The Merton decanal team has come under fire over an amendment to its disciplinary measures.The amendment comes in response to what the College perceives as an increase in the number of students smoking in their rooms.An email sent on Tuesday from Merton’s Deputy Principal of the Postmasters (Junior Dean) to all JCR and MCR members stated, “The College takes this matter very seriously because smoking creates a fire hazard and a health hazard, for you and also for all the people living in the building.“Owing to this increasing number, we have decided to be extra vigilant to this matter, and also to change the discipline measures; a smoking offence will now attract on top of the fine a four week ban to the college bar and the next bop, and on repeat offences can lead to students not being offered college accommodation in the future.”According to some students, this change to the disciplinary measures runs contrary to regulations set out in the College handbook.Particularobjections were raised at the fact that the JCR and MCR presidents had not been consulted in advance. Article 26.2 of the handbook states, “Any proposed amendments will be discussed with the Presidents of the JCR and MCR and reviewed and approved by Warden and Tutors’ Committee and Graduate Committee.” In addition, article 28.7 of the handbook states that suspension from college premises and facilities “is a precautionary and not a disciplinary sanction, and may continue during the investigation of any such allegation and any subsequent disciplinary proceedings”.One student, who wanted to remain anonymous, told Cherwell, “Clearly they are trying to use it in a disciplinary way. We also dispute that a bop is a college facility. It’s a JCR-run event, the only way they could justify that move would be by banning people from use of the Sports Pavilion [where Merton bops are held] at all times.” Jonathan Thacker, Senior Dean at Merton, said, “Smoking in rooms is an issue that the college takes very seriously as it is a fire hazard. The measure reflects the increase of such events being discovered in college rooms this year, and it is based on a course of action which has proven effective in the past in various discipline contexts. “It is not, however, a suspension from college, as described by paragraph 28.7, it is a restriction to the use of college facilities which is covered by 28.3, ‘The Principal of Postmasters and the Deputy Principal of Postmasters are empowered to impose fines up to and including £250 and to restrict access to College facilities.’”Daniel Schwennicke, Merton’s JCR President, commented, “I was surprised by the increased penalty on smoking in College accommodation, as I had expected that the JCR would be consulted about the problem in advance. While smoking indoors is completely unacceptable, the College’s decision is disproportionate and unprecedented. Additionally, there are substantial doubts about its legitimacy with respect to College regulations, any amendment of which must be discussed with the JCR and MCR Presidents and approved by several College committees. The JCR intends to fight restricting offenders from the college bar and bops, and a first meeting with the Principal of Postmasters has indicated that our concerns will be heard.” Chris Pike, OUSU VP for Welfare & Equal Opportunities, said, “As a student union we believe in the fundamental principle that students and their representatives (in this case, their elected common room officers) should be consulted on any changes of this nature.“I have no issue with action being taken to prevent students smoking in their rooms. It is, however, often the case in scenarios like this that a proper discussion between students and the college will solve more problems than simply using threats of harsh disciplinary action.”
