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MCR Tournaments 2014

News iconHey guys!

Guess what? It's time for your annual MCR tournaments! If you would like to show-off your skills or have a go at playing Table Football, Pool or, proudly our very own, Downing Curling Pool, now is the time to do so!

You can compete individually or as a team, and all levels are welcome! There will be approx. 6-8 matches in the group stage (best of 5 games/frames), with the winners going through to the semi-finals and finals.

It's for free, and it's lots of fun! Prizes include trophies, name plaques and of course a never-ending reputation.

Please sign up on the sheet pinned to the notice board in the MCR (Name and CRSid). All matches are to be played between April 21st and May 30th - the finals will be celebrated with our bar being open:)

Get excited!

Bar, Sports and Amenities love,

P.S: If you are not around to sign up for the tournaments, please email me with details about the game(s) you wish to play.

Posted Tue Mar 25 15:02:56 2014 by nag32

Room Ballot

News iconSunday 16th March

The MCR ballot for assigning college accommodation will take place on Sunday 16th March in the MCR. Details of the rooms available and the order of the ballot will be circulated a few days before the event. It will be possible to nominate a proxy to select a room on your behalf if you are not able to attend.

Posted Thu Mar 6 10:49:14 2014 by ll379

New Downing MCR Committee for 2014

News iconThe current MCR committee is pleased to announce the results of yesterday's elections for the next MCR Committee. The new officers, listed below, will being their term on Thursday 12 December. Congratulations to all!

- President: Cindy Valreau
- Vice-President: John Morgan
- Treasurer: Marc Jansen
- Welfare and Education: James Fox and Suil Collins
- Social Secretaries: Malte Hoffmann and David John Roche
- Bar, Sport and Amenities: Nicole Gkatza
- Communications: Lewis Lea
- Environment: Tara Jafarmadar
- International: Gregory Akall
- Equal Opportunities: Clare Pacini

Like every year, we also voted on Cambridge University Students Union (CUSU) and Gradute Union (GU) affiliation. We remain affiliated to both.

Teresa (CRSid mts38, MCR President 2013 and Returning Officer in charge of the elections) will be happy to answer any questions you might have about the elections or the transition to the new committee.

Posted Fri Dec 6 10:49:14 2013 by mts38


News iconAre you thinking of getting more involved in graduate life at Downing? We've got MCR committee elections coming up!

There are eleven positions in the MCR committee. Each position involves different responsibilities and skills, although most of the time you will work as a team to make important decisions about college representation and the social activities of the MCR. Above all, it is a very rewarding experience.

There is more information on the website. However, we urge you to contact the current officers personally. They will be able to tell you what the job entails, time commitments and whatever else you might want to know. You can find their email addresses here:

Nominations - Open from 13 November until 3 December

From Wednesday 13 November and until Tuesday 3 December we will be accepting nominations through the following page: Please note that you will be asked to enter the name of a proposer and a seconder to endorse your candidacy. Any member of the MCR can serve as proposer or seconder. 

Manifestos - From 13 November until 29 November

Please send in your manifestos to from 13 to 29 November. The manifestos will be put up on the website: will be displayed until the elections. The form your manifesto takes is really up to you, but you should say why you feel you would make a good MCR officer, what skills you can offer and what things you would like to see changed, continued or implemented over the next year.

Hustings - 1 December at 2 pm

Hustings will take place on Sunday 1 December at 2 pm in the MCR. The event involves briefly introducing yourself and your manifesto to MCR members, followed by opening the floor to questions. If multiple people run for the same position, this is an invaluable opportunity to gain support for your cause. 

Elections - 5 December

MCR committee elections, where all members of the MCR can vote, will be held on 5 December, the day of Christmas Dinner. You can vote through single transferable vote from 1 pm in the MCR until the evening, at the Christmas Dinner drinks reception in the SCR. The Returning Officer (a member of theMCR committee who is not running again) will be responsible for overseeing the elections and announcing the results in the MCR after Christmas Dinner. 

If you have any questions about the elections process, please do not hesitate to contact me at

Posted Fri Nov 22 01:57:27 2013 by nt337

Dow MCR facebook page

News iconDowning MCR now has its very own facebook page:

The MCR Committee will use this page for all the announcements and to keep you up to date on the social, welfare and academic events we organise. Don't forget to like the page and stay tuned!!

Posted Thu Nov 21 00:03:59 2013 by nt337


News iconAloha, MCR! Hurry up and book your places for this year's MCR Hawaiian Miniball while you still can. There are still a few places left and booking will close on Monday at 5 pm. Don't miss out! The event starts at 4:30 pm on Saturday 31 August.

Booking link:

If you would like to make any changes to your preexisting booking, such as adding extra guests or changing your dietary requirements, please email downingmcrevents AT before Monday at 5 pm.

Posted Wed Aug 14 16:01:18 2013 by mts38

Downing MCR Hawaiian Miniball Booking OPEN!

News iconALOHA!

The booking for the DOWNING HAWAIIAN MINIBALL is now open!

We are bringing the beach, the flowers, the cocktails, the dances and all the rest right in the heart of Downing College!
SO… put on your flower leis and come celebrate with us!

The Downing MCR Hawaiian Miniball will take place on Saturday 31st August starting at 7:30 pm!

The booking is open for Downing members only from Friday 12/07/2013 to Friday 19/07/2013. Downing college members can book for themselves and up to 3 guests.
The booking will open for everyone else on Friday 19/07/2013.

In case a member would like to book more than three guest tickets, they will have to wait until the 19th of July to book the extra tickets.

The prices for the tickets are as follows:

Downing Member: £40.00
Non-member: £46.00
To book, please fill out the following form:

The prices include:

- Garden Party with lama pa’ipa’i’s (cocktails) and loads of ents…
- Ono ‘ahina ahiahi (delicious sit-down dinner) including drinks
- Casino, Bar, Band and DJ throughout the night
- Ku’u aku room (relaxation) in case the excitement is too overwhelming…
- Inu’s (drinks) throughout the evening

Special non-alcoholic beverages will be provided!

Dress code: Black Tie

Hope to see as many of you there!

Melama pono … (take care)
Downing MCR committee xxx

Posted Mon Jul 15 23:50:12 2013 by nt337

Downing College MCR Freshers' 2013 Facebook Group

News iconOfficial group for Downing MCR Freshers joining in October 2013

Join the group to stay updated with news and more importantly make some friends even before coming to Cambridge. Feel free to post any questions that you may have, the seniors on the group will be more than happy to help you out.

Posted Tue Jul 2 01:19:43 2013 by nt337

Trinity May Ball Fireworks

News iconDear all,

We have booked two big punts for up to 24 Downing MCR members to watch the Trinity May Ball fireworks from the river on the evening of the 17th June (next Monday).

The price per person will be 3 pounds. If you want to book a place, please e-mail First come, first served!

Your MCR,


Posted Mon Jun 10 11:58:50 2013 by caa46

Downing Alumni Association Photographic Competition

News iconHey everyone,

Not much time left to post your photos for the Downing Alumni Association Photographic Competition!

Cash prizes to be won!!!

Take advantage of this lovely weather to demonstrate your artistic photographic skills!

Send to: by Sunday 9 June!

Posted Wed Jun 5 10:15:05 2013 by nt337

Garden Party 29th June 2013

News iconDear MCR members,

The time has come for our annual Garden Party! This year’s theme will be Bubbles… There will be games, a BBQ and lots of Pimms, beer, wine and sangria.

When: Saturday 29th June, 2-6pm
Where: Howard Court
Prices (Drinks not included)
- Downing members: 6 £ (If you are graduating this year it is free!).
- Guests: 8 £
Dress code: Smart casual

Sign up in the following link:

Your MCR committee. ☺ ☺

Posted Sun May 26 13:10:56 2013 by caa46

MCR Seminar Night 29 May

News iconDear all,

The last Seminar Night this academic year is upon us. It will take place on Wednesday the 29th.
As usual, 3 students will each present on a topic of their research. These talks will be followed by a free buffet dinner in the Fleet Room next door. A drinks reception starts at 17.30, talks commence at 18.00. Dinner will be served from 19.30 onwards.
All are welcome and encouraged to attend!

Our confirmed speakers and their talks are:

Daisy Hessenberger, Plant Sciences:Epigenetics in the green Algae Chlamydomonas
Michiel Kamp, Musicology: Hearing Music in Video Games
Michal Kosinski, Psychometrics: Exposed in the Big Data World

Places are limited (±30) and assigned on a first come, first served basis. In order to book your place, sign up using this form:
before 9pm on Tuesday 21 May.

Hope to see many of you there!

Your MCR committee


Michal Kosinski: Exposed in the Big Data World
Big Data is subject to much hype. The ability to manipulate vast swaths of information at warp speed is transforming the world. But as with all technologies there are risks. My recent study published in PNAS concludes that it is possible to create instantaneous and surprisingly detailed predictions of an individual’s race, personality and IQ scores, happiness, substance use, sexuality, political views and religious beliefs using only publicly available Facebook Likes. Users, companies, and governments should take note: Big Data changes the way in which we have to think about privacy, identity, freedom and security.

Posted Sun May 19 13:15:36 2013 by amb242


News iconDear all,

This term's MCR Open Meeting will take place on Sunday 12 May at 3 pm in the MCR (S staircase). All members of the MCR are very much welcome and encouraged to attend. Please find the agenda below:

1. Individual updates from MCR committee officers.
2. Announcement of the details of the MCR Garden Party (29 June).
3. An update on the situation at the GU.
4. Maintenance issues at the Singer Building.
5. The Student Switch-Off Campaign.

If there are any other issues you would like to discuss, please email Teresa ( right away. The MCR committee will be having its termly meeting with the Senior Tutor and the Graduate Tutors next week, so if there are any issues you would like us to raise with college, the open meeting will be the perfect opportunity to discuss them.

We would also like to remind you that there is a GU Council Emergency Meeting on Friday at 6 pm at the Graduate Union, 17 Mill Lane, where the Motion of No Confidence against GU President Arsalan Ghani will be discussed. Any member of the MCR is welcome to attend this meeting.

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday,

The MCR Committee
Downing College

Posted Thu May 9 08:36:48 2013 by mts38


News iconThis term's MCR open meeting will be taking place on Sunday 12 May at 3 p.m. in the MCR. All members of the MCR are very much welcome and encouraged to attend. The MCR committee will be having its termly meeting with the Senior Tutor and the Graduate Tutors the week after, so if there are any issues you would like us to raise with college, the open meeting will be the perfect opportunity to discuss them. If there is anything you would like added to the agenda, please email Teresa (mcr-president AT right away.

And because this will be taking place at the same time as our regular Sunday tea and cake hour, it is reasonably safe to expect there will be cake...

Posted Sat Apr 27 15:29:00 2013 by mts38

Try out the new brunch menu at Downing!

News iconDear all,

Downing Catering is welcoming in the Easter term by debuting a brand new brunch menu on Sunday 21 April from 11.45 to 12.45. You can find the details below. Make sure to drop by and try it out!

Have a great weekend,

Your MCR Committee



Select any 3 items from our Continental offer for only £2.40.
Natural yogurt, prunes, grapefruit segments, fresh fruit salad, homemade museli, mini pain au chocolat, mini croissant.

American-style pancakes with maple syrup £1.30.

5 piece cooked brunch (one of each item) £2.40
7 piece cooked brunch (one of each item) £2.90
Pork sausage, bacon, fried or scrambled egg, baked beans, mushroom, tomato, hash brown, fried bread.

Posted Fri Apr 19 17:00:50 2013 by mts38


News iconImpromptu movie night tonight at 8:30 p.m. in the MCR! It's been a while and we feel like watching some tap dancing, so here are the choices:

Singin' in the Rain (1952)

Top Hat (1935)

As always, there will be snacks provided by the MCR (and drinks by the kettle and the coffee machine) and we'll start around 8.30pm. Please vote by commenting which film you want to watch on the Facebook Event group!

Posted Thu Mar 28 16:18:43 2013 by mts38


News iconThis Saturday we are holding our annual MCR Easter Egg Hunt. We will start at 4pm from the MCR, where we will be giving out some instructions (for a start, no peeking around college beforehand - that’s cheating!). There will be fantastic prizes for the most successful egg hunters.

Posted Thu Mar 28 16:14:16 2013 by mts38


News iconSay goodbye to week of term by unwinding in the MCR with some free cake, tea and excellent company from 3pm! If you are a keen baker, you are more than welcome to bring some goodies along...

Posted Sat Mar 2 17:48:39 2013 by mts38

Graduate Proceeding Dinner on 7th May 2013

News iconSave the Date - Graduate Proceeding Dinner on 7th May 2013

For all the Graduate Students in their final year (those who won't be here next year's dinner)

This year’s Graduate Proceeding Dinner will take place in Hall on Tuesday 7th May following a Reception in the SCR at 7pm. The dinner is free and no guests will be allowed. The invitations from the Master and Fellows will be sent out in April officially. This notice is to give you all heads up. Please mark you diaries for the same.

Posted Thu Feb 28 20:48:38 2013 by nt337


News iconThis term's MCR open meeting will be taking place on Sunday 24 February at 7:30pm in the MCR. All are welcome and encouraged to attend - we hope to see lots of you there! Free snacks and nibbles will be provided. If there is anything you would like added to the agenda, please email Teresa (mcr-president AT

Posted Thu Feb 14 21:03:45 2013 by mts38


News iconIf you're coming to Seminar Night tonight, please make sure to arrive in time to be seated by 6pm sharp to minimise disruption to speakers and attendants.

Also, if you are on a one-year programme, on the second year of your PhD or are a fifth-year medic, have you booked your tickets to Midway Dinner yet? Email downingmcrevents AT! For more details, scroll down this page!

Posted Wed Feb 13 16:25:55 2013 by mts38

Win a Beardhead Hat! - Student Switch Off Campaign

News iconThe Student Switch Off has a new climate change quiz as part of Switch Off week and this time they have a Beardhead hat ( and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream up for grabs! So, please take 5 minutes to enter the quiz here: The closing date is 28th Feb.

Corpus Christi are currently topping the league in the race to win the Student Switch Off campaign but the competition is tight so please take the time to have a go at this quiz – every completed quiz entry counts towards our college total for the year and helps to move us up the leaderboard!

Remember, Switch Off - Save Energy - Win Prizes.

Posted Tue Feb 12 13:58:04 2013 by nem33


News iconDear all,

Your MCR committee is very happy to invite you to this year's Midway dinner, a lovely black-tie formal for just a select few of Downing's members:

Midway dinner is a Cambridge tradition - a chance for students to celebrate being half-way through their course of study at Cambridge. So if you are on a one-year course or are a second-year PhD or a fifth-year medic, we look forward to seeing you there. This black-tie event will start with a drinks reception in the SCR at 6:45pm, followed by dinner at hall and bar and entertainment in the MCR. You will be allowed one extra dining ticket should you wish you bring a guest!

Additionally, we would love you to contribute towards Midway with some memories of your time at Downing so far. We would really like people to send in any photos or other material (maybe even short comments or quotes) - essentially anything which we can incorporate into a slide-show to play in the background in the MCR after dinner. Please email any contributions to downingmcrevents AT by Thursday 21.


Tickets without alcoholic drinks will be £15, drinking tickets £18. Everyone can bring one guest: guest tickets will be £20.

To sign up for Midway dinner, please send an e-mail to downingmcreventS AT by Tuesday, 19 February, noon. Please provide your name, your choice of ticket (drinking/non-drinking) as well as your and your guest's dining preferences (vegetarian/non-vegetarian, any other specific things).

If you have any further questions, feel free to send a message to downingmcrevents AT

We hope to see many of you at Midway dinner!


Your MCR committee

Posted Mon Feb 11 19:11:11 2013 by mts38


News iconMidway dinner is a Cambridge tradition - a chance for students to celebrate being half-way through their course of study at Cambridge. We will be sending out invitations and pricing details on Wednesday, so if you are on a one-year course or are a second-year PhD or a fifth-year medic, keep an eye out on your inboxes and pigeon holes. This black-tie event will start with a drinks reception in the SCR at 6:45pm, followed by dinner at hall and bar and entertainment in the MCR. You will be allowed one extra dining ticket should you wish you bring a guest!

Additionally, we would love you to contribute towards Midway with some memories of your time at Downing so far. We would really like people to send in any photos or other material (maybe even short comments or quotes) - essentially anything which we can incorporate into a slide-show to play in the background in the MCR after dinner. Please email any contributions to downingmcrevents AT by Thursday 21.

Posted Mon Feb 11 14:08:54 2013 by mts38


News iconDon't delay - book your place TODAY for the SCR/MCR Seminar Night, which is taking place on Wednesday 13 February. It starts at 6pm in the SCR, where three Downing graduates will give 15-minute presentations of their research, with time for questions from the audience.

This is followed by a free dinner with drinks in the Fleet Room. It's a great opportunity to mingle, chat to the fellows and find out what some of your fellow MCR members are working on.

To book your place, go to:

Posted Wed Feb 6 09:01:54 2013 by mts38


News iconTea and Cake Sundays meet MCR movie screenings in this exciting innovative format. Come to the MCR at 3pm on Sunday for cake. Stay and close off the week with a movie, starting at 4pm. Movie details coming soon!

Posted Tue Feb 5 07:17:23 2013 by mts38


News iconDear All:

Chinese New Year is here! Reach out to your friends on a big Chinese themed formal dinner at Downing. This year, your MCR committee is inviting to you to join the Downing MCR CNY Formal Dinner.

Chinese New Year has been the most important festival over thousands of years with the richest cultural profundity, and is also a family-reunion festival most cherished by most Asian countries’ people. It symbolizes industriousness, auspiciousness, harmony and good wishes. In this year, Downing MCR will hold a Chinese New Year themed formal dinner on the night of Friday, Feb. 8th, to celebrate this festival. Catering of the college has prepared delicate Chinese food, and you know how famous Downing’s Chinese food is in Cambridge. There will also be Chinese snack food serviced at MCR after the Formal. So just invite your friends and come to Downing to have a friend-reunion night!

CNY Formal will keep the same prices on tickets as usual. The booking starts over the weekend and ends one day before the formal at the Porter’s Lodge. MCR has limited number of seats in the formal, so first come first serve.

We will see you on next Friday!

Posted Thu Jan 31 23:54:43 2013 by zh253


News iconIf you've walked across Parker's Piece recently you might have noticed the new trial lighting scheme. The City Council is looking for some feedback on it, with a view to extending it to cover the main footpaths across the space. If this is important to you, please fill in the Council's survey below.

Posted Tue Jan 29 08:51:00 2013 by mts38


News iconEvery Thursday morning from 10-11 Anna and/or Matt will be in the MCR, available to ask for advice and information related to welfare and education. In case you wish to talk about something personal, the MCR office next door can be used for a more confidential chat.

Posted Mon Jan 28 09:11:22 2013 by mts38


News iconDowning College Alumni Association will be holding a special New Year Sales Event in the West Lodge Music Room from 6.30 to 7.30pm. There will be two items for sale:

- A delightful new CD: Milles Regretz, Music for Lutes and Voices, which features College Tutor, Marcus Tomalin (lute), Anna Langley (lute) and the Selwyn Consort. This high quality recording of sixteenth century music was recorded in Downing College Chapel and costs £12

- Stock clearance of Ladies’ Cotton T-shirts with unique griffin motif by Sir Quentin Blake, in three sizes. Original price £10, reduced to the giveaway price of £3.

