News Interview p8 Pub landlord Al Murray speaks to Varsity about comedy, Cambridge and “the bloody Footlights” Comment p13 Time to play your Bill? What Obama can learn from Clinton Varsity helps you to pimp your bike ride Features p25 Friday 21st October 2011 The Independent Student Newspaper since 1947 Issue No 744 | varsity.co.uk An unfair election? Evidence suggests that Lord Sainsbury may have had an unjust advantage in vote News p6-7 Fire in the disco: Varsity looks at the hot topic of Cambridge’s changing nightlife The Vice-Chancellor casts his vote in Senate House. The University has come under fire from academics and students for encouraging members of the Senate to vote for their chosen candidate, Lord Sainsbury Reviews p27 “ T h efilm pursues one side of what is really a more complex argument” India Ross on The Greatest Movie Ever Sold Andrew Griffin ASSOCIATE EDITOR Senior members of the university used their position to support Lord Sainsbury’s bid to be chancellor, a Varsity investigation has found. The heads of a number of faculties and departments sent emails to their members implying that they should vote for Sainsbury as chancellor. Sir Christopher Hum, the Master of Gonville and Caius College, sent an email to all Fellows of the college giving “advance notice” that Sainsbury would be dining as his guest earlier this month. Hum claimed that the future chancellor would be his “personal guest”, but that “in view of the forthcoming elections for Chancellor, I shall try to give him an opportunity to talk to as many Fellows as possible.” He also told members of the college that “If Fellows wish there to be some form of discussion over dessert I am sure that he would find this very valuable.” Earlier this week, Varsity revealed that an email had been sent to employees of the Cambridge University Press, which stressed that Sainsbury has been one of the university’s largest single benefactors in recent years. After informing members of the rules for voting, the email went on 200,000 Estimated number of members of Senate House eligible to vote 5,558 Number of valid votes cast to encourage employees to vote for Sainsbury, the university’s official candidate. A similar email was sent to the Cambridge Neuroscience email list – which includes a number of prominent academics – which told members “Without wishing to force opinion, if you have yet to make up your mind, you may wish to consider Lord Sainsbury of Turville”. David Ford, the Regius Professor of Divinity, also wrote an email to members of the Divinity Faculty in which he wrote “I would urge you to join me in voting for him 4 » this week.” TAKE THE ONLINE SEXUAL HEALTH QUESTIONNAIRE AT VARSITY.CO.UK Sport p35 Blues get La-cross with close defeat at the hands of Reading. See full match report.