‘Death of fun’ ongoing at Jesus

first_imgAn email has been sent to all Jesus College undergraduates saying that tutors’ approval is needed for those who want to participate in activities outside of degree study. This is part of a new College ethos described by Jesus students as part of the “drive for five”, referring to the College’s aim to be ranked in the top five places of the Norrington Table.Last October Cherwell reported that JCR members passed a motion to allow a week of mourning for the “death of fun” at their college, a motion which accused Senior Tutor Dr Alexandra Lumbers of using “scare tactics” to raise academic standards and to clamp down on extra-curricular activities in which the students participated.Luke Eaton, Access and Academic Rep for the Jesus JCR Committee, said that “this has not, however, signalled the death of fun. Dr. Lumbers is an extremely diligent and hard working member of staff, about whom I have heard no complaint during my year as Access and Academic Rep. If anything I have always found her welcoming and open to my input. Jesus remains a place of fun and the friendliest college in the University.”“We’re here primarily to do work- if you’re going to take on something huge then you need your tutors’ support. Dr. Lumbers isn’t looking to stop people from being blues- she’s looking to remind us why we applied here in the first place.”Tom Rutland, OUSU Rep , commented that “it’s important that university life is rich and varied, and staff should remember that although academia forms the main part of the university experience, it should not form the entirety of it. Oxford University is not just the best place to continue your education beyond secondary school as an undergraduate, but its wide range of clubs and societies make it the best place to further current interests or develop new ones in sports, politics and creative arts.That being said, students should obviously focus on their work in this unique place of academic excellence.”He went on to detail how “the initial reaction to the changes made to the by-laws by Governing Body has been quite negative, and we feel students were not properly listened to”, but said that the JCR Committee “are yet to see many people affected by these changes, which is reassuring. Jesus prides itself in its involvement throughout university-wide societies. “Ollie Capehorn, Treasurer of the Jesus JCR, stated that “although some of the measures and policies are prima facie a little heavy handed, and an uncomfortable step towards to micro managing the lives of undergraduates, I know that Dr Lumbers is well-intentioned. Jesus is still a great place to be, and many enjoy a considerable extra-curricular schedule. Fun is by no means dead yet.”One third year undergraduate at the college who wishes to remain anonymous reflected on last year’s motion, saying that the JCR body “thought that it had all blown over” since the week of mourning last October, but that the email from Lumbers “has ignited it all again”.He went on to state that “I don’t think that the character of the college has changed enormously….but it’s certainly on the way to doing so…college can try as hard as you like to make people work forty or fifty hours a week, but we’re still university students, after all.” He described himself as “one of the worst” for taking on activities outside of degree study. Dr Lumbers was unavailable for comment on the email or on the views of undergraduates.last_img read more

