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  • Tuition fees policy changes again

    first_imgThe government’s stance on the ongoing issue of tuition fees has changed again, potentially inconveniencing prospective students.The White Paper, published in late June, outlined plans to take 20,000 student places from across the university system as a whole. Institutions with average annual tuition fees of less than £7,500 will then be able to bid for these places.However, these plans were announced after many institutions had announced their 2012 fees. In light of this new policy, 28 universities have now requested to reduce their annual fees to this limit of £7,500 or less. The institutions have until Friday 4th November to submit their final fee proposals.Some have seen this as a way to reduce fees, after more universities opted for the £9,000 maximum than were expected to. Oxford Brookes and other institutions, which were not in the Guardian’s list of the top 40 universities, had raised theirs to this maximum. Oxford University has not professed an interest in decreasing their rates; theirs, alongside Cambridge’s, still stands at the maximum of £9,000 per year.The changes come at a time when UCAS is already in motion, and many prospective students are vying for these coveted university spaces. The deadline for Oxbridge, medicine and veterinary science has already passed. In these instances, the relevant universities must inform the candidates of any changes in their policy and then provide them with the option of sticking with their decision or switching to another choice. One Oxford applicant from Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls says that “although Oxford’s fees have not been decreased, and I won’t be changing my choices, I can imagine how inconvenient this must be for some. I would hate to go through the entire process again!” In all other institutions the universities must directly contact the candidates and notify them of any changes, giving them the opportunity to alter their choices before the UCAS deadline of 15th January.The White Paper also intends to allow universities to accept as many of the highest performing students they can attract, with A-Level grades of AAB or higher. Some fear that this will lead to a disproportionate number of arts courses, which are both cheaper to run and tend to have more stringent entry requirements.last_img read more

  • Drinking lessons for Univ undergraduates

    first_imgStudents at University College attended a compulsory alcohol awareness meeting on Thursday 12th January. The Dean, Professor Michael Collins, said in an email to the JCR that this action was a response to “incidents at the beginning of term” and would warn students of “the risks associated with the misuse of alcohol.”He noted that “excessive alcohol consumption’ is ‘a problem that sadly is not confined to Oxford undergraduates” and said that drinking too much can lead to calling for the emergency services – “an important, but overstretched, public provision for which there can be more serious and, crucially, far more essential calls.“I want to ensure that our undergraduates, and especially those living in College, are aware of the dangers of consuming alcohol, not only for themselves, but also so they can identify potential problems.”This action comes in response to incidents which occured at the first bop of last term. Two Univ freshers were briefly taken to the John Radcliffe hospital due to excessive alcohol consumption. The Dean commented at the term, ‘no student was detained in hospital.’ In an e-mail to all first years the Dean also noted that more than thirty bins around the college were filled with vomit.A JCR Officer commented that the action was “Reasonable rather than fair. I think it’s probably a good idea to remind Univ, especially freshers, about boozing. However it was a small group who got smashed because it was their first weekend at university and got caught up in the excitement.“Drinking was only really an issue early on in the term and people have learnt their lessons by now. The meeting is too long after Freshers’ Week to have an effect.”When asked why the sessions are not just for those who misbehaved during Freshers’ Week, Professor Collins said, “This would involve identifying not just those who have been seen to do so, but those who have not, or those who are potentially ‘at risk’.“There is also the major aspect of corporate or collegiate understanding and responsibility, and my primary goal is to ensure everyone’s safety for the future. The Univ JCR Officers have been fully supportive in these aims.”Thomas Cole, a Univ undergraduate, commented, “Some may regard themselves burning at the stake of fresher martyrdom, but I think the majority of people are adults and have had nineteen years or so to grow up. For those who take it seriously, I’m sure there is something to be learnt.“I feel the people who got out of hand were those who tended not to drink before and seemed to have a chip on their shoulder about it. The Rugby Club and I know we are lads, and have not drunk excessively to prove it.”Another second year added, ‘As far as I can tell, most Univ students are already aware of alcohol. I’m glad to see the college spreading the word, but I’m not sure it’s necessary.’The two hour course, at which students were warned about wasting the time of the emergency services, was described by English student Juliet Roe as ‘the worst talk I have ever been to in my life.’last_img read more

