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MCR Committee Elections

Dear All,

I’m excited to announce the results of our recent election. Thank you to all of those who voted!
The winners of the positions are as follows:

Roxine Staats

Mike Lewis

Petros Chatzimpaloglou

If you’re interested in viewing the precise results, please click the following link:


Best wishes,


Easter Banquet

I am sure many of you know or have already noticed; like every year at the end of the term, we are going to have our traditional Easter Banquet.

It will be held on Monday the 14th of March, and as usual there will be the finest food the college can provide, there will be jazz music, dancing, Easter eggs, a lot of your favourite people to chat with and, most importantly, there will be plenty alcohol for you to actually enjoy them. (Sorry Claudio, I had to steal this punchline)

The booking for college members will open 14 FEB at 10:30. Guest booking opens a fortnight later, 28 FEB at 22:30, and you’ll be able to book for your beloved guest (I’ll send a reminder one hour before the booking opens).

Ah yes, to build up the hype a little bit, here is the menu:

Seared Scallops, Butter Bean & Truffle Puree, Apple & Watercress
Ravioli of Wild Mushroom, Fennel Oil, Dried Black Olives & Toasted Pine Nuts (V)
Beef Fillet, Confit Ox Cheek, Butternut Squash Puree, Burnt Shallots & Purple Broccoli
Deep Fried Hen Egg, Asparagus, Peas, Broad Beans & Black Truffle & Cepe Puree (V)
Coconut & White Chocolate Fondant with Alphonso Mango & Candied Chilli
Section of Artisan Cheese with Assorted Crispbreads
Coffee & Chocolate Truffles

I hope that covers pretty much everything, but if you do have any questions, please don’t be afraid to shoot me an email, I’ll do my best to reply quickly.

May the odds be ever in your favour.

Best wishes,

Cantabs for Persecuted Scholars

We, the Magdalene MCR Committee, fully support this petition and stand in solidarity with persecuted scholars everywhere. We also encourage other student organisations within the University of Cambridge, and their respective members, to take this petition under consideration. 
Briefly, the petition calls upon the University of Cambridge and its colleges to commit publicly to supporting at-risk academics granted admittance to the University of Cambridge in the form of financial, housing, and other support. Generous assistance in times of need embodies the spirit the University’s mission “to contribute to society through pursuit of education, learning, and research at the highest international levels of excellence.” We believe that close cooperation with established charities is the best way of standing by these treasured values.

For more information, and to sign the petition please click here.

Please also consider donating to our crowd-funding effort to fund a bursary for an at-risk or refugee student to pursue Masters study at Cambridge: www.gofundme.com/28svwxhw


Christmas Banquet

At the end of the term we are going to have our traditional Christmas banquet.

It will be on Monday the 7th of December, and as usual there will be the finest food the college can provide, there will be music, there will be a lot of interesting people to chat with and, most important, there will be more than enough alcohol.

The booking for college members will open during this weekend, and one week later you’ll be also able to book for your beloved guests (I’ll send a reminder one hour before the booking opens).

Once you’ve booked, please let me know if you have any seating preferences[*] and I’ll do my best to accommodate as many requests as possible (no need to tell me you want to sit next to your guests, that’s obvious even for me).

The price will be £30.50 for students and £35.85 for guests, all directly charged on your college bill.

Last but not least, here is the menu:

Smoked Salmon & Crayfish with Coriander & Cucumber Salad

Mushroom & Chive Soup (v)


Traditional Roasted Norfolk Turkey, Natural Gravy with Chestnut Stuffing, Chipolatas, Roast Potatoes

Butternut Squash, Spinach & Walnut Tart, Crushed New Potatoes with Chives (v)

All Served with Roasted Winter Vegetables & Brussels Sprout


Dark Chocolate & Orange Tart with Vanilla Cream


Section of Cheese with Biscuits, Grapes and Celery


Coffee and Mince Pies

If you have any dietary requirements, please let me know[*] as soon as you book, or before the 4th of December at the latest.

That should cover pretty much everything, if you have any question, just drop me an email and I’ll be happy to reply

May the odds be ever in your favour,

[*] For the seating preferences, use the subject: “Christmas Banquet – Seating – CrsID”, and state in the email your full name and the name of all the people next to whom you want (or don’t want) to sit (aka no nicknames, please).

