Teddy Hall deny ‘social crisis’ claims

first_imgStudents at Teddy Hall have spoken out against recent reports of a hostile college atmosphere. They have described claims of a ‘social crisis’ within the college, as reported by the Oxford Student, as ‘out of proportion’ and ‘exaggerated’. The allegations arose at the termly college committee meeting, when the Dean, Stephen Blamey, and other senior members of the college, initiated a discussion with the JCR executive about the atmosphere in Teddy Hall. Blamey claimed at the meeting that the college was ‘too divided into sports and music’, and that some members of the student body were uncomfortable with the college atmosphere. However Blamey was informed that Teddy Hall student Philip Satterthwaite had bridged the gap by being both ex-rugby captain and a member of the Teddy Hall choir. Two Teddy Hall students, who preferred to remain anonymous, reacted to the situation, saying,’Teddy Hall is a college with a diverse range of people and we feel that the Dean is fuelling the Teddy Hall stereotype. ‘The third years have been most offended as they have been portrayed as being completely against the first years, which is not the case.’ They denied that an official room divide had been imposed in the bar, saying, ‘When it comes to the supposedly ‘divided’ bar, there are indeed two separate rooms, one extremely rowdy and one quieter side. ‘It seems counter-intuitive that the ‘rowdy’ rugby team would be expected to divide into two groups, they are a ‘team’ after all.’ Harold Buchannan, an undergraduate at Teddy Hall said, ‘There are many people in college that feel that the Dean is perpetuating the problem and is pursuing a vendetta against certain members of the JCR.’ JCR President Charlie Southern commented on the alleged social tensions, saying, ‘The dean brought it to a welfare committee meeting at the beginning of term. ‘He had heard reports of people being unhappy with the atmosphere in college, and the questions at hustings being intimidating. He compiled it from talking to various students at Teddy Hall. ‘My position was to hear opinion from the committee, I don’t see that there is a divide in college. There are lots of different groups but I’ve never seen any real tensions at all.’ He added, ‘One side of the bar is much more raucous and the other is for people having a quiet drink. Everyone agreed it was quite a good thing. It wasn’t a massive separation at all.’ ‘The Dean asked me to send the minutes to all the JCR, there was quite a lot of surprise as they hadn’t heard anything about this at all.’last_img read more

Competitions and demos at Bakers’ Fair

first_imgThe Bakers’ & Butchers’ Fair returns this autumn and, with it, your chance to prove you make Britain’s Best Loaf.We will be holding the competition for the second year running when the fair is held at the Newark County Showground, Nottinghamshire, on 12 October.The event also features a host of demonstrations from expert bakers – including Birds of Derby and Chris Foxall, of the Village Bakery.The show also gives bakers the chance to face off against their butcher rivals with the return of the National Pie Competition.For more information on the competitions, plus details of how to enter and how to get there, click here.Martyn Leek, editor of British Baker, said: “The Bakers’ & Butchers’ Fairs are must-attend events for anyone in the craft bakery market. As usual, we’ll have a whole host of different exhibitors, stands, demonstrations and competitions on offer.“It’s a great place to look at new kit, new ideas or just to have a catch-up with some of the best-known people in bakery.”last_img read more

Dickey Betts Adds Three New 2018 Fall Tour Dates

first_imgAcross 2018, Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts has been sporadically touring. Marking Betts’ “comeback tour” following his retirement announcement three years ago, Betts and his band, which frequently includes his son Duane Betts, have been playing select dates across the United States since the spring. Today, Dickey Betts has added three new dates to his touring calendar, with new performances scheduled in Augusta, Georgia, and Clearwater and Pompano Beach, Florida.After previously announced shows in the Northeast over Labor Day Weekend, Betts and company will take a month off from touring. The ABB guitarist will return to the road on November 1st, with a show at Augusta, Georgia’s Bell Auditorium, marking the first newly announced show. From there, on November 3rd, he will hit Pompano Beach, Florida, with a show at Pompano Beach Amphitheater, followed up by another Florida show on November 5th at Clearwater’s Ruth Eckerd Hall.For more information on these new dates, head to Dickey Betts’ website here. Dickey Betts Upcoming Tour DatesAug. 28 – Great New York State Fair – Syracuse, NYAug. 30 – Oakdale Theatre – Wallingford, CTAug. 31 – Casino Ballroom – Hampton Beach, NHNov. 1 – Bell Auditorium – Augusta, GANov. 3 – Pompano Beach Amphitheater – Pompano Beach, FLNov. 5 – Ruth Eckerd Hall – Clearwater, FLJan. 6 – Southern Rock Cruise – Tampa Bay, FLView All Tour Dateslast_img read more