All profits from the sale of merchandise go towards the Alumni Student Fund which provides grants to individual students to help pay for specific items essential to their studies. Last year we helped 44 students with grants ranging from £50 to £500.

Posted Mon Jan 28 09:10:26 2013 by mts38


News iconSave the dates! Here are the events confirmed so far for the following months. Now that details for May Week events are starting to be released, please take special note of the MCR Garden party on the afternoon of 29 June. Booking details for the swaps will land in your inboxes soon.

Wednesday 13: SCR/MCR Seminar Night.
Friday 15: Christ's College are coming to formal at Downing (+ bar in the MCR).
Saturday 23: Midway Dinner (for MPhils and second-year PhD students, to celebrate they're halfway through their degrees).
Sunday 24: MCR Open Meeting.

Friday 1: formal swap to Trinity.
Sunday 10: Accommodation Ballot (for students requiring college accommodation in 2013-14).
Tuesday 12: formal swap to Christ's.

Saturday 29: MCR Garden Party.

Friday 26: Downing MCR Summer formal.

Saturday 31: Downing Miniball.

Posted Thu Jan 24 11:54:33 2013 by mts38


News iconHere is a message from Pablo, our Movember fundraiser extraordinaire, with reference to Movember 2012 in the MCR:

"The Mo' season is over, and we are glad to announce that an amazing £649 were raised this year by the Cambridge Mobros and sistas! Thank you all very much for your donations, and special thanks to all those fine gentlemen that donated their face-fur during a month for a good cause. Each year we get more people willing to help, so let's see if we can top this incredible year in 2013! If you want to check where your generous donations will go to, please visit

Hirsute and thankful salutations"

Posted Wed Jan 23 11:16:02 2013 by mts38


News iconSaturday 26 January: Burns Night,
Wednesday 13 February: SCR/MCR Seminar Night.
Sunday 24 February: MCR Open Meeting
Sunday 10 March: Accommodation Ballot (for PhD students who require college accommodation for following year).

Posted Tue Jan 22 22:56:00 2013 by mts38


News iconWomen have the right to walk free from fear. We want to claim this right. So join us on Monday 28 January to demand an end to street harassment and violence against women. The CUSU Women's Campaign will be meeting at 8pm at the lamppost in the centre of Parker's Piece and marching down Regent's Street, through the market and ending up and King's College Chapel where a candlelit vigil and a speaker event will happen. The route is wheelchair accessible.

For all the self defining Downing women, put your feet on the streets to shout a loud NO to rape and all forms of male violence against women. Meet in MCR at 7.45 to head for the march. Interested men can also join the campaign by participating in a solidarity demo outside Great St. Mary's. Please contact Jayeta Saxena (js959) for more details.

Posted Tue Jan 22 22:53:55 2013 by mts38


News iconBooking for Burns Night closes tomorrow at 2pm, so get yout tickets while you still can! This is always a fun, well-attended night, as well as one of the biggest events in the MCR calendar - don't miss out!

We will start things off at 6:45pm in the SCR with the drinks reception. At 7:30pm we will move on to hall, where we will honour some well-loved Burns Night traditions and sit down to the four-course menu the Downing chef has especially created for us. After the dinner we will head over to the Howard Building for the ceilidh and, later in the night, a great DJing session with a cash bar running throughout.

If you have any seating preferences or special dietary requirements, please drop us a line at before 2pm tomorrow!

Posted Tue Jan 22 14:24:19 2013 by nt337


News iconWe have had complaints from undergraduate students about the behaviour of some MCR members late at night. Please do not use the facilities on the first floor of S staircase, which are meant for the undergrads who live there. College takes the problem of noise very seriously, so please be careful when you're moving around S staircase in general.

Posted Tue Jan 22 12:12:32 2013 by mts38


News iconBooking for the MCR's annual Burns Night (Saturday 26 January) is now open!

This celebration of the work and life of Scottish poet Robert Burns is one of the biggest MCR events of the year. Tickets are an absolute bargain, as they include a drinks reception, a delicious Scottish-themed dinner, a ceilidh with a live band and a DJ for some really fun dancing. We will start things off at 6:45pm in the SCR with the drinks reception. At 7:30pm we will move on to hall, where we will honour some well-loved Burns Night traditions (perhaps with some surprise twists) and sit down to the four-course menu the Downing chef has especially created for us:

* Potato blinis with Smoked Salmon and Watercress
V: Potato blinis with Guacamole and Watercress
* Scotch Sirloin of Beef with Macsween of Edinburgh Haggis, Mashed Neeps and Tatties, Blood Orange Jus
V: Vegetarian Haggis and Mixed Nut Roast with Mashed Neeps and Tatties
* Honey Roasted Fig and Almond Tart with Drambuie Cream and Irn Bru Jelly
* Isle of Mull Cheddar, Black Crowdie and Lanark Blue Cheeses with Oatmeal Biscuit

After the dinner we will head over to the Howard Building for the ceilidh and, later in the night, a great DJing session with a cash bar running throughout. Prices for the event are as follows:

Current Downing MCR members (with drinks): £22.
Current Downing MCR members (non-drinking): £20.
First guest £24.
Second guest £30.

Dress code: black tie.

If you have a preference for who you would like to sit with during dinner, please drop us a line at before Wednesday 23. If you book guest tickets we will automatically seat you with your guest(s), unless you tell us otherwise. Additionally, we also still have one free ticket to give away to the lovely lady who writes the 'Toast to the laddies', a humorous toast to the men in the room. If you would be interested in this, please email Carlos (caa46) to claim you free ticket.

Book early to avoid disappointment!

Posted Thu Jan 17 02:13:34 2013 by mts38


News iconThe MCR movie night is starting up again! Come this Thursday at 8, for a fine selection of movies, friends and edible eatables (popcorn and chocolate). Vote for one of the three movies on the wall of the Facebook event ( or by emailing Matt (mbc33). We hope to see you there!

"Searching for Sugar Man is a 2012 Swedish/British documentary directed by Malik Bendjelloul, detailing the efforts of two Cape Town fans, Stephen 'Sugar' Segerman and Craig Bartholomew Strydom, to find out if the rumored death of American musician Rodriguez was true, and, if not, to discover what had become of him. Rodriguez's music, which never took off in the United States, had become wildly popular in South Africa, but little was known about him there. The film is produced by Simon Chinn and John Battsek." 95% on Rotten Tomatoes.

"Shine a Light is a 2008 documentary film directed by Martin Scorsese documenting The Rolling Stones' 2006 Beacon Theatre performance on their A Bigger Bang Tour.[1] The Scorsese film also includes archive footage from the band's career and marked the first utilisation by Scorsese of digital cinematography for his films with it being used for the backstage sequences. The film takes its title from the song of the same name, featured on the band's 1972 album Exile on Main St. A soundtrack album was released in April 2008 on the Universal label." 86 % on Rotten Tomatoes.

"This Is Spinal Tap is an American 1984 rock and roll musical documentary directed by Rob Reiner about the heavy metal music band Spinal Tap. The movie shows the wild personal behavior and musical pretensions of hard rock and heavy metal musical bands of the time." 95% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Posted Tue Jan 15 10:26:08 2013 by mts38


News iconThe Alumni and Development Office at Downing have forwarded this notice for a talk by Prof. David Collis (Harvard) which might be of interest to some: “Educating leaders who make a difference in the world”, Wednesday 16th January 2013 in The Howard Theatre, Downing College, at 5.45pm (followed by a drinks reception in the Grace Howard Room). This a rare opportunity to hear David Collis, Economics graduate (Downing) and Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, speak about why and when you should do an MBA. How to get recruited by, and what it’s like working for, a consulting firm? Why go to graduate school (MBA or other postgraduate degree) in the USA? Why pursue an academic career? Can business be intellectually challenging?

Professor Collis is an expert on Corporate Strategy and Global Competition and the winner of the 50th Anniversary McKinsey Award for the best article in the Harvard Business Review in 2008, and a Harvard Business Review best-selling author. In 2012, Harvard Business Review ranked his article ‘Competing on Resources: Strategy in the 1990s’ (with Cynthia Montgomery) as one of the top twenty-five most cited articles of all time.

Posted Mon Jan 14 15:04:02 2013 by mts38


News iconThe next MCR/SCR Seminar Night will be held on Wednesday 13 February at 6pm in the SCR, followed by a free buffet and drinks. The Seminar Night is an opportunity for Downing graduates to give a 20-minute presentation on their research, with time for questions from the audience afterwards.

We are looking for three masters' or PhD students to present their work, whether past or present. This is a really excellent opportunity to present your research to a friendly and supportive audience made up from the Downing community. Because the audience is general, it is a great way to gain different perspectives on your work and to raise the profile of your research within college. It also looks great on your CV, and is presentation experience of a different sort to that available in departments or at conferences, where the audience is much more specific. We're interested in hearing from all degrees and subjects.

If you would like to speak, please email Matt Cooper (mbc33). If you would like any more information, or if you're thinking of presenting at a later date (there's a seminar night each term) please also get in touch!

Posted Sun Jan 13 11:55:33 2013 by mts38


News iconOn Saturday 26 January we will be holding the MCR's annual Burns' Night. This traditional celebration of the work of Scottish poet Robert Burns is one of the biggest MCR events of the year, and includes a drinks reception in the SCR, a special Scottish-themed four-course dinner, a ceilidh with a live band for some really fun dancing and a cash bar. More details, including booking information, coming soon!

In the meantime, we have some free tickets to give away. During the dinner we need three people to stand up and give speeches. These are the 'Address to a Haggis', a traditional Scottish poem celebrating the haggis we'll be about to eat, the 'Toast to the laddies', a humorous toast to the men in the room, and 'Toast to the lassies', the same to the ladies. If you would be interested in reading the Address in your best Scottish accent, or in writing any of the two toasts, please email Carlos (caa46) and in return you will receive a free ticket to the event!

Posted Sun Jan 13 11:55:02 2013 by mts38


News iconSay goodbye to the first week of term by unwinding in the MCR with some free cake, tea and excellent company from 3pm. If you are a keen baker, you are more than welcome to bring some goodies along...

Posted Sun Jan 13 11:53:56 2013 by mts38


News iconDon't forget to book your tickets for the first Friday formal of 2013, to be held on 18 January. As usual, pre-dinner sherry and post-dinner port, to be served in the MCR, are included in the price of the ticket (£9.95 per MCR member and £13.50 per guest, to be booked through the machine in the porters' lodge). If you cannot make it to the formal, make sure to drop by for the bar, which we will be running in the MCR from 9ish to 11:30pm!

Posted Sun Jan 13 11:53:10 2013 by mts38


News iconThe MCR Movie Night is back next Thursday at 8pm, with free popcorn and snacks. More details coming soon via this page and the Facebook events group! (

Posted Sun Jan 13 11:52:37 2013 by mts38


News iconWelfare Hour is back! Starting next week, every Thursday morning from 10-11 Anna and/or Matt will be in the MCR, available to ask for advice and information related to welfare and education. In case you wish to talk about something personal, the MCR office next door can be used for a more confidential chat.

Posted Sun Jan 13 11:51:11 2013 by mts38

Save the date! Burns Night (Saturday 26 January 2013)

News iconOn Saturday 26 January 2013 we will be holding the MCR's annual Burns' Night. This traditional celebration of the work of Scottish poet Robert Burns is one of the biggest MCR events of the year, and includes a drinks reception in the SCR, a special Scottish-themed four-course dinner and a ceilidh with a live band for some really fun dancing. More details, including booking information, coming soon!

This page is a good introduction to Burns Night, if you're curious to know more!

Posted Fri Jan 4 15:07:59 2013 by mts38

Introducing your new MCR Committee

News iconThe newly elected MCR Committee is already busy planning events for the Lent term. If you have any event suggestions, or would like to raise more general concerns or issues, please do not hesitate to get in touch - you can find our details here:

We will start our regular calendar of events with the new term, on Tuesday 15 January 2013. In the meantime, we would all like to wish you a good start to 2013!

Teresa Segura-Garcia

Cindy Valreau

Marc Christiaan Jansen

Anna Bruggeman and Matt Cooper

Carlos Arrébola and András Bárány

John Morgan

Nikhil Tiwale

Henry Zhiyi Han

Naomi Moris

Jayeta Saxena

Posted Fri Jan 4 15:03:42 2013 by mts38

Ice cream

News iconIce cream ice cream ice cream ice cream!!! PS. The ice cream from the student switch off campaign arrived!!!! Come to see love actually 4pm Sunday if you want some

Posted Sun Dec 2 00:18:40 2012 by hlb48

Downing MCR Committee Elections

News iconVoting for the next MCR committee will open at 2pm tomorrow, Thursday 29th November, in the MCR - so anyone who is not coming to the Christmas Dinner, please come and vote in the afternoon! Voting will close briefly between 5:30-6:45pm and reopen in the SCR during pre-Christmas dinner drinks.

You will be required to cast a vote for each Committee position and also one for MCR affiliation to each of the Graduate Union (GU) and the Cambridge University Student Union (CUSU).

To see the list of candidates and their manifestos, please head to:

Posted Wed Nov 28 22:22:00 2012 by mts38

Downing MCR Sunday Screening: Love Actually

News iconThere will be no movie night this week, as the MCR Christmas Dinner is on Thursday. To make up for it, we're having a 4pm Sunday screening of a Christmas film staple - Love Actually!

Come and spend a cosy winter afternoon in the MCR with hot chocolate, popcorn and other snacks!

IMDB Page:

Where: Downing College MCR (S staircase)
When: Sunday 2 December
Time: 4pm

Posted Wed Nov 28 14:23:21 2012 by mts38

Downing MCR Christmas Dinner

News iconThere's still a few tickets left for the Christmas formal on Thursday. Snap them up at the porters' lodge before booking closes (i.e. Wednesday at 11am)!

Christmas formal is both our MCR's Christmas celebration and where next year's committee is officially elected and announced. The night consists of a black-tie dinner, preceded by drinks in the SCR (where the voting takes place), and a cash bar in the MCR afterwards. Come celebrate with crackers, turkey and maybe even some carols from the choir...

Please remember to email with any seating requests before Wednesday at noon!

Posted Tue Nov 27 15:07:02 2012 by mts38

Movember Shave-Off Party

News iconCome one, come all to the Movember Shave-off! Join us in the MCR this Friday for a series of gentlemanly pursuits. Poker, pool, fussball, arm-wrestling, pipe-smoking(?) and serious moustache wearing. The overall champion of these events will be crowned as Gentleman of the Year along with separate prizes for Mr. Movember and Miss. Movember, for the individuals with the finest moustache.

For the non-hirstute, or those of a womanly disposition, facsimile moustaches will be made available but we recommend you fashion your own pseudo-tache for maximum style points. The night will finish with the ritual shaving, where the moustaches of all participants are removed and their loss mourned.

The bar will be open and there will be music! There will also be donation boxes scattered around so you can give some extra change to the Movember charity (

Where: Downing College MCR (S staircase)
When: Friday 30 November
Time: 8-11:30pm

Posted Tue Nov 27 11:41:50 2012 by mts38

MCR Committee Elections 2012

News iconFor manifestos head to:

Posted Thu Nov 22 14:12:33 2012 by lscd2

Christmas Formal

News iconChristmas formal, Thursday November 29th.

Booking for Christmas formal opens tomorrow. This is one of the MCR's biggest events of the year so make sure you don't miss out!

Please visit the Porters' Lodge and book yourself in for your Christmas meal via the normal formal booking system (the cost of the dinner is £11.75 and includes a four course meal, port, drinks reception and music/drinks in the MCR afterwards!). Make sure to book early as places will disappear fast!

Dress code is black tie.

Posted Sun Nov 18 22:02:56 2012 by lscd2

Downing Enterprise Competition

News iconDo you have a great business idea?

The Downing Enterprise Competition is giving you the chance to win a £1,000 prize for just one page of work!

If you have an idea or an invention you want to get off the ground, Downing Enterprise can offer you:
The opportunity to win up to £25,000 investment for your startup
The ability to pick up valuable business skills and contacts
The support of experienced alumni who are successful in the world of business

If you are interested in the competition, or would just like to find out more, we'd love to meet you at the Downing Enterprise Networking Session. It's taking place on Sunday 25th November between 16.00 and 18.00 in the Music Room, Downing College. Drinks and snacks will be provided, and representatives from Downing Enterprise will be on hand to chat to you about the competition and your ideas.

If you want to make contacts in the world of business, the Downing Enterprise Networking Session is a great opportunity to do it. There's no requirement to have an idea already, and there's no commitment to entering the competition, just the chance to speak to the right people to set your business career off to a flying start.

We're looking forward to seeing you there.

Best wishes,
The Downing Enterprise Team

Posted Sun Nov 18 15:06:44 2012 by lscd2

MCR Open Meeting, Sunday 18 November

News iconOn Sunday 18 November 2012 we will be holding an open meeting in the MCR at 4pm.

Please put this date in your diary - it is really important that as many people as possible attend. If you have an item that you would like adding to the agenda, please email Hannah (

Where: Downing College MCR (S staircase)
When: Sunday 18 November
Time: 4pm

Posted Fri Nov 16 14:59:46 2012 by mts38

MCR World of Whisky Tasting, Thursday 22 November

News iconThe long awaited MCR whisky tasting is finally here. We will be exploring the entire breadth of malt whisky. There will be at least 10 whiskies on tasting, some single malts and some blended malts, some peated and non-peated whiskies, as well as whiskies that aren't Scottish (yes, they exist and are actually rather good). If you're curious to know more, then this is the tasting for you.

When: Thursday, 22 November 2012
What time: 7.30-10pm
Where: West Lodge, E Staircase

How much: £12 MCR members, £15 guests

Email Davy ( to reserve your place. Guests, as always, are very welcome. Reserve your place by noon, Sunday 18 November 2012 - after this time, any remaining tickets will be advertised to the JCR.

Posted Thu Nov 15 22:12:23 2012 by amd79

Downing MCR Movie Night

News iconThis week we have three excellent movies from the European continent for you to choose from. Is it going to be France, Germany or Spain? Pick your favourite from the list below and post your vote on the Facebook event's wall ( or email it to Teresa (mts38).

As usual, there will be popcorn and other delicious free treats. Don't miss it!

A PROPHET (Jacques Audiard, 2009)
(Shown in French with English subtitles)

VOLVER (Pedro Almodovar, 2006)
(Shown in Spanish with English subtitles)

GOODBYE LENIN! (Wolfgang Becker, 2003)
(Shown in German with English subtitles)

Where: Downing College MCR (S staircase)
When: Thursday 15 November
Time: 8pm

Posted Wed Nov 14 11:50:38 2012 by mts38

Beer tasting at the Elm Tree pub, Monday 26th November

News iconOn Monday 26th November we have organised a beer tasting event to be held at the Elm Tree. The Elm Tree is a great pub, and has a particular specialisation in Belgian beer which will be the main focus of the tasting. The cost of the tasting will be £10 per person, or £11 for a guest. There will be a light buffet (bread, cheese, olives etc) included in the price. To book a place please email before 6pm on Sunday 18th November. As places for this event are limited, each person will initially be limited to a maximum of 1 guest (although this may be increased depending on interest levels).

