CUMSA Chronicle Lent Week 8 — 9 March 2017

“I came in a sane man, came out… like this… But you, you will come out a King!” – Pagan Min, Far Cry 4
Dear friends,
The end of term is finally here! As we prepare to wind down from our hectic schedules, there are many events over the upcoming Easter break to catch up with friends and pursue things of interest to you. One good way to celebrate the end of term would be to go for the CUMSA Board Games Night next Thursday, 16 March – we hope to see many of you there!
And as we go forth into Easter vacation, cognizant of what’s waiting for us on the other side, let us not forget to continue supporting each other in this journey where nobody should ever walk alone. May we all emerge from the break as kings and queens, ready to conquer the Tripos!
Here’s wishing you a happy and productive Easter break!

1. CUMSA End-of-Lent Board Games Night
2. CUSEAF Film Screening: Apprentice
3. Tenggara Society Lent Social
4. Cambridge Tea Society Rebel Tea Day
5. Hwa Chong Night
6. Cambridge University Southeast Asian Conference
7. Malaysia-Singapore Research Conference 2017
8. UK Student Policy Forum

[Events] 1. CUMSA End-of-Lent Board Games Night
CUMSA, take a well-deserved break from work, and unwind with a wide and wonderful range of board games with your friends!

We will be providing games such as Avalon, Citadels, Bang and more! What’s more, snacks and drinks will be provided, and admission is free! Do join us for an evening of relaxation and fun with your friends, and we hope to see you there!


Thursday, 16th March 2017, 7-11pm

Christ’s College, New Court Function Room

Event page here

[Events] 2. CUSEAF Film Screening: Apprentice
Tonight, the Cambridge University Southeast Asian Forum (CUSEAF) will be screening “Apprentice”. The 2016 Singapore film was recently screened in the UN Certain Regard section at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, and received a standing ovation at its opening screening.

As many will know, Singapore retains the death penalty despite its abolition in most parts of the world. What you might not know is that for a time (1994 to 1998), Singapore had the second highest per-capita execution rate in the world. “Apprentice” addresses the issue of the death penalty from the unusual point of view of an executioner. This will undoubtedly be a thought-provoking film, especially for nationals of the state. Be sure to come along.


Thursday, 9th March 2017, 7.30-9pm

Darwin College, TV Room

Event page here

[Events] 3. Tenggara Society Lent Social
The Tenggara Society gathers one last time this term for a casual drop-in, good-food-and-drink, meet-people and be-merry social!

They will be celebrating the election of a new Committee. Come hang out with a diverse bunch of people interested in social change and policy innovation, and maybe even contribute your ideas for the future of Tenggara.

As an aside, if you are still interested in joining the Committee, opportunities may still be negotiated—perhaps have a chat with the new Committee.

Free nibbles, drinks and wine will be available!


Sunday, 12th March 2017, 3pm

Hughes Hall

Event page here

[Events] 4. Cambridge Tea Society Rebel Tea Day
The Cambridge Tea Society will be providing some non-traditional teas, including bubble tea and iced tea!

They will be charging a bit more than usual to cover the cost of bubble tea and iced tea, though the exact amount is to be determined by the number of people who plan on coming – so please indicate that you are “Going” to the event so that they can estimate numbers.

Please bring your own mug to avoid having to use paper cups.
Sunday, 12th March 2017, 2-4pm
Queens’ College, Bowett Room
Event page here

[Events] 5. Hwa Chong Night
From the Hwa Chong Overseas Support Group (UK):
The highly-anticipated Hwa Chong night will take place this month at the Copthorne Tara Hotel in London! All event and payment details can be found in the google form below and the menu is attached to this email. Look forward to games, goody bags, a lucky draw and videos from ex-teachers!
Friday, 24th March 2017, 6.30-10.30pm (Dinner at 7.30pm)
Copthorne Tara Hotel, London W8 5SY
Register here

[Events] 6. Cambridge University Southeast Asian Conference
The Cambridge University Southeast Asian Conference (CUSEAC) invites you to the first ASEAN interactive conference in the UK. This is your chance to learn more about ASEAN, discuss the current problems and plan for future possibilities within this diverse but united region.


Saturday, 25th March 2017, 9am-6pm

University Centre

Event page here

CUSEAC’s page here

[Events] 7. Malaysia-Singapore Research Conference 2017
The Malaysia-Singapore Research Conference (MSRC) is an annual one-day event that aims to foster knowledge-sharing amongst Malaysian and Singaporean organizations and postgraduates studying in the United Kingdom.
Following last year’s success, expect further collaboration between different disciplines and the introduction of dedicated sessions for sponsors to interact with participants. This year’s event will begin with plenary sessions by representatives from industry and academia, followed by sponsor-led sharing sessions and a series of student oral presentations.