For the dietary requirements, use the subject: “Christmas Banquet – Dietary – CrsID”.
If you have both seating and dietary requirements, don’t be scared in sending me two emails. I’d rather have double the amount of emails in the right format than less messy emails. Thanks for your cooperation

Newcomers Dinner

Glass of white wine, a wine bottle, green grapes, cheese and breadA new academic year will start soon, and this means a lot of new and excited faces around. Whether you are old or new to Magdalene: join us for good food and a nice chat.

There will be another Parlour dinner on 30th September. Pre-dinner drinks will start at 6:45, followed by a three course meal.

The menu will be typical English food to welcome new members to this country. The detailed menu is still TBD, but will be posted as soon as possible. The dress code is, as usual, smart casual.

To sign up, use Raven (your university CRSID and password) to log in here. Deadline for reserving a place, possibly with some guest tickets, is Thursday 24th September at 9pm.

Any questions? Email Claudio at mcr.secretary AT magd.cam.ac.uk

Found: MCR Punt ‘Bismarck’

Our beloved MCR Punt, the Bismarck, has been returned to Magdalene after going missing today. It can be taken out again.

Thank you for your patience.

MCR Garden Party

gardenAll MCR members, guests and friends are invited to the amazing Magdalene MCR garden party on the 27th of June. It will start at 1:30 in the Fellows Garden.

For only £7 you’ll have summery drinks and snacks, a wonderful day with friends in a lovely weather [*] and the beautiful atmosphere of the Fellows Garden along with the enchanting decorations that will be set up just for you.

This year the theme will bring you to Japan, with its legends and mysteries through the famous movie “Spirited Away” from Myiazaki.

Hope to see you all there!

[*] Not guaranteed

MCR Summer Banquet

We would like to invite you to our annual Summer Banquet held on Monday, 22 June. As with the previous banquets this year, this will be a black tie event – though this time with a ‘Masquerade Ball’ theme. Feel free to bring a mask or anything else relating to a ‘Masquerade’ along.

Bookings will open for the banquet on 29 May at noon. You will have the opportunity to book up to 2 guests from Friday, 5 June at noon. Tickets will be priced at £27.10 for students and £32.60 for guests.

The menu will be as follows:

Warm Grilled Fresh Figs with Mascarpone & Prosciutto, on Rocket & Picked Basil
(v) Warm Grilled Fresh Figs with Mascarpone, on Rocket & Picked Basil

Fillet of Lamb with Thyme & Blueberries, Dauphinoise Potatoes and Seasonal Baby Vegetables
(V) Asparagus & Wild Mushroom Risotto

Glazed Blueberry Tart served with Raspberry Coulis and Clotted Cream

Cheese plate and port

Open Meeting

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Moth Tour

Magdalene Science Society welcomes

Alexandra Torok giving a

Moth Tour

While people may associate moths with the image of drab little creatures that come out of your closet, this could not be further from the truth. Moths come in many shapes, sizes and even colours – over 800 species of macro-moths are known to inhabit the British Isles! During the summer months many of them take flight and can be observed coming to light sources or during the day in gardens. Come join us as we investigate just what kind of moths are hiding in the nights of Cambridge.

We will meet at 11:30am in the College’s Scholars’ Garden for an interactive tour with hopefully live moths and finish just in time for a leisurly brunch at Ramsay. In case of a rain shower at just that time we will meet in the Parlour, instead.

For your free booking, please log in here. All members of Magdalene College are most welcome at this event.


Alexandra has spent the past few years with the Department of Zoology in Cambridge studying moths as an example for startle displays in predator-prey interaction. She has conducted extensive field work in both Madingley Woods, Cambridge and Brunai and will also draw on her experience gained with the annual Cambridge BioBlitz. As an expert on moths, both real and robotic as those used for her research, she is happy to answer all your questions on them and hopes to share her appreciation for these intriguing creatures.

To contact Magdalene Science Society, please email science AT magd.cam.ac.uk. You can also sign up for the mailing list here.