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    Oooh, shiny new thread! I'd never seen that meme before either.

    Oh, that's horrible to hear about the attack. I thought it might have stopped now, since we hadn't heard anything for awhile.
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    (Original post by Leipzig)
    Suscribe.

    Also, getting rather frustrated with my studies here at the moment, had a huge "This would be so much better if I were back in Cambridge" moment last night. Think it might have been a mistake to choose (essentially meaninless) exams here over May week...

    In short, what this uni fails at:
    - intellectually-stimulating teaching (I only really learn reading for myself, seminars are useless)
    - a genuine sense of community (there's way too many students, I spend most of my time trying to battle through crowds)
    - personal student-professor interaction (I'm not sure how many of my professors know who I am)

    This is incredibly demoralising when I'm spending my evenings reading for overpacked seminars, knowing that I'm going to go there, get very little from it and hardly talk to anyone (students and professor alike).

    Phew, rant over!
    Oh no, that sounds really annoying. How much work do you actually have to do? I guess the best thing to do is just do the minimum that you have to and then read stuff you actually like in your spare time. What country are you in?

    I think Cambridge does spoil us though: in many ways I do really like my university here in Chile (most people have made me feel very welcome, I've got some great friends there and some of the courses I've taken have been really interesting) but I am used to, for instance, a lot better library facilities and more freedom than I have here. Chilean uni reminds me a bit of school in the sense that they fail you if you don't meet attendance requirements and some subjects have tests every week on the required reading, which I personally find quite odd and boring (in Cambridge they just take for granted that we've done the required reading!). Some of the students are also incredibly narrow-minded: my university is very left-wing (which I like, I'm pretty left-wing myself) but some of the students aren't very tolerant of people with views further right than communism (at the moment we're on strike and there are loads of demonstrations against government education policies...and the students who participate in the demonstrations are now pointedly not talking to the ones that don't ). The teaching here is mostly good (even the horrible teacher who made me cry wasn't a bad teacher, just pretty arrogant) but I do miss the supervision system.

    Ah well, I suppose I'll appreciate Cambridge a lot more when I get back.
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    (Original post by Tortious)
    I've just had an email from our Senior Tutor saying that the latest late-night attack was in Botolph Lane, which is uncomfortably close to home. I feel slightly sick...

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    Thought I'd quote you since you're pretty much a neighbour - I know that colleges don't always inform their students as soon as they receive information.
    Attacks?
    I haven't heard anything about any attacks
    I'm kind of detached from the uni with not living at college so maybe it hasn't filtered through to me here in isolation!
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    (Original post by Katala)
    Attacks?
    I haven't heard anything about any attacks
    I'm kind of detached from the uni with not living at college so maybe it hasn't filtered through to me here in isolation!
    The Daily Mail has the best list of previous attacks I've found quickly. There is also an e-fit of the guy.
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    That is scary, I hope they catch the guy soon.
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    (Original post by Athena)
    If I PM you my CRSid, will you forward it to me? They don't always tell grads about these things.
    I don't think there's any private information so here's the email we got last night:
    Message to all undergraduates, graduates, fellows and staff: Personal security late at night.
    At 3am on Saturday night a female student at another college was the
    subject of an attempted sexual assault in Botolph Lane. The student
    herself is unharmed, but police are treating this as the latest in a
    series of ongoing series of sexual offences which have been committed
    over a nine-month period in Cambridge. The predator continues to
    operate in the vicinity of the College and its hostels in the
    west and south of the city.

    The offender is predominantly targeting female students in their
    twenties. Nine out of the ten women attacked have been students of
    the University.

    You are requested to remain EXTREMELY VIGILANT when walking in and
    around the city, particularly after nightfall. All the attacks have
    taken place after 2200 hours, most -- like this latest incident --
    well after midnight.

    As ever, the advice from the police is to remain aware but not
    alarmed. Students who are travelling across Cambridge after dark on
    foot rather than on bicycles are urged to walk in pairs whenever
    possible, and to carry a mobile phone and if possible a personal
    alarm.

    If any female student finds it necessary to travel on foot after dark
    and is without a companion, she should contact the Porter's Lodge;
    the College's taxi scheme continues in operation, and though you may
    need to wait for a lift you are strongly advised to do so. Any other
    College's Porter's Lodge will be glad to see you and to offer you
    shelter if you have reason to seek refuge in the course of your
    journey home.

    I very much regret having to share this with you. But it is sensible
    to be reminded in these circumstances of the effectiveness of taking
    sensible and proportionate precautions when travelling after dark.
    (I removed the name and footer that was at the end.)
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    (Original post by Topaz_eyes)
    Also - fun facts, Craggy was top poster, then Alex, smilepea and Zoe!
    I wanted to win, but I didn't post for a bit and craggy overtook me by miles and I never managed to catch up :sad:
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    (Original post by smilepea)
    I wanted to win, but I didn't post for a bit and craggy overtook me by miles and I never managed to catch up :sad:
    She's currently banned (by request!), now's your chance :lol: I think I'm probably currently winning, although I'm sure she'll come back and then we will all be outstripped again.
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    (Original post by alex_hk90)
    I don't think there's any private information so here's the email we got last night.
    Thanks very much for sharing that, Alex (seems a bit odd to rep and I don't think I can anyway, but appreciated).
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    (Original post by Zoedotdot)
    She's currently banned, now's your chance :lol: I think I'm probably currently winning, although I'm sure she'll come back and then we will all be outstripped again.
    Yer and I don't really want to be spammy just for the sake of being spammy and winning.

