The SU Committee and Easter Term

This term the committee continued to make alterations to the common room, which will be completed in the beginning of the Michaelmas term. We would love to have some feedback, although most of things are still on their way! Grad suppers have been hosted by the amazing Lu Liu. The committee has also improved budgeting and investigated the possibility of student subscriptions, our Finance Officer going out of her way to have a firm grip on the finances. There was a successful offer-holders' day, and we have received much enthusiastic feedback from keen to-be freshers! 

Some new things that we introduced were a new meeting and voting structure, which has lowered the meeting running times by a staggering 60% and raised the open meeting voting participation from 5 to 10,5%, something that we hope to continue to improve. One open meeting was held at Histon Road in order to improve inclusivity for the students living off-site. There were the writing sessions by Lu, which gathered a lot of positive feedback. 

We have made efforts to develop the visual appearance of the SU and to improve the flow of information. In the beginning of the term we launched the new SU websiteand a newsletter, and later on the Lucy Bar and Lucy Ents were rebranded on Facebook. We have also collaborated with Kate Coghlan for communication things, and helped to arrange the garden party. 

Some particular wins for the SU are the Ents team raising the profile of the college - alongside of producing incredible events for everyone. At the Bop on the Beach there were queues around the corner and there is a whisper going around that Wolfson cancelled their bop in order to be able to come to ours. The Take a Break sessions brought to you by Tildy and Leigh were enthusiastically received, everyone loving the free ice cream and a moment for relaxing. 

The committee decided to give the officer recognitions of this term (based on our weekly updates and are only given to non-execs) to the Welfare Officer Tildy Stokes and the driving force of the Ents, Stine Holm. Tildy took time to host weekly welfare sessions, including yoga and relaxation which was sorely needed and appreciated in exam term. She has been and continues to be a friendly face around the college that deliberately helps to spread calm and enjoyment. Tildy also hosted Take a Break sessions with the previous Senior Tutor, liaising with college to make sure they would fund and appreciate such events. Stine hosted bops, including the one which had people still queuing 15 minutes before the bop was scheduled to end. She also dealt very quickly and professionally with a sexual assault complaint about bop security and changed security providers in a just a day before the bop. Stine also helped to plan and facilitate student involvement in the garden party, and has kept up our relationships with other colleges. Both Tildy and Stine stayed involved and engaged when exam term was at its most demanding. 

The next step for the committee will be the Freshers' Week, which means that a funding proposal will be electronically distributed. Do keep the feedback coming, we have really enjoyed this term despite all the exam term madness, and look forward to the next year! 

Looking for a Bar Steward!

Lucy Cavendish College

Bar Steward

Taking on the paid role of Lucy Bar Steward means being at the center of the College's social life, in a leadership position. Formally speaking, the role of the Bar Steward is to ensure that the bar in Oldham Hall is open and running properly during term time, ensuring that College adheres to all aspects of Licensing Act 2003 and the College premises licence conditions as agreed by City Council. The Bar Steward's tasks can be broken down into social, strategic and administrative categories.

You will be expected to do some prep work over the summer, in order to be ready for Freshers' Week, and to organise bar training for any new students wanting to work in the bar.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 1st September, midnight, 2017. The College are currently recruiting two Bar Stewards, working jointly.

Social tasks include:

·      Help make the bar a welcoming and successful part of College life.

·      Administer Bops in collaboration with SU.

·      Liaise with Ents Officer and Student Union on planning and opening the bar.

·      Recruiting and training new staff on bar procedures and arrange for new staff to have Licence training with Domestic Bursar and to fill in appropriate forms for Bursary.

·      Practice team work and delegation with the second Bar Steward.

Strategic tasks include:

·      Ensure short-term bar profits and promote long-term growth.

·      Attending and influencing all SU meetings. The Bar Steward does not have the capacity to vote in closed committee meetings.

Administrative tasks include:

·      Produce staff rotas to cover opening times.

·      Rotate stock and make sure bar is not overstocked and no stock is out of date.

·      Ensure PRS form is completed termly-check diary behind bar for events which need to go on form.

·      Ensure bar and bar area is kept clean and tidy.

·      Apply to Council for bar opening hour extensions (Council meets fortnightly).

·      Adhering to all College premises conditions.

Required skills:

·      Previous experience of bar work (essential).

·      Time to carry out duties and academic work.

