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  • Sitting duck dealt death at Exeter

    first_imgOnly one duckling survived the rescue attempt. ‘Mother Duck’ has since been spotted back in Exeter gardens. However, the recruitment process was cut short after magpies began to attack the ducklings. Despite witnessing her brood being cruelly picked off, Mother Duck “wasn’t very maternal, and just went and sat up on the library roof watching her ducklings from afar.” Nickell explained, “A few JCR members tried to get that motherducker and bring her down to the river, with her one remaining duckling. “ The ducklings and their mother were discovered last week, apparently unable to return to the river. The crisis prompted intervention from the Exeter JCR. JCR President Edward Nickell organised a group of students to transport them back to the Isis.center_img Nickell told Cherwell, “I bought some duckfood and a ‘duck carrying box’ from the covered market. I asked the JCR for help and the response was fantastic.” He recieved “at least 20 volunteers. Some even sent mini CVs: ‘My grandfather has ducks’ and ‘I’m experienced in babysitting screaming children’. I even had people outside College asking to join in! I was slightly less impressed by one response,‘I’m more than comfortable handling birds and I have experience of ushering them back to the river at 5 AM, know what I mean.’” Exeter students have attempted to rescue a family of ducklings, stranded in their college’s gardens.last_img read more

  • Race-related criticism of ball themes

    first_imgLincoln and Magdalen Colleges’ ball themes have received criticism this week.Lincoln’s New Orleans-themed Ball has been labelled “problematic” due to alleged cultural appropriation, while Magdalen’s has been criticised on the Facebook event page for stating, “We invite you to come back in time with us at Magdalen.” This provoked a reply from one Magdalen student Arushi Garg, who wrote, “a college devoid of women and people of colour… what a place to be! Can’t wait to go back in time!!!”Both ball committees are actively discussing the alleged problems and seeking to resolve them.Garg told Cherwell, “1926 at Magdalen was a time when people of colour and women were entirely absent from college spaces. I felt uncomfortable with the advertising (‘Can’t repeat the past? Why of course you can!’).“Obviously my demographic (woman of colour from a former colony that remains a developing country) makes me less likely than others to uncritically long for a past that privileged some more than others. But it would be nice if they cut down on the nostalgia a bit, because if we were re-living the past, the corridors of institutional spaces like Magdalen/Oxford is definitely not where you would find people of my gender, race and nationality.”She went on to emphasise, “I wrote to the Magdalen organisers and they engaged quite respectfully with me, and are communicating with me to understand why I think this is problematic.”Magdalen Commemoration Ball’s committee offered a statement, reading, “We have taken Arushi’s comments on board, and have spent time discussing as a committee, and with college authorities, what we think an appropriate stance would be. We simply wanted the ball to be boldly designed, and thought that 1920s art and design would enable us to do that.“We will not be expecting people to dress in 1920s attire; we are simply using it in order to create an enjoyable evening for our guests, which they will feel is more of an ‘experience’ rather than simply a large event.“We are of the opinion that to undertake changes now would be to undermine the considerable amount of work our design, catering and entertainment teams have already put in to what promises to be a very enjoyable evening. We have been planning the ball since February, and have taken a lot of care in planning theme-appropriate entertainment and food to date, and as such this would be a large undertaking.”Critics of Lincoln’s Ball, including CRAE co-chairs, have claimed the New Orleans theme is showing “nostalgia for an era of history steeped in racism”.Lincoln Ball’s committee was unable to give an official statement, but stressed they have not used any material based on ‘Dia de los Muertos,’ a Mexican holiday, or any aspect of Mexican culture, adding that this has been misinterpreted by their critic when looking at the poster.The Lincoln committee further stated they had based their decision to use the theme on an article written by two scholars with “significant reputations on race relations” and claimed they “consider them authoritative on the topic of their city”.last_img read more