Posted Tue Nov 13 15:03:29 2012 by lscd2

MCR committee elections 2012

News iconWe're sure you've been following our exploits over the past year, thinking "mmm, I can do way better than this!" Well, good news: elections are just around the corner! What does this mean?

There are eleven positions on the MCR committee that suit different talents and skills. Each position involves different responsibilities, although in the end you'll work as a team most of all to make important decisions about college representation and Downing graduate activities. It is a very rewarding experience and if you're interested in getting more involved with graduate life at Downing and finding out how exactly college works you should definitely be thinking about running for one of the following positions:

- President

- Vice-president

- Treasurer

- Social Secretary (there are usually two)

- Welfare Officer

- Bar, Sports and Amenities Officer

- Equal Opportunities Officer

- Environmental Officer

- Communications Officer

- International Officer

To put in your nomination head to and give your name, chosen position and email address. You will also need to give the names and emails of a proposer and seconder (make sure you ask them first!).


Posted Mon Nov 12 18:42:47 2012 by hlb48

Student Switch Off campaign Quiz

News iconHi Guys!!

Take the quiz, be green and win prizes! Lets keep Downing in first place.

MCR love and peace!

Posted Tue Nov 6 20:50:21 2012 by hlb48

MCR Seminar Night Abstracts

News iconAbstracts

Protein misfolding, amyloid and disease
Pablo Aran Terol

What do Type 2 Diabetes, Parkinson's, Huntington's and Alzheimer's disease all
have in common? They feature amyloid, a quaternary protein conformation that
can result when proteins misfold. In this talk I will give a brief introduction
to protein folding and misfolding, and discuss the relationship between
Alzheimer's disease and beta-amyloid, the topic of my thesis. I will show in a
graphic and approachable manner some results of different techniques that we
are using to try to elucidate the mechanisms by which beta-amyloid aggregates,
including quenching of intrinsic tyrosine fluorescence, Thioflavin-T
fluorescence in microfluidic devices and other standard biophysical techniques
. Hopefully by the end of my presentation you will walk away with a better
understanding of the role of structure in protein function, the relationship
between protein misfolding and disease, as well as what happens at a molecular
level in some of the most devastating diseases that our society has to face.


Art of data reduction: A cosmologist's perspective
Sreekumar Balan

How do cosmologists analyse the vast amount of data coming from various experiments? The answer is data reduction. I will talk about on-going and planned cosmological experiments and the state of the art methods for cosmological data analysis. I will explain why we need to invest time in developing cutting-edge statistical inference methods. The presentation will also include some interesting examples of data reduction from our everyday life!


Dingxin Pan

My research looks at white blood cells (leukocytes) migration to the sites of inflammation. There are many types of leukocyte in our circulation, what are they all doing there, why are they important forpreventing us from getting ill? I'll also be showing you different ways of looking at cell migration in the lab and how this could be applied to the study of central nervous system development and cancer cell metastasis.

Posted Tue Nov 6 16:48:41 2012 by lscd2

Cross Country Cuppers

News iconRunners of Downing - however fast you run, your college needs you!

On Saturday 10th November, Wandlebury Country Park will play host to Cross Country Cuppers, (the inter-college championships and Varsity selection race).

The competition for individual and college glory is destined to be fierce - so don't miss out! 6 runners are needed to score for the men's teams and 4 for the women, so lace up your shoes whatever your ability!

Timings for the day:
11:00 - Meet at Wilberforce Rd for registration & number collection
11:30 - Bus leaves for Wandlebury
12:00 - Bus arrives at Wandlebury
13:00 - Start of ladies' race (~ 6 km)
13:45 - Start of men's race (~ 10 km)
15:00 - Bus leaves Wandlebury
15:30 - Bus arrives back at Wilberforce Rd for refreshments & results announcements in Pavilion

So sign up for Cuppers at NOW!!!

Posted Mon Nov 5 12:41:05 2012 by phrk2

Seminar Night Booking Closed

News iconBooking is currently closed for this event. If you need to make last-minute changes to an existing booking, or are desperate for tickets and want us to see what we can do, please email

Posted Wed Oct 31 13:56:04 2012 by lscd2

Formal Swap to Hughes Hall

News iconWe have our first 'away' formal swap of the term coming up next Thursday (8th November) when we will be visiting Hughes Hall.

The details are as follows:

Cost: £13.50 (this will be charged to your college bill)

Drink: Pre and post drinks are included, as are ~2 glasses of wine with the meal. However, if you would like additional wine with dinner you can bring your own (for which there is no corkage fee)
Dress code: Smart, gowns optional (but encouraged)
Time: Meet in the MCR at 6:40pm to walk over for pre-drinks.

To book a place, please email by 6pm on Sunday 4th November, stating any dietary requirements. Places are given on a first come, first served basis with priority given to Downing members (guests will only be permitted if not all spaces are filled by Downing members).

Please also note that any cancellations must be made before the booking deadline, otherwise you may still be charged for the dinner if a replacement cannot be found.

Posted Wed Oct 31 12:16:37 2012 by amd79

Downing MCR Seminar Night

News iconThe Downing MCR Seminar night is happening on Wednesday 7th November in the SCR at 6pm sharp. The seminar will be followed by FREE drinks and a buffet dinner in the Fleet room. Book your spot ASAP using the booking form on the Downing MCR Website:

We have 3 speakers this year:

Pablo Aran Terol, Dobson Group, Department of Chemistry

Sreekumar Balan, Cavendish Laboratory, Astrophysics group

Dingxin Pan, Babraham Institute, The Heidi Welch Group

Titles and abstracts will be posted below.

Posted Mon Oct 29 14:57:25 2012 by lscd2

Downing Fireworks Friday November 2nd

News iconA reminder that there will be a FREE Downing fireworks display after Formal hall this Friday 2nd November at 9:30pm. If you haven't booked your Formal tickets yet hurry as they will sell out fast! Even if you can't make it to Formal, the display is very good and refreshments will be on sale from 9.15pm on the Hall portico, including toffee apples, mulled wine and cookies!

Posted Mon Oct 29 12:15:50 2012 by lscd2

Autumn Fair of Downing College Merchandise

News iconThe Downing Alumni Association invites you to their Autumn Fair of Downing College Merchandise. This is your opportunity to purchase a wide variety of over 30 different “Downing branded” goods ranging from Mugs to College Prints, Cufflinks / Pendants to Wine Glasses, Teddy Bears to College History.

For this unique event there will be some special deals – discounts on selected items and a free Ackerman print of the College for all purchases over £30.

All profits go towards the Alumni Student Fund, which last year gave out over £9000 in grants to students for such items as purchase of textbooks or travel grants. A number of the items have been created especially for Downing by Quentin Blake – a Downing alumnus who was President of the Association in 2007-8.

A great place to start with that Christmas shopping!

Where: Howard Building (where the international food buffet was held in fresher’s week)
When: Thursday 25th October
Time: 5pm to 7pm

Posted Thu Oct 25 09:03:39 2012 by hlb48

Halloween Formal (Fancy Dress!)

News iconHalloween Formal, a hi-light of Michaelmas term, is taking place on Wednesday 31 October 2012. Tickets can be booked at the Porters' Lodge kiosk from Wednesday 24 at lunchtime. Book your tickets quickly, as they sell out fast!

This is a fancy dress event, so leave your gowns at home and come in your scariest, most creative costume. There will be exciting prizes for the best costumes!

Where: Downing College Dining Hall
When: Wednesday 31 October
Time: 7:30pm
Dress code: fancy dress

Posted Tue Oct 23 09:59:40 2012 by mts38

Downing MCR Movie Night: Halloween Edition!

News iconCome get in the mood for Halloween with a super scary double creature feature at MCR movie night! We'll be watching two films starting at 8pm this Thursday. For the first film there is a choice between:

One of the creepiest horror films in recent years. Spanish film in which a young woman purchases her former orphanage with the hope of renovating it and turning it into a home for her husband and young son. What could possible go wrong?!

Tim Burtons' re-imagining of the classic short story by Washington Irving. Stars Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci and Christopher Walken. One of Tim Burton's prettier films.

Filmed in 1920, one of the first feature length horror films. The German Expressionist set design and character creation make this horror truly timeless.

After that, at around 10pm, we'll be watching THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE which is all sorts of messed up. As always there will be free popcorn and other snacks.

Where: Downing College MCR (S Staircase)
When: Thursday 25 October
Time: 8pm

Posted Tue Oct 23 09:51:14 2012 by mts38

Trinity swap to Downing

News iconWe have Trinity visiting us for a formal dinner swap on Friday (19th October). So go and sign up for tickets in the porters lodge!

If you've not been to a formal yet, they are really fun! We have sherry from around 6:45 in the MCR, followed by a 3-course dinner in hall, and then port in the MCR afterwards and then we'll have the MCR bar open. If you would like wine with dinner you can bring your own (subject to a £1 corkage fee), or buy from the bar next to hall just before dinner. Dress code is formal attire (shirt+tie for men), with gowns for Downing members (not compulsory for guests). Tickets are booked in the porters lodge using your university card and are charged at £10.45 a ticket (£14.25 for guests), which will be added to your college bill. Hope to see lots of you there!!

Posted Sun Oct 14 15:52:24 2012 by amd79

Downing MCR Movie Night: Murder Mystery

News iconVoting is now closed for the MCR movie night and the winner is... Gosford Park! Tonight in the MCR at 8pm, with three flavours of popcorn and other delicious free snacks.


Where: Downing College MCR (S Staircase)
When: Wednesday 10 October
Time: 8pm

Posted Wed Oct 10 13:39:02 2012 by mts38

Downing MCR Movie Night: Murder Mystery

News iconThis week's MCR movie night will take place tomorrow (Wednesday 10 October) and will feature one of the three movies below. The theme is murder mystery, so if you want to find out who did it 1) vote for your favourite by posting on the Facebook event's wall ( or by emailing Teresa (mts38) and 2) come to the MCR tomorrow at 8pm!

This week's suspects are:

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As always, free popcorn and snacks will be provided!

Where: Downing College MCR (S Staircase)
When: Wednesday 10 October
Time: 8pm

Posted Tue Oct 9 10:14:06 2012 by mts38

Walk to Grantchester

News iconToday we're walking to The Orchard, a tea garden in Grantchester, for some of their classic tea and scones. Grantchester is a small village south of Cambridge, at a very pleasant 40-minute walk from Downing. It's a nice sunny autumn day - whether you're a fresher or not, come to the MCR at 1pm and we'll head over to The Orchard!

(Please remember to bring some cash - a cream tea with scones will cost around £5-6.)

Where: Downing College MCR (S staircase)
When: Saturday 6 October
Time: 1pm

Posted Sat Oct 6 10:15:54 2012 by mts38

Downing MCR Movie Night

News iconVoting is now closed for the MCR movie night and the winner is... Hot Fuzz! Tonight in the MCR at 8.30pm, with three flavours of popcorn and other delicious free snacks.


Where: Downing College MCR (S Staircase)
When: Thursday 4 October
Time: 8.30pm

Posted Thu Oct 4 10:04:07 2012 by mts38

Downing MCR Movie Night

News iconFor this week's movie night we have a selection of three decades of the best of British comedy. All you have to do is 1) pick a favourite from the list below 2) vote for it by posting on the Facebook event's wall ( or by emailing Teresa (mts38) and 3) come to the MCR on Thursday at 8:30pm for a great night in.

This week's candidates are:

HOT FUZZ (2007)
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There will be free popcorn, snacks, hot chocolate and an unprecedented selection of teas. Don't miss it!

Where: Downing College MCR (S Staircase)
When: Thursday 4 October
Time: 8.30pm

Posted Tue Oct 2 11:52:09 2012 by mts38

Facebook Groups

News iconIf you haven't done so already, make sure to join our Downing MCR Events and Freshers groups on Facebook! This is the best way to keep informed about Freshers' week and events happening in and around college.

Downing MCR Events:

Downing MCR Freshers:

Posted Sun Sep 30 10:45:22 2012 by lscd2

Freshers' Guide

News iconIf you've not received this via email already, paste this link into your browser for an up-to-date timetable of all the events happening during Freshers' week!

Posted Fri Sep 28 17:47:04 2012 by lscd2

Downing MCR Movie Night

News iconThe votes for this week's movie night are now in and counted, and the winner by a landslide is Rushmore. Come to the MCR (S staircase) tomorrow at 8pm to relax with a great film and free nibbles!


Where: MCR (S staircase)
When: Thursday 27 September
Time: 8pm

Posted Wed Sep 26 21:28:15 2012 by mts38

Downing MCR Movie Night

News iconOur weekly MCR Movie Night is back on Thursday 27 September at 8pm! With the start of the new academic year we're all about beginnings, and our theme for the night is directorial debuts.

We're looking back on the first films of three established directors - please vote for your favourite from the list below by joining our Facebook event ( or by emailing Teresa (mts38). Voting closes on Wednesday at lunchtime.

- THX 1138 (George Lucas, 1971)

- BLOOD SIMPLE (Coen Brothers, 1984)

- RUSHMORE (Wes Anderson, 1998)

As always, we will be providing free popcorn, snacks, hot chocolate and a selection of teas. Freshers' Week does not start until the 29th, but we are especially keen to welcome any freshers who are already around to this event. Don't miss it!

Where: MCR (S staircase)
When: Thursday 27 September
Time: 8pm

Posted Fri Sep 21 18:57:36 2012 by mts38

Alice in Wonderland: Downing MCR Miniball

News iconAlice in Wonderland: Downing MCR Miniball

Saturday 1st September, 2012

The Downing MCR summer miniball is back again and this year's theme is Alice in Wonderland! This is one of the highlights of the Downing MCR calendar so don't miss out!

The afternoon/evening will include a garden party with ice cream, drinks and garden games, a four-course themed dinner, followed by live music, dancing and more! Details to follow soon.

Ticket prices:
Downing member: Alcoholic £38; Non-alcoholic £33
First guest: £42
Additional guests: £47

Dress code: black tie

To book a ticket head to
Booking closes 19th August

Please email any dietary requirements and seating requests to ( We will do our best to sit people next to their guests if no seating request is sent.

Posted Tue Aug 7 15:35:27 2012 by lscd2

Downing MCR Film Night

News iconWe're having a very special movie night this week. Not only will we be announcing this year's mini-ball theme with a surprise movie, but we will also be running the bar in the MCR during the screening. As usual, there will be free popcorn, snacks, tea and coffee!

The mini-ball will take place on Saturday 1 September and booking will open soon!

Posted Tue Jul 31 18:27:20 2012 by lscd2

MCR Summer Formal - 27th July

News iconBooking for the Downing MCR summer formal is now open in the porters lodge! The bar will be open afterwards and we have robinson college confirmed as coming (and hopefully at least one other college joining us) - so sign up ASAP!

*Note that prices are £13.50 for downing members and £16.50 for guests. In addition, the bar next to hall will not be open to serve wine, so you will need to bring along your own.

Posted Tue Jul 17 13:00:35 2012 by amd79

Downing MCR Opera Night

News iconWe're having a spur-of-the-moment opera night tomorrow in the MCR at 7.30pm. If you're not going to the wine tasting, why not join us for Puccini's classic La bohème? It's just a little over two hours long, it will be shown in Italian with English subtitles and it's a great choice if you've never seen an opera before.

We will be watching a 2008 performance from the Metropolitan Opera in New York, with tenor Ramón Vargas and soprano Angela Gheorghiu singing under the baton of conductor Nicola Luisotti.

Where: MCR
When: Tuesday 10 July
Time: 7.30pm

Posted Mon Jul 9 21:57:36 2012 by mts38

MCR 'Taste of Europe' Wine Tasting - 10th July

News iconMCR 'Taste of Europe' Wine Tasting
Tuesday, 10 July 2012.

In the spirit of the 2012 European Football Championships, the MCR is hosting a 'Taste of Europe' wine tasting showcasing wines solely from the eight countries that made it to the quarter finals. As usual, there will be a selection of bubbly, whites and reds - you decide the winner!

When: Tuesday, 10 July 2012.
What time: 7.30-10pm
Where: Party Room, basement of Butterfield Building.
How much: £12 MCR members, £16 guests.

Please email Davy ( to reserve your places - guests are very welcome.

Posted Tue Jul 3 00:01:52 2012 by amd79

MCR Garden Party

News iconIn the sunken garden behind the howard building from 2-6pm

A delightful way to end the year!

There will be a cash bar, bbq, music, and garden games!

Tickets will be charged to your College bill. Prices are as follows:
MCR member: £4
MCR member (graduating this year): Free!!
Guests: £6

To book a spot saying you are attending is not enough!!
please email ( with number and type of tickets

Hope to see you there :)

Posted Tue Jun 12 17:09:36 2012 by jrmw2

Christ's @ Downing, 1st June

News iconChrist's College are making their return visit to Downing for formal this Friday, 1st June - so sign up!
The MCR bar will be open afterwards.

Posted Mon May 28 18:50:50 2012 by amd79

MCR Open Meeting

News iconAs advertised in the MCR newsletter, we are holding an open meeting tonight (Monday 21 May) at 7.30pm in the MCR. All are welcome (and encouraged) to come along and voice an opinion or issue.

We hope to see lots of you there! There is a good chance there will be cake....

Where: MCR
When: Monday 21 May
Time: 7.30pm

Posted Mon May 21 15:20:50 2012 by mts38

MCR Movie Night: Bollywood Edition

News iconThis Thursday, join us in the MCR for a screening of the 2011 Indian thriller No One Killed Jessica. The movie is based on the true story of Jessica Lall, a model who was shot by the son of a wealthy politician in a Delhi nightclub in 1999.

Watch the trailer here:

IMDB page:

The film will be shown in Hindi with English subtitles.

As usual, free snacks and nibbles will be provided!

Where: MCR
When: Thursday 17 May
Time: 8pm

Posted Tue May 15 22:50:22 2012 by mts38


News iconCOME ALONG TO THE MCR TONIGHT (Thursday May 3rd) AT 8 TO WATCH 'ALIEN'! Snacks will be provided

Posted Mon Apr 30 20:56:38 2012 by fg305

MCR Tea party

News iconFollowing the success of the Tea party in Lent term we are having another one!

This Sunday the 29th of April we will be having welcome back/ break from revision tea and coffee an cakes in the MCR from 3pm onwards so drop by!

There will be some cake provided but more are always welcome so if you want to make one please do!

It is going to be Fab!

Lots of MCR love

Posted Wed Apr 25 11:26:53 2012 by jrmw2

MCR Seminar Night

News iconThe MCR Downing Seminar night is happening on Wednesday the 9th May in the SCR at 6 PM sharp. The seminar will be followed by FREE DRINKS AND A BUFFET DINNER in the fleet room.

