Students have expressed frustration over the questions and comments of a parliamentary committee toured Oxford over the Easter vacation.The Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills (IUSS) select committee visited Said Business School and Oxford Brookes on 30th March. While there they grilled a number of students, senior tutors and staff from the two Oxford Universities, including the head of admissions at Oxford, Mike Nicholson.Much of the questioning focused on Oxford’s admissions policy, and there were questions about Oxford employing targets for state school or ethnic minority admissions.Students later criticised the committee, with some saying they seemed to have ‘out-dated’ ideas about Oxford.Jim O’Connell commented: “The MPs seemed quite irritated as, although access schemes were talked about, there isn’t any form of targets or quotas built into the admissions system itself. It definitely sounded as though the MPs were pushing an agenda in this respect, and trying to make out that Oxford isn’t doing enough in terms of access.”Oxford’s official line on quotas is that the University will not use positive discrimination; all candidates who apply are assessed on their academic merit.One student said, “It seemed that they had they had come with an intent of writing a story about an Oxford they experienced 20-30 years ago.”University sources denied that there had been any misunderstanding or controversy at the question sessions. A press Officer said “the government is clear that no University is expected to apply quotas, and Oxford is very clear (in the way that we publish our statistics) about our record”.Laurence Mills, Magdalen JCR President, said the committee did seem to “take on board” what the students said. Yet while the committee accepted their evidence, the students were frustrated that they had arrived at Oxford with such biased views: “It is an example of a wider perception problem at Oxford.”The IUSS committee was formed in 2007 to examine the administration, expenditure and policy of the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills. They have been conducting an inquiry into higher education since October. The inquiry covers admissions, the balance between teaching and research, degree completion and classification, and mechanisms of student support and engagement.Amongst the MPs on the committee was Dr Evan Harris MP, Liberal Democrat, of Oxford West and Abingdon.Controversy also broke out when the committee toured Oxford Brookes. The relationship between Oxford’s two universities was discussed, and one student expressed anger over a rumour that Oxford students refer to Brookes as the ELC – Early Learning Centre.None of the committee were available for comment and the result of their inquiry is yet to be published.
A friend says someone on the opposite platform said Tashan was looking at him ‘weirdly’ (Picture: BTP) Comment Tributes have flooded in for ‘perfect athlete’ Tashan Daniel, who died on a tube carriage (Picture: PA)The father of an aspiring athlete knifed to death at a London Underground station says he is ‘so proud’ of his son as hundreds attended a vigil.Tashan Daniel, 20, was killed at Hillingdon station at around 4pm as he made his way to an Arsenal match on Tuesday.The sprinter who hoped to represent Great Britain celebrated his birthday over the weekend and was given tickets to the match as a present.A friend who was with him during the attack said he heard someone on the opposite platform complaining about Tashan ‘staring at him weirdly’.ADVERTISEMENTTearful crowds lay floral tributes and sang Amazing Grace outside the station this evening. Chandima Daniel said he was hearing so many ‘amazing things’ about his son from people (Picture: PA) Advertisement Got a story for Metro.co.uk? Get in touch with our news team by emailing us at [email protected] For more stories like this, check our news page. Hundreds of mourners gathered outside Hillingdon station to pay their respects (Picture: PA) He had just celebrated his 20th birthday and was on the way to a football match when he was killed (Picture: PA)Paramedics and members of the public tried to save his life but he died aboard a tube carriage.A knife was found nearby after the suspects ran out of the station towards Auriol Drive, stealing clothes from a washing line to hide their blood soaked clothing.Many attendees at the vigil wore hoodies from Hillingdon Athletics Club, where Tashan trained as a 200m sprinter.His coach Josh Swaray called him a ‘perfect human being’, praising his ‘hilarious’ sense of humour and his dedication to training.Tashan quit his job as a studio photographer to train an athlete full-time and competed in March this year.Mr Swaray said: ‘Every time Tashan competed he was running faster times, every single time.‘As an athlete that is all we hope for but it doesn’t work like that.