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Selwinfo — Week 8 Lent Term

Hello,


We are at the final week of term!


The minutes from last week's JCR meeting can be found here: https://www.selwynjcr.org/post/meeting-7-minutes-05-03-23


Last week was also our second Open Meeting of Lent Term (see the minutes here): https://www.selwynjcr.org/post/selwinfo-week-7-lent-term


Thank you to everyone who filled in the JCR Big Survey, it has been a great help and committee reports will be out in due course. If you have any more questions/suggestions please do not hestitate to get in touch with me or any other JCR Committee member.


Please find the Selwinfo for this week below.

NOTICES

  1. Message from Negar, LGBTQ Officer

EVENTS:

  1. Green Week — last two events tomorrow and Saturday

  2. Cambridge University Flute Choir Concert (14/03)

  3. Lecture: 'Riddles in Stone', Prof Vidya Dehejia (16/03)

  4. Invitation to Mojito Cuban Salsa Party (11/03)

OPPORTUNITIES

  1. MWA's donation period is open

  2. Campus Children's Holidays Volunteering Application's Open

  3. Research Opportunities for undergrads in STEM

NOTICES

  1. Message from Negar, LGBTQ Officer

'Hey everyone - firstly just a quick reminder that you have access to the Gender Expression Fund, as I have not yet received any requests for it. If you have requested sth and not heard back/received anything, could you please either email me or leave an anonymous letter in my pidge, as that would indicate the form is not working for some reason.

  • As a reminder, this is a fund that offers to reimburse students for items they might use in making themselves more comfortable with their gender presentation, such as (but not limited to) wigs, binders, concealing underwear and so on. Each student can access up to £60 a term and all you have to do is fill out the anonymous form below: https://www.cognitoforms.com/University83/genderexpressionfundreimbursement

Secondly, I want to remind you all that I am running an anonymous pigeonhole messaging system, whereby you can leave an anonymous letter in my pidge (Negar Rahimi) and sign it off with a codename, so I can address my response to the codename and you can come collect it from my pidge whenever you want. You can use this system to address any LGBTQ+ related issues and queries, or let me know if you need any help/support regarding an LGBTQ+ related problem. And lastly, I thought I would circulate the link to the WhatsApp LGBTQ+ groupchat one more time, in case anyone has somehow still missed it: https://chat.whatsapp.com/EyEzJTxLCRLEya2YYby2MI' EVENTS

  1. Green Week — last two events tomorrow and Saturday

We hope you've enjoyed Green Week so far! We have two more events over the next few days - please do come along if you can!

  • Friday 10th March 17:00 (Kathleen Lyttelton room - note room change!) - 'Banking on the planet: the power of your personal finances' workshop with Switch Cambridge

Join Switch Cambridge and the Selwyn JCR in this interactive workshop, which will focus on issues surrounding conventional banking, and its effect on global climate change, and guide students through the process of 'switching' to a more ethical bank account - whether that be your own personal account, or even the account of a university society that you help run. There will be tea, coffee, cakes and biscuits available - so definitely not one to miss!

  • Saturday 11th March 19:00 (JCR) - vegan potluck and film screening!

Bring your favourite vegan dish to a potluck at Selwyn JCR for a screening of David Attenborough's 'A Life on Our Planet'. Once again, if you have any questions or suggestions, please do contact Sahar at jcrgreen@sel.cam.ac.uk.

2. Cambridge University Flute Choir Concert

Cambridge University Flute Choir have an upcoming concert (their first since early 2020) featuring music from the ages (from Haydn to Disney!) and they invite anyone interested to attend on: Tuesday 14th March at 8pm | Churchill College Music Centre - Recital Room

3. Lecture: 'Riddles in Stone', Prof Vidya Dehejia

Date: Thursday 16 March 2023 Time: 5.30pm – 7.15pm Location: The Graham Storey Room, Trinity Hall, Trinity Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1TJ A series of irregular granite outcrops along the coast of the Bay of Bengal caught the imagination of 7th/8th century Indian sculptors. They transformed some boulders into monolithic temples, cut caves into others, and turned others into sculpted tableaux. And over half of these varied structures have been left incomplete. Why? Join Professor Vidya Dehejia, Barbara Stoler Miller Professor Emerita of Indian Art at Columbia University in New York, to delve into these mysteries. The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception. The event is free of charge, and everyone is welcome to attend. Find out more and book online: https://www.trinhall.cam.ac.uk/news-events/events/vidya-dehejia-riddles-in-stone/