Here are the presenters' abstracts:

Speaker: Jeremy Sakstein (PhD Theoretical Physics)

Title: Searching for new physics in the Stars: The Hunt for the Cosmological

Abstract: There are several phenomena observed in the universe that cannot
be explained using Einstein's theory of gravity! This has motivated a great
interest in modified theories of gravity over the last 10 years, however, they
all suffer from the same problem: they all predict new forces that are just not
observed. This problem can be ameliorated in an entire class of theories known
as Chameleon Gravity. In these theories, a new particle - the chameleon - can
blend in with its environment and hide the modifications to gravity from our
experiments. This has been extremely successful, however the very feature that
makes it a viable theory also makes it difficult to detect. In this talk, I
will present a new effect that allows us to search for these modifications
experimentally. In certain galaxies, the chameleon can alter the structure of
stars, making them very different from our own. Some are brighter, some are
hotter and some even pulsate very rapidly. By searching the nearby universe for
these effects we have been able to place strict bounds on the existence of
these theories. Here I will discuss some of these effects and show how they
limit the sort of theories that are viable. The full potential of these new
effects has yet to be unleashed and the search for the chameleon continues

Speaker: Eleanor Caves (MPhil Zoology)

Title: The Evolution of Defensive Egg Signatures in African Warblers
(Cisticolidae) and Weaverbirds (Ploceidae)

Abstract: Brood parasitic birds lay their eggs in other birds' nests and
often rely on visual deception such as egg mimicry to avoid rejection,
providing classic examples of coevolution. Eggs contain a wealth of visual
data, and selection pressure from parasites could favour increased variation in
egg appearance across individuals of a host species if this makes eggs more
difficult to mimic (egg 'signatures'). Therefore, one might expect that
parasitized species display higher phenotypic complexity and variability among
individuals than non-parasitized species. Moreover, sympatric host species
might avoid susceptibility to one another's respective host-races of parasite
by evolving different egg phenotypes that do not overlap with those of related
hosts. We use modelling of avian vision and digital image analysis to quantify
ten attributes of egg colour and pattern in two families heavily parasitized by
brood parasites: African warblers (Cisticolidae) and weavers (Ploceidae). Using
a multi-dimensional phenotypic space analysis, we quantify differences in egg
phenotype, and investigate whether host and non-host species differ in
phenotypic variability and relationship between phenotypic attributes. We use
Discriminant Function Analysis to ask whether related, parasitized host species
partition phenotypic space amongst themselves, and which phenotypic attributes
are important for partitioning. We find evidence that hosts employ different
strategies of high and low egg polymorphism for evading parasites, and that egg
appearance has higher information content (lower correlation among different
egg traits) in parasitized species. Moreover, some hosts occupy mutually
exclusive areas of phenotypic space with regards to various combinations of
pattern and colour attributes.

Speaker: Kevin Beckford (MPhil African Studies):

Title: Exploring East African Hip Hop Culture

Abstract: Research Purpose: Over the past ten years, a fair number of scholars
have produced academic scholarship heralding East African (specifically
Tanzanian produced) hip hop music and culture as revolutionary. Despite the
scholarship that has been produced over the past decade, scholars have missed
the mark in some ways. The operation of hip hop and youth culture, within
scholarly realms, is often disconnected with the ways in which Hip Hop culture
is viewed by young people. The 'more identifiable' socialist and nationalist
legacies of certain subcultures within East Africa (i.e. Tanzania) has led to
1. a tendency to exclusively qualify East African Hip Hop in a Tanzanian space
and 2. a static, one-sided understanding of East African Hip Hop as explicitly
political. I will show that hip hop, as a mode of youth cultural expression,
is nuanced, that it is political even when it does not seem to be political,
and that it cannot be confined to a particular space.

BOOKING IS NOW OPEN!! Please book via: by the 2nd May at 11AM latest

It should be a fun and extremely interesting evening so please do come along!

Posted Mon Apr 23 15:36:46 2012 by fg305

New Equal Opportunities Page

News iconHave you taken a look at our brand new Equal Opportunities page? It's a guide to resources within the college, the University and Cambridge that might be of interest. If you have any comments or suggestions about it, please get in touch with Teresa (

Posted Tue Apr 17 14:57:40 2012 by mts38

MCR Film Night

News iconThis week we will be watching Titantic to mark the 100 years since the tragedy.

When: Thursday 19th April
Time: 7.30pm

Posted Mon Apr 16 11:57:45 2012 by lscd2

MCR Easter Egg Hunt

News iconMCR Easter Egg Hunt - Sunday 15th April

This Sunday we are holding an MCR Easter Egg hunt! (We know it's a week late, but hopefully more people will be around!). Come to the MCR at 2pm on Sunday afternoon for egg hunting fun!

MCR members with children would be especially welcome to bring them along.

Posted Sat Apr 14 16:50:35 2012 by amd79

MCR Film Night

News iconThis week’s theme is John Hughes 80s teen dramas

The Breakfast Club:

Sixteen Candles:

Some Kind of Wonderful:

You’ve got until Wednesday night to vote! As usual, popcorn, sweets and chocolates will be provided.

Where: MCR
When: Thursday April 12th
Time: 8pm

Posted Tue Apr 10 19:43:03 2012 by lscd2

MCR Wine Tasting

News iconThe (in)famous MCR wine tasting is back! Mark the dates in your diary.
Theme isnt quite decided yet but it'll be along the lines of 'What Davy
is drinking at the moment...' which currently is a mixed selection of
French classics with a few new World interlopers thrown in the mix.
There will be everything from everyday drinking to premium-end (this is
half a week's rent worth per bottle) wines.

When: Wednesday, 11 April 2012
What time: 7.30 - 10pm
Where: West Lodge, E Staircase
How much: £10 MCR members; £13 guests.

If you are interested, please email Davy ( to reserve
your places. As always, guests and first-timers are more than welcome.

Posted Sat Apr 7 22:32:04 2012 by amd79

Room Ballot!

News iconThe ballot will take place in the MCR (S staircase) on Saturday 17th March, starting at 9:30 am. There will be light refreshments available.

Please arrive in plenty of time for your allocated time slot (see previous email) as we will otherwise assume you no longer require college accommodation and you will not be entered into the draw.

Room plans, photos of accommodation and the list of rooms in the ballot are available on the MCR website (

Don’t hesitate to contact or with any questions or problems.

Posted Fri Mar 16 09:43:50 2012 by hlb48

Downing MCR Film Night

News iconThis week we have to choose between three very good movies with sad stories behind it:

Elite Squad (about the problems of Rio de Janeiro):

The Constant Gardner (about the problems in Africa):

The Motorcycle Diaries (about Che and the problems in Latin America):

Vote until Wednesday night, and come join us to watch the chosen movie having popcorn, candies and chocolates (provided by the MCR).

See you there!

Posted Tue Mar 13 20:58:23 2012 by lscd2

Downing MCR Cake and Movie Night (International Women's Day)

News iconEvery 8 March, millions of men and women worldwide celebrate International Women's Day - a common day for recognising women's achievements and highlighting gender inequalities and issues.

This year, join us in the MCR to celebrate IWD with a night of cake and great filmmaking.

Bring your own cake or simply drop by to enjoy the creations of some of the MCR's most amazing bakers!

We will screen the 2007 animated film Persepolis, based on Marjane Satrapi's graphic novel.

We will also set up a collection box to raise money for a local cause: Cambridge Women's Aid. Women's Aid is the key British charity working to end domestic violence against women and children. It supports a network of over 500 services across the UK and our contribution will go directly to their refuge in Cambridge. For more information, visit

Posted Wed Mar 7 22:06:00 2012 by lscd2

MCR Movie Night Announcement

News iconVoting is now closed for tonight's MCR Movie Night. And the winner is the classic British comedy East Is East, which we will be screenning at 8pm along with free popcorn and snacks. Don't miss it!

When: Thursday 1 March
Where: The MCR
What time: 8pm

Posted Thu Mar 1 13:36:13 2012 by mts38

MCR Movie Night Suggestions

News iconDo you have any suggestions for movies or themes you would like to see featured in our weekly MCR Movie Nights? Please email Teresa (mts38) and we'll make sure to include them in future editions!

Posted Mon Feb 27 21:29:13 2012 by mts38

MCR Movie Night: Thursday 1 March

News iconCome along to this week's MCR Movie Night! We have a choice of three very different films this week and, as usual, we invite you to vote! You can do so by emailing Teresa (mts38) or by posting on the Movie Night Facebook event page. Voting closes by lunchtime on Thursday.

TO BE OR NOT TO BE (Ernst Lubitsch, 1942) 

EAST IS EAST (Damien O'Donnell, 1999) 

MASTER AND COMMANDER (Peter Weir, 2003) 

Free popcorn and other delicious snacks will be provided.

When: Thursday 1 March
Where: The MCR
What time: 8pm

Posted Mon Feb 27 21:16:44 2012 by mts38

Graduate Student Academic Questionnaire - Lent Term 2012

News iconPlease fill out the Graduate Student Academic Questionnaire!

The Downing Graduate Student Academic Questionnaire for Lent Term 2012 has now been posted on CamSIS

Please complete this questionnaire by the end of Term, Friday 16 March. After this date the questionnaire will be closed for data entry so that the College can assess the answers.

The College will use the questionnaire to monitor and, where necessary, improve the quality of its academic guidance, facilities and resources. Therefore, your feedback is fundamental to this process.

The questionnaire is located under the 'student self service' tab. Please read the instruction paragraph marked '+ Questionnaire Instructions' prior to data entry.

We need a high response rate to get an accurate picture of student opinion. Please complete Part A and B of the questionnaire even if you feel you have no serious problems with your progress or the quality of academic guidance you have received. To submit your questionnaire please press the 'submit' button and not the 'save' button.

If you encounter any difficulties accessing the questionnaire or inputting information then please do not hesitate to contact the CamSIS helpdesk 01223 7(64999) or email

Posted Wed Feb 22 13:10:11 2012 by lscd2

MCR Film Night

News iconFilm Night: Adam Sandler Films

Thursday 23rd February

20.30 - 23.00

Vote for the movie you want to see tomorrow!

Once Adam Sandler has so many awesome movies, we are providing 5 really nice options to choose from. The trailers are below the titles.

Romantic Comedy: 50 first dates (with Drew Barrymore)

Romantic Comedy: Just go with it (with Jennifer Aniston)

Comedy: Happy Gilmore (Classic)

Comedy: Big Daddy

Comedy: Anger Management (with Jack Nicholson)

Let the fun begin!

As usual, MCR will provide popcorn and some other candies and chocolates.

See you there!

Posted Wed Feb 22 12:48:55 2012 by lscd2


News iconBOOKING FOR SEMINAR NIGHT IS NOW CLOSED! please do not book now (even though the booking form says there are still places available) as the maximum number of places has been reached and catering have been informed of numbers and dietary requirements

Posted Sun Feb 19 16:03:28 2012 by fg305

Upcoming Swaps!

News icon1. Swap to Lincoln College

On the 10th March we have a fantastic opportunity to visit our sister college in Oxford, Lincoln. This will include a chance to look around Oxford in the afternoon before a 3-course dinner at Lincoln College, with College bar, club or MCR afterwards. Although this is still a little way off, we need to confirm numbers and dietary requirements to Lincoln quite soon.

Provisional timings: Depart Cambridge at 13:30, Return from Oxford 01:30 to arrive back in Cambridge about 03:30.

Cost: ONLY £25! - including transport and dinner (wine provided).

Bookings: Please e-mail by midday 23rd February to book your tickets, indicating any dietary requirements. Priority will be given to those who attended the dinner last term when Lincoln students visited Downing.

Salmon with Hollandaise (Veggie: Asparagus with Hollandaise)
Roast Contrefilet of Beef Bordelaise (Veggie: Goat's Cheese and Red Onion tart)
Saute Potatoes
Glazed Carrots
Chocolate Profiteroles

2. Formal Swap at Christ’s

On Tuesday 28th February we have a chance to visit Christ’s College for a formal swap. Tickets will be £12 which includes pre-dinner sherry, a three-course dinner, and post dinner port. Wine for the meal can be purchased at Christ’s or you can bring your own, subject to a £1 corkage fee. We have 15 spaces available, and these will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis by emailing Please indicate whether you have any dietary requirements. The deadline for replies is Wednesday 22nd of February.

Posted Sat Feb 18 19:38:57 2012 by amd79

Free Chlamydia screening in the MCR tonight - Swing by and get tested!

News iconFree Chlamydia screening in the MCR tonight - Swing by and get tested!

Chlamydia is the most common STI with 1-in-12 young people infected.

Because Chlamydia is so common, it's recommended that under 25s who are sexually active should get a Chlamydia test once a year, or when they change partner.

You won't know if you (or one of your partners) have Chlamydia, because it often has no symptoms - yet can lead to serious health problems and is the leading cause of infertility.

If you have a Chlamydia test and find you're positive, don't worry - it can be easily treated with a free course of antibiotics, and quick treatment will prevent long term health problems.

Take this opportunity - discreet, fast and easy!

MCR love and peace xx

Posted Fri Feb 17 20:55:28 2012 by hlb48

MCR Seminar Night Wednesday 22nd

News iconThe MCR Downing Seminar night is happening next Wednesday (the 22nd of February) in the SCR at 6 PM sharp. The seminar will be followed by FREE DRINKS AND A BUFFET DINNER in the fleet room.

Here are two of the abstracts from the people presenting and the title of the third (of which the full abstract will be emailed to you all soon):

1) Oldowan “thingness” and Culture - Ben Copsey

Mode 1 lithic technology is traditionally viewed as either static and unchanging over time or variable to the point of incomprehensibility. Examining these viewpoints reveals they are not necessarily contradictory. Methods of identifying and explaining variation in Mode 1 Africa can be developed which will allow this seeming paradox to be understood. Further extrapolation of these methods may reveal interesting insights into the presence and formation of “culture” as well as shedding light on social meaning and “thingness” in Plio-Pleistocene Africa.

2) Hydrogen Energy from Sunlight - Fezile Lakadamyali

For centuries we have been using non-renewable fossil fuels as primary energy source but as a consequence, we are experiencing air, water, and land pollution at very high levels. Sunlight is an appealing energy source to replace unsustainable fossil resources for the future as more energy from sunlight strikes the earth in one hour than all the energy used by humans in one year. The question is how to transform the energy shared in sunlight into a chemical fuel. The conversion of solar light into the chemical energy vector as H2 has become a point of interest towards obtaining a ‘green’ energy economy. My project focuses on finding a cheap, robust and efficient proton reduction catalyst that evolves H2 upon solar light irradiation. Cobaloximes, which are small cobalt containing synthetic complexes, are known for their H2 production activities. We are interested in photocatalysis using semiconductor metal oxides (especially TiO2) modified with molecular catalysts (cobaloximes) and a ruthenium photosensitiser for solar light absorption, in the presence of an artificial electron donor to evolve H2.

3) The buffalo commons in the American West: from poetics to politics, 1987-2012 - James Milne

Twenty-five years ago the Poppers warned that the plains, a ‘characteristically
American place’, would go the ‘way of the buffalo that once roamed it’ (1987).
To remedy this they introduced the concept of the buffalo commons. As common
land, the plains would be the responsibility of all; private individuals, state
and federal governments, both in the present and the future. This research
looks at whether the commons have been a success and if the global north can
find ways to co-inhabit spaces with ‘wild’ animals. Many view the idea as a
retrograde step, undoing the American dream by challenging the right to own
private land for prosperity and success. Rural identities dwell in the
landscape, drawing on the romantic visions of the pioneers, large open spaces
to colonise and settle. In creating a landscape where human and ‘wild’ animals
live side by side, can the current identity politics survive and what changes
will be seen in the landscape? What is the best strategy to implement the
commons and is it feasible in the long term?

It should be a fun and extremely interesting evening so please do come along!

Posted Thu Feb 16 14:36:35 2012 by fg305

Recycling Survey

News iconWe're trying to make sure that everyone in the MCR has access to recycling bins in both their rooms and their kitchens. Please please PLEASE click on the link below and fill out the short survey (it's only three questions!). That way, if you're missing a bin, we can get you a new one ASAP.

Posted Thu Feb 16 10:34:25 2012 by lscd2

Movie night

News iconThis Thursday 20:00 until 23:00
In the MCR!

Come along and enjoy the MCR movie night this week! As always, there will be free popcorn, coffee, tea, and nibbles.

The theme this week is "Gun Movies." Vote on the facebook page for any of the three movies below

1. Top Gun (

2. The Naked Gun (

3. The Man with the Golden Gun (

Posted Wed Feb 15 20:20:35 2012 by hlb48


News iconThis evening is a celebration for students who are halfway through their course of study. An important Cambridge tradition!

There will be a drinks reception in the SCR at 6.45pm followed by a formal dinner.

Attire: Black Tie

Ticket prices: (incorrect on the invitation!)

£16 normal, £14 non-alcoholic and £19 guest

Only one guest is permitted to this event and booking is only open to midway students (If you are unsure if this includes you check your pigeon hole for an invitation!). Any other student wishing to come will have to be booked as a guest.

RSVP: BY WEDNESDAY 15th FEB!!! but preferably ASAP! by emailing and include any dietary requirements. Saying you are attending on facebook is not enough!

Thanks! It should be a great night!

MCR love x

Posted Sun Feb 12 12:22:28 2012 by jrmw2

Downing MCR Climbing Day

News iconIf you're feeling adventurous, come and try the climbing wall experience!

WHEN: Saturday 11 February. We will be meeting at the MCR at 4 PM and going to the climbing center at 4.30 PM.

FOR HOW LONG: We can stay there as long as we can, but most of us will probably be very tired after a couple of hours of climbing. So plan to stay there until around 7:30, although we might be finished before that.

HOW MUCH: The MCR will provide a subsidy, but prices will depend on how many people come. Prices should be between 2.50 and 3.50 pounds per person (in comparison to the 4.70 usual price).

WHAT TO WEAR: comfortable clothing! It is important that it does not compromise your flexibility. VERY IMPORTANT: Come with tight or small shoes, such as All-Stars, etc. - it's a lot harder to stay on the small foot holds with large shoes!

Got any questions? Please email Joao (

Posted Mon Feb 6 23:00:00 2012 by lscd2

Movie Night: Thursday 9 February

News iconCome along to this week's MCR Movie Night! You can vote for any of the three films listed below, the theme being that they are all brilliant films. Please vote by emailing Teresa (mts38) or by posting on the Facebook event page. Voting closes by lunchtime on Thursday.

SHADOW OF A DOUBT (Alfred Hitchcock, 1943)

PERSEPOLIS (Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud, 2007)

THE DUELLISTS (Ridley Scott, 1977)

We will be serving popcorn, hot chocolate and other delicious snacks and nibbles.

When: Thursday 9 February
Where: The MCR
What time: 8pm

Posted Mon Feb 6 22:45:23 2012 by mts38

Catering Arrangements

News icon
The arrangemnts for the next few days are as follows:

Monday 19th December NO SERVICE

Tuesday 20th December Cafeteria Lunch only 12.30 to 1.30

Wednesday 21st December Cafeteria Lunch only 12.30 to 1.30.


Posted Thu Dec 8 17:06:51 2011 by lscd2

MCR Christmas Wine Tasting

News iconMCR Christmas Wine Tasting
Friday, 16 December 2011.

As is customary during the festive period, the MCR will be hosting a Christmas-themed wine tasting. So if you haven't made up your minds what wines to get for the Christmas season, then this is the ideal tasting for you. We'll be showing wines that would go well with the traditional Christmas meal, and yes, that includes wines for mince pies.