Hillary Clinton delivers keynote address at Oxford human rights conference

first_imgFormer US Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton delivered the keynote address at today’s conference marking the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, at the University’s Bonavero Institute of Human Rights.The conference, entitled “Confronting Illiberalism: The Role of the Media, Civil Society and Universities,” explores the forms of illiberalism faced by these three key institutions of liberal democracy, as well as the manner in which different societies are responding to illiberalism.In her address, Clinton told an audience of academics and distinguished guests: “I hope the people of Europe and the European Union will resist the [illiberal] backslide we are seeing in the East [primarily Russia and China].“It’s disheartening to watch conservatives in Brussels vote to shield Viktor Orbán from censure, including British Tories. They’ve come a long way from the party of Churchill and Thatcher.“The slide toward autocracy is at least as grave a threat to the European Project as the financial crisis or Brexit. It’s also a threat to NATO.”She also expressed her concerns about impending Brexit: “On both sides of the Atlantic, we have to address the challenge of migration with courage and compassion. “Here in Europe, I add my voice to those warning of the risks of giving up on Schengen and the great benefits that freedom of movement has delivered.“Nations have a duty to control their borders in concert with their boarders. But we can’t let fear or bias force us to give up the values that have made our democracies both great and good.“Our goal should be to build societies that are secure and welcoming, where everyone counts and everyone contributes. People who are newcomers to our lands, and people who have lived in the same place for generations. “Obviously, I realise these priorities will be more difficult to achieve because the current American administration values the flattery of dictators more than the solitary of democracies. And Europe’s woes compound our challenge.“Without leadership from governments that we’ve counted on in the past, the role of civil society, the press, and the business community in advancing human rights is more important than ever.”Further to yesterday’s comments criticising Putin’s role in the last US presidential election, Clinton said: “The whole world now knows that Putin’s Russia is waging cyberwar and manipulating social media to influence elections and referenda, and to polarise and cripple democracies across the West. Kremlin-backed hackers and propagandists have sought to inflame divisions and advance an extreme right-wing agenda.“Here in the UK, senior lawmakers, like Damian Collins, a Tory, and Labour’s Tom Watson, have called for a full and independent investigation into Russia’s role in the Brexit referendum. Collins, who has led the parliamentary inquiry, warns of a crisis in British democracy: “Based on the systematic manipulation of data support the relentless, targeting of citizens.’”Clinton’s speakership follows her unveiling of a statue of Eleanor Roosevelt at the Bonavero Institute, which Roosevelt was instrumental in drafting, yesterday. She became an Honorary Fellow of Mansfield College at the same event.Oxford Vice-Chancellor Louise Richardson will speak on a panel, “Universities and Illiberalism,” at the conference later today.last_img read more

Vulfpeck Gets Brass Lovin’ From The Soul Rebels In New Orleans [Watch]

first_imgThe Soul Rebels are known for their diverse and impressive collaborations with artists and bands from all genres and worlds of music, including Marilyn Manson, Gov’t Mule, Metallica, Lettuce, The String Cheese Incident, Umphrey’s McGee, Joey Badass, Talib Kweli, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Rakim and beyond. Meanwhile, Vulfpeck is one of the fastest-rising groups in the scene today, bringing their potent brand of funk wherever they go. Don’t miss The Soul Rebels throughout Jazz Fest! The Soul Rebels, The Revivalists and Vulfpeck teamed up to present one epic night of funk, soul and good times during New Orleans Jazz Fest festivities. The three bands performed together at the Orpheum Theatre last Saturday, April 23rd, bringing some great music to one stellar stage. Among the many highlights from the night, the funk was taken up a notch when Vulfpeck brought out brass sensation The Soul Rebels for two songs; “Funky Duck” and ” Outro”.Thanks to the Soul Rebels, we have some pro-shot footage of both covers. Groove out on the Vulfpeck tunes below:last_img read more

Watch lespecial’s Astounding Radiohead Cover With The Turkuaz Horns

first_imgLast weekend, a number of jam scene regulars converged at the annual Disc Jam Festival. Among the many great performances, one particular stand-out moment was fortunately captured on film for all to see. That moment occurred when grooving band lespecial teamed up with the Turkuaz horns for a powerful performance of “National Anthem” by Radiohead.The Kid A track really comes to live with this potent ensemble. Check out the footage below, courtesy of In-Tents Cinema.The band has an upcoming residency at the Pacific Standard Tavern in New Haven, running on three Thursdays: June 23rd, 30th, and July 7th. The one on 23rd will feature the Turkuaz horns as well, so don’t miss out; more info can be found here.last_img

