bugs.jpgBy Patrick Kennedy - Biology Student and Secretary, Oxford EntSoc

Wander round Brasenose's New Quad on a quiet term-time evening, and you might notice some strange sights. You might, for instance, glance an enthralled group of students huddling around a cage of hissing cockroaches, hear a charismatic rabbi extolling biblical beekeepers, or overhear a circus-performing zoologist midway through an impassioned eulogy to the flea. You will be confused. You may even be mildly disconcerted. Is this Oxford being eccentric, or is there something mysterious going on?

Oxford had an Entomology Society in 1856. Fifteen decades later, it didn't. The intellectual needs of the university's insect-lovers went unfulfilled. Recently, however, a small contingent of Brasenose biologists has resurrected the society, attracting audiences across subjects, ages, disciplines, and even universities. Beginning with an enthusiastic lecture by BBC explorer George McGavin, EntSoc has leapt from strength to strength, exploring everything from the art of Japanese beetle-collecting and the evolution of animal societies to the globalisation of ants and the machinations of unscrupulous caterpillars.

Despite nearly being ejected from Fresher's Fair for harbouring live specimens, this newly-restored EntSoc is on a mission to convince the world (or, at least, the University) of the wonder of insects. Their events are, of course, definitely open to newcomers. The uninitiated in the art of beetle-gazing may be tempted by the offer of free biscuits (how many Oxford societies boast an appointed Biscuit Officer?). We've also just launched a new insect-admiring blog, courtesy of recent Brasenose graduate Chris Jeffs. So, if you've been bitten by the bug bug, or simply want to face your (irrational) fear of daddy long legs, keep up-to-date with events at www.entomologysociety.wordpress.com.

aleverses2013.jpgAle Verses 2013

On Tuesday, 12th February, Shrove Tuesday, the College once again observed the tradition of performing Ale Verses. Dating to the days when college members would gather round the braziers in Hall to keep warm, it now takes the form of a three course dinner - with pancakes - and then the (optional!) drinking of a special ale while standing on the benches in hall and singing satirical songs about College set to popular tunes, ranging this year from LMFAO's I'm Sexy and I Know it to the New English Hymnal's 'Down Ampney' by way of Les Miserables and Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen.

This year the Dean, Dr Christopher Timpson, presided over proceedings, and did so with great aplomb: students noted his ability to sustain the singing during some of the more difficult parts of Brasenosian Rhapsody particularly impressive. The College's three Organ Scholars, John Forster, William Round and Henry Zeffman accompanied the singing  on the Clavinova wonderfully, and the topics of this year's Verses covered, among many others, the Dean and Junior Deans' activities, the JCR President and room ballot, and the College's imminent appearance on University Challenge. Undergraduates, Graduates and Tutors passed a wonderful evening and this gloriously bizarre College tradition continued for another year. 

James Blythe - JCR President

rebecca_heaysman1.jpgIn 2011 Rebecca Heaysman came on an English Study Day at Brasenose College, for state school students interested in studying English at University. She then applied successfully to the college to read English, and began her studies in October 2012. She writes on her reflections of the day below.

When my teacher first told me about the English Study Day at Brasenose College I wasn't sure at all whether Oxford would be the right place for me; I had been to a few other open days but didn't think I would be good enough to apply and knew very little about the course. However, I decided that it would be worth having a look, and so joined a couple of other potential applicants from my sixth form on the trip. From the moment we arrived at Brasenose and were offered piles of biscuits and friendly smiles, we were all made to feel extremely welcome. An introductory talk by Dr Sos Eltis outlined the structure of the day and worked to set us at ease about any nervousness we might have been feeling about the tutorials, which were the first activity.

Everyone had been sent the poems ‘Weighing In' by Seamus Heaney and ‘Easter 1916' by Yeats, as well as Yeats' acceptance speech for the Nobel Prize for poetry, in advance and had been asked to do a little prep work in order for us to get the full experience of a real Oxford tutorial. I had no idea what such a session would entail, and was pleasantly surprised by the informal but hugely stimulating nature of this style of teaching, with three of us sat on sofas in a tutor's office teasing out the main themes of the poems and discussing what we found interesting within them. I had never experienced anything like this before and relished the chance to discuss my favourite subject passionately with others who were similarly enthused. It was also hugely beneficial to be able to explore some of my ideas with an expert in their field; I feel that even in this short time I learnt a great deal about poetry that I had not even considered before, which helped me a lot with my studies once I returned home.