When: Friday, 16 December 2011.
What time: 7.30-10pm.
Where: Party Room, basement of Butterfield building.
How much: £10 MCR members; £13 guests.

Limited spaces available at this tasting, book yours by emailing Davy ( Guests, as always, are welcome.

Posted Thu Dec 8 16:10:13 2011 by lscd2

Movie Night: Love Actually

News iconThis week we’re treating you to a Christmas-themed romantic comedy. Come watch Love Actually, along with free coffee, tea and snacks!

When: Thursday, December 8th
Where: The MCR
What time: 8pm

Posted Tue Dec 6 23:19:37 2011 by mk646

2012 Election Results

News iconHere are the results for 2012's MCR Committee Elections:

CUSU Affiliation: No
GU Affiliation: Yes

President: Hannah Brooke
Vice-President: Jacqueline Ward
Treasurer: Dhiren Mistry
Welfare: Felicity Gibbons and Matt Cooper
Social Secretaries: João Prates Romero and Andrew Dimond
Bar, Sports and Amenities: Ross Hubble
Communications: Camilla d'Angelo
Equal Opportunities: Teresa Segura-Garcia
Environment: Eleanor Caves and Pedro Zaragoza Gasca
International: Yanchuan Zhang

Thank you all for voting, and we wish the new committee all the best in the coming year!

Posted Sat Dec 3 16:23:34 2011 by mk646


News iconHustings is where the nominees for next year's MCR Committee present themselves to MCR members. Each nominee gives a small introduction, after which the floor will be open for questions and debate.

All MCR members are more than welcome and actually encouraged to come! It is a great opportunity to make sure that next year's committee is representing your interests, and to decide who you will be voting for on the contested positions. Nominees are of course even more strongly encouraged to attend. The details:

When: Sunday, November 27th (tomorrow)
Where: The MCR
What time: 3pm-5pm

Go here for the manifesto's

Posted Sat Nov 26 12:38:45 2011 by mk646

Freshers' Recital Today

News iconA Freshers’ Recital will be held in the Master's Lodge at 6.30 p.m. TODAY on Thursday 24 November.

Lydia Murphy (2nd year) – violin
J. S. Bach: Praeludium from Sonata in G minor for solo violin BWV 1001

Rebecca May – violoncello
Camille Saint-Saëns: ‘The Swan’ from The Carnival of the Animals

Priyanka Patel – pianoforte
Edvard Grieg: Notturno Op. 54 No. 4

Bea Downing – voice

Ben Gershinson – oboe
Benjamin Britten: Pan, Niobe and Arethusa from Six Metamorphoses after Ovid, Op. 49

Dominic Wong – pianoforte
Karol Szymanowski, Étude Op. 4 No. 3

The recital will last for approximately 45 minutes and wine and soft drinks will be served after the performance. All welcome.

Barry Everitt

Posted Thu Nov 24 11:54:05 2011 by dsih2

Charity Wine Tasting

News iconDavy Kurniawan and Alex Woolgar-Toms are hosting a charity wine tasting, in fundraising efforts for the Chapel Choir's upcoming tour next summer. All the wines for this event have been donated by kind benefactors from within the College, with some wines coming from Downing College's own cellars. It certainly promises to be a tasting of the highest quality. All income generated from ticket sales will go towards the Choir.

When: Thursday, 24 Nov 2011
What time: 7.30-10pm
Where: Grace Howard Room, ground floor of Howard Theatre
How much: Ł10 for students and Ł15 for non students

The ticket prices are an indication of the suggested minimum amount, you are of course free to give more if you wish. If you would like to come, contact the Senior Organ Scholar, Cara Ellison ( to reserve your places.

Posted Tue Nov 22 12:47:00 2011 by mk646

Downing Enterprise Competition Drop-in Session

News iconDON'T MISS THE CHANCE TO FIND OUT MORE - COME TO OUR INFORMAL DROP-IN this Wednesday from 4.00pm - 6.30pm in the Wilkins Room. Come along for drinks and nibbles and the opportunity to chat to past winners and members of the Enterprise Board. There is no need to register, just turn up, but if you would like more details please contact Susan Luton (sal53) in the Development Office (C staircase) or visit

Posted Tue Nov 22 12:32:47 2011 by sal53

Movie Night: Animated Christmas

News iconBecause Americans are feeling thankful on Thursday, we’re moving movie night to Wednesday after the open meeting. And we’re celebrating Cambridge Christmas (i.e. early Christmas) with some animated Christmas movies. The choices are:

· Muppets Christmas Carol (
· The Nightmare Before Christmas (
· A Christmas Carol (

Vote on Facebook ( for your favourite movie! As always, there will be snacks and nibbles to go with the movie. We'll make sure to start as soon as the meeting ends, so it doesn't end too late.

Posted Mon Nov 21 14:45:16 2011 by mk646

Lincoln Swap at Downing

News iconThis academic year, we have organised a swap with Lincoln, our sister college in Oxford. On Saturday November 26th, they are coming over to Downing, and later this year, probably in March, we will be returning to Oxford to visit their college. There will be several fun activities during the day, such as a tour around the Cambridge colleges - more details on this later. We've also organised a private dinner in hall, preceded by a drinks reception in the SCR and a bar afterwards in the MCR.

If you would like to come to the dinner to meet the Lincoln people, sign up now by emailing Daisy (! You can bring up to 3 guests. Prices are £19 for Downing members, £22 for guests. It's a bit more than usual, but they include a very fancy three-course dinner, champagne in the SCR beforehand and wine with dinner. Those who come to the dinner and play host to the Lincoln people will get priority on the return swap to Lincoln, so if you want to join in on the trip to Oxford later this year, make sure you sign up!

The deadline for signing up is tomorrow, November 15th at 4pm, so don't forget to email Daisy with your number of guests and dietary requirements as soon as possible! The details:

What: Lincoln swap dinner at Downing
When: Saturday, November 26th, 7pm-11:30pm
Where: Pre-dinner drinks in the SCR, dinner in hall, bar in the mcr
How much: £19 for Downing members, £22 for guests
How to sign up: email Daisy ( with your guests and dietary requirements
Dress code: formal attire with gown for Downing members, no gown necessary for guests
Signup deadline: November 15th at 4pm!

We hope many of you will come to the dinner to meet the Lincoln people, there will be quite a lot of them coming so let's show them some Downing hospitality!

Posted Mon Nov 14 14:55:42 2011 by mk646

Pub Quiz at the Alma

News iconThis Monday features the return of the MCR pub quiz, as always held at the Alma! This Monday's quiz will be run by dynamic duo Pete and Stu, so brush up on your South African trivia. As always there will be fabulous prizes for the winners, both chocolatic and alcoholic in nature! The details?

What: Pub Quiz
Why: For the good of mankind
Where: The Alma (meet up in the MCR at 7:45pm if you don't know the way)
When: Monday, November 14th at 8pm
How much: FREE

Posted Sat Nov 12 13:04:14 2011 by mk646

Committee Elections 2012

News iconNominations for positions on the MCR committee are now open! If you would like to run for office, visit for more information!

UPDATE: The first nominees and their manifestos are now up! Go here!

Posted Tue Nov 8 23:51:04 2011 by mk646

Port Tasting - Tuesday 8th November BOOK NOW

News iconThe MCR is proud to host its first ever Port tasting. We'll be going through all the varieties of Port - from white port, to tawny, ruby and finishing in several rather old vintage ports dating back to 1975. So if you've ever wondered (but never dared to ask) what the difference is between a basic ruby port with an LBV, or a basic tawny port with one thats 20 year old or are just simply curious what a 36 year old port tastes like - then this tasting is for you!

When: Tuesday, 08 November 2011.
What time: 7.30-10pm
Where: West Lodge, E Staircase
How much: £10 MCR members; £13 guests

Email Davy ( to reserve your spot. We expect the demand for places at this tasting to be very high, so please make sure you are able and willing to come before making a reservation. Booking closes at noon Monday.

Posted Sun Nov 6 16:36:34 2011 by dsih2

Fireworks Tonight (4th November)

News iconRemember! Remember! …. FREE Downing Firework Display TODAY 9:30pm.

Refreshments – Toffee Apples, Mulled Wine and cookies will be on sale from 9.15pm on the Hall portico for those who were unable to attend Formal Hall. Also available from the bar from around that time.

Posted Fri Nov 4 13:28:51 2011 by dsih2

Movie Night: Roald Dahl

News iconThis week we’ll be watching a Roald Dahl movie! The three choices are:

James and the Giant Peach (1996)
Matilda (1996)
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)

Vote on the facebook events page for your favourite movie ( We will be starting at 8.30pm, and as always there will be free coffee, tea and snacks! See you on Thursday!

Posted Mon Oct 31 15:20:14 2011 by mk646

MCR Accommodation Survey - a chance to win £30

News iconPlease take some time to fill out our Downing MCR Accommodation Survey. Apart from our eternal gratitude, you'll also have a chance to win £30 worth of Amazon vouchers!

Just visit, fill out the eight questions and click "Submit Answers." Make sure to do it by next Friday, November 4th, in order to be entered in the voucher raffle!

Posted Fri Oct 28 11:39:59 2011 by mk646

Movie Night: Halloween

News iconThis week's theme for the movie night is HALLOWEEN! We will have a special movie night with 2 movies running one after the other! So the first movie will be a non-scary halloween movie and the second one will be a scary one. We have 3 choices for each so make sure to vote for whichever one you want to watch that night (or both) on the facebook event page (

Non-scary movie choices:

The Addams Family (
Beetlejuice (
Ghostbusters (

Scary movie choices:

Rec (
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (
The Thing (

Since we will be watching 2 movies, this week the first movie will start Thursday at 7.30pm and the second one after that (probably around 9.30pm).

Please vote before Wednesday lunch time and we will get the movies with the most votes! Come along and enjoy the movies with free popcorn, snacks, tea and coffee!

Posted Mon Oct 24 23:21:39 2011 by mk646


News iconThis term's MCR/SCR Seminar night will take place in two weeks, on Wednesday, November 2nd. This is a termly event that is held in the SCR (the fellows' common room, behind the dining hall) where three MCR members present their research in a short presentation to an audience of fellows and other Downing graduates. The talks are followed by a FREE buffet with FREE drinks, provided by the fellows!

This seminar's speakers are Dhiren Mistry (engineering), Matthias Grein (economics) and Natasa Mavronicola (law). For more information on their talks, scroll down! The details:

When? Wednesday, November 2nd
Where? The SCR
What time? 6pm
How do I sign up? Send an email to Daisy ( with your dietary requirements by midday, Tuesday October 25th
How much? Free!


Studying the stability or instability of swirling fluid flows
Dhiren Mistry

Aircraft jet engines require a continuous mixture of fuel and compressed air. The mixing and ignition of the fuel-air mixture is achieved with large scale turbulent flow structures. The turbulence evolves from a steady but unstable flow in which disturbances can grow in time and space. The instability of a flow may be studied using a global analysis or a local analysis. Global analyses are computationally expensive whereas local analyses may be performed in a fraction of the time but at the cost of accuracy. In my MPhil, I used a local analysis to study the instability of flows that are analogous to the flows found in jet engine mixing chambers.

How Did Economists Get It So Wrong? Introducing a Financial System into Macroeconomic New Keynesian Models
Matthias Grein

Adequate modelling of a financial sector has been put in the spotlight of macroeconomic modelling quite harshly by the failure of the then existing models to cope with the consequences of a collapsing housing market. In particular, existing models cannot cope with unconventional measures of monetary policy (Quantitative Easing; “printing money”), recently applied as conventional measures (lowering interest rates in order to stimulate the economy) had been exhausted, as these measures mainly work through the financial system. At the same time, there is no consensus in modern macroeconomics even on what benchmark models should look like. Nobel laureate Paul Krugman calls most macroeconomics of the past 30 years “spectacularly useless at best, and positively harmful at worst”, while his opponents accuse him and others of falling back on antiquated Keynesian doctrines as if nothing had been learned in the past 70 years. The purpose of this talk is to give a review of “New Keynesian” models – models that have long been hailed as appeasing both opposing groups – and to present one way in which securitization and repo financing – features at the core of the recent financial crisis – can be modelled.

What is an absolute right? The torturous search for conceptual clarity in interpreting Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights
Natasa Mavronicola

The task of my PhD is to reassess and delimit the boundaries of what is widely acknowledged as an 'absolute' human right: the right not to be subjected to torture or inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, as embodied in Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights. The primary step in this process was to ascertain the meaning of 'absoluteness' in this legal context and this was the aim of my first-year paper. I am now moving on to look at how this impacts on the definition of Article 3 treatment and will be subjecting everyone to a strictly humane rundown of the fruits and pending questions of my research.

Posted Fri Oct 21 12:26:43 2011 by dsih2

Movie Night: Steven Spielberg week

News iconThis week's theme is Steven Spielberg Movies!! Here are the 3 amazing movie choices, please tell us which one you want to watch by Wednesday lunch time and we will get the one that has the most votes:) This week the movie night is on Wednesday instead of Thursday.

Catch Me If You Can (

Jurassic Park (

Schindler's List (

Come along and enjoy the movie with free popcorn, snacks, tea and coffee!!

Posted Tue Oct 18 16:14:44 2011 by mk646


News iconMCRevolution is probably the biggest and most popular intercollegiate graduate party of Michaelmas term! It will be held at Vodka Revolution from 10pm this evening to way past midnight.

Tickets are selling out fast, but luckily we’ve gotten our hands on quite a few of them. If you want one, just send an email to Krit ( The tickets are £4 each.

More details on the Facebook event page of the party:

Posted Sun Oct 16 09:18:04 2011 by mk646

Call for MCR/SCR seminar speakers!

News iconEvery term, the fellows host a seminar night in the SCR where three graduate students are invited to give a talk about their subjects. This is a great opportunity both to showcase your research and to find out what your fellow Downing grads are doing. Moreover, the evening includes free food and drinks!

This term’s seminar night will take place on November 2nd, but we are already looking for three volunteers who are interested in giving a short presentation about their PhD or MPhil project. Presentations are max 15 minutes and have to be accessible to a varied audience. This is a great chance for you to present some of your work and your field to the college as fellows are also invited. Ideally we would be looking for at least one arts student and one scientist, but anyone interested is welcome to reply! Please contact Daisy ( for more information.

Posted Tue Oct 11 15:38:51 2011 by dsih2

Pub Quiz at the Alma

News iconTonight, our semi-regular pub quiz at the Alma will be making a comeback! With questions by pub quiz veterans Natasa and Jake, we're in for a challenge! Prizes will - as usual - be of a chocolatey or alcoholey nature. See you at the Alma at 8pm! Alternatively, meet us in the MCR at 7.45pm and we will head to the Alma together.

Posted Mon Oct 10 10:03:05 2011 by mk646

Movie Night: Best of 2011 (so far)

News iconThis week's movie night theme is Best Movies of 2011! We have 4 movies to choose from, please vote on the facebook page ( before Wednesday lunch time and I will get the one that has the most votes! Here are the choices:

Horrible Bosses (

X-Men: First Class (

Source Code (

Rio (

Please come along and enjoy the movie with free popcorn, snacks, tea and coffee!

Posted Mon Sep 26 15:04:11 2011 by mk646

Who wants to be a parent?

News iconIt's that time of the year again! New freshers are arriving in October and they will be in dire need of some parental guidance! Are yoy interested in entering in holy matrimony and embracing the parental bonds that keep this MCR strong? Then email Daisy (!

The details:
- Either let us know if you're interested by yourself, or apply as a couple.
- Show up on Sunday evening October 2nd at 5pm.
- You will be assigned two to three children (you may not pick them yourself)!
- Take them out for dinner on Sunday night after the introductions. (Cooking yourself is even better!)

Posted Mon Sep 26 12:29:01 2011 by dsih2

Movie Night: 80s!

News iconThis week's movie night theme is 80's Movies! We have 3 amazing movies to choose from, please vote before Wednesday lunch time on the facebook event page (¬if_t=event_invite) and we will get the one that has the most votes! Here are the choices:

Beverly Hills Cop (

Ferris Bueller's Day Off (

The Breakfast Club (

Come along and enjoy the movie night with free popcorn, snacks, tea and coffee!

Posted Mon Sep 19 09:51:52 2011 by mk646

MCR Informal Wine Evening

News iconBy popular demand, the theme for this tasting is "Wines to go with ....". You select the food types and I'll show two wines for each!

When: Monday, 12 Sept 2011.
What time: 7.30-10pm
Where: MCR
How much: £8 MCR members; £10 guests

If you're keen, drop Davy ( an email detailing how many tickets you want along with six different food suggestions that you want paired. The top six food items will then be chosen and appropriate wines shown. Try to be specific, eg: steak in blackpepper sauce as opposed to beef, but not "Rump of lamb, courgette and basil purée, confit tomatoes, essence of lovage"

Posted Thu Sep 8 18:58:33 2011 by mk646

King's Zombie Swap

News iconKing's College is organising a zombie-themed formal swap this Thursday, September 1st. We have 10 spots available, if you're interested in coming, send an email to Krit ( by this Tuesday. Here are the details:

What: pre-dinner drinks, "entertainment" followed by a three-course dinner, followed by coffee. Afterwards there is a bar with a DJ playing until midnight.
When: Pre-dinner drinks start at 7pm. The actual formal starts between 7.30pm and 7.45 pm.
Where: King's College duh. We're meeting up at 6.30pm in the Downing MCR.
How much: Tickets are £20, including pre-dinner drink and the formal and ent afterwards, but not including wine. This can be purchased at the college bar.
Dress-code: fancy-zombie-dress, but normal formal wear is fine too.


Mexican blood shot with gooey cheese, burnt bread & worms
(Chilli tomato shot with Tabasco air, melting goat's cheese,
pinot noir jelly & tapenade croute)


Seared bovine flesh, congealed beetroot plasma,
pan-fried fungi & rotting swamp weed with warm blood jus
(Seared sirloin steak, celeriac dauphinoise, fried wild mushroom,
beetroot puree cabbage & port jus)

Pre-ordered vegetarian alternative:
Stuffed intestine with mouldy leaves & rotten milk,
congealed beetroot plasma & fungi
(Spinach & goat's cheese cannelloni, fried wild mushrooms,
beetroot puree & roasted vine tomatoes)


Elderflower & raspberry ghoulish eyeball laid on a patch of
chocolate & atsina mud


Fair trade coffee

Posted Mon Aug 29 11:15:06 2011 by mk646

Welcome Freshers

News iconHello Downing Graduate Freshers!!!

We are looking forward to welcoming you to Downing at the beginning of October. You may have already received the freshers week schedule by email but check under images to see another copy. If you have any questions at all feel free to email any of the committee members (you can find our emails on the Downing MCR website below) or just post a question and we will try to get back to you quickly!

For information on freshers week watch this page or join our facebook freshers page:

For the freshers schedule and handbook go to:

For information on Downing college in general go to:

For information from the university for new grad students go to:

*the MCR committee (graduate representatives in Downing)

Posted Thu Aug 25 21:32:13 2011 by dsih2

Movie Night: Spaghetti Westerns

News iconThis week we'll be celebrating over-dramatic stand-offs, lonesome harmonicas echoing through the desert and, of course, Clint Eastwood's menacing glare. This Thursday, it's spaghetti western night! Suggest your favourite on the facebook event page (, be it il buono, il brutto, or il cattivo, and we'll pick the most popular on the night!

As always, we will be serving snacks and nibbles! Thursday, August 25, The MCR, 8.30pm!

Posted Mon Aug 22 11:19:53 2011 by mk646

Miniball Update!!

News iconMiniball booking is now open to extra guests (up to 4!). You can change your existing booking or book new tickets by visiting! If you want to bring more guests please email Daisy at

Posted Wed Aug 17 16:34:17 2011 by dsih2

Movie Night: Musicals!

News iconThis week, we're watching a musical! Suggest your favourite musical on the Facebook Events page ( - anything from Bernstein to Hammerstein, Andrews to Astaire! We will pick the top three suggestions and vote which one to watch on the night.

As always, there will be snacks and nibbles, and of course the comfy MCR chairs to watch the movie from!

Posted Sun Aug 14 18:33:48 2011 by mk646

Downing Summer Formal

News iconRemember - There is a Downing formal next Friday (the 19th). It is our one and only summer formal so it is going to be amazing! Book in the plodge and feel free to bring guests! This is a great opportunity to show your friends in your department what formals in Downing are like! Prices will be a bit higher (£11 for Downing members and £14 for guests but the food should be extra nice and don't forget the sherry/port! We will also be running the butterfield bar afterwards!

The Menu is going to be-


Potted Duo of Salmon with Downing Basil and Infused Bread Rolls
Pumpkin and Ginger Soup with Parmesan Croutons (v)


Slow Roast Rare Rump of Steak with Colcannon Mash, Mixed Olive Jus
Mediterranean Vegetable Pastry Lattice with a Pomarola Sauce (v)


Downing Profiteroles with Fudge Sauce

Posted Sat Aug 13 12:59:10 2011 by dsih2

Movie Night: Summer Movies

News iconThe movie night is returning this week on Wednesday, and we're doing things slightly differently! Instead of suggesting three movies, everyone can reply to the facebook event page with their own suggestions, and we will vote on the most popular ones on the night.

Any movie goes, as long as it has a summery theme to it!

As always, there will be snacks to go along with the movie. See you on Wednesday!

Posted Mon Aug 8 13:25:33 2011 by mk646

MCR Events Calendar

News iconSmall changes have been made to the badly neglected calendar on the website. It can be found through the menu on the left and should now be updated more regularly.

Posted Tue Aug 2 01:50:24 2011 by mk646

Casablanca: Downing MCR Miniball 2011

News iconGet excited about Casablanca: the Downing MCR Miniball 2011 on Saturday, September 3rd! This is one of Downing MCRs biggest events of the year, so make sure you don't miss out! (Master's students, this is a great excuse for one last trip to Downing to enjoy the company of your old college friends!)

Start off the event in the afternoon with a luxurious garden party while sipping on exotic drinks and enjoying the inflatable games. Then, enjoy a sparkling drinks reception and a Moroccan themed formal dinner. After feasting on some great food, finish your evening partying with live music in the Howard Building, of course accompanied by a gin bar (also serving other drinks)!

Ticket prices:

Further information on the mysterious Moroccan menu and live music will be released closer to the date! Please enter the form at to reserve a place for you (and one guest - ticketing will open to more guests closer to the date).

P.S. For those of you who are not at Downing but would still like to attend, please drop Daisy an email at

Posted Tue Jul 26 08:37:11 2011 by dsih2

Croquet brunch

News iconWhat better way to celebrate summer in Downing than with a croquet game in our fellows' garden? A croquet game accompanied by free sandwiches on a Sunday morning of course!

If you're interested in playing, or just looking stylish on the sidelines, just send an email to Chris ( The details:

When: Sunday, 31 July 2011
What time: 11am-2pm
Where: The Fellows' garden
How much: free!

Posted Sun Jul 24 22:02:13 2011 by mk646

Wine and whisky tasting in one week!

News iconThis week we have not one, but two tastings! And one of them whisky to boot! Here are the details:

Whisky Tasting
When: Tuesday, 26 July 2011
What time: 7.30pm - 10pm
Where: West Lodge, E Staircase
How much: £12 MCR members; £15 guests

What the deal is: As many of you would know, most scotch is typically matured in ex-bourbon casks; but some whiskies then spend a short amount of time, typicaly before release (hence its called finishing), in a variety of casks that previously held sherry, port or even wine. This tasting will be focusing on the effects these 'finishing' might have on the whisky. An excellent opportunity if you've never tried whisky and are wondering whats the fuss all about. Email Davy ( to reserve your places.

Wine tasting
When: Thursday, 28 July 2011
What time: 7.30pm - 10pm
Where: The Fleet Room
How much: £10 MCR members, £13 guests

What the deal is: A wine tasting with a theme so secret not even your MCR committee knows... So the only way to find out is to sign up! Email Davy ( to reserve your places.

Posted Sat Jul 23 22:17:12 2011 by mk646

Harry Potter - MCR style

News iconThe final chapter begins as Harry, Ron, and Hermione continue their quest of finding and destroying the Dark Lord's three remaining Horcruxes, the magical items responsible for his immortality. But as the mystical Deathly Hallows are uncovered, and Voldemort finds out about their mission, the biggest battle begins and life as they know it will never be the same again.

Last Harry Potter movie is finally out!! We are organising a special Harry Potter day this Sunday 17th of June. First we will watch Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 1 in the MCR at 4 pm then we will go to the Vue Cinema to watch the final Harry Potter movie Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2 at 7.45 pm! Join us in the MCR with free popcorn and snacks which will be followed by a trip to the cinema. Special prizes will be given to people who dress up according to the theme!:))

Don't miss out this amazing event!! Especially if you are a Harry Potter fan!:)

Please e-mail me ( by Friday 15th of June if you wish to go to the cinema. We will be booking beforehand and tickets are £5 for MCR members.

Posted Wed Jul 13 19:36:07 2011 by dsih2

Butterfield Summer Bar Nights

News iconTonight we'll be opening the Butterfield Bar for the first time this summer! From now on, we'll be running the bar two nights a week from 8-11pm for everyone in college. This week it will be on Wednesday and Friday, next week on Monday and Wednesday. Come around enjoy a drink or two!

Posted Wed Jul 13 13:17:44 2011 by mk646

Pub Quiz at the Alma

News iconTuesday next week we will go pub quizzing at the Alma again! Daisy and Fezile will be your gracious hosts. We will start at 8pm and there will be fabulous prizes for the winners!

Posted Tue Jul 12 17:35:59 2011 by mk646

Movie night goes to court

News iconObjection! The theme for this week's movie night is courtroom movies! Here are the 3 choices:

Witness for the Prosecution (​tt0051201/)

Runaway Jury (​tt0313542/)

Primal Fear (​tt0117381/)

Please vote before Wednesday lunch time and I will get the movie which has the most votes. As always there will be free popcorn and snacks for the movie night!

Posted Mon Jul 11 15:40:54 2011 by mk646

Clare Hall Intercollegiate Charity Pub Quiz

News iconForget University Challenge - it's how good you are at pub quizzes that really matters!

Bearing that in mind, Clare Hall is holding one at the Red Bull, Tuesday 12th July, 8pm. It's all in aid of Amnesty International, and a local charity called Cambridge Food Bank, which supplies emergency food packages for families in need, so there'll be a donation of £3 each, with a maximum of 5 people per team. And of course there'll be all the usual rounds and prizes.

So put the date in your diary, and start getting your team together!!

Posted Thu Jul 7 16:10:32 2011 by mk646

MCR 'Wines for Summer' Tasting - Tuesday, 12 July 2011

News iconYour MCR wine tasting series is back, now showing wines for summer. We'll be trying a dozen wines - from crisp whites for picnics, light reds for sipping on warm summer evenings to big reds for sizzling barbecues and everything in between. Be assured that there will be something of interest for everyone.

When: Tuesday, 12 July 2011
Where: Fleet Room
What time: 7.30-10pm
How much: £10 MCR members, £12 guests.

Email Davy ( to book your place. Only 16 spaces for this tasting (thats all the room will fit) - book your place now.

Posted Wed Jul 6 12:25:29 2011 by mk646

Dining arrangements w/c 18th July

News iconPlease note the arrangements for this week are as follows (until further notice):

Cafeteria Lunch: 12.30 - 1.30 Monday to Friday (12.45 on Thursday)

Cafeteria Dinner: 5.30 - 6.15 Monday to Friday

There will be no service on the weekend of 23th and 24th July.

Posted Mon Jul 4 19:23:53 2011 by mk646

MCR Movie Night goes fantasy

News iconThis week the theme of the movie night is Fantasy! Here are the 3 movie choices:

Pan's Labyrinth (

The Green Mile (

Jumanji (

Please vote before wednesday lunch time and we will get the one which has the most votes! As always there will be free popcorn and snacks!

Posted Mon Jun 27 13:51:35 2011 by mk646

MCR Movie Night, the summer office express

News iconThis week the theme of the movie night is light comedy! So if you wanna relax and rest after a week of parties and may ball, please come along and enjoy a relaxing night in!! Here are the 3 movie choices:

500 Days of Summer (

Office Space (

Pineapple Express (

Please vote before wednesday lunch time and we will get the one which has the most votes! As always there will be free popcorn and snacks!

Posted Mon Jun 20 13:31:49 2011 by mk646

Punting Fireworks

News iconEvery year Trinity have an amazing firework display with a music accompaniment to go with their May ball. A not so well kept secret is that the best way to see the fireworks is not from the glamorous Trinity lawn all dressed up in frock and gown but to watch them from the glory of a punt stocked full of blankets and warm drinks.

Downing MCR is subsidizing such a vessel. If you would like a place on the punt (only 10 places available to act quickly), the tickets are £5 (including some nibbles and the light entertainment brought by the punting of Daisy Hessenberger) then please email

Where: Meet up in the MCR at 8pm
When: Monday June 20th

PS: If a lot more than 10 people are interested, we might be able to secure two punts.

Posted Thu Jun 16 12:34:38 2011 by dsih2

MCR Movie Night - Greek Thursday

News iconAs all of you know, downing may ball is in less than a week!! So we thought to have a movie night theme related to our may ball theme (which is Greek:) Here are 3 awesome movies that are related to Greek theme:

Hercules (

My Big Fat Greek Wedding (

300 (

Please vote before tomorrow night and we will get the one which has the most votes!

As always there will be free popcorn and snacks! :)

Posted Wed Jun 15 10:24:44 2011 by dsih2

Downing Photography Competition

News iconDon't miss out on a chance to win some money and be a bigger part of your college by entering the Downing photography competition! The competition closes on THIS SUNDAY (June 17th)! Send up to five of your photos of Downing college to

Prizes are £25, £15, and £10 for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places respectively and those that are highly commended get some official certificates to prove your success at showing the beughty of our college! More information can be found in the email sent out last week! However the essentials are that all photos of any style of Downing are accepted (minimum size of 1200 pixels across the longest edge but don't worry this is just to make sure they are not camera phone quality).

Posted Wed Jun 8 10:53:35 2011 by dsih2

Last MCR Formal of Term. Friday, June 10th

News iconThis Friday is our last formal of Term, and of the year! So if you want to enjoy prancing around in your gown and enjoying your MCR port and sherry one more time, book your ticket now! LIMITED AVAILABILITY! Moreover, we have people from Fitzwilliam coming over, so we can show them what an awesome MCR we are! The bar will be running afterwards so if you don't have a ticket feel free to come and dance the night away in the MCR!

Posted Wed Jun 8 10:32:32 2011 by dsih2

Return of the Pub Quiz. Tuesday, June 14th

News iconThe MCR pub quiz is returning with a vengeance! Next Tuesday, 8pm in the Alma! As always, there will be challenging questions, delightful hostesses and fabulous prizes!

Posted Wed Jun 8 10:31:56 2011 by dsih2

Downing MCR Garden Party. Saturday, June 25th

News iconDowning MCR hereby invites you to a leisurely Saturday-afternoon Garden Party on June 25th! There will be a free barbecue, games (giant Jenga!) and a cash bar.

It will take place in the Sunken Garden and the Howard Building (if it's rainy!) from 2-5pm.

Prices are:
£3 for MCR members
£5 for guests
FREE for graduands (Downing graduates who are finishing their courses this year). If you missed graduation this is a great time to celebrate the end of the year with all your friends!

Come and finish your May week in style with your fellow MCRees!

Posted Wed Jun 8 10:31:35 2011 by dsih2

MCR Movie Night and Theme of Miniball! Thursday, June 9th

News iconThis week we have a surprise movie for you. Also we will be announcing the theme of the MINIBALL, which will be on the 3rd of September, so save the date! Please come along to watch an amazing movie and have some surprise snacks.

Trust us, you don’t want to miss this one! Thursday night, 8.30pm.

Posted Wed Jun 8 10:31:10 2011 by dsih2

Movie night: Horror Night!

News iconAfter one week of no movie night, tomorrow, Wednesday June 1st at 8.30pm, we are back in business! The theme for this week's movie night is HORROR. Prepare yourselves to get scared and jump out your seats. Here are the 3 choices:

- The Omen (
- The Exorcism of Emily Rose (
- The Shining (

Please vote by tomorrow night (email Fezile, and we will get the one which has the most votes. Come along and enjoy a non-relaxing night in! As usual there will be free popcorn and snacks!

Posted Tue May 31 20:33:36 2011 by mk646

Sidney Sussex Comes to Downing!

News iconBook for Downing formal this Friday 20th of May if you want to meet some Sidney Sussex Grads!!! They have invited us back on a swap so this in an excellent opportunity to get to know them before we head over to Sidney Sainsbury's for formal!

Posted Tue May 17 19:15:20 2011 by dsih2

Movie Night: World War 2

News iconThe theme for this week's movie night is World War 2! Here are the three movie choices that you can choose from:

- Saving Private Ryan (

- Inglourious Basterds (

- The Pianist (

Please vote before Wednesday lunch time by emailing Fezile ( and we will get the one which has the most votes. As always there will be free popcorn and snacks for the movie night! Please come along and enjoy a relaxing night in.

Posted Mon May 16 02:24:33 2011 by mk646

MCR Seminar Night

News iconIts that time of term again where you get to find out what some of your fellow graduates get up at their respective departments (and all while enjoying FREE FOOD)! This Easter term, it will take place on Tuesday, May 24th starting at 18:00-19:00. As usual the Seminar will begin at 6:00pm in the SCR and is followed by refreshments and a free informal buffet in the Fleet Room. To secure your place at the seminar email Daisy ( by WEDNESDAY the 18TH of MAY with your dietary requirements.

Finally introducing our speakers! Talking at the seminar are:

Speaker: Jake Harris

Title: Artificial evolution of disease resistance genes in plants

Abstract: Agriculture needs to stay one step ahead of plant pathogens in order to produce enough food for our ever expanding global population. In the western world, this is mainly achieved through the widespread application of expensive and environmentally unfriendly fungicides and pesticides. In developing nations, without access to these chemicals, crop disease is a leading cause of famine and starvation. Generating plants that are resistant to pathogens could reduce our reliance on chemical fungicides and increase global food security. In my PhD, I am exploring a technique to artificially evolve durable broad spectrum resistance genes.

Speaker: Ana Rodríguez García

Title: "Preserving heritage amidst havoc: Recent experiences in Afghanistan".

Abstract: The preservation of heritage in post-Taliban Afghanistan has not been a priority for the international community. This talk is going to illustrate heritage governance arrangements, the actors involved in its preservation, the tools available to protect it and a few examples of success and many failures.

Speaker: Robert Sparkes

Title: Marine Transport and Sequestration of Particulate Organic Carbon

Abstract: Organic carbon, in the form of trees, soils, coal and graphite, is eroded from the landscape and buried out at sea. This process, which is particularly efficient when mountain belts are coupled with intense storms, has important effects on the cycling of CO2 and nutrients, with implication for global climate. I will present evidence for catastrophic burial of millions of tonnes of carbon in the Italian Apennines.

Posted Wed May 11 10:22:41 2011 by dsih2

MCR Australian Wine Tasting

News iconAfter a successful Tour de France, we'll be heading down under to see what Australia is up to these days. The aim is to show the classical areas in Australia producing premium-end wines, the concept of 'terroir' is certainly not dead there. Will include delights such as: no-holds-barred Barrossa Valley Shiraz (perfect for summer bbq), zingy Clare Valley Riesling (perfect for picnics), restrained Margaret River Chardonnay (perfect for when you're thirsty) and several other oddities.

Date: Tuesday, 17 May 2011
Time: 7.30pm
Place: Fleet Rm (through the Hall, behind the SCR)
Price: £11 MCR members, £14 guests.

Posted Mon May 9 23:01:41 2011 by mk646

Easter Term Open Meeting

News iconThis term’s open meeting will be held Monday, May 16th at 7pm. We are discussing some important topics for the future of our MCR, namely:

- Updating the constitution
- Changing the voting system to allow for online voting
- Changing the room ballot points allocation system
- Weekly Pub Nights

If you have any topics you want to bring up yourself, just email Daisy ( And even if you don’t, do show up, so you can partake in the voting!

Posted Tue May 3 19:49:05 2011 by mk646

Movie Night: Comedy Week

News iconThe theme for this week's movie night is comedy! Please tell us your choices and we will choose the one which will get the most votes. (Also please recommend comedy movies only, but not romantic comedy, action comedy, adventure comedy, or horror comedy - comedy comedy is fine.)

Either e-mail Fezile ( your preferences or write on the facebook events page. As always there will be free popcorn and snacks for the movie night! Please come along and enjoy the movie.

Posted Tue May 3 19:44:16 2011 by mk646

Movie Night: Superhero week!

News iconThis week's movie night theme will be superhero movies! Vote for your favourite movie on the facebook event page ( The movie starts at 8:30pm on Thursday, and there will be popcorn and snacks as always.

Posted Mon Apr 18 13:47:47 2011 by mk646

Downing MCR Paintball Day

News iconSaturday, May 14th, from 9am to 4pm, we will be having a paintball day! We will need to know numbers in advance so let us know asap! Latest by the Sunday, May 1st.

This is where we are going:

Also, if you have a car and are willing to drive some people let Krit ( know as that would be be very useful - plus you get freebies if you help transport people!

Posted Mon Apr 18 13:39:41 2011 by mk646

Pub Quiz!

News iconOn Monday we'll be having another pub quiz! The venue is the same as last time, The Alma. The quiz starts at 8pm and entry is free for Downing MCR members, 50p for non Downing people. Teams are limited to four people, and there will be delicious prizes for the teams who come first and second.

If you want to join us, just show up at the Alma around 8pm and ask Matt or Michiel, who will be running the quiz, for an answer sheet.

Posted Fri Apr 15 10:59:31 2011 by mk646

Botanic Garden Trip

News iconBecause of all the nice weather we’ve been having lately, some trees and flowers have decided to sprout leaves and blossom. This means the university’s botanic gardens are likely to be very pretty in the coming weeks, and we’re organizing a trip to visit them this Sunday, April 17th.

We meet in the MCR at 12:30 pm, and if the weather is nice, we will have a picnic as well!

