Virtual Easter Week 7

A special thank you to JCR Member David Khachaturov for providing these awesome pictures of the Churchill College Minecraft page 🙂

Churchill MCR Response to Racism

The CUSU BME Campaign has written an open letter surrounding Cambridge
Colleges and the University wide response to the murders of black
individuals in the States, the Black Lives Matter movement and the
racism experienced by our own students here in Cambridge. The open
letter can be found here:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfRr99_usHWeQFeh1uXHu69kxNJW9AbMtpZCPFKjNJdEbyCkA/viewform

The letter outlines steps that can be taken by Colleges and put into
place University wide to ensure that there are both structural and
cultural changes taking place and to ensure that we are always tackling
racism, not just after a death and when it is too late. This includes
publicly condemning racism, providing support for people who have
experienced racism, access for black and ethnic minority students and
many more actions. Silence must be called out. Lack of action after
making a statement must be called out.

Your MCR stands against all racism and police brutality and supports the
Black Lives Matter movement. Therefore your MCR committee has voted to
sign the CUSU BME Campaign open letter and if you also believe that this
is an issue, we encourage you to personally sign the letter.

Silence and inaction is complicity.

We appreciate that this is a very difficult time for many of our
students. The CUSU BME Campaign is a source of support, advocacy and
community for BME students (https://www.cusu.co.uk/about/cusu
campaigns/the-black-and-minority-ethnic-campaign/), you can request a
black counsellor at the University Counselling Service by asking for one
in the ‘free text’ boxes on the pre-counselling form
(https://forms.counselling.cam.ac.uk/), the NUS Black Students’ Campaign
works on a national level to campaign for BME students
(https://www.nus.org.uk/en/who-we-are/how-we-work/black-students/?fbclid=IwAR1roxllDMINBYR-sAR_ut0rqaLVzdgfmL44AfR3_5eht2f7l6ZlCds4dgw)
and, of course, your MCR committee are always here for you so please get
in touch with your welfare officers or myself if there is anything we
can do for you.

If you have experienced racism in Cambridge, please get in touch with
your tutor, the senior postgraduate tutor, the senior tutor, your MCR
welfare officers or myself. We stand with you.

Jannat Ijaz, MCR President

Notes from College

Online Counselling and Support Available

We know this is a difficult time for everyone, and so we encourage you to please reach out to your Directors of Studies and Tutors if you have any issues or concerns. Please also be aware that remote counselling is available for everyone even if you are no longer in Cambridge through college (updated information at https://www.chu.cam.ac.uk/student-hub/resources/support-welfare/counselling/)  and also the University’s student wellbeing service (https://www.studentwellbeing.admin.cam.ac.uk/coronavirus). For those of you still in Cambridge, the college nurse is working normal hours and is available at nurse@chu.cam.ac.uk and https://www.chu.cam.ac.uk/student-hub/resources/support-welfare/nurse/.

MCR Events

MCR Zoom Yoga Wednesday 10th at 6PM

Details on the Zoom to follow from Elre! If you can’t join you can watch the zoom afterwards 🙂

Churchill Bake Off Week 6 : Grand Finale

Look out for an email from Rebecca Heath for more information on how to submit photos of your favorite bakes and win a prize!

Churchill Ents Page Weekly Quiz

Visit the Churchill Ents Page for their Weekly Quiz and a chance to make it onto the Leaderboard!

Academic

LMB-UNIGE Life Sciences Symposium July 8-10 — SIGN UP NOW!

I’m writing on behalf of the graduate student association at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, which this year is hosting a virtual life sciences symposium from 8-10 July. This will include talks from leading researchers in the life sciences, student poster presentations, a data visualisation workshop, virtual pub quiz, and much more. Though organised and hosted by graduate students from LMB and the University of Geneva, the symposium is open to all. Basic registration for the event is free, and can be done at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lmb-unige-graduate-life-sciences-symposium-2020-tickets-90813480565

Around the University

2020 Virtual May Bumps

The entry for Virtual May Bumps this year is open. I’ve attached the info below, but if you’re interested in taking part please sign up via the google form below and we’ll organise Churchill BC teams from there. The deadline to sign up is the 13th June!
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/10zYqpB0wQjKrwoiGBn-AwhL4sDUZRsuNTGl9xShXWo0/edit

Entry for Virtual May Bumps 2020 is now open! In association with the May Week Mega Event we bring you 4 days of intense racing, your crew’s chance for (virtual) blades…


The basics:
– 3 divisions: Men’s, Women’s, Alumni/Staff/Mixed.
– 4 days, each member of a crew runs 800m each day. Times are put into the bumps simulation in the order submitted to reveal the bumps, over bumps and row-overs…
– crews of 9, teams in the Women’s division may have a male Cox and vice versa.
-Bumps charts to start from last year’s Mays, GoR crews will be randomised at the bottom of the Men’s/Women’s division. 

This year we are taking the opportunity to run an extra division for Alumni, Staff, or crews of mixed Men’s and Women’s side. Entries will be randomised within their categories- please see our website for further details.

Tune into our Facebook page during the week for the LIVE event- daily fines, competitions, prizes… and all the chaos that May bumps normally entails!

Website: https://www.virtualmaybumps.co.uk/Facebook page and event:@Virtual May Bumps 2020Instagram: @virtualmaybumps2020
Please spread the word among your Clubs, Colleges, and Alumni- the more entries, the more competition and chaos!