Oriel 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.”
FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail New restrictions take effect on July 1st. by Rex BellTobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States, causing more than 480,000 deaths each year and resulting in an annual cost of more than $75 billion in direct medical costs (Source CDC). Many Hoosier smokers realize the health problems associated with smoking and have or would like to quit by doing business with the vape industry. A recent study published in the medical journal Addiction, attributed vaping with helping 6 million people in Europe quit smoking, and another 9 million cut back significantly. However, Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed House Bill 1432 into law which has adversely affected the possible number of successes in Indiana.We can help achieve a Healthy Indiana but the new law created a monopoly in the vape industry. Creating the law without fully understanding the product and using fear based politics has caused harm all across Indiana. Vaping has proven it’s helpfulness in bringing smoking numbers down in Indiana but, this law has restricted a market to where only a few businesses will be able to comply with the excessive regulations. I hope to work with the Indiana legislature in the future concerning this piece of legislation and across this industry to help make Indiana a better place to live.
A group including (not in order) Aodhan Daly and his mom, Mary Daly (right), Bridget Dougherty, Sierra Ortiz, Brett Oves, Zachary and Sean Mazzitelli, Ricky Urban, Race Meyers and Justin Bush clean near the Howard S. Stainton Wildlife Refuge in Ocean City, NJ, during the annual Martin Luther King Day of Service in 2015.Volunteers are encouraged to clean up different parts of the city Monday (Jan. 18) during the annual Day of Service honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.The event takes place 9 a.m. to noon.Signups and cleanup supplies distribution will take place in the Senior Center at the Ocean City Community Center (18th Street and Simpson Avenue) at any time during the event. Volunteers are encouraged to return to the Senior Center for a complimentary lunch after the cleanup.The event honors the spirit of community service taught by King. That spirit is reflected nationwide on Martin Luther King Day as Americans are encouraged to participate in a day of service — “a day on, not a day off.”“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ ” King said.In Ocean City, the volunteer effort saw about double the number of participants last year than it did on a bitter cold Martin Luther King Day in 2014. More than 170 people volunteered in 2015.The forecast for Monday calls for blustery but sunny weather with a high of 30 degrees.
Doughnut retailer Krispy Kreme has launched digital cabinets and a range of mini doughnuts.The digital cabinets will be trialled in 15 Tesco and Welcome Break stores this week before a nationwide roll-out.Each cabinet has digital header screens with messages such as ‘Made Fresh Daily’, showcases the range inside and provides specific tailored content depending on the store, time of day or season.Other features include digital shelf-edge labels (SELs) with full ingredient specifications, enabling customers to check for allergens.“We are thrilled to be partnering with Tesco and Welcome Break to introduce our first technology-focused cabinet,” said Suk Nicholas, UK sales director at Krispy Kreme.A passive infrared (PIR) motion sensor identifies when someone stands in front of the cabinet, which switches from displaying an animated ‘waterfall’ of doughnuts to fixed product information.“We are only at the start of this journey and there are huge opportunities moving forwards to further develop the on-screen content to surprise and delight our customers at the point of purchase.”The cabinets elevate the customer experience, while creating in-store theatre, said the company.“Tesco is delighted to be partnering with Krispy Kreme to trial these new state-of-the art cabinets, allowing us to offer our customers more choice and bring a bit of theatre in our stores,” added Amanda Hart, senior category buyer at Tesco.Krispy Kreme has also launched limited-edition Mini Moments, which are available now until 2 February from East Park Deli in The Spark, Solent University.It is available in three flavours, including Original Glazed, Strawberry Sprinkles and Chocolate Sprinkles.The retailer recently launched an autumnal range, called Duoghnuts, which swirls two flavours together in one doughnut.
Keep up the good work, Kamasi. The situation at Standing Rock Native American Reservation continues to worsen, as many who are there report the use of water cannons and chemical attacks on peaceful protesters during 25 degree weather. Musicians and celebrities have been rallying in support for Standing Rock, including rising superstar Kamasi Washington. Washington made his way to the North Dakota protest site, where he personally witnessed some of these inhumane attacks firsthand.Kamasi Washington posted the following to his Instagram to chronicle the events.