By Donald WittkowskiConstruction will begin this week on an all-suites boutique hotel that its developers plan to have ready for Ocean City’s 2020 summer tourism season.Called the North Island Inn, the project will be built in a prime location at the corner of 10th Street and Ocean Avenue only a block from the beach and Boardwalk.Christopher Glancey, a Sea Isle City developer who has expanded into Ocean City with his business partner Bob Morris, said the all-suites lodging will cater to families wanting to be close to the beach and Boardwalk shops, eateries and amusement rides during their summer vacations.“You have everything Ocean City has to offer within a block away. With a family with kids, it makes your life much easier,” Glancey said in an interview Monday.Representing their first investment in Ocean City, Glancey and Morris bought the Impala Motel last year at 10th Street and Ocean Avenue. They continue to operate the Impala, but demolished a small annex of the motel across the street along with an adjacent garage to create room for the North Island Inn.An architectural rendering depicts the proposed North Island Inn.Plans call for three stories of hotel space built over a ground-level parking garage. Glancey said the project will run in the millions, but declined to divulge the exact cost.North Island Inn represents the first new hotel built in Ocean City in perhaps 20 years or more and will help update the lodging market with modern, family-friendly accommodations, according to Glancey.“There haven’t been any new hotels in a long time,” he said.The new hotel will feature 15 suites, each encompassing about 1,300 square feet of space. Glancey said the large suites will give families plenty of room and flexibility while spending their vacations at the shore.“This is Ocean City. This is America’s Greatest Family Resort. That’s the whole idea with the suites,” Glancey pointed out.The property is cleared and awaiting the start of construction this week.Featuring a beach-themed design, the North Island Inn will position itself as a “mid-market” property to make the suites affordable to Ocean City’s typical family vacationers, Glancey said.“It’s going to be nice and new, but it’s not going to be anything outrageous,” he said.The Impala, meanwhile, will continue to operate as a mid-level motel, Glancey noted. The Impala advertises itself as budget lodging, but its location at 10th Street and Ocean Avenue provides guests with a prime spot just a block away from the beach and Boardwalk.Glancey and Morris inherited the North Island Inn project when they bought the Impala last year from motel operator Anthony J. Frank and his family for an undisclosed price. The hotel project was granted Ocean City Planning Board approval in 2017 when it was being proposed then by Frank.Before expanding into the Ocean City market, Glancey and Morris spent millions of dollars to build mixed-used projects in Sea Isle City that combined retail shops, restaurants and upscale condominiums.Developer Christopher Glancey is expanding to Ocean City after making his mark in Sea Isle City.Glancey and Morris began in 2016 with their trendy Dunes development, a restaurant and condominium complex on Landis Avenue between 86th and 87th streets in Sea Isle’s Townsends Inlet section.They followed up on the Dunes with two more mixed-use projects in Townsends Inlet called the Cove and the Cape. The three-story buildings, which blend retail, commercial and condo space, are located a block from each other on Landis Avenue between 85th and 87th streets.The Impala Motel deal last year closely followed Glancey and Morris’ $7.3 million purchase of the LaCosta Lounge, a popular Sea Isle bar that has been a centerpiece of the beach town’s entertainment scene since the 1960s.Glancey and Morris plan to redevelop the LaCosta site with a new hotel, bars and a restaurant, but are holding off on construction until late 2019. This is expected to be the last year for LaCosta, which will be demolished to create room for the new development. This site at the corner of 10th Street and Ocean Avenue is being redeveloped for the all-suite North Island Inn.
Lane Oesterling was brilliant on the pitcher’s mound on Thursday, as he threw a no-hitter to lead Batesville past Franklin County 9-0.The Bulldogs were boosted by Calvin Sherwood who went 4-for-4 at the plate. Sherwood singled in the first, singled in the third, singled in the fourth, and doubled in the sixth.The Bulldogs opened up scoring in the first inning. Quinn Werner drove in one when he singled.Batesville put up three runs in the fourth inning. The rally was led by a single by Sherwood and a double by Trey Heidlage.Oesterling (4-0) earned the win for Bulldogs. He surrendered zero runs on zero hits in the complete game, striking out 11.Alex Bischoff took the loss for Franklin County. He went four innings, allowing five runs on ten hits, striking out five and walking one.It was a big day for Oesterling on the mound, but also at the plate. He went yard in the fifth inning.Batesville tallied 14 hits on the day. Sherwood, Raab, Werner, and Heidlage each managed multiple hits for the Bulldogs. Sherwood went 4-for-4 at the plate to lead the Bulldogs in hits. Batesville tore up the base paths, as three players stole at least two bases. Werner led the way with two.After the win, Batesville goes to 6-8 on the year and 3-2 in the conference. The Bulldogs will play Greensburg on Monday.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Justin Tucker.