MCR Gazette / Lent Week 4

Your MCR has a brand new committee, and with it comes a brand new newsletter format! We’ll be publishing the MCR Gazette on our website and distributing just the introduction and article headings via email.

Coming up this week in the MCR, we have “Powerpoint Karaoke”, another academic seminar and “Valentines Day for Everyone”. Spring Ball is also just a few days away. You can keep up with the MCR events schedule by checking the calendar on the website. You can also see upcoming formal swaps and tweets from the bar, all on the front page.

We’re constantly looking for new initiatives and ideas that will benefit the MCR community. If you have a suggestion, request or comment on the way your MCR is run, we want to hear it! You can either use our requests form on the website, or get in touch with any committee member directly.

Have a great week!


Round Ceilidh (Feb 9)

This Saturday, the 9th of February, come along to Emmanuel United Reformed Church (opposite Pembroke college) for a ceilidh, put on by the Round. All dances are called and there is no need for a partner or previous experience in ceilidhs, or dancing. Music by the Cambridge University Ceilidh Band and dancing from 8-11pm.

Entry is £4 for students and £6 for non students. Tickets are available
on the door and there is no need to book.


CURAS Homebrewing (Feb 10)

This term the Real Ale society will be making beer.
If you are interested in learning how to homebrew and would like to take part in our series of 3 workshops we will be running an introduction meeting and recipe designing session on Sunday (10th Feb) from 8-10pm in the Main Lecture Theatre of the Divinity School at St. Johns (across the road from the main entrance to Johns). If you can’t make the meeting but would like to be involved you can also register your interest on the following link.

The actual home brewing will occur in 2 or 3 weeks time and will cost £15. This will include all equipment and ingredients necessary as well as 8 pints of fine homebrewed beer to be sampled in competition with other groups during the last week of term.

If you have any questions about brewing, ale or anything else feel free to email me at, if not I look forward to seeing you on Sunday.

Nicky Collins


Clinical Neurosciences Symposium (Feb 10 Deadline)

The Cambridge Neurological Society are proud present our Second Annual Cambridge Clinical Neurosciences Symposium on Saturday 2nd March 2013.

For one fantastic day, we will be bringing together neurosurgeons and neuroscientists, who will be speaking on a brilliant range of topics, all in their areas of expertise. We expect 100 attendees, and many nationally renowned speakers including the Cambridge University Professor John Pickard, who is head of the Neurosurgery unit and Wolfson Brain Imaging centre at Addenbrookes. We are also delighted to have another leading Neurosurgeon, Professor Henry Marsh, whom you may have seen on the BBC documentary Your Life In Their Hands.

On top of a stimulating line up of talks, there will also be workshops on neurological examinations, endoscopic neurosurgery and genuine neurosurgical drills to try your hand at!

Furthermore, there will be a scrumptious lunch provided by the University Centre on the day as well as hot beverages and snacks served during the breaks.

We also wish to invite all attendees to participate in our poster competition. This is an ideal opportunity to present work on neuroscience, neurosurgery or psychiatry. Deadlines for abstracts is Midnight on Sunday 10th February 2013. Please email your submissions to There will be prizes for the best posters, as judged by the esteemed speakers at the conference, one of which will be a one year subscription to Lancet Neurology! Please continue sending in your abstracts for a chance to win this excellent prize!

For more details how to pay by bank transfer please visit:

To pay by cheque, make it out for £18, payable to Cambridge University Neurological Society and send to the following address:

Vanda Ho
Pigeonhole 45
Murray Edwards College
Huntingdon Road

Please write your name and email address on the back of the cheque. Deadline for payment is Midnight on Sunday 17th February 2013.

Also check out our facebook event page: Finally we
would like to thank UKMSA, MDU, MPS, WMS and the Lancet for sponsoring our
Symposium. This promises to be an unmissable event, so do not miss out!


Cambridge Futures: Google Creative Skills for Innovation (Feb 10 Deadline)

  • Date: February 13th
  • Time: 1.30-5pm
  • Venue: Music Room, Downing College

**** Application deadline is February 10th ****

From web search and Gmail to Maps and YouTube, it’s likely that you’ve already used one of Google’s services today. There are more than 30,000 Googlers behind the tools that you use everyday and they’re what make Google the kind of company that it is. We hire people who are smart and determined, and favour ability over experience. Although an engineering company by nature, Google requires more than …just engineers. We believe that innovation and good ideas result when people with different perspectives and backgrounds collaborate. With this in mind, we are looking for students from all academic areas and all years for our CSI workshop.

This workshop, pioneered at the prestigious Stanford Design School and used to train Googlers themselves, is designed to help develop your problem-solving skills and get from ill-defined problems to well-designed solutions. It is an excellent way to build your transferable skills and relevant to whatever you may wish to do after graduation.

Proving exceptionally popular in the past, this event requires a very brief application, found here: The deadline for applications is ******SUNDAY 10 FEBRUARY******, but it is recommended you apply as soon as possible. 35 successful candidates will be notified next week.


