LITERARY ARCHIVE EVENT – 28 February 2015

As part of our Literary Archive Poetry celebrations on the afternoon of Saturday 28th February, we need some student volunteers in the Library to help us showcase Newnham poets past and present. Jobs we need help with include meeting and greeting alumnae and their guests, guiding members of College and visitors around the various library displays of poets past and present, and introducing members of College and visitors to our guest poets who will be talking about their work. Do get in touch with Debbie Hodder (librarian@newn.cam.ac.uk) if you are interested in helping, and let us know which jobs particularly appeal to you!

Please see the programme below and we will of course be offering tickets to students to come and hear the talks by our eminent poets; if you come to help you get priority.
Please also let us know if you would be interested in participating in the afternoon poetry workshop – you don’t need to be an English student – if you are a budding poet and would like to join it – we want to hear from you!

D. Hodder – Head Librarian
P. Hubbard – Development Director & Registrar of the Roll

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Election Results

The election results are in! Thank you to everyone who ran, and those of you who voted.
PRESIDENT: Amy Hutchinson
FRESHERS PRESIDENT: Katie Hind
GOVERNING BODY REP: Emily Birch
ACADEMIC AND DISABILITIES: Lokyan Wong
TREASURER: Addye Susnick
WELFARE: Tessa Standen

Well done and welcome to the JCR !

Manifesto Deadline Extended

Hi Everyone!

Since not all of the roles have been applied for, you still have a chance to apply for a JCR position!

The new manifesto deadline will be midnight tonight!

The JCR is open to anyone (including first years) who can complete their term of office. Each position lasts for one year. Absolutely no experience is required – simply enthusiasm and good ideas 🙂

The positions available are:
TREASURER
JCR PRESIDENT
FRESHERS PRESIDENT
GOVERNING BODY REP
WELFARE
ACADEMIC AND DISABILITIES OFFICER

A manifesto should be a 400 words – semi-poster – including a photo of you and up to 400 words about yourself and why people should vote for you. It should be signed by two of your friends at college who aren’t running for elections this time.

Have a go, you won’t regret it!

Imogen

JCR Vice President

Freshers’ President

Hi everyone! :)

I'm Fruzsi, and I'm the Freshers' President this year.

The role of Freshers' President is one of the roles to take
over in the elections coming up!

The main part of being Freshers' President is organising next
year's Freshers' Week. For this, you will have to set up your
committee, make the Freshers' Handbook, and get the programme
for the starting week. You are also in charge of organising
college families and subject reps. (You can talk to the
ents officers and share this task) One of the good things
about this role is that you end up doing most of the work for
Freshers' week over the summer so it doesn't eat into too much
of your time in Cambridge.

As Freshers' President, you also attend weekly JCR meetings
in which the JCR discusses problems and issues within college.
It's a great way to get involved in college life and you get to
find out more about how Newnham works.

Being Freshers' President is great fun, as you get to meet all
of the freshers and you can create their first week according to
your image of a perfect start, and you get to re-live Freshers' Week!


Everyone can apply, even if you are a fresher!

So what should you do now?

1.)Write a manifesto for Thursday!
What is a manifesto? It's a short essay (max 400 words) about you,
the role you would like, and why people should vote for you, what
you would bring to the role.

2.)Get two people to sign it!
Once you've done this, you have to get the paper version signed
by two other students, who aren't running in the elections.

3.) Send other copies!
Please send an electronic version to jcr.vicepresident@newn.cam.ac.uk
and pidge Immy a paper copy (signed).

4.)Come for the Hustings on 16th November!
And give a short speech (~2 minutes) about your intentions, and
answer some questions, to convince everyone that you are the best
one running for the role!



If you've got any questions about the role of Freshers' President and
what it involves, feel free to ask away!

Fruzsi x

JCR Elections – reminder

Hello Everyone!

Just a reminder that the deadline for manifestos for JCR elections is 
MIDNIGHT on THURSDAY.

JCR is a lot of fun and being on the committee allows you have a 
meaningful impact on college life.  Anyone can run for election, and no 
previous experience is required - all you need are some great ideas and 
lots of enthusiasm.

The positions available in the Michaelmas are:

PRESIDENT jcr.president@newn.cam.ac.uk
FRESHERS PRESIDENT  fk287@cam.ac.uk
WELFARE OFFICER pj300@cam.ac.uk
ACADEMIC AND DISABILITIES OFFICER hw378@cam.ac.uk
TREASURER jcr.treasurer@newn.cam.ac.uk
GOVERNING BODY REP bmj27@cam.ac.uk

Your manifesto should be a maximum of 400 words and the paper copy 
should be signed by a proposer and a seconder (two other members of the 
college who aren't running for election).

Please send me a digital version and pidge me a paper copy by midnight 
on Thursday.

Hustings will be held at 4pm on Sunday in the Barbara White Room.  Each 
candidate will be invited to give a 2 minute speech about why you should 
vote for them and there will be an opportunity to ask questions.

