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Trevelyan College alumni publication, Hippocampus 2012

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  • Hippocampus 2012 Trevelyan College Alumni Magazine

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    Contents Messages from the College : College Principal - Professor Evans .............................................................................3 The Junior Common Room - Mark Buttanshaw (JCR President) .....................................4 The Middle Common Room - Tom Thorp (MCR President)...........................................6

    A year at Trevs: Sports - Daniel Bank .....................................................................................................8 University Challenge - George Twigg..........................................................................8 Trevelyan College Musical Society - Annabel Walley ..................................................9 Music - Alex Monson ....................................................................................................9 DUCK - Christopher Pocock .......................................................................................10 Trevs Expedition Fund - Molly Tresadern ..................................................................10 Wallington Hall: The home of Trevelyan - Rev. Paul Regan ........................................11

    Alumni: Keeping in Touch .......................................................................................................12 Student Internships - Hannah Hopper.........................................................................12 Career Owls...............................................................................................................13 The Trace of the JCR Past Presidents ..........................................................................14 Minette Walters visits Trevelyan ................................................................................16 Student Postcard Competition ....................................................................................17 Alumni News ..............................................................................................................18 Trevelyan Photo Archive ............................................................................................18 Hippocampus Thoughts..............................................................................................19 Music Appeal .............................................................................................................20 The Dowrick Suite ......................................................................................................21 Alumni support...........................................................................................................22 Alumni Events ............................................................................................................23

    Images from Freshers Week 2011 including our new mascot Trevor the horse!

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    Messages from the College College Principal Well Id been hoping to have seen three-in-a-row white Christmases at Trevelyan, but it was not to be! Instead the winter holiday season the traditional time to pen a few reflections on the year for the next Hippocampus languished under the much more familiar circumstances of damp, gloomy, grey weather, without the compensation of sparkling frost. Fortunately, all such thoughts are banished by the glow of recalling to mind another year of Trevelyan achievement, fun and comradeship.

    Indeed, Trevs glows rarely more warmly than during the superb start-of-year welcome to the new set of Freshers, and it is no disrespect to wonderful precedents set in previous years that I note how, in October 2011, our team of Freshers Reps surpassed even those standards, with quite the happiest and most enthusiastic Freshers Week I can remember, either here or elsewhere. The Freps offered a splendid mixture of infectious exuberance and very level-headed responsible concern for their new charges, and it has shown up immediately in the enthusiastic engagement of the new students. As a result we have a busy, flourishing and creative College that both embraces existing virtues and adds new ones. The existing virtues: highlights in the year included a wonderful production of the stage musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying; a wickedly funny Twelfth Night (transferred indoors at the last moment owing to rain); and victory for our rowers in the Senate Cup. The new virtues: an excellent Christmas concert; the inaugural and highly successful meeting in the College Bar of a new Caf Culturel (that contemplated how particle physics can help you choose a marriage partner. Well, quite); an all-conquering womens soccer team; and an uproarious Christmas Panto enjoyed by an audience that included the Vice-Chancellor!

    The Middle (Postgraduate) Common Room also had a real feather in its cap this year with a marvellous inter-MCR Formal, the first such to be held at Trevs, and, better yet, on the exact occasion of the remarkable 20th anniversary of its founding making it, perhaps surprisingly, among the very oldest formalised graduate common rooms in the University. An excellent occasion and one to build on, with further inter-MCR formals, regular research buffets, and a new MCR prize the G M Trevelyan Prize for postgraduate research presentations

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    Looking back through past editions of Hippocampus (so that I have some idea of what

    to write!), every issue seems to say that this has been a year of change and success for the JCR, and this is very true this year!

    For a long time weve been caught up in governance issues and whether we would register independently with the Charity Commission or come under the University Umbrella. In May 2011, the JCR voted emphatically to register as a charity and so a lot of energy has been focused on setting this up. Im very pleased to say that as I write were ironing out the final details and submitting our registration by the time you read this, we should be fully registered! We are very grateful to a number of alumni who came forward after a campaign to be external trustees, and we now have a full board. Elections for external trustees will come around every 18 months, so if you think you might be interested (and want a good excuse to visit Trevs on a regular basis) then please get in contact so that we can talk to you closer to the time! These are

    exciting times for the JCR as we wait to see how things pan out for the future.

    Im sure you wont be surprised to hear that Trevs students have gone from strength to strength this year. Sport continues to impress everyone as a number of Trevs teams have won tournaments, come very close to promotion and a number seek promotion this year. I have been impressed since arriving at the range of sports societies and the numbers involved in them, and both seem to keep expanding!

    The Junior Common Room

    Turning to the Colleges senior citizens, the SCR continues to grow and is actively collaborating with the MCR in jointly-hosted lectures, presentations and the close investigation of four-course dinners. As for the College Officers and staff, after four years of changes (during which weve had one new Senior Tutor, one new Principal, one new Chaplain and THREE new Bursars!) we now enjoy the benefits of what sports managers call a settled side.

    As always theres much more that could be said, but Ill sign off on a note of thanks to you, the Alumni, for your contributions to the Colleges community life and to the student experience, of which contributions you can read more in the pages of this issue of Hippocampus. Your support combines with the energies and talents of the current students, and the specialness of Trevs as a place, to produce something indefinable but unmistakable. It was noted by the University Review Team when they inspected Trevs in Descember (and described themselves as having had an overwhelmingly positive experience whilst here): Trevs is a marvellously happy College. Long may it remain so.

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    Music and performing arts are also at a high and Trevs students are still enjoying getting involved in Unplugged. A Christmas Pantomime was prepared for after Christmas formal for the first time since Ive been here. This years musical Anything Goes was on 15th-18th February and was of course another fantastic performance! Music is thriving with new societies such as Trevs Acapella and Trevelyan College Chamber Singers being formed, while the well loved societies including Trevs Jazz and the Choir continue to perform at high standards. JCR events have been well-received as ever. The Las Vegas themed Summer Ball and Journey to Neverland Informal Ball saw a fantastically decorated college and were very popular. Trevs Day once again featured some rain, but not enough to dampen

    spiritsand not enough to stop me going in stocks to have sponges thrown at me in the name of DUCK! Last year Trevs DUCK did brilliantly, and came second of all colleges in total amount of money raised.

    Of course there is so much more I could write about what a wonderful place Trevs is, but you all know that, and thats what the rest of this magazine is for. I hope that something of what Ive written above sparks some memories of all the good times you shared in Trevs. If so, I encourage a visit, no matter how many years since you were last here. You may enjoy and be surprised by some of the many changes that have occurred over recent years, but Trevs will always welcome you home. Perhaps Ill see you at an alumni event in the future

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    The Middle Common Room

    The Middle Common Room has had great success over the last couple of years in representing postgraduate issues since becoming an independent body. This success is set to continue this year as we look to improve the ways in which the MCR in