4. Invitiation to Mojito Cuban Salsa Party

The Cambridge University Cuban Salsa Society have organised a special salsa party and invite anyone interested to attend (beginners are welcome). When: Sat 11 March (two levels class: 7:30-11pm; social dance party: 8:45pm-11pm) Where: Wolfson College (Barton Road, Seminar Room) Cost for class, mojito mocktail and party:

  • £8 general

  • £6 student or member

  • £4 student and member

Book from their Facebook page: Cambridge University Cuban Salsa Society OPPORTUNITIES

  1. MWA's donation period is OPEN

MWA’s donations period is open at www.mayweekalternative.org.uk till 23:59, Sunday 12 March! We recommend that you donate to the Against Malaria Foundation, one of the world's most effective charities, but you are welcome to donate to any other charity of your choice. All donations are match-funded for double the impact, and we come together to celebrate our collective impact at a summer party during May Week, with food, drinks, entertainment and good vibes! Don't miss out on the opportunity to do good by having a huge impact, and feel good by celebrating it with us! You can find out more, join and donate at www.mayweekalternative.org.uk!

2. Campus Children's Holidays Volunteering Application's OPEN

Campus provides much-needed respite breaks to disadvantaged children from the Merseyside area. Children are referred to us by social services meaning we work with some of the most vulnerable children - children in care, some who have been abused, young carers and those living in poverty or violent neighbourhoods. We provide a week of fun activities, giving the children a break from difficult home lives. We run two projects each summer:

  • Residential - this takes place in North Yorkshire and the children stay overnight. Activities can include horse riding, roller skating, swimming, theme parks, beach trips and more!

  • Hippo - this takes place in Liverpool and we pick up/drop off the children each day. Activities are similar to Res including the beach, swimming, bowling etc. Evenings are spent preparing for the next day with some downtime to socialise with other volunteers. As we stay in a church hall, the local swimming baths is used for volunteers to shower.

How you can help 1. Group Leader - Volunteers act as group leaders where they are assigned a small group of children to look after for the week. New helpers will be paired with experienced volunteers. You are responsible for keeping the children safe and encouraging them to have as much fun as possible! For the residential project, you are also required to get the children to bed each night and awake and ready the next day. 2. Group Leader/Driver - We need people who can drive our minibuses. To be eligible to drive our minibuses, you must be aged 21+ and have held a full UK driving license for at least 2 years. 3. Domestic - For our Residential project, we require a small team to keep site clean and tidy and cook our meals. Domestics can still spend some time with the children, such as at mealtimes or for activities such as pizza making or cupcake decorating. After completing our application form, we will contact you to arrange an informal interview/training session. Successful applicants will then undergo an enhanced DBS check, references obtained and further training. Information session: A virtual information session will be held on Tuesday 14th March at 7pm. Join here:https://meet.google.com/vsg-nkoh-bab Sign up to volunteer here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdbMnpGJ82_9r3Vm7wPK2BQ-SHLPgufUlN7y4H0oFzWkvM2CA/viewform?usp=sf_link Finally, if you have any questions or would like more information, please get in contact (recruitment@campusholidays.org.uk) or see our website (campusholidays.org.uk) or Facebook page (facebook.com/campusholidays).

3. Research Opportunity for undergrads in STEM

ATTENTION MATHEMATICIANS, COMPUTER SCIENTISTS, PHYSICISTS, ENGINEERS, CHEMISTS !!! HPQC Labs is recruiting students for full-time and part-time research projects in high-performance artificial intelligence and high-performance computing for solving problems in chemistry, physics and mathematics. Training is given. Students do not have to travel if they wish to join the Oxford or Cambridge based groups in the UK. 1st and 2nd year undergraduate students have already seen their work with HPQC Labs published in scientific journals in the past. The students may get the opportunity to travel internationally to present their findings at major conferences. Students will get the opportunity to use some of the worlds largest supercomputers and quantum computers (all training is provided). If you know are interested please email Dr Nike Dattani nike@hpqc.org (please don't send a CV at this early stage though). Questions can also be addressed to info@hpqc.org. JCR love, Katy (she/her)

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