Cambridge Futures Committee Recruitment (Feb 11 Deadline)

Cambridge Futures are now recruiting a new committee for 2013-2014. Be part of one of the fastest-growing, prominent and professional careers societies in Cambridge. With over 1400 members and weekly events being on the committee will be challenging, but will offer significant rewards.

We’re recruiting for: Vice President, Head of Web Design, Head of Sponsorship, Marketing Director, Secretary, Head of Science and Technology, Head of Professional Services, Treasurer

For more information and the application form, click the link below. DEADLINE 11/02/13

For further questions please contact

The Cambridge Futures Committee


Enactus Cambridge (Feb 15 Deadline)

In today’s world of unequal distribution of goods, services and opportunities governments and the international community are struggling to find balance and secure the wellbeing of
all citizens. Social entrepreneurship has appeared as a concept which might provide some answers as to how to achieve this balance. Many successful social enterprises nowadays prove that the mix between entrepreneurial spirit and altruistic cause can work perfectly together. At this event you will have a unique opportunity to hear from a representative of one of the largest firms in the world and also learn how to develop your entrepreneurial potential to help communities.

The event will be in three parts:

– Presentation from an Ernst & Young representative from the London office on the work and goals of E&Y as well as what professional opportunities they can offer you.

– Presentation on social entrepreneurship from an experienced member of Enactus. You can learn more on what SE is, how you can start one and what success stories exist out there.

– The third part is dedicated to hearing your ideas. You will have a chance to work in groups and come up with your own project idea and develop it further with the help of our
experienced Enactus advisers. After the event, some of the more sustainable ideas might be turned into actual projects with the support of Enactus.

Join us to learn more about social entrepreneurship and create your own success story. If you are interested in participating, please send us your CV to internal- by 15th February.

To find out more visit our website:


Online Image Description Experiment (Feb 15 Deadline)

I am carrying out a fun and easy online image description experiment and I would be grateful if you could take a few minutes to participate. All you need to do is briefly describe some pictures of artworks. In exchange for this favour, you will enter a draw for a £100 John Lewis voucher.

**PROCESS**: The experiment is in two phases. Each phase will take you approximately 10 minutes to complete. (To get started with Phase 1, click on the link provided at the end of the email. After approximately two weeks, you will receive an email asking you to complete Phase 2.

Please note that a chance to win the £100 voucher:

i) is only given to those completing *both* phases of the experiment

ii) does not depend on a participant’s responses


  • Phase 1: 8-15 February
  • Phase 2: 1-8 March

The experiment has been approved by the Ethics Committee of the Computer Laboratory. Completion of the survey is voluntary and is not tied to any academic obligations.

To start Phase 1 of the experiment, please click on the link below:

Many thanks in advance!
All the best,
Theodosia Togia
Natural Language Processing and Information Group
Computer Laboratory


The Fletcher Players Society Present “Becky Shaw” (Feb 19)

By Gina Gionfriddo

Tue 19th – Sat 23rd February 2013 @ Corpus Playroom 7pm


“I view this as the biggest accomplishment of my life: I married a man who is not a psychopath.”

Becky used to be a big shot, Max thinks he still is. Suzanna’s a would-be psychologist who wishes she could cure everything she can’t. Like her chemistry with Max. Or her husband Andrew’s penchant for vulnerable women. Women like Becky. Confused? They are too. Especially when Max and Becky go on a disastrous blind date that pushes them all a little too close to breaking point.

This dark American comedy, ‘as engrossing as it is ferociously funny’ (New York Times), provides a contemporary and often unsettling take on the perks and pitfalls of relationships with the opposite sex, and might just leave you wondering whether there is such a thing as a clean slate.

‘dazzlingly written’ -Financial Times

***** Time Out

Book your tickets here:


The New Arcadians Present “Haggard” (Feb 19)

by Will Attenborough and Harry Michell

Tue 19th – Sat 23rd February 2013 at 9.30pm


‘Do not condemn and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it’ll be given to you.’

Ted Haggard is the most powerful evangelist in America. With a following of 30 million and the President on speed dial, he is at the top of his game – the father to many lives.

In a week, Ted’s world will be publicly and profoundly devastated. Exiled and ashamed, he and his family will be forced to confront a dark reality, and to examine just how far faith and humanity can co-exist.

From the writers of Post and the winner of ‘Best Writer/Play’ in The 24hr Plays (2010), Haggard – based on verbatim records of sermons, interviews, and press conferences – constructs the private story behind one of the most public falls from grace in modern American history.

Book now:


Tenor And Alto Needed – The Graduate Singers

Anyone interested in joining a mixed a cappella vocal group?

We are members of Fitz and sing a wide range of repertoire – with
several concerts lined up in various exciting locations.

We currently have some vacancies for TENORS and ALTOS.

Because of the nature of the group, you need to be a fairly confident
singer, able to hold a line on your own and with an ability to sight read.


If you’re interested please reply to this email (avr29) or to Jane Horgan