College JCRs back all-female festival

first_imgSomerville and Wadham JCRs have each supported £250 worth of funding for The Sisterhood Festival, a charity music event organised exclusively by and for those whoseidentify as women. Mansfield’s JCR has pledged £200 towards the event.The festival will be taking place on Wednesday 13th June at the Varsity Club and aims to “celebrate the achievements of women in a music scene that is often dominated by men, and creating a safe, empowering and inspiring space for them”. Several more requests for funding are due to be proposed to other JCRs in the upcoming days.Event co-ordinator, Jess Bollands, a third-year Somerville English student and front-womanof female funk band Sisters of Funk, was inspired to create the event after hearing about a venue of the same name which was introduced at Glastonbury Festival in 2016.The venue aimed to create a safe and inclusive space for its “female festival-goers” which Bollands and the rest of the Oxford’s Sisterhood hope to replicate.She told Cherwell: “I set up the all-women funk band, Sisters of Funk, back in Michaelmas and have been blown away by the reception that we’ve received.“Having seen first-hand how empowering and inspiring it is to give female performers a platform, I thought it would be incredible to put on an event that could showcase the many talented female and non binary musicians, performers and DJs that Oxford has to offer.”The festival will also be raising money and awareness for three charities based in Oxford: The Oxfordshire Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Centre, Syrian Sisters, and The Porch.The event organisers plan to use the Varsity Club’s multiple floors to showcase different genres of music. Attendants of the event can expect an acoustic stage showcasing female singer songwriters and a cappella groups, such as the Oxford Belles, a main stage featuring funk and soul performers and a drag king, in addition to a rooftop DJ performingthroughout the evening.The rooftop will also have arts and crafts stalls, as well as drop off stations for students to donate sanitary products and toiletries to Shoebox Oxford, an organisation that packages and sends these items to vulnerable women across Oxfordshire.Along with support from JCRs, Sisterhood are teaming up withfeminist zine, Cuntry Living, to hold a club night at cellar on the 9th of May in order to promote the night and raise funds. As with the festival, the night has an exclusively female setlist. A committee member responsible for the organisation of the night, Maya Tysoe, said it will be a “funfilled night of funk and soul at Oxford’s grooviest club, Cellar, to promote its first ever all female festival.”She said that the night is most importantly a celebration of “all things female” and called it “a groundbreaking collaboration to celebrate the achievements of female artists and musicians and to create a platform to inspire and empower all those who identify aswomen.”last_img read more