Posted Mon Apr 11 21:21:44 2011 by mk646

Movie Night: Disturbed Drug Movies

News iconAs a logical follow up to last week’s movie night theme, this week will be about disturbed drug experiences (see also the non-Downing news). Think of movies like Trainspotting, Requiem for a Dream and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. The movie will be decided upon beforehand on the Facebook event page

The film starts at 8:30pm, this Wednesday in your MCR!

Posted Mon Apr 11 21:20:28 2011 by mk646

Easter Egg Hunt

News iconOn Friday April 15th we will celebrate the time-honoured Easter tradition of chocolatey sleuthing for fancy painted eggs. We will start at 4pm from the MCR – no peeking around college too much beforehand, that’s cheating!

Posted Thu Apr 7 16:23:12 2011 by mk646

Movie Night: Harry Potter Week!

News iconThis week's theme will be Harry Potter! The movie has already been chosen (part 3, the Prisoner of Azkaban), so come around tonight (Thursday, April 7th) to the MCR at 8.30pm and enjoy yourself!

We'll also have some special Harry Potter-flavoured snacks to go with the movie!

Posted Thu Apr 7 09:58:43 2011 by mk646

MCR Summer Cricket

News iconEvery summer, we have a mixed cricket team between Downing and Emmanuel College. Don't worry if you're not an experienced cricketeer, it's all in good spirits and not fiercely competitive or anything.

If you're interested, there will be a few practice net sessions at the beginning of next term: Wednesday 27th April and Wednesday 4th May, 8pm, at Fenner's. Just send an email to Ollie Wright at Emma ( and CC in our sports officer Pablo (

Posted Tue Apr 5 21:20:20 2011 by mk646

Dining Arrangements w/c April 18th

News iconThe dining arrangements for this week are as follows:

Cafeteria Lunch: Monday to Friday, 12.30 - 1.30
Cafeteria Dinner: Monday to Friday, 6.00 - 6.30; Saturday and Sunday, 6.00 - 6.45
Brunch: Saturday and Sunday, usual service times
Butterfield Café: Saturday, 10.00 - 2.00

Posted Mon Apr 4 23:57:44 2011 by mk646

Movie Night: Romance Week!

News iconBy popular demand, we are making this week romance/drama week (Thursday, March 31st)! The three films this week are:

- Eternal Sunshine on a Spotless Mind
- The Piano
- I Love You Phillip Morris

As always there will be free popcorn and snacks! Please come along and enjoy a night in with other MCR members. We will vote on which movie around 8.15 pm and start at 8.30 pm.

Posted Mon Mar 28 11:31:22 2011 by fl304

Pub Quiz at the Alma

News iconWe're having a pub quiz Monday next week (March 28th) at the Alma! The details:

We're meeting up in the Alma at 8pm, entry is free for Downing MCR members, 50p for non Downing people. Teams are limited to four people, and there will be delicious prizes for the teams who come first and second. If you want to join us, just show up at the Alma and say hi to Kyle and Krit, who will be running the quiz. The Alma serves food, so if you want, you can eat there as well.

Posted Fri Mar 25 14:45:10 2011 by mk646

Movie Night

News iconThis week is animation week! We have 3 movie choices:

- Spirited Away
- Up
- The Iron Giant

As always, there will be free popcorn and snacks! Come by the MCR tonight (Thursday, March 24th) around 8.15 pm - we will choose the movie and start at 8.30 pm.

See you tonight!

Posted Thu Mar 24 16:36:08 2011 by mk646

Red Nose Day

News iconDo something funny for money (for charity)! Or even better, watch other people do something funny for money (for charity)! This Friday March 18th is RED NOSE DAY (for those of you who have no idea what we’re talking about see Join in the fun by attending the last formal of term and then watching comic relief on TV in the MCR afterwards. So far you can pledge to sponsor (on the sponsor forms left in the MCR):

1) The cross dressing team (Matthew “Maddy” Cooper, Dhiren “Deedee” Mistry and Charlie “Clarissa” Williams) will wax their lovely hairy legs

2) Kyle S-C and Krit Sitathani dye their luscious locks bright red

3) Pablo Aran Terol and Izi Osuch will arm wrestle

4) Daisy Hessenberger will dress in lederhosen for the day.

5) Fezile Lakadamyali will go to work dressed as Lara Croft from Tomb Raider

Posted Thu Mar 17 13:24:40 2011 by dsih2

St. Patrick's Day Pub Crawl

News iconTo celebrate the holiday of Ireland’s patron saint this Thursday, March 17th, we will lead any and all keen Downingions on a pub crawl up and down Mill Road. We meet and leave the MCR at 7.30pm, but if you want to join us later these are the pubs we will visit:

1. The Six Bells
2. Live and Let Live
3. The Salisbury Arms
4. Kingston Arms
5. Cambridge Blue
6. The White Swan

When in doubt, you can call Daisy (07519104114) or Krit (07765872783). Green attire is optional.

Posted Tue Mar 15 11:56:22 2011 by mk646

Foosball Tournament Update

News iconBecause of difficulties with the qualifying matches, we're drastically revising the way the foosball tournament will go tomorrow afternoon. It will still take place in the MCR at 2.30pm. However, we will have two mini tournaments (doubles and singles), in which anyone can enter, regardless of whether you've previously registered for the tournament - you just have to turn up. All the matches and finals will be played during the afternoon. The winners will receive a bottle of champagne, as well as have their names engraved on a plaque on the table, to be remembered and sung with praise throughout the ages

We will be running a bar throughout the afternoon, as well as broadcast the matches via hi-tech twenty-first century equipment, so everyone can join the excitement and cheer for their heroes! So even if you're not playing, do swing by and support your favourite team!

Posted Sat Mar 12 18:36:51 2011 by dsih2

Burseries vs. Fee Waivers Vote

News iconThere has been a lot of discussion lately on the subject of burseries vs. fee waivers. The university council is meeting to make a decision on Monday and Downing needs to present its opinion so the more votes the better!

Downing students, both graduates and undergraduates, are invited to vote on the issue of how they should receive certain funding. You can read the details - as well as vote in the poll - here (you'll need to login on Raven first):

Posted Sat Mar 12 18:35:17 2011 by dsih2

MCR 'Tour de France' Wine Tasting

News iconThe first MCR wine tasting of the calendar year will be looking at the wines of France. We'll be focusing on several major wine producing regions, with several classical vintages on offer. Highlights to include a third growth claret, a pair of late 90s Rhones which should be at their peak, and a Burgundy from 1983. All but two of the wines we'll be tasting date from 2000 or before.

When: Monday, 21 March 2011
What time: 19.30
Where: West Lodge, E Staircase
How much: £11 for MCR members, £13 for guests

Places are limited, email Davy ( by Weds, 16 March to book your place.

Posted Fri Mar 11 16:34:48 2011 by mk646

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

News iconCome see the wildlife photographer of the year exhibit at the Natural History museum! The MCR will be sponsoring the cost of the exhibit (4 quid). Transportation should cost no more than 15-20 pounds, and would be even cheaper if we get a group rate!

The exhibit is closing 11/3 (next FRIDAY), and we are planning the trip to be either 10/3 (THURSDAY) or 11/3 (FRIDAY). If you're interested, please email and fill out this doodle if you have a date preference (otherwise we're heading out on TGIF friday)!

Posted Sat Mar 5 23:13:00 2011 by dsih2

Lent Bumps

News iconCome and support Downing rowers as they race for a bump on the river this Saturday March 5th! People will be leaving from the MCR at 12:45pm to find a good viewing position down the river (possibly meeting at the Plough)! Let’s see a boat with some foliage please!

Posted Tue Mar 1 18:28:55 2011 by dsih2

Jesus Swap

News icon On March 9th Downing is invited to dine with Jesus. Not to be missed, tickets are £8.15 and include pre-dinner drinks and after dinner port (wine is not included). If you are interested, email Krit ( by this Thursday, March 3rd.

Posted Tue Mar 1 18:27:14 2011 by dsih2

Open Meeting

News iconYour MCR committee meets every other week. Next week, we invite you to come to an open meeting to bring up any suggestions or concerns, or just to see how the MCR is run. The meeting will be held in the MCR at 7:00pm. If you have any specific things you would like to be discussed please email Daisy at

Posted Tue Mar 1 18:26:14 2011 by dsih2

Room Ballot

News iconThe MCR room ballot for 2010/11 will take place on Saturday March 12th. If you would like to be considered for a room in college accommodation for 2011/12, please fill out accommodation form sent around last week and place it in the pigeon hole of Tina D'Angelico (Accommodation Officer) in the porters' lodge.

The DEADLINE for submission is FRIDAY, 4 MARCH. You will not be able to participate in the ballot if you hand in your form after the deadline, so make sure you get it done by the end of next week!

Don't worry if you are not available on the day, your room choice can be made by proxy as well. You will receive further information with all the relevant details after all the forms have been submitted.

If you have any questions, please contact Chris Haar ( or Isik Ustok (

Posted Tue Mar 1 18:22:08 2011 by dsih2

MCR Trip to Ely Cathedral

News iconOur Chapel Choir have been invited to sing Choral Evensong at Ely Cathedral on Friday, 25 Feb 2011.

The plan is to make this a short day-trip - we leave Cambridge at about lunchtime, have a walkaround Ely (a beautiful cathedral city northeast of Cambridge), followed by a guided tour of Ely Cathedral (known as the Ship of the Fens), parts of which were recently used for filming 'The King's Speech'. After the tour, we will stay for the Choral Evensong service which starts at 5.30pm, in which our Chapel Choir will be singing. This may then be followed with a pub dinner (possibly in the firestation) of some sort before heading back to Cambridge.

Tickets for the tour of the Cathedral will be subsidized by the MCR. Other costs involved are the rail ticket (around £4) and a yummy pub lunch.

If you are interested in joining the trip, email Davy ( by noon Friday, 18 Feb 2011 as the Cathedral guided tour have to be booked in advance.

Posted Thu Feb 17 19:56:11 2011 by mk646

Gin Tasting on March 3rd

News iconLike the gin and tonics we’ve been pouring for you on bar nights? Then come to the gin tasting on the Thursday the 3rd of March. We will sample gins straight, but also as G&Ts with fancy tonics.

Limited places available, so sign up soon! Email Pablo ( by Sunday the 20th of February. If there is unprecedented demand we may consider doubling the places available!

Posted Wed Feb 16 10:25:26 2011 by mk646

Midway Dinner

News iconIf you're doing an MPhil, second year of PhD, clinical or otherwise halfway through, then your Midway Dinner is coming soon!

Midway Dinner is a long-held Cambridge tradition and it's a great opportunity to celebrate your time in Downing so far. It's also a chance to relax and meet up with people you may not have seen for a long time.

We're putting on a three-course, black tie dinner in the hall with
sherry, wine and port. Afterwards, and for those of you who can't make it to the dinner but still want to come and celebrate, we shall be opening the MCR bar from 9pm. So come and join us on what should be a fun way to celebrate everything that makes being at Downing great.

Here are the details:

Date - Tuesday, 22nd February
Price - £21 (with wine, sherry and port), £16 (non-alcoholic drinks)
Venue - SCR at 7pm for pre-dinner drinks, dinner at 7:30pm in the hall
Dress code - black tie

To book, just email Kyle ( with your name, course/year and any dietary requirements by Tuesday, 15th February.

Posted Sun Feb 13 19:11:54 2011 by mk646

Pub Quiz

News iconThis Sunday, February 13th there will be a pub quiz in the Butterfield Bar, specially organised for Downing graduates. The quiz will start at 8pm and the entry fee will be £1, the proceeds of which will go to the winning team!

Posted Fri Feb 11 10:30:00 2011 by mk646

MCR/SCR Seminar Night

News iconThis term’s MCR/SCR Seminar Night is approaching quickly! Three Downing graduates – Chris Haar, Mathieu Moslonka-Lefebvre and Brett Kennedy – will be presenting their work on Wednesday February 23th. Afterwards, there will be free food and drinks!

If you would like to attend, send an email with your dietary requirements to Daisy ( before next Wednesday (16th February). More details:

Wednesday 23 February 2011
6.00 p.m. in the SCR; refreshments will be served afterwards in the Fleet Room.

More information about the speakers:

Brett Kennedy
Title: From prostate cancer to 'prostrate' disease - detecting response sooner, not later

In the clinic, response to chemotherapy is still predominantly based on a physical change in tumour size. However this may take weeks or months to manifest - if at all. This may lead to patients taking ineffective drugs for long periods of time, or taking an effective drug that is withdrawn in error. It is imperative that methods are found to accurately predict sooner the response of tumours to medical intervention. Since the mid 1970’s, this has been done using radioactive glucose tracers (18F fluorodeoxy-glucose). This approach is limited to certain cancers in the upper torso due to large deposition of tracer into the brain, bladder and kidneys.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) coupled with a new technique - ‘hyperpolarisation’ - is allowing us to detect response to therapy within 24 hours of drug administration, without the use of radioactive tracers or the limitations of glucose-based substrates. I will explain the basics of this new technique, as well as some of my own work in this exciting new field.

Chris Haar
Title: Nature and Obligation: The Family in Seventeenth-century Political Thought

Probably the most influential strand of political thought in the early modern period concerned the origin of the state. Ideas of a 'contract' agreed by individuals became more prominent, contesting the claim that the state was only an expression of 'human nature'. In this way, political obligation encountered in the state was subject to both contractual and natural justifications. How might we negotiate between ‘contract’ and ‘nature’ to help explain the basic principles of political organisation and obligation? To answer this, seventeenth-century thinkers turned to discussions of the family and the conditions of obligation that bind husband to wife or parent to child. This paper will consider how they employed classical and medieval thought as part of a state-centred conceptualisation of the family. It will demonstrate the unique contributions of these authors to discussions of how nature and obligation intersect.

Matthieu Moslonka-Lefebvre
Title: Weighting for sex acts reconciles network theory with epidemiological data

Human sexual networks often exhibit a scale-free structure where few individuals have lots of partners and many individuals have few partners. Applications of network theory to epidemiology therefore predicts that the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STD) on such networks should exhibit striking properties such as a rapid spread and an increase in the speed of disease spread with population size. A debate has been taking place over the last 10 years because these properties cannot be found in epidemiological data. Epidemiology models on networks usually assume a constant transmission risk for any partnership. We argue that this assumption is strongly unrealistic for STD because it implies that sexual activity (expressed in sex acts per unit of time) is strictly proportional to the number of sexual partners and that individuals have the exact same number of sex acts with all their partners. We develop a framework to infer biologically realistic numbers of sex acts from a genuine sexual-contact network. Our results indicate that this weighting leads to a loss of scale-free properties of the network, which is consistent with epidemiological data. We show that these results have implications for designing public health prevention strategies.

Posted Thu Feb 10 17:22:34 2011 by mk646

Foosball Tournament Signup

News iconSign up now for our upcoming, first-ever Downing MCR Foosball Tournament!

There will be a separate tournament for singles and doubles. Email Krit ( by this Friday, February 11th if you want to join. A fancy team name is required for those playing doubles! If you want to play doubles, but don’t have a partner, just send an email anyway, so we can arrange a partner.

Matches will be played throughout February, and the EPIC tournament finals will take place on Saturday March 5th. The winners get their names permanently engraved on a plaque on the foosball table, as well as a bottle of fine champagne! More details on how the tournament will proceed will be released once applications have closed!

Posted Wed Feb 9 10:23:08 2011 by mk646

Chinese New Year Dinner

News icon[EDIT] There's still some places left for the dinner! Email Pablo ( before 6pm tonight (Monday 31st January) if you want to come! [EDIT]

To celebrate Chinese New Year this Thursday (February 3rd), we are organising a special meal at Seven Days. There will be a tasting menu of traditional Chinese dishes, and the price will be under £15, excluding drinks. If you're interested in going, please email Pablo ( As there is only a limited number of seats available, it will be first come first serve.

Dinner will start at 7:30pm, and we will meet up in the MCR beforehand.

Posted Sat Jan 29 23:54:11 2011 by mk646

Downing Formal Dinner

News iconThis is the first MCR formal of the lent term, lets make it a big one! We will be serving free sherry before formal and port after formal, as usual:). As it is the first grad formal of the term, we want as many MCR members as possible to come! We will also run the bar in the MCR after formal, so if you can't make it for dinner, you can join us for drinks and head to Revolutions afterwards!

Posted Tue Jan 25 17:03:17 2011 by dsih2

May Ball Tickets

News iconThe 2011 Downing May Ball tickets are going on sale next week: January 23rd for Downing members and alumni, January 25th for others. Prices start at £115, but the MCR provides a £10 discount for the first ten members who sign up.

You can book online, so keep an eye on this Sunday.

Posted Thu Jan 20 12:37:41 2011 by mk646

Burns night predinner drinks

News iconJust a quick reminder: the predinner drinks for Burns night are now held in the Howard Building. See you tonight!

Posted Sat Jan 15 12:42:50 2011 by mk646

MCR/SCR seminar night speakers wanted

News iconEvery term, the fellows host a seminar night in the SCR where three graduate students are invited to give a talk about their subjects. This is a great opportunity both to showcase your research and to find out what your fellow Downing grads are doing. Moreover, the evening includes free food and drinks!

This term’s seminar night will take place on 23rd February, but we are already looking for three volunteers who are interested in giving a short presentation about their PhD or MPhil project. Ideally we would be looking for at least one arts student and one scientist, but anyone interested is welcome to reply! Please contact Daisy ( for more information.

Posted Thu Jan 13 21:49:26 2011 by mk646

Burns Night Dinner

News icon

Booking for Burns night is now closed

This is one of the biggest MCR events of the year, a traditional Scottish black tie dinner and party that celebrates the birthday of the poet Robert Burns. Held every year, the dinner includes Scottish poems, a bagpiper, whisky and, of course, haggis. Afterwards, enjoy céilidh dancing into the wee hours of the morning.

Ticket prices:

Tickets include a glass of sparkling wine at the predinner reception, a full four-course dinner (vegetarian option available) with whisky, port, and 3 glasses of wine (or orange juice for the non-drinkers), and access to the party in the Howard Building afterwards (with céilidh dancing!). Payment for your ticket will go on your college bill. According to demand, tickets for second guests may be made available later. For more information on a typical Burns night, visit:

Posted Tue Jan 4 20:18:50 2011 by mk646

12 days of Christmas winetasting

News iconThe MCR has organised a Christmas-themed wine tasting, so if you're wondering what bottle to get to pair with the turkey, or perhaps the gammon, or if you are in need of a nice bottle for the family, then this is the tasting for you. There will be at least 12 wines to taste, including port, sweet wines and other fortifieds so there’s definitely something for everyone. Rumours have it that there might be some mince pies too.

When: Wednesday, 15 December 2010
Where: Party Room, Butterfield Building
What time: 7.30 - 10pm
How much: £9 for MCR members, £12 for guests

As always, guests are very welcome. Come on down for some good tidings and joy. Email Davy ( to reserve your places.