  • Academics need freedom of movement post-Brexit, former minister says

    first_imgFormer Universities Minister Lord David Willetts proposed that the UK government ought to fi ght for academics and students to be given freedom of movement within the European Union.Speaking at the Times Higher Education World Academic Summit, he told the Times, “It’d be great if we had a real priority given to the movement of academic staff , we’ve had the chancellor talking about how important it is that bankers can move easily between the City and the EU, it’s equally important that researchers can move easily between Britain and the EU.”This news comes amid speculation that vacancies in UK Universities are failing to attract applicants from Europe post-Brexit, according to the Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce).Madeleine Atkins, chief executive for Hefce, told the organisation’s annual meeting last Thurasday, “Vacancies are not attracting any serious interest from Europe or indeed elsewhere. People who have been off ered jobs have now turned them down on the back of the referendum vote.”Lord Willetts further argued that funding currently provided by the EU’s Horizon 2020 framework needed to be maintained, adding that whether or not this would be possible would all depend on the currently ongoing Swiss negotiations.He stated, “We then need to have some very creative thinking about how we can continue to work alongside the EU. That could involve directly joining Horizon 2020, it could involve running a parallel structure alongside it… there are several different ways we could remain linked to the EU of which direct budget contributions to Horizon 2020 are only one.”Commenting on Willett’s proposal, a spokesman for Oxford University told Cherwell, “Access to European streams of research funding and the free movement of people within the EU have been of huge benefi t to Oxford, allowing us to be at the forefront of life-changing, pan-European research projects and to attract the top European talent to our world-class university. We know the UK government is working hard to ensure British universities are not disadvantaged by Brexit, and in the meantime there is no immediate change to our ability to take part in EU research and innovation programmes such as Horizon 2020.” There is currently debate as to whether the UK should remain part of the EU’s research programmes, which would include European Research Council grants. However, it has been suggested that this would only be permitted if the UK is to continue with free movement of people, something that Theresa May has indicated is unlikely.However, Willetts was not wholly negative about the consequences of Brexit, “although I was a Remainer I think that there are some things that become more possible post- Brexit. For example, there are areas of research where there were very signifi cant restrictions because of EU regulations. Attitudes to GM and restrictions on GM crops, approaches to nanotech, restrictions on the use of data that would’ve made a lot of social science hard to conduct.”He proposed that the British academics ought to seek closer ties with other parts of the world in order to ensure that international collaboration would continue. He stated, “As well as links to the EU look at strengthening links beyond the EU, what more can be done with China, with the Commonwealth, with the Gulf, with the US and Canada.”Brexit has also impacted undergraduate student applications to British universities in recent weeks. UCAS have announced statistics from the 15th October deadline for Oxbridge and medical courses, revealing a 9 per cent decline in the number of students from EU countries applying.The chief of Universities UK, Nicola Dandridge, blamed this decrease on the delayed announcement about funding for EU students until September 6.The full impact of Brexit on applications will become clear after the January deadline next year, after which 90 per cent of applicants to undergraduate courses will have been recieved.Before the referendum the academic community was overwhelmingly in favour of remaining in the EU. One poll of scientists by the journal Nature estimated support for Remain at 83 per cent, another for Times Higher Education putting it at 90 per cent with 40 per cent of those working in UK higher education saying that Brexit would make it more likely that they would leave Britain.last_img read more

  • Sir Tim Berners-Lee to join Oxford computer science department

    first_imgThe inventor of the World Wide Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, has taken up a professorship at Oxford University’s computer department, the University announced Thursday morning.Berners-Lee, who will become a member of Christ Church, graduated from Queen’s College in 1976 with a first in Physics. He created the first successful communication between a Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) client and server in 1989. His work in creating the internet earned him a place in Time magazine’s 100 most important people of the 20th century.The dean of Christ Church, professor Martyn Percy, said, “We are delighted that Professor Sir Tim Berners-Lee will be joining us. As one of the most significant innovators and scholars of our time, his work with us here in Oxford will continue to consolidate our standing as the world’s top university.“Christ Church also intends to appoint a new associate professor in computer science to enhance our collaboration with the department, and hopes to offer at least three undergraduate places per year in the subject.”Head of Computer Science at Oxford, Professor Mike Wooldridge, said, “Few living individuals have changed our world as profoundly as Tim did with his invention of the World Wide Web. We are delighted and honoured to welcome Tim back to Oxford and are tremendously excited about what we will be able to do together in the years to come.”In his role at Oxford, Berners-Lee will predominantly carry out computer science research. However, it is unclear as to how much time he will spend in Oxford, given that he is also a full-time professor at MIT.last_img read more