The power to edit genes is as revolutionary, immediately useful, and unlimited in its potential as was Johannes Gutenberg’s printing press. And like Gutenberg’s invention, most DNA editing tools are slow, expensive, and hard to use — a brilliant technology in its infancy. Now, Harvard researchers developing genome-scale editing tools as fast and easy as word processing have rewritten the genome of living cells using the genetic equivalent of search and replace — and combined those rewrites in novel cell strains, strikingly different from their forebears.“The payoff doesn’t really come from making a copy of something that already exists,” said George Church, a professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School who led the research effort in collaboration with Joe Jacobson, an associate professor at the Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “You have to change it — functionally and radically.”Such change, Church said, serves three goals. The first is to add functionality to a cell by encoding for useful new amino acids. The second is to introduce safeguards that prevent cross-contamination between modified organisms and the wild. A third, related aim, is to establish multiviral resistance by rewriting code hijacked by viruses. In industries that cultivate bacteria, including pharmaceuticals and energy, such viruses affect up to 20 percent of cultures. A notable example afflicted the biotech company Genzyme, where estimates of losses due to viral contamination range from a few hundred million dollars to more than $1 billion.In a paper scheduled for publication July 15 in Science, the researchers describe how they replaced instances of a codon — a DNA “word” of three nucleotide letters — in 32 strains of E. coli, and then coaxed those partially edited strains along an evolutionary path toward a single cell line in which all 314 instances of the codon had been replaced.That many edits surpasses current methods by two orders of magnitude, said Harris Wang, a research fellow in Church’s lab at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering who shares lead-author credit on the paper with Farren Isaacs, an assistant professor of molecular, cellular, and developmental biology at Yale University and a former Harvard research fellow, and Peter Carr, a research scientist at the MIT Media Lab.In the genetic code, most codons specify an amino acid, a protein building block. But a few codons tell the cell when to stop adding amino acids to a protein chain, and it was one of these “stop” codons that the Harvard researchers targeted. With just 314 occurrences, the TAG stop codon is the rarest word in the E. coli genome, making it a prime target for replacement. Using a platform called multiplex automated genome engineering, or MAGE, the team replaced instances of the TAG codon with another stop codon, TAA, in living E. coli cells. (Unveiled by the team in 2009, the MAGE process has been called an evolution machine for its ability to accelerate targeted genetic change in living cells.)While MAGE, a small-scale engineering process, yielded cells in which TAA codons replaced some but not all TAG codons, the team constructed 32 strains that, taken together, included every possible TAA replacement. Then, using bacteria’s innate ability to trade genes through a process called conjugation, the researchers induced the cells to transfer genes containing TAA codons at increasingly larger scales. The new method, called conjugative assembly genome engineering, or CAGE, resembles a playoff bracket — a hierarchy that winnows 16 pairs to eight to four to two to one — with each round’s winner possessing more TAA codons and fewer TAG, explains Isaacs, who invokes “March Madness.”“We’re testing decades-old theories on the conservation of the genetic code,” Isaacs said. “And we’re showing on a genomewide scale that we’re able to make these changes.”Eager to share their enabling technology, the team published their results as CAGE reached the semifinal round. Results suggested that the final four strains were healthy, even as the team assembled four groups of 80 engineered alterations into stretches of the chromosome surpassing 1 million DNA base pairs. “We encountered a great deal of skepticism early on that we could make so many changes and preserve the health of these cells,” Carr said. “But that’s what we’ve seen.”The researchers are confident that they will create a single strain in which TAG codons are completely eliminated. The next step, they say, is to delete the cell’s machinery that reads the TAG gene — freeing up the codon for a completely new purpose, such as encoding a novel amino acid.“We’re trying to challenge people,” Wang said, “to think about the genome as something that’s highly malleable, highly editable.”This research was funded by U.S. Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation.