MSRC 2017 aims to celebrate the intellectual diversity amongst students, covering themes ranging from topics in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics & Medicine to the Humanities and Social Sciences. Insight from industry representatives will add exceptional value to the event, helping to bridge the gap between industry and academia.
Saturday, 25th March 2017, 8.30am-6pm
University of Cambridge Department of Engineering building
MSRC website here
Register here

[Events] 8. UK Student Policy Forum
Join The Wilberforce Society, OxPolicy, the Buchanan Institute and King’s ThinkTank at the inaugural UK Student Policy Forum! Whether you’re a policy wonk or just dipping your toes, find out how you can get actively involved in policy work, share tips on your existing research or just mingle with likeminded students and professionals in the field. We live in uncertain times, and it has never been more important to have a say in the decision-making that will directly influence our futures – get your voice heard!

Wednesday, 26th April 2017, 9am-7.30pm

Strand Campus, King’s College London

Event page here

If you have any queries, please contact me at

Best wishes,
Bryan Chong
Secretary 17/18

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Dear members,

We hope you liked the Michaelmas Welfare Packs and CUMSA T-Shirts!

This is a friendly reminder for all new CUMSA members to join our Facebook group at for various event updates and posts by other CUMSA members. All graduate members who are interested in running for the position of Graduate Representative are also kindly reminded to submit their manifestos by tomorrow, 11 November 2016.

Bridget Zhang
Secretary 16/17
1. BNP Paribas 2017 Graduate and Summer Internship Opportunities
2. CUMSA Michaelmas Formal
3. CUMSA Extraordinary General Meeting 2016
4. Oxbridge Games
5. CUMSA Ski Trip

[Opportunities] 1. BNP Paribas 2017 Graduate and Summer Internship Opportunities

The BNP Paribas 2017 Graduate and Summer Internship Opportunities are currently open for applications. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

The deadlines are as follows.

Graduate Application deadline: 31 Jan 2017

Summer Internship Application deadline: 30 Nov 2016

Please refer to the attached documents for more information on the opportunities available, as well as the BNP Paribas Asia Pacific Graduate Programme.

[Events] 2. CUMSA Michaelmas Formal

CUMSA’s Michaelmas Formal will be held on 16 November 2016, at Hughes Hall. The details are as follows.

Date: 16 November 2016 (Wednesday)

Time: 7pm pre-dinner drinks in the Peter Richards Room, followed by dinner at 7.30pm

Tickets have been sold out. All members who have successfully bought tickets are kindly reminded to make payment by 10 November 2016, 11.59pm to secure their place. If payment is not made by then, your place may be given to someone on the wait list.

[Events] 3. CUMSA Extraordinary General Meeting 2016

The President has called for an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) to elect the Graduate Representative on the CUMSA Committee. All members are welcome to attend.

Date: 19 November 2016 (Saturday)

Time: 1.30pm – 2.30pm

Venue: Christ’s College, Yusuf Hamied Theatre

The Graduate Representative represents the graduate student community in CUMSA, and takes part in organising events for CUMSA. Our incumbent Grad Rep, Yeo Meilin, organised various dinners, formals as well as the Malaysia Singapore Research Conference (MSRC) to facilitate greater exchange between our graduate members and with those from other UK universities.

All members of CUMSA who are currently engaged in full-time graduate studies at the University are eligible for this position; this includes Masters and PhD students. Candidates will require a proposer and a seconder, and should submit a manifesto to by 11 November 2016 (Friday). If you would like to hear more about what the position entails, please contact Meilin at or speak to any committee member.

All members of CUMSA will also have the opportunity to propose amendments to the Constitution, which will need to be provided in writing to by 11 November 2016 (Friday). Any proposal will require a proposer and a seconder, and shall be carried by a majority. The proposer will be expected to be present at the EGM to present his/her proposal, and to answer any questions from members.

[Events] 4. Oxbridge Games

Oxbridge Games will be taking place at Oxford on 12 November 2016. For those who are going, please make sure that you are in the Facebook group All Oxbridge-related information are available in the group (rules and regulations, schedule, bus timings spreadsheet), and updates will be posted there as well! Also, please remember to fill in your bus arrival timings as there will be Oxford representatives to bring you to the gathering point.

[Events] 5. CUMSA Ski Trip

For seniors who would still like to loan out or sell your equipment, please key in the details of your items here: Please remember to change the status of your item once it has been loaned out or sold!

If you have any queries, please contact me at

Best wishes,
Bridget Zhang
Secretary 16/17

Memorial Service for Mr Lee Kuan Yew


Event Details

Indicate your attendance at the Facebook event page.

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Service: 2pm—2.45pm
State funeral screening: 2.45pm onward

This memorial service for the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew is jointly organized by CUMSA and Mr Lee’s alma mater, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. Chaplain Reverend Helen Arnold will give an address, followed by a presentation by Fitzwilliam archivist Dr John Cleaver about Mr Lee’s time in Cambridge. You may wish to stay for a partial screening of the state funeral.

CUMSA’s condolence book will be available for all to sign for the duration of the ceremony. Thereafter, it will be placed at the Porter’s Lodge on Storeys Way.

All Singaporeans and members of the public may attend.

Please come in smart dress appropriate for this solemn event.