Dark Star Orchestra Brings 12/30/77 To Charleston Music Hall [Photos]

first_imgPhoto: Ellison White Load remaining images Dark Star Orchestra made a stop at Charleston Music Hall on Thursday, April 4th to remember the end of 1977 at the Winterland Ballroom. With the addition of their traditional setlist, Dark Star Orchestra played an extended encore to treat the crowd in one of America’s most beloved cities.Per the original setlist, “Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo” offered a brief pause toward “Me and My Uncle”. After this sequence, Lisa Mackey walked out early into the first set signaling a definite late 70’s setlist. Mackey teamed with Eaton, Jeff Mattson (Lead Guitar), and Rob Barraco (Keys) brought smooth and seasoned harmonies to the Workingman’s Dead “Dire Wolf”. DSO played a heartfelt rendition of “Looks Like Rain” with the traditional gritty squawk from Eaton with a matching peak from Mattson on guitar.“Row Jimmy” began the next sequence with a sentimental slide guitar in the first solo followed by quick-paced “Big River”, and an ode to the Appalachian folk tune “Peggy-O”. A powerful “Passenger” got the Music Hall crowd roaring and ready for a quick paced 70’s-esque “Ramble on Rose”. An authoritative “Let it Grow” brought an extra peak to the close of the first set as Mattson pushed the band both up and down.The second set saw “Samson and Delilah” and “Ship of Fools” in the leadoff spot move the crowd up and down before heading into the meat of the show. The next transition into a thicker interpretation of “Estimated Prophet” showed off Mattson’s ability to match Garcia’s tone.“Eyes of the World” followed, giving way to the most mind-altering and challenging piece of the night. Within its passage to “St. Stephen”, Dark Star Orchestra played into a subtly Latin-style solo with Mattson’s lead. As the finalé, “Sugar Magnolia” closed with a powerful end to one of the top shows of 1977.The expected encore of “U.S. Blues” > “Good Lovin’” happened as the band bowed out. Dark Star Orchestra treated Charleston to an unexpected 3rd encore of The Band’s “The Weight”. Surprisingly, Barraco and Mackey took the second verse with an impeccable harmonization while Skip Vangelas (Bass) was finally heard in the fourth verse.Setlist: Dark Star Orchestra | Charleston Music Hall | Charleston, SC | 4/4/19I: Mississippi Half-Step Toodeloo > Me and My Uncle > Dire Wolf > Looks Like Rain > Row Jimmy > Big River > Peggy-O > Ramble on Rose > Let it GrowII: Samson and Delilah > Ship of Fools > Estimated Prophet > Eyes of the World > St. Stephen > Sugar MagnoliaE: U.S. Blues > Good Lovin’E: The Weightlast_img read more

‘I was in Harvard but not of it’