‘He was just that gifted, he was just that talented. He knew it, I knew it, everyone around us knew. He held up a picture of his son during a prayer (Picture: PA)Grieving father Chandima Daniel lifted a photo of his son in the air during a prayer and urged people in the crowds to hug each other.AdvertisementAdvertisementHe said: ‘It’s about bringing the community together and stopping this nonsense.‘This is an amazing turnout, it really is, I don’t know what to say really. It’s just unbelievable.‘I’m still in a state of shock about what happened, it’s been a rollercoaster of emotions at the moment.’He says people have been saying ‘amazing things’ about his son which makes him ‘so proud to be his father’.Police say he was with a friend when two other men provoked a fight in front of horrified passengers.Witnesses say they saw blood and a person performing CPR on Tashan as the station was evacuated. Mourners lay floral tributes and sang Amazing Grace in honour of the young athlete (Picture: PA) James HockadayThursday 26 Sep 2019 10:08 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link995Shares Friends say he wanted nothing to do with ‘all this street nonsense’ (Picture: Twitter/@tashandaniiel)‘I’d have people come up to me at competitions asking how I got him to do that, because he was just that good.’He said the athlete who idolises Usain Bolt suffered a hamstring injury in March but had just began preparing for the winter season.Tashan was hoping to travel to Florida for training in December.Mr Swaray added: ‘On Monday, he was perfect. His running style had improved so much.‘It’s funny because perfection was what I was looking for from him, the other guys I coach I don’t necessarily look for perfection.‘He is the only person that I can say was a perfect human being.‘People say to me it’s such a shame it happened to him, he was a good kid but no, he wasn’t a good kid, he was a perfect kid, there was nothing wrong with him.AdvertisementAdvertisementMore: SchoolMum finds girl, 6, rubbing talcum powder on her face to make herself whiteParents vow to homeschool son after headteacher bans face masks in classTrans boy, 17, waiting two and a half years to get an appointment at gender clinicGCSEs and A-Levels will be delayed due to coronavirus‘No one is perfect, but he really was. He did everything right.’Mr Swaray works for Met-Track, an organisation supported by the Metropolitan Police which goes into schools to try and stop young people taking the wrong path in life.Chaka Maillet, who trained alongside Tashan said: ‘We were training with him on Monday and I saw him before he left, we always said bye.‘And the next day he’s gone, so it’s affected us a lot.‘We’re talking about Tashan – someone who was not affiliated in any way with all this street nonsense, any violence in London, he’s not that kind of person.’ Advertisement Tearful mourners attend vigil for athlete, 20, stabbed to death in Tube station Tashan was a promising athlete who hoped to sprint for Great Britain (Picture: PA) Chandima Daniel said he was ‘so proud’ to be Tashan’s father (Picture: PA) Sign Up for News UpdatesGet your need-to-know latest news, feel-good stories, analysis and moreSign upNot convinced? Find out more »
ST. LEON, Ind. — A local student has recently been published. East Central High School Senior Lauren Rabold wrote, Shout Aceborn and Bane of Good Will.This is Rabold’s first book.Lauren says this is a fantasy adventure for kids in grades 4-7.The unassuming hero fights dragons, learns secrets from wizards, and begins a quest to defeat the villain.The story is filled with exciting battles, riddles, and surprises.In her younger years, Rabold spent many hours reading fantasy works by literature giants like J.R.R. Tolkien. “I was first introduced to J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit in fifth grade, and I have been a devout fan ever since,” she remembers. “ Is there anything that sounds even remotely as welcoming as a hobbit hole? I certainly can’t think of anything”.Rabold intends to publish two additional books in the future to complete the trilogy.The book is available for purchase through Amazon and Barnes and Noble in both digital and print formats.
Viola D. Dresselhaus, 90, of Friendship passed away Saturday, May 11, 2019 at the Autumn Woods Health Campus in New Albany. She was born near Farmers Retreat on April 12, 1929 the daughter of Martin and Hulda Ewell Kuhlman. She was married to Norman Dresselhaus on May 26, 1951 and he preceded her in death on June 6, 2014. Survivors include two sons Rick (Christine) Dresselhaus of Lanesville and Robert (Cindy) Dresselhaus of Yuma, Arizona; 6 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Harold, Edgar, and Norman Kuhlman, and her sisters Melba Schulenberg, Pauline Linkmeyer, and Alvera Hockemeyer. Mrs. Dresselhