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Oriel split over trans event

first_imgOriel College has voted against a motion to donate £100 towards bringing DarkMatter, a trans South Asian performance art duo, to Oxford as part of their tour. The motion was one of three proposed at an open meeting last Sunday to request the release of more than £75 from the JCR budget, and as such had to be voted on by an online poll. The motion was defeated with 86 votes against, and 16 votes for. The motion’s defeat by such a wide margin caused disappointment and anger amongst some Oriel students. Speaking about why he believes the motion was defeated, the proposer of the motion, who wished to remain anonymous, told Cherwell, “The reasons people have given are that they did not have enough information about where exactly the money was going, that there were three simultaneous requests for money from the JCR and people started worrying about the budget (an unfounded worry, since it is my understanding that we are currently well under budget for the year), and that people did not feel it was relevant to them. “My suspicion is that it was largely the latter, which may seem an innocuous enough reason at first glance, but the fact is that the minorities to whom this would be relevant (queer/trans people and people of colour) are those whose voices are disproportionately overlooked at Oxford and in the wider world. “It would seem petty, for example, if I were to refuse money to an event primarily for the benefit of Chemists simply because it’s not relevant to me as an Modern Languages student, but it’s so much worse than mere pettiness when oppressed minorities are denied the funding to access things that are central to their liberation; regardless of intention, it can end up feeling like an attack on our right to be here. “It is interesting to me that Oriel is the only college so far to have turned down the motion, and especially by such a high margin. This is the main reason why I felt let down by the JCR’s decision, because – whether or not this actually is the case – it implies that there is something different about how Oriel viewed the matter, since they were given word-for-word the same motion as the other colleges.”Kit Owens, Oriel’s JCR President, explained to Cherwell, “I will not presume to know the reasons why JCR members who took part in the poll voted the way they did but being present in the meeting, there was definite concern from some members over the vagueness of the motion. I would also like to take this opportunity to reaffirm Oriel JCR’s commitment to LGBTQ liberation. We successfully campaigned to fly the Pride flag from the college flagpole and have given at least £119 to LGBTQ causes in the past academic year, supporting Oxford Pride and the work of our LGBTQ Rep.” WomCam Officer Aliya Yule told Cherwell, “It’s very disappointing that Oriel has voted not to support DarkMatter coming to Oxford. It’s rare that we get an opportunity to give a platform at our University to voices that are constantly side-lined in our curriculum, and in society.”last_img read more

Professor discusses U.S. empire

first_imgOn Friday, Laura Briggs, a professor of women, gender and sexuality studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, delivered a lecture titled “Imperialism as a Way of Life: Thinking Sex and Gender in American Empire,” in which she argued for the necessity of feminism in scholarship and activism.The lecture was the keynote address of the two-day American Empire conference, which was sponsored by several Notre Dame departments within the College of Arts and Letters.Briggs framed her argument within the field of U.S. empire studies, which was the focus of the conference and said the scholarship within the field is influential, though it is hard often difficult to see the results.“We live and work in the belly of a great war-and-money-making machine and if we’re serious about challenging it, we’re going to feel the sting,” Briggs said. “No one is going to thank us for our services as intellectuals, calling to people’s conscious what they know or suspect about academic freedom or educational opportunities. … And even worse, I want to tell you this is what success looks like.“In all my years as an activist I have never found myself on the front page of the New York Times, nor cited by the Secretary of State. … What I have learned from all this is simply that academics have a great deal of power to affect change, particularly when we act collectively, but nobody is going to tell us that, and we are going to have to look hard for the evidence that we are being effective.”Briggs outlined the feminist, gender and sexual implications of torture, microcredit lending and environmental issues, and ultimately said academics must remember feminism’s importance in empire studies.“As much fun as it is to complain about all of this, I’m more interested in actually making a case to those who, like me, are generally inclined to view feminism and issues of sexuality and reproduction generously, to think with more consistency about these issues,” she said. “A few years ago I found myself struggling to think of ways feminism still seemed important to me.“I want to suggest that feminism is not old nor passé nor liberal. On the contrary, I want to address the possibility that our work on empire will never be as good as it could be if we don’t attend to feminism and to gender and sexuality. Feminism … provides us with powerful intellectual tools and an important activist tradition in which to engage the study of empire.”Briggs concluded with her “manifesto for the continued urgency of our need for a feminist and queer politics that makes race and empire central,” and said scholars and the general public alike must keep feminism front and center when considering the issues of the American empire.“We cannot effectively contest torture without speaking of its sexualization,” she said. “We cannot push back against neoliberalism without recognizing how crucial its understanding of women and gender is to the work it is doing. We can’t resist extractive industries, climate change and the enclosure of the global commons … without feminist fiction or indigenous movements grounded in feminism.“We can’t make sense of how enemies are being produced without an analysis of the narratives of rescuing women and gays. We cannot, finally, do the scholarly or activist work that we want to contest U.S. empire without feminism.”Tags: American Empirelast_img read more

