Welcome to corpusJCR!
corpusJCR is the website of the JCR (Student Union) of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. The JCR acts to represent all student members in the College, as well as helping with any welfare problems and providing services to make life easier—including this website.
If you love fun, fancy dress, and/or exercise, please see the message below about Cambridge’s annual Santa-dash
All the best,
The 2nd annual Cambridge University Charity Santa Dash will be run this Sunday 24th November. Join the Facebook group at: http://tinyurl.com/qy5ovkp , don your favourite Christmas attire and join us at 1pm sharp at the Senate House on King’s Parade for a leisurely and fun jog through 5 Cambridge colleges!
The entrance fee is only £5 and all proceeds go to the Kenyan Orphans Project charity http://www.kopafrica.org/. There will also be a prize for the best fancy dress!
This promises to be an amazingly fun event and we hope to see you there!
A message from Bene’t Club member, Jazzy Brady:
We just wanted to let you know how to keep up to date with music at Corpus. The Bene’t Club organises lunchtime recitals, acoustic nights and Master’s lodge concerts throughout the year and if you have any other ideas about anything musical you’d like to see happening at Corpus we can set it up. The best way to find out about what’s happening is to subscribe to our mailing list which you can do at:
We’ll use the mailing list to let you know about performance opportunities, as well as to advertise events that we’re organising. If you were on the mailing list last year but haven’t heard from me yet this year, please resubscribe.
You can also like our facebook page to get updates on what’s going on and to get hold of the photographs from past events. https://www.facebook.com/thebenetclub
We have put together a directory of what instruments we have in Corpus, so if you play an instrument it would be great if you could let me know. This doesn’t commit you to performing, it’s just useful for us to know who’s around. We can also make this directory available to anyone trying to set something up who needs to know if other people might be keen to join in.
Hope term’s going well for you all,
Earlier this term, many of us observed significant problems with the speed and quality of the internet connection in and around Corpus. This email explains what the problem was, and what has been done to fix it. If all you care is that the internet works, you can stop reading here.
The IS&T department have now fully investigated the matter and found that the slowdown was caused by two individuals using astronomically high amounts of bandwidth (over one weekend, for example, a single individual was responsible for 40% of all internet traffic in and out of Corpus. That’s a lot of traffic.).
The individuals responsible have now been spoken to and changed their bandwidth usage. The connection should now be fully functional again. To prevent this kind of disruption happening in future, the IS&T department have adopted the following plan:
If they detect a network event which is likely to seriously impact the quality of the internet connection (e.g. a user using 5000 simultaneous TCP connections), this is what they will do:
- The ITS department email the student responsible for the system alarm. Note that alarm/alerts can come from Corpus or the University Computing Service.
- Corpus Information Services & Technology Department monitors the user’s behavioural change and offers ‘anti-virus’ / ‘anti-malware’ support, should it be the case their computer was compromised inadvertently.
- If there is no improvement 1-2 days later, they email again expressing their concern and implement a ‘bandwidth throttle’ on the network services for the target user, saying also they have done this with a CC of the email to Tutorial and the JCR/MCR Computing Officer.
Rest assured, this policy should not affect the way the vast majority of us have been use to using the internet, no matter how much iPlayer/Netflix/Youtube you watch, how many copies of MATLAB you download from the Cavendish, or how many Linux distros you download via bittorrent. It really only applies in extreme cases, and is pretty much what Anil use to do anyway.
If you have any questions, please contact the IS&T department, by popping into E1 or dropping them an email on [help...@corpus.cam.ac.uk].
All the best,
Many thanks to those who came along to the last JCR Open Meeting. If you missed it, you can catch up on what was said here on the JCR website: http://www.corpus.cam.ac.uk/jcr/archives/minutes
The next JCR Open Meeting will be held on Thursday 21 November at 1900 in the Pelican Bar.
This is likely to be the most significant open meeting of term, as we will be discussing the college’s proposed changes to rent, KFC and the IT connection charge for next academic year.
In addition, any member of the JCR is welcome to submit motions for discussion at JCR Open Meetings. Third-year Corpuscle Chris Sarnowski has proposed the motion:
"The JCR should stop subscribing to the Daily Mail."
Decisions taken at quorate open meetings are binding, so if you have any feelings on Chris’ motion you should definitely be there. The deadline for submission of motions is Sunday 17th November.
A detailed summary of the rent proposal will follow soon.
Much JCR love,
A message from your Amenities Officer, Fawz Kazzazi:
Interested in how YOUR bar will look in the future? Fancy yourself as a bit of a designer? Want to be on a committee? Then email Fawz (fk276) to be on the bar design committee to be involved with any changes to the facilities, decor and layout of the bar.
