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Merton disciplinary measure declared unconstitutional

first_imgThe 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.”last_img read more

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Tickets for the 5th Military World Games Are Now Available to the Public

first_img Free distribution began on Friday the 3rd for tickets to attend the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and the competitions in the twenty sports that will be part of the 5th CISM Military World Games. The largest military sports event in the world is happening from the 16th to the 24th of July this year, in the city of Rio de Janeiro. Requests may be made exclusively via the official website (http://www.rio2011.mil.br). Fifty percent of tickets will be allocated to the public in each of the sports arenas. Another 40% will be allocated to members of the military, and 10% to special guests. A preregistration process previously gathered 4,405 registered CPFs (Brazilian identity documents). “Everyone can register, and each CPF gives the right to two tickets. Therefore, if someone wants to take the family to attend the swimming competition, for instance, he will have to register two or more CPFs,” explained Col. Rogério Franca, ticket manager for the Operational Planning Committee for the Rio 2011 Games. For some competitions, tickets will not be needed. This applies to the marathon (from Recreio to Aterro do Flamengo), the triathlon (in Copacabana), and the orienteering competition (in the cities of Paty do Alferes and Seropédica). Tickets may be picked up from June 24th to July 13th, in four different locations, three of which are in the city of Rio de Janeiro: in the southern part of the city (Copacabana Fort), downtown (kiosk located at the side of Duque de Caixas Palace), and in the western part of the city (Vila Militar). The municipality of Resende will have a ticket pickup location at the Resende shopping mall, located at Avenida Saturnino Braga, 369. The hours will be Monday through Friday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. By Dialogo June 08, 2011 Damm it! We will still get to host the World Cup, I can’t get any information on how to get tickets for the opening ceremonies, if it is a paid or a free event. How can I get tickets? This is awful. I want ticketslast_img read more

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Evolve to satisfy changing consumer tastes

first_imgEven as people strive to make decisions objectively, they operate emotionally. That’s a reality we in financial services must recognize as we engage with consumers. As we commemorate Life Insurance Awareness Month at CUNA Mutual Group, we recognize that we’re doing something more meaningful than simply selling people TruStage insurance and AD&D policies. We’re helping them attain peace of mind that they will weather life’s unexpected storms.Likewise, as credit unions, you’re not just a transactional hub for your members; you’re their trusted financial partner. To deepen that relationship, you need to evolve with ever-changing behaviors and tastes.Having marketed everything from hiking boots to polo shirts to lingerie in my career, keeping my finger on the pulse of these trends is in my blood. Four themes have emerged.Theme #1: Have it my wayThink how far consumers have pushed the envelope since the days when Burger King promoted the ability to “hold the pickles” as something revolutionary.Now, we build our meal item by item at a Subway or Chipotle assembly line. Starbucks relegates the menu to an afterthought: You design the type of liquid, the taste, the temperature. Design your products and services so consumers feel they’re part of the creation experience.Theme #2: Do it my wayBest Buy has battled back from the brink by adopting a consultative approach and operationalizing an array of purchase and delivery options that accommodate every consumer preference.How can your branches go the route of Best Buy, rather than Sears? In an era when the biggest auto lender is Ally Bank – which has no physical locations – you must focus personal interactions around high-level functions while steering transactional activity to intuitive digital platforms.Theme #3: Don’t take me for grantedOften, it’s not that companies forget to deliver on their model. Instead, they need to deliver a model consumers crave.Despite its incredible hotels and high customer satisfaction, Hilton fell to No. 3 this year in consumer travel industry spending behind Airbnb, which owns exactly zero properties and inherently delivers inconsistent experiences.What’s happening is, consumers want a different level of flexibility. This dynamic is playing out in payments, with PayPal and Venmo increasingly taking market share from checks, cash and cards. Meanwhile, Starbucks carries more than $1 billion in customer gift card balances. We’re loaning our money to them for free. Give members good reasons to use your debit and credit cards, as well as other payment methods you offer.Theme #4: Protect meToday, we proactively share a tremendous amount of data about ourselves.When you buy a car, you agree to send vehicle reports to the manufacturer that include the driver’s weight. When you go to Disney World, you offer up your fingerprint. Generally, consumers accept that companies capture this information to enable more vivid, personalized experiences. But more than ever, people want to know what you know, understand how you’re using it, and decide which information you control. Transparency is key. Develop clear policies that include filters on what information you gather, when and why – and broadcast this loudly and proudly. 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Susan Sachatello Susan Sachatello is senior vice president of Consumer Experience at CUNA Mutual Group, and president of its consumer insurance brand, TruStage. Web: www.cunamutual.com Detailslast_img read more