Arsenal go top of the Premier League with hard-working home victory over Everton

first_imgArsenal moved to the top of the Barclays Premier League following a hard-earned 2-1 win over Everton at the Emirates Stadium. This time it was Santi Cazorla with the pinpoint ball in, whipping a free-kick on the left through the six-yard box – where Koscielny got in on the blind-side to nod in a second goal. Everton were, however, quickly handed a way back into the match a minute before the break. Barkley broke down left and drilled an angled shot goalwards from 25 yards, which took a wicked deflection off the trailing leg of Gabriel and flew past Cech. The match remained very open in the second half as both defences were stretched on the break. Giroud was inches away from a second goal on 68 minutes when Ozil delivered another slide-rule pass and the French forward lofted the ball over Howard, but was denied by the crossbar. The visitors were soon close to an equaliser when Lukaku got up to head a cross from Barry onto the top of the crossbar. As the clock ran down, Everton continued to press and Deulofeu found himself in space on the right side of a crowded penalty area – but Cech was out quickly to make a superb block. In stoppage time, Ozil was unfortunate not to add a third for Arsenal when his low 18-yard effort struck the base of the post. Barry was shown a second yellow card for a trip on substitute Kieran Gibbs as Everton finished with 10 men. TWEET OF THE MATCH “That is a big, big win. We looked tired in the 2nd half after Tuesday, but deserved the 3 points. Giroud and Ozil fantastic.” – Prominent blogger @arseblog. https://twitter.com/arseblog/status/657986157746245633 PLAYER RATINGS Arsenal (Out of 10) Petr Cech – 7 Gabriel – 6 Laurent Koscielny – 7 Mesit Ozil – 8 Olivier Giroud – 8 Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 7 Alexis Sanchez – 6 Nacho Monreal – 6 Santi Cazorla – 7 Hector Bellerin – 6 Francis Coquelin – 6 Substitutes Kieran Gibbs – 5 Mathieu Flamini – 6 Evertom Tim Howard – 6 John Stones – 5 Phil Jagielka – 5 Romelu Lukaku – 4 Aaron Lennon – 5 James McCarthy – 4 Gareth Barry – 4 Gerard Deulofeu – 5 Ross Barkley – 6 Seamus Coleman – 6 Brendan Galloway – 6 Substitutes Kevin Mirallas – 5 Steven Naismith – 4 Ramiro Funes Mori – 5 STAR PLAYER Olivier Giroud: Had a brilliant game for the Gunners. He was involved in every attack and kept Everton’s defence busy. John Stones and Phil Jagielka failed to keep up with him on a number of occasions and his goal came after he lost both members of the Everton team. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Arsenal’s first goal: Came after a superb build-up. Momentum had been building for the home side and as Mesut Ozil sprinted down the right wing, Olivier Giroud was perfectly positioned in the middle of the box. The striker managed to lose both his Everton markers to skim the ball into the back of the net. Every Arsenal attack involved their link up play and the goal summed up the pair’s work ethic throughout the whole game VIEW FROM THE BENCH Everton’s back four struggled to keep up with the Arsenal attacks. Arsene Wenger had set up Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain to switch in midfield and it worked a treat, confusing the Everton midfield and leaving the defence open to attack. With Giroud in fine form, it meant the Gunners could get a number of shots on target early on. It was not long before these attacks paid off and they were soon two nil up. MOAN OF THE MATCH After 60 minutes Arsenal appeared to have shot after shot against Everton keeper, Tim Howard, but despite an impressive team build up they could not get the ball in the back of the net. WHO’S UP NEXT? Sheffield Wednesday v Arsenal (Capital One Cup, Tuesday October 27) Everton v Norwich (Capital One Cup, Tuesday October 27) Press Association Giroud, preffered to Theo Walcott in attack, saw an effort come back off the crossbar before Romelu Lukaku also sent a header onto the top of the woodwork. Goalkeeper Petr Cech made a superb late block to deny Gerard Deulofeu as the Gunners, who defeated Bayern Munich in their midweek Champions League tie, moved a point ahead of Manchester City, who play at rivals United on Sunday. Giroud – who scored off the bench against both Watford and Bayern – was the target for all of the Gunners’ early assaults. However, Ev erton, beaten 3-0 at Manchester United last weekend, remained resolute with plenty of attacking intentions themselves as the rain drizzled down on the slick Emirates Stadium pitch. On 28 minutes, a cutback from Aaron Lennon through the six-yard box was only palmed away by Cech – but Everton defender John Stones could only hack the loose ball wide as it spun up off his shin. After soaking up plenty of pressure in the rain, Arsenal swept into the lead on 36 minutes. Ozil found himself in some space on the right and delivered a superb floating cross over the Everton defence for Giroud to steal in behind and send a backward header past Howard. Before Everton could regroup, they were 2-0 down. Two goals inside as many minutes in the first half from Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny looked to have set the Gunners up for a comfortable evening. A deflected effort from Ross Barkley pulled Everton back into the match just before half-time – but there was to be no equaliser for the visitors, who finished the game with 10 men as a result of Gareth Barry’s late dismissal following two yellow cards. last_img read more