Landmark Impala Motel Continues to Thrive

first_imgBy DONALD WITTKOWSKIFrom time to time, Christopher Glancey looks at the zip codes for the guests staying at the Impala Island Inn motel and will notice that they come from all over the United States.“You’ll see all 50 states,” said Glancey, the Impala’s co-owner. “As far as this motel goes, it has a terrific following of customers who come year after year. I talked to one gentleman who’s been coming here for 50 years.”But there’s more. There’s also an international following.At least one Impala guest was from New Zealand.“It doesn’t get much farther away than New Zealand,” Glancey said, laughing.Clearly, the Impala motel has its own strong customer base, although Glancey is also quick to praise Ocean City’s tourism representatives, business community and government officials for making the beach town so attractive to tourists.“It is a testament to Ocean City being one of the best beach resorts in America. You draw from everywhere,” he said.The Impala Island Inn has been a fixture at the corner of 10th Street and Ocean Avenue since the 1960s.Glancey and his business partner Bob Morris bought the Impala last year. They are well-known developers in Sea Isle City who have been transforming that beach resort with a series of mixed-use projects that combine retail, restaurant and residential space.The Impala represents the first foray in Ocean City for Glancey and Morris. It has been a landmark at the corner of 10th Street and Ocean Avenue since the early 1960s. Glancey and Morris acquired the motel and some prime property across the street from the former longtime owners, Anthony J. Frank and his family.Construction has begun on the neighboring property for a 15-suite upscale boutique hotel called the North Island Inn. Glancey and Morris plan to open the new hotel for the summer of 2020.In the meantime, they also continue to focus on the 78-room Impala, a mid-level motel that occupies a premium location just a block from the amusement parks, shops and restaurants on the Boardwalk.“Guests love the location. The fact is, you can easily walk to everything on the Boardwalk,” Glancey said.“I would call it a family-friendly motel,” he continued. “That’s our goal – family-friendly and economical.”A children’s pool is one of the motel’s family-friendly amenities.Friends Debbie Schaefer, Linda Mertens and Sally Klein, vacationers from Pittsburgh, all stressed the family theme in explaining why they are loyal to the Impala. They have been staying at the motel for 28 years.“It’s a family resort. We’ve got kids, so they love it. It’s like home to them when we come to stay here,” Schaefer said.Schaefer, Mertens and Klein were vacationing in Ocean City last week. They were part of a strong post-Labor Day crowd that kept the Impala booked, even during mid-week.Glancey noted that a Baptist convention and the Ocean City Air Show were two large events that generated business for the Impala.“Ocean City is terrific in having events in the off-season that continue to bring people to town in September and October,” he said.By all accounts from Ocean City tourism and business representatives, the resort had an exceptionally strong 2019 summer season. Beach tag sales and parking revenue, both key indicators of the strength of summer tourism, were up compared to 2018, city officials said.“The summer was terrific,” Glancey said of the Impala. “The weather was great. We kept the entire staff on. Some of them have been working here for 20 years.”The Wild Dunes Inn and the Ebb Tide Suites across the street are managed by the Impala, giving guests a wider choice of lodging.Unlike the seasonal motels in town, the Impala is open year-round. Glancey pointed out that the Impala also manages the adjacent Ebb Tide Suites and Wild Dunes Inn to offer a variety of lodging for guests.For instance, the eight suites in the Ebb Tide each have a kitchen and can be configured in different ways to offer families flexibility. All 28 units at the Wild Dunes Inn face the ocean, giving guests some coveted views, Glancey said.As for the Impala, the building was always well-maintained under the previous ownership of the Frank family, Glancey said. There are plans for some largely cosmetic changes, including refreshing some of the rooms and giving the lobby a makeover.But for the most part, no major changes are planned. Glancey said he is adopting the philosophy, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”“We consistently sell out throughout the summer,” he said. “The motel is a great barometer of the summer. If we’re full, people are out on the Boardwalk, shopping or out having dinner and will have an impact on the entire community.”The Impala Island Inn is located at 1001 Ocean Ave. Call (609) 399-7500 or visit for rates and more information.A view of the Impala’s pool. Impala Island Inn owner Christopher Glancey talks at poolside with longtime guests, from left, Debbie Schaefer, Linda Mertens and Sally Klein, all of Pittsburgh.last_img read more

The biologist in charge

first_imgBiology Professor Brian Farrell has taken the reins of Harvard’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS), with an eye toward strengthening scientific ties between Harvard and Mexico, the Caribbean, and the nations of Central and South America.Farrell, who has conducted extensive molecular and ecological research on beetles and other insects from Central America and the Caribbean, is just part of the changed leadership team at the center. Ned Strong, longtime director of the center’s office in Santiago, Chile, took over as executive director when Farrell became director on July 1.“DRCLAS is a leading University-wide center, with vibrant engagement from faculty and students and a splendid staff,” said Vice Provost for International Affairs Jorge Dominguez, the Antonio Madero Professor for the Study of Mexico. “It was very ably led by Professor Merilee Grindle. We are all now fortunate that Professor Brian Farrell has become the new director. Brian’s scientific research has long involved him in Latin American countries; he has also taken students for scientific field research to the region through Harvard Summer School. This combination of his research and teaching focused on Latin America shines a light on a bright future for DRCLAS, building on his prior years of service as a member of the center’s collective leadership.”Farrell echoed Dominguez’s praise of Grindle, Edward S. Mason Professor of International Development Emerita, and of former executive director Kathy Eckroad, for leaving the center with robust core programs that assist faculty work in the region, sponsor a range of student activities there — including a two-month summer internship that places 200 to 300 Harvard students in businesses, governments, nonprofits, and other organizations across the region — as well as other scholarly exchanges.The center, founded in 1994 to strengthen research and teaching on Latin America, has three offices in the area: a regional office in Santiago, the Brazil office established in São Paulo in 2006, and the Mexico and Central America office, opened in Mexico City during the 2012-13 academic year.“We’re all about furthering the mission of the University in the context of Latin America,” Farrell said.Farrell has been a professor of organismic and evolutionary biology at Harvard since 2001. Prior to that, he had been the John L. Loeb associate professor in the natural sciences since 1998. He came to Harvard in 1995 as an assistant professor of biology from the University of Colorado. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont in 1981 and his doctorate from the University of Maryland in 1991.Farrell has had long involvement with the center. He served on its executive committee for the last eight years and has received grants for faculty research in the region. One grant was for acoustic studies of biodiversity, and a second restored and digitized important natural history collections of plants and insects. Both grants were at the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic and included training for many students, including three eventual Fulbright recipients. Farrell was himself a Fulbright scholar at Santo Domingo in 2011-2012. Back in Cambridge, he regularly hosts students and postdoctoral fellows from South America.“Organizationally, it’s great; DRCLAS runs very well,” Farrell said of the center. “I’ve seen that firsthand, being on the executive committee. It’s really an effective team, a family, with a great group of individuals, and I was especially thrilled when Ned Strong expressed interest in moving from Chile to join us in the Cambridge office.”Strong has been at the center since 2010, serving as the program director in Chile, a post in which he’ll continue while a search for his successor proceeds. Previously, he worked since 1983 at the nonprofit Academic and Professional Programs for the Americas (LASPAU), where he was executive director from 1997 until 2010. He has a master’s degree in public administration from the Harvard Kennedy School, is a former Peace Corps volunteer, and led a 1999 expedition that charted the source of the Amazon River.“I’ve known Brian for a long time; we’ll be a great team,” Strong said. “We share interests in not just traditional fields, but have a real interest in technological and scientific collaborations with institutions across Latin America.”Farrell and Strong agreed that the center has an array of successful programs and a strong staff, even though there are areas for potential growth. They identified strengthening regional programs and collaborations in the sciences as an important point of future emphasis. Strong pointed out that there are already significant scientific collaborations, including major efforts in astrophysics in which roughly 30 faculty members and postdocs travel to Chile each year to work at one of three telescopes.But Farrell said more could be done. For example, he said, seed funding is available from a national science foundation in Chile to begin collaborations with Chilean scientists. It’s possible, he said, that similar programs could be started to foster collaborations with scientists in other nations as well and integrate student training at the same time.“My desire is to develop the sciences,” Farrell said. “Though we do support scientists working on or in Latin America, we can do much more.”last_img read more

Historian connects higher education and football

first_img “One autumn day about ten years ago I was watching a game in person and started wondering how American colleges had ended up with the ritual of so-called ‘big-time’ football,” he said. To research for his book, Ingrassia traveled to archives around the country, including a number of Big Ten universities such as the University of Michigan and Ohio State University, as well as the University of Chicago, Harvard University and Georgia Tech. He noted the views of several intellectuals on football’s place in top universities in the early 1900’s. “These coaches were making this argument at the same time that athletic departments were being created at many universities and coaching itself was becoming a profession,” he said. “So this argument was a way for them to assert their identities as professional university educators.” Erika Doss, professor and chair of the department of American Studies, said Ingrassia’s talk is relevant to Notre Dame because football is the largest culture that exists at Notre Dame. Edmund James, president of the University of Illinois from 1904 to 1920, felt students and professors at top universities, who were intellectually fragmented among different departments, were united by football, Ingrassia said. American cultural historian Brian Ingrassia discussed the influence of college football on today’s universities in a lecture Friday at the Hesburgh Center for International Studies. Ingrassia said he began researching the history of football in relation to the historical changes in the structures and aims of universities since the 1800’s. “What I discovered was that many university administrators and professors consciously embraced football in the early-1900’s Progressive Era as a way to help make institutions of higher education legible to taxpayers and non-academics,” Ingrassia said.center_img Ingrassia, an American history professor at Middle Tennessee State University, extensively studied the influence of football on American culture for his recent book, “The Rise of the Gridiron University: Higher Education’s Uneasy Alliance with Big-Time Football.” “Another intellectual of the time, G.T.W. Patrick, a professor of philosophy at the University of Iowa and author of ‘The Psychology of Football,’ explained that football was good for modern men because it allowed them to re-capture the elements of Darwinian civilization,” he said. Ingrassia also discussed the significance of stadiums on college campuses. “By the 1920s, I argue, football gained permanence at many campuses when big, reinforced-concrete stadiums – especially many war memorial stadiums – were built around the country,” he said. “Today, a stadium is a permanent space on campus that brings about ideas of a bygone society.” Ingrassia said social scientists in the early 1900’s studied football and promoted its development because they thought it would help teach morals to younger people. Coaches such as Fielding Yost, John Heisman and Knute Rockne stressed their missions to discipline players as well as spectators, Ingrassia said.  “All top research universities have chairs of different departments, which compete for funds and resources,” Doss said. “Football fits into this perfectly because as new rules were created and coaches’ salaries increased in the early 1900’s, it became another aspect of the professionalism that was occurring on college campuses.”last_img read more