  • Hertford cycles from Bridge to Bridge to raise money

    first_imgThis summer 32 Hertfordians will take part in a cycle ride from the ‘Bridge of Sighs’ in Oxford to the Bridge of Sighs in Venice to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the iconic bridge.The team, which will be headed by Principal Will Hutton, will consist of fellows, students and alumni. Notable alumni taking part in the journey include television news presenter, Krishnan Guru-Murthy, and UK ambassador to Lebanon, Tom Fletcher. The team aim to raise £250,000 for bursaries, scholarships and outreach.The journey is expected to take eleven days. Approximately 100 Hertfordians will take part in the first phase, with 32 completing the entire journey to Venice.Will Hutton said, “As Principal of Hertford, I have accepted the daunting challenge of cycling 1,100km in 11 days – and as I can already tell from the training, it will be no easy task! It’s an incredible adventure, and for a great cause. Hertford has a long tradition of promoting access and helping disadvantaged young people to thrive at university – and it is increasingly critical that we have the money to continue this support”.Miriam Chapman, a first year Hertfordian who will be cycling the first phase of the journey told Cherwell, “I am taking part in the bridge to bridge bike ride, aside from being a keen fresher, because Hertford’s Access scheme is generally awesome. Not only does it really benefit individuals – myself included – but it benefits the college as a whole. Hertford’s merit over means ethos is what makes is such a down to earth and friendly college. Plan of attack for 1st year cyclists is to stick to the training plan better than we do our revision timetables and just cycle everywhere!”She added, “It’s great that so many Hertford alumni are great involved. Famous or not, their stories about their time are Hertford and how it helped them in later life is pretty inspirational. It’s also really excellent that they can pull in a variety of sponsors, not just students friends and family!”Anna Baskerville, Senior Development Officer at Hertford College, told Cherwell, “At Hertford, we believe that money should not be a barrier to an Oxford education – so we have organised this bike ride to coincide with our celebrations of the iconic Hertford bridge being 100 years old in order to raise much-needed funds”.She continued, “All funds raised will be going towards student support: bursaries, scholarships and outreach. The bike ride from Oxford to Venice is an amazing opportunity to bring together alumni, fellows, students, staff and friends for an event that is not only challenging but for a great cause that will benefit future generations of Hertford students”.last_img read more

  • Karoondinha Festival Tickets Will Be Honored At Deep Roots Mountain Revival On Same Weekend

    first_imgYesterday, Karoondinha Festival announced that their inaugural event has been put on hold. The brand new event was set to take place in less than a month (July 21-23) at Penn’s Cave & Wildlife Park, and boasted an impressive lineup including Chance The Rapper, John Legend, The Roots, Odesza, Chromeo, Maren Morris, and more. However, yesterday’s report confirmed what most everyone had suspected: the financial well has dried up, so next month’s inaugural Karoondinha Festival has been put on hold. While ticket-buyers were given no definitive solution to this nightmare, a second-year music festival in West Virginia is providing alternative plans.Deep Roots Mountain Revival has announced that it will honor all tickets that were sold to the now cancelled Karoondinha Music & Arts Festival. Anyone that purchased weekend passes will be able to attend the three-day Masontown, WV festival featuring Brandi Carlile, Dr. Dog, Lettuce, JJ Grey & Mofro, Moon Taxi, Sam Bush, Yonder Mountain String Band, White Denim, and more. Day pass ticket holders may choose to attend either Friday or Saturday.In a statement posted on social media, Deep Roots Mountain Revival founder Claude Ryan had this to say:“Deep Roots Mountain Revival just learned that Karoondinha has canceled their event and we realize that it’s the ticket holders who are the ones that suffer. We never want to see another event fail, or watch the fans of the festival scene feel as though they received the short end of the stick.In an effort to shine a positive light back into a scene that is near and dear to our hearts, we will be honoring all Karoondinha weekend and single day passes at this year’s Deep Roots Mountain Revival, July 20-22, 2017 on Marvin’s Mountaintop in Masontown, WV.”The second annual Deep Roots Mountain Revival coincidentally falls on July 20-22, 2017- the same weekend that Karoondinha was scheduled. For those Karoondinha ticket holders who would still like to enjoy a weekend full of top-tier music, camping, dancing, and relaxing with friends, Deep Roots Mountain Revival’s location is just three hours south of Centre Hall, PA, on the legendary Marvin’s Mountaintop.All three-day and four-day Karoondinha ticket holders will be able to exchange their passes for three-day general admission passes at the gate. Single-day pass holders may exchange for any of Deep Roots Mountain Revival’s general admission one-day passes. Karoondinha ticket holders will still be required to purchase parking passes for the event at the gate, or in advance on the Deep Roots Mountain Revival website ( The festival is also in the process of creating day-of show upgrades for those who wish to join them for a full weekend, or want to enhance their experience with one of the festival’s VIP Packages.Tickets for Deep Roots Mountain Revival are still available. For questions on exchanging an existing Karoondinha ticket, stay tuned to the Deep Roots Mountain Revival website or email [email protected] Roots Mountain Revival 2017 Lineup:Brandi CarlileDr. DogLettuceJJ Grey & MofroMoon TaxiSam BushYonder Mountain String BandWhite DenimThe MotetThe SteelDriversDrake White and the Big FireTAUKThe Hip AbductionEric Krasno BandCabinetBilly StringsLarry Keel ExperienceTown MountainAQUEOUSThe Cris Jacobs BandUltraviolet HippopotamusTyler ChildersDead 27sForlorn StrangersQietJakob’s Ferry StragglersThe WoodsheddersI-VibesThe Kind ThievesPoor TatersMatt Mullins & The BringdownsDynamic MergerHalftime String BandThe Manor & FriendsMike Pushkin and the Loyal OppositionThe BoatmenSierra FerrellRachel EddyOptimus Rifflast_img read more

  • HU CFAR seeks proposals for HIV/AIDS research

    first_imgThe Harvard University Center for AIDS Research (HU CFAR) is open for proposals for HIV/AIDS research awards beginning Oct. 1.HU CFAR Feasibility Projects support high-risk/high-impact feasibility studies in AIDS research that broaden the scope of the HU CFAR, emphasizing new multidisciplinary collaborations (particularly new collaborations between different Harvard institutions) that lead to successfully funded peer-reviewed research. Junior faculty investigators (instructor, research scientist, assistant professor or senior research scientist) who have not yet acquired RO1-type AIDS research funding will be given priority, especially if their research is proposed in collaboration with a well-established investigator. Priority will also be given to researchers who have not previously been engaged in HIV-related research.Applications are due Aug. 5 at 4 p.m.last_img read more

  • Can online doctor reviews be trusted?

    first_imgIn today’s culture of crowdsourcing, there are numerous websites devoted to grading doctors — and these rating systems have both limitations and advantages.According to a July 5, 2018 article, it may be unwise to rely too heavily on online doctor rating systems. For instance, the reviews could reflect bias on the part of the reviewer. Or a patient may rate a doctor highly because the doctor did what the patient wanted — but not necessarily what was best for their health.On the other hand, sometimes online doctor ratings can be a good thing, according to Ashish Jha, K.T. Li Professor of Global Health at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and director of the Harvard Global Health Institute. “Consumers deserve to know how good their doctors and hospitals are,” he said, adding that consumers’ interest in both writing and reading online reviews will force change in the medical profession, such as making doctors more responsive to people’s needs and more focused on what patients care about. Read Full Storylast_img read more