Reflections on the Chemistry 4th Year

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by Andrew Phillips 

As a chemistry student in my final year, instead of attending lectures and tutorials, I work full-time in a research group in the Chemistry Research Laboratory (CRL).

For many people the "Part II" year is the best aspect of the course. It is a unique opportunity to carry out your own original research within an active research group. There are a wide variety of groups to work for with vastly different research interests, ranging from theoretical and computational chemistry to bioinorganic and organic synthesis. Some people even choose to collaborate with completely different departments such as plant sciences or even history.

Personally I am working under the supervision of Dr Ed Anderson, carrying out research in organic chemistry. For my project, I am working toward the synthesis of a biologically active natural product found in the Schisandra genus of Chinese medicinal plants (see image). One of which can be growing in the Oxford University Botanical Gardens. These molecules have been shown to give good levels of anti-HIV activity. Although several other groups have worked on similar molecules, no one has yet produced a ‘total' synthesis of my key target. It's exciting to potentially be part of and help the first group to successfully reach the target molecule. 

A typical day in the lab usually consists of planning experiments, learning new techniques and analysing the compounds I've made. Working with graduate level equipment and facilities is big step up from the undergraduate teachings labs! It might seem daunting to start working independently on your own project but the whole research group are very supportive and a DPhil or Post-Doc, usually working on a related project, mentors each Part II student. You are really made to feel like a valuable member of the research group and are included in all group activities such as giving presentations and literature reviews in group meetings. I also regularly join my fellow group members at the pub for a drink (or two!) on Friday evenings after work.  

drinks_reception_-_the_ashmole_committee_eva_clarke_and_andrew_smith_mp.jpgThe Ashmole Society is Brasenose's very own history society. We host a range of speaker and panel events, with famous and established historians speaking and debating on a range of topics. From twelfth century coins to questioning the worth of the First World War, from the fall of Berlin to the modern Conservative Party, the Ashmole Society can cater for all historical interests. We also run more informal social events throughout the year including drinks receptions and dinners.

On Friday 25th January, Ashmole marked Holocaust Memorial weekend by hosting Holocaust survivor Eva Clarke (pictured). In the reflective space of the Brasenose Ante-Chapel, Eva delivered her testimony. As Mauthausen concentration camp was liberated by the American army in 1945, Eva and her mother were the only survivors from their immediate family, 15 of which were killed at Auschwitz. Eva talked to over 120 attendees about her mother's experiences in Terezin ghetto, Auschwitz-Birkenau, her own birth in Mauthausen, and the impact of the Holocaust on her family and the spirit of survival. Her talk was absorbing and compelling, and she also took a number of interesting questions from the floor. Afterwards, there was a drinks reception at which Brasenose students were able to meet Eva personally. The local MP, Andrew Smith, also attended, along with members of the public as well as tutors and students from across the university. It was a highly successful evening for the Ashmole Society, Brasenose College, and the study of history.

And it doesn't end there - later this term the Society will be hosting esteemed Second World War historian Antony Beevor, historian-turned-MP Chris Skidmore, and will be running a behind-the-scenes tour of the Ashmolean Museum.

bnc_1st_womens_boat1.jpgSports Round Up of the Brasenose 2012 Michaelmas Term:

By Tom Colthorpe and Clare Jamison (Brasenose Student Sports Reps)

Michaelmas terms is one full of sport, where new freshers are trying their best to infiltrate their way into college teams at every level, and cuppers starts again for another year in many sports. The best thing about Brasenose sport is that there is something for everyone who wants to play, from high intensity rowing sessions to a more relaxed match of football for the 3rd XI. For those who excel at their sports, there is the opportunity to represent Oxford University at that sport, and within Brasenose, there are over 40 Blues players.

Starting down on the Isis (the term we use for the Thames in Oxford), which has seen its banks burst during the later weeks of the term - Brasenose College Boat Club (BNCBC) has been an omnipresent figure for over a hundred years. The uptake of novice rowers this year was particularly impressive, and their enthusiasm and hard work looks to be paying off. Unfortunately the main regatta of the term - Christchurch Regatta, which is traditionally held in seventh week - was cancelled this year due to adverse stream conditions that led to one boat being snapped in half! However, this was not to prevent the mighty ‘BNC' from showing their ambitions for later in the year - the men's senior A boat is currently coming a close second in the Isis Winter League (a series of time trials over Michaelmas and Hilary terms), while the Women's Novice A Boat (pictured) won Nepthys Regatta, and other crews put in encouraging performances. The excellent talent and training ethic looks to set BNCBC in good stead for Hilary term and beyond.

