sec- direct elimination tree. Each side
enjoying prosperity in growing
memberships. The 7th annual Kendo
ond varsity appearance. She fought
back hard but could not come level
contributed 8 kendoka, this time
giving non-students a chance to
Varsity Match therefore saw both and allowed the opposition victory. fight. In a result that exactly mir- The cricket Cuppers gets going shortly. Last year’s finalists
sides fielding new talents. Next up was Chando Jung rored last year’s, after having lost the Churchill feature a stronger team this year. Wicket keeper Andy
The Cambridge squad had con- (Trinity), new to Cambridge but cer- team match Oxford regained face by Sims told Varsity ‘we’ve got a few new additions including
ducted a special training weekend tainly not new to kendo, facing winning both the individuals, with Crusaders players and a lot of love. This season’s going to be pink’.
prior to the Varsity match lead by Oxford captain Lana Sheridan. Jung Oxford kyusha Andy Haynes bravely Jesus should also provide tough competition. Matt Kitching’s
the former (and now honorary) executed his trademark kote-cut (to defeating two Cambridge yudansha side thrashed St John’s in a weather-affected match. But it would
instructor Sergio Boffa (5th Dan), the wrist) to win the fight. Another on his way to the top, and the fight- be foolish to rule out Emma. Last year’s champions feature the
visiting us all the way from Belgium! debutant, Timothy Simpson ing spirit award, conquered by cap- strength in depth that could see them retain their title.
Light blues were eager to keep the (Churchill), was equally matched tain Lana Sheridan. The twenty-over format should make for exciting cricket, while
not detracting too much from the revision intentions of players
With volleyball and tennis also kicking off this week, what bet-
ter way to procrastinate from revision than playing some sport in
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CRICKETERS BREAK THEIR DUCK
The cricket season got off to a mixed
start for the two sides fighting for the
loyalties of Cambridge students.
UCCE suffered respectable defeats
to Essex and Warwickshire, while the
Blues thrashed minor counties side
The UCCE (University of
Cambridge Centre of Excellence)
plays several first class matches a sea-
son, and consists of a combination of
students from Cambridge and APU.
The fact that the side is one of less
than twenty-five in the country to play
regular first-class cricket is evidence of
the high standard of the players.
However, in the end both Essex and
Warwickshire, fielding full-strength
sides, proved to be a cut above UCCE.
Essex won the toss in their game,
and took advantage of an excellent
Fenner’s pitch to power to 292 for 5,
thanks in large part to a century from
six foot ten inch opener Will Jefferson.
Simon Marshall impressed with fig-
ures of 3 for 42, but otherwise the
UCCE attack looked very ordinary.
And so too did the batters. With the
ball swinging around, Shankar fell for
one, and most of the team followed
shortly after. Marshall, top-scoring
with 22, was one of just four UCCE
batters to reach double figures. And
when Essex returned to get to 222 for
2, the game looked to be up. Blues number 3 Rudi Singh treats the Cambridgeshire bowling with disdain
But UCCE showed impressive
fighting spirit. Christopher Wright total up towards 131. Warwickshire, Cambridge” as I arrived at Fenners. season’s key men, the Blues veritably but against a very mediocre bowling
hit an impressive 57, including eight seemingly scoring at will, hurried to Presumably he was referring to ripped through the representative side line-up and a disinterested field he
fours and a six, to help UCCE to 245. 161 for 2. Although Cambridge saw Cambridge University, rather than to in the 50-over contest. reached his half-century before losing
The final winning margin of 153 runs out a tricky spell at the end of the sec- minor county Cambridgeshire who Anush Newman, with 4 for 34, concentration on 51. Rudi Singh,
gives some credit to UCCE’s never- ond day, the 392 winning target was provided the opposition. proved the star of the bowling line-up, seemingly having knocked up in front
say-die approach. always likely to be too much. The new accommodation block that ably assisted by Tom Aaville with 2 for of the mirror, reached a stylish 59 not
High-flying Warwickshire provid- Marshall again led the resistance with casts its shadow over Fenner’s could 24. Cambridgeshire eventually crept out, as Cambridge enjoyed the chance
ed even tougher opposition, reaching 33, but UCCE never looked likely to perhaps be a metaphor for the need of up to 178, but never looked confident to Singh while they’re winning. Simon
361 for 6 on the opening day at hold out for the draw. They eventual- the Blues to rebuild after last season’s in their ability to defend this total. Marshall with 18 not out saw the
Fenner’s, with Mark Wagh hitting ly reached 144, to lose by 247 runs. double defeat in the Varsity 4-day and Fresher James Chervak opened with Blues to the safety of an eight-wicket
105 off just 89 balls. UCCE, appar- But most Cambridge students will 1-day matches. But on Tuesday’s evi- old hand and captain Adrian Shankar. victory.
ently daunted by such a margin, suf- tell you that it is the Blues where dence, this would appear not to be the Chervak looked promising before Shankar’s men will face stronger
fered an early collapse, although 28’s their allegiance really lies. One stu- case. Boosted by a number of freshers, nicking the ball behind for 13. opposition in the weeks to come but,
from Webley and Wright pushed the dent told me, “this is the real and not suffering from the loss of last Shankar took a while to find his touch, for the time being, all bodes well.
Blues skipper Adrian Shankar survives an early LBW appeal on the way to score his half-century.