  • Associate vice president for Residential Life discusses off-campus ‘differentiation’ policies

    first_img‘We don’t have the ability to protect you there’With more students living off campus, Rakoczy Russell said, many off-campus houses have become unofficially affiliated with on-campus residence halls. Away from the supervision of hall staff, she said, those off-campus houses host parties that facilitate binge drinking and lead to instances of sexual misconduct and assault. During Welcome Weekend, she said many first-year students are initiated into their residence hall communities at these off-campus parties.“We don’t have the ability to protect you there,” she said. “We don’t like that some students might perceive that those houses are in some way formally affiliated with us.”Given these safety concerns, Rakoczy Russell said University administrators want to encourage more students to stay on campus.  ‘Life hits us all pretty quick once we get out of college’Junior Curt Gouldin, president of Dillon Hall, attended the meeting and expressed his concerns about the differentiation policy. Gouldin said many seniors want to live more independently in preparation for life after graduation. He asked Rakoczy Russell whether the administration had considered developing on-campus, apartment-style housing for upperclassmen.“That’s one of the things I feel a lot of people are looking for nowadays,” he said. “Life hits us all really quick once we get out of college.” Rakoczy Russell said the University has, in fact, considered developing more independent, on-campus housing options. But the University’s top priority, she said, is to keep 50% of students living in the residence halls through their senior year.“I think we’re very open to your good idea and others like that — but not instead of first attracting back the 50% of seniors in the residence halls,” she said, “because we’re afraid if we fail to do that, we’re jeopardizing what’s special about our [housing] model.” Why differentiate?Rakoczy Russell, who is a Notre Dame alumna, said off-campus students weren’t allowed to participate in on-campus programming when she was a student. Nevertheless, she added, off-campus students and alumni still felt connected to their former residence halls.“I think there’s decades of evidence that there’s something special that happens in the formation in residence halls, and that’s not tied to whether or not you can participate in on-campus activities as an off-campus student,” she said. “Because we never did and we still loved our communities.”Rakoczy Russell said the University wants to differentiate the on- and off-campus experiences because “there’s something different” about living in a residence hall day in and day out, “for all that’s good and all that’s bad.”“When something happens in the life of a friend — a great joy or a great sorrow — and you’re there by his or her side, that’s different than somebody who lives off campus,” she said.The question administrators are considering, Rakoczy Russell said, is whether to implement a “hard” or “soft” differentiation. With a “soft” differentiation policy, “off-campus students would still have different rights and privileges,” she said, but they could “still participate in the day-to-day life of the community.”Rakoczy Russell said she’s spoken to students who find it unfair that off-campus students can still use the facilities in their former residence hall or attend hall programming. Others, she said, want off-campus students to be fully welcome in the hall community.Going forward, Rakoczy Russell said she’ll be open to feedback from the student body, especially first-years and sophomores, who will be impacted by these changes. That feedback, she said, will help administrators decide how “hard” the differentiation will be.