Miller wins Radcliffe’s Fay Prize

first_imgThe Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study has named Matthew Smith Miller winner of the 2011 Captain Jonathan Fay Prize for his interdisciplinary work and extensive research for his thesis, “Surely His Mother Mourns for Him: Africans on Exhibition in Boston and New York, 1860-1861.” In the thesis, Miller traced the history of an exhibition of five South African men in Boston and New York — and explored the layers of complexity and context involved.The Fay Prize is awarded annually to the senior who has produced the most outstanding imaginative work or original research in any field. Candidates are chosen from the Thomas T. Hoopes Prize winners for outstanding scholarly work or research.“My thesis began with a discovery in the Massachusetts Historical Society of a pamphlet describing an 1860 exhibit of the ‘Aborigines of South Africa.’ It caught my imagination and I wanted to contextualize it and the references it made to 19th century anthropology and life in Boston,” said Miller, whose concentration is history and literature.That moment of discovery led to an exhaustive investigation of primary sources, including newspapers, paintings of South Africa, maps, soldiers’ travel narratives, and posters and representations from the Harvard Peabody Museum and Houghton Library.“Miller’s ingenious research plumbs the depths of primary sources, and his beautifully written thesis contributes to our understanding of African and American history, demonstrating the unique rewards of multidisciplinary work,” said Barbara J. Grosz, dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and Higgins Professor of Natural Sciences in the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.Throughout his thesis, Miller provides scholarship on American images of savagery in civilization, ethnological show business, and insights about how individuals act as they establish themselves in the world — whether young African men or Americans staking their dreams on a museum exhibition.“Miller demonstrates exemplary independence and skill in researching and investigating sources to compose a remarkably compelling narrative and wholly original work of scholarship,” said Miller’s adviser, Lisa Brooks, assistant professor of history and literature and of folklore and mythology. “He skillfully draws on a multitude of scholarly approaches, ranging from post-colonial studies and performance theory to American and African studies.”Miller, who will travel to South Africa in September to serve as a photographer for Grocott’s Mail, South Africa’s oldest independent newspaper, said, “This award is an incredible honor, and a humbling one, especially given Radcliffe’s commitment to excellence and innovation.”last_img read more

Students network at rescheduled Career Fair

first_imgEven though the snowstorm that hit campus Feb. 2 caused many headaches and forced the Winter Career Fair to be cancelled, the Career Center’s rescheduled Career Fair was a success, said Kevin Monahan, associate director of the Career Center, said. “Students have been very supportive as they realized the crippling effects the weather would have had on the Career Fair and the safety issues involved if we pushed forward and tried to host the event in February,” he said. The Fair was postponed for more than a month until Thursday, when it ran from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Joyce Center Heritage Hall. The Diversity Reception ran from 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Monogram Room. Monahan said it was the first time in his 10 years with the Career Center that a career fair had been postponed. “As early as Monday of that week, we had received news of thousands of flight cancellations and anticipated shutdowns of major highways. Postponing the fair was the right decision as the well being of students, staff, and employers was our top concern,” he said. “Within 24 hours, we had already rebooked the Joyce Center and started communicating details to companies and students about the new date.” With the extra time the Career Center was able to keep the majority of the original firms set to attend, while bringing in a few more companies, including Land’s End, Chrysler and Frito-Lay, Monahan said. 104 firms were in attendance Friday, and firms also adjusted on-campus interview schedules during February and March. “Some firms kept their original on-campus interview dates while others pushed back until after the fair,” he said. “Overall, spring on-campus recruiting is up about 25 percent from last year.” Junior Rachel Chalich said she has been to every Career Fair while attending Notre Dame, except while she was abroad last semester. “I think that there were just as many students at the fair today as there have been in past years,” she said. “It seemed like there were fewer employers, but the event was logistically set up differently, so it is really hard to be certain.” Chalich said her biggest worry about the Career Fair being pushed back was the availability of positions.  “Of those in attendance, I am curious as to how many actually had jobs and internships available or if those positions had already been filled,” she said. “I was fortunate enough to be unaffected by the change in date. My recruiters still kept on the same schedule; they just didn’t have the Career Fair as a resource.” Monahan said this is not the first time the Career Center has held an employer fair in March. As of 10 years ago, the Career Center hosted a career fair in January and a separate internship fair in March. “Taking feedback from students and employers, we decided to move to one fair during the spring semester,” Monahan said. He said the Career Center estimates between 1,000 and 1,200 students attended, which is typical for on-campus career fairs. “I anticipate more first years and sophomores attending than in the past in order to get a head start on their career search efforts,” he said. Chalich said she began using the Career Fair as a freshman. “I think we’re spoiled by the work they do, and then you talk to friends who go to other schools where the ‘Career Center’ is one person behind a desk,” she said. “The staff at the Career Center know the industries, they know the employers, and they know the steps needed to get you where you want to be.”last_img read more

