Good evening MCR!
For those of you who didn't make the MCR general meeting last week, please welcome our two new social team members Lewis Arthurton and Mat Veal!
We've got a frightful, autumnal, cheesy, waffly set of activities coming up for you to make your week 3 wondrous. Read on, sign up & fill your calendars!
- Ghost Tour, 8.45pm Lodge, Monday week 3 (24th October)
Those brave enough to join us for the tour have been notified. Remember, we'll be meeting at Lincoln lodge at 8.45pm tomorrow. Please bring £6 in cash with you to the event.
- Pub Quiz, 8.15pm Deep Hall, Monday week 3 (24th October)
Has two weeks of term given your mind the sharpening it needed to take on Simon's pub quiz? Head to Deep Hall tomorrow and try your might!
- MCR Dinner, 7pm, MCR, Tuesday week 3 (25th October)
Those of you with a spot at the dinner have already received an e-mail. We will meet at 7pm in the MCR for pre-dinner drinks. Dress code is formal. See you there!
- Wine & Cheese, 8pm, MCR, Friday week 3 (28th October)
Can't get enough fine food pairings, tastings, and schmoozing? Looking to style yourself a 21st century socialite? Then come by the MCR this Friday for some great drinks, delectables, and conversation! Whatsmore, it is Free! How can you say no to that? Bottles uncorked at 8pm.
- MCR Brunch, 11.30am, MCR, Sunday week 4 (30th October)
If you like waffles, maple syrup, croissants, bagels, smoked salmon, and/or more tea and coffee than you can drink, then head to the MCR next Sunday at 11.30am for a FREE brunch prepared just for you with loads of love by your social team!
- Pumpkin Carving, 3pm, MCR, Sunday week 4 (30th October)
Fancy yourself as the Michelangelo in the realm of the pumpkins? Then come and try your skills in the MCR next Sunday. Please bring your own pumpkin! We'll provide a spooky playlist, carving tools, inspirational templates and we'll see if Hogwarts will share their pumpkin juice and butter beer recipes...
- MCR Lunch *Sign Up*, 12.55pm, Hall, Thursday week 4 (3rd November)
The next MCR lunch is ready for sign ups! Click here to join us for a sumptuous 2 course lunch served at high table. No gowns needed, just take your seat at 12:55 and enjoy!
That's all for now, folks!
MCR Social Team
The Oxford International Relations Society will be welcoming BBC Africa Correspondent, Andrew Harding, to speak on the subject of his latest book, The Mayor of Mogadishu: A Story of Chaos and Redemption in the Ruins of Somalia.
Where: Danson Room, Trinity College
When: Tuesday 3rd Week (25th October), 7.30pm
Andrew Harding has worked as a foreign correspondent for the past twenty-five years in Russia, Asia and Africa. He has been visiting Somalia since 2000. His television and radio reports for BBC News have won him international recognition, including an Emmy and an award from Britain's Foreign Press Association.
This event will be FREE for IRSoc members, with specially discounted membership available on the door. Entry will be £3 for non-members. As with all our events, this talk will be followed by a free drinks reception for all attendees.
'Some of the most beautiful writing about Africa that I have ever read.' —Fergal Keane, BBC journalist
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/195224487577247/
My name is Holly and I am a second year DPhil in Developmental Biology. As your friendly neighbourhood GREEN person, I work to represent Lincoln's graduate students to college on environment and sustainability issues. I have missed freshers due to pesky degree commitments, but I am back in Oxford on Monday. If you have any questions about what’s going on at Lincoln or how you can reduce your environmental impact, check out the “Environment” section of the website, or feel free to get in touch :)
A few notices for all of you lovelies:
***IMPORTANT EVENT STUFF FIRST***
***BIKE INFO EVENT 7pm MONDAY WEEK 3 (This is NOT on the termcard) ***
On Monday 3rd week (the one coming) at 7pm in the Lower lecture room of the garden building (the room next to the MCR) there will be a BIKE INFO TALK hosted by the wonderful Broken Spoke Bike Coop, a not-for-profit based next to the story museum on Pembroke Street, 5 mins walk from college (I am big fan of these folk). We have asked them to come and give a talk for MCR and anyone else who cycles already or those who are thinking about cycling. Anyone who commutes, be it by bus, car or foot, will get something out of the event. It will be especially useful if you have not had any formal cycling or driving tuition (i.e. cycling proficiency or driving theory) with focus on techniques for good bicycle control, communication with other road users and advice on how to improve confidence on the road. Oxford is a great city to cycle in, but it can be dangerous too with hazards such as buses with blind spots and pedestrians who believe the entire city centre is pedestrianised! There is also some really handy stuff to know - such as that as Oxford students, you are entitled to 6 hours of free bike lessons worth £240!!!
There will be cake and cookies and such, and also a RAFFLE with 5 Broken Spoke workshop vouchers up for grabs, where you can take your bike along and they not only help you fix it, but TEACH YOU how to it yourself for next time. It is also before the Ghost walk so you can definitely do both (and we can get a drink from Simon in between - it would be so lovely to meet as many of you as possible!)
