Guilded Cage Broken

May 3, 2021


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first_imgThe Oxford Guild, a student society which describes itself as “Oxford and the UK’s largest and oldest student careers society,” has suffered a number of resignations from senior committee members objecting to the “current framework and culture within the Oxford Guild.”Over half of the Oxford Guild’s senior committee co-signed a letter of resignation submitted at 12.01am this morning. Out of the present executive committee of nine, only the President, Chairman and two of the four Vice Presidents remain.In the letter of resignation shared with Cherwell, the co-signatories state, “We are against the continued counterproductive involvement of certain individuals that are no longer at the University and yet insist on being omnipotent within the Guild.“We would like to express our gratitude to those students that we have worked with, either alongside or under, and in particular, to the current President, who has done his utmost to try to keep us together as a cohesive society.“However, after countless efforts, we have come to the unfortunate conclusion that it is not possible to align the culture of the Oxford Guild with our idea of working within a society that is focused on adding value to students, run in a meritocratic and transparent manner, with a clear framework to underpin it.”In addition to the resignations from the executive committee, 11 further committee members, including the Guild Ball President, have also signed the letter announcing their resignation with immediate effect.The co-signatories also announce their launching of a new student organistion, saying, “We have decided to build the Oxford Student Foundation, which will exemplify our beliefs, values and ideas; and will focus on areas that the Oxford Guild does not effectively cover.”Speaking to Cherwell about the project, the co-signatories said, “The Oxford Student Foundation is a unique platform that offers a network of initiatives – providing students with hands-on experience and valuable opportunity. The Foundation and its revolutionary approach, allows students to discover the work that truly inspires them.OSF will link together a number of existing societies such as the Oxford Microfinance Initiative and the Oxford Strategy Group, and will found Initiatives in areas such as law, entrepreneurship, asset management and banking, that do not currently exist. The unique framework of OSF leaves scope for further expansion into other areas through the founding of new Initiatives. Further details will be revealed when we launch at the start of Trinity 2016.”The Oxford Student Foundation’s website was launched last night.The Oxford Guild in its current form was launched by Abbas Kazmi, and Adam Chekroud in 2012. Kazmi has left the University but remains Chairman of the Guild and remains involved in the day-to-day running of the society’s affairs.The Guild is a careers society that organises careers opportunities, including speaker and networking events, and is sponsored by organisations including Goldman Sachs, KPMG and JP Morgan.The Society has also hosted a number of high-profile speakers. A year ago on Wednesday, the Guild hosted Kanye West as a speaker and is expected to be hosting UK Grime MC Stormzy on Monday.The Vice-President for speakers, Shakeel Hashim, was one of the cosignatories to the letter of resignation.This wave of resignations follows the resignation last term of then-President Alexi Andriopoulous.The Guild has now published a response.last_img read more

‘Classical meets Trad’ at Conwal this Sunday

December 22, 2019


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first_imgA concert with a difference is promised at Conwal Church in Letterkenny on Sunday afternoon, featuring the Donegal Chamber Orchestra, brilliant young trad group Coirm and virtuoso musician Tom Byrne.It’s a ‘Classical meets Trad’ concert, organised by the Donegal Chamber Music Society. Classical suites will rub shoulders with traditional tunes, and the violin and cello will share the limelight with the fiddle and mouth organ.The concert presents one of the most novel musical programmes of the year in Donegal. Tom Byrne will take the lead on mouthorgan on two much-loved pieces by Kreisler, ‘Liebesleid’ and ‘Liebesfrued’. Classical and trad will meet when DCO and Coirm join forces to play a piece by Zoe Conway, ‘Suaimhneas’, written specially for Coirm.Fittingly on Mother’s Day, the DCO’s set will include ‘Ten Pieces for Children’ by Bartok, arranged by Weiner. They will also play a selection from the ‘Carmen Suites’ by Bizet.Coirm, brought together by Paul Harrigan of Letterkenny trad school Ceol na Coille, will perform ‘Failte an Earraigh’, a commissioned work for them from Altan’s Mairead Ní Mhaonaigh.Paul Harrigan said he’s really looking forward to the concert. “I’m delighted that Coirm are getting the chance to share this platform with the Donegal Chamber Orchestra, who must be among the leading string ensembles in the country. It’s a wonderful learning experience for our young trad players.“Of course we’re already seeing crossover between classical and trad in Donegal. There are quite a few young musicians doing both. A concert like this helps to broaden the horizons of everyone involved.”DCO conductor Victor Yelamo, a cellist himself, said the concert programme will bring listeners “from the cafes of central Europe to streets closer to the Río de la Plata” of South America.“The DCO will present Bartok and Bizet, Coirm will have those new traditional pieces, and the brilliant Tom Byrne will bring us those Kreisler pieces on mouthorgan but also the music of Argentinian tango king Astor Piazzolla on the accordion. It’s promises to be a wonderful afternoon.”The Donegal Chamber Music Society wishes to thank the parish of Conwal and Gartan parish for their generosity in making Conwal Church available. The concert is organised in association with the Donegal Music Education Partnership (DMEP) and Ceol na Coille. Admission to the concert is €10 (€5 concession), payable at the door. The concert starts at 3pm.‘Classical meets Trad’ at Conwal this Sunday was last modified: March 10th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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August 11, 2019


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Did Ahmed Mohameds Arrest Have AntiMuslim Roots

