first_imgWelcome TCU Class of 2025 Twitter The Skiff by TCU360TCU Box 298050Fort Worth, TX [email protected] ReddIt The Skiffhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/the-skiff/ The Skiff: Dec. 5, 2019 A fox’s tail: the story of TCU’s campus foxes The Skiff: Nov. 7, 2019 Linkedin The Skiff The Skiff: Nov. 21, 2019 The Skiff: Nov. 14, 2019 Linkedincenter_img Previous articleBaylor crushes TCU men’s basketball in WacoNext articleOpen carry guide: where you can and can’t open carry in the 109 The Skiff RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Skiffhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/the-skiff/ printFailed to fetch Error: URL to the PDF file must be on exactly the same domain as the current web page. Click here for more infoVolume 114, issue 17: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis headline spring concertAlso: TCU hears from first of 4 medical school dean candidates; Ridley Scott, Adam McKay among Directors Guild nominations; New Interior Design, Merchandising building would benefit students; New outreach chair elected in SGA House meeting; Macklemore, Ryan Lewis concert moved to Commons; TCU police chief provides student safety tips; Police: Mentally ill man who made threats against women arrested; TCU student reports home invasion; Open carry guide: Which businesses allow it?; Stellar year earns Turpin All-American honors; TCU adds LSU transfer John Diarse to roster; Big 12 conference championship game a possibility; Future borrowers could see higher student loan interest rates; Spoilers expert: Caridi’s strong start could be a bad sign; New medical school could be bumping up undergraduate applications; Legendary musician David Bowie dies of cancer at 69; Winning Cheerleading Worlds transforms student into ‘cheerlebrity’; Frogs ranked No. 7 in final AP Poll after record comeback; City Council approves zoning change for TCU fine arts building The Skiffhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/the-skiff/ The Skiffhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/the-skiff/ Facebook Twitter ReddIt Facebook + posts Life in Fort Worthlast_img read more


first_imgNews See the World Press Freedom Index and the 3-dimensional map “freedom of the press worldwide”The 2014 Reporters Without Borders World Press Freedom Index spotlights major declines in media freedom in such varied countries as the United States, Central African Republic and Guatemala and, on the other hand, marked improvements in Ecuador, Bolivia and South Africa. The same trio of Finland, Netherlands and Norway heads the index again, while Turkmenistan, North Korea and Eritrea continue to be the biggest information black holes, again occupying the last three positions.“The World Press Freedom Index is a reference tool that is based on seven criteria: the level of abuses, the extent of pluralism, media independence, the environment and self-censorship, the legislative framework, transparency and infrastructure,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire.“It makes governments face their responsibilities by providing civil society with an objective measure, and provides international bodies with a good governance indicator to guide their decisions.”Reporters Without Borders head of research Lucie Morillon said: “This year, the ranking of some countries, including democracies, has been impacted by an overly broad and abusive interpretation of the concept of national security protection. “The index also reflects the negative impact of armed conflicts on freedom of information and its actors. The world’s most dangerous country for journalists, Syria, is ranked 177th out of 180 countries.”The index’s annual global indicator, which measures the overall level of violations of freedom of information in 180 countries year by year, has risen slightly. The indicator has gone from 3395 to 3456 points, a 1.8% rise. The level of violations is unchanged in the Asia-Pacific region, but has increased in Africa.The index is available in print for the first time. An enhanced version is being published (in French) by the French publishing house Flammarion in its Librio collection. The index, together with regional and thematic analyses, continues to be available in English, French and other languages on the Reporters Without Borders website (rsf.org). Reporters Without Borders has also introduced a three-dimensional visualization of the performances of the 180 ranked countries.This year’s index covers 180 countries, one more than the 179 countries covered in last year’s index. The newcomer is Belize, which has been ranked in the enviable position of 29th.See the 2014 World Press Freedom Index on rsf.orgArmed conflicts, political instability and national securityThe 2014 index emphasizes the negative correlation between armed conflicts and freedom of information. In an unstable environment, the media become strategic goals or targets for groups or individuals trying to control news and information in violation of the guarantees enshrined in international conventions.Syria (177th) is rubbing shoulders with the last three countries in the index. Around 130 professional and citizen-journalists were killed in connection with the provision of news and information from March 2011 to December 2013. They are being targeted by both the Assad government and extremist rebel militias. The Syrian crisis has also had dramatic repercussions throughout the region.In Africa, Mali continued its fall and is now ranked 122nd. Progress in the conflict in north of the country has stalled, preventing any real revival in media activity. Central African Republic (109th) has followed suit, falling 43 places. In Egypt (159th), President Morsi’s ouster by the army led by Al-Sisi freed those media that the Muslim Brotherhood had gagged ever since coming to power, but it marked the start of a witchhunt against journalists suspected of supporting the Brotherhood.Far from these conflicts, in countries where the rule of law prevails, security arguments are misused as grounds for restricting freedom of information. Invoked too readily, the protection of national security is encroaching on hard-won democratic rights.In the United States (46th, -13), the hunt for leaks and whistleblowers serves as a warning to those thinking of satisfying a public interest need for information about the imperial prerogatives assumed by the world’s leading power. The United Kingdom (33rd, -3) has followed in the US wake, distinguishing itself by its harassment of The Guardian.There are many examples of governments abusing the “fight against terrorism.” In Turkey (154th), dozens of journalists have been detained on this pretext, above all those who cover the Kurdish issue. In Israel (96th), which regained some of the places it lost in the previous index because of Operation Pillar of Defence’s impact on freedom of information, the territorial integrity imperative often suppresses freedom of information about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Organisation In Sri Lanka (165th, – 2), the army shapes the news by suppressing accounts that stray too far from the official vision of “pacification” in the former Tamil separatist strongholds.A few noteworthy developmentsCentral Africa Republic, currently the site of a violent conflict, suffered the biggest fall, losing 43 places after a year marked by extreme violence and repeated attacks and threats against journalists.Aside from the 13-place fall by the United States (46th, -13), Guatemala’s dizzying plunge (125th, -29) was due to a sharp decline in the safety of journalists, with four murders and twice as many attacks as the previous year.In Kenya (90th, -18), the government’s much criticized authoritarian response to the media’s coverage of the Westgate Mall attack was compounded by dangerous parliamentary initiatives. Chad (139th) fell 17 places after distinguishing itself by abusive arrests and prosecutions in 2013.Suffering from the effects of the economic crisis and a surge in populism, Greece (99th) fell 14 places.Violence against journalists, direct censorship and misuse of judicial proceedings fell in Panama (87th, +25), Dominican Republic (68th, +13), Bolivia (94th, +16) and Ecuador (94th, +25), although in Ecuador the level of media polarization is still high and often detrimental to public debate.The past year was marked by laudable legislative developments in some countries such as South Africa (42nd, +11), where the president refused to sign a law that would have threatened media freedom.Contrasting with South Africa’s improvement, other countries regarded as regional models registered no progress or even significant declines.Read more on rsf.org RSF_en February 12, 2014 – Updated on January 25, 2016 Reporters Without Borders releases 2014 Press Freedom Index Help by sharing this informationlast_img read more


first_imgHome of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena More Cool Stuff Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Subscribe faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Clairbourn School, conveniently located on Huntington Drive in San Gabriel, is known to many area families as a launching pad to the  Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Business Newscenter_img 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Herbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Tips To Rejuvenate Winter Dry, Chapped LipsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty12 Most Breathtaking Trends In Fashion HistoryHerbeautyHerbeauty EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Top of the News Community News Education Clairbourn – A Community Designed for Learning Excellence Article and Photo courtesy of CLAIRBOURN SCHOOL Published on Friday, February 15, 2013 | 12:14 pm Make a commentlast_img read more


first_imgHomepage BannerNews Pinterest Google+ Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Previous articleCllr McGowan says junction at McClays corner Stranorlar is a growing concernNext articleChloe Magee wins but doesn’t qualify at European Games admin An American social media management company is creating 100 new jobs in Derry.Metaverse Mod Squad, which has offices in Saccramento and New York, and currently employs 10,000 people, made the annoucement this afternoon.The new jobs will be based at the Old City Factory building on Patrick Street.Local Cllr Martin Reilly, who was at the jobs launch, says the Derry is now at the forefront of the digital market:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/mreil.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th WhatsApp Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal By admin – June 24, 2015 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Social media company to create 100 new jobs in Derry 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Twitter WhatsApplast_img read more


