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The Michaelmas edition is out!

We're proud to announce that the first Chronicle edition of the academic year is now out! You'll be able to find it in the porters' lodge, the common room, ​and the library at Lucy. Go and grab your copy! If you've contributed to our crowdfunding with £10 or more, we'll be contacting you soon to arrange the shipping details. You'll also receive a password that will allow you to have online access to this edition, under the "current edition" tab above. Don't forget you can subscribe to the our magazine at any time by clicking on the "subscriptions" tab! We … Continue reading The Michaelmas edition is out!

Michaelmas call for submissions!

Demeter, goddess of the grain, agriculture, harvest, growth, and nourishment, is our proud choice for this term’s theme. Not sure what it means? Think arriving in Cambridge, think autumn, think transition, think environment, think change, think current events. Basically, think what Demeter could mean to you (and not just agriculturally speaking, though we’d love it too). We, the editorial team are eager to leave room for personal interpretation: whether long or short, literary or journalistic, images or texts, in English or in your native language, feel free to submit anything! Please send all submissions via email at cavendishchronicle@gmail.com by November … Continue reading Michaelmas call for submissions!

Fresh beginnings

Hi everyone! I'm Nicole and I'm the new digital editor of the Cavendish Chronicle. I'll be the one responsible for this website from now on! As the new academic year starts, I'd like to welcome everyone who's interested in the wonderful platform that is the Chronicle. We're currently putting together the team that will strive to keep up the incredible work our predecessors have done. If you're interested in being a part of it, whether as an editor or writer, don't hesitate to contact us! We'll be delighted to hear from you! That's it from me for now, I hope … Continue reading Fresh beginnings

The Cavendish Chronicle Creative Prize – meet the judges!

The Chronicle team has put together a team of expert judges to choose a winner in each of our three Creative Prize categories: poetry, visual art and short fiction. With our winners shortly to be announced and our prizes awarded, we are delighted to introduce you to our panel!  Lucy Durneen’s short stories, poetry and non-fiction have been published across the UK, Europe, America and Asia, in journals including World Literature Today, Hotel Amerika, The Amorist, and Lakeview International Journal of Literature and Arts. Her fiction has been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize, nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and Highly Commended in … Continue reading The Cavendish Chronicle Creative Prize – meet the judges!

Forum on Feminism: In Full

~ All responses to forum questions have been ordered alphabetically ~ Can you give us details about your relationship with feminism, and what it means to you? Alex A: I don't remember a time where I didn't identify as a feminist, mainly because my mum (who is a mega-feminist) always encouraged critical ways of thinking about gender, and the potential limitations that women face such as unequal pay and discrimination in the workplace. However, when I was younger, feminism seemed very simple to me – largely to do with second wave feminist issues about gender and the problems women face … Continue reading Forum on Feminism: In Full

Why I self-identify as a feminist

by Amy Heidi I remember reading an opinion piece in the Chronicle a couple of years ago on "Why I couldn't care less about feminism". While the author and I share the same faith, we do not share the same background; she was "a brown skinned British Muslim with Indian parents", I am an international student who hails from Brunei, a tiny kingdom located on an island in the middle of Southeast Asia. I have a mixed and diverse Asian ancestry that I do not identify as being wholly either South or East Asian. Unlike Ateka, who faced greater discrimination … Continue reading Why I self-identify as a feminist

Welfare is Political

by Laura Carman & Nat Abbott People often don’t believe you’re in crisis; they think this level of crisis is normal because of what they've seen before. Sometimes Cambridge can be the cause and accuser of the blame. This is not a happy piece. As Lemony Snicket once said: “If you are interested in stories with happy endings, you would be better off reading some other books. In this book, not only is there no happy ending, there is no happy beginning and very few happy things in the middle.” People here are really suffering and it is likely more … Continue reading Welfare is Political

Anarchy or Autarky? The dark side of the Bitcoin revolution

by Emma Sims The volatile cryptocurrency’s value rose 900% in 2017, but at what human cost? Lucy Cavendish College is a multidisciplinary haven, one where intellectual vitality abounds. But a tendency to veer towards academic insularity isn’t uncommon, with HSPSers despairing over Durkheim, and the Englings, Dante. It’s nice – and often necessary – to broaden your exposure to other disciplines, other schools of thought, other arenas of study. And yes, while we’re all entitled to audit other courses (Intro to Microeconomics, anyone?), I’m yet to meet anyone who’s actually had the wherewithal to pedal down to Sidgewick and attend … Continue reading Anarchy or Autarky? The dark side of the Bitcoin revolution

Living in Lent.

It's the first day of Lent! After a cold and dark winter, the Cavendish Chronicle is BACK: with more ideas, more amazing content, and more excitement than before! I am STILL here, and still your digital editor [apparently she never leaves, and we are beginning to suspect she never ever will... ed.] The editorial team have had our first meeting of the term, and we have a lot in store for you between now and Easter. Keep an eye out on Facebook and Twitter for us, as we will be running some sneaky competitions over the next few weeks. We are also excited … Continue reading Living in Lent.

