The snowdrops are fading, the wintry harshness is waning and the mornings are getting lighter… that’s right, it’s balloting season again! As you may have heard, the system is slightly different this year to previous years. If you’re a second year, you know the system from last year and everything’s exactly the same as that. If you’re a first year, things are a bit different to last year, but that’s purely academic since you weren’t here last year!
If you’re a first year, you may be wondering how the whole thing works. In a nutshell, balloting takes place in two stages: the group ballot, which takes place within the next couple of weeks, and the individual ballot which takes place next term.
For the group ballot, you can get together with your friends and apply for certain places around college as a single group, which means you’re guaranteed to live with your friends. Which group gets what is decided by the average ballot number of the people in each group: if two competing groups go for the same place, the group with the highest average ballot number gets it. As a first year you won’t yet know your ballot number, but you’ll be given these after all the group balloting is finished.
Then in Easter term, everyone who didn’t want to be in a group (and possibly any group that was unsuccessful) goes into the individual ballot. In this you’ll have a selected time at some to visit Housekeeping in N1, and you’ll choose a room out of whatever in college is still available. This is done in order of ballot number: those with the highest go in first.
If any of that wasn’t clear, I’ll be giving a talk about it in the LCR at some point next week. Or you can email me (rare2) and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
This year’s Christmas Bop was themed a little differently to the usual Christmas one…Clareites had came as their favourite Christmas Tree decoration! This bop was joint with Queens College and was all in aid of charity, with all proceeds going to QCOEF.
Music came from Clare’s very own band Rival Skies and Queens’ very own DJ Max Cooper, with some Christmas specials in amongst the music. We also had a special appearance from Clare Voices, who got everyone in the Christmassy spirit with a few well-chosen carols.
The ‘Grinch’s Grotto’ was a particular hit (a slight variation on the usual Santa’s grotto- a more sinister visit to UCS VP Kiri Koumi) and the sweets and mince pies went down a treat. Everyone left feeling very festive, and we raised a good sum of money for charity, whilst partying the night away!
50’s Rock n Roll Bop
The UCS kick-started Lent Term in style with some 50’s Rock n Roll, the highlight of which was an appearance from up-and-coming band, The Dust Coda, who came from London to get Clare College rocking! It quickly descended into Clareites fighting to win the “air guitar competition”, which was spectacularly won by Victoria Aubrey and Georgina Collie. And talking of air guitars, there were definitely one or two blow-up guitars floating around…
The Dust Coda were followed by DJ Cryptix (Sam Mellor) who busted out his best vinyl collection specially for the occasion and kept people dancing all night long.
Costumes were very chic for this bop- the girls were looking lovely with their 50’s dresses and curls and the boys were rocking out in leather.
We hope to see as many people as possible at the James Bond Formal and Casino Night next week, when we will be transforming cellars into a classy casino and giving Clareites an opportunity to look extra-suave in black tie. The martinis are waiting…