first_imgColumns#I Can’t Breathe: Governance By Annihilation and By Hate Kalpana Kannabiran3 Oct 2020 6:51 AMShare This – xSpeaking the Constitution is speaking dissent in our times.A nineteen-year-old Dalit woman was assaulted in the most brutal manner and killed by Thakurs from the same village known to her and her family. When her mother found her, she was naked, paralysed with indescribable physical injuries which included deep injuries on her tongue – to silence her from testifying to the attack on her? Yet, in spite of the grave harms, violent…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginA nineteen-year-old Dalit woman was assaulted in the most brutal manner and killed by Thakurs from the same village known to her and her family. When her mother found her, she was naked, paralysed with indescribable physical injuries which included deep injuries on her tongue – to silence her from testifying to the attack on her? Yet, in spite of the grave harms, violent humiliation and deep trauma, she made a statement naming the perpetrators. She, a young Dalit woman from a landless Valmiki family, whose only protection against chronic anticipated assault and humiliation by the Thakur perpetrators and their henchmen, was to stay indoors, never alone, and step out occasionally, never alone. Yet, even this did not give her the guarantee of bare life. Incarceration by caste and annihilation by caste. If we do not annihilate caste, caste will annihilate us. Can we even begin to understand Article 21 guarantees from the standpoint of this experience? We know the young woman from Hathras is not the first. Khairlanji, the case of the law student from Ernakulam in Kerala, the young girls in Badaun… the roads of this country are strewn with the bodies of Dalit women, young and old, and the bodies of Dalit men. Without multiplying examples of targetted structural violence and assault – for that is a task that is impossible to complete, given its sheer magnitude – our collective experience as a people sworn to the Constitution of India in Hathras in 2020 like elsewhere has been one of occupation of Dalit, Adivasi and Muslim homes, neighbourhoods and homelands; of violent death and collective violence; of desecration of places of worship; of unimaginable suffering; of humiliation as a condition of existence; of the anticipation of violence and murder, and of the trauma of silencing. The first expression of the ‘right to maim’ as Jasbir Puar poignantly calls it, in this instance is the brutal seizure of speech by the Thakur-State.   In a country with people who gave to themselves a constitution that affirms justice, equality, fraternity, freedom of faith, worship, and conscience, liberty, dignity, unity, integrity, we have a strident, violent, unabashedly partisan, elected government. We have officers of the government participating in and bolstering genocidal speech by curtailing the invocation of the constitution – by ‘pouring molten lead on the tongues’ of Dalits ripping apart Article 17 guarantees. Witness the conduct of the District Magistrate and the police after the death of the victim. Witness the fortification of the village against ‘outsiders’ reaching out to her family, while the perpetrators and their families roam free within the village. The murderous assault on the young woman is held in place by the continuing assault on and humiliation of the family – by the dominant Thakurs and officers of government now no longer distinguishable from each other in speech or conduct. This humiliation reaches its most unbearable limit in the manner in which her family was refused the right to her mortal remains – her body broken, wounded and lacerated, but it was what remained of her. Annihilation of the person, the body and the claim to justice. ‘No evidence of rape’, says the police without any investigation into the crimes that killed her. The right to preserve her body, and seek further investigation into the wounds she suffered was denied, and the evidence she carried on her person destroyed in the dead of night by the police. We know by now that a forensic report is rarely a truthful record, especially when the case concerns crimes of dominance and crimes against humanity. We saw the Muktadar Commission that enquired into the gangrape of a Muslim woman and the custodial murder of her husband in Hyderabad in 1978 record that the medical and forensic reports had been tampered with to destroy evidence against the accused policemen. In the case of the custodial death of Budhan Sabar in West Bengal in 1998, the Calcutta High Court ordered a videographed second post-mortem that revealed the cause of death as custodial violence and ordered a compensation to Budhan’s wife. The disposal of Hathras victim’s body therefore is not merely disrespect to the dead person and disregard of the custom of her family in the matter of death rituals. It is destruction of evidence that the Hathras police are guilty of – and there is a record of this destruction. The threats, forced confinement in their homes and fortification are forms of illegal custody that the family has been subjected to – there were armed police and officers of state actively preventing the family from moving out and anyone from meeting them. They were incarcerated in their homes and threatened with greater harm if they did not change their