Two tickets will compete to be elected to the executive board for Senior Class Council. Elections will take place today from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., according to Judicial Council. Because tickets for Junior Class Council and Sophomore Class Council ran unopposed, they were declared winners by Student Senate last Wednesday.Eric Richelsen Senior Class CouncilKatelyn Wray, Clare Geraghty, Zach Bequette and Celanire Flagg designed their platform to focus on four main pillars — experiencing the city of South Bend, providing outlets for students to develop professionally, building lasting memories with friends and leaving a class-wide legacy at Notre Dame.“Utilizing the diversity of the senior class, we strive to have programs that bring the entire community together and create opportunities for people who may no longer be involved through dorm life,” Wray, the ticket’s presidential candidate, said in an email. Wray said the ticket has identified events affiliated with each pillar that are both feasible and innovative, including a signature class of 2017 event during Antostal, a class service day and an event for seniors to take professional headshots to use in résumés or portfolios.“Remember how fun Hip-Hop Night was freshman year? We are going to make Legends great again with Senior Night. Live music, cheap drinks and all of our friends in one place — Legends, as Legends was meant to be,” she said.Wray, Geraghty and Flagg all served on Sophomore Class Council, and Wray currently serves as vice president of Junior Class Council. Geraghty, the ticket’s vice presidential candidate, now serves as Cavanaugh Hall president. Bequette serves on the Club Coordination Council, which allocates funds to student groups on campus and facilitates University-club interactions, in addition to being a member of the officer board of the club sailing team.Geraghty said the ticket’s top priority is to foster a tight-knit class community, despite the fact many seniors live off campus.“It can be difficult to have class cohesion when everyone has such diverse involvement and interests within the Notre Dame community,” she said. “ … It is our goal to extend our reach to the entire class by putting on events that all members of the class will genuinely enjoy. We are dedicated to bringing the class together for a final year under the dome and making memories to last a lifetime.”The other ticket for Senior Class Council consists of Patrick Tinsley, Noelle Gooding, Jake Dunigan and Andrew Thomas. The campaign said the central theme of its platform is “the notion of building bridges.”“Senior year, for many, represents a number of separations — separating from your on-campus friends if you move off campus, separating from college life when you graduate and separations between different aspects of Notre Dame student life as a whole,” Tinsley, the ticket’s presidential candidate, said in an email. “Our goal is to bridge those separations.”The ticket hopes to work with University administration to improve the shuttle system to and from off-campus housing sites and designate certain parking spots closer to academic buildings for off-campus students for a limited period of time during the day, Tinsley said.“At the core of our platform lies a tremendous respect for next year’s graduating class,” he said. “As to-be seniors ourselves, we respect the remaining time we have at this university, time that should be used most effectively during our last year.”Tinsley said that if elected, the ticket also plans to host regional mixers that would allow students to meet classmates that plan to work in the same city after graduation.“Meeting some other soon-to-be Notre Dame alums who also will be living in an area might help ease that transition and provide you with a built-in network of friends before you ever arrive at your job,” he said.No members of the ticket have served on a class council before, which Tinsley said would allow the group to provide a fresh perspective to the role. Tinsley served as the Transfer Welcome Weekend co-commissioner last fall and is currently the Student Union Board representative for Alumni Hall and a dorm judicial council member. Gooding is president of Notre Dame’s branch of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and has been active in her dorm’s hall council in the past. Dunigan co-founded and is currently vice president of Notre Dame’s chapter of Young Americans for Freedom, while Thomas currently serves as the Stanford Hall senator.The ultimate goal of the ticket is to bring seniors together with events like class Grotto trips, service projects, South Bend Cubs games, a senior class formal and a revamped Senior Week, Tinsley said.“It’s our last ride — we want to make it count,” he said. “Four years is all we get with our friends, roommates and fellow Domers. In recognition of the fleeting nature of our college years, we are hoping to provide several events for the senior class as a whole to better cherish and appreciate our final year together.”Junior Class CouncilSara Dugan, Janet Stengle, Paul Stevenson and Matthew Peters said they hope to foster a sense of unity between members of the junior class, both on campus and in study abroad locations.