MCR Gazette – Michaelmas Week 0

Good morning Churchillians,

Looking forward to seeing you at the BBQ this afternoon – it looks like the weather is going to be much better than yesterday! The gazette this week is mostly a roundup of the MCR/college events going on this week but we also have a few messages from college that are worth taking note of.

Firstly, two of our porters are doing a sponsored walk for Cancer Research UK. They’ve already raised over £3000, but if they’ve ever helped you out of a tight spot, now may be the time to show your appreciation! Secondly, applications are open for the Churchill Calling Campaign. This is our college’s fundraising campaign – if you are interested and want to find out more contact (in the Development office).

As always, if you have something you would like to add to next week’s gazette, please email me at





Ongoing – Our College Porters are raising money for Cancer Research UK

John and Mark are using #PorterPower to raise money for Cancer Research UK. For more information please see:


Ongoing – Applications now open for Churchill Call Campaign – earn money, build skills and support your College!

Are you confident, chatty, and keen to support Churchill? If so, you could be one of the 13 students selected to take part in our tenth Call Campaign from the 5-19 December 2016. Benefits include an excellent hourly rate of pay, a free meal each day of calling, £105 per week towards accommodation rent costs (in or out of College) and plenty of free time to spend on your own academic work. To find out more and apply online visit:

You are also invited to come and meet callers from the last Call Campaign at a drop in info / drinks event in College on Monday 17 October from 6 – 7pm in the JCR games room.

For more information or to answer any queries please get in touch with / 01223 336083 or drop by the Development Office for a chat.

Applications close on Friday 28 October.


4th November – “Keep the Damned Women Out”: The Struggle for Coeducation @ 17:00, Jock Colville Hall

Nancy Malkiel, professor emeritus of history at Princeton, will give a talk to launch her new book on the decision in the 1960s and 70s by several Ivy League universities in the USA and colleges in Cambridge and Oxford to “go mixed”. Her research took her to the archives of the three Cambridge colleges that were the first to go co-educational: Churchill, King’s, and Clare.

Date: Friday 4 November, 5 pm (lecture and Q & A). Drinks reception at 6.30.

Venue: Churchill College: Jock Colville Hall.

The book: Princeton University Press. ISBN 9780691172996

More information at the Princeton UP website and below.


“Keep the Damned Women Out”:  The Struggle for Coeducation

Beginning in 1969 and mainly ending in 1974, there was a flood of decisions for coeducation in the United States as well as the United Kingdom.  In her new book “Keep the Damned Women Out”:  The Struggle for Coeducation, Nancy Weiss Malkiel, professor emeritus of history at Princeton University, asks these questions:  Why did very traditional, very conservative, very elite institutions decide to embark on such a fundamental change?  Why did so many colleges and universities act in the late 1960s and early 1970s?  How was coeducation accomplished in the face of strong opposition?  What was the role of institutional leadership?  And, with the admission of students of the opposite sex to formerly single-sex schools, what happened?  In other words, how well did coeducation work in its early incarnations?  Professor Malkiel’s talk will focus on these questions, with particular attention to the similarities and differences between  coeducation at Cambridge and Oxford and coeducation in the Ivy League.



3rd October – MCR LGBT Pre’s & Party at Ministry of Sound ‘Rave’ @ 20:00


3rd October – Board Games Night with Murray Edwards @ MCR, 19:30


4th October – Boat Club BBQ @ Jock Colville Lawn, 12:00 – 14:00

Enjoy some free BBQ food again and talk to some boaties about rowing. More info: Katy


4th October – LGBT Night @ Buttery, 20:30


4th/5th October – Societies’ Freshers Fair @ Parkers’ Piece

Sign up for university societies and see what’s on offer – theres’ something for everyone

5th October – Churchill Archives Centre Scavenger Hunt! @ Wolfson Foyer, 17:00 – 18:30

The Archives Centre team have put together a Scavenger Hunt. The aim of the game is to draw on all your powers of deduction and problem-solving to solve the clues in the fastest time. The Scavenger Hunt is open to all students and is the perfect opportunity to pit your wits against your fellow Churchillians and have a lot of fun along the way. Come along to the Wolfson Foyer to register (or join) a team. There are prizes to be won and a drinks reception for all teams at the end.


5th October – Churchill Archives Centre Drinks Reception @ Jock Colville Hall, 19:00

Free drinks with prize presentation for winners of the Archives Centre Scavenger Hunt. All are welcome!


5th October – Churchill Societies’ Squash @ Buttery, 19:00

Sign up for college societies and see what we all get up to here in our spare time.


7th October – MCR Formal Hall, 19:00

Get to know you fellow students over a 3 course dinner. Suits and ties for gentlemen, and dresses for ladies.

Sign up online at


8th October – Try Rowing @ P’lodge, 11:00

Find out if you’re full of boatie spirit by trying it out. Note: To avoid missing Matriculation, which is compulsory for all new students, please turn up for the first session at 11am!


8th October – Matriculation Photo and Welcome Address @ P’lodge/Jock Colville Hall, 14:50

Compulsory event – hear all about who’s who in the corridor of power, and how they’ll be helping you during your time at Churchill. Also get a photo to commemorate your matriculation. Followed by drinks and nibbles in the Jock Colville Hall and Bevin room.


8th October – Pub Crawl, meet at P’lodge @ 19:00



15th October – Newnham MCR invites you on a Windsor Trip

Following the success of the Oxford and Norfolk trips last year, Newnham MCR has organised a day trip on October 15th to Windsor, a quintessential English town with a Royal Castle, Theatre, racecourse, Eton college, LEGOland and more.

While we are giving priority to Newnham students, the booking is also open to other college MCRs. If you could share the link below and advertise the opportunity to your freshers it would be much appreciated. Registration and more information are at the link below.


9th October – Archery Taster Sessions

The university’s archery club, CUB, will be holding 3 taster sessions on Sunday the 9th of October, 8-9am, 9-10am, and 10-11am, in the sports hall at the West Cambridge Sports Centre. Anyone is welcome and we will provide all the equipment necessary. Come and see us at the freshers’ fair or email to let us know you are interested, though if you forget to do this you’re still welcome to come along.

We are a friendly club open to anyone, and will be running a beginners’ course throughout Michaelmas – more information at the taster sessions. Hope to see you soon.

Please note we charge £2.50 in order to cover the costs of hiring the hall.

Find out more on our website and facebook page:


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