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Arts and Music Round Up of the Brasenose 2012 Michaelmas Term:

By Chris Webb (JCR Arts Rep) and Jonny Newell (Director of Music)

Before the new academic year had even officially begun, the arts scene in college proved its continued efflorescence, with a Freshers' Week Concert in the antechapel. A brief exhibit of the vast array of talent within Brasenose - the highlight being a wonderful, ukelele-accompanied duet sung by Maria Fleischer and Alice Ohja - this was an event to encourage the new arrivals to get involved.

alys1.jpgWildlife Encounters in Nova Scotia

By Alysa Hulbert (Biological Sciences 3rd Year)

As a Biological Sciences student in my final year at Oxford, I am required to undertake a research project. This can be in any area of biology providing I can find a supervisor willing to take me on. I've always had a soft spot for rodents so I was drawn to the work of Dr Christina Buesching, who has conducted research on small mammal behaviour in Oxford University's Wytham Woods, and so I sent her an email expressing my interest. To my surprise she replied that she now lives not in Oxford but in Nova Scotia, Canada, and that she would be happy to have me come over during the summer vacation to collect data in her forest research site! This explains how in mid-July, just in time to escape the London 2012 Olympics, I found myself in the beautiful forested hills and wild rocky shores of Atlantic Canada. Home for the next five weeks was a cosy wooden cottage from which it was possible to stroll down to the sea in no time at all, so I hardly cared at all that I didn't have a TV to watch the Opening Ceremony! As I arrived there was a snowshoe hare on the lawn and that first night we ran out at dusk to see a porcupine that had climbed into a sapling at the end of the garden. This set a precedent for the coming weeks of frequent exciting wildlife encounters; muskrat, beaver, white-tailed deer, raccoon, woodchuck, skunk, garter snake, snapping turtle, osprey and loon.

 

By Louis Trup  (Geography 3rd Year) 

louis_trup.jpgThere is something intangible which hits you when you are half way up a 10 inch wide donkey path at 5000m above sea level, cut into a landslide on the side of a beautiful mountain, hours away from the nearest civilisation or helicopter landing pad. Somewhere between fear, astonishment, awe, and inspiration, I couldn't help but let the feelings force a boyish grin on my tired and dirty face.

I was trekking from South to North through the Annapurna region of the Nepal Himalayas with two friends - Pablo from St Catherine's College and Edward from St Edmund's Hall. We started our trek in Syange, at 1100m above sea level, following a long jeep drive on winding, dirt roads which on more than one occasion was so close to the edge (and a drop of many hundreds of meters into a raging river) that only three wheels remained on the road. The first four days of our trek followed the Marshayangadi River north, through rich forests and steep gorges which the raging river continues to carve as the rock rises from the earth's core. Hawks and other birds of all shapes and sizes make their homes in the diverse trees and many caves in the area, and kept our heads constantly looking up, inspired by these creatures' power and grace.


 

freshersinhall.jpgUndergraduate and Graduate Freshers were welcomed to the Brasenose community this week. The Freshers' week timetable, designed to cater for all tastes, included the fabled Chaplain's College Tour, library inductions, a School Disco, performances by the improvised comedy troupe the Oxford Imps and the all-female a cappella group the Oxford Belles, a pub quiz, pizza night, movie club, trips to local nightclubs, Freshers' Fair, mixed 5-aside football tournament, a barbeque in the Brasenose boathouse and much more. Undergraduates also had dinner with their subject tutors and met with other Brasenose staff members.

