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19th October 2012  
Round up
A challenging start for the Palatinates

The sporting year is now well underway, after this Wednesday saw the first full day of competitive fixtures. Durham has more teams than ever in the Premiership league and many of our 2nd, 3rd and 4th teams won promotion to higher leagues this year, meaning that they will face many university 1st teams as opposition over the coming months. Despite some tough games, especially against sides from Birmingham, Loughborough and Leeds Met, Durham has finished 3rd in the BUCS rankings at the end of week two.

Lacrosse had a fantastic start to the season with both the men’s and women’s teams winning all of their matches. The men’s rugby 1st team got off to a difficult start against Leeds Met, trailing 10-3, but managed to win 21-15 in the end. The hockey 1st and 2nd teams had a tough time, but the 3rd and 4th teams had a fantastic day with some impressive wins.

After a difficult season last year, the men’s and women’s squash teams were delighted to start this year’s campaign winning all six of their matches. Sadly, it was not the same for netball who came up against tough opposition and lost all of their four games. To stay up to date with all of the sporting news, please visit the Team Durham website.

Don’t miss out!

It’s the last chance to see 'The Last 5 Years' at the Assembly Rooms; a Musical following the falling in and out of love of a young New York writer, and his actress Wife. The show marries together beautiful orchestration, and soaring vocals, moments of tragedy, and wonderful comedy - performed by a hand-picked cast and orchestra, this production is set to be one of the headline shows of the academic year: not to be missed!

When: 17th-20th October, 7:30pm (Performances end at 9pm)

Tickets are priced at £5 for University members (please ensure you have your Campus Card) and £6 for non-University members. Tickets and can be bought on the door or online.

Special Offer continues: £25 for an one-month unlimited class pass!

With 17 aerobics classes and 24 X-biking sessions a week going on at Maiden Castle there is no reason to get fit for Christmas! Based on feedback the BodyTone Tuesday lunchtime will now run from 13.05 to 13.50. A full timetable is available here or contact reception on 0191 334 2178.

Coming up
The 39 Steps Staff Theatre Trip

On Thursday 1st November there will be a staff theatre trip to see ‘The 39 Steps’. The 39 Steps, is a suspenseful-romantic-comedy, based on the 1935 movie by Alfred Hitchcock. It is part juicy spy novel, part Monty Python, and it preserves the brilliance originally created by the master of suspense. The show will take place in the Assembly Rooms from 7:30pm.

If you would like to come along please get in touch and join us to support Durham Student Theatre.

Durham Castle Senate Suite opens to the public!

This weekend, Durham Castle opens the doors of its spectacular Senate Suite for performances of Peter Schaffer’s classic comedy Lettice and Lovage from 18th-20th October. Usually closed to the public, the Senate Suite is an exquisite venue lined with vast seventeenth century Flemish tapestries.

Following eccentric tour guide Lettice Douffet as she resolves to “light up the corridors of the past as with a blazing torch”, Lettice and Lovage fits the Suite perfectly. Numerous Castle Tour Guides lead hundreds of enthralled tourists around the Castle each year, but unlike them Miss Douffet does not “confine” herself to historical accuracy. It is not long before Miss Douffet is promptly sacked for her inventions and embarks on a melodramatic downward spiral with wigs, warmongering and stuffed cats along the way.

The show will be performed in association with Castle Theatre Company as part of the annual Book Festival, and will head an exciting season which includes new musical Anonymous and Co in Durham Cathedral’s Monk’s Dormitory (20th and 21st October), The Tempest in the Norman Chapel and Moliere’s Tartuffe in the Castle Great Hall (16th-18th November).

Also taking place next week, Kronos Productions bring their critically acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe 2012 sell-out production of Oscar Wilde’s once-banned ‘Salome’ to the Assembly Rooms. The play follows the eponymous anti-heroine, the infamous stepdaughter of the Tetrach Herod, observing her descent into an obsession from which she must take desperate measures to escape, culminating in a gruesome and fatal request. For more information, please visit the Durham Student Theatre website.

Get out and make a difference!

Celebrate Science Festival
‘Celebrate Science’ is a fun-packed 3 days of free events, activities, workshops and lectures aimed at a family audience. Exhibitors carry out exciting experiments and demonstrations to show how much fun science can be and it's a fantastic opportunity for the University to promote its science offering and research in a highly engaging and interactive way. We are looking for volunteers to help out with general stewarding duties in and around the marquee. You can volunteer for anything from a few hours or the whole 3 days. If you would like to volunteer, or for more information please get in touch.

Team Challenges
Ever thought Van Mildert Lake needs a bit of tlc? Then now is your chance as we are looking for six volunteers to assist with some undergrowth and tree seedling removal around the lake edge at Van Mildert College. Tea and coffee will be provided.

When: Wednesday 14th November

The Friends of Old Durham Gardens is a volunteer group, who are working to restore the gardens to their former glory. If you would like to help in this enormous task and join them for half  a day of gardening come along and help out! Both staff and students are welcome.

When: Afternoon of Wednesday 28th November.

Back to Netball

Haven't played netball in a while? Fancy an informal and fun game? Come along to Maiden Castle from 5-6pm on a Thursday evening and get back to Netball!

All ages (4+), genders and ability welcome, with a junior session running alongside the adults. Sessions costs just £2.50. For more information please get in touch with Katie Binks.

Spotlight on
  Durham University Sport  

In recent years we have become accustomed to the phrase ' greatest year yet' and one sometimes has to reflect on the overall situation before continuing with the same rhetoric. Having done so we do all remain confident that this year could eclipse the 2011/12 season and go down as our greatest year in history.

The college programme has grown yet again. We now have over 450 teams in the college leagues. Assuming the weather is kind that's the best part of 6000 fixtures, across 15 different sports, between now and June. We have a college sport administrator in place for the first time and this should ensure that the competition's run smoothly and everyone enjoys competing for their college. We are adding some additional events to the college sport points table so that should increase competition there as well. It really is a great time to be involved at sport in Durham.

At university sport level it will not be easy to emulate last season. Finishing second in the BUCS Championship was a huge achievement - to finish second by such a large margin was incredible. But we can continue to move forward I am sure of that. It's very early days but our traditional strengths look like they are in line for good seasons. It would be wrong to sit here in October and heap pressure on individual teams by saying that we expect them to win national championships but we going into the season believing that 13 is not an unrealistic target. There will be bumps and surprises on the way but we would be disappointed if we didn't find ourselves in more finals and semi-finals than ever before. Once you get into the latter stages of the tournaments you need that bit of luck to be with you - we will see what happens come crunch time!

It's a phrase that is often used but 'success really does breed success' and we are seeing that in our programme at Durham. We had a larger pre-season than ever before with far more students returning before term began. Added to this we had far more students trial than ever before. There is a real feeling that every club wants to improve and be part of the university's sporting success. This is great news for us all and we have a series of 'newer' sports who we really hope can achieve great things in 2012/13.

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