If you have any questions, email me and I will get back to you as soon 
as possible.


Best Wishes,

Imogen
Newnham JCR Vice President

JCR President

Hello all! I’m Katie, the JCR President, and you might know me from my
irritatingly chirpy weekly bulletins, or perhaps from my gangly-red
headed bumbliness. Anyway, I’ve had an absolute blast as JCR President –
and I really think you should consider running!

What does the role entail?

As JCR President, you are THE main conduit of communication between
senior members and students. You are the representative of student
opinion in college, and in this position sit as a member of Newnham
College’s Governing Body and on Joint Committee. You formulate reports
and surveys to gauge student opinion, and then have the opportunity to
make REAL GENUINE CHANGE for the good of college!

You organize and chair weekly JCR meetings with your brilliant and
dedicated committee to discuss, and most importantly, act on, issues
which affect students. And organize lots of fun stuff too!

You sit on CUSU council, and vote on issues that affect the entire
student body of Cambridge – making sure that the opinions of Newnhamites
are reflected and noted in any policy initiatives.

You get to speak in front of everyone at Matriculation dinner – and get
pride of place next to the Principal for the free smack-up meal.

Being JCR President gives you the best possible platform for making
worthwhile change – and if that’s not reason enough to run, then check
out these additional incentives:
BONUSES:
• As JCR President, you get the SWAGGEST CRIB in Newnham, complete with
telly and sofas.

• You also get invited to loads of free lush dinners – formal halls,
governing body dinners and even Michelin starred restaurants

• Going to cusu council means you get loads of free pizza

• You get to call yourself president. Even if no one else does. But they
should. Because you are actually a president.

• It looks bloody AMAZING on your CV, and you will get lots of emails
from companies wanting to employ you.

WHAT IT TAKES:
• DEDICATION. It does take up a lot of time, but if you are really
passionate about the role, you won’t mind too much.

• ORGANIZATION. You have to be really good at organizing meetings, have
good time management, be very efficient and answer lots of emails.

• CONFIDENCE. You absolutely must not be afraid to speak out, ever.

• CARE. You should care about Newnham, Newnhamites and people in
general.

I WANT TO DO IT.

Too right you do! Well here is what you need to do!
Elections Timeline
THURSDAY 13th NOVEMBER – Midnight – MANIFESTO DEADLINE
SUNDAY 16th NOVEMBER – Time TBC – HUSTINGS
MONDAY 17th NOVEMBER – 7am – Midnight – VOTING
WHAT SHOULD MY MANIFESTO LOOK LIKE?

Your manifesto should be no more than 400 words and should include: your
name, the role you are applying for and something about why people
should vote for you/what you would bring to the role.

The paper version must be signed by 2 members of the JCR – a proposer
and a seconder. These cannot be running for election.

Please send an electronic version to jcr.vicepresident@newn.cam.ac.uk
and pidge Immy a paper copy (signed).

Remember that online campaigns are strictly not allowed.

If you have even the tiniest interest in representing students’ voices,
please run! No previous JCR experience is necessary – I didn’t have any
– but what is needed is commitment!

And if you want an idea of how much change a JCR President really can
make, check out my final farewell bulletin on Friday.

PLEASE EMAIL ME if you have any queries, I’d be more than happy to help!
xxxx
Reminders:
– Tonight: Principals Lodge Career Women Seminar at 6 p.m.
– GREEN EVENT TONIGHT IN THE BAR – 8 O’CLOCK


Katie Akers
JCR President
Newnham College

Academic and Disabilities Officer

Hi everybody!
As you probably all know by now, there are a certain number of JCR
positions up for grabs. Academic and Disabilities Officer is one of
them! Let me tell you a little bit about what this role encompasses:
The Academic and Disabilities Officer forms part of the general welfare
team at Newnham, which also consists of the Welfare Officer, LGBT+
Officer, Women’s Officer and the President. Through this role, you are
expected to attend weekly JCR meetings and termly meetings of the Safety
Committee and Joint Committee. The role of the A&D Officer is varied.
Firstly, you act as a point of contact for students who may be
struggling academically, with disability, or with other welfare issues.
You are not expected to be able to give professional advice, but can
provide a confidential listening ear and direct students towards other
sources of help that are on offer. Secondly, you can choose to organise
events, such as study skills sessions, support groups and disability
awareness sessions. Also, as a member of the JCR, you are in a position
to contribute ideas towards more general college issues. Through my
role, I have run Academic Tea, which provides a forum for discussion as
well as a comfortable working environment. There is a budget for this,
so the money doesn’t come out of your own pocket. I believe there will
be a nice surplus for the next officer coming in so anyone interested
might want to consider whether they could put this to good use!
There is a lot of scope within the role to pursue different ideas that
interest you. For example, you may be keen to bring up issues of
disability access with college. There is a lot of flexibility and you
are not expected to tackle everything. Good communication skills and the
ability to effectively and professionally liaise with senior staff
members is important.
I’ve loved being Academic and Disabilities Officer, and it has given me
a great insight into the way in which the college is run. I would fully
recommend that anyone interested applies! It’s a very rewarding role and
will look fantastic on your CV. If anybody has any questions they would
like to ask, don’t hesitate to email. REMEMBER, the manifesto deadline
is THURSDAY 13th NOVEMBER AT MIDNIGHT.
Good luck!
A&D love,
Helen

Welfare Officer

Hello all!