Priya Senthilkunar, a 1st Law student, commented: "Brasenose Freshers' week has been the best week of my life, so buzzing. I absolutely feel part of a tight knit community".  Amy Lewin, a 3rd Year English student who led the organisation of the week, commented: "Brasenose has once again proved itself to be the 'friendly' college; the Freshers' Committee have gone out of their way to make the Freshers feel at home and put bundles of effort, energy and enthusiasm into organising their activities. The new addition to the timetable of the 'Meet the Welfare Team' lunches has been a great success, as was the classy Wine and Cheese Evening in the Medieval Kitchen...and Freshers' Week hasn't just been fun for our new arrivals - second, third and even some fourth years scrubbed up for the cocktail evening at the Duke of Cambridge, and scruffed down for the five-aside football tournament. The Alternative Pub Quiz, the Boathouse BBQ and the Concert also saw Brasenose mingle en masse, continuing the strong community spirit which this college maintains from year to year."

 

brasenosemap.jpgA new bird's eye map of Brasenose College has been created, bringing the main historic site to life. Designed by architects Berman Guedes Stretton, the map was commissioned following improvements made to some of the buildings in College during the recent refurbishment, where new kitchens and dining facilities were installed.

A major challenge with the project was to produce a map that gave a faithful visual impression of main site as a whole, whilst also being a useful navigational tool for visitors and new students to find their way round College. This was no easy task since Brasenose has 500 years of history and architecture spanning several centuries, from the 15th century Mediaeval Kitchen to the brand new Rotunda. The solution was to sketch a bird's eye depiction, taken from the view that might be seen from the spire of the 700 hundred year old University Church, which sits on the south side of the Radcliffe Square, adjacent to Brasenose. The challenge of visualising the complex mishmash of historic buildings around the bottom left section of the College was addressed by creating an inset featuring that area from a different direction.    

rauch.jpgDr Ferdinand Rauch joins Brasenose College in October 2012 as the new Economics Fellow. Simultaneously he accepted a position as University Lecturer at the Department of Economics at Oxford University.  He arrives from London, where he spent two years as a Research Officer at the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics.

Dr Rauch's research interests consider different empirical application of microeconomic theory, mainly in the areas of international trade and regional and urban economics.  He has written papers on diverse topics such as the relationship between population density and the growth rate of population of cities, the impact of China's exports on producers in Mexico, the success and failure of African exporters and the effects of advertising on equilibrium market prices.

Dr Rauch is Austrian by nationality.  He studied at the University of Vienna and the London School of Economics.  He worked for over a year as a consultant for the World Bank research department, and visited the Princeton economics department.  At Brasenose he will teach undergraduate courses in microeconomics.

tamara_choir_screen_shot.jpgUpcoming band Tamara and the Martyrs have teamed up with Brasenose College Choir on a track for their forthcoming album.

Recorded in Brasenose College's beautiful 17th Century Chapel and conducted by Director of Music, Jonny Newell, the choral section will appear on the track ‘I Stuck it Out', which is a 'chamber-pop murder ballad' based on themes from the famous Hardy novel ‘Jude the Obscure'.

Tamara Parsons-Baker, the singer and guitarist in the band, was born and grew up in Oxford, but taught herself to play the guitar whilst studying in Tokyo just a few years ago. She commented: "when writing this song I kept hearing a choir part in my head, so I went to Brasenose and asked the Director of Music if the choir would like to feature on the track. The choir were great to work with and the final product was even better than I'd imagined."

Brasenose College Choir is open to all students and prides itself on its friendly atmosphere which fosters musical excellence within a sociable environment. In keeping with this philosophy, no auditions are required and the choir is entirely voluntary. Jonny Newell, the Director of Music, commented: "'It was a real privilege for a small number of members of Brasenose College Chapel Choir to be asked to perform the backing vocals for one of the tracks on Tamara and the Martyrs' new album. We spent a Saturday morning rehearsing and recording the material, which I had previously transcribed on to manuscript paper from a sketch recording. It was a great experience for all of us to be involved in this process, as it involved a degree of crossover of musical genres and included a strong element of understanding the recording process (learning among other things that we all had to take our shoes off!). This was very different from our usual rehearsals for Evensong, but it demonstrates that music making of any/all types is welcomed in College."

 

2012_academic_success.jpgBrasenose College is delighted to announce stunning results for our undergraduate examinations this summer. Of the 96 Finalists, 41 achieved first-class degrees and a further 51 secured a 2:1 (upper-second) classification. Eight of our students were awarded University prizes or received special commendation from the Chair of Examiners in recognition of their performances.

Brasenose's Senior Tutor commented on the news: "These very encouraging results reflect the admission of a highly gifted set of students who have benefited from excellent teaching and support. I wish all of our Finalists the best of luck for the future and hope they are able to visit the College again soon."