  • Oxford stays red as students struggle in council elections

    first_imgNone of the nine undergraduates studying at the University managed to win their respective contests in the local elections, as results were announced at the Town Hall early this morning.It was a strong night for the Labour Party, who remained in control of the council after winning 18 out of the 24 wards up for election. The Liberal Democrats won five wards, while the Green Party had a disappointing night, winning only one ward. The Conservatives again failed to gain a single ward, and will continue to have no representatives on the council.Some of Labour’s key victories came in wards which were previously held by the Greens, who were elected in 2014, such as in Carfax and Holywell. These are wards containing most of the University’s colleges and therefore are highly populated by students.In the rest of the main wards of student residence, such as St Clements, Iffley Fields and North, seats were held by Labour, apart from in St Mary’s where Dick Wolff for the Greens kept his seat.The most dramatic moment of the night came as the announcement took place for Holywell, which houses many colleges, including Magdalen, New, and Christ Church. After several re-counts, the returning officer announced that Labour’s Nadine Bely-Summers had beaten Finn Conway.Conway, the Lib Dem candidate, is a second year Classicist at Balliol, and lost by 393 votes to 386 – a margin of just seven.Martyn Rush, a first-year DPhil candidate at Wolfson, was the only successful student: he stood for Labour in Barton,a ward which the party held.Steve Goddard, a French tutor at Wadham, kept his seat for the Lib Dems in Wolvercote with 1341 votes. Goddard also beat one of his students, Sarah Edwards, who stood for the Greens and came last with 125 votes. He told Cherwell that the Liberal Democrats “are on the way up” after gaining a seat from Labour and coming a close second in many wards. He said that the Lib Dems were the “only opposition to Labour” in Oxford, noting the poor results for the Greens and Conservatives.In St Clements the leader of the Green group in the council, David Thomas, lost his Holywell seat after standing in a different ward in an attempt to unseat Labour’s Tom Hayes. Hayes is a senior Labour councillor and was targeted by the Greens in response to the council’s actions on homelessness.Keir Mather, Oxford University Labour Club’s co-chair for Hilary term this year, was at the count and told Cherwell that Labour had tried to run a “positive campaign” in Oxford. Mather said that Labour campaigned heavily in Carfax and Holywell, focusing on issues which they believed were important to students. He said that their key priorities in the campaign were “addressing homelessness, reducing pollution levels, and ensuring University staff are paid the living wage.” He said Labour’s policies were “common sense ideas for students, scouts and the community as a whole.”Anneliese Dodds, Labour MP for Oxford East, also spoke to Cherwell at the count. She said “I am really pleased by Labour’s gains” but that she was “sorry for [their] loss in Quarry and Risinghurst, we had a strong candidate there.” She claimed there were “difficult circumstances for Labour in some parts of the city due to the pact between the Green party and the Liberal Democrats in some seats, so that was tough for us”.Councillor Craig Simmons from the Green Party said that despite some good results, such as in St Mary’s, it was a “disappointing” night for the party in Oxford. He blamed this on “problems with the electoral system” in which “a handful of votes makes a big difference”.Referring to Labour’s continued large majority, Dick Wolff, Green councillor for St Mary’s, told Cherwell: “The people of Oxford prefer a one-party state, they don’t want opposition”.The turnout for the election was 38%, a drop of 1.5% from the last round of local elections in 2016. Half of the City Council’s seats were up for election but the composition of the council has largely stayed the same, with Labour and the Lib Dems gaining one seat each at the expense of the Greens.last_img read more

  • TuskTasks app links Oxford students to odd jobs

    first_imgA group of student entrepreneurs from Oxford University and Oxford Brookes launched a task-sharing service in April with the aim of “bringing communities together”.The service, called TuskTasks, connects students with people in the Oxford community who need to run errands but may not have the time.Members of the public post their tasks on the website along with the price they’re willing to pay for it, and the students choose whichever tasks they can complete.The response rate is often as quick as a few minutes, Micheal Hodnett, a co-founder of TuskTasks and finalist in real estate management at Brookes, told Cherwell.So far, according to Hodnett, the service has 201 users. “The idea came when I was lying in bed thinking how much I needed money, and how I was going to make it,” Hodnett said.Hodnett’s main source of income was doing odd jobs for friends and family, but he wondered why he had to be limited to working for people he knew.“So I set out to try and create a platform to connect people who need help with students who need work.”While finding students work is an important aspect of TuskTask’s mission, Hodnett also recognises how the service can bring a community closer together.He told Cherwell: “There seems to be a lot of negativity towards students within university towns and as such we wanted to paint students in a better light. Students do drink and party – sometimes – but they also work incredibly hard and can be a very reliable taskforce.“The platform is about helping one another. Helping the students earn money, while they are helping you.”The service can go a long way towards reducing what Hodnett calls ‘studentification’, the impact of a huge group of students being integrated into a city.Saam Medizadeh, director of the TuskTasks platform, told the Oxford Mail: “It gives students a chance to bring communities together, reduce the friction between communities and students and have people realise that students can help out.”Though only a website currently, the TuskTasks team is planning to turn the service into an app by the end of 2018.Hodnett told Cherwell: “This is the perfect way for students to make money as and when they need it, without having to commit to a regular job that affects their studies-and if we can give students a chance, I’m sure everyone will be surprised.”last_img read more