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Blues on the brink of title

first_imgEfficient Chelsea moved to the brink of the Barclays Premier League title after they came from behind to beat gutsy Leicester 3-1. Jose Mourinho’s side can no w clinch the league against Crystal Palace on Sunday and claim their first crown since 2010. They are 13 points clear of Manchester City and Arsenal with just four games left, although the Gunners have a match in hand. Didier Drogba, John Terry and Ramires scored second half goals to rescue the visitors after d isciplined Leicester had shocked them – Marc Albrighton’s first goal for the club gave the hosts a deserved lead. The Foxes, one point above the bottom three, matched Chelsea in a dogged and organised display despite being denied a fifth straight top flight win for the first time since 1963/64. Drogba started for Chelsea along with Petr Cech – with Oscar, after his head injury at Arsenal, and Thibaut Courtois, who was struggling with a hip injury, on the bench. Diego Costa missed out, not risked after a hamstring problem. Leicester were unchanged as Jamie Vardy started despite being a doubt with a foot injury. The hosts began well, snapping at their sloppy visitors who were not allowed to settle with Esteban Cambiasso pulling the strings. The midfielder, central to Mourinho when they won the Champions League at Inter together in 2010, created a fine opening for Ulloa with a glorious pass on 12 minutes, only for the striker’s touch to let him down. Drogba then failed to connect with Willian’s cross as Chelsea threatened before Eden Hazard’s excellent pass unlocked the Foxes, only for Cesc Fabregas’ cross to be hacked clear. The leaders started to probe and Leicester suffered a double blow in a matter of minutes as Andy King, on his 300th appearance for the club, and former Chelsea defender Robert Huth were forced off. Matty James and Ritchie De Laet replaced them but it failed to hurt the Foxes’ resilience as they held off Chelsea with a degree of ease. While the visitors pressed they rarely looked like making a breakthrough against the organised hosts. Danny Drinkwater fired over seven minutes before the break and the leaders then survived a huge scare moments later. Albrighton’s cross was met by Paul Konchesky, who saw his shot turned against the post by Cech and then his cross half-cleared. James headed the ball back for Cambiasso and his lay-off found Albrighton, whose goalbound shot was blocked. But the winger scored his first goal since January 2012 in first half stoppage time to send the home fans into raptures. James sent Vardy scampering down the left and, when he crossed, Cesar Azpilicueta slipped and Albrighton passed the ball into the corner at the far post. The King Power Stadium erupted but was left in stunned silence three minutes after the break when Chelsea levelled. Leicester had been controlled at the back but allowed Branislav Ivanovic to squeeze down the right and cross for Drogba to sweep in from 10 yards. Two minutes later the striker, who had been poor in the first half, fired over and then Fabregas failed to connect with Willian’s sumptuous centre. Chelsea had upped their game and Drogba flashed a shot wide after 62 minutes as Leicester struggled to match their first-half tempo. James saw a shot deflect wide but the visitors were in the ascendency and went ahead 11 minutes from time. Kasper Schmeichel produced an excellent save from Gary Cahill’s header, only for Terry to bundle in the rebound. And four minutes later it was 3-1 when Fabregas cut the ball back for Ramires to find the top corner from 18 yards. Press Associationlast_img read more

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University almost unhurt by the riots