Refugees and UK Parliament ~ A Report

by Rabia Nasimi Last week, the Afghanistan and Central Asian Association hosted ‘Refugees and UK Parliament’ at the Houses of Parliament in Westminster. This event was held as part of UK Parliament Week, an annual series of seminars held in conjunction with local MP’s.  The objective of these seminars is to inspire the general public’s interest in parliament, politics, and democracy. You might remember the name of the ACAA from the Michaelmas print edition of the Cavendish Chronicle, which featured my personal journey to Cambridge University (From Refugee to PhD). I am deeply involved in the organisation, and I was … Continue reading Refugees and UK Parliament ~ A Report

Revolution Blues

In the first in our three-part series on women’s football, the Chronicle talks to Linnea Gradin about her newly acquired Cambridge Blue and the future of the game at Cambridge and beyond. Hi Linnea, and congratulations on getting your Blue! Thank you! Can you start by telling us a bit about your career in football so far? I started playing when I was six years old, at home in Sweden. My mum forced me to go to a taster session – I really didn’t want to go, she made me, I went, and I loved it. And I never really … Continue reading Revolution Blues

Flash Fiction Friday

Last week, we set a Flash Fiction challenge for the Lucy community: 500 words on the theme 'The Digital Revolution'. Here, we present you with the winning entries, plus a treat for your Friday afternoon: a couple of sublime poems from Creative Writing MPhil student Charlotte Cornell. Enjoy! Ed’s Note: the Chronicle team are currently sulking up in the tallest turret of Maenad Manor, having received only two Flash Fiction submissions this time round. We promise to give you all a little more notice next time. For now, we have a winner: Caroline Vinall. Congratulations! You win prosecco.    The … Continue reading Flash Fiction Friday

Technically Brilliant – meet the women making tech happen.

by Hollie The Chronicle spoke to some excellent women doing groundbreaking work in the digital and tech fields. For the full feature, check out our print edition! Kirsty Styles, Head of Talent and Skills, Tech North. The tech industry is going twice as fast as the rest of the economy and promises good, creative, flexible jobs in everything from data science to design. But most people still don't know these jobs exist - who even built the apps you use every day? - and even if they do, they often don't think that they're jobs for them. This matters because the … Continue reading Technically Brilliant – meet the women making tech happen.

Dr. Lorna Williamson: live organ donation in the digital age.

by Hollie When the Chronicle met Dr. Lorna Williamson OBE, Lucy Cavendish Fellow Commoner and Director of Publishing and Engagement with the Royal College of Pathologists, we were utterly confounded by the question of live organ donation. Just how complex is the ethical framework for performing this kind of transplant? How does social media complicate the issue still further? And who on earth voluntarily gives up a kidney to a total stranger? Here, Lorna does her best to relieve us of our ignorance. Hello again Lorna! Live organ donation sounds fascinating. Can you tell us a bit about your work … Continue reading Dr. Lorna Williamson: live organ donation in the digital age.

Links: The STEMMinist Revolution

The following information includes additional resources and links from articles published in the Michaelmas print edition, "The STEMMinist Revolution". Understanding the Biology of Emotional Abuse Ruth The mission statement of MQ is to become the equivalent to Mental Health of Cancer Research UK. Find out more about their work here: https://www.mqmentalhealth.org/mental-health More about Anne-Laura’s work is available here, including a list of publications: http://www.annelauravanharmelen.com/ Opinion: Admissions only a small step Laura Carman If anyone is distressed by this content or looking for more information, online resources can be found here: CUSU LGBT+ The Kite Trust There was a recent Australian … Continue reading Links: The STEMMinist Revolution

Transgender acceptance

By Laura Carman On Thursday, 19 October Lucy Cavendish College held a panel on inclusivity guidelines for transgender students. I attended this event with high hopes of hearing how Lucians can encourage policy change that follows the recent decision of Murray Edwards College. The revised policy at Murray Edwards states that the college “will consider any student who, at the point of application, identifies as female and, where they have been identified as male at birth, has taken steps to live in the female gender". Legally, this means the college will no longer be bound by the Gender Recognition Act … Continue reading Transgender acceptance

Baby, it’s cold outside…

The Cambridge winter is approaching, dusk now draws in at approximately 2.35pm, and napping in the library has been de rigueur for weeks. Even the Tories are still, somehow, hanging on in there: grimly, like icicles on razor wire. And yet, out there in the gathering dark, small sparks appear to light our weary way towards the festive season. Hollywood misogynists dropping like needles from a Christmas tree! A resounding “yes” for Australia’s marriage-equality plebiscite! And, right here inside our own cosy, familiar walls, a small Michaelmas miracle: the Cavendish Chronicle’s all-new website, featuring unique digital content and companion pieces … Continue reading Baby, it’s cold outside…

From Refugee to PhD

The Chronicle meets Rabia Nasimi, and gets to know the woman behind the headlines. Rabia Nasimi, a woman already widely recognized for her work and achievements, is now a very busy first year PhD student here at Lucy Cavendish College. She has well-defined interests within her chosen field of sociology already at 23, and she serves as the Chronicle’s BME (Black, Minority, Ethnic) Editor - helping make the Lucy Cavendish community more vibrant and diverse. On top of making great academic and extracurricular contributions to Cambridge, she continues to support, when possible, the work of the Afghanistan and Central Asian … Continue reading From Refugee to PhD

Getting out of bed: This Editor’s Struggle.

Today's the day! The sun is (almost) shining, the tank is clean... and we are LIVE! Our Michaelmas print edition is finding it's way to your pidge today! I'm Laura Carman, the newly appointed Digital Editor and I have a lot of strong feelings about mornings. I'm not sure whether 'Week 5 Blues' stems from stress that has been slowly bubbling away before erupting into those particular 7 days, or the placebo affect of having been warned time and time again of said stress... Either way, I am raising my hand amongst the crowd of exhausted Lucians, sitting on the … Continue reading Getting out of bed: This Editor’s Struggle.