  • “Queering Spires”: Museum’s appeal for queer history exhibition

    first_img“Queering Spires” is part of Oxford Museum’s National Lottery Fund-supported “Oxford Revisited” project to highlight LGBTQIA+ experiences through community exhibitions and a programme of workshops. There are also valuable ways to take part in the initiative for those who do not have objects to loan. Zayna Ratty, Chair of Oxford Pride, told Cherwell she encourages University of Oxford students to support the exhibition “through visiting and engaging with the exhibits, opening dialogues and having conversations about queer life in Oxfordshire”. The exhibition will be on display from September 2019 until Christmas 2019 in the museum’s Micro-Museum space in Oxford Town Hall. Subsequently, “Queering Spires” will be installed as a permanent exhibition when the Museum’s ongoing £3.2m redevelopment concludes in 2020. To highlight local queer history, the curators are focusing on memories and gathering an eclectic range of objects which evoke them – ranging from memorabilia of gay bars and community centres to activist fliers, from boxes of photos to objects with deeply personal, hidden meanings such as a champagne cork from a civil partnership. “The best way to tell this story is through the memories of those who were living here, which is why the Museum of Oxford is calling for people to loan items to the exhibition.” Councillor Mary Clarkson, Cabinet Member for Culture and City Centre, said: “People know about the big moments in queer history, like Stonewall and Section 28, but this exhibition is about what life was like for people in Oxford – the spaces, the events, just daily life.  The curators of an upcoming exhibition celebrating Oxford’s everyday queer history are appealing for local people to loan memorabilia.center_img She added: “[There has been] historical exclusion and phobia experienced by some members of the LGBTQIA+ acronym. Pivotal people in LGBTQIA+ history have come from marginalised groups and should be remembered for the vital advances made for all of us. “Queering Spires” is a collaboration between the Museum of Oxford, Oxford Pride, Tales of Our City and members of the community to tell the “hidden history” of Oxford’s LGBTQIA+ communities. “Oxford Pride with our theme of DiverseCity 2020 hopes to explore and platform these marginalised groups engaging with our community. To be able to better look forward and face the hurdles ahead, it’s vitally important that we have an awareness of where we come from. Oxford’s LGBTQ+ Society told Cherwell: “This sounds like a wonderful initiative and a great example of grassroots community-building and refining of Oxford’s collective memory. We hope that this project foregrounds the previously unheard stories of the LGBTQ+ communities who have come before us and made their own unique mark here, which we are privileged to discover through this exhibition.”  The Museum advises people interested in loaning objects should contact the Community Engagement and Exhibitions Officer at [email protected]last_img read more

  • Moran calls for City Council to “step up”

    first_imgResults of this investigation come after the new government revealed that 127,000 children faced being homeless at New Year. As part of the Liberal Democrat commitment to alleviate the housing crisis, they are calling for legislation to allow authorities to increase council tax by up to 500% where properties are being left empty long-term. “Instead, these homes could be turned into affordable places to live for some of the most vulnerable people in our society. We are in the midst of a housing crisis here in Oxfordshire, and the city council needs to step up to play its part in fixing it. “People deserve better. That’s why Liberal Democrats are demanding councils are given the powers and resources we set out in our manifesto to bring empty homes back into use.” Layla Moran has called for Oxford City Council to “step up” after an investigation revealed that almost 47,000 homes have been left vacant nationwide, including 27 in Oxford. The investigation revealed that Oxford City Council has six homes empty for ten years or more and 27 empty for five years or more. 545 are currently considered to be “long-term” empty, defined as over six months. The Liberal Democrat investigation revealed that the homes had been left vacant for over five years. Layla Moran, MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, said: “Communities up and down the country, including our own, are being torn apart because affluent owners are treating these properties as financial assets. Freedom of Information requests also uncovered that a further 313,792 houses had been empty for 6 months. Revenues from this tax would be used to build new homes for the community or to invest in local services. The figures collated from over 300 local authorities across the country reveal there are 12,889 homes that have been empty for ten years or more, according to the Liberal Democrats.last_img read more