testimonies. The Allahabad High Court’s suo motu notice is welcome, and we pin citizen hope on the court as a place that will quell our collective anger at this travesty of justice. The court must name the officers on duty for the fifteen days between the assault and their suspension and order them to appear before the court by name. Their suspension should not by default become a release from the burden of appearing before the Court. What is required as a first step in reparation is the public acknowledgment by the court of the multiple ways in which the constitution has been torn to shreds. This is the only route to dignity – for citizens of this country and the courts alike. Our still raw memories of the brutal violence by the UP police on unarmed anti-CAA resisters, fueled by the state, has now been followed up with the declaration by the CBI court in Lucknow that there is ‘no evidence’ against those accused of the large-scale violence, riots, arson, looting and demolition of the Babri Masjid in December 1992, with the elected Chief Minister tweeting ‘Satyameva Jayate’. That a top BJP elder escaped conviction and heaved the burden off his ageing chest with a ‘Jai Shri Ram’ is different in its substantive meanings (although his role in the demolition and the violence that preceded and followed it must never be forgotten). And yet, a distinction must be drawn between those accused in the case and the Chief Minister concurring with the court judgment in which he was neither an accused nor a party.This is not the first time in our lives as witnesses to state impunity that we have seen complicity in collective/mass violence. And yet, we must insist that this brazen declaration of partisan rule and impunity be signposted. Given the scale of violence, and the volume of documentary and visual evidence that is available to courts, this is a case that must go up in appeal to the High Court and the Supreme Court and be tried afresh. Through his tweet, the Chief Minister of UP, a constitutional authority, has seized speech from us all, by foreclosing the options to appeal or ask for retrial. It is an infringement of Article 19 rights of citizens of this country in their intersections with Article 21 and the Preamble. We just need to look around us to see what havoc this impunity has already triggered. Clearly, the black letter understanding of the constitution is woefully inadequate in our situation. It is our responsibility as citizens to alert courts to the incarceration of the constitution – it is not four corners of the law any more. The constitution, and by that token, every court in this country and every judicial office is today in peril. There are no guarantees for the expression of judicial dissent –and indeed no guarantee that this violent seizure of speech will not very soon affect judicial dissent. One experience of this silencing is the decision of the CBI court. There is an even graver harm lurking around the corner – the possibility of the chilling of non-compliant judicial speech that these times signal. Where do we go as citizens? Who do we appeal to? If our routes to redress are blocked by caste and hate, what are courts going to do to enforce the ‘triadic ethical framework’ of the constitution – the Preamble, fundamental rights and directive principles of state policy? Or are we going to sit back fiddling with little reliefs while the constitution itself is annihilated – not merely reduced to a farce, as Babasaheb Ambedkar warned? When ADM Jabalpur happened, we waited forty years for the nine-judge bench of the Puttaswamy court to declare: ‘When histories of nations are written and critiqued, there are judicial decisions at the forefront of liberty. Yet others have to be consigned to the archives, reflective of what was, but should never have been’ (para 121). This, our present, is a moment that should never have been. If we let this moment pass, we risk the peril of wiping out the constitution and the courts that are meant to breathe life into it. The difference between this moment and the one we so proudly consigned to ignominy is that we will not bequeath a Puttaswamy moment to our future generations? The choice is ours to make. It is a choice.(Kalpana Kannabiran is Professor & Director at Council for Social Development, Hyderabad)  Next Storylast_img read more


first_img Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Community Enhancement Programme open for applications WhatsApp Google+ Pinterest Homepage BannerNews Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme By News Highland – June 4, 2019 Twittercenter_img Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleKeith Urban speaks with Pio McCannNext articleMain Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday June 4th News Highland Google+ Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Three taken to hospital following Dunkineely crash earlier Facebook Twitter Three people have been taken to hospital following a crash in Dunkineely earlier today.The two vehicle collision occurred in Ballymagowan at around 1pm this afternoon.Two men and a woman were taken to Letterkenny University Hospital for treatment to minor injuries.Gardai have confirmed that the road has since reopened.last_img read more