“You’ll be the ones who can tell us what that would look like,” she said. When Notre Dame alumni meet each other, associate vice president of Residential Life Heather Rakoczy Russell said their first question is not “What did you study?” or “When did you graduate?” but “Where did you live?” Notre Dame’s residence halls, she said, are a defining feature of the undergraduate experience. Even after students move off campus, many return to their former residence halls to share in the hall community.But this past April, the Division of Student Affairs announced in a campus-wide email that off-campus students could lose access to residence hall programming, such as dances and interhall sports. Administrators called this policy “differentiation.” Many students, who staged protests and circulated petitions, called it “exclusion.” On Monday evening, Rakoczy Russell held a meeting to answer questions about the proposed policy from the sophomore class — the first class to be impacted by these proposed changes. “As you may know, I received 5,000 signatures and a protest on God Quad last spring, which — while compelling and interesting — was a bit of curiosity to me, because people were protesting against something that hadn’t been established yet,” she said. “So where do we go from here? I thought the first [step] was to get you correct information.”By offering incentives to on-campus students, and by differentiating the rights and privileges of on- and off-campus students, Rakoczy Russell said the University hopes to encourage more students to stay on campus all four years. Ideally, she said they want to raise the portion of seniors living on campus from 34% to 50%. Rakoczy Russell said she wants to propose a policy to other administrators regarding the differentiation policy by March 1. But before she drafts a final proposal, she said she wants to have an open dialogue with the campus community, weighing the concerns of the student body.center_img Preparing for March 1Theriault said the Sophomore Class Council will circulate a survey to the class of 2022, soliciting feedback about the proposed differentiation. Rakoczy Russell said she will rely on student feedback to guide her decision.Ultimately, Rakoczy Russell said the differentiation policy will reflect Notre Dame’s attitudes about community and identity.“At the heart of this conversation, is the question: What is community?” she said. “What do we mean by community? Is community bound by a building? Is bound by an identity? Is it bound by sharing life day in and day out, 24/7? Is it bound by something else?”Tags: Community, Differentiation, Exclusion, off-campus housing policy, Office of Residential Life, residential life changes, senior exclusion policy Genevieve Redsten | The Observer Jordan Theriault sits with Heather Rakoczy Russell in the Dahnke Ballroom to discuss the controversy surrounding the senior “differentiation” policy. Students of all grades had the opportunity to ask questions.Shifting privileges for off-campus studentsRakoczy Russell said in the past nine years, many new housing developments have cropped up around campus. With this new housing, she said, came landlords who aggressively targeted underclassmen, telling students they needed to sign a lease for off-campus senior housing far in advance.That effort by landlords, Rakoczy Russell said, led many more seniors to move off campus. With so many seniors moving off campus, Rakoczy Russell said men’s dorms needed more participants for interhall sports — so they began recruiting off-campus students. “As you can imagine,” she said, “human nature being what it is, when one hall does that, another hall says, ‘Well, we want to have a team, too, and we want to be as competitive, so we’re going to do the same thing.’”Later, she said, many women’s rectors began allowing off-campus students to attend hall dances. Over time, she said more dorms shifted their culture, welcoming off-campus students into on-campus programming. Yet this shift wasn’t consistent across the board, she said.Over the past several years, as University administrators spoke with residence hall staff and students, Rakoczy Russell said they discovered different dorms had different policies for off-campus students. The differentiation policy, she said, was designed in part to standardize those policies across the different residence halls.In an interview after the meeting, president of the Sophomore Class Council Jordan Theriault agreed that many students seem confused about what privileges off-campus seniors have in their former residence halls. Despite this confusion, however, he said most students don’t want to push off-campus residents out of the dorm communities.“I don’t think anyone really wants a differentiation between on- and off-campus,” he said.last_img read more