  • Today’s Vanderburgh County Board of Commissioners Agenda

    first_imgConsent ItemsApproval of August 27, 2019 Meeting MinutesEmployment Changes Auditor: Claims Voucher Report 8/26-8/30Sheriff’s Office: Surplus Request for (2) VehiclesCommissioners: Transfer Request for Travel Line Item Old BusinessUniversity Parkway Corridor Plan Department Head ReportsNew BusinessLeadership EvansvilleCAJE: Aurora, Inc. Update Final Reading of CO.09-19-023: Establishing a Victim Services Expense FundSuperintendent of County BuildingsLease Renewal Agreement with Cultural Resource AnalystsLease Renewal Agreement with Tom Barrowscenter_img AGENDA Of Vanderburgh County Board of CommissionersSeptember 3, 2019, At 3:00 pm, Room 301Call to OrderAttendancePledge of AllegianceAction Items Superior CourtsTreatment Court Assessment AgreementWork Release Assessment Agreement Public CommentAdjournmentFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

  • THESE ARE THE SALAD DAYS

    first_imgTHESE ARE THE SALAD DAYSby Rich ManieriJanuary 16, 2019 FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare I never thought I would have to apologize for this but here goes.Yes, I have, indeed, asked my wife to make a salad. And not just any salad. This was a salad that fed a large family. It had two kinds of lettuce, tomatoes, olives, and those little red and yellow peppers, served in a hand-carved salad bowl. And even worse, I asked her to do it more than once.I was inspired to come clean after apoplectic CNN hosts lambasted President Donald Trump earlier this week for joking that he would serve salads to the Clemson University football team, which was visiting the White House after winning the national championship.“So, I had a choice,” Trump said. “Do we have no food for you? Because we have a shutdown? Or do we give you some little quick salads that the first lady will make, along with, the second lady. They’ll make some salads.”Here’s what CNN host, Erin Burnett, said about Trump’s joke.“Sometimes what people say when they’re being funny exposes exactly who they are and what they think. Not that there was any question, but this is pretty clear.”Liberal CNN pundit Joan Walsh called Trump’s comments “appalling.”“It seems to me like the president will not be happy until there is not one single female Republican voter in the country,” she said. “It’s incredibly sexist… . We are not all here to make salads for men. It’s disgusting.”Scott Jennings, who happened to be serving as CNN’s conservative punching bag for the day, disagreed.“I certainly didn’t take his comments to be sexist,” he said. “I think that if somebody took them that way, you know, that’s fine. Probably they want to take everything that Donald Trump says as being evil.”“How in the world can you not perceive that as sexist,” Burnett shot back, “to make the assumption that his wife will go make salads for a bunch of football players? What is she, like, the cook?”I don’t know everything, which isn’t breaking news to some of you who email me on a regular basis.But I have to admit that I don’t know if what Trump said about the first lady making salads is sexist or not.It wasn’t really funny and it was definitely awkward, but it didn’t seem particularly sexist. I thought words like “appalling” and “disgusting” were over the top. But hey, that’s just me.And I’m not taking Trump’s history or any past statements into account. I’m just trying to get some clarity on the salad reference.Perhaps Melania Trump makes a lot of salads. Maybe she likes making salads. Maybe she makes enough salads to feed the Seventh Fleet. Again, I don’t know.My wife assumes that I am always going to open a door for her and I do. Is that chivalrous on my part or sexist on hers? How dare she assume I’m going to open the door, or move the refrigerator, or grill the hamburgers?Now that I think of it, if we broadly extend the definition of sexism to the suggestion of salad preparation by women, I might have a lot more free time very soon.“Honey, can you take out the trash?”“Oh! Just because I’m a man, does that automatically make me the house trash hauler?”These are not easy questions for any man and when I don’t know answers, I ask someone smarter than me.So, I began with my salad-making, physician wife. Keep in mind that she is someone who has, on more than one occasion, walked into a patient’s hospital room only to hear, “You must be the nurse. Is the doctor coming?”When I told her of CNN’s outrage over Trump’s salad quip, she responded, “That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard.”I’ll leave it up to you to decide if you were offended by what Trump said about Melania making salads.But it occurs to me that we might want to reserve adjectives such as “appalling” and “disgusting” to behavior that legitimately deserves them.Unless, of course, we just can’t wait to be outraged and offended, so we seize what looks like an opportunity based on a dumb comment about salads and attempt to make it a topic of national discussion and debate to stoke more outrage and generate more clicks on a website.I’m trying to come up with a word for an international news organization that would do such a thing.“Appalling” will do nicely.–Copyright 2019 Rich Manieri, distributed by Cagle Cartoons newspaper syndicate.last_img read more