Group uses hip-hop as a tool for restorative justice

first_imgA group in Chicago has found a new tool for restorative justice: hip-hop.Circles & Ciphers, a hip-hop youth leadership development organization, will perform at the Center for Social Concerns on Wednesday. Their performance is hosted by both the Center for Social Concerns and the Kroc Institute.Jason Springs, associate professor in the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, said he invited the group to his class last year. He said due to the success of their visit, he decided he should invite them to campus again, but this time to perform for a larger audience. Circles & Ciphers performed peacemaking circles — a restorative justice tool — for Springs’ class.“I write and teach on restorative justice and I have currently a multi-year research initiative,” Springs said. “The peacemaking circle is one of the tools of restorative justice. It draws on aboriginal and indigenous forms of justice practice in which parties through a conflict or parties harmed by one another … they sit together in a circle and it’s facilitated by a circle keeper.”Springs said these circles are meant to offer healing for groups affected by some kind of conflict or violence. According to their website, Circles & Ciphers infuses their peacemaking circles with improvisation and hip-hop to talk about difficult topics such as manhood, relationships with women and substance abuse.“They’re young people from various neighborhoods in Chicago and [who], in various ways, have experienced violence,” Springs said. “Now [they] are integrating hip-hop and spoken word poetry with restorative justice in order to respond to violence in these neighborhoods.”According to their website, Circles & Ciphers was started by two Project NIA volunteers to strengthen the relationship between group home residents and their surrounding community. It started as a bi-monthly peacemaking circle which helped group home residents with decision-making and self-expression. By 2011, Circles & Ciphers expanded to an organization that now executes peacemaking circles in schools, prisons, group homes and other communities.“Circle processes can address the trauma that people experience, the harm, they can mediate conflict,” Springs said. “They’ve told me that when they do a conflict circle with various people it can go for two or three days.” Springs said his motivation to bring the group back to campus was to expose the students to real-life advocacy.“At the Center for Social Concerns and in Peace Studies students come to us because they are passionate about concerns over justice and peace,” he said.In a field such as peace studies, Springs said learning in the classroom is not enough.“The challenge for a professor in peace studies is you can’t just teach the concepts and the cases. You have to try to connect the students with the real world and how these things are practiced,” he said. “My primary purpose was to bring people who are working in the most violent neighborhoods in the country there in the south side of Chicago into the classroom to talk about their work.”Springs said he thinks using hip-hop as a tool in peacemaking circles engages the youth and enables them to speak in more creative ways. Though his goal is to expose his students to restorative justice processes, he said he believes it is important to equip the Notre Dame community as a whole with these methods.“We get students in our classes that come to our classes because they want to go out and change the world, make some difference,” he said. “We’re trying to make these living connections with these students to help them get engaged with what’s going on.”Tags: Center for Social Concerns, Circles and Ciphers, Hip hop, Kroc Institute, restorative justicelast_img read more

