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4NEWS18 January 2002www.varsity.cam.ac.ukObituary: Frederick HodderAdam Karni CohenWith an unforgettably audible laughthat became the terror of all thespiansin Cambridge, Fred Hodder alsoshowed himself in his journals to be aprofound and original thinker with atremendous vision for ideas. Yetthroughout his life people were his primaryinterest, as anyone who met himfor the first time could instantly sense.Born in San Francisco on 16 April1980, he spent his early childhood inPalo Alto. He studied Japanese and theviolin, and learnt to ski on the slopesof California and Colorado. In 1995,he moved with his family toKazakhstan, attending a school wherecourses were taught in Russian only.His polymath background stood himin good stead when he arrived inEngland in 1996. AttendingWestminster School, he studiedDouble Maths, Physics and Russian Alevels and A/S Music, while also actingand contributing to various schoolsports and the orchestra. Visits toKazakhstan continued, now servingalso as an opportunity to introduceEnglish friends first-hand to Russianculture, and to continue indulging hispassion for skiing.In 1998, Fred was admitted toPembroke College to read Maths. Hewould come to see this is as a centralaspect of his student career: “I am literallystudying mathematics at the bestplace in the world for it.” Initially,however, he wanted to balance workwith the lighter side of student life. Acentral criterion of friendshipremained intellectual stimulus: “I likehaving friends who can teach”. He alsobelieved that everyone could teachhim something, and hence was neverdisinterested in what others had to say.He became known as a notoriousposer of tough philosophical questions,calling or emailing friends lateat night.Always looking for new challenges,Fred left university in 2000/2001 tobecome a Research Assistant at TheBrookings Institution in WashingtonDC, where he studied the post-Sovieteconomy of Russia. Though thrilledby his work, by the end of his employmenthe was writing: “I cannot wait toget back to Cambridge.”Fred became fascinated with the ideaof establishing an international spacecolony, believing that the human raceshould treat the problem of a shrinkingworld seriously before it became anecessity. His journals record adetailed analysis of his thoughts on thesubject. He felt strongly that his fellowCambridge students should be concernedabout “how we will measure upagainst past and future generations”,though he was uncertain how his peerscould be made to realise the importanceof this.Memorial services have now beenheld for Fred in Holy Trinity,Brompton in London, and Menlo ParkPresbyterian Church south of SanFrancisco. A further memorial is to beheld at Pembroke College.He is survived by his parents.Frederick Hutchins Hodder, Cambridgestudent, was born April 16, 1980. Hedied in an accident on the LondonUnderground on December 28, 2001.Radio go-goJudith WhiteleyA new broadcasting era dawns thisSaturday, as Cambridge UniversityRadio’s new medium wave frequency of1350kHz hits the airwaves. The stationwill reach out to all Cambridgestudents for the first time in its 23-yearhistory. For the first 20 years of its life,the station was limited to an inductionloop in Churchill, and since 1999 theservice has only been available to otherstudents via RealAudio on the internet.Broadcasting will begin at 1350GMT on Saturday 19th January, withNational Student Radio Award nomineeJack Soper presenting the firstshow. “We can now consider ourselvesto be a ‘proper’ radio station,” he says.“It really feels like CUR has grown up.”Tuning squads will be sent out roundthe colleges to help students tune in tothis historic event in Cambridge broadcasting.The launch week that followspromises huge prize give-aways and livebroadcasts from gigs and events inCambridge, culminating in a joint venturewith Queens’ Ents, at “DiscoDemand” on Friday 25th January.Station manager Kate Arkless Grayhopes that the station will be able to“offer Cambridge students an alternativeto the bland radio they have beensubjected to by other stations in thearea.” CUR 1350 will be on air 24hours a day during term time and itsoutput will include “the best bands,ents, chat, listings, reviews, comedy,drama, competitions, news, sport andwhatever else that Cambridge talenthas to offer.”Successive CUR committees haveworked for years to be granted a licenceby the national Radio Authority.Licensing regulations require a continuous‘broadcast area’ to be drawn upthat consists entirely of Universityownedland. The purchase and installationof the necessary equipment hasalso required years of fundraising.For more information about the station,and to vote for the first track to beplayed when the station goes on air,visit: www.cur.co.uk.Mag plansDAVID BABBS LEADS THE NATIONWIDE PROTEST AGAINST ESSO THIS WEDNESDAY IN CAMBRIDGEPhoto: George DanezisEd ShattockOpposition to Magdalene’s planneddevelopment on Chesterton Road ismounting.The construction of a sports hall, fitnesssuite, 140-seat conference centre, andthree-storey accommodation block has ledlocal residents to fear that the new facilitieswill generate even more traffic in analready busy area.Mr Denis Murphy, chairman of theMagdalene planning committee, has commentedthat they are “listening very carefully”to the concerns of residents, statingthat he was fully aware of the “seriousparking problems” around the College.Christopher Bird spoke for himself andhis neighbours, who “hope the conferencecentre will be deleted and, at worst,restricted to college use.” A petition hasbeen presented to Cambridge CityCouncil, with a meeting between residentsand the city council’s planning subcommitteedue to take place on 23January. The forum will include residents,as well as representatives of Magdaleneand their architects, Freeland ReesRoberts.The new facilities will house undergraduates,making other parts of the Collegeavailable for conferences. The conferencecentre will be used largely during vacations.The College will advertise the fact thattheir conferences centre “has no parkingfacilities”, while Mr Murphy stated thatparking for conferences will be situated inanother part of the college when it isrequired.
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