August 9, 2019


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first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesSeptember 16, 2015; Washington PostLiving in a post-9/11 world, there has been an understandable uptick in security concerns and measures. You can’t go through security in the airport without a ticket, the government has been able to monitor Americans for years without our permission, and noticeably, there is increased mistrust of Muslims, most of it unwarranted.By this point, you have likely heard the disturbing story of the arrest and subsequent suspension of 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed at a high school in Irving, Texas. Mohamed brought a homemade clock into school to impress his teachers. Instead, his teachers reported him to the principal, who then reported him to the police. The school administration and the police chief of Irving, Texas, stand by the fact that they believed the clock to be a bomb (or a facsimile of one) and warranted Mohamed’s arrest.It’s dubious whether Mohamed’s clock constituted a true or a perceived threat after a serious look at the situation. Had his English teacher been truly concerned, there would have been an evacuation or some other effort to isolate the device.“I really don’t think it’s fair because I brought something to school that wasn’t a threat to anyone,” Mohamed told NBC. “I didn’t do anything wrong. I just showed my teachers something, and I end up being arrested later that day.”I expect they will have more to say tomorrow, but Ahmed’s sister asked me to share this photo. A NASA shirt!— Anil Dash (@anildash) September 16, 2015This is a pic of the device Irving police say they found on the student. @CBSDFW— Jennifer Lindgren (@JLindgrenCBS11) September 16, 2015As of Wednesday, the Irving police chief, Larry Boyd, has indicated Mohamed will not be charged for any wrongdoing. This seems prudent, as it doesn’t seem like he did anything wrong. Mohamed has since stated publically that he will be transferring schools, and undoubtedly many will welcome him with open arms.On social media, the #IStandWithAhmed hashtag has taken off, hilariously documenting Mohamed’s supporters holding clocks in defiance. President Barack Obama, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg have all lent their voices to support Mohamed and condemn the response to his creative clock. He has been offered an internship by Twitter, and been invited to visit both Facebook headquarters and the White House. Cool clock, Ahmed. Want to bring it to the White House? We should inspire more kids like you to like science. It’s what makes America great.— President Obama (@POTUS) September 16, 2015 Assumptions and fear don’t keep us safe—they hold us back. Ahmed, stay curious and keep building.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 16, 2015You’ve probably seen the story about Ahmed, the 14 year old student in Texas who built a clock and was arrested when he…Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday, September 16, 2015While it is certainly heartwarming to see the overwhelmingly public positive response that emerged from Mohamed’s ordeal, many online are alleging blatant Islamophobia. The Council of American-Islamic Relations is actively investigating the incident. “I think this wouldn’t even be a question if his name wasn’t Ahmed Mohamed,” said Alia Salem, CAIR’s executive director for the Dallas-Fort Worth region. In fact, Gawker went a step further to list seven other kids who brought homemade clocks to school and were not arrested. None of them were named Mohamed.Although Mohamed’s story will soon become old news, Islamophobia in America isn’t going anywhere. The reactions of the school administration, teachers, and police to this situation are a cause for serious concern. There’s no doubt that a school must take every precaution to ensure the safety of its student body. Mirroring the dilemmas of national policy, at what point does ensuring the safety of others begin unjustly trampling others’ rights? Schools should be safe havens facilitating thoughtful discussion, tolerance and reasoned thinking, not harbors of fear and distrust.In its letter to parents, the school district blames the incident on Mohamed bringing in a “suspicious-looking device.” Absent from the letter is any indication of an internal investigation of its own actions or an apology to the Mohamed family. Instead, it seems like the reactions of the administration and the police have stunned the community, particularly some students. “It just shocked me that people could do this to him. He’s a 14-year-old boy, and he’s a genius,” said Muram Ibrahim, 15, and cousin to Mohamed, to the Washington Post. “I thought there’s a lot of diversity at Irving [Independent School District], and I thought that it was different from other school districts,” she said. “But I was wrong, and it makes me really sad that I’m wrong.”As NPQ has reported previously, some Americans’ increasingly distorted views on Muslims are startling, particularly with the entrance of ISIS into global affairs. Look no further than the Phoenix anti-Muslim rallies brandishing guns outside a community mosque earlier this year. This week, NPQ also reported on the remarks by some residents in a North Jersey community opposed a Muslim community center:“Churches are being closed and mosques are being built. There’s a lot of infiltration going on around the world,” said Bayonne, New Jersey resident Joe Wisniewski. “It’s a known fact a lot of these mosques are funded by oil money and terrorists. I’m concerned about safety and the quality of life here in Bayonne.”Islamophobia is a pervasive, ingrained attitude. Undoubtedly, Mohamed’s plight brings attention to the issue, but it is embedded in the system, most significantly by our country’s leaders.Irving’s mayor, Beth Van Duyne, who stands behind the police officers’ and school administration’s actions, has made some startlingly controversial comments herself about Muslims and Islam. Due to an earlier incident this year, Van Duyne has been described as part of a fringe movement that believes Muslims are conspiring to take over American culture and courts.There is little evidence to conclude other Irving community leaders, school board members and police officers share Van Duyne’s views. However, one must wonder how a person with her extreme views could come into power. We may look no further than the presidential hopefuls that are vying for votes, effectively legitimizing the hysteria against Muslims. Hopefully, with the spectacle of Mohamed’s courage, backed by national support, such views can be exposed for what they are.—Shafaq HasanShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more