Brasenose is a friendly, close-knit academic community situated in the heart of the University of Oxford. It has a long tradition of academic excellence and welcomes undergraduate applications from students who are passionate and enthusiastic about their chosen subject. Brasenose aims to admit the brightest students, regardless of background, and to enable its undergraduates to fulfil their potential.

If you are thinking of applying to Oxford this autumn, view our prospectus_online and consider visiting during our September Open Day.

quantum_information_computation_and_communication.jpgResearch Sketch: Quantum Information, Computation and Communication

By Brasenose Physics Tutor, Professor Jonathan Jones

The world revealed to us by quantum mechanics is famously weird: objects can behave as both particles and waves, exploring many different possibilities at the same time, but jumping apparently randomly to a single state when they are observed. Einstein was so disturbed by this behaviour that he devoted much of his career to futile attempts to disprove the theory.

A later generation, epitomised by Richard Feynman, adopted a more practical approach.  Retreating behind the dictum that "nobody understands quantum mechanics" they instead concentrated on applying the theory to the physical world. The triumphs of modern physical science and technology, from the Higgs boson to the iPad, are a testament to the success of such pragmatism, but ultimately this approach still feels unsatisfactory.

Quantum information theory arises from a new and radically different approach: taking quantum mechanics at its word.  If quantum mechanics is weird, which it certainly is, and yet a correct description of our world, which current experiments suggest it to be, then we should embrace this quantum weirdness and see where it leads us.  A quantum object can be in many different states at once, and if we choose to interpret these states as different numerical values then we have a quantum memory which can store many different numbers at the same time.  A quantum computer can then manipulate all these numbers simultaneously, performing many different calculations with a single device.  With a suitable quantum system it should be possible to perform computations so complex that they could not be carried out on any conceivable classical system, even if we converted the whole world into a single giant computer.

amy_and_louis.jpgThe summer undergraduate Open Days of 2012 were held at Brasenose College in late June. Despite significant rainfall in the run up, the days themselves were thankfully dry and sunny, and hundreds of prospective applicants, teachers and parents visited Brasenose.

 40 current students from nearly every subject were on hand for questions about undergraduate life and to run in depth tours for visitors. Subject tutors were also available at various times to discuss with prospective applicants how the undergraduate courses are run, the tutorial system, how to apply and other topics.  The Senior Tutor, Dr Simon Smith, and the Schools Officer, Dr Joe Organ, also delivered four general admissions talks during the Open Days.

Joe Organ commented: "Open Days are the perfect time for prospective applicants to get an idea of what it's like studying and living at Brasenose and Oxford. It's really useful for the visitors to meet our students, as it helps them see that it could be them in a few years time studying here. The Open Days also help us debunk some of the myths associated with this University; potential, enthusiasm and intellectual curiosity are the ingredients you need to study at Oxford, it doesn't matter where you are from, what you look like or who your parents are, for instance."

The final Open Day of 2012 will be on Friday 14 September. There is no need to book for Brasenose College - just turn up anytime between 9am and 5pm. Student helpers will be on hand all day to answer questions and run tours of College. Tutors will be available at various times so check our Open Days web pages for timings and other information closer to the September date.

 

nicola_byrom_and_richard_cooper.jpgTwo Brasenose members, Professor Richard Cooper and doctoral student Nicola Byrom had the honour of carrying the Olympic Torch as it passed through Oxford this week.

Professor Cooper, a Brasenose Fellow in French since 1977, has been involved in sport at Oxford for 45 years, representing the University in hockey and lacrosse, and also acting as Chair of the University Sports Committee for 15 years. He still plays for the University Emeriti cricket team. Professor Cooper's research interests are French Renaissance literature, relations between France and Italy in the Renaissance, Court Festivals, Renaissance antiquarians and Renaissance manuscript painting. He teaches Sixteenth to Eighteenth Century French Literature courses to undergraduate Modern Linguists. He has held visiting academic posts in Paris, Rome, Massachusetts and Princeton and was recently awarded the Commandeur des Palmes Academiques, bestowed by the French government for significant contributions to French education and culture.

