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Nick would like to describe himself as a social democrat, an atheist, a male feminist and a libertarian, but to do so makes him sound like a prick, a fact seemingly reinforced by his very self-conscious glasses. In reality he's someone who spends a lot of time getting angry at right-wing bloggers and is now delighted to have been given the opportunity to vent his opinions to a wider audience than his measly collection of Twitter followers.

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NICK CORDINGLY bemoans the rise of the ‘big name’.

What is a BNOC? I would hope that most people have absolutely no idea. I certainly didn’t until a few months ago when a friend of mine at the Other Place referred to trying to become one.

A BNOC, for those of you lucky enough to have not encountered the term, is a ‘Big Name on Campus’ i.e. a person who has a certain level of fame within their university such that people who they’re not actually friends with have heard of them.

How does one become a BNOC? Well there are multiple ways – become heavily involved in student politics or protest. Speak at the Union at every opportunity. Work in student media, or join the Footlights. Even joining Twitter is enough (anyone who is ANYONE in this university is on Twitter, handy tip).

I very briefly became perhaps an MNOC, a medium name of campus, last year for about a week when I wrote a controversial and rather misjudged piece here on the Tab about lad culture. My main experience of it was receiving dozens of scathing comments on the article, which wasn’t particularly fun. I’m pleased to have disappeared back into utter obscurity.

So the key question is: WHY would anyone desire such a level of fame, or indeed infamy? I think we all perhaps understand the desire to have 15 minutes of fame, for people to know who you are is most likely a bit exciting.

But for many of those who seek BNOC status I think it’s more than this. For these are the people who come to Cambridge certain they are going to be prime minister. Or the editor of the Sun. Or an Oscar winner. Those terrifyingly motivated people with the slightly crazy eyes that one meets occasionally in this university.

The ones who basically see this entire 800-year-old educational institution as one big networking opportunity. They are the aspirational BNOCs who need to be noticed NOW so that they can build on this momentum and get into the public eye – the REAL one outside of this small town – as soon as possible, so that they can achieve their 10 year plans for world domination.

I’m sure these people are a tiny minority here. I’m sure the majority of people who become well-known in this university by various means do it just because they’re passionate about what they’re doing. And most of the times I’ve heard the phrase ‘BNOC’ it’s been used ironically. But for those who it isn’t – please calm down and chill out a bit.

Being a ‘BNOC’ is really nothing important in the grand scheme of things. Most people really don’t care about it, and I’m pretty certain neither do future employers. Maybe just sit back and enjoy yourself. Who knows, you might even learn something.

  • bobo

    tried to think of an alternative acronym for BNOC that expresses how these people are all soul-less inadequate human beings. couldn't think of one, so my contribution is –

    you're all cunts.

  • BNOC

    You're an SNOC

  • Clueless

    This is so poor. BNOCs get 'involved in student politics or protest' and 'speak at the Union'? Oh dear.

  • logic

    "I’m sure the majority of people who become well-known in this university by various means do it just because they’re passionate about what they’re doing."

    You then state:

    "But for those who it isn’t – please calm down and chill out a bit."

    Surely the only people who need to calm down are the ones who are passionate about what they do in the first place.

  • Bnoch Powell

    Some people think getting into drinking societies transforms you from an irrelevant loser into a BNOC but really all that changes is you get to wear the same tie as all of the other irrelevant losers together

  • Fafe Rletcher

    you didn't even mention UPC or the epics

    • Som Tooner

      UPC UPC UPC. oh wait.

      • Pamie Jatmore


  • Clarky

    My mates call me BNOC, probably because I play University hockey and I have a bloody fantastic arse.

    • Clarky's Arse

      I've actually seen better days.

  • Rafe Fletcher

    Don't mean to state the obvious, but I was at a CUCA lecture this week

  • Kisha Meeney

    is a tiny SNOC

    • cubo hobb

      but she sleeps with huge BNOCs

  • Who am I?

    Wyvern, Adonian, Pitt Club, Cobbler and dickhead

    • Gareth


  • Hannah Levy

    Is a BNOC and a BJOC

    • and also

      not a very nice person

    • Would You

      Make comments like this about someone's blackness, asian-ness, or gayness?

  • UPC

    Yeah, you know me…

  • This article

    Is really boring.

  • Florence Prevezer

    is obviously the biggest BNOC around here

  • BNOC

    Nick Who?

  • Guess who i am?

    I got a BCOCK and I'm a woman.

  • St Edmund's?

    Women appreciate a BPOC rather than a BNOC

  • confuzzed

    how do they have so much spare time to go out and socialise all the time? If i were to be like that I would fail my degree- perhaps they're all secret genius'

  • James Kelly

    As someone who tweeted about the money he received for getting a good mark in your part 1 I don't really think the part about how you enjoy obscurity rings true. You tw*t.

    • Sherlock

      Oooooh, someone's done their research….

  • Rafe fletcher

    I wish I was ini

    • !!!!!!ypeaH

      Don't take the piss..

  • Ashley Cole

    Nick should change his name to Ack.

  • Did someone say…

    The elusive Shyam Modi?

  • Gonny Jraham

    I don’t appreciate the sarcasm aimed at my girlfriend hannah levy, she’s a sweet girl and is definitely not only with me because i’m a cliched bjoc banker.

    • Josh




  • All big names…

    …are at John's

  • SheeWolf

    I'm the juggiest B-NononononononononononononoC

  • Will Smith

    What about all the BRLOCs?

  • but

    you moan about the attention you recieved for writing two (shit) tab articles. and now look, you're back, writing another (shit) tab article. maybe remaining totally obscure and out of sight was best – keeps you happy, keeps us happy.

    • Everyone shut up

      be quiet

  • Green

    is not a good colour on you, Nick.

    • Actually

      he looks awesome in it. HAH HAH HAH, shut up.

  • #hloungebnocs


  • annoyed user

    Asma Butt is possibly one of the worst writers in history. Just shows how desperate the Tab are when they get her to write articles.

  • Star Wars: Attack of the Tab

    “Nothing goes over my head, my reactions are too fast, I would catch it.” – Batista 2014

  • giveMEaTABofACIDoverTHISanyDAY

    Woke up today, made myself a nice hot steaming cup of coffee. Then I had a power shower. I turned around and closed my eyes, letting my head get drenched from the falling water, flattening my hair to my soft skin. I started to get all hot and flustered, thinking about my tutor advising me so hard. I let out a slight cry. I towelled off my wet body and left the house, for KFC, in a wonderful mood knowing that if there was anything I could ever want or need from university, I had my personal tutor there to satisfy my every need.

  • MarcHMFC

    Who is Asma Butt? I have literally no idea who she is, she doesn’t exist.

  • giveMEaTABofACIDoverTHISanyDAY

    if only

  • Get schooled

    Viruses aren’t dead.

    • ??

      Viruses aren’t dead? Do you know anything about biology?

      • Salk & Sabin

        Viruses aren’t dead (Depending on whether viruses can be considered “alive” in the first place). Vaccines are, sometimes, dead viruses.

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  • http://i.imgur.com/7RKNE.jpg A Sensitive Scholar

    Although, I hasten to add, I do not know why the Adonian society continues to exclude him. He's a pretty little twink (no homo).

  • And yet….

    Anyone who knows what a 'twink' is hardly the most heternormative of people…

  • Deposit


  • Inventory

    Did you get photos of everything?

  • Lawsoc Twat

    Na, rotten floorboards, the landlord is liable.

  • northwestfivelondon


  • Truth

    Mu00edchel, d’ou00f9 vient l’argent pour le bowling?