A Day With F.R.I.E.N.D.S

Yesterday, in addition to participating in our rainy day activities of bowling and zumba dancing, students ended the day with an intriguing talk. Associate Professor of Film, Theatre and Television at the University of Reading, Dr Simone Knox, enlightened our students on why ‘Friends’ is popular (and problematic) a quarter of a century later. Look out for her book ‘Friends: A Reading of the Sitcom’ to be released in October this year.

 

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Tie Dye

CamTrad’s Activities Directors are ready for everything – including English weather! Though our Sunday walk had to be cancelled due to rainy weather, students had a fun Sunday in college getting creative with tie dye! In case it rains again in Cambridge, at least we’ll have CamTraders wearing their new colorful T-shirts to brighten the day!

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Cambridge Voices – concert

Yesterday evening, the college dining hall resonated with Cambridge Voices, one of Europe’s premier choirs which is closely linked to this town and university. Founded by Ian de Massini, a former music student who was also a King’s College Chapel Choir scholar, Cambridge Voices have been performing for 33 years throughout Europe, including in St. Peter’s Cathedral in Rome (in the presence of the Pope!), in the Notre Dame in Paris or in the Westminster Abbey in London. 

In a private concert for the Cambridge Tradition, the choir presented a sequence titled “600 years of vocal music”.

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Who are the CamTrad Mafia?!

In the shade of a spooky tree and amidst the gathering darkness, students played the Mafia game, in which they had to work out which members of the ‘mafia’ had committed the ‘crimes’ around college. Accusations flew and controversies were aplenty, but eventually the mafia were rooted out and the towns people prevailed.

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Mafia member Alan gets attacked by the civilians.

All Things Bright and BeaUVtiful

For one night and one night only the Forum was transformed into a luminescent glow in the dark get down. The crowd was warmed up nicely with sets by up and coming DJs such as DJ Hedgehog and DJ Streeter (#wemissDJames). With the energy levels raised and the crowd pumped it was finally time for the famed DJ Manny to make his entrance, escorted by his security guard due to the recent flood of fans and paparazzi. With chants of DJ Manny heard from miles around the crowd was certainly not disappointed, singing and dancing along to all the favourites.

CamTrad unites for Cambridge United 2.0

Yesterday afternoon a group of CamTradders painted their faces in black and gold and trooped down to the CambsGlass stadium to cheer on Cambridge United football team as they played their rivals, Southend United, in a charity match. Despite a fighting performance, Cambridge Utd lost 0-2. However, with chips, hugs from the mascot and autographs from players, the CamTrad students were still in very high spirits.

Fancy a Chilly Dip?

Every Wednesday and Friday at the crack of dawn, Director Greg Gonzalez has been leading keen students down to Jesus Green Lido for an early morning swim. The lido is Europe’s longest pool and just steps away from Jesus College. Although most of us at CamTrad prefer our swims at a warmer and more sociable hour, it is an undeniably excellent way to wake yourself up before a busy day of lessons and activities.

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Three daring students

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The 100 yard pool

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A brisk water temperature of 18 degrees Celsius