Just desserts? Results fruitful for students throwing wobbly over Suicide Sunday event – Wyverns break the mould and vow that Jelly Wrestling will be 'pectin'

Print Edition - May Week 2008 - Page 4 7 May 2013

Following a campaign to ban the infamous jelly-wrestling contest at the Wyverns end-of-exams garden party, the drinking society has announced that the event will not go ahead on Suicide Sunday this year.

The petition, which attracted more than 1700 signatures, called for the competition to be stopped as part of the long-running celebration held by the all-male drinking society. It was posted on change.org, a popular campaign website, after the events of Caesarian Sunday, which saw more than two thousand students spend the day on Jesus Green during one of the last weekends in the run-up to summer exams.

In a move that was described by Cambridge University Students’ Union Women’s Campaign as “wonderful news”, the Magdalene College society released a statement that read: “In the light of the recent petition The Wyverns have decided to cancel the ‘jelly wrestling’ at this year’s garden party. We, as a society, are committed to ensuring all party-goers have the best time possible and understand the concerns of some of them.”

Originally held on university property, 2013 will mark the second year that the Wyverns garden party will take place in a venue that is unconnected to Magdalene College or Cambridge University. Last year, the organisers chose to relocate the event to the grounds of Anstey Hall, in Trumpington.

Nina de Hanika, the Magdalene art history student who started the campaign, commented on the petition’s webpage, asking students to “please help me make end – I feel deeply saddened to not only attend a university where this takes place, but it does not have to be this way! If you love the women in your life for their brains, for their wit, and for their contribution to society that has nothing to do with the body they come in, please sign and help me stop this.”

However, in response to the announcement that the wrestling will be cancelled at this year’s event two online counter-petitions have been launched. At the time of going to press, one of these petitions had received 157 votes, whilst the other had just two supporters.

Emily Handley

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