Hope you had a good weekend. As I'm sure you're aware by now, the JCR 
elections are coming up and my role is up for grabs! It's a very 
important and fun position and I'd really encourage you to run for it.

Being welfare officer has been an extremely rewarding experience. The 
main commitments involved are running welfare tea every week (which is 
really fun, and a great excuse to sit and drink tea and chill out with 
lovely people) and distributing sexual health supplies upon request, 
which doesn't take up very much time. The welfare officer is also the 
go-to person for support in college; this may sound daunting, but you 
get training from CUSU in listening skills and sexual/mental health, 
enabling you to individually support Newnhamites and point to further 
resources in Cambridge. There's also the welfare team in college - 
Women's officer, Academic and Disabilities officer, LGBT+ officer and 
President all have a welfare component to their role so you definitely 
aren't alone!

Running welfare events is great fun as well - you really get a lot of 
freedom to organise what you think will go down well, and there's a 
nicely sized budget to play around with. The favourites are 
text-a-pancake, ice cream sundae-sunday and reverse trick or treating, 
but you can add as many things as you want! It really feels like a 
chance to give back to the college and make people smile!

Being on the JCR committee also means you get a chance to have some 
input in the goings-on around college. Attending weekly JCR meetings and 
termly joint committee meetings with senior members is a really 
interesting insight into how college is run and how we can make it 
better. Another obligatory point to note is the CV points which come 
with being part of the JCR.

Overall, welfare is a very variable position and I've learnt so much 
over this past year - I'm so glad I decided to run last michaelmas. If 
you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask - reply to this 
email and we can have a chat about it!

Welfare love,

Pip x

Governing Body Rep

Hello everyone,

Yes, this indeed does have a bit of a deja-vu feel to it, but the JCR
Governing Body and College Council Rep position is currently up for
election again!

Although I’ve only been in the role for a few weeks, it has already been
incredibly enjoyable. It is perfect if you want to represent the student
body at the highest levels about anything from the exciting new building
project, to the slightly more mundane, you like the sound of a free
formal twice a term, and you enjoy wearing your gown.

The Governing Body rep is essentially the link between the JCR and the
senior members of college. You will sit on the Governing body meetings,
which happen twice a term, with the JCR president and secretary, and on
the College council, which happens fortnightly, with the JCR secretary.

The meetings are a great chance for you to speak out and be able to
initiate and bring into effect the changes we as a JCR wish to see. You
will need to be polite, persuasive and professional in your interactions
with the Senior members to get your voice heard while being the most
junior person in the room. You’ll also need to be able to feed back
goings-on to the JCR and generally get a feel for the student views.

What you will get out of it: CV points, the chance to interact with Dame
Carol herself as well as the other senior members, the chance to see
change take place, and some really good food!

Any questions? Email me on jcr.govbody@newn.cam.ac.uk or bmj27@cam.ac.uk
and I’ll be happy to chat to you about it.

It’s a really great role – so go for it! MANIFESTO DEADLINE 13TH
NOVEMBER AT MIDNIGHT.

JCR LOVE,

Betsy

JCR Elections

This term’s JCR elections are fast approaching, with 6 roles up for
grabs!

– JCR PRESIDENT
– JCR TREASURER
– JCR WELFARE OFFICER
– JCR FRESHERS PRESIDENT
– JCR GOVERNING BODY REPRESENTATIVE
– JCR ACADEMIC AND DISABILITIES OFFICER

You will be receiving emails from each of the current officers
explaining in more detail why you should apply for each of these
exciting roles.

Elections Timeline
THURSDAY 13th NOVEMBER – Midnight – MANIFESTO DEADLINE
SUNDAY 16th NOVEMBER – Time TBC – HUSTINGS
MONDAY 17th NOVEMBER – 7am – Midnight – VOTING
WHAT SHOULD MY MANIFESTO LOOK LIKE?

Your manifesto should be no more than 400 words and should include: your
name, the role you are applying for and something about why people
should vote for you/what you would bring to the role.

The paper version must be signed by 2 members of the JCR – a proposer
and a seconder. They cannot be running for election.

Please send an electronic version to jcr.vicepresident@newn.cam.ac.uk
and pidge me a paper copy (signed).

PLEASE NOTE: Anyone found to be campaigning through social media will be
disqualified.

Please feel free to email me with any questions you have about the
elections 🙂
Have a nice day!

Imogen

JCR Vice-President