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Hilda’s mixed vote

first_imgThe St Hilda’s JCR has passed a motion to hold a referendum on the issue of the college remaining single sex. The motion passed with 40 votes for and no objections.After the referendum has been held, Ailbhe Menton, St Hilda’s JCR President, who sits at all “Agenda A’ Governing Body meetings, will use the result to represent the interests of the JCR. The move is a pre-emptive response to the pending publication by the Governing Body of a report titled “St Hilda’s and the 21st Century; a Strategic Report.” The document, which will be distributed to students at the college, discusses the advantages and disadvantages of admitting men to St Hilda’s. In addition, it emerged that the Governing Body has agreed to “build a consensus towards going mixed.”Menton proposed the referendum to ensure that the opinions of undergraduates at St Hilda’s are taken into account by the Governing Body. Menton said, “The last vote was held in Hilary 2003 and those are the views that I’m currently representing. My motivation behind holding a referendum is that I want to represent the views of current students.” Before the JCR referendum can be held, at least 50 of St Hilda’s 419 undergraduates must sign a petition in favour of the vote. During the weeks running up to the referendum a series of “information forums” will be held. The forums will present different perspectives on the admissions policy debate, so as to better inform the students’ decisions. The Principle of St Hilda’s, Lady English, issued a statement saying, “The Governing Body of St Hilda’s reconsiders the single-sex status of the college periodically, as part of its planning process. There are no immediate plans for a vote on the matter.” The last JCR referendum on the status of St Hilda’s was in 7th week of Hilary Term 2003. (57% against going mixed, 43% for.) The 2003 Governing Body vote which followed was understood to be just one vote short of the two-thirds majority needed to decide to admit men.The Governing Body will be under no obligation to act upon the findings of the JCR referendum, yet students voiced concerns during the debate of the motion in Monday’s meeting that the result, if in favour of accepeting males, may be used as a ‘weapon’ to fast-track a co-educational policy. This view was largely formed as the last Governing Body vote was very close, making the JCR opinion potentially highly influencial.College authorities in support of the transition believe that going mixed would solve difficulties in recruiting staff, as well as improve the college’s financial and academic performance. St Hilda’s was placed 23rd out of 30 colleges in this year’s Norrington Table, having moved up seven places from last year. Opinion among the student body is divided. Anna Tierney, a second year at St Hilda’s, said, “University is meant to prepare you for life in the real world. We need men.” However, Georgina Edwards, Entz Rep for the JCR, said, “This won’t just affect Hilda’s; the University’s male to female ratio is already skewed enough – Oxford doesn’t need more men.”“I don’t care if they have testicles, I just want friends,” said Tamsin Chislett, a second year at the college.In 1986, Oriel became the final all-male college to accept women and Somerville remained single sex until 1992 when the decision was made to become mixed. University figures across all colleges show a very close male/female ratio, although individual colleges contain some imbalances. For example, in Balliol college, 36% of undergraduate first years are female, just 43 out of 118.ARCHIVE: 1st week MT 2005last_img read more


Catskills Wine & Food Festival Announces Inaugural Music And Celebrity Chef Lineup

first_imgCatskills Wine & Food Festival just announced the initial lineup for their inaugural event, going down in the Catskill Mountains in Bloomingburg, NY on October 6 – 7, 2018. The two-day music and culinary experience will include cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs as well as live music, private tastings, a smorgasbord of good eats, and an impressive selection of beer, wine, and cider, all carefully curated. The initial music lineup impressively features Lord Huron, Moon Taxi, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Drake White and the Big Fire, Ripe, Escort, The Dip, and Rebecca Perl. Saturday’s headliner is TBA.Catskills Wine & Food Festival is unlike other food, wine, and music festivals. The event invites guests to get up-close to the action—whether that’s a musical performance or a cooking demonstration–and provides a unique opportunity to taste homemade creations cooked “live” by some of the nation’s most acclaimed chefs. Because of this, tickets are limited and will go fast.General admission two-day passes include food and wine tastings, access to cooking demonstrations and live music, access to activities throughout the campground, access to the Sunday Market–a culinary curation of the Catskills and beyond–and shuttles to and from select hotels in the area.All-access two-day VIP passes include all the general admission events, plus access to VIP Village where celebrity chefs will be holding Meet & Greets and VIP guests can enjoy intimate dining experiences curated by CWFF celebrity chefs, a Saturday evening VIP dinner and a Sunday VIP brunch (all-inclusive), various open bar events, and an exclusive swag bag.For the full experience, guests can rent on-site cabins that sleep up to 18 people and stay overnight on the magnificent event grounds, nestled in the beautiful mountains of upstate New York.A limited number of presale tickets will go on sale April 18th at 11:00 am ET, and are only available here. Ticket prices will increase in May.The lineup of celebrity chefs includes:• Jordan Andino (Flip Sigi and TV personality)• Donatella Arpaia (Prova Pizzabar and Iron Chef judge)• Sarah Blair (Culinary Producer)• Josh Capon (Bowery Meat Company, Lure Fishbar, and more)• Michael Chernow (The Meatball Shop and Seamore’s)• Gail Simmons (BRAVO’s Top Chef)• Alex Guarnaschelli (Butter)• Amirah Kassem (Flour Shop)• Bobbie Lloyd (Magnolia Bakery, The Next Great Baker judge)According to the event, additional chef attendees and musical acts, including Saturday’s headliner, will be announced on an ongoing basis. Head to the festival website for more information.Enter To Win A Pair Of Tickets:<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>last_img read more


