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Volume 1 Issue 1 Michaelmas 2011 THE CLARENDON CHRONICLE Newsletter of the Clarendon Scholars’ Association IN THIS ISSUE 1 Night at the Museum 2 President’s message 2 Why philosophy? 3 Getting published 4 Insha’Allah review 4 Execution (poem) WE HAVE A NAME! Thanks to all who entered our ‘Name the Newsletter’ competition this term. There were many brilliant entries, some poetic and inspired, and others very funny (Darshan’s ‘iClox’ comes to mind!). Ben and the team at Graduate Funding were unanimous in selecting The Clarendon Chronicle as the winning entry. This was individually suggested by four Scholars—congratulations to Hannah Sikstrom, Yair Levy, Deborah Cheong and Adrian Murdock! Ben Nicholson, Vice-Chancellor Prof. Andrew Hamilton, OUP’s Nigel Portwood, and Dr Jane Sherwood cut the birthday cake. Night at the Museum Scholars gather at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Clarendon Fund The setting for the Clarendon Fund’s 2011 Annual Reception was the Museum’s magnificent main court. The wondrous items on display, depicting the stirring diversity of the natural world, encircled proceedings and gave to them a positively enchanted mood. Under the watchful eyes of the dinosaurs, whose skeletons loomed large beneath the Museum’s magnificent pitched glass roof, the scholars mingled, glasses of champagne in their hands, while a jazz band grooved. 2011 marks the Clarendon Fund’s tenth anniversary, and the evening held a special significance for that reason. Professor Andrew Scholars at the Annual Reception. Hamilton, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, who formally welcomed scholars to the event, reflected on the Fund’s history to date. ‘Over the last ten years an extraordinary number of talented individuals have had the lifechanging opportunity to study at Oxford thanks to the Clarendon Scholarships. And this Michaelmas Term Oxford welcomed its onethousandth Clarendon Scholar,’ he said. The occasion was also an opportunity to reflect on the future of the Fund. In 2012 the Clarendon Scholarships will be extended to scholars from within the European Union. The ViceChancellor emphasised that this extension will only serve to strengthen Oxford’s graduate scholarship program, adding, ‘We have a commitment at Oxford to ensure that the very best graduate students have the opportunity to study at Oxford regardless of their geographical origin or financial circumstances.’ Following a round of Happy Birthday and the cutting of a special tenth anniversary cake, scholars adjourned for cocktails at Angels Cocktail Bar, where a generous bar tab ensured that the celebrations continued long into the night. —Ben Sorgiovanni

The Clarendon Chronicle Michaelmas Term 2011

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