·      Management skills and/or potential.

·      Enthusiasm for College social life.

Pay:

The Bar Steward position pays £50 per term, plus 2 extra hours for admin work per week. The admin hours will be split between two Bar Stewards. You would also be paid for any bar shifts you take on, starting from £29.9.

How to apply:

Applications should be sent in via email. Please include details about your previous bar experience, and a short paragraph with the following: 1) what experience and skills you would bring to the role, 2) your personal motivation for applying, and 3) how you plan to run the bar, along with any ideas you have for making it a fun and relaxing place that students will use.

Send you application via email to our Domestic Bursar, Christine Houghton.

Taking Care

A Careful Balance The exams are approaching and with them our stress levels rise respectively, so be sure not to burn out. It's not very pleasant, we think. To help you out the counseling service is hosting a couple of sessions before exams, seehere. Also CUSU welfare has put together a list telling where you can get help in the exam term, here.  

Spending a Penny? The SU committee has worked on new funding guidelines and drafted a budget for the Easter term. As we strive to be a transparent and inclusive community we have included both on our website, click here if interested. Password is the same as for the college website members' section. 

Identity Crisis We are happy to announce that the Lucy Ents and Lucy Bar have now new logos! Go check them out at their Facebook pages. The photos from the Bop on the Beach have been added on the Lucy Ents Facebook page

Remember Me The SU committee wants to understand better the impact we are making in our college community over time, so please fill in this survey, it will only take 30 seconds. We need at least 50 people filling it out in order to have a representative sample - still looking for people to complete this. 

O voter where art thou? According to our constitution, we need to establish quorum by having at least 8% of our members in attendance - right now that means 30 people. Not establishing quorum means we cannot approve any proposals. At our last open meeting we had an attendance of 15 people, but we would like to see more of you there - remember that you can also proxy vote.

Easter Writing Group

The #Easter Writing Group# will have its first pilot session next Thursday May 4th 2017

Working on your dissertation, first/second year report or essays? Struggling alone on procrastinating forever to get some writing done? Need some peer support/pressure to put ideas in to paragraphs?  Our newly launched Easter Writing Group Initiative is specifically designed for you!

Different from the previous “shut up and write” project, the new writing group will incorporate an interactive element - we will start with a 5 minutes talking to your neighbors about your specific subjects and goals of writing for the next 55 minutes (e.g., come up with an outline, writing an opening introduction paragraph, revise an existing chapter etc. whatever it might be), and write, and repeat the circle…

We will kick off at 9 am in the morning and run throughout the whole day till 5 pm.  You are welcomed to drop in and drop out anytime based your own schedule and needs.  We will take breaks depending on how everyone feel (coffee, juice and some fruits will be provided!!!)

In addition to the grand ambition of helping everyone get some work done, this first pilot session is also intended to gather information and thoughts on how much there is a need (if any at all) for this initiative, and how to make it better to best serve the needs of Lucy students.  Please do come along if you think this is relevant to your interest (or not).

IMPORTANT: Please indicate your interest to come on the relevant Facebook event page so we will have an idea of how many people are coming to finalize the location (for non-Facebook users, please send a brief line to the organizer, your grad rep, Lu Liu at LL497@cam.ac.uk). We will send follow-ups on location and how to meet-up on the Facebook page and by emails.  Cheers!

Punts and Impact

Impacted The SU committee wants to understand better the impact we are making in our college community over time, so please fill in this survey, it will only take one minute. We need at least 50 people filling it out in order to have a representative sample, and it can really help us work with the college and represent you better.

Something to be proud of? We are working together with the college staff to create a page showcasing student achievement and society participation on the College main website. If you are a society active or have won a prize, award, a scholarship or something similar, please tell us about it in the following template found through this link. 

Down by the riverside Lucy Cavendish SU is having a trial period (25.04.- 23.05.) in having punts on loan from our neighbour St. John's. Bring your uni car to the St. Johns back plodge, register your name and pay £5/h. The SU is supporting your punting adventure with £5/h, as the price would normally be £10. Night-punting also! 

Recycling is caring Our Green Officer Harry has placed a box in the Paul Paget room in which you can put pens you want to recycle. It's part of a scheme run by the Green Impact part of the counseling service. The pens are recycled but this also raises money for Centre 33, which provides mental health support and counseling for young people in Cambridge.