Albany College of Pharmacy opens Vermont campus today

first_imgFollowing nearly two years of planning, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences opened its Vermont Satellite Campus today, welcoming 70 students in the inaugural class. The campus, located in scenic Colchester, Vermont, is home to the only pharmacy program in the state.The ACPHS-Vermont campus offers a four year program culminating in a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.). The Pharm.D. is the degree required to practice pharmacy in the United States. Students entering the program have completed a minimum of two years of college coursework, with prerequisites that include biology, chemistry and physics.The members of the incoming class were selected from more than 1,200 applicants. They represent 20 states (including three students from Vermont) and 16 countries. Their average age is 25 years old.“When we announced plans to open the campus, Vermont was one of just three states without a pharmacy program [Delaware and Alaska are the others],” said Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences President James J. Gozzo. “Now that the campus is established, we look forward to becoming an important contributor to the state’s growth by helping address Vermont’s existing pharmacist shortage and conducting advanced pharmaceutical and biotech research.”Research will be an important part of the teaching and learning taking place at the College. Many of the 12 ACPHS-Vermont faculty are actively pursuing grants and awards. The College has also joined the Vermont Biosciences Alliance and hosted that group’s first event in June 2009. The Alliance seeks to strengthen Vermont’s bioscience industry by helping facilitate collaborations among researchers in higher education, health care, government and the private sector.Robert Hamilton, Pharm.D., will serve as the Vermont campus’ Associate Dean and Chief Administrative Officer. He will be responsible for all academic, professional and community activities for the campus. Dr. Hamilton has served many roles during nearly 30 years at ACPHS, including chair of the department of pharmacy practice, director of the post-baccalaureate Pharm.D. program and director of the College’s continuing professional development program.“We have assembled an exceptional group of students and faculty and provided them with resources that are on a par with the best programs in the country. Everyone on the campus is excited about being involved with a program that has the potential to positively impact the health of Vermonters and people throughout the country,” said Dr. Hamilton.The College plans to add 70 students in each of the next three years, bringing the total enrollment to 280 students by the 2012-13 academic year. Additional faculty and staff will be hired as new classes are enrolled.About Albany College of Pharmacy and Health SciencesFounded in 1881, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is a private, independent institution committed to the advancement of health. The College has academic programs and research activities spanning the full spectrum of pharmacy and health sciences – from drug discovery to patient care.  Nearly 1,600 ACPHS students are pursuing a wide range of career pathways in health related fields through degree programs in pharmacy, pharmaceutical sciences, biomedical technology and health and human sciences. The College’s main campus is located in Albany, New York; its satellite campus is in Colchester, Vermont. For more information, please visit is external). Source:  Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Colchester, VT. – August 31, 2009 –last_img read more

McDonald’s Robbers Climb Into Drive-Thru Window

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A pair of masked gunmen climbed through a McDonald’s drive-thru window in Massapequa during a brazen armed robbery early Thursday morning, Nassau County police said.The suspects placed an order before pulling up to the window at the fast-food restaurant on Sunrise Highway, but when the 20-year-old woman opened the window, instead of handing them their food, the two suspects climbed through and forced the victim and her coworker on the floor shortly before 4 a.m., police said.The robbers, who were wearing hooded sweatshirts and bandanas covering their faces, stole cash from the registers and an office safe before they fled the scene through the same window and drove off in an unknown direction.The victims were not injured.Seventh Squad detectives request anyone with information regarding this crime to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.  All callers will remain anonymous.last_img read more

Moderniser heads £400m NHS property disposal

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Castle in the air

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If you don’t have this with you, you won’t be allowed to bid at auction

first_imgIt doesn’t matter how much you want to pay, if you can’t register, you can’t bid, according to Haesley Cush.BUYING a property at auction has changed over the past ten years and considering most people only buy once every ten years, that can mean a lot of confusion at the registration table.Firstly, there is now a registration table. When bidding at an auction in Queensland a buyer must first register. This is where I see the most drama. To register you need to produce identification – a driver’s license or passport – then verify the entity you are wanting to buy in and then those authorised people need to sign the registration card.What causes the drama is the high number of people that turn up to buy for their partner, friend or otherwise without any paperwork that gives them authority to do so.This can lead to those buyers being excluded from bidding and a lot of heartache for the sellers and agents too.If you want to bid at an auction ask the agent what they need for you to register. Talk to your accountant or adviser and work out which entity to want to buy the property in.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Will it be your name, your partner’s name, both names or a company/trust? This must all be established before you register and either all parties must sign the bidding card or a document that they have signed must be produced verifying that you can sign for them. It’s thirsty work!The other minor pain points are around deposit and settlement. The deposit amount and settlement times are announced at the start of the auction.This means if you need a lesser deposit or a longer settlement you can be in trouble if you buy the property. Again it’s crucial you let your agent know the deposit and the settlement period that you need prior to the auction, and some confirmation stating it’s approved to avoid any issues at the auction.The reason this all needs clearing up before the auction is because in Queensland once the property is knocked down to you, you’ve bought it on the announced terms and they can’t be easily changed.My tip is to email to the agent prior to the auction the entity that you want to buy in, the deposit you need including how you will be paying it and your preferred settlement date.Then ask them to email you confirmation. Doing this will allow them time to advise you on what they require, to get any approval from the seller and then ensure no one has any added stress on the big day.last_img read more