MCR Committee

The Downing MCR Committee 2018

Andreas Bedorf
President
Course: PhD in Biological Anthropology Role: As President I try my best to keep the MCR a great community for everyone. My main task is to conduct the committee work in a way, that the MCR experience is as amazing, fun, open, and full of events as possible. I also represent the MCR to college in various meetings and functions. To sum it up: my duty is to make sure that you don't have to think too much about what’s going on behind the scenes and just enjoy your time at Downing MCR! Favourite thing about Downing: The MCR (obviously!). Fun Fact about myself: I do theatre and rowing.
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Hassan Imran
Vice-President
Course: PhD – Engineering (1st Year) Role: As VP, my main role is to represent the voice of the MCR at all levels. In this regard, I support all the other committee members in their work and assure that everything runs smoothly. In particular I attend a number of important college meetings as well as the CUSU and GU meetings along with the President and present the opinions of the MCR community. Above all, my personal aim for this role is to ensure everyone has an amazing time at Downing and that all problems are dealt with promptly and efficiently. Favourite thing about Downing: My favourite thing about Downing, and this is selfish, would be my accommodation (Singer Building) - the countryside is great. Fun Fact about myself: I love travelling and the cheaper it is, the better. I once had a day trip to Brussels, and the return flight cost me less than a Subway! (Hint: the airline starts with an R ;) )
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Parsa Akbari
Treasurer
Course: PhD – Public Health (2nd Year) Role: As the treasurer of the committee I represent the financial needs of students to the college sitting on both the Finance and Investment committees. I also record the accounts, and balance the books to ensure a well-funded and functional MCR. Favourite thing about Downing: The central location in town and the beautiful, open architecture. Fun Fact about myself: I used to be a Pizzeria chef.
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Charlotte Imianowski
Bar, Sports and Amenities Officer
Course: PhD Immunology Role: Facilitating the regular opening of the MCR Bar and supplying MCR run events with beverages, as well as taking care of things in the MCR as a physical space - including keeping the coffee machine running and a good stock of games for people to enjoy Favourite thing about Downing: The Location! It’s much easier for me to get to the department than people at other colleges and I like being close to town. Fun Fact about myself: I'm a qualified swimming teacher
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Ben Norbury
Bar, Sports and Amenities Officer
Course: MPhil – Byronic Studies (Editor note: it’s English Literature but Ben just can’t get enough of Byron). Role: As one of three Bar, Sports and Amenities Officers, I help to make sure that the bar is fully stocked on Friday nights, as well as keeping the MCR is running order and making sure sports equipment is in a good condition. Favourite thing about Downing: As one of the ‘less strict’ colleges, Downing has a great atmosphere and everyone here is super nice. Fun Fact about myself: I was employed to balance a boat on a Chinese game show https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-S8NsKNzfns (1:12:40)
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Elliot Shaw
Bar, Sports and Amenities Officer
Course: MPhil - Architectural Design Part 2 Role: Along with Ben and Charlotte, I look after the day-to-day running of the MCR, including topping up the coffee machine and making sure that the common room is a clean, welcoming space for everyone. I also help manage the running of the Friday night bar (a real favourite among MCR members). We are also hoping to put on more fun sporting events this year so keep your eyes peeled! Favourite thing about Downing: The Coving (Editor note: yeah, I wasn’t sure either – apparently it means a concave shape moulding or arch shape in a wall… you can tell Elliot’s an architect). Fun Fact about myself: I cofounded Boggle in 1972 (Editor note: pretty sure this isn’t true…).
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Conor Simpson
Social Secretary
Course: PhD – Photosynthesis (1st Year) Role: As one of the social officer, I help to organise MCR events, including things like Burns Nights, Halloween and Christmas formals and swaps with other college (including our sister college in Oxford). We put on a variety of events, from big, glitzy meals to chilled out trips bowling. Favourite thing about Downing: The lawn that, try as they might to tame it, still has a life of its own. Fun Fact about myself: I used to curl for England.
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Julia Hotz
Social Secretary
Course: MPhil - Sociology Role: As 1 of our 3 dazzling social secs, I help organize fun-filled events here at Downing and coordinate swaps with other colleges! These range from the much-anticipated MiniBall in May, to local outings around Cam. Favourite thing about Downing: The ‘down’[ing]-to-Earth attitude that everyone, from the Porters to the café staff to the students, show on the reg! (Editor note: we like puns here). Fun Fact about myself: I used to do a cappella in uni and am always down for a lil’ pickup do-re-mi.
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Tom Bennett
Social Secretary
Course: MPhil – American Literature Role: Along with Julia and Conor, I help to organise all the social events that go on within the MCR. From bowling and ice-skating, to pub trips and super-fun formals, there’s something for everyone! Favourite thing about Downing: You can be yourself – it’s a really fun and free place to be. Fun Fact about myself: A celebrity once retweeted one of my jokes on Twitter.
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Harry Cranston
International Officer
Course: MPhil – African Studies Role: It's my job to represent the needs, ideas and concerns of international students to the college, and to get new internationals involved in life at Downing. Favourite thing about Downing: A really comfy area in the corner of the MCR where I like to hang out with other MCR members. Fun Fact about myself: I once very nearly brought about my premature death through a combination of Nile Crocodile, swimming and sheer idiocy.
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Katie Mato
Equal Opportunities Officer
Course: PhD – Latin American Studies (1st Year) Role: My role on the committee is to promote an MCR community that is inclusive and respectful of all people, regardless of gender, sexuality, race, religion, ability, or background. Favourite thing about Downing: I love the Paddock, as well as the Heong Gallery, Downing’s modern and contemporary art gallery. Fun Fact about myself: My first language was Spanish.
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Natalie Haslam
Communications Officer
Course: MPhil - Management Role: As communications officer, I make sure that everyone in the MCR is kept up-to-date with all the college news and events. I also update the Facebook and Instagram pages and occasionally dabble with photoshop to create some fancy posters. Favourite thing about Downing: The people! It really feels like a community here, and the MCR is like your Cambridge family. Fun Fact about myself: I once got stuck in a tambourine. There is photographic evidence of this.
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Ella Brown
Welfare and Education Officer
Course: PhD – Biological Anthropology Role: My role is to ensure that you are happy during your time here at Downing and that all of your educational needs/resources are met! Favourite thing about Downing: I love the Downing architecture and the wonderful social hub that is the MCR! Fun Fact about myself: I used to study Contemporary Dance and Ballet at Undergraduate level.
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Michael Albergo
Welfare and Education Officer
Course: MPhil - Physics Role: My role on the committee is stimulate discussion and spread information regarding health and welfare at Downing, as well as function as an outlet for anyone who may want to discuss their personal circumstances regarding these topics. Favourite thing about Downing: I love gazing wistfully at all the gardens and lawns I am forbidden from entering. Fun Fact about myself: I sleepwalk.
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Robert Hulk
Environmental Officer
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