    I'm off to Dojo's for lunch and I move into my house tomorrow :woo: :woo:
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    (Original post by Crazy_emz)
    Oh no, that sounds really annoying. How much work do you actually have to do? I guess the best thing to do is just do the minimum that you have to and then read stuff you actually like in your spare time. What country are you in?

    I think Cambridge does spoil us though: in many ways I do really like my university here in Chile (most people have made me feel very welcome, I've got some great friends there and some of the courses I've taken have been really interesting) but I am used to, for instance, a lot better library facilities and more freedom than I have here. Chilean uni reminds me a bit of school in the sense that they fail you if you don't meet attendance requirements and some subjects have tests every week on the required reading, which I personally find quite odd and boring (in Cambridge they just take for granted that we've done the required reading!). Some of the students are also incredibly narrow-minded: my university is very left-wing (which I like, I'm pretty left-wing myself) but some of the students aren't very tolerant of people with views further right than communism (at the moment we're on strike and there are loads of demonstrations against government education policies...and the students who participate in the demonstrations are now pointedly not talking to the ones that don't ). The teaching here is mostly good (even the horrible teacher who made me cry wasn't a bad teacher, just pretty arrogant) but I do miss the supervision system.

    Ah well, I suppose I'll appreciate Cambridge a lot more when I get back.
    I dunno, I guess I do more work than is necessary - usually 4 texts a week for politics, 2 for Russian and then about 5 hours of French. I could get away with about half of that I reckon, but there's no point in trying at all if I'm not going to do my best.

    I'm in Germany btw, and seem to suffer from a chronic shortage of spare time...

    Your university sounds much more interesting though!
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    (Original post by alex_hk90)
    I don't think there's any private information so here's the email we got last night:
    Message to all undergraduates, graduates, fellows and staff: Personal security late at night.
    At 3am on Saturday night a female student at another college was the
    subject of an attempted sexual assault in Botolph Lane. The student
    herself is unharmed, but police are treating this as the latest in a
    series of ongoing series of sexual offences which have been committed
    over a nine-month period in Cambridge. The predator continues to
    operate in the vicinity of the College and its hostels in the
    west and south of the city.

    The offender is predominantly targeting female students in their
    twenties. Nine out of the ten women attacked have been students of
    the University.

    You are requested to remain EXTREMELY VIGILANT when walking in and
    around the city, particularly after nightfall. All the attacks have
    taken place after 2200 hours, most -- like this latest incident --
    well after midnight.

    As ever, the advice from the police is to remain aware but not
    alarmed. Students who are travelling across Cambridge after dark on
    foot rather than on bicycles are urged to walk in pairs whenever
    possible, and to carry a mobile phone and if possible a personal
    alarm.

    If any female student finds it necessary to travel on foot after dark
    and is without a companion, she should contact the Porter's Lodge;
    the College's taxi scheme continues in operation, and though you may
    need to wait for a lift you are strongly advised to do so. Any other
    College's Porter's Lodge will be glad to see you and to offer you
    shelter if you have reason to seek refuge in the course of your
    journey home.

    I very much regret having to share this with you. But it is sensible
    to be reminded in these circumstances of the effectiveness of taking
    sensible and proportionate precautions when travelling after dark.
    (I removed the name and footer that was at the end.)
    That's pretty scary, especially the recommending always walking in pairs... I walked home by myself in the dark last night (only across Parker's Piece, but still) and it seems daft to ring the porter's for that type of thing!
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    I always get a warm feeling seeing the bit about the College taxi service and Porters' Lodges It's good to know there's a network across Cam of people who will help you.
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    (Original post by Tyrotoxism)
    they're turning the buttery into a performance room? interesting. last year it was some "youtube cinema". in any case i will definitely come and find you.

    how's the exams stuff coming along? you had your first yet? noticed your equity tweet. hope it's all ok now.
    I've had 2 out of 5, two more this week. Equity went OK, I did 3 questions well and messed up the other one. Have you started yet?
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    I know I'm not at Cam any more but exams haven't gotten any more fun Also I miss the supervision system which made sure you did the necessary studying as you went along! I've had to learn a lot of models in the last two weeks
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    Just letting people know that today is definitely a good day to go to Yo Sushi if you're a fan - you get 5 free plates at the checkout if you say 'Karaoke' and your order is over £10, and the guy is currently giving you your 5 most expensive ones free - A friend and I had 8 plates between us, and it cost us £3.15 each :thumbsup:
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    I'm actually cringing a little bit whenever I read this thread title :p:
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    (Original post by Sockpirate)
    Just letting people know that today is definitely a good day to go to Yo Sushi if you're a fan - you get 5 free plates at the checkout if you say 'Karaoke' and your order is over £10, and the guy is currently giving you your 5 most expensive ones free - A friend and I had 8 plates between us, and it cost us £3.15 each :thumbsup:
    How did you come across that?
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    (Original post by ukdragon37)
    How did you come across that?
    Facebook :cool: 'like' their page, and every tuesday they give out a code-word which does something different every week - this week is the only week its been worth bothering so far though. Would definitely advocate going today - so much sushi for so little money! You could have 5 free pink plates, which is worth £19.50 - I originally thought they'd take the cheapest ones off, and that you'd have to spend over £10 after the 5 got taken away, but nope!
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