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Main Character Syndrome

"The library is as much an opportunity to look sexy and mysterious, couched in panelled oak and dim lighting, as it is a place for reluctant study."

“I am a proud convert”: My conversion to Judaism

   I am a proud convert. My interest in Judaism began with my family background,...

Preserved in blue and white: Sarah Cooper

"The idea of writing a column about a breakfast condiment may seem fanciful, but this particular marmalade does have a genuine place in British culture."

Receipts of Deceit – Lay Mohan

Lay Mohan deconstructs the perception of corruption as a historically distant or ‘foreign’ concept....

A retrospective on Pesach 2022: Leah

"Perhaps the question of how we can connect to traditions authentically, without doing things we don't believe in for the sake of it or giving up on truly living our Jewishness, is a universal diasporic and/or secular conundrum."

Out of the Frame: Botticelli’s La Primavera

Approaching the end of term and after a period of delay, spring has finally sprung. It is a time of the year which is...

The Undercurrent: Miffed monarchists march on Magdalen

It’s exhausting for normal students who just want to get on with our lives without provoking adult men into social media hissy-fits every time we move a muscle.

Cher-ity Corner: Oxford Pink Week

“Our key mission is to get people talking about breast cancer, no matter how uncomfortable it may be. By normalising the conversations about breast cancer, we can encourage people to check themselves and potentially save lives if abnormalities are caught quickly.”

Haute Kosher: when they come, they come for all of us

This is a phrase I often repeat to myself when I find myself falling into the trap the far left often encourages: stop focusing...

Cher-ity Corner: Target Schools Oxford

“Target Schools is Oxford SU's home of student-led access work, with the overall aim of widening participation and improving access to higher education (specifically to Oxford) for students from under-represented backgrounds.”

Out of the Frame: Gericault’s Raft of the Medusa

The act of representing the truth is something which is made more complicated than it needs to be: we post pictures of ourselves after...

The Undercurrent: Oriel’s blue-worthy mental gymnastics on Rhodes

My working theory is that this is Oriel’s last, desperate attempt to shut students up by literally stunning them into silence.

WATCH3WORDS: The Father – Moving.Bleak.Blue

'The take is an original one, but the result is often jarring. At times, the film feels more like a subdued horror with the jump-scares replaced by time-jumps, time-loops, and figures mysteriously appearing from previously empty rooms.'

Haute Kosher: Love (of Jewish holidays) in the time of Covid

Holidays are the punctuation of our lives; they come around every year with comforting regularity, providing an opportunity for rest, reflection, and celebration. Our experience of Jewish holidays since the pandemic arrived may not have been quite the same as usual, but nonetheless amid the grinding monotony of Covid-era life they have functioned as small pockets of joy.

The Undercurrent: Student Union election time!

One lucky candidate will become our new supreme leader on Thursday night, assuming charge of a groaning bureaucracy that claims to run everything that happens in Oxford while giving off the unnerving impression that it does absolutely nothing

The Map to Happiness: Shrek and Saudade

It’s a word that describes the sudden pang you get for home when you’re on holiday or the wistful feeling of flicking through old childhood photos. It’s about the joy of reminiscing, but also the bittersweet recognition that these moments don’t last.

Cher-ity Corner: Jacari Oxford

"Jacari's vision is a society where young people from all backgrounds have the confidence and language skills to achieve their full potential."

Out of the Frame: Holbein’s The Ambassadors

Just as the modern media exploit images to convey particular themes and rouse responses, the painters of the past were careful in choosing what...

The Undercurrent: the ‘Leaders of Tomorrow’ look suspiciously like the ‘Arseholes of Today’

In light of this week's political debacle, perhaps it's time to stop pretending that Oxford’s obsession with producing ‘the leaders of tomorrow’ is in any way healthy.

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