  • Student senate passes resolution to suspend election, discusses campus well-being

    first_imgStudent senate voted Wednesday to reschedule student body elections to grieve the loss of senior Annrose Jerry, who was found dead on campus Friday after going missing Jan. 21.Student body vice president and junior Patrick McGuire opened the session by leading the senate in prayer and a moment of silence for Jerry.“We pray in a special way for Annrose Jerry, a beloved member of our community, who we lost last week,” McGuire said. “We thank you for the gift of her life.”McGuire then welcomed Margaret Morgan, director of the new Center for Student Support and Care, to present information on the department to the senate body.The Center for Student Support and Care was launched in January by the Division of Student Affairs. It encompasses the Sara Bea Student Accessibility Services Office and the Outreach and Support Center. The center’s goal is to offer individual academic, social and well-being care to the Notre Dame community, Morgan said.“When you aren’t sure what to do and you don’t know what you need, come to Care and Wellness and we’ll help,” she said.At the center, students, faculty and staff have the opportunity to stop by, share their concerns with staff and receive guided assistance. Morgan said the center is prepared to assist students with issues regarding mental health, accessibility services and financial problems, among others.Visitors can also call the center anonymously. A care consultant will assist them by offering tools geared toward their specific needs, Morgan said.She said the center hopes to help students who have not found the support they need elsewhere.“We are looking for pockets of student groups that could use a little more extra attention that maybe other offices aren’t taking care of,” she said.The Center for Student Support and Care will also offer “life coaching” services for students who, for example, do not wish to consult with the University Counseling Center or University Health Services, but want mentorship through a certain time of struggle or adjustment in their lives.“It’s not counseling. It’s not therapy,” Morgan said. “… It’s successful case management.”Following Morgan’s presentation, McGuire opened the floor to senators to relay concerns on behalf of the student body. Safety issues were a priority concern.Megan O’Gorman, sophomore and senator of Pasquerilla East, informed the senate several members of her dorm were worried about workmen in dorms.“We’re kind of having an issue with having workmen and delivery men in the floors before the parietals in the morning, and it’s making some people uncomfortable,” O’Gorman said.Six senators representing female dorms affirmed members of their community have expressed similar sentiments.McGuire said he would bring their concerns to Residential Life. Inquiries into the blue light safety systems around the tri-campus community and proper lighting around St. Mary’s Lake and Notre Dame Avenue were also made.In wake of Jerry’s death, senators voted to suspend the clause of the Constitution of the Undergraduate Student Body, which sets the dates for student body president and vice president primary and run-off elections. The suspension gave the Judicial Council the power to revise the dates for both elections this cycle.“At the moment, we are postponing everything for one week,” said Halena Hadi, junior and president of the Judicial Council.The session ended with senators suggesting Feb. 11 as the primary election date and Feb. 13 for the run-off election to the Judicial Council, who will later make the final decision.Tags: blue lights, Mental health, Senate, Student government electionslast_img read more

  • Rob Marshall Will Direct New Mary Poppins Movie

    first_imgSupercalifragilisticexpialidocious! Chicago and Into the Woods director Rob Marshall will helm a new live-action musical film of Mary Poppins. According to EW, the Disney movie will be set in London around twenty years after the much-loved original.Finding Neverland screenwriter David Magee is set to pen the film, while Smash and Hairspray songwriting duo Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman will compose a new score and original songs.The new Poppins movie will focus on the practically perfect other tales in author P.L. Travers’ 1934-1988 children’s book series; the 1964 Julie Andrews movie was mostly based on the first of these.Still got concerns about the project? This should be a spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down. The producers of the new film, John DeLuca and Marc Platt, have serious pedigree—they also both collaborated on Into the Woods. DeLuca additionally worked with Marshall on Nine; Platt is one of Wicked’s producers and is also working on the upcoming Grease: Live for Fox.The stage adaptation of Mary Poppins played 2,619 performances on Broadway 2006 through 2013. View Commentslast_img read more

  • Deirdre O’Connell Tapped for Fulfillment Center

    first_img Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on July 16, 2017 Fulfillment Center Deirdre O’Connell(Photo: Robin Marchant/Getty Images) View Commentscenter_img Stage and screen alum Deirdre O’Connell will star in the world premiere of Abe Koogler’s Fulfillment Center. The Manhattan Theatre Club off-Broadway production will begin performances on June 6, 2017 at New York City Center—Stage II; opening night is set for June 20. Daniel Aukin will direct.In the show, O’Connell will play Suzan, a struggling folk singer in New Mexico who starts a job at an online retailer’s shipping center. Through her new work she meets her young manager, his girlfriend and a local drifter, and their lives begin to intersect in dangerous ways.O’Connell received a Lucille Lortel Award nomination for her performance in last year’s By the Water; her additional stage credits include Magic/Bird and The Front Page on Broadway, as well as The Way West, Circle Mirror Transformation and Little Children Dream of God. She has appeared on screen in the upcoming film The Boy Downstairs, plus The Path, The Affair and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.Additional casting and creative team will be announced at a later date. Star Files Deirdre O’Connelllast_img read more