Nostalgic Rohit Sharma Walks Down Memory Lane After Mumbai Indians Win Title

first_imgNew Delhi : Behind every successful journey, there is a lot of struggle and heartbreak that goes unnoticed. Done with the celebration and the post-match presentation at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Sunday, Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma took a trip down the memory lane as he walked back into the dressing room after lifting the IPL trophy for a record fourth time.With the noise settling down and the feeling of being the champions sinking in, Rohit took the boys down to May 20, 2018. A loss to Delhi Capitals (then Daredevils) at the Feroz Shah Kotla saw the Mumbai Indians’ journey end as they failed to qualify for the playoffs. This very team, which on Sunday was the cynosure of all eyes, had people questioning their ability and prowess. But the skipper had the back of the boys when things went downhill and the boys repaid the faith with the title this season.IANS has learnt that Rohit, after Sunday’s summit clash, in his speech inside the dressing room mentioned how he believed in the boys even when the chips were down and he was extremely proud of how they came back with a bang this season.“Last year after we couldn’t qualify for the playoffs in Delhi, I told you all that this is a damn good team we have. Our run (2018 season) didn’t go as expected, but I believed that this team can do wonders. Today we have shown our character. This is the hallmark of our team. We believed in each other till the last minute. Each one of you was exceptional this season and I am just the lucky guy who gets to lift the trophy. So, thank you to all the boys, support staff, management and everyone for being a part of this wonderful and historic journey,” Rohit said in his victory speech to the boys.In fact, sources in the know of developments said that this year too, Nita Ambani and Akash had a word with the boys after their loss to Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens on April 28. Speaking to the team in a huddle after the game, both the owners had told the boys to believe in themselves and their abilities. In fact, Akash had told the boys to avenge the defeat when the two teams would meet again at the Wankhede Stadium in a week. Not only did the boys avenge the loss with a resounding nine-wicket win, but they also went on to win the remaining two games of the season to be crowned champions. IANSAlso Read: SPORTS NEWSlast_img read more

Virginia Lee (Reed) Stamm, 66, Caldwell: Oct. 11, 1946 – June 7, 2013

first_imgVirginia Lee (Reed) Stamm was born October 11, 1946 at Caldwell to Hugh and Betty (Claypole) Reed. Virginia died on Friday, June 7, 2013 at Haysville. She was 66 years old.Virginia enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, camping, flowers and spending time with her family.She was preceded in death by her grandparents, and her parents Hugh and Betty Reed and brother Billy Reed.Her survivors include three daughters; Tammy Longbrake of Goddard, Tina Stamm of Van Buren, Arkansas, Misty Buchanon of Wichita; one son Terry Stamm of Wellington; three brothers; Tom Reed of South Haven, Larry Reed of Anthony, Jim Reed of Arkansas City; two sisters Ruth Mark of Attica, and Mary Lou Mort of Arkansas City; seven grandsons, four granddaughters, and three great-grandsons.A graveside service will be held 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 11, 2013, at Goodel Cemetery, Drury.To share a memory or leave a condolence please visit www.schaeffermortuary.info Arrangements by Schaeffer Mortuary, 6 N. Main, Caldwell.last_img read more