Nicola Byrom is studying for a doctorate in Experimental Psychology; she researches the cognitive processes involved in depression.  In 2009 she launched Student Run Self Help, a volunteer-run organisation which provides self-help groups across the country for students with eating disorders. She has raised more than £60,000 for the programme.

bnc_mens_rowing.jpgSummer Eights Rowing Report

By Amrit Gosal (2nd Year Medic)

Brasenose enjoyed a great four days of rowing in the glorious sunshine that arrived in Oxford for "Eights Week". The customary idyllic summer weather that so often characterizes Trinity Term rowing had instead been replaced by the wettest April for years - prompting river-closures for the majority of the build up to Eights. Brasenose College Boat Club (known as BNCBC) therefore took to the gym and we rediscovered our love of "erging" - aiming to make up for lost water time by maximizing our fitness and strength. With only around a week to go, the Isis (a nickname for the section of the Thames flowing through Oxford) opened and we were allowed out on the water to make the final preparations before Eights. 

The men's First VIII, called the Childe of Hale, achieved two impressive "bumps". The women's First VIII knew it would be a huge task to repeat their "Torpids" success and this indeed proved to be the case, as despite their strong fighting spirit, the inexperience of the crew took its toll. The men's Second VIII rapidly progressed, adding three bumps to their name. No doubt many members of this strong crew will be aiming to earn Childe of Hale colours in the coming year. The women's Second VIII probably experienced the most up-and-down week, with bumps galore (both achieved and received) as well as a crash from a following crew resulting in BNC's cox narrowly escaping serious injury.

The Men's Third boat, a composite crew of many boat club members past, present, (and female, too!) earned their second set of "blades" (meaning they bumped on all four days of the competition) in a year. The achievements of this most mysterious and changeable set of rowers will soon be chalked on to a College wall (similar to pictured, left), as a testament to the value of raw speed and little practice...

olympicene_-_ibm_research_zurich.jpg Professor Graham Richards CBE, Emeritus fellow of Brasenose College, has had his vision of a molecular structure with three hexagonal rings above two others realised through a collaborative project between the Royal Society of Chemistry, the University of Warwick and IBM Research. The molecule, which Professor Richards first conceived whilst doodling in a planning meeting, is the smallest possible five-ringed structure - about 100,000 times thinner than a single human hair. It was brought to life using a combination of synthetic chemistry and cutting-edge imaging techniques.

The molecule has been named Olympicene, due to its striking resemblance to the five rings of the Olympic symbol. Professor Richards hopes that, although the molecules may have a commercial application, they will primarily serve to provoke an interest in Chemistry through the link with the Olympics.

As well as coming to Brasenose as an undergraduate, Professor Richards was a Chemistry tutor at the College for over 30 years and chairman of the University's Chemistry Department from 1997-2006. He founded Oxford Molecular, a company which provided software to researchers, and later helped set up Isis Innovation, Oxford's technology transfer company. In 2010 he was listed in the top 100 most important contemporary figures in British science by The Times Newspaper's Eureka magazine and appointed as one of the two Vice-Presidents of the Royal Society of Chemistry. In spring 2011 was elected as a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales. He recently published the book 50 Years at Oxford, a personal reflection through a career at the University spanning five decades.

Image produced by IBM Research - Zurich

beating_of_the_bounds.jpgAscension Day, which fell on the 17th May this year, was marked at Brasenose College with two old traditions.

The Beating of the Bounds ceremony passed through Brasenose during the morning of Ascension Day. The custom, observed in a few parishes across England and Wales has probably been in existence for over a millennium, and originated in the need for church officials to perambulate the boundaries of their parish. The boundaries of the parishes of the churches of St. Michael at the Northgate and St. Mary the Virgin (also known as the ‘University Church') pass through Brasenose College and on Ascension Day groups from both parishes visit and mark the boundary stones located on certain walls of college buildings by marking them with the year in chalk and beating them with willow sticks!

Secondly, at lunch time on Ascension Day each year, Brasenose College members are permitted to enter Lincoln College via a tiny connecting door between the two colleges, which leads from Brasenose's Old Quad directly into the Lincoln College kitchens. The door is opened for five minutes and it is the only time during the year that this door is unlocked. Brasenose members are served an ale in Lincoln College, which is traditionally flavoured with ground ivy, handpicked by the Lincoln College butler in local woods, to discourage Brasenose members from taking liberties with the kind hospitality by requesting more than one drink.

 

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