first_imgAssistant City Editor Julie Yamamoto contributed to this report. This article was originally published May 4, 1992, in a special edition of the Daily Trojan. The city will remember the 20th anniversary of the Los Angeles riots on April 29. The university campus has suffered minimal damage from the riots of the past three days, University Security officials said Sunday.The efforts of all university agencies and officials — from security to Physical Plant to President Sample — have resulted in a very low number of injuries to students and little property damage to off-campus apartments.The campus has suffered only two minor fires, one extinguished by Security, the other put out by a student.Eleven students have been injured or arrested in the rioting, Security reports said. No students have been injured seriously, but a local man was shot in the leg on Exposition Boulevard in front of Parkside Apartments Wednesday night.Students were evacuated from their apartments north of campus due to power outages, and some property damage has been reported at Regal Trojan Apartments and buildings on 27th Street, but the extent of the damage has not yet been confirmed.“Rooms are open, doors have been pried open … reports should be trickling in today, with students coming back and finals scheduled for Monday,” said Sgt. John Lewis of University Security.Power was restored by the Department of Water and Power as of 11 a.m. Sunday morning, Lewis said.“I got my TV, my phone and my answering machine stolen,” said Brandon Bandhauer, a junior majoring in creative writing and biology who lives in Regal Trojan.“But it looks like we were not the only ones who got anything stolen,” he said. “Other screens have been pulled off, but our windows don’t lock properly, and that’s how they got in.”“The university is very fortunate that there has been no significant damage,” Lewis said. “The damage has been nothing even close to the magnitude on the street.”“I’m amazed that not one thing has happened,” Lt. David Ritch said. “Physical Plant, Safety … all service are really networking together.”Administrators have taken an active role in trying to assess the situation. President Steven Sample and other top administrators have been on campus throughout the crisis.Sample fielded phone calls to his office that threatened to “burn USC down.”Sample and James Dennis, vice president of Student Affairs, stayed on campus with the command center until the end of last week. They also ate at EVK Dining Hall with students and faculty, many of whom had been evacuated from their normal residences.Sample also rode along with Ritch on a routine security patrol Thursday.“Everything seemed calm,” Ritch said. “But then we drove into the worst looting I’d seen. People were jumping over the hood of the car. I had my gun in my hand. I’m a Vietnam vet, and this was pretty bad.”Ritch said that Sample’s eyes were as big as his head.The fires reported on campus were minor.A fire in a dumpster near the construction site behind Bovard Administration Building was put out by security on Wednesday night, according to Ritch.“We put it out with extinguishers from our vehicles, and we got every fire extinguisher out of the new part of Bovard,” Ritch said.An officer remained on the scene after the fire was put out and poured water on the smoldering dumpster with a garden hose found among the construction equipment until all the embers had been extinguished, Ritch said.“We now have a pickup truck full of every fire extinguisher we could get our hands on in case something else happens,” Ritch said.A student also put out a small fire in Grace Ford Salvatori Hall.Greg Sandoval, a senior majoring in creative writing, was walking by the building, saw the small blaze and extinguished it by beating it out with his backpack.“I rushed in to find a stack of College U. newspapers completely ablaze,” Sandoval said.“I tried to stomp it out, but then had to beat it out with my backpack,” he said.Sandoval said he had the fire almost extinguished when University Security officers arrived and put it out with fire extinguishersLewis said no students were seriously injured during the riots that followed Wednesday’s announcement of the acquittal of the four police officers accused of using excessive force on Rodney King.A male student was jumped Wednesday night at 7 p.m. while biking down 35th Street west of Hoover, Lewis said.“A suspect pulled him off his bike and then a group of teenagers arrived and kicked and beat him on the ground,” Lewis said.The student suffered a cut under his left eye that required five stitches, and his face was swollen, Lewis said. He also sprained his left wrist.At roughly 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, a local man was shot in a drive-by shooting in front of the fence on Exposition across from “A” building at Parkside Apartments.The man was wounded in the leg, and about 10 shots were fired, according to eyewitnesses at Parkside.Security responded immediately and stabilized the man’s condition with first aid, Ritch said.“We waited 40 minutes for an ambulance, but no one came,” he said. “So we commandeered the Escort van, moved the seats, and took him to California Hospital in the van.”Neither Ritch nor Lewis knew the man’s condition Sunday.On Thursday at 10:25 p.m., two male students were attacked by looters at 36th Place and Vermont Avenue as they tried to collect their parked car. Security officers saw the looters jump the students and responded in force.“They were rescued by security,” Lewis said. “We stabilized the situation, and the students took off in their car.”One student was bleeding from the mouth, Lewis said, but he did not know of any other injuries.At 11:15 a.m. the same day, a female student was pulled from her car in front of her carport at 1226 30th Place, Lewis said.The student was shaken up, but unharmed, and the suspect drove off with her car west on 30th and then turned north on Vermont. The car has not been recovered.On Friday at 9:15 p.m., three male students were pulled out of their car by National Guard troops in front of the Burger King next to Fire station 15 on Jefferson, Lewis said.Apparently, the students had driven by the station two to three times very slowly, then parked their car in front of the Burger King and turned their lights off.National Guard troops surrounded the car and forced the students to sit on the curb with their hands on their heads at gunpoint. Security arrived and searched the car, Lewis said.“They found a large ‘Rambo’ knife in the front seat,” Lewis said. “In the trunk were three handguns in holsters — a .22 semi-automatic, and .22 revolver and a .38 revolver.”“The students were apparently ‘videotaping the unrest,’” Lewis said. “The weapons were booked at Southwest Division.” The students received a reprimand for breaking the curfew.Four students were also arrested for looting, Ritch said, but only one was booked.A robbery at 11 a.m. at 1186 W. 27th St. caused $5,000 worth of property damage Saturday, Lewis said.Rumors abound about other campus disturbances.Two students were allegedly beaten up in the Century Apartments parking lot, but security could not confirm the reports. The Office of Residential and Greek Life had heard the rumor, but also could not confirm the beatings.Some students were also taking matters into their own hands.Armed students were stopped by security while patrolling Troyland Apartments on Thursday.Fraternity members said they stayed around to protect their house and the Row throughout the rioting.The members were armed with a variety of guns, from shotguns to 9mm Beretta pistols.“All my stuff is here,” a fraternity member said. “We have veterans of Desert Storm in our house, and we’re letting them handle it. All the houses on the Row have guns.”“We almost got involved in a drive-by when a car drove up and they saw my pistol sticking out of my pants,” he added.“The car drove by, stopped, and they saw my gun where my shirt had come up and then they threw the car into reverse. Guns came out the windows and we drove behind the planter. They yelled at us and drove off,” he said.Ritch said that he couldn’t blame fraternity members for being armed, but said that the penalties would be severe if the members were caught with weapons. He had not heard of any incidents on the Row.Other incidents included damage to cars parked around the campus and several arrests of suspects in parking structures and on campus. But Lewis was amazed at the lack of significant injuries and damage.“We owe a lot to the high presence of our people,” he said.“Anyone came on campus, we put the jam on them,” Lewis said.last_img read more

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