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

High Peaks nonprofits working with communities to address COVID-19 impacts

April 20, 2021


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first_imgNon-profit organizations in Maine’s High Peaks region are coming together to work with community leaders and funders to address the impacts of COVID-19.The High Peaks Initiative is a collaborative of local, regional and national non-profit organizations working in Maine’s High Peaks. The Betterment Fund encouraged HPI to connect with local communities and identify critical need areas via community leaders who are implementing actionable plans to meet the ongoing challenges.The Betterment Fund Trustees have since approved HPI’s request to direct $24,000 toward several community-initiated, community-led efforts which are addressing immediate needs in food security, safe and healthy outdoor recreation and remote learning. These efforts depend on this immediate injection of funding and can serve as pilots and models for additional needs which may emerge going forward.Individuals and other funders are also making personal contributions to these initiatives.Rangeley restaurants have joined forces to form a non-profit organization to provide prepared meals for homebound community members. Five restaurants are currently providing between 150 and 175 meals per day, seven days a week, for those in need. While meals can be picked up in either Rangeley or Oquossoc villages, an average of 80 meals per day are being delivered to people’s homes. Rangeley Health and Wellness and Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust, both HPI partners, along with many volunteers are helping to deliver meals. Donations are currently being accepted through Skowhegan Savings Bank.Rangeley Health and Wellness is also partnering with the Good Shepard Food Bank to provide staples, fresh produce and non-food items such as paper products and cleaning supplies for local families in need. They are assembling boxes sized for small (1 to 3-person) and large (4 to 6-person) families which can be picked up once a week. The expectation is that these boxes will meet most of the basic needs of the family for one week.In Kingfield, restaurants and schools are partnering with Greater Franklin Development Council to provide support to local families. There are boxes of food which are available to Kingfield Elementary School families with additional boxes for area students and community members during April school vacation week. A GoFundMe page has been launched to build funding to expand on this effort.SAD 58 is assisting students participating in on-line studies, but one of the greatest challenges is internet access. The Betterment Fund is assisting with the purchase of hot spot devices which can ensure that students are connected to Google Classroom and can attend virtual meetings with their teachers using Zoom or Google Meet.Using the Maine Trail Finder website, the Center for Community GIS is helping people find opportunities to be outdoors safely during the current pandemic. Trail use has increased dramatically as homebound individuals and families look for opportunities to be outside for health reasons, both physical and mental. Public safety concerns resulting from overcrowded parking lots, boardwalks, scenic viewpoints and summits are leading federal, state, and land trust trail managers to shut down trails on a near-daily basis. Maine Trail Finder is keeping users educated about open trails, ways to find less popular local trails as well as best practices for keeping everyone safe in the outdoors during these unprecedented and rapidly changing times.The mission of the High Peaks Initiative is to protect important natural resources, secure public access, and support healthy human and natural communities in Maine’s High Peaks. HPI partners include the High Peaks Alliance, Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust, Rangeley Health and Wellness, the Maine Appalachian Trail Land Trust, the Center for Community GIS, The Wilderness Society, the Northern Forest Center, the Trust for Public Land, the New England Forestry Foundation, the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, Maine Huts and Trails, Maine Mountain Collaborative, Longfellow Mountains Heritage Trails, High Peaks Network/Greater Franklin Development Council, and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.The Betterment Fund was established by William Bingham, 2nd, a resident of Bethel, and focuses on education, health, and conservation. They give top consideration to projects in the Western Mountains region because of Bingham’s lifelong dedication to the area. The concepts of community and collaboration are very important to their grantmaking.last_img read more

Is Colin Firth Back on Board for My Fair Lady on B’way?

January 18, 2021


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first_imgCould he dance all night? Oscar winner Colin Firth, who was previously speculated to be the frontrunner for headlining a Broadway revival of My Fair Lady before supposedly being replaced by Ralph Fiennes, is now on board to play Henry Higgins. Theater titan James Nederlander Sr. reportedly told The New York Post, “Colin Firth is already set. The female isn’t cast yet.” Names in the mix to play Eliza Doolittle have so far included Oscar winner Anne Hathaway and Skylight’s Tony nominee Carey Mulligan. A production directed by Tony winner Bartlett Sher had been aiming for a 2014 opening; no word yet on when this incarnation will play Broadway.Firth won the Oscar for The King’s Speech and was nominated for A Single Man. His many other film credits include Love Actually, Bridget Jones’ Diary, Shakespeare in Love, The English Patient, Then She Found Me, What a Girl Wants, Girl With a Pearl Earring and the movie musical Mamma Mia!Featuring music by Frederick Loewe and a book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, My Fair Lady premiered on Broadway on March 15, 1956, starring Julie Andrews and Rex Harrison. The production won the Tony Award for Best Musical, and Harrison snagged a Best Actor trophy. My Fair Lady was last seen on Broadway in 1993, starring Melissa Errico and Richard Chamberlain. View Commentslast_img read more