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


Saint Mary’s names Nancy Nekvasil as Provost, senior vice president for Academic Affairs

January 26, 2021

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first_imgProfessor of biology Nancy Nekvasil will now fulfill the position of Provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs, President Jan Cervelli said in an email sent to the College community Friday.Selecting Nekvasil — who held the position on an interim basis since July 1 — involved considering the opinions and feedback of many individuals, Cervelli said in the email.“I want to acknowledge and thank our dedicated and hard-working Provost search committee, co-chaired by vice president for enrollment management Mona Bowe and associate professor Karen Chambers, and the firm Academic Search for their guidance and for helping Saint Mary’s identify the right person for the College at this time,” Cervelli said. “Feedback from various stakeholder groups — including the Faculty Assembly Leadership, the Provost Search Committee and the Academic Affairs Council — and from many of you following this week’s campus forum with [Nekvasil] made it evident that she is an outstanding fit for the permanent position.”Nekvasil’s past experience will benefit her immensely, the email said.“[Nekvasil] brings multiple dimensions to this role,” Cervelli said. “As an accomplished physiologist, a distinguished teacher committed to Saint Mary’s undergraduate and graduate education and an experienced campus leader and administrator, she has demonstrated her wide-ranging expertise and commitment to the College’s mission. I am grateful that [Nekvasil] will continue to share those gifts with the campus community in this vital position.”Tags: Academic Affairs, provostlast_img read more


Fun Home Starts Performances on Broadway

January 18, 2021

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first_img Cerveris and Kuhn will reprise their roles of Bruce Bechdel and Helen, respectively. Other members of the off-Broadway cast to reprise their roles in the Broadway incarnation include Roberta Colindrez as Joan, Sydney Lucas as Small Alison, Beth Malone as Alison, Joel Perez as Roy and Emily Skeggs as Medium Alison. Zell Morrow and Oscar Williams will join the production as Alison’s brothers John and Christian, respectively. Fun Home The wait is over and last year’s big off-Broadway hit has finally moved to the Great White Way! Fun Home, starring Michael Cerveris, Judy Kuhn and more will begin previews on March 27. Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron’s new musical will officially open on April 19 at Circle in the Square. View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 10, 2016 Based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel, Fun Home charts a girl’s quest to come to terms with her father’s unexpected death. As she moves between past and present, Alison dives into the story of her volatile, brilliant father and relives her unique childhood at her family’s funeral home. Related Showslast_img read more


The Jam Pack is for Swingers

December 30, 2020

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first_imgI always considered myself very good at monogamy; I drove the same car for like, 20 years, and my wife and I have been together basically since puberty. But Starr Hill’s new Jam Pack has me thinking that maybe I’m supposed to be a swinger. At least in terms of the beer I drink.Because I’m obsessively monogamous, I tend to drink the same beer over and over. It’s how I protect myself from being disappointed. There’s nothing worse than getting your hopes up while ordering a new beer and then you take your first sip and it’s…just okay. Nothing makes me angrier than having to work through a ho-hum beer. It’s a waste of time, money, and calories. I can only imagine the frustration that single people have when dating. What do you do when you’re on a first date and the person sitting across the table from you is just…okay? Do you suffer through it? Do you get up and leave, explaining that the whole process is just a waste of time and calories?I know Pisgah Pale is great so I’ll just order another one of those. And another. And another…It’s like marriage. (See how I just reduced the institution of marriage to a beer metaphor?)But then you have the mix pack, a box of goodies where brewers hobble a few like-minded beers together into one handy, swinging 12-pack. It lets dabble outside of your comfort zone without forcing you to get too weird all at once. It’s just like those “key parties” in the ‘70s. You get to “spend some time” with a new partner, but you’re still going home with your significant other. With a mix pack, you get to try something new, but you also have the comfort of drinking a couple of your favorite, well-established beers.Starr Hill’s new summer mix pack is an example of beer swinging done right. It’s packed with four different beers—Northern Lights IPA, Grateful Pale, Front Row Golden Ale and The Love Wheat Beer.The Northern Lights IPA and Grateful Pale are incredible as always. Those are great beers that I would happily drink on the reg, but I already knew those were great beers. The beauty of the mix pack is that you get to try new things without much risk. And the biggest surprise hit in the box is Front Row Golden Ale. It’s creamy and smooth, and just 4.8% so it’s easy, all-day drinking. I can’t overstate how soft and creamy this beer is; it’s like swallowing clouds. There’s a bit of corn sweetness in there too, and a little hint of something tangy on the end. But mostly, it’s clouds.I probably wouldn’t have bought a six pack of Front Row because I don’t typically like golden ales, but I’ll be damned if this isn’t a great freaking beer. And that’s the beauty of a mix pack. It forces you to date around. Look at me, I’m swinging.last_img read more


Maximize your digital channels: Three steps

December 18, 2020

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first_imgConsumers demand a digital experience in virtually every area of their lives. Banking is no exception.According to Pew Research Center, 57% of Americans have used their phones for online banking—and this percentage jumps to 70% for 18- to 29-year-old smartphone owners.Plus, 69% of Americans rely on online research before making purchases. That’s good to know as you try to convince consumers to choose your credit union for financial accounts, insurance, mortgages, investment services, credit cards, and more.You must reach members and prospects where they are and, for a growing number of people, that’s a digital channel. continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more