Posted Fri Dec 10 17:51:22 2010 by mk646

MCR election results

News iconPresident: Daisy Hessenberger
Vice-President: Fezile Lakadamyali
Treasurer: Matthias Grein
Welfare and Education: Matthew Cooper
Bar, Sports and Amenities: Pablo Aran Terol
Environment: Charlotte Chang
Social Secretary: Krit Sitathani
Communications: Michiel Kamp
International: Fatma Isik Ustok
Equal Opportunities: Chris Haar

GU reaffiliation vote: Passed - we remain affiliated
CUSU affiliation vote: Failed - we remain disaffiliated

Posted Fri Dec 3 16:57:03 2010 by rbs26

Downing Enterprise

Come to the Fleet Room to meet the Chairman, Judges and Past Winners with free
drinks and nibbles. Go to to find out
more. If you wish to attend the session, please contact Susan Luton, sal53.

Posted Thu Nov 11 00:58:11 2010 by bk294

MCR ELECTIONS: Nominations Now OPEN!

News iconYour MCR Needs YOU!

Nominations are now closed for the 2010-2011 committee - elections are on Thursday!

Manifestos can be seen here:

Posted Thu Nov 11 00:55:53 2010 by bk294

Formal Swap - St Catherine's 18th of Nov

News iconIt is time for another fantastic swap! This time with St Catherine’s, they always give brilliant formals and good company. We only have 15 tickets so make sure to sign up in time!

If you are interested, send an email to

your MCR

Posted Thu Nov 4 16:26:24 2010 by eko23

Chinese Tea Tuesdays in the MCR

News iconJoin us on Tuesdays from 8pm in the MCR, where Tinya will be serving up her fantastic traditional Chinese green tea!

Love YOUR MCR xx

Posted Tue Oct 26 01:10:38 2010 by bk294

Winetasting Time!

News iconThe first MCR wine tasting of the 2010/11 academic year is proud to showcase award winners from the two biggest annual wine competitions in the world – the International Wine Challenge and the Decanter World Wine Awards. There will be no less than 12 different wines on show, and all of them are award winners, including the best Shiraz from Australia and the best Pinot Noir in the world.

When: Thursday, 28 October 2010.

What time: 7.30 – 10pm

Where: West Lodge, E Staircase.

How much: £12 for MCR members; £15 for guests

Price is slightly higher than usual – sorry, but award winners don’t come cheap. If you’ve never been to a tasting before, don’t worry, just turn up – only prerequisite is that you are enthusiastic and keen. As usual, non-Downing guests are very welcome. Email Davy ( to reserve your place – book early as this tasting will be popular and there is a limit on total numbers.

Posted Thu Oct 21 11:42:35 2010 by rbs26

MCR Seminar Night (3/11/10, 6pm, SCR)

News iconThe next MCR/SCR seminar night will be held Wednesday 3rd November 2010 at 6pm in the SCR. Talks will be followed by free wine and food. For details of the speakers and to register your attendance, please visit:

Look forward to seeing you there!

Love YOUR MCR xxx

Posted Tue Oct 19 01:12:01 2010 by bk294

Halloween Formal - 29th of Oct

News iconPut on your best Halloween outfit and join the MCR for a Halloween formal. Kings will be joining us so it is bound to be a great night!

We have a limited number of seats for this formal so please book as soon as possible in order to get a place. Booking is through the porters lodge as normal.

your MCR xxx

Posted Thu Oct 14 18:10:07 2010 by eko23

Formal Swap - Queen's 21th of October

News iconThis swap is now full, but please sign up for the next one with st Catherine's on the 25th of November!!

your MCR xxx

Posted Mon Oct 4 15:34:04 2010 by eko23

Cambridge Forsale Forums

News iconNeed a cheap bike, want to sell some of your clutter? The University Forsale Forums provide a wide range of items for sale. Log in with your Raven password.

Posted Mon Oct 4 11:10:01 2010 by rbs26

Oktoberfest swap Emma - 11 October

News iconThis swap is full but please join in on one of the other upcoming swaps!

liebe grüsse
your MCR xxx

Posted Fri Oct 1 14:37:57 2010 by eko23

Freshers' Week - Saturday 2nd-Saturday 9th October 2010

News iconFreshers' week is almost upon us! We look forward to welcoming all the new students about to start at Downing! Our timetable is available here

You will also have received a handbook through the post, but if you haven't or would like an online copy, one is also available here

Check out the events on the Events Calendar.

We hope you are all as excited as we are! Of course, current members are encouraged to participate (first day BBQ and Int'l Food are freshers only, sorry).

Love YOUR MCR xx

Posted Mon Sep 27 00:40:09 2010 by bk294

SUNDAY 24TH OCTOBER - MCRevolution!!


MCRevolution is the largest grad freshers' event in Cambridge and is run by the MCRs and GU especially for the grads!
Location: Revolution bar, Downing Street, Cambridge

Expect a huge night of Grad Freshers' fun including:

Headlining act - TRULY MEDLEY DEEPLY!!
Other acts include Cambridge favourites - DJ Averz and DJ Phil Ashworth

FREE Casino tables with huge prizes!
FREE Chocolate fountain!
FREE Glow sticks!
Flavoured vodkas - £1
VK and Stella bottles - £2
Mr Revs Cocktails - £2.50
Flavourbombs - £2.50
Jagerbombs - £2.50
Thai cocktail buckets - £5

The tickets are normally £5 (£7 OTD) but the MCR will subsidise the event so GET YOUR TICKET FOR ONLY £3!! To get a ticket, send an email to

your MCR xxx

Posted Thu Sep 23 11:23:02 2010 by eko23

14th of September - Formal swap with King's

News iconThis swap is now full

your MCR

Posted Tue Aug 31 16:41:07 2010 by eko23

Bar Nights

News iconThe MCR have taken over the JCR bar!

Come along on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for great deals on a wide range of drinks. The bar is open 8.30 - 11pm.

Posted Tue Jul 20 10:46:59 2010 by rbs26

Miniball 2010

News iconThe annual black tie Downing MCR Summer Mini-ball will be held this year on:

SATURDAY 28th AUGUST 2010, 4.30pm 'til late

This is one of the highlights of the MCR\'s calendar and this year will be no exception! Check out the photos from last year's extremely successful event!

The afternoon/evening will include:

> Human table-football (very popular last year!)
> A giant, inflatable 9-hole crazy golf course
> Free cocktails and ice-cream
> Garden games (Giant Jenga, Petanque, Skittles, Frisbee, Croquet etc etc)
> This will all be followed by a Jazz trio playing at a drinks reception which will be held before a fabulous 4-course meal
> After the 4-course meal, spend the rest of the evening dancing away with the Ceilidh, or taking your chances with our
casino games while enjoying some continuing jazz music and our free all-inclusive bar which will be serving a range of beers, spirits and soft drinks

Tickets and information here

Posted Fri Jul 16 16:34:05 2010 by rbs26

May Week Garden Party

News iconTo say farewell to our MPhil & graduating students who will shortly be leaving us, your MCR will be holding a garden party in the marquee that will be on the paddock on Monday 14th June. There will be a FREE BBQ, cash bar (with FREE soft drinks), music, plenty of games (garden Jenga, Boules/Croquet etc) and will be a fantastic time to chill out and enjoy the long summer evening in our beautiful college! This event will be FREE to leaving students. A group of us will then probably saunter down to Scudamore's afterwards to hire a night punt to watch the Trinity fireworks on the Cam that will be happening later that night.... This is an evening NOT to be missed!

Event: MCR Garden Party
Date: Monday 14th June
Time: 6pm-8pm
Price: FREE for finishing/recently finished MCR members; £4 for any other MCR members; £6 for any outside guests (which are very welcome to attend!)

Booking is closed - we look forward to seeing you there!

Posted Tue Jun 1 11:52:10 2010 by rbs26

20 May : Formal swap with Girton

News iconContinue your exploration of the colleges by joining yet another formal swap, this time with the lovely Girton! The ticket price will be 13.50 £ and inclueds a 3 course meal and port/sherry. Grads are also allowed to sit at high table and share drinks with fellows.

If you want to join, just send an email to

your MCR

Posted Mon May 17 10:04:17 2010 by eko23

Rooms Available in Friendly Graduate House

News iconRooms available in Friendly Graduate House

I'm Emma, a 5th year medical student at Downing. My friend Lucy (a Downing PhD student) and I are looking for two new housemates for next year, and have a room available for 9 weeks this summer too.

*Two rooms available 10th Sept 2010 - 9th Sept 2011. The smaller room is £329 per month and the larger £364 per month (bills not included). You may be able to move in earlier if this is prefered.

*One room is available for 9 weeks this summer: Saturday 12th June - Saturday 14th August. £79 per week (bills not included).

Our house is on Cromwell Road. 10 minutes cycle from town and the downing site, 20 minutes cycle from Addenbrookes and 5 minutes from the station.

We have a good sized kitchen and sitting room. A conservatory and shed in a nice big garden with BBQ. We have a dishwasher, washing machine and tumble drier, big fridge and freezer, TV with Freeview and broadband internet.

If interested please contact Lucy on

Looking forward to hearing from you :)

Emma & Lucy

Emma Pritchard & Lucy Cheke
stage 2 med student & PhD student
Downing College

Posted Wed May 12 08:38:08 2010 by ehp23

25th May: Christ’s Super Hall Vodka Night

News iconFormal Swap: Christ’s Super Hall Vodka Night on 25th May.
MCR: Pre-dinner drinks will be served in the MCR at 7.00pm.
Hall: Dinner in Hall at 7.30pm followed with Port
Dress: Smart dress is encouraged
Price: £12/person
Booking: email, stating any dietary requirements you have and how many tickets.
Deadline: 20th May 12pm (Up to 10 guests from Downing by first come first service)

your MCR

Posted Tue May 11 17:39:57 2010 by bc332

10 April : Punting Trip

News iconThe MCR is organising a punting trip with snacks and drinks avaliable for the full punting experience! We will meet at the MCR 1.30 pm and then make our way to the mighty river cam.

Please send an email to if you want to join us.

Spring Love
your MCR

Posted Wed Apr 7 18:01:49 2010 by eko23

4 May : Formal Swap with St John's

News iconThis swap is full!

your MCR

Posted Tue Apr 6 15:19:00 2010 by eko23

Formal Swap with Clare Hall

News iconFormal Swap with Clare Hall on Wednesday, March 17th--an Irish-flavoured
dinner on St. Patrick's day.

Clare Hall is very reputable for their formals, three-course meal including
wine, with cheese and biscuits plus coffee and fruit after is covered by
£18.00 per person. They usually do a sherry reception at 7:30pm, dinner
starts at 8:00pm. Friends from Clare Hall will then bring us to their Bar for drinks.

To reserve seats, please email before March 14th ,
stating any dietary requirements and how many seats you wish to reserve.

Love xxx

Your MCR

Posted Fri Mar 5 18:10:02 2010 by bc332

12th Feb : Formal Swap with Catz

News iconOn Thursday the 12th of Feb it is time to visit our friends at Catz. To join in just send an e-mail by Wednesday the 11th to with dietary requirements and number of tickets, formal ticket price is 9£.

your MCR

Posted Sun Feb 14 14:12:10 2010 by eko23

Midway Dinner

News iconCalling all MPhil, 2nd year PhDs and all others half way through their studies at Downing:
Booking for our Midway dinner is now open!! Tickets to this event always sell out fast, so head on over to:

To book yours NOW! Come celebrate getting this far with us - this mini-reunion is sure to bring you back together with people you may not have seen since your Freshers' week (those many moons ago!).

£14 gets you pre-dinner drinks, a 3-course dinner with wine, port and entertainment in the MCR afterwards! There will also be a Midway photograph taken just after dinner.

Date: Thursday, 11th February
Time: 7.00pm Onwards
Venue: Pre-dinner drinks are in the SCR from 7pm, after-dinner entertainment is in the MCR (Wii, cheese and nibbles, port, music etc!)
Dress code: Lounge suits (or equivalents) WITH GOWNS

Posted Thu Feb 4 15:25:10 2010 by rbs26

Burns Night

News iconBurns Night is a celebration of the Scottish poet Robbie Burns, involving traditional food, drink and dancing. This year's event will start with a drinks reception in the Howard Building, followed by a four course dinner in the Hall. After dinner we will have a ceilidh in the Howard Building and a cash bar. The price for all of this (food, wine, whisky, port and dancing) is just £17 for Downing members and £21 for guests! To book tickets please go to:

We also have some free tickets to give away. During the dinner we need three people to stand up and give speeches. They are "the ode to the haggis" a traditional Scottish poem celebrating the haggis we're about to eat, "the ode to the laddies", a humorous toast to the men in the room, and "the ode to the lassies", the same to the ladies. If you would be interested please email mcr-social-secretary[at] and in return you will receive a free ticket to the event!

Due to the popularity of this event, we have initially limited tickets to one guest per Downing member. If you would like more, please get in touch with our social secretaries. This is one of the most popular events on the MCR calendar, so book your tickets now!

Posted Mon Jan 11 14:23:21 2010 by rbs26

Election Result

News iconThanks for those of you who have voted last Thur and we hope you enjoyed the XMAS dinner. Here is the result:

President - Brett Kennedy

Vice President - Robert Sparkes

Welfare & Education - Sreekumar Balan

Treasurer - Davy Kurniawan

Bar, Sports and Amenities - Laura Snowdon

Social Secretaries - Erika Oberg and Bingan Chen

International - Rebecca Zhang

Green and Environmental - Marcos Pelenur

Communications - Usman Khan

Posted Mon Dec 7 12:59:36 2009 by yc288


News icon
Booking for your Christmas meal is now open! Please visit the Porters' Lodge and book yourself in for your Christmas meal via the normal formal booking system (the cost of the dinner is £12.75 and includes a four course meal, port, drinks reception and shannanigans in the MCR afterwards!). Places are disappearing FAST!!

Our elections will be held during the drinks reception before the dinner - to which EVERYONE is welcome, whether attending the dinner or not. Full MCR members (excluding affiliates) have the right to vote for next years committee members via a single non-transferable secret ballot for your MCR committee 2010 - so make sure you come along!

Results will be announced after the dinner.

Dress code is black tie, but NO GOWNS are required.

Love Your MCR xxx

Posted Tue Dec 1 14:05:50 2009 by yc288

Downing Enterprise Drop-in Session

News iconWant to learn more? Come and meet Downing Enterprise judges and past winners on Wednesday, 25th November in the Fleet Room. Drop-in between 4pm - 7pm with your questions and ideas to get informal advice and guidance. Free drinks and nibbles! Let us know if you're coming; email Susan Luton, sal53

This could be your chance to win up to £25,000 grant or loan to help make your business idea a reality.

Posted Fri Nov 6 10:23:02 2009 by sal53

Firework after Formal this FRIDAY!

News iconJust a reminder that there will be a fireworks display, free of charge, after Formal Hall this FRIDAY 6 November - if you haven't booked your tickets yet, hurry up to the Porters' Lodge as they will surely sell out fast!

Even if you aren't coming to dine, it would be great to see you there - the fireworks display is usually very good!! Just gather around the paddock from around 9.15pm!

Love YOUR MCR xxx

Posted Mon Nov 2 11:42:41 2009 by bk294

Downing Enterprise 2010 Competition

News iconDo you want the chance to win up to £25,000 to fund a business idea? Do you have a great invention and need some help to get it off the ground? Would you like support and advice from experienced Downing College alumni?
Then you need to apply to the Downing Enterprise Competition!

Have a look at the Rules and Procedures at and describe your idea on no more than four pages of A4. Send this with your entry form to the Downing Director of Development by 5.30pm, Friday, 18th December 2009.

If the Downing Enterprise Board likes your idea they will offer you £500 to spend on developing a Business Plan and allocate a Mentor to help you. You will then be invited to London in May 2010 to make a pitch (like Dragon's Den but friendlier!) and a golden opportunity to win up to £25,000 as either a grant or a loan to fund your business.

For more information contact Tariq Sadiq, Director of Development, ts364, and look out for details of a meeting in College soon with members of Downing Enterprise where you can find out more.

Posted Wed Oct 21 10:00:46 2009 by sal53

SCR/MCR Seminar Night: Call for Speakers

News iconThe next SCR/MCR seminar night is:

DATE: Weds 11th November
TIME: 6-7pm, food from 7pm onwards
VENUE: SCR (behind the dining hall)

This is when grad students give a talk to an audience of other grad students and Fellows.

We currently need 3 students that would be willing to give a ~15 minute talk on their research that is aimed at intelligent non-specialists. This is a great chance to hone those communication skills, benefit from a 'fresh pair of eyes', and is usually thoroughly enjoyable.

We also require to know the number of students that wish to attend as audience, as free food and drink is provided after the seminar.

The booking form is NOW LIVE. Head on over to HERE to book a spot before they all run out! If you wish to present, e-mail downingmcr[at] for further information.

Posted Wed Oct 7 02:12:43 2009 by bk294

Welcome to our new MCR members!

News iconWelcome to our prospective MCR members! We will be trying to update our website for more up-to-date information. The college has put up the materials online here.

The Freshers' Week timetable 2009 is also available to view online HERE (current grads may also want to take a look as there are things you can participate in too!).

The 2009 Handbook with information for new graduate students can also be found online here

Be sure to have a look at them! We all look forward to meeting you next week. With love,

YOUR MCR xxxxx

Posted Thu Aug 27 18:23:40 2009 by yc288

Housemate Needed by Downing Members!

News icon3 Graduate students are looking for a housemate to join their friendly household at 15 Cromwell road Cambridge (CB13EB); 10 minutes cycle from town or Addenbrokes hospital. The room is ground-floor, relatively large with single bed, large desk and wardrobe. We have a nice kitchen with a large fridge, washing machine gas cooker and plenty of cupboard space, a good-sized sitting room with a comfortable leather sofa, freeview tv and small dining table, a small conservatory which contains the freezer and another leather sofa, a shed which houses the tumble drier and has room for bikes as well as upstairs and downstairs bathrooms. We are looking for someone, preferably another graduate student (although we’d consider graduates generally) from the period September ‘09 –September ‘10. The rent is £335 per month. If you are interested or want more information, please contact Lucy on 07855377373 or on (emails preferred).

Posted Mon Jul 27 15:17:06 2009 by lgc23

Griffins Membership

News icon"If you play a Uni sport, you could be eligible for Griffins Membership as one of the Sporting elite of Downing College. Please contact the Griffins Junior President, Clare Palmer (cap55), to say what Uni sport you take part in and whether you have received University Colours, a Half Blue or a Full Blue in that sport. Griffins Membership, as well as College Colours and the new Griffins Prize for Griffins of the year will be awarded at the Griffins Garden Party on Monday 15th June. Please contact Clare for more info."

Posted Thu May 28 13:37:56 2009 by yc288

MCR Friday Formal @ Downing

News iconDon't forget to get your tickets for this weeks formal on Friday! Free sherry before your meal and port afterwards. As you may have noticed, the Nintendo Wii has also been making a weekly appearance in the MCR after formal too - how many more excuses do you need?! Hopefully see you there!

Posted Wed Feb 11 13:55:40 2009 by bk294

Downing Squash Ladder

News iconJust a reminder that the squash ladder is still running. If you would like to be added to it please email me (ecs30). I will then set you up on the system and you will get a password and a link to the site. You will be added to the bottom and have to play your way up (sorry the system will only let new people be added to the bottom).

Posted Fri Feb 6 19:53:02 2009 by ecs30

Join the facebook group!

News iconIn case you did not know there is a Downing MCR facebook group. Join up for easy notification of events and general banter.

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