Dear fellow students, staff and extended Lincoln Family,
We are excited to invite you to a Lincoln College FAMILY FOCUSED BRUNCH on SUNDAY 5 MARCH, at 11:00AM!
WHAT’S THE SPECIAL OCCASION?
Let’s celebrate the warmth of our Lincoln community with a lovely Sunday brunch! This is a fantastic chance to bring your children, partners and/or anyone else in your care to share a meal at College.
We hope to see lots of Lincolnites there. This is a great chance to meet the loved and little ones of our Lincoln community before the end of term.
While a minority of students in College has caring responsibilities, the impact of these responsibilities is significant and sometimes challenging. Let’s celebrate the diversity of our community by sharing a meal together and beginning a conversation about living at Lincoln with a family or caring responsibilities.
Each Lincoln member is allowed to bring up to 2 guests for this special meal!
CAN I COME IF I DON’T HAVE CARING RESPONSIBILITIES?
EVERYONE is invited to join! Whether you are SCR, MCR, JCR or College staff, we would love to see you next Sunday and to get to know each other a little better.
HOW DO I SIGN UP?
Please REGISTER ONLINE for the Brunch through the Lincoln online meal booking system.
Sign ups open next WEDNESDAY 1 MARCH! Put the date in your diary and make sure you don't miss the chance! Reminders will be sent out just before as well.
If you have any questions, send us an email!
Hope to see you there!
Matt and Maayan
Happy Tuesday. Just a couple updates.
1. Oxford LGBTQ+ society elections.
The LGBTQ+ soc are holding their annual elections for the positions of:
Secretary; Treasurer; President; Social Sec; Junior Social Sec; 2 Welfare Officers (ideally of different genders); 2 Grad Reps; 2 Trans Reps; Bi/Pan Rep; BME Rep; Ace/Aro Rep; Disabilities Rep; International Rep; Publicity Officer; IT Officer
Any questions about how to apply can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Tuesday drinks
If you're somehow inexplicably not too busy to go out on a Tuesday, then the LGBTQ+ soc have their weekly drinks function tonight at Corpus Christi.
'COME AS YOUR QUEER HERO*... dress-up ecouraged but not necessary; this week have a think about your queer heroes in a celebration of LGBTQ+ History month!
Come for the RETURN OF QUEERPONG, and cheap drinks (both alcoholic and otherwise) but most importantly, come to meet new people; if you haven't been before, these drinks are always relaxed and welcoming. Feel free to invite anyone who might be interested; these events are open to all.
This week only we are giving away a FREE PLUSH QUEUE JUMP CARD for the best costume, which will work on every night except Tuesday!'
3. Pitt Rivers LGBTQ History Month Events Launch Night
The Pitt Rivers Museum are soing a cool series of events this month I referred to in a previous email. The opening event will be on the 11th at 19:00.
''The enigmatic drag kings of vast international repute PATRIK AND ARCHIE will be hosting the Launch Night of the LGBTQIAP+ Trail in all Oxford museums. Throughout the night there will be live pop-up performances from the likes of The Fabulus of Unicorns, Adam All and Apple Derrieres. There'll be special exhibitions from Oxford Pride and Tales of Our City, micro-talks, and interactive activities. Drop-in to a Drag King workshop, ‘donate’ your coming out story, design your own slogan t-shirt, and get ‘papped’ for the ‘best dressed’ competition. This is a 16+ event and there will be an alcoholic bar. PLUS FOR THE FIRST 150 WHO COME THERE WILL BE A FREE PLUSH Q JUMP WRISTBAND!'
4. And Finally... Flag update!
As some of you noticed and emailed me about, the rainbow pride flag did not appear abover Lincoln on the 1st of February as it should have done. Last year Lincoln was (to my knowledge) one of the only colleges that did not fly the pride flag for the majority or entirety of February, as it had a bylaw that stated alternative flags can only be flown one day out of the year. The JCR has made it its mission to ensure that this didn't happen again, and hounded college to change the bylaw.
I've largely stayed out of this, but when it was brought to my attention that after all this the flag did not go up after all, I went down to the lodge to investigate. The porter informed me that college does not have a pride flag and all alternative flags need to be supplied by the party asking for it to raised. I then went back to work and ordered a flag and emailed Joe, who informed me that (I'm assuming due to Lord Crewe) the college flag had the be flying over the weekend and Monday so the soonest we could fly the pride flag was today.
So, sure enough I went down this morning (well, as early as I wake up, which is still technically morning) and gave the lodge the pride flag I had ordered which should be up imminently if not already! I'll work with the JCR and Joe to make sure Lincoln isn't the only college on Turl St. not flying the pride flag for the first week of Feb in the future. No promises that we'll be able to match Wadham's excessive display, though.
Happy 4th Week MCR!
I have a few environment-related events and information for you!
TLDR: Movie Night Wednesday, Bath Bomb Workshop signups, Simon sells Lincoln reusable mugs, the kitchen do great things to minimise food waste and the snowdrops are out in the gardens.