Morning Jog Turns Into Police Chase

first_imgDalton police chief Jason Parker’s daily run on Thanksgiving morning ended with him apprehending a would-be burglar, Georgia’s The Daily-Citizen reports. As Parker was out on his morning running route, he witnessed a man with a bin entering an outbuilding in the backyard of a house and coming out with the bin loaded full of an assortment of items. When Parker called out to the man, Thomas Daniel Green, he took off running, and Parker gave chase, identifying himself as a police officer. Parker caught up with Green and the burglar, who was unlucky enough to rob a house on a police chief jogging route, was brought into custody.Although he got a little more of a workout than planned, Parker said that he reacted the way any officer would.last_img

HUT: Great interest in the Covid-19 tracker is an indication that safety is a key determinant of success this season

first_imgImportantly, in the almost five months since the first case of imported Covid-19 infection was recorded in Croatia, there is still no official information that any of the citizens of other countries became infected in commercial accommodation in Croatia. Website www.croatiacovid19.info, launched by the Croatian Tourism Association with the aim of daily updated and accurate information on the number of Covid-19 cases in Croatia and its regions, in the first 4 days of launch was visited by over 30.000 unique users. Thanks to the quality epidemiological situation, Germany, Slovenia and Austria have confirmed that Croatia is safe and recommend it to their citizens for summer vacation. Bluesun Hotel Soline – Brela Most foreign guests from Germany, followed by Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Austria and Poland. The number of tourist arrivals from Germany is at 92 percent of last year’s result, from Slovenia at 91 percent of last year’s result, while the number of guest arrivals from Poland and the Czech Republic is at 82 percent of last year’s result The camp in Starigrad Paklenica has extremely good results, both due to its attractive position at the entrance to the Paklenica Nature Park, and due to the fact that guests in this, newly created conditions – choose this type of accommodation because they feel safe.  “Great interest, especially from foreign guests, for the Covid-19 tracker page is another indicator that safety is a key determinant of success this season, and Croatia has been recognized as a safe destination by many foreign guests this season. ” stand out from HUT. Most visitors come from Germany (30,91%), Hungary (28,15%), Croatia (13,57%), Slovenia (10,82%), Austria (6,88%), the Netherlands (2,83%) ) and the UK (2,16%). A smaller number of users come from Switzerland (1%), Italy (0,65%) and Belgium (0,61%).center_img 817 hotels and 417 campsites opened Occupancy of the tourist company Bluesun Hotels & Resorts currently it is about 80 percent, and it is expected that in the first half of August it will improve even more, because booking has increased significantly since mid-July, Bluesun Hotels & Resort points out. Since the beginning of the year, almost 3,9 million tourists have visited Croatia, with over 24 million overnight stays, and in July more than 2,2 million tourist arrivals, which is 53,2 percent of arrivals in the same period last year. Currently, 817 hotels and 417 campsites have been opened in Croatia, and new tourist facilities and facilities are opening daily in destinations along the coast. “Croatia continues to be the safest, closest and most acceptable holiday destination in the Mediterranean for all guests from the central EU”Emphasize from HUT. “As the air traffic has significantly decreased compared to previous seasons, most of them are still auto guests from countries close to us. The good news is that our biggest partner from the Scandinavian market, Ving, started with commercial flights from Sweden on Saturday, July 25.07, and Scandinavian guests are traditionally tied to our hotels on the Makarska Riviera and now we expect, and this can be seen on reservations – the return of guests from the area in the second half of August and in September”, Said Stjepko Šošić, Director of Revenue Management at Bluesun Hotels & Resortslast_img read more

