What's been on in Pembroke?

Pembroke Politics, by Lucy Fairweather

Image credits to Harry Taylor

Image credits to Harry Taylor

Pembroke Politics had a busy term of events this Lent. Former Cabinet Minister Lord Adonis kicked off our events on the topic of whether Brexit is doomed, and answered so many questions that Savio had to rush him off to start formal on time!

Next, Labour MP and former CUSU President Wes Streeting gave a great talk on the future of the Labour Party. This was followed by Jon Lansman who talked about his experiences organising on the Left of the Labour Party and why he would talk at Pembroke Politics but not at the Cambridge Union!

We were then joined by former Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger who told us about his time editing a national paper and what’s in store for the future of journalism. Freelance journalist Marie Le Conte talked to us about technology in Westminster and enlightened us on how political gossip works.

Mail on Sunday columnist Peter Hitchens gave a packed-out talk on why marijuana should not be legalised to many of our normal attendees and perhaps the whole of CUCA. Our final event was Martin Rowson, Guardian cartoonist, who talked about the 35,000 year history of Visual Satire.

Applications for the new committee will be posted on Facebook over the summer.

The Lent PoohSoc Diary, by Cal Hewitt

Illustration by Jess Beaumont

Illustration by Jess Beaumont

New Year’s Eve.

These are troubled times. It’s come to light that impostors are in our midst and have founded a so- called Cambridge University Pooh Sticks Club. The Emergency Impostor Mitigation Committee resolves to hide under bridge in punt and fish Poohsticks from water. Any further differences to be settled over a round of the Noble Sport.

Some weeks have passed

Poohsoc finds itself all in the same place at the same time. The committee elections are concluded. The Impostors are absent. Newcomers arrive and affirm their membership with a sip from the Sacred Chalice. We Sing Ho for the life of a Bear.

Sunday morning The Society embarks on an Expotition to discover the Sacred Texts, rumoured to be kept in the Wren Library. Our suspicions are correct and we’re able to examine the first page of The House at Pooh Corner in Mr Milne’s very own autograph.

Possibly Tuesday Final meeting of term. Record attendance of three. We engage in a disputation on how A. A. Milne probably pronounced Latin and agree a Correct Diction with which to utter the Society Motto. Clever Plans are hatched for the

months to come.

Come to PoohSoc this term for dependable tea and biscuits, the May Week Drunken Poohsticks Match, and our expotition to the Hundred Acre Wood.

Pembroke College Boat Club End-of-Lent Roundup

Image credits to PCBC

Image credits to Pembroke College Boat Club

The first race of the term was the Winter Head-to- Head, into which Pembroke entered three crews. M2 started strong, finishing third in their division and second among the M2 crews. W1 and W2 both rowed well, finishing 8th and 3rd in their respective categories. This gave all involved invaluable racing experience.

We were pleased to have an excellent turnout at Pembroke Regatta, with nearly 1000 rowers taking part. Congratulations especially to our own M2 who won their division.


In a highly competitive top of the first division, M1 had to be satisfied with four row overs. Although this was disappointing for the crew, they showed that their standards are on par with the fastest in Cambridge.

Given a slightly nervous start to the term, W1 progressed amazingly. They made light work of more experienced crews to progress three places up the bumps chart, only being denied blades by a technical row-over on day three, where they had gained on all three boats ahead of them.

M2 have shown throughout the term that there is real depth to the Men’s squad – winning Pembroke Regatta, Newnham Short Course and Robinson Head in their respective divisions. W2 was almost exclusively formed out of rowers who noviced in Michaelmas, and they made amazing progress. It was a cruel introduction to bumps, with some strong crews and even stronger winds, leading to a double overbump on day three.

However, they were not to be defeated, and their bump on the final day is a testament to their determination. The majority of M3 were novices taking the step up to racing in bumps. The crew were superb in qualifying to 7th in the M4 division, and so a row over on the third day means (despite being bumped three times) the crew has gone up one position since the end of last year’s bumps. Although they could not race in bumps, our novices this term have formed strong W3 and M4 boats which look to be very competitive.

Pembroke’s going green by Hendrik Pröhl

Lent Term tends to be the busiest for Pembroke Orchard Green Society (POGS) as we put on Green Week, and this year was no exception. Installations and events ranged from a map detailing clothes production and shipping, to plastic bottle-fish dangling from the JP ceiling, film & TV show screenings, to one vegan and one locally sourced formal.

We had a staff and student bake-off as well as planting in used vegware cups, reaching dozens of people, both in Pembroke and other colleges.

All of this showed how simple it can be to make easy changes with great impacts in our daily behaviour, and the raised awareness that we all need to work towards protecting our environment.

Still, it was only one step in an ongoing discussion we need to keep having every day. To make sure Pembroke’s students are heard, we will have regular themed meetings to address specific issues and allow everyone to have their say, starting with waste recycling and College food policies – stay tuned!

Pembroke’s Week of Women, by Maya Tutton

Image credits to Maya Tutton

Image credits to Maya Tutton

For International Women’s Day this year, the Jo Cox Feminist Society teamed up with the GP Women’s Officer toputonaweekof activities celebrating the women of Pembroke and the wider world.

During the week we hosted a symposium with speakers to discuss the official

IWD theme: Balance for Better. Coming from academia, student politics and the business world, the panelists discussed different ways in which they believe balance can be achieved. Professor Bina Agarwal spoke about the importance of land and property rights for women in the Global South to balance out economic and wider societal disparities, and our very own Evie Aspinall, now CUSU President, discussed how the imbalance of power within University structures made her job all the more difficult.

On the day itself, we hosted an IWD formal open to all which celebrated the women of the College, from the students to the fellows to the staff. Having the female staff of the college attend the dinner and be thanked for all of their incredible work they do was especially important to us.

The week’s activities served to highlight not only how far we’ve come in the 35 years since women were let into the college but also how much still needs to be done in order to achieve a truly balanced world.

Inside ‘The Panel’, by Tek Kan Chung

Tek Kan Chung and Robert Panyi

Image credits to Theodoulos Hadjimatheou

"The Panel" is a panel discussion society started this year by Robert and Tek with the aim to see what six Cambridge students (panelists) can come up with on an intellectual, political or philosophical question, and through doing do, to demonstrate the power of constructive discussions with people of different viewpoints and disciplines.

We hope to engage with the wider student body and we welcome people from all backgrounds. Out of the six public panel events so far, the highlights include discussions on "Masculinity and Femininity" and “Human Gene Editing".

This is the place to be if you're willing to tackle the hardest questions in depth and not settling for simple answers. (Usually every Sunday 7 - 9pm, Nihon Room)