“For the first time since we have gotten to Notre Dame, our class will be significantly separated,” Peters, who will assume the position of secretary, said in an email. “We will be divided by oceans, with students studying in countries across the globe. Furthermore, our class will be significantly subdivided into their respective majors. For these reasons and many more, it is not hard for the junior class to appear divided or fragmented. It is our goal to mitigate these effects.”The executive board plans to increase advertising for class council events, such as South Bend Cubs games and brother-sister dorm Olympics, to increase participation and maintain accountability, Dugan, Junior Class Council president-elect, said.“Junior Year is a unique time for students at Notre Dame,” she said. “As the Junior Class Council executive board, we really want to focus our efforts on catering specifically to those unique qualities. In addition, we hope to bring the Junior Class Council’s events to the attention of campus by staying visible, both online and around campus, and to stay accountable to our goals by adhering to the plans we make at the beginning of our term.”Dugan currently serves as Parliamentarian for the Ricketts-Ruelas administration and works as a student assistant in the Student Activities Office. Both Stengle and Stevenson served on Freshman Class Council and Sophomore Class Council. Stevenson also works for the Orientation Steering Committee and the University Communications Department. Peters has had no student government experience. Stengle, who will serve as vice president, said they plan to restructure Junior Class Council based on feedback and experiences from previous years.“Our goal is to assign task forces during the council application process based on work style, strengths and personalities to ensure that each event is executed to its fullest potential,” she said. “This will also allow for members of the council to hold greater responsibility and to build camaraderie through collaboration.”Sophomore Class CouncilMichael Conlon, Mary Ninneman, Jane Driano and Chris Lembo said they hope to recognize the diversity of their class and use it to bring people together during the upcoming year.“We would like to be a more open class council,” Conlon, who will assume the role of president, said in an email. “It is our responsibility to serve our constituents in the class of 2019 and to promote their ideas in future decision-making.”Conlon said his executive board plans to host events that promote class unity through prayer, service and fun.“There is no better instrument of unification than serving our South Bend community,” he said. “Additionally, we will offer opportunities to reflect on our Notre Dame experience together.”All four members on the ticket serve as officers on the current Freshmen Class Council, Conlon said. “With our previous student government involvement and individual interests, we look forward to serving our class for another year to the best of our abilities,” he said. “We have formed extensive connections in the Notre Dame administration and the other class councils, and we look forward to collaborating with and expanding our network to further foster community within our class.”Tags: class council elections, junior class council, senior class council, sophomore class council, Student government
Photo courtesy of Theresa McSorley This year, the Saint Mary’s Dance Marathon became the fifth dance marathon in Indiana to raise $1,000,000 over the course of its history. The event’s funds support Riley Hospital for Children.Dance Marathon members begin fundraising at the beginning of each academic year to support the Riley Hospital for Children, senior and operations co-executive Theresa McSorley said.In the past, Saint Mary’s Dance Marathon has had several high schools who fundraised to help reach the group’s goal, but this year was different due to having just one high school participate, senior and Dance Marathon president Meg Brownley said in an email.McSorley said this decrease affected fundraising for the event.“We lost a lot of high schools that bring in major parts of fundraising for Dance Marathon this year,” she said.Despite this setback, members of the club knew they wanted to have an exceptionally good year because Saint Mary’s was set to have raised a total of $1,000,000 during its years participating in Dance Marathon.“We are the fifth Dance Marathon in the state of Indiana to reach a cumulative total of $1,000,000,” Brownley said.Executives of the club attribute this achievement to more involvement from the surrounding community.“This year, we had a 30 percent increase in fundraising compared to last year,” Brownley said.This increase came from the individual members of the club who began their fundraising in August, as well as the more than 300 people who registered to participate in Dance Marathon.“It helped that we opened it up to Notre Dame and Holy Cross students to really advertise our Dance Marathon on their campuses,” senior and personal relations executive Alaina Murphy said.The event itself lasted 12 hours — time the operations committee arranged to be filled with entertainment that included a performance by Bellacapella — the Saint Mary’s acapella group — animals from the Potawatomi Zoo, visits from Notre Dame baseball and football players and face painting.