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2015-16 MCR Committee Elected

Dear Caians,

It is our pleasure to announce this year’s MCR Committee:

President Bogdan Cristea
Vice-President Caitlin Ellis
Treasurer Alex Shattock
Secretary Helen Springbett
Dining Officers Apostolos Apostolakis, Stephanie Chrysanthou, Maria Tsapali
Social Secretaries Yassen Abbas, Claire Brighton, Sebastian Porsdam-Mann, Luca Telesca
MCR-SCR Officer Paulina Rowicka
Welfare Officer Yiwang Xu
Women’s Officer Sophie Aspinall
First Year Reps Tammy Chen & Rosa Sun
International Officer Bihe Chen
Green Officer Johannes Richter
Sports Officer Callum Benson

Ben and I have had a wonderful year working on your behalf, and we hope that some of what we’ve accomplished has made a material difference in your time at Caius — it’s truly been a pleasure.

Handover, which takes place for the month of February, involves officers passing on their portfolios to new committee members — so you’ll see both sets of Committees in action for the next 3-4 weeks.

In the meantime, a warm welcome to our successors, particularly Bogdan and Caitlin: we wish you the best in the year to come.

With very best wishes – we’ll miss you all!!

Allegra & Ben


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2015-2016 MCR Committee Elections: Candidates and Manifestos

Election season is upon us! Below is a roster of the candidates standing for election to the 2015-2016 MCR Committee. Proceedings will kick off in earnest with hustings at port night this Thursday, January 29th at 8.30 PM in the MCR; the election itself will take place on Friday, January 30th from from 12.00AM-11.59 PM.

The candidates for the Caius MCR 2015-2016 Committee Elections are as follows:

President: Bogdan Cristea (nominated by Tom Drury and seconded by Nick Grantham) President & VP Manifesto

Vice-President: Caitlin Ellis (nominated by Tammy Chen and seconded by Niki Kunciw); President & VP Manifesto

Treasurer: Alex Shattock (nominated by Michael Gottschalk and seconded by Maria Tsapali) Treasurer Manifesto

Secretary: Helen Springbett (nominated by Cheng Chen and seconded by Claire Brighton) Secretary Manifesto

Dining Officers: Stephanie Chrysanthou, Apostolos Apostolakis, Maria Tsapali (nominated by Callum Benson and seconded by David Gawith) Dining Officers Manifesto

Social Secretaries: Claire Brighton, Yassen Abbas, Sebastian Porsdam-Mann, Luca Telesca (nominated by Rosa Sun and seconded by Bogdan Cristea) Social Secretaries Manifesto

MCR-SCR Officer: Paulina Rowicka (nominated by Allegra Fryxell and seconded by Anna Osnato) MCR-SCR Manifesto

Welfare Officer: Yiwang Xu (nominated by Karthik Chandrasekharan and seconded by Matthew Mathew) Welfare Officer Manifesto

Women’s Officer: Sophie Aspinall (nominated by Caitlin Ellis and seconded by Gabby Lewis) Women’s Officer Manifesto

First Year Reps.: Rosa Sun and Tammy Chen (nominated by Bogdan Cristea and seconded by Caitlin Ellis) Freshers’ Reps Manifesto

International Officer: Bihe Chen (nominated by Paulina Rowicka and seconded by Lucy Allen) International Officer Manifesto

Green Officer: Johannes Richter (nominated by Paulina Rowicka and seconded by Ben Folit-Weinberg) Green Officer Manifesto

Sports Officer: Callum Benson (nominated by Evan Keyzer and seconded by Stephanie Chrysanthou) Sports Officer Manifesto

If anybody is still interested in getting involved with the committee this year, the following positions are still vacant: Married Officer and Computing Officer. These are valuable roles and so it would be great if anybody wanted to step in! Don’t hesitate to get in touch (bjf32@cam.ac.uk) if you have any other questions.


MCR Committee Elections, 2015-16

Dear Caians,
MCR Committee elections will take place on Friday, 30 January 2015. The following positions are available to be contested; positions with an asterisk are typically occupied by 2-3 members:

  • President
  • Vice-President
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Dining Officer(s)*
  • Social Officer(s)*
  • Computer Officer
  • Welfare Officer
  • International Officer
  • Women’s Officer
  • Green Officer
  • First Year Rep(s)*
  • Sports Officer
  • LGBT Officer
  • Married Officer
  • MCR-SCR Rep
  • Accommodation Officer

The deadline for announcing your candidacy is noon, 23 January 2015.

According to custom, the Vice-President is the ‘Returning Officer’ for MCR elections. If you are interested in running for one of the above positions, please email Ben Folit-Weinberg (bjf32@cam.ac.uk) to register as a candidate,

(1) stating which position you are contesting; and

(2) providing the names of two MCR members willing to sponsor (second) your candidacy.

The deadline for submitting a brief manifesto to Ben is noon, 25 January.

Hustings (where all candidates are invited to say a few words about why they should be elected – always entertaining!) will be held at Port Night on 29 January, and the election will take place by online ballot starting midnight Thursday and remaining open for 24h until midnight Friday, 30 January.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with Ben or with the incumbent committee member for the position that you are interested in.

Once again, do consider running for a committee position. It’s great fun, excellent experience, and well worth your time!

Best wishes,



MCR Constitution 2011ed. – Section IV

Caius flower

Congratulations to Catherine Porter

Catherine Porter’s paper “Bound and Unbound Identity: The Reconstruction of Katanga’s Nationhood Struggle” has won the 2014 African Studies Association Graduate Student Paper Prize awarded to the best graduate student paper presented at the ASA annual meeting. The award will be presented at the next annual meeting of the African Studies Association in November 2014 in Indianapolis.