As virus surges, Trump under pressure to adopt mask

first_imgPresident Donald Trump faced mounting bipartisan pressure Sunday to set an example by wearing a face mask, as his health secretary warned the “window is closing” to gain control of an explosion of infections in conservative-led US states.New coronavirus cases have been surging in more than half of US states, reaching record new highs after months of mitigation efforts applied unevenly across the country and sometimes contradictory messaging from the government.Hardest hit have been southern and western states that pushed for early economic reopenings.But the latest upsurge, pushing the nation’s total of declared cases over 2.5 million and its death toll past 125,000, has prompted a growing chorus of calls for much tougher rules and enforcement.”This is a very, very serious situation and the window is closing for us to take action and get this under control,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said on CNN. Topics : ‘Long overdue’ Liz Cheney, a member of the House leadership, has tweeted a picture of her father, the former US vice president, wearing a mask under the words: “Dick Cheney says WEAR A MASK #realmenwearmasks”Vice President Mike Pence has sometimes worn masks in public but stopped short of advocating mask-wearing when he chaired the first briefing in two months of the White House coronavirus task force on Friday.Pence travelled Sunday to Texas for a briefing with Governor Abbott on the pandemic response, but has cancelled upcoming events in Arizona and Florida “out of an abundance of caution.”Asked why the administration hasn’t pushed harder for masks, Pence told CBS on Sunday that “we believe that every state has a unique situation” and that “we want to defer to governors” to decide on rules for their own states.Some Democrats want Trump not only to set an example but to mandate mask-wearing nationwide — including Trump’s White House rival Joe Biden who says he would seek to make masks compulsory in public spaces.Asked on ABC if she would support such a move, House speaker Nancy Pelosi called it “definitely long overdue. “We have the worst record of any country in the world. And the president says we’re making progress.”She added, “The president should be an example. Real men wear masks. Be an example to the country and wear the mask.”  ‘A unique position’ Azar was asked why Trump has refused to set an example by wearing a protective mask in public — even when standing next to mask-wearing health advisors — and reiterated the White House explanation that the president is tested daily and is “in a unique position” as a world leader.But many Republicans who are normally reluctant to criticize the president have been calling more insistently for mask use, with some urging a clearer example from the nation’s leader. “If wearing masks is important, and all the health experts tell us that it is… it would help if from time to time the president would wear one to help us get rid of this political debate that says if you’re for Trump, you don’t wear a mask, if you’re against Trump, you do,” Republican Senator Lamar Alexander said Sunday on CNN.In some areas, mask-wearing has taken on a political edge rather than being seen as a straightforward health choice.Among Republicans calling strongly for mask-wearing are Senator Marco Rubio of Florida — which has set daily records of new COVID-19 cases; Senate leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky; and Governor Greg Abbott of Texas, another state that has seen a major uptick in cases after moving aggressively to reopen its economy.In Phoenix, Governor Doug Ducey wore a mask on Thursday when he warned fellow Arizonans that “we are getting hit hard right now.” The best defense against COVID-19, he told local media, is to wear protective masks.last_img read more

Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk plays down rivalry with Bournemouth

first_img With traditional rivals Portsmouth down in the fourth tier, Saints boss Koeman is keen to build a narrative with the Cherries. But his fellow Dutchman Van Dijk, who played in the fierce Glasgow derby for Celtic against Rangers, is content to take bragging rights out of the equation on Sunday. “It’s easy to say, but I think once the game has started you just shut yourself off and focus on your teammates and winning,” he told saintsfc.co.uk. “It’s just another Premier League game. “I’m very proud I’ve played in the famous derby in Scotland of course, but for us on Sunday you just want to win the game. “For me, personally, it’s not that difficult and I enjoy it really to have a lot of noise and atmosphere in the stadium anyway. “We just need to approach it very well and get ready for everything that’s going to happen. We need to win this game.” Southampton are unbeaten in six matches across all competitions but Van Dijk has nevertheless targeted an improvement, starting at the back. They have conceded in their last five Barclays Premier League matches, giving away a two-goal start against Leicester in their previous outing at St Mary’s. “We want to do much better than we did (in the) last game at home against Leicester – control the game (for) 90 minutes and win the game,” said the centre-half. Ronald Koeman may be keen to hype Southampton against Bournemouth as a local derby but defender Virgil van Dijk intends to treat it as just another game. “I want to keep clean sheets now as well, instead of winning and still conceding. “There’s still a lot to improve and I’m aware of that and I want to get the maximum out of myself and out of my team, so we work hard every day. “At the end of the day it’s all about winning and progressing as a team.” Saints attackers Jay Rodriguez and Shane Long remain on the sidelines, but the recent goalscoring form of Graziano Pelle and Sadio Mane means they would have been unlikely starters anyway. Press Associationlast_img read more