first_imgJeff Swensen/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) — The man accused of killing 11 worshippers at a Pittsburgh synagogue has been discharged from a hospital and is scheduled to make his first court appearance Monday afternoon, officials said.Robert Bowers, 46, was shot multiple times in a gunfight with police that capped Saturday’s massacre at the Tree of Life synagogue. He was discharged from Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh at 9:45 a.m. on Monday, a hospital spokeswoman told ABC News.Bowers is scheduled to make his first court appearance before a federal magistrate in Pittsburgh at 1:30 p.m.He is charged with 29 federal counts, including hate crimes. He is also charged with 11 counts of obstruction of exercise of religious beliefs resulting in death, 11 counts of use of a firearm to commit murder, four counts of obstruction of exercise of religious belief resulting in bodily injury to a public safety officer and three counts of use and discharge of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.The four counts of bodily injury to a public safety officer stem from the four police officers injured in the shooting.If convicted, Bowers could face the death penalty.This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more


first_imgkali9/iStockBy MEREDITH DELISO, ABC News(ORANGE COUNTY, Calif.) — Authorities have identified three of the four victims who died in a mass shooting at an office complex in Southern California this week.Matthew Farias, 9, was the youngest killed in the shooting at United Homes in Orange Wednesday evening. Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer had said the child “died in his mother’s arms as she was trying to save him during this horrific massacre.” He is believed to be the son of one of the shooting victims, police said.Jenevieve Raygoza, 28, and Luis Tovar, 50, were also among those killed in what authorities are calling a targeted attack. Tovar was the owner of United Homes, which specializes in the sales of mobile and manufactured homes, according to Los Angeles ABC station KABC.A second woman killed in the shooting has not been named by police, who have been identifying victims pending notification of next of kin.A female victim who was transported to the hospital in critical condition also has not yet been identified. She remains in critical but stable condition, police said Friday.The suspect in the shooting, Aminadab Gaxiola Gonzalez, 44, was charged Friday with four counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder, among other charges. He is eligible for the death penalty, the Orange County District Attorney’s office said.The suspect was shot in the head and hand during the incident and remains hospitalized in critical but stable condition, authorities said.Gonzalez, of Fullerton, California, was scheduled to be arraigned from his hospital bed Friday afternoon, though that has been rescheduled to Monday depending on his condition.“I fear that we might have to continue doing this day-to-day for some time,” his attorney, Kenneth Morrison, said during the hearing.The court ordered that Gonzalez be remanded to custody of the sheriff’s department. No bail was set.ABC News reached out to his attorney for comment.The shooting centered around the office of Unified Homes, police said. Officials said the attack appears to be an isolated incident and the suspect knew and had business or personal relationships with all of the victims.Shots were reported fired around 5:30 p.m. local time, when the suspect entered the courtyard of the office building and started “shooting into the windows,” a law enforcement source told ABC News.The suspect locked the gates to the business’ courtyard with a bicycle cable-type lock, initially preventing police from entering, authorities said. According to police, the shooter opened fire on two Orange Police Department officers, causing them to return fire. Police are investigating whether the suspect suffered a self-inflicted wound or was shot by police. The officers were unharmed.Officers used bolt cutters to cut the locks and enter the courtyard. They located multiple victims and the suspect, who was taken into custody and hospitalized, authorities said.Investigators also retrieved a semi-automatic weapon at the scene and a backpack with pepper spray, handcuffs and ammunition, which they believe belonged to the suspect, police said.The Orange County District Attorney’s Office is also investigating the officer-involved shooting. Any relevant body-worn camera footage will be released once the investigation is complete, the office said.“The taking of the life of another human being is the most serious of crimes and the slaughter of multiple people while they were essentially locked in a shooting gallery is nothing short of terrifying,” Spitzer said in a statement. “The residents of Orange County can rest assured that the District Attorney’s Office is taking every possible step to ensure that every aspect of this case and the subsequent officer-involved shooting is thoroughly reviewed and that justice will be served for each and every victim.”ABC News’ Marlene Lenthang and William Mansell contributed to this report.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more


