Push for estranged student policy reform begins

first_imgAlmost half of Oxford students who have been estranged from their families are forced to “couchsurf” during the vacations, or would otherwise be homeless, according to a new SU report.Authored by SU VP for Welfare and Equal Opportunities, Ellie Macdonald, the report gathers testimonies from 41 estranged students studying at the University.The report also reveals that over a third of estranged students worked during term time, as well as in the vac, in order to make ends meet.Macdonald said she wrote the report because it is “an issue close to my heart”. She said: “it’s a shame that although colleges do deal with it on an informal basis, there are no formal processes in place to help students who find themselves without family support whilst on course.“Before this research took place, there was no information at all around estranged students at the University of Oxford and so I’m really hopeful that this report can help change things.”Macdonald submitted her report for to the university-wide Domestic Bursars Committee yesterday, aiming to get the University and its colleges to adopt the Stand Alone Pledge, a statement committing educational institutions to supporting students without a family network.Whilst the report is based on the experiences of 41 students, the SU estimate there are at least 200 Oxford students who have no family support.Further statistics detailed in the report show that half of the estranged students involved in the report felt they could not approach their college for support, whilst 58% reported severe mental health problems as a result of burnout, stress, and isolation.43% of the students interviewed had difficulty in securing college accommodation, and 45% felt that bursaries were not enough to survive on and had difficulty accessing other funds.Macdonald told Cherwell: “If Oxford is interested in helping its graduates use their Oxford education as a foundation stone for their later success, then the University must recognize it has a duty of care towards estranged students especially in ensuring their university experience is at no significant disadvantage to their non-estranged peers.”last_img read more

Living Colour Tributes Chris Cornell In Australia [Video]

first_imgLiving Colour is currently on tour in Australia, last night stopping in Perth to perform at the Astor Theatre. The band’s music bends back and forth between heavy metal, funk, jazz, hip-hop, country, and alternative rock, inviting a variety of fans out to their shows since 1984. Friday night’s setlist included covers of Robert Johnson, The Notorious B.I.G., James Brown, and The Clash, amongst their own hits “Cult of Personality,” “Love Rears Its Ugly Head,” “Who Shot Ya,” and more.Fans in Perth were also treated to a special cover of “Blow Up The Outside World” by Soundgarden, in memory of Chris Cornell. Corey Glover led Vernon Reid, Doug Wimbish, and Will Calhoun through an emotional cover of the 1996 Down On The Upside number, welcoming fans to join in during the song’s chorus. Glover gets visibly emotional toward the end, as were the rest of the people in the room. The song was only performed by Living Colour once before, on New Year’s Eve at The Roxy in 2001.Watch the beautiful rock tribute below, thanks to Daniel R:Setlist: Living Colour | Astor Theatre | Perth, Australia | 5/19/17Preachin’ Blues (Robert Johnson cover), Wall, Middle Man, Desperate People, Blow Up The Outside World (Soundgarden cover), Mind Your Own Business, Ignorance Is Bliss, Who Shot Ya? (The Notorious B.I.G. cover), Who’s That, Nothingness, Love Rears Its Ugly Head, Bass Solo, This is the Life, Elvis Is Dead / Hound Dog, Type, Drum Solo, Cult of PersonalityE: Time’s Up / Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine, Should I Stay Or Should I Go (The Clash cover)last_img read more

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang drops his own contract hint after Bukayo Saka’s new Arsenal deal

first_img“I’m really happy today. My performance was good. And I’m always happy to score goals and help the team to win games.”@Aubameyang7 reacts to becoming the quickest player to score 5️⃣0️⃣ Premier League goals for Arsenal…🎙 @ReshminTV pic.twitter.com/97e8deukSu— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) July 1, 2020 Comment Advertisement Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang drops his own contract hint after Bukayo Saka’s new Arsenal deal Aubameyang was Arsenal’s man of the match in their easy win over Norwich (Picture: Getty)Doubts still linger over Aubameyang’s future however, with his current contract expiring next summer, though he has not closed the door on signing an extension of his own.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAsked if he will delight Arsenal fans even more and follow Saka’s lead in signing a new deal, Aubameyang told BT Sport: ‘I know, I know! I’m really happy that Bukayo signed da ting! [laughing]‘And now we’ll see [about me]. We’ll talk with the club and we’re going to see what’s going to happen.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘But first of all I’m really focused on the games, this end of the season, so we will see.’Asked if he sees positive signs in the team under Arteta, he continued: ‘Yeah, as I said, since Mikel is in we’re doing well and we’re working very well, so we have good signs that we are improving.’ Aubameyang has continued to score freely despite Arsenal’s struggles this season and head coach Arteta has been full of praise for his talisman after his record-breaking evening.Asked about his record, the Spaniard said: ‘Credit to him that we were talking that he wasn’t scoring many in the last few weeks.‘The type of player that he is, he’s always trying to be the best, to score goals, to help the team, and I’m really glad with him. Not only for the goals but with his attitude overall.’MORE: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reacts to breaking Thierry Henry’s Arsenal recordMORE: Arsenal postpone Alexandre Lacazette decision because of Pierre-Emerick AubameyangFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 1 Jul 2020 8:38 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.6kShares Advertisement The Gabon striker struck twice as Arsenal dominated against Norwich (Picture: Getty)Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang says he will hold talks with Arsenal over a contract extension and is happy with the direction the club is taking under new boss Mikel Arteta.The Gabon striker, who is the Gunners’ top scorer this season, netted twice more on Wednesday evening against Norwich to become the fastest Arsenal player to hit 50 Premier League goals – doing so quicker even than Thierry Henry.Arsenal’s 4-0 victory, which takes them above north London rivals Spurs in the table, marked a day of double delight, with Bukayo Saka having committed his long-term future to the club earlier in the day.last_img read more

Detroit Tigers select Arizona State infielder Spencer Torkelson with top pick in baseball draft

first_img June 10, 2020 Detroit Tigers select Arizona State infielder Spencer Torkelson with top pick in baseball draft Associated Press center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNEW YORK (AP) — Detroit Tigers select Arizona State infielder Spencer Torkelson with top pick in baseball draft.last_img

Lawmakers react to Petraeus report

first_img– Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Sherman Oaks “The fact remains that our current strategy in Iraq is a failure. We must change our mission. Delaying the redeployment of our brave young men and women in uniform in Iraq until next summer will not lead to greater regional stability in a troubled region of the world.” – Rep. Diane Watson, D-Los Angeles “The message I got from their testimony is that we need to build on the successes we have achieved in order to complete the mission. A self-sustaining, self-defending Iraq is not a guarantee, but it is still a possibility. We cannot walk from the battlefield now.” – Rep. David Dreier, R-Glendora Reaction from some of the Valley-area representatives to the report delivered by Gen. David Petraeus: “We just can’t leave until we’ve accomplished the mission. … We’re still in Japan, we’re still in South Korea … those countries are strong democracies now.” – Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita “The reduction is that we will have surged, and then the surge is over. But he’s basically saying that Iraq is not safe enough to let us reduce our troops to below the pre-surge level.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more