*** VEGGIE PLEDGE FOR NOVEMBER***
#1: The college participates in Meat Free Mondays, which many of you have probably come across already. While it is still possible to sign up to eat meat, students are encouraged to choose the vegetarian option and reduce greenhouse gases.
#2: Eating less animal products is the number 1 way we can reduce our carbon footprint, and this year you are encouraged to do just that for ONE WHOLE MONTH! The MCR is joining OUSU and several other colleges by participating in Veggie Pledge November. You are encouraged to take a Veggie (or Vegan) pledge for November, with recipe swaps and film screenings to help us do the single biggest thing we can to reduce our carbon footprints: to eat a little bit greener.
We will be kicking things off with a screening of Netflix-famous Cowspiracy on Thursday of Week 3 (on the termcard) to get you motivated, and I should be receiving some info from Beth Currie (OUSU charities and community) very soon, but here is what I have been told so far:
#3: If you are interested in checking out the Veggie food at other colleges, and hosting at Lincoln, check this group: out https://www.facebook.com/groups/ouved/
*** Less important but speaking of Food, Glorious Food (markets) ***
Every Friday 4-6pm there is a student run FOOD CO-OP at The Hub (room above the Turl Street Kitchen). They sell seasonal fruit and veg boxes sourced from the lovely Sandy Lane Farm, about 8 miles out of Oxford, in addition to wholefoods, organic, fair trade, free from foodstuffs and household supplies - everything from pasta to eco-laundry detergent (and yes they have vegan-friendly marshmallows!) You can check out their website here http://www.oxcoop.com/, or search for and like OxCo-op on facebook, to see a full list of their products and prices (which are often below the RRP). To pick up VegBoxes on the Friday, you need to order them online by Sunday night, so don't forget (occasionally they will spares on the day, but don't count on it!)
The VegVan will be stopping by Little Clarendon Street 12-6pm Friday. It is run by Cultivate, a not-for-profit stocking fruit and vegetables grown without artificial pesticides and fertilisers on 10 acres of land just outside Oxford, and other local produce such as eggs and honey. http://cultivateoxford.org/
Also check out the South Oxford Farmers' Market in Lake St community centre (Sundays, 930-12) and it's sister East Oxford Farmers' Market in East Oxford Primary School (Saturday 10-1), just off Cowley Road. Both markets are about ~20mins walk from college, source food from within 30miles of Oxford, the South Market is part of the Low-Carbon South Oxford community action group and the East market is at a low-carbon school. They also have very stringent requirements for their stalls, such as animal and environmental standards, prohibiting use of air-freight to transport ingredients, and having at least one person with full knowledge of production on stalls at all times. You can read about it in their manifestos, as well as look at the stalls they have:
As another note, many market stalls and in e.g the covered market (Mon-Sat), Gloucester Green (Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday) are happy to weigh and sell you products in your own tupperware, so do bring some along to save on packaging!
That is plenty of info to be getting along with for now. I am back next week to meet all of you, and in the mean time I hope everyone is settling in ok <3
Dear MCR members, old and new!
Here we are, at the beginning of a new year supporting charities near and far!
First of all, let me thank my predecessor, Henry-Martin Demasco, and the rest of the team, for the great job done last year: £4500 were raised in total! More details on how that money was raised and how it has now been distributed among the charities we supported can be found on the newly updated MCR website http://lincolnmcr.weebly.com/charities.html
However, that was really the result of the generosity of the whole of the MCR, so thanks to everybody who contributed, and I shouldn’t forget the Sports Reps and Welfare Reps either for organising events which helped the Charities Fund!
I should also thank those students who last year donated their duvets, books, clothes, bedding, towels, basket balls, and much more to find a new home with this year's freshers: I am glad to say that all donations have now been allocated.
Enough with the nostalgia and onto present and future matters.
Let me introduce you to the new Charities Team (all brand new freshers as well!! :) ): Amber, Audrey, Claire, Kate, Ruby, and Yumna! A round of applause! Soon you will be able to see their faces on the Charities Team website page.
Finally, a few important charities events that you should definitely write down in your diary:
- New Charities Proposals: next week I will send around the forms that you will have to use to propose new charities for the MCR to support. On Wednesday of 7th week (23rd November) you will then be asked to give a brief presentation of your proposed charity at the pre-election Charities presentation evening. Everyone from the MCR is encouraged to attend this session.
- New Charities Elections: during the final General Meeting (Tuesday in 8th week) we will elect 5 new charities! All the money raised at our events plus the £8 automatically batteled as “MCR Charities Fund Scheme” will support these charities. More than half of the total money raised comes from this scheme, so if you would like to opt-out from the £8 Charities Scheme we encourage you to wait until the election to decide.
AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST: The Charities Casino Night!!! Saturday, 12th November, from 8pm, in the MCR. SAVE THE DATE! This black-tie event is the main fundraiser event of the year: casino games, poker, cocktails, a raffle with prizes and much more! A very entertaining night for everybody, even those who don’t like games, or alcohol! Also, it looks like the theme for this year’s Casino Night will have something to do with someone who died 400 years ago…can you guess who?
And that is all for now! Sorry for the rather long email (never again!).
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