The Elephant Man, Starring Bradley Cooper, Sets B’way Dates

first_img The Elephant Man Mark your calendars! Bernard Pomerance’s The Elephant Man, starring Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner Bradley Cooper, has finally set Great White Way dates. The Tony-winning drama, directed by Scott Ellis, will begin performances at the Booth Theatre on October 18 and officially open on November 13. Joining the previously announced Cooper, Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola in the cast are Anthony Heald as Ross/Bishop Walsham How, Scott Lowell as Snork/Pinhead Manager/Lord John, Kathryn Meisle as Miss Sandwich/Princess and Henry Stram as Carr Gomm/Conductor.  The Elephant Man will play a limited engagement through January 18, 2015. The Elephant Man revolves around the real-life John Merrick, a severely disfigured 19th-century Englishman who struggles to live with dignity. The play premiered on Broadway in 1979 and won three Tony Awards, including Best Play. It was revived in 2002 with Billy Crudup in the lead role. View Comments Cooper, Clarkson, Nivola, Lowell and Stram appeared together in the 2012 Williamstown Theatre Festival production of the play, also under the direction of Ellis. A Cooper-led revival was originally on the table for a fall 2013 run. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 21, 2015last_img read more


Program gets WiSE about gender

first_imgAt a university so evenly balanced between male and female students, it might seem easy to assume that the same is true for other groups on campus. Among faculty, however, gender is not always as equally represented.The discrepancies between men and women in the science, technology and engineering fields have been widely acknowledged on a national level. According to the most recent data from the National Science Foundation, in 2006, women constituted 28 percent of tenure-track faculty members in science and engineering and 19.4 percent of full-time faculty members in science and engineering nationwide.Along with several other organizations at USC, the Women in Science and Engineering program hopes to foster greater gender equality in full-time and tenure-track faculty positions. WiSE specifically encourages greater representation of female faculty in the science and engineering fields.The program focuses on faculty in Viterbi School of Engineering and the science and mathematics departments of the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.When WiSE was founded on a $20 million anonymous donation in 2000, the university had only 15 female tenure or tenure-track faculty in the STEM fields. Now, the university boasts 49.WiSE Program Director Leana Golubchik attributed this change to the program’s efforts to make greater strides to attract women into these departments at USC.“We always advocate open searches, and finding the people that the departments would like,” Golubchik said. “But if it happens that a woman rises to the top of the search, we work with the various dean’s offices to help attract her here to USC. Some of the faculty members we have brought here have been absolutely phenomenal.”The organization also offers grants called WiSE Fellowships to accomodate Pregnancy, Birth of a Child or Adoption to help female faculty members accommodate becoming new mothers. The grants apply not only to full-time faculty, but also to Ph.D. and post-doctoral students, and allow them to balance their careers with their families.Sarah Fried-Gintis, WiSE’s program manager, said the grants allow new mothers to keep their careers on track after the birth of a child.“They are really able to assist new parents and new mothers either before the birth, when they can’t be present in the lab, and after the birth when they have an infant and they have responsibilities to take care of the child,” Fried-Gintis said. “We often work in collaboration with the graduate schools parental leave program so that they get the assistance they need.”WiSE also offers child care subsidies of $1,400 to help female Ph.D. students, post-doctoral students and faculty members manage the challenges of furthering their careers and taking care of their families.Additionally, the program works to create a more welcoming community for women in these fields. Golubchik said she has seen continual growth in the turnout for WiSE’s distinguished speaker series and other events. She sees this as a sign of the community of women becoming more tightly knit.“I think the space has given us the opportunity to create this community that we are trying to create, the community of mentorship, where faculty mentor other faculty and students mentor each other, Ph.D. students mentoring undergraduates or post-docs mentoring Ph.D. students,” Golubchik said. “We’d like to see people interacting in this setting and I think having this space has made a huge difference.” Follow Annalise on Twitter @asmantzlast_img read more