first_img Previous Article Next Article Help us make a difference this festive seasonOn 21 Oct 2003 in Personnel Today Ifyou don’t get a Christmas card in the post from your key suppliers this year,don’t feel offended – you may find their seasonal message to you in the pagesof Personnel Today instead.PersonnelToday has launched a new Christmas charity initiative called Making ADifference.Thisyear, many of our advertisers will be foregoing their traditional Christmascard mailout and joining forces with Personnel Today to benefit charitiesinstead. Andyou get to choose which charities. Visit PersonnelToday.com to vote for whichof the 10 nominated charities you would like to benefit. The10 charities are: Breast Cancer Care, British Heart Foundation, British RedCross, Cancer Research UK, Cystic Fibrosis Trust, Jeans For Genes, NSPCC,Scope, The Guide Dogs For The Blind Association and The Stroke Association.Theproceeds from the campaign will be distributed to the three charities with themost votes, so start voting now. Voting closes 30 November 2003.Ifyou are a key supplier and would like details on supporting this charityinitiative, contact Jeremy Hudson on 020 8652 8101 or e-mail [email protected] Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more


first_imgOUSU Disability Officer James Elliot, who first put the motion to OUSU, said, “I’m delighted that several more JCRs have joined the fight for free education by pledging support. This is a great time for Oxford students to be discussing how education should be funded, its place in society and how we fight to scrap the current system of fees, privatisation and debt.” Charlie Jarvis, who proposed the motion, said, “It is crucial that we join the fight against the marketisation of our education system, and I believe the NUS are the right people to lead us in this. It was fantastic to see such a huge turnout at the meeting, and the debate was really lively and inclusive. A good £150 was pledged to support students attending demo on November 19th, and two of Hertford’s three votes at OUSU will be used to support the policy when it is debated again at Council next week. Despite a difference in opinion on the details of the motion itself, what appeared unanimous was the dissatisfaction with the path down which the current government is heading with regards to higher education.” down on tax avoidance”, and claims that, “in order to fund tuition fees, the Government can now expect to loan in excess of £10 billion per year, much of which it will never recover. Fees act as a deterrent to access, making education seem unaffordable to some.” It also points to recent successful campaigns by the NUS, such as last year’s cancelled sale of the student loan book. Hertford JCR President Josh Platt explained, “We had a brilliant debate in our JCR meeting about free education on Sunday, in which absolutely loads of people were able to express their views. I think this shows how important it is for JCR representatives to have proper consulation with their members before going to OUSU Council; I now have a much clearer idea about the stance Hertford wishes to take, and I’m looking forward to presenting those views to the rest of the student community at the University. Hertford’s JCR is very keen to send a strong message to the government; the status quo is not acceptable, and whether it be through free education or a different funding formula for higher education, there is now a need for major change in higher education policy in this country.” The motion, which is being used in many colleges, characterises the NUS’s policy as “a campaign for a new deal for education, that is free, publicly-funded, accessible, and funded by greater progressive taxation and clamping  Several colleges have now passed motions to support student attendance at the national demonstration against tuition fees in London, following a similar move by Balliol JCR last week. Hertford, Worcester, Regents’ Park, and Harris Manchester have passed the motion to send students to the demonstration, while Exeter, St John’s, Wadham and Somerville, amongst others, will vote on similar motions on Sunday. However, not all colleges have accepted the idea. A motion in Jesus College, which would have granted the JCR’s support to OUSU’s £200 involvement in the Free Education Demo failed, with eleven people voting against. Alexander Proudfoot, Vice-President of Jesus JCR, said, “we discussed the motion in a fair amount of detail and the prevailing opinion, although some did disagree, was that whilst the JCR supports many sections of the [OUSU] motion and a lot of the sentiment behind it, the wording was too loaded on many issues and the motion had too much bound up in it for us to agree with it in its entirety.” He added, “we made a note, and voted in support of this note, that although we do not support this OUSU motion we are critical of the current fee system, current government policy towards higher eduction, and are supportive of student activism.” Hertford, meanwhile, will be donating £150 towards travel costs from its political campaigns fund to take students to the demonstration on November 19th, up one-third from the £100 originally requested in the motion. The motion, proposed by second-year English student Charlie Jarvis, cites a recent decision abolishing tuition fees in Germany in comparison with speeches by several MPs and Andrew Hamilton, the University Vice Chancellor, calling for uncapped or raised fees, arguing that that, “either our system is going to continue down the road towards an American-style model of private universities with uncapped fees, or we can take it closer to a German model of free, public and accessible education.”last_img read more