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Welcome back!

Dear Caians,

Welcome back to another term at Caius! Michaelmas term officially starts Tuesday, October 7th (and you can sign up to dine in hall from then), but in the meantime Joe & Lucy have compiled an impressive programme for Freshers Fortnight, which kicks off this Friday, Sept. 26th. Attached is a full schedule of events that all grads are invited to attend, so please drop by to see old faces and meet new ones!

What else is on? The Social Secs take on Newmarket races, House Reps are needed, and a save-the-date for your Michaelmas bop; see below for details.

Looking forward to seeing you all soon,


1. Freshers Fortnight: ALL Caians welcome

First up: Drop by Caius Bar this Saturday (Sept. 27) from 8-11pm for an informal bar evening to meet the new Freshers ;)

Come to Saffron Brasserie for the ‘international curry dinner’ on Sunday at 7.30pm (sign-up required). OR, try your luck bowling on Monday (8-10pm) or dining on fresh tapas and classy cocktails at La Raza on Wednesday, October 1st (sign-up required). Download the Excel file for the complete calendar of events: MCR Freshers 2014 – all grads

 2. Caius at the GEE-GEES!

For those of you who enjoy high-octane-adrenaline-fuelled sport, others who used to enjoy F1 but now disapprove of the carbon footprint, fellows who appreciate fine bloodstock, and some of you who simply enjoy boozing in a crowd, the Cambridgeshire day at Newmarket is what you have been waiting for. Saturday the 28th September, suited and booted; be there with a racing post under one arm and a little float to get you going in one of the liveliest investment playgrounds outside wall street!

Get in touch < gjt32 > if keen. Tickets are £17 but might be able to negotiate with a larger group.

Afterwards I suggest drifting into Newmarket to experience a lively, pugilistically charged atmosphere at the Yard pub, which is opposite SUFFOLK’S BIGGEST NIGHTCLUB; De Niro’s. Wow! A palace of profligacy. Newmarket is very close, again with numbers we can likely order a minibus, and it is served by the train.

 3. House Reps needed: 3, 5, 8 Harvey

We’re still looking for House Rep volunteers for 3, 5, and 8 Harvey Road. In exchange for a modicum of labour (regularly disposing of the recycling bin, keeping abreast of any problems in the house, and the occasional solicitation from your lovely MCR Committee about heating/draughtiness), you are renumerated £20 from your college bill.

If you’re interested, please email arpf2.

4.  Save the Date: Michaelmas Bop

The first bop of the year will be Friday, Oct. 17th at Harvey Court – more details to follow from your Social Secs!

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Lunch in Hall, dine at High Table, Pavilion Party, and more

1. Lunch in Hall

Just a reminder that lunch is still available from 12.15-1.00PM in hall, at the usual price, during Long Vac.

2.  Invitation to dine at High Table with the Fellows (Friday, 8th August)

It is a pleasure to announce that the Fellows cordially invite ten members of the MCR to dine with them at High Table in the Fellows’ Dining Room on Friday 8th August.

The evening will begin with pre-prandial drinks in the Lord Colyton Hall from 7PM, dinner will start at 7.20PM and dessert is likely to finish between 9-10PM.

3. Save the Date: Pavilion Party (16 August)

The Sports Officers are organising an informal party to be held mid-August in Caius’ Sports Pavilion. On offer will be a selection of mixed drinks, beer, and non-alcoholic refreshments, as well as nibbles and games. Anyone is welcome to come — including non-Caians — and further details will be sent in the next two weeks.

4. Accommodation Database: Energy Efficiency

Ben is compiling a “Green Database” about graduate accommodation to be submitted to college on 8 August. Anyone with comments or complaints who didn’t get a chance to ansewr the survey Bojana distributed in April is welcome to send further feedback or complaints about heating controls, draughty windows and doors, or any other structurally-related energy issues, directly to Ben this week.

5. Scudamore’s Punting Deal

Caius joined the Student Punt Scheme at Scudamore’s, which allows Caius students to get a discount on punt and boat hire (£12.50 instead of £18.75/h). The rates to hire kayaks are reduced to £7.50/h (1 person) or £12.50/h (2 person).

If you want to go on a day trip to Grantchester, hiring a punt for a day is now £50 (instead of £75). Another benefit is we can now get priority booking for punts during May Week. To get any of these discounts, simply show your student card when booking.

6. House Reps

Anyone who is moving (or has moved) out of college, and is still listed as a House Rep, please email Allegra by the end of August so I can find a replacement.

At the moment we need volunteers for 3, 5 & 8 Harvey. If you are interested in taking on the responsibilities of house rep (for which you will be paid £20 per term, in exchange for taking out the recycling, helping us gather information on energy efficiency within the house, and representing any problems residents experience to the MCR Committee) please be in touch.


Caius does University Challenge

And just when you thought our college dominance couldn’t get any better after the Caius MB,  the amazing team of:

Anthony Martinelli (Captain, 6th Year Medicine)
Michael Taylor (3rd Year History PhD/7th Year at Caius)
Jeremy Warner (4th Year Chemistry)
& Ted Loveday (2nd Year Law)

– are shortly to make their debut on BBC 2′s University Challenge in their first round against St Anne’s College, Oxford!

Make sure to tune in on August 11 at 20.00h (if you miss it live, don’t worry; the episode will soon be available on iPlayer).

UC Series 21 - G&C-2In the meantime, some photos to whet your appetite!

Middle Combination Room at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge