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Welcome to Jesus JCR


The JCR, or Junior Common Room, is the community of undergraduate students at Jesus College, Oxford. We are a fun and friendly bunch, please explore the pages on this site to see what we get up to! The blog to to the right will keep you up to date with recent news. We hope that this site will be useful to both current students, and to those thinking of applying.

Sports Round-Up 8th Week MT14

Yet again, we start with an apology. This time for a huge omission from last week’s sports roundup. The heroic women of Jesus College showed their dominance on the rugby field with victory in touch rugby Cuppers a couple of weeks ago. Maguire, Williams, King and Phillips paired with two girls from Teddy Hall and from then, victory was on the cards. With four blues among the team of 6, nothing could stop the Tesus (is that what we’re going for?) girls. The final was a tense affair against the only team Tesus had lost to in the group stage. The two evenly matched teams traded blows until the game went to the dreaded “golden try”, the equivalent of the schoolyard tradition “next goal wins”. Tesus managed to grab the all important try and send the crowd into raptures (or I’m sure they would have, if there was a crowd). More Cuppers glory for the Jesus girls, great stuff!

The boys’ rugby team also managed to finish their term in style with a comfortable 34-5 victory over Worcester, despite Jesus finishing the game with 14 men. That gave the Jesus boys their third win in as many games this season, sending them comfortably clear of relegation and securing division 1 rugby for next year. The boys will hope to carry on this good form to next term where an assault on the league title could be a possibility, and Cuppers awaits. The game was somewhat marred by a Worcester player having to be taken away in an ambulance after a blow to the head, so we wish him all the best.

Football had a topsy turvy week. The boys had three games, starting with the firsts taking on Magdalen on Tuesday. The result really could have gone either way as neither side could stamp their authority on the game, but it ended in a 4-2 defeat for Jesus. They were hoping for better against Trinity two days later in a must-win game. Turning up to discover that Trinity’s two blues players weren’t playing, hopes were high. Jesus started the game with great intensity, playing the ball around nicely and not giving Trinity a sniff. A lobbed effort from Mohamed was enough to secure victory for Jesus, although it could and perhaps should have been more. 1-0 still sends Jesus 3rd in the league at the half way stage, with an outside chance of promotion next term if Jesus can do the double over the team with 9 uni players, table-topping, Cuppers semi-finalists, unbeaten Pembroke (easy as that, right?).

The seconds football team had their Cuppers encounter on Wednesday. Univ 2nds proved to be tougher opposition than many had expected and Jesus were left looking very complacent in the first half, going into the break 4-0 down. A rousing team talk provoked Jesus to come out firing in the second half, scoring two quickfire goals and eventually bringing the game back to 5-3. A heroic save from a Skillcorn free kick by the Univ keeper denied Jesus a fourth, and from here Jesus seemed to switch off again, allowing Univ to score another four unanswered goals and leaving Chapman and his men wondering what might have been.

Netball wrapped up their term in the same way as it’s gone all the way through, with a comfortable victory. I didn’t bother to find out what the score was, but I’m sure it was a lot and that the girls were all very good. Congrats.

Easiest captaincy – Rosie Phillips, after the netball team’s comfortable dominance for the entire term

Most swearwords in one minute – Tom Roberts, for every single one of his football team talks this year

The “it’s not my problem anymore” Award – Aakash Khanijau, for his continuing “commitment” to the lacrosse team now he’s not captain

The “jack of all trades” Award – The Corpus groundsman, for stepping in when his team only had 8 men and were losing 6-0 to Jesus in football this year

The “if only I had that awareness, I’d be in the firsts” Award – Alex Proudfoot

The Organisation Award – Hugo Markland, for his reliable presence in the JCR on a Tuesday lunchtime looking for rugby players

The “you should see the other girl” Award – Anna Maguire, Rebecca Cavanagh and Kim Williams, for their consistently horrible bruises every Wednesday after playing rugby

Sports Round-up 6th and 7th weeks MT14

Sorry for the lack of sports roundup last week.

The boys’ football teams have only played two games between them in the last two weeks. The firsts game was a bit of a non-event given that Corpus turned up with 9 players, two of whom had to leave for a tute at half time. The Corpus groundsman made an appearance in the second half and helped keep the result down to 7-1 to Jesus. The seconds had a dramatic Cuppers encounter with Balliol, a topsy-turvy affair with neither team really being able to assert their dominance in what was a high quality affair. Swift bagged himself a hat-trick on the way to a 4-3 Jesus victory, but the end of the game could have been very different. A penalty awarded to Jesus before a disallowed Balliol goal for offside left the men in red feeling aggrieved, but Jesus marched on to the next round – an 8th week encounter with Univ.

The girls also had a Cuppers game, a quarter final no less, against a team with a 100% league and cup record this year. Unfortunately, the Jesus Cuppers dream, like all good things, came to an end with a 9-1 defeat, although the girls should reflect on their great success to get to this stage. It has also been said that the Jesus girls’ aggression managed to intimidate their opposition, although with a couple of rugby blues in the Jesus team is that really any surprise?

Moving on from football, the hockey season was also wrapped up in the last couple of weeks. The girls finished their season earlier in term, so they were able to rest and prepare for their assault on Cuppers next term. Attempts to secure a mixed friendly were initially looking good, until Exeter, true to form, pulled out leaving Jesus safe in their longstanding knowledge that Exeter are in fact really scared of us. That left the boys (and East) to their final promotion/title/relegation showdown with Trinity. Due to the unique way college hockey is organized, all three of these outcomes were possible, and Jesus knew their big players had to perform. Not being one to disappoint, “Hugoals” Manson reclaimed his name with two goals. Some pundits have dubbed the East-Mooney central midfield partnership as “one that will go down in history” and it certainly did contribute to the 2-0 Jesus victory. Lester can only hope his team can live up to the enhanced expectations next time around.

The rugby team have been quietly going about their business (or as quietly as is possible for a team led by Markland) with victories against Teddy Hall and Exeter helping to secure the Jesus College Team of the Year title for the boys to cap off a great year. The Teddy Hall game finished 44-29 to Jesus, but 16 points worth of bad things done by the opposition meant the result will go down as 60-29. Exeter were seen off in equally comfortable fashion, 44-17 (or something like that, says the Twitter) the result. A final encounter next week with New or Worcester (I think) will hopefully end the season with victory for the Jesus boys.

Lacrosse managed to get a big turn out this week as well for the final game of the season, with early rumours suggesting that even Khanijau might turn out, although it is as yet unconfirmed whether this did happen.

Jesus obviously won again in netball, and it’s getting to a point where it’s almost cliché. 24-10 may have been the final score this week against New College. I’m not much of a netball expert, but I think the Blues scouts should be sniffing around the Jesus players in weeks to come.

A big week in 8th week sees boys’ football and rugby wrap up their terms with potentially season-defining games, the headliner of which is definitely the seconds footballers foray into the later stages of Cuppers on Wednesday. Look out for the awards next week as well!

JCR Committee Election Results MT14

The results are in and the JCR committee for next year are…

Vice-President/Treasurer: Tom Roberts

Women’s Welfare Officer: Kathy Page

Men’s Welfare Officer: Dan Bright

Access Rep Sam Skillcorn

Charities Representative: Jonathan Clingman

Environment and Ethics Representative: Eduin Boater-Latimer

Academic Affairs Representative: Hugo Markland

Secretary: Anna Turner-Major

Sports Representative: Chris Mansfield

Arts Representative: Amelia Brown

Bar and Food Representative: Tim Bell

Equal Opportunities Representative: Ima Bishop

IT Officer: Tom De Sousa

Social Secretary: Charley Samuelson

Entertainments Representative: Geo Merchant

OUSU Representative: David Cakebread

The winners of the charities ballot are Student Minds, Cancer Research and The Alzheimer’s Society.

A graphical summary of the results can be viewed here, or a numerical summary can be viewed here.

Congratulations to all those elected!

Women at Jesus Bar Party on Friday

This Friday an exciting event is being held in the bar as part of the celebrations to commemorate the 40 years that women have studied at Jesus. You can find out more by checking your emails or visiting the Facebook event.

Results of Presidential Election

The winner of yesterday’s election and Jesus’ new JCR President is Jessy Parker Humphreys! Congratulations! The voting figures can be viewed here.

Presidential elections this Thursday

Elections for President are happening this Thursday from 9am to 9pm. You will be sent an email with voting instructions on Wednesday. You can find out more about the 3 candidates here.

Sports Round-up 5th week MT14

Unfortunately for the girls this week, none of football, hockey or netball were able to continue their dominance. Not due to lack of ability or talent however, rather due to a scarcity of willing opposition. The hockey season is over, so Cuppers awaits next term to see if Jesus can get back to the top of the hockey world. As for football, no game was planned this week so Parker-Humphreys’ side could rest and relive last week’s Cuppers glory. Netball also lacked opposition, but I’m assured there will be a game next week.

While we’re on the topic of teams without a game, the boys’ football 1sts had their game mysteriously removed from the OUAFC website, although an upcoming game against Corpus/Linacre could send Jesus 2nd in the table.

The rugby boys knew they would be in for a tough game against high-flying New, but managed to more than hold their own in the end. New ran the length of the pitch in the dying minutes to secure a 14-10 victory, but Jesus had already secured survival in the top division and the next “season” starts again immediately next week. Rugby also had a game against a visiting Durham college this week and, against all expectations (especially since Markland had 11 players and no pitch about an hour before kick off) pulled off a 19-17 victory.

Hockey did have a game, facing the old Cuppers adversaries SPC/Hertford (why they’re allowed a joint team, I don’t know) who turned up with 18 players for this league fixture. Not to be intimidated, Jesus raced into a 1-0 lead courtesy of Swift, on his debut this year. A headed goal-line clearance from Fordham (yep, he headed that hockey ball) and some inspired goalkeeping from Downes kept Jesus well in the game, and they took a 2-1 lead into the last 15 minutes. Unfortunately, like many great teams, it just wasn’t our day, it was a game of two halves, and we ended up sick as parrots. Two quickfire goals meant a 3-2 defeat, but a win next week can still secure promotion to the lofty heights of Div 2.

The ultimate “game of two halves” came on Tuesday with the seconds football team facing the college we all love to hate (if you don’t know who that is, you really need to reassess your status as a Jesus student). Racing into a 2-0 lead, all was looking extremely promising for Jesus at half time. Chapman’s team talk had a distinct air of confidence and optimism, but the second half was a more torrid affair. Exeter managed to claw themselves back onto level terms and it was 2-2 with 5 minutes to go. It was truly end-to-end stuff, but then some pinball in the Jesus box saw the Exeter man smash the ball home for a 3-2 victory. Gutting for the Jesus boys, but promotion is still on the cards, and the Cuppers dream is still alive with a game against Balliol next week.

Dinner dance is coming soon!

Remember to sign up for dinner dance on before next Monday! It will be on Monday of 8th – and promises to be a fantastic night.

Sports Round-up 4th week MT14

It has to be said that the girls really did steal all the headlines this week. In the interest of balance, let’s deal with the boys first.

Rugby had an incredibly unlucky time, losing by just two points to Teddy Hall at home on Tuesday. A commendable result against a team that can field such a huge number of uni players, and the spirit showed by the Jesus boys will take them far. Two games next week – one against high-flyers New, and another against a visiting Durham college – bring the league season to an end.

The hockey team didn’t have much better fate either, going out of Cuppers at the first hurdle to LMH. It was always going to be difficult without Mooney and East, the former having taken a ball to the face in a uni game that morning, and the absence of Captain Lester didn’t help matters either. A 2-0 defeat means Jesus can concentrate on the promotion push in the league.

The seconds football team did fare better, beating a depleted St John’s 5-2. Goals from Cakebread (2), Gebbie, Manson (yes, he finally scored) and a disputed goal for Strachan maintained Jesus’ 100% record going into next week’s Turl Street derby against fellow table-toppers Exeter. Rarely has a college seconds match received so much hype, with those in the know saying the winners of this game will likely go on to take the title.

In mixed lacrosse, an increased turnout combined with a few Lincoln players meant the match against Queen’s could go ahead. It did result in a 4-3 loss, but pundits have been commenting that without the loss of ex-captain Khanijau on the morning of the game, the result could’ve been very different.

Now, back to the girls.

The netball team continued their roaring success this season, back to their convincing best with a 19-4 victory on Friday. I don’t know whether Jesus are really good or everyone else is pretty bad, but who cares?

Following last week’s dig at the boys, the pressure was on Parker-Humphreys and her side to walk the walk, and that they did. A moment she has since described as the pinnacle of her sporting career saw Wharton put Jesus 1-0 up and on the way to victory. Goals from the captain herself and a player known only to me as “Lexi” wrapped up a 3-0 victory and progression to the Cuppers quarter-finals. Incredible performances all round. Further credit has to go to the members of the team who dashed off immediately after the game to hockey and rowing – great effort!

In keeping with the girls’ Cuppers superiority, the hockey team also managed to secure their place in the next round with an 8-2 victory. Despite being struck down by food poisoning, East scored 4 goals to set the team on the way to victory. Only having 10 players, Captain Page was forced to play an unusual midfield role leaving her “too busy wheezing” to pay much attention to the game, but even that couldn’t stop her inspiring her side to arguably their greatest victory in living memory.

Again, huge well done to all the girls this week. The women of 1974 would be proud.

Sports Round-up 3rd week MT14

This week began with disappointment permeating the Jesus sporting elite. Having psyched themselves up for a huge clash with Merton/Mansfield, the men’s 2nds football team woke up to hear that the game was cancelled, the M&Ms captain having emailed Chapman just an hour before kick-off. As if this wasn’t bad enough, it was made worse by the knowledge that M&Ms had last week been beaten 12-0 by Exeter, so even Proudfoot was backing himself to score in this one. Still, 3 points for Jesus. On a similar note, the women’s team had their game against St Anne’s called off due to Anne’s not being able to muster enough players. As Parker-Humphreys was keen to point out in her email, this means the women have already done better in Cuppers than the men’s 1sts. Congrats girls.

On the topic of the men’s 1sts, Roberts’ men managed to secure their first win of the season against St John’s this week. After a fairly flat first half, Jesus sprung into life in the second and ran away with the game 5-1. Some selfless play from Swift allowed Skillcorn to complete a birthday hat-trick and put Jesus well on the way to victory. Captain Roberts also managed to grab his first (and surely not last) bullet header of the league campaign, with Swift getting the other goal. No game for a couple of weeks now for the Jesus boys.

Rugby also went will this week, with Markland’s men securing a 55-29 victory over St Catz to propel themselves back to the upper echelons of the table and all-but-secure first division safety, barring any ridiculous results in the coming weeks. With Teddy Hall and New left to play, it was important for Jesus to get a win in this one. Rumour has it Fielden might even have scored, but it was Livingstone who stole the show with 4 (ish) tries.

The netball girls faced Osler House on Saturday in their post-Halloween state and were given a bit of a fright (sorry!) before managing to pull through and win a close-fought encounter by a single goal/point/basket/shot/whatever they call them in netball. Whatever, they won, by one. The big chat surrounding the game is the fact that Moon White managed to get injured before even stepping onto the court, so well done for that.

Unfortunately, lacrosse had to be cancelled this week due to a lack of players. Lacrosse has a long and illustrious history at Jesus, with the team maintaining a 100% win ratio in competitive league fixtures last year, and it would be sad to see that die. Meet in the lodge at 9.45 on Saturday to get involved! Please.

Finally, to hockey. The women had a tough time this week, fielding a number of complete novices in their game against Worcester, and ultimately they came out second-best. Captain Page was naturally disappointed with the result, but commended the performance of her players. Meanwhile, Uni 2s player East is said to be riddled with guilt following her no-show. She did, however, make an appearance to help the men to a 2-1 victory over Brasenose, a match which included Manson’s first goal of the season. Not quite the 5 goals he managed in the 11-2 victory last year, but it’s the result that matters.

Rowing is still going on as well, much to the dismay of all those involved, but with Christ Church Regatta fast approaching and the men’s novices gearing up to defend the Nephthys title, it’s all to play for.

Sports Round-up 2nd week MT14

Firstly, I make no apologies for how much this week’s roundup is biased towards football, or how long it is.

Before we get to that, there’s been some whinging that cricket is never covered in the sports round up, so here goes. Some cricket was played last year, Jesus won some games and lost some games, didn’t end up getting promoted, and captain Steele scored some runs (that last part is the main reason he wanted a cricket bit).

Back to more current sport, the rugby boys had a game this week. Following the elation of last week, they were brought back down to earth with a bang against Keble. Leaking four tries in a 20-minute period of the first half, you’re never going to make the game easy against a college which supplies a disproportionate amount of the Blues squads. Jesus rallied in the second-half however, with Drane continuing his prolific try-scoring form by grabbing another two, to only lose the game 38-24. This result was made sweeter with the scoring of the bonus-point fourth try in the very last play. Early indications are suggesting that the boys may even be able to bring along some subs to the next game, so maybe this game was just a blip.

Hockey had a simultaneously pleasing and disappointing week. 5-0 victories for both teams make the disappointment seem unjustified, but since these victories are down to both sets of opposition being unable to field teams, captains Page and Lester were not happy. Page is again claiming all of the goals and, in her post-match analysis, awarded woman of the match to King for “cycling all the way there and back”. Rumour has it the women played a 5-a-side game instead, although I’ve been totally unable to find out the score in this one… The men’s team were going to have a training session instead, but they sacked it off in favour of welfare tea.

Lacrosse hasn’t had the best of starts this term, and a lack of players meant a joint team with Christ Church was necessary to face New College, with even ex-captain Khanijau absent from the side. Despite this, Jesus-Christ (has a certain ring to it, I think) managed a 2-1 win.

The first Jesus sports fixture of the year to fall victim to rain was netball this week. Captain Phillips wasn’t even going to play the game, so it didn’t affect her, but hopefully the same won’t happen next week.

Rowing deserves a mention this week too. The women’s four managed to finish as runners-up in the Autumn Fours even this weekend, making their way through the knockout competition of around 20 crews to ultimately lose to Hertford in the final by just half a length. As captain Huttner insisted, not bad at all for a scratch crew.

Finally, football. The women had their first game of the season this week and, in the absence of new captain Parker-Humphreys, Maguire was allowed to step in for one last hurrah as captain. She couldn’t quite bow out in style as she might have liked, with a 6-0 defeat against a reportedly difficult Wolfson/St Antony’s side, who were insistent on playing the full 40 minute halves despite their dominance and the struggling of the Jesus girls.

The boys had a topsy-turvy week. Starting off with a cancelled seconds game on Tuesday, the mood was high with JCFC seconds sitting top of the table. Thursday rolled round and the game against Queen’s came. After some scintillating play in the first half, Jesus went in to the break in the lead. The tide turned, however, and a combination of illness and injury meant Jesus ended the game with a completely different back four to those who started, and the final result was a 5-3 defeat. Following this, Saturday saw the first round of Cuppers against last year’s Premier Division whipping boys St Hugh’s. Riding on the support of the fans, Jesus stormed into a 1-0 half-time lead and optimism reigned. Some questionable (at best) decisions in the second half led to two disallowed goals for Jesus, and a speculative St Hugh’s effort saw them equalize to take the game to extra time. Feeling like dead men walking, both teams played out the 30 minutes to take it into the dreaded shootout. All square after four penalties each, Skillcorn was entrusted with the all-important fifth kick, went for the headlines and missed the top corner by millimetres (although, as I’ve been reminded plenty of times since, it doesn’t matter how close it is, it still missed). The St Hugh’s man stepped up and scored to secure progression into the next round for his team. The final score, 1-1 with St Hugh’s winning 4-3 on penalties. Disappointment and despair permeated the Jesus camp in the aftermath as many of the third-years realized that they would never play beyond the first round of Cuppers at Oxford. One thing which was unanimous at the end was that it was one of the best games we’ve ever played in, and that no one really deserved to lose. Hopefully the seconds can do better next week.

A quick mention should also go to everyone who competed in cross-country cuppers this week, especially the girls who won the team event! Applause to Hannah Plaschkes and Bethanie Murray for their individual 4th and 9th place finishes. Congrats!

Sports Round-up 1st week MT14

Another term, another 8 weeks of sport.

It was a cracking start to Jesus’ sporting calendar on Tuesday, with men’s rugby and 2nds football both in action. The rugby team, freed from the shackles of Fielden’s captaincy, were hoping to introduce themselves into college rugby’s top league in style. Spending most of the first half camped in the John’s/Anne’s half, Markland’s side managed to establish a lead at half time. They held on in the second half to win 29-12 and put themselves top of the league. That’s right, the best team in the uni. And that is how it remains, until New’s 33-10 victory is finally confirmed at least.

Not to be outdone, the men’s 2nds football team put on a stellar first-half display against a lacklustre (at best) Wadham 3rds, despite lacking key players Proudfoot and Khanijau. The opposition managed to put out only 10 players, and their keeper had a torrid time against the firepower of the likes of Lester and Gebbie (yes, that’s right, President Gebbie grabbed himself a goal) and Jesus went into the interval 5-1 up. Whispers that we might be ending up with a cricket score emerged as Wadham lost another player at half time, while Chapman was able to bring on fresh legs to ensure Jesus’ dominance. The second-half display was less impressive from Jesus, although it did see the industrious Cakebread finally put away one of his 50 chances to get off the mark for the season. 6-1 the result.

The women’s season doesn’t get underway until next week in the footballing world, although Parker-Humphreys will be hoping to ride on the tide of enthusiasm kicked up by Maguire last year and get off to a winning start.

The men’s firsts, on the other hand, had a less successful week. Facing relegated Trinity, who could boast a Blues centre-back in their starting line-up, the game was always going to be tough. The first-half was a high quality affair, with both teams creating chances to no avail. That was until Cooke broke down the wing and saw his shot parried by the keeper, into the path of the oncoming Skillcorn (who managed to get off the mark at the right end this season). Football managers would describe this goal, on the stroke of half time, as the perfect time to score. Going into the break 1-0 up, Jesus were feeling confident. This all changed a few minutes into the second half when the Blues captain/all time most capped/all time top scorer came on for Trinity. To make a long story short, he was really good, and Jesus lost 3-1. Not the best of starts, but the pundits are already pointing to the way Jesus started last year as evidence that one game doesn’t make a season.

Hockey also began this week. The women’s team had a bit of a false start. With new captain Page at the helm, hopes were high. The squad was assembled, only to be disappointed by the news that the opposition had cancelled the game. Birthday girl Page claimed all of the goals in the 5-0 win for herself, and made a decision almost unheard of in college hockey circles: she put on a training session for the girls. Surely this is cause for great optimism for next week.

The men’s/mixed team didn’t have quite such an easy day. Newly capped Uni 3rds keeper Faisal Ebrahim was unavailable, leaving Lester with no choice but to stick with Downes in goal. The Manson-Mooney partnership that served Jesus so well last year looked like it was going to be fruitful again, as Jesus stormed into a 1-0 lead early on, Mooney getting the goal. They were unable to capitalize, however, and Lincoln managed to grab an equalizer late on to leave the final score 1-1. “Hugoals” Manson was unable to fully live up to his billing as the new star of the Uni 3rds, and he reportedly berated the team afterwards claiming “everyone was rubbish, Mooney was pretty good” in his post-match rant. Interesting talk on Twitter over the Uni vs College debate (much like club vs country for you football fans) dominated the aftermath of the match.

1st week saw record turnout for the Jesus College Badminton Club, so much so that Jesubites had to go to the extremes of sharing courts with Exeter. It’s set to be a good year in badminton at this rate.

Finally, netball. New captain Phillips was so supremely confident in the abilities of her side that she didn’t even start the game herself, leaving it in the capable hands of the rest of her team. Following a horrific injury to Wharton, Phillips did come on and helped her side to an emphatic 18-4 victory. Fear not though, Wharton made a miraculous recovery to play a further part in the game and doctors have said the grazes on her hands shouldn’t leave any long-term damage.

2nd week will be a big week for Jesus, with more fixtures and some Cuppers campaigns starting, so hopefully last year’s success can continue.

Choir tour to Bratislava and Vienna

Choir in Bratislava

The summer vacation had barely begun when twenty-three members of the Jesus College Chapel Choir embarked on a choral tour of Bratislava, Slovakia, and Vienna, Austria. With high hopes, great expectations, and an almost total ignorance of Slovak, our number trekked the distance using an assortment of planes, buses, boats and trains to convene at the predestined hostel in the centre of Bratislava. Notwithstanding the evening swelter we crammed into one of the rooms to attempt the first rehearsal of the tour.

Musical preparations for the visit were already in motion. We had practised a selection of new pieces in the final weeks of Trinity term to complement our familiar repertoire. This consisted largely of Byrd and Tallis, but covered a range of other traditional English choral classics which we had honed over many weeks of Sunday Evensong services. Armed also with shiny new leather folders (green, of course) emblazoned with our college crest, we arrived ready to dazzle both vocally and visually.

The first full day soon dawned. Once again subjected to the magnifying glass of the Slovakian sun, we wandered into the stunning city centre for a quick slurp of something cold before our engagement to sing the Sunday midday Mass at St. Martin’s Cathedral. It is a beautiful Cathedral, its ancient spire dominating the capital’s skyline, overpowered only by the imposing Castle standing alone on its rocky plateau. We were welcomed by an ornate yet proportionate interior, and ascended the spiral staircase to the choir loft in order to clear our throats before our debut performance abroad as an ensemble. It was a great success; we were convinced that all those hours spent learning our various parts had paid off. Thanks are due to the local organists, however, who cued us in amidst the torrent of incomprehensible Slovak.

Half of the day’s appointments completed, and thanking God for the existence of sunscreen, many decided to take advantage of the splendid mixture of a free afternoon, plentiful ice cream and reasonably-priced beverages – predominantly, but not exclusively, beer. Some perhaps enjoyed this combination a little too much, coaxing impromptu recitals on the Castle museum piano.

The next singing occasion swiftly followed, this time at the city’s Franciscan Church. Little did we know this would prove one of the most memorable parts of the tour. Inevitably bedraggled and fatigued from the afternoon’s explorations, we remained stoic in the manner characteristic of Oxford College Choirs (not Exeter) as we stood to sing the Mass in the rustic environs of the oldest surviving religious building in Bratislava. Our efforts were gladly received and we were charmed that almost the entire congregation remained for the concert which immediately followed the service. It was a pleasure to sing to so responsive an audience. This joy, however, paled in significance when compared with the bounteous food, refreshments, wines, juices and cakes to which we were treated by the Franciscan brothers. The supply was vast. Such was the thoughtfulness of our hosts that the individual items had been arranged into smiley faces – some bespectacled, to represent Oxford students. Though sad to leave, we parted feeling truly touched by the kindness we had received as we walked briskly in the cool of the evening to make our dinner reservation. Three delicious courses and a picture-perfect view over the moonlit rooftops of Bratislava brought the full day to a close, leaving just enough time for a final visit to the local bar.

Boat trip on the Danube

Morning came, and on the third day we rose to bid Bratislava farewell and in its place to salute arguably the musical capital of the world, Vienna. The decision had been taken to reach our exciting final destination by boat; the two cities are separated by a mere seventy-nine kilometre stretch of the Danube. This turned out to be tremendous fun. Those of us who explored the outdoor decks were suitably buffeted as the catamaran sped through the salubrious bliss of the Donau-Auen National Park. Also taken as a prime opportunity for team snaps and photo poses, we very much felt a unity of singers, clad in intimidatingly green choir polo shirts complete with occasionally comedic Latin inscriptions.

We arrived at our destination, and with an afternoon to spare, treated ourselves to some of its fine Viennese delights. The city is rich and fascinating in terms its Habsburg patrimony in addition to its musical and artistic tradition. There was plenty to see, whether the magnificent Hofburg, Schönbrunn and Belvedere Palaces, the latter modelled on the Palace of Versailles, or the vast array of art museums, not to mention Vienna’s impressive musical legacy (home at different times to Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, the Strausses, Mahler, among many others). We reconvened at Stephansplatz, the central square presided over by the city’s immaculately-roofed Cathedral, to find some dinner – for most, a schnitzel of some description. The sun set and we returned to the hostel to recover some sleep, although some of us went via a marvellous little wine bar we found en route.

Day four brought with it our first singing engagement in Vienna, and rather dauntingly, this was one of the lunchtime concerts in the Stephansdom itself. After queuing patiently outside we were ushered in through the south entrance and made ourselves comfortable in the designated seating, taking a few moments to gaze upwards at the colossal and exquisite gothic interior. We soon began our recital, the various clusters of churchgoers, visitors and tourists drifting to our side of the Cathedral to listen. It was an uplifting experience and a genuine privilege to perform at such a venue. That evening we sang once more; we were due to perform a concert at the Peterskirche, only a stone’s throw from the Cathedral. We powered through our long list of pieces, braving the bright lights but savouring the highly decorated ovular nave. Another successful concert later, and having sung fifteen musical items, we dealt with the appetite with another foray into Austrian cuisine.

And then all of a sudden it was our last full day. Since our only appointment was a final concert at the Lutheranstadtkirche, we had another excuse to tour the city. Activities of choice ranged from the Spanische Hofreitschule (Spanish Riding School), the famous centre for classical dressage, to sampling the Viennese coffee-and-cake culture in the traditional fashion. We even found a café once frequented by Trotsky. Given that we were visitors in a musical capacity, loaded with English choral treasures, many of us decided to perfect this cultural exchange by scouting the Mozarthaus, Figarohaus, Haus der Musik, and numerous other attractions and museums dedicated to Vienna’s fabulous musical heritage. All this had to draw to a close as our last concert approached. This process proved troublesome for three of our party, the present writer included, who by getting lost on the city’s tram network achieved the undistinguished feat of taking nearly half an hour to move one metro stop in the wrong direction. We confidently sang our hearts out, irrelevant the modest audience, the repertoire which had initially seemed so formidable now both familiar and empowering.

We thanked our Lutheran hosts, and following a short reception, strolled into the city centre. Unsurprisingly we were tired, hungry and thirsty, and were looking forward to eating at the Italian restaurant at which we were due to dine as a group. Fortunately, one of our number, The Rev. Canon Adrian Daffern, adroitly and perceptibly identified this mass dehydration as we navigated the many squares of the city centre. Gallantly he led our party forth to the one non-alcoholic drinking establishment in sight, determined single-handedly to see to our water, juice and tea-based recovery. For this we were all immensely grateful, none more so than his wife, our dear Chaplain, upon whom he sprung his generous intention to settle the bill before us all. We marched on to enjoy a luscious last supper together. Blemished only by the approaching end of our choral journey, and one or two unwise text message exchanges, we laughed and guffawed in the merry company of our choir friends. As the dark of night and empty wine bottles eventually reminded us of departure the following morning, we gingerly returned to our hostel, our heads and hearts stuffed with happy memories sufficient to last us until the start of Michaelmas term.

The Jesus College Choir Tour 2014 was a resounding success, and with both excitement and anticipation we look forward to the next. Many thanks are due to The Rev. Dr Megan Daffern, our lovely Chaplain and her affable husband, the Rev. Canon Adrian Daffern. Particular gratitude is owed to our Senior and Junior Organ Scholars, James Bowstead and Lottie Orr, without whose hard work such a fantastic visit would surely have remained an impossibility.

Daniel Judd

You can find out more about the Jesus choir and past tours the choir have been on here.

Charity Ballot Elections

The money raised from the Michaelmas 2014 Charity Ballot will be divided between the following three charities:

Asha Trust
Helambu Education and Livelihood Project
Student Minds

Thanks to everyone who voted. The full results can be viewed here.

Election results

The results from yesterday’s election are as follows:

JCR Secretary: Anna Maguire

JCR Entertainments Representative: Emilia Demetriades

JCR Social Secretary: Cat Thomson

In alphabetical order, next year’s Freshers’ Committee are:
Anna Wharton
Elena Ruiz
Evie Stretch
Jessy Parker-Humphreys
Josh Hart
Kathy Page
Molly Kemp
Rob Fordham
Sarah Toh
Tom Downes

Numerical results for Freshers’ Committee available on request.

Congratulations to all those elected and commiserations to those who didn’t, there were a number of very tough contests.

New Freshers’ Presidents

For the second year in a row we have elected two Freshers’ Co-Presidents. Congratulations to Charley Samuelson and Emilia Demetriades who were elected yesterday. Full results can be viewed here.

Jesus goes sailing

Last week Ben Rahumtulla, Jon Hubbert, Owain Turner, Jonathan Clingman and Mia Talfourd-Cook represented Jesus in Sailing Cuppers. They won two of their races but sadly didn’t make it through to the next round. You can read Mia’s report of what happened here.

Sailing Cuppers 2014

New Social Term Card available

A new social term card is available here! Anna, Daf, Cat and other have planned lots of exciting events for this sunny Trinity, including the Leavers BBQ, Charity Garden Party, bop (theme tbc), trip to Thorpe Park and a Sports Day.

Last Sports Round-Up of HT14

Some sport also happened towards the end of term.

The rugby team did okay. They won division 2 with the maximum possible number of points, and made it to the final of the Plate in a very complicated cup system that I think you need an Oxford degree to understand. As far as I understand it, you enter this once you get knocked out of Cuppers, or something like that. It’s to make sure everyone gets to “have a go”. Jesus made the final of this very competition last year and lost in a nail-biting finale to Hertford at Iffley. It’s taking place on either Friday or Saturday of 1st week of Trinity, so get down there and support the men of Jesus (and Matt Fielden as well) in their quest for yet more silverware/crockery. Can Fielden bow out of his Jesus captaincy with success?

