Campus Notebook: May 30, 2014
Sam Collins soaping it up
Soak-ay for some
Ice-cream taster, luxury bed tester, paradise island caretaker: some jobs are simply better than others. Sam Collins knows this well. The 20-year-old undergrad, who studies law at Bristol University, has just been appointed “bathroom executive officer” for the Bathstore company. In other words, he takes relaxing baths — and gets paid to do it. Sam won the coveted role after proving he had “personable qualities that mirrored his approach to bathing”, as well as meeting the minimum requirement of 3,000 baths taken in his lifetime. He will now have a range of tubs installed in his home, which he will be expected to test for “comfort, space, heat retention, and whether it inspires a blissful soaking ambience”. “There is no other person quite so passionate about the art of bathing as me,” Sam explained. “I can wax lyrical about the experience, and I’ve got my flock of rubber ducks at the ready.”
Nottingham Chabad set themselves a colossal challenge last Friday when they decided to host 200 people for Shabbat dinner. Husband and wife Rabbi Mendy and Brocha Lent got things going early, setting up two huge marquees in their garden and cleaning and cooking 33 chickens — and that was all by Monday. “As usual, the Lents exceeded all expectations,” MA student Marlen Jakobi said. “It was the greatest student gathering I have ever seen. People are already talking about next year’s 300 guests.”
Nottingham's mass feed
What do you get when you combine the UK’s number one klezmer band with stockpiles of Israeli food, Jewish books, art and crafts, a harpist – and a pony or two? Ask Oxford Chabad. Last Sunday, they launched what is hoped to be a mainstay of the calendar — The Jewish Fair. More than 1,000 people — students and locals — came together to sample Oxford’s rich Jewish culture. “It was a great success — beyond all expectations,” Rabbi Eli Brackman said.