Editorial – Michaelmas Issue 1 2009

2 October 2009

It might seem hard, as we approach the start of another Cambridge year, to see the light through the layer of apparent cloud. From Student Loan cock-ups, to panicked fretting over a rapidly shrinking graduate recruitment market, and the ever-present horror of future debt, the wider world, or perhaps media, appears to be overloading all of us, old hats and whippersnappers alike, with insurmountable anxiety.

But this new term offers a perfect opportunity to move beyond all this. University should be about more than the end result – a cliche, perhaps, but one which holds true. Cambridge can drive us to tears and anger, but, for the most part, it is a fantastic place to be – and, indeed, to truly learn.

In our new and improved arts and culture section, The Culture Scene, there is ample evidence of the often underemphasised aspects of learning at this ancient institution. From the stories of student thesps at the Edinburgh Fringe, to the Cambridge Film Festival and the simple joys of gyp-room-forest-fruit cuisine, there are countless examples of the extracurricular, and just how much it can benefits and, indeed, enriches both our current and future lives.

Equally, our preview of Cambridge sport makes abundantly clear that there is no excuse for the athletically-minded, or interested, to indulge in dispondence either.

To suggest, though, that it is only in the ‘extras’ of university life that we find the optimism to deny our elders their gloomy tales of student woe is to underplay the role of simple debate and discussion present throughout Cambridge life.

Our interview with Anjem Choudary, and our conversation with three of the leaders of student party politics here in Cambridge, provide examples thereof. We intend, within these pages, to encourage the very ‘real debate’ James Patterson finds to be lacking among the ‘powers that be’ in his commentary on the political response to the ‘economic crisis’ thus far.

As a student newspaper, we seek to engage and entertain you, across the board. In this first issue, we have endeavoured to present a wide range of coverage of all aspects of University life. All I, as Editor, ask in return is that you consider our efforts and take the time to read, respond and, if so inclined, reject it. We are happy to hear from you, whatever you have to say.

All sentimentality and late-night posturing aside, I wish you all a fantastic Freshers’ Week. Now is our time to re-embrace our moody youth, ignore the doom-mongers and enjoy University life, whatever that means for each of you.