Netball has been going irritatingly well this year as well. Some people questioned Williams’ leadership at times, some people thought she wasn’t up to the job, but she managed to grit her teeth and see the girls win every game they played this term. I’m just glad I backed her all along. This should mean that the girls are promoted next year, so hopefully the team will continue to go from strength to strength under the guidance of whoever next year’s lucky captain is.

Girls’ football had an unfortunate term. They did manage to play one game very early on, but couldn’t squeeze in the last game of the season due to the weather. It’s a slightly disappointing end for Captain Maguire, whose biggest achievement this year has got to be maintaining a smile despite the drubbing she takes on the sports round-up every week, deserves big commendation for actually making girls’ football a thing this year, since she regularly managed to put out a larger squad than the boys! Let’s hope next year, the captain can do even more of the same and put together even more wins.

Lacrosse has been a non-starter since it started. Every team in Oxford clearly did its best rain dance after seeing Khanijau’s side hand Wadham a 4-0 battering in 1st week of Michaelmas, meaning that no more fixtures were possible. This does, however, obviously mean that Jesus can claim a 100% record and Khanijau has one for his CV. Things can only be better next year.

Jesus’ badminton team has been going from strength to strength this term, winning 5-1 against Teddy Hall, with great performances from Jones, Rees and Alonzo. In addition to this match success, Sunday evening badminton has been seeing a rumoured record turn-out, nearing double figures by the end of term!

Hockey had a huge term. After the great escape last term, no one could have envisaged this term’s drama getting anywhere close. It did. Jesus went into the last game against LMH knowing that a win could see them promoted, a draw would see them safe, and a loss would mean relegation to the gloomy depths of div 4. Fordham’s men (and women) turned up in droves, with 19 players arriving at the ground to discover that LMH had only brought 3. Jesubite sportsmanship came through and Fordham agreed to play a mixed friendly and just record the match as a 5-0 win for Jesus. As word came through about Magdalen’s victory, many Jesus players were reduced to tears as they knew this meant that the promotion dream was alive no more. Next year’s captain will only hope that his team can manage the loss of such big names as Banerjee and Blundell to put together another promotion charge.

Women’s hockey didn’t see quite so much drama. The season fizzled out somewhat, although there is hope for next year being “our year” with a new captain at the helm.

Now, I know everyone hates rowing, but it’s going to get a little mention. Huge disappointment at the cancellation of Torpids was felt across Oxford. It was arguably felt by none more than the members of W1, who have been getting up 3 times a week pre-7am for circuits to no avail while M1, who decided to have their sessions at 5pm aren’t feeling quite as hard done by. There’s always next term…

Finally, to boys’ football. Masters may be slightly disappointed with the end of the season for the seconds, since the last game was a 3-3 draw with rivals Exeter. After losing 4-0 to them earlier in the year, this might seem a good result, but Jesus led 3-0 early on and just couldn’t hold out. Masters won’t be too disappointed however, as he was a virtual ever-present for the title-winning first team. After a difficult start and an unfortunate early exit in Cuppers to the eventual runners up, the firsts managed to put together a 10-game winning streak to secure the league title and promotion to div 2, scoring more goals and achieving more points than any other team in the university. It was made certain by a 3-0 victory over Corpus in 8th week, and has prompted rumours that Skillcorn might actually keep the captaincy due to the uncertainty of anyone else being able to do a better job. Only Trinity term will tell…

We all know it wouldn’t be an end of term sports roundup without some awards, so here goes:

The “man in a woman’s world” Award – Hugo Markland, for appearing for the netball team this term.

The “how on earth did he pull that off?” Award – Matt Fielden, for the incredible success of Jesus’ rugby team this year.

The Lifetime Achievement Award – Robert Steele, for his hockey double hat-trick, his cricket captaincy, and his role as right-back for JCFC – is there anything this boy can’t do?

The Angriest Captain Award – Hugo Manson, for “Jon, if you try and give me any more advice, I’ll punch you in the face”.

The Sports Writer of the Year Award – Faisal Ebrahim, for his Twitter coverage of Jesus’ hockey ups and downs.

The “I don’t care, I love it” Award – Rebecca Cavanagh, for still continuing with rowing despite being told “you’re at 3 until someone worse comes along”.

The “oops, I shouldn’t have said that” Award – Rebecca Cavanagh, for accidentally telling the W1 coach he’d been replaced before the captain did.

Team of the Year – All of you, genuinely this time, Jesus has dominated the world of college sport this term, and it’s been outstanding.

A waterlogged hockey match – representative of much sport this term.

JCR Election results HT14

The results of today’s election for Social Secretary, Entertainments Representative and the Charities Ballot are as follows:

Social Secretary: Anna Maguire

Entertainments Representative: Cat Thomson

Charities Ballot:
Cancer Research UK
Oxford Development Abroad
Schools Plus

Congratulations to all those who won. The numerical results can be found by clicking on the elected position.