Firstly, I’ll be running a drop in session from 3.20p.m. to 6p.m. this Friday. You are, of course, always welcome to text me to ask if I am in for a talk, or simply knock on my door. This is just a time when I’m guaranteed to be in my room if you have anything you want to chat about.
Secondly, I’ve been asked to make sure people knew how to contact the night porter. You can go to F staircase (where the porters lodge is) and knock on the door until they wake up. But ringing the porters lodge should also do the trick. The number is 01223338000.
Finally, I’ve realised (*touch wood*) that my spelling is significantly less awful than it was last term. I’ve had numerous people in desperation attempting to get sweets off me for style points (with particular grief being raised over how I use a.m. and p.m.). Well, I’m giving in. Anything that can count as mistake, even a really obscure grammatical one, will be considered. Who knows, one day, with the hard work of tens of welfare email readers, I might even be able to write emails as eloquent as Jamie’s. Miracles can happen.
Radical changes are afoot! The University is looking at updating our beloved Camtools to something called “Moodle”.
They would like to hear from us about what works best! To this end, CUSU and the Management Information Services Division (MISD) are conducting a pilot focus group.
Join in and you can shape the future of online learning at Cambridge.
To entice you they are providing snacks, drinks, and an opportunity to win a £10 Amazon voucher.
All subjects and years are welcome, and if you think you would be up for it please fill out the Google form below to indicate your availabilities:
Voting for freshers’ rep elections has now closed. The votes have been counted and the results are as follows:
FIRST PREFERENCE VOTES: - Lessof Gendler, Noa - 21 - Hadlow, Ryan - 1 - Lock, Simon - 12 - Re-Open Nominations (RON) - 3 The threshold is 18.5. Candidate Lessof Gendler, Noa is successfully elected. Total voter turnout: 43.5%
The votes have been counted and independently verified by both myself, Paul Gordon, and independent observer Issy Kettle. As returning officer, I am satisfied that this is a true and fair election.
Thanks to all candidates for their excellent campaigns, and congratulation to Noa on her successful election.
All the best,
p.s. feel like a break this afternoon? Drop into Chapel Chill any time between now and 5pm for some seriously relaxing sounds, soft-things, and bubble-wrap. :)
Voting for the JCR freshers rep will take place in paper ballot tomorrow between 8am and 2pm in the Pelican Bar.
Steve the bar manager is offering an exclusive deal for all freshers who vote in the election: if you order a hot chocolate tomorrow, you can get whipped cream, marshmallows, and chocolate sauce on top all for free!
The voting will take the form of a paper ballot and is run as a Single Transferable Vote. You rank the candidates in order or preference, placing a “1″ next to your first choice of candidate, “2″ next to your second and “3″ next to your third choice. You do not have to rank all candidates. More details about STV follow at the end of this email.
If you didn’t make it to the hustings this evening and what to know what the candidates said, you can view a copy of the hustings minutes here: http://www.corpus.cam.ac.uk/jcr/archive-file-download.php?file_id=602
Get keen, get to the bar, and get voting!
Your returning officer,
From the JCR constitution: Appendix I, election schedules (p.21)
(l) The essential features of the Single Transferable Vote system shall be defined as:
(1) A single vote, whereby each elector can choose his/her prospective representative from a number of candidates.
(2) Several representatives elected together to enable different viewpoints and opinions to be reflected.
(3) Election by quota, being the minimum number of votes which if attained by as many candidates as there are places to be filled leaves at most a quota of votes unused.
(4) The single vote to be transferable according to preferences expressed by the elector to enable the surpluses of candidates who exceed the quota and the votes of the candidates with no possibility of election to be transferred to the continuing candidates until the required number of representatives is elected.
(m) For the purpose of counting the votes, the “re-open nominations” (“RON”) rubric on the voting paper shall be treated as if a candidate. If at any stage of the count the “re-open nominations” candidate gains the required number of votes to be elected, it shall be deemed to have been elected and any surplus and any further votes transferred to a further “re-open nominations” candidate. This stage shall be repeated as required. The returning officer shall declare unfilled the number of “re-open nominations” candidates deemed to have been elected, if any.
From Charlotte the academic and access officer:
Are you getting enough supervisions?
Each year, the University publishes supervision norms, which are the suggested number of hours of supervisions students can expect to get for each Part of a Tripos.
This information is a helpful resource to ensure parity between Colleges, i.e. that students in Part n of X Tripos are getting the same academic support regardless of their College.
A copy of this data is attached, and the file will also be uploaded to the Archive section of the jcr website.
Any questions just drop me an e-mail :)