“We’re so grateful for all the groups from the tri-campus community that came,” Corcoran said. “It shows that our sense of community is strong.”During the time of the 12-hour marathon, the organization raised about $27,000, Murphy said.Patients at the Riley Children’s Hospital and their families attended the event and shared stories of how the hospital’s care has impacted their family, junior and letter-writing executive for the organization Grace Ward said.McSorley said this visit was a Dance Marathon tradition.“Every year, the Riley kids come, and either they or their parents speak and tell their stories,” McSorley said.Seeing the children benefitting from the fundraising makes participating in Dance Marathon an emotional experience for some, McSorley said.“People think you’re just dancing for 12 hours, but it’s so much more than that,” McSorley said. “It sounds so painful, but the minute you sit down after that 12 hours, you realize that the pain you feel is nothing compared to what those kids go through.”Tags: Dance Marathon, Pfeil Center, riley hospital, riley hospital for children, Saint Mary’s College Dance Marathon, SMC Dance Marathon Members of the tri-campus community gathered at the Pfeil Center at Holy Cross College on Saturday for this year’s Saint Mary’s Dance Marathon.This was the 13th year the fundraising club has hosted the event for the Saint Mary’s community, and its theme was “Get Wild for the Life of a Child,” according to junior Madeleine Corcoran, co-executive of operations for the club.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A second severed arm was found in Hempstead a half mile from a similar discovery made a day prior—two days after a dismembered woman’s body was found in Bay Shore, police said.Hempstead village police confirmed that a 911 caller reported finding the second body part on Stewart Avenue near the corner of Cornell Street at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.Suffolk County police confirmed that homicide squad detectives crossed the county line to respond to the scene, same as they did the day before.Nassau County police declined to comment, but the department’s homicide and third squad are investigating, authorities said.The first arm was found near the corner of Webb Avenue and Washington Street at 2 p.m. Wednesday, police have said.A day before that and 22 miles away, two people walking to the Fire Island ferry terminal found an unidentified dead woman’s partially dismembered body in a vacant lot on the corner of Gilson Street and Maple Avenue on Tuesday morning, police have said.Suffolk medical examiners are performing an autopsy on the woman’s remains to determine her identity and cause of death. Nassau medical examiners were examining the first arm, although authorities did not say where the second arm was taken. It is unclear if the three sets of remains belong to the same person.Suffolk police have also said that they dispatched their K-9 units to the Gilgo Beach area as a precaution, but added that they have no evidence of a link between the Bay Shore discovery and the unsolved Gilgo Beach murders.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York More than a foot of snow is forecast for parts of the East End with four to six inches for western Long Island, meteorologists warned Saturday as a winter storm hit the area.The highest accumulations are likely to be on the South Fork, although the storm is forecast to bring heavy snow, 30-mph gusts and temperatures in the 20s to all of LI, the National Weather Service said in a winter storm warning issued for Nassau and Suffolk counties through midnight. The conditions are expected to make for slippery roadways and reduce visibility to a quarter mile, making for hazardous travel conditions.“The best practice right now is to stay off the roads,” Suffolk County Police Commissioner Timothy Sini told reporters Saturday during a news conference. Noting that there were already 20 vehicle crashes at the start of the storm around 11 a.m., he said those he must drive should reduce their speed and leave enough room between vehicles to stop.The storm is impacting much of the East Coast. Parts of New York City and the tri-state area are also under a winter storm warning. The storm is the first major snowstorm of winter and of 2017, although it fell short of more serious blizzard conditions.The heaviest part of the snow is expected during the early afternoon before it tapers off this evening. NWS officials noted that anyone who must drive should bring food, water and a flashlight in case of emergency.Nassau and Suffolk county officials as well as smaller local municipalities said they are deploying hundreds of snow plows to clear and salt roadways island-wide. Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said if there is any silver lining, it’s that the storm hit on a weekend when most people are off from work and can stay home.“It is fortunate that the storm is occurring on a Saturday,” Bellone said, encouraging residents to make it a family day. “It’s always easier when the roads are clear.”