*** MOVIE NIGHT this Wednesday 8pm in the MCR - Before The Flood ***
By request, we are showing Before The Flood, National Geographic's critically acclaimed account of the dramatic changes occurring around the world due to climate change. It has been described as a 'must watch' and discussion is encouraged. My new oven is supposed to be arriving today, so (fingers crossed) there will be more home baking! We will also be finishing the Zero Waste Challenge here :)
Check out the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UGsRcxaSAI
*** LUSH Bath Bombs Workshop Sunday Week 5 - SIGN UPS OPEN! ***
Sign ups are open for the LUSH Bath Bomb workshop on Sunday at the end of week 5 (18th), 3pm in the MCR. The cost will be £3, so please bring that along on the day. There are about 20 spots, so please sign up, and if there are more than 20 it will be first come. Do something fun and useful, while considering ethical products :) https://goo.gl/forms/ZTLXOqKLh8Ccqe1K2
*** Deep Hall Cups Update ***
The paper cups from Deep Hall (and also all the coffee cups in High Street shops - including Missing Bean) are NOT recyclable - and they cost an extra 20p each on top of the drinks - you can see it on your battels. Every year we throw away 2.5billion of these in the UK. why not buy a Lincoln Take Out Mug from Simon? He sells these for £7.50, and it can go on your kitchen Charge. You could also get a Keep Cup form the Bod or the Missing Bean. The Bod cups let you take hot drinks into many of the libraries, and Missing Bean give you a 10p discount if you bring your own take out cup (the Lincoln one too, not just theirs).
*** Kitchen Food Waste Update ***
I have been chatting with our wonderful Chef Richard about what goes on behind the scenes in the kitchen.
What happens to food waste?
There isn't actually much food waste at all! Waste such as peelings etc. goes down a waste chute into the sewer, with an environmentally safe chemical to make sure it doesn't cause any blockages in the drains. Oil and fat are picked up specially for the same reason. These used to go to local farms for pigswill, but since the swine flu outbreak farms have swapped from wet to dry food, and so the college got rid of the facilities to keep these. The kitchen also recycles packaging with their own recycling bin.
I hope you will be very happy to hear that spare dinners are NOT wasted. Everything not sent out to hall gets labelled with the date it needs to be served by, and gets used at the next lunches: this is why there is usually more than one option at lunch. They can also bereused to make other meals e.g. beef will go into a beef stir fry. Besides being environmentally friendly, this is also economical for the college, and ensures costs are kept down for us.
Where does the kitchen get food from?
Richard likes to support the local farms and businesses when he can e.g. fruit and veg often come from businesses in the Covered Market. The fish come from Grimsby and Cornwall. The chickens are not free range, but all the eggs are, and everything is from very reputable sources, and are not battery farmed. Richard personally visits Peachcroft Farm https://www.facebook.com/peachcroftfarm/ who supply the free range SCR geese for Christmas dinner, (and Hedges in the covered Market). Richard and the staffcare a lot about providing the best quality food they can, and animal welfare is very much on their minds when they consider where to source food.
<-- Peachcroft Farm Turkeys
Feel like you want to show off the new Great Hall, or try out veggie food at other colleges? Join the Veggie Exchange Dinners facebook page and you can do just that! https://www.facebook.com/groups/ouved/
and check out BOSH! for easy and tasty vegan recipe ideas: https://www.facebook.com/bosh.tv/?fref=ts
*** External Notices ***
The Oxford Martin School has a lecture coming up on the theme of 'New frontiers: pushing the boundaries of science and technology’:
1. "Exploring our inner space: discovering the deep sea and assessing human impact" with Prof Alex Rogers, looking at the effect human action is having on our ocean life, on Feb 9th - registration free but required (also on youtube).
For those of you who went to the TSK Swap Shop, do let me know what you thought of it! On Feb 11th there is also the wonderful Lou Lou's Vintage Fair returning to Oxford Town Hall. Entry is about £2, but I they are really good fairs! https://www.facebook.com/events/300303963704531/
Save the date:
Oxford Environment Fair, March 5th https://www.facebook.com/events/1167228123393789/
And also check out:
Oxford Waste Society https://www.facebook.com/OxfordWasteSoc/
Oxford Climate Society https://www.facebook.com/OxfordClimateSoc/
*** Gardens Update ***
Not much to report this week, but have you spotted the flowers starting to bloom?
Here is the Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lincolncollegegardens/?hl=en
*** Are thinking of running for Environment Rep? ***
Do you fancy running #VeggiePledge next Michaelmas? Talking to college about Domestic matters, liaising with the Gardeners and setting agreen example for the MCR? Elections for rep roles will be at the beginning of Trinity, so do come and chat to me to find out what being Environment Rep is really like (and how long I spend writing these emails!)
I will be sending round an Environment Survey soon, asking you what you want to see the Environment rep doing, and what you would like to see happening around college e.g. planting blackberries in Bear Lane, so keep an eye out and get thinking. As always if you have any questions in the meantime, send them my way!
Hope to see you Wednesday for Movie Night, and have a good fourth week!
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