first_img Members of the community share memories, plans, hopes for the holiday When Jeraul Mackey joined the W.E.B. Du Bois Graduate Society in his second year of grad school, he was searching for a community that could help him thrive as a doctoral student of color in the Ivy League.Mackey, who hails from New Orleans, found much more.“For many Black people who call Boston and Cambridge home or lived through Hurricane Katrina, community is essential for survival,” said Mackey, who is now a steering committee member of the society. “We are often all we got. What I found was folks who have loved me, supported me, and rooted for me for no other reason than they want to see me succeed.”Founded in 1983, the Du Bois Society is a student group of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS), and aims to foster community among underrepresented graduate students, all of whom are encouraged to join. It’s one of several affinity groups at the graduate school, and they provide intellectual and social support as students pursue their doctoral degrees.The need is apparent. With its robust workload and focus on individual research, graduate school can be a lonely experience for anyone, but it can be especially isolating for minority students, who may be the only people of color in their cohorts. Many are the first in their families to attend graduate school (and some the first to go to college at all). According to the National Science Foundation, of the 55,195 research doctorates awarded in 2018, only 2,456, or about 4 percent, went to African Americans.Mackey joined the group after two female members invited him. “I didn’t know why or what I would be joining,” he said. “But I did know I should listen to Black women.” “There is something affirming about knowing that your experience is not unique.” — Jeraul Mackey Related Juneteenth in a time of reckoning In his celebrated essay, Du Bois wrote of the kinship he found among the “colored students” at Harvard, with whom he “ate, danced and argued, and planned a new world,” and led “a happy and inspiring life.” The members of the group that bears his name feel similarly grateful.“There are social factors, individual factors, and institutional factors that contribute to our individual and collective success here,” Jones said. “Students navigate those three spheres every day, and they need support across those three spheres in order to thrive, because we just can’t do it alone.” The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. For Mackey, who is studying inequality in labor markets in the graduate program in education, belonging to the Du Bois Society “makes the road of graduate school a bit easier to travel.”The group is named after W.E.B. Du Bois, the Black scholar and celebrated Civil Rights figure, who in 1895 became the first African American to earn a doctoral degree from Harvard.In his essay “A Negro Student at Harvard at the End of the 19th Century,” Du Bois wrote of the isolation he experienced while attending Harvard as “a member of a segregated caste,” and how he found friendship among the “colored students of Harvard” and “the colored folk of Boston and surrounding towns.” Du Bois wrote, “I was in Harvard but not of it.”“The community is a saving grace intellectually, but it’s truly a blessing in day-to-day life,” said Shandra Jones.Du Bois’ feeling of not belonging to Harvard is still shared by some minority students, who wrestle with impostor syndrome and microaggressions from white peers and even faculty, who might be too quick to dismiss their research interests. In the fall of 2019, 163 of the 4,372 students enrolled in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences were Black, according to data from the Office of Institutional Research.“There is something affirming about knowing that your experience is not unique,” said Mackey. “But it’s also disheartening when you think about that. More than 100 years have gone by, and we’re still having the same experience as Du Bois.”Shandra Jones, who is a GSAS Ph.D. student in the graduate program in education, agrees.“What our experience reminds us is that numeric diversity doesn’t beget belonging, doesn’t beget a sense of community, and doesn’t beget thriving,” said Jones, also a steering committee member of the Du Bois Society. “When we get together from across the University, we see a diversification of the institution. But when we go back to our departments, we’re still often the only ones or one of few, navigating spaces alone, sometimes voicing opinions that push against existing narratives and methodologies.”Besides being a professional support network, the Du Bois Society also functions as a personal one. When Jones’ husband fell ill last year, the group jumped in to babysit her children and offer help. “The community is a saving grace intellectually, but it’s truly a blessing in day-to-day life,” she said.“… the Du Bois Society has been a lifeline because it has allowed me to be in community with people who understand me because we share the same life experiences,” said Jasmine Olivier.For Jasmine Olivier, who is a GSAS Ph.D. student in the graduate program in sociology, the organization has given her a community of like-minded individuals who share the same cultural cues and a similar background. It’s a space where she, a first-generation college and Ph.D. student, finds fellowship.“It’s a space where you’re not the only one,” said Olivier, who is studying the effects of racial inequality on the criminal justice system. “For me, and for a lot of people, the Du Bois Society has been a lifeline because it has allowed me to be in community with people who understand me because we share the same life experiences. It’s also where I’ve met my best friends in graduate school. They’re people I can lean on, who encourage and support me and who keep pushing me forward.”About 100 students are active members of the Du Bois Society. Before the coronavirus crisis, the group held frequent meetings and activities for students to meet and connect with each other. In early February, it hosted a reception for nearly 200 graduate students of color from universities across the Boston area, with the sponsorship of the Harvard Office for Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging and the GSAS Office of Diversity and Minority Affairs. These days, all activities are held via Zoom, and they include yoga and meditation classes, writing circles, karaoke, and movie and trivia nights. A reading list on issues of race Harvard faculty recommend the writers and subjects that promote context and understanding last_img read more

Students appreciate hall staff

first_imgSenija Begic entered her position on the cleaning staff of Sorin College when she emigrated from Bosnia to America 11 years ago. Begic said she has developed strong relationships with residents of the dorm during her time on the job. “I like my boys. They help me a lot and every day come to my break room and ask me questions,” she said. “When I clean, these guys keep it clean too. I am proud of them.” At Notre Dame, there seems to be a special relationship between staff and students, with custodial doors often featuring thank you notes, banners and stickers. In Sorin, the bond has led to Senija Appreciation Day, freshman Bobby Hess said. “She has to deal with a lot of us, so last semester we signed up for half-hour periods and did jobs to help out,” he said. “We know how much work she puts in to keep this place clean.” Working as cleaning staff for five dorms on campus, Shania Carter has established her own bonds with students. “I do believe that there is a relationship between staff and students in the dorms,” she said. “I’ve had wonderful experiences with the girls. You really get to know about them, their parents, boyfriends and issues with classes.” Working between dorms has allowed Carter to observe what factors contribute to these relationships. “From my experience, it depends on what dorm you work in and a lot on the rector and the relationship that they have with the students,” Carter said. “I’ve seen that the rectors active with their students rub off on them and the staff.” Carter said being outgoing is key to forming relationships with residents. “Sometimes you guys are busy, back and forth to class, and if you just make the effort to say good morning that breaks the ice,” she said. Senior Sorin resident Dennis Malloy said the cleaning staff deals with difficult issues because of the college environment. Despite this, he said the staff continues to be friendly and open to conversation. “I love Senija because she’s always here for us. For four years, I’ve never heard her once complain and she’s always very happy to see us — even weekend mornings, even days she had to come through the snow to get here,” Malloy said. “And she’s doing it every day.” Begic said during the seven years she has worked in Sorin, the men have come to respect her like a mother. “I teach them a lot and they teach me a lot,” she said. Lacing her fingers together above her heart, she continued, “Here, my heart is so big. I feel at home.” Begic said she often hears from men who have graduated. Similarly, Carter said she receives cards from some of the women she knew as students. “After graduation, they write to let me know how they’re doing. It really means a lot to me,” Carter said. “Working in a place where you know these people makes a huge difference.”last_img read more

Coal-heavy co-op signs contract for South Dakota’s largest solar project

first_imgCoal-heavy co-op signs contract for South Dakota’s largest solar project FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bismarck Tribune:Bismarck-based Basin Electric Power Cooperative will purchase electricity from a solar farm slated near Rapid City, S.D.The co-op announced the power purchase agreement with Geronimo Energy on Tuesday. Geronimo is the developer of the Wild Springs Solar Project, which, with a capacity of 128 megawatts, would become the largest solar farm in South Dakota once built.“For the first time in its history, Basin Electric will buy solar generation on a large scale to serve our members,” Basin CEO and General Manager Paul Sukut said in a statement. “The board’s decision to add solar generation to our resource portfolio is to continue with our all-of-the-above strategy, as well as solar generation becoming a more economic energy source.”The Wild Springs solar farm still requires local and state approvals in South Dakota, Basin spokeswoman Joan Dietz said. The facility would be 20 miles east of Rapid City in Pennington County. It’s scheduled to start operating in 2022, according to Basin.The co-op estimates that the project would result in more than $17 million in economic benefits during the first 20 years of its life via tax revenue, jobs and charitable funds. An education fund established through the project would give $500,000 in donations to local school districts, Basin said.Geronimo is the same company proposing the 200-megawatt Harmony solar farm in Cass County.[Amy Sisk]More: Basin Electric to purchase power from South Dakota solar farmlast_img read more

Haiti Quake Toll Rises Above 222,000

first_img Preval said Sunday in an appeal for international aid at a summit of Caribbean leaders that the toll could reach 300,000 in what some experts say could be the worst natural disaster in modern history. The death toll from Haiti’s devastating earthquake has topped 222,500, the United Nations said Tuesday, after President Rene Preval said the number could eventually reach 300,000. By Dialogo February 25, 2010 Haiti’s civil protection agency “estimates that 222,517 people died following the January 12 earthquake, an increase of 5,000 people since the last estimate given a week ago,” the UN’s humanitarian affairs coordination body said. Some 1.2 million were left homeless by the 7.0-magnitude quake.last_img read more

West Babylon Man Arrested For Wyandanch Shooting

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 48-year-old West Babylon man was arrested Friday in connection with a shooting that seriously injured a Wyandanch man last month, Suffolk County police said.Rodney Davidson was charged with second-degree assault for allegedly shooting Keith Garrison in Wyandanch on April 15.Detectives said the two men got into an altercation on North 15th Street around 4 p.m. when Davidson allegedly shot the victim in the neck and back.Garrison was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip in serious condition. Police were unable to give an update on Garrison’s condition. A spokesperson for the hospital wasn’t available.Davidson is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on Saturday.last_img read more

The next big thing: An interview with Randy Harrington

first_imgRandy Harrington I had the opportunity during CUNA’s Marketing & Business Development Council’s Conference to chat with Randy Harrington, the CEO and founder of Strategic Arts & Sciences. I’ve known Randy for multiple years and he truly is a genius when it comes to financial services, technology and strategic planning. One of Randy’s best traits is that he pushes and challenges your thinking.We touched base on a variety of topics because I wanted to pick his brain regarding the state of credit unions and branding when it comes to strategy, technology and marketing. Below is our Q&A.What is the next big thing in credit unions and banks?The future is a bookend thing. On one side is people who can serve members end to end regardless of position (for example, not just lending). On the other side of the bookend are people who are available 365 days a year, 24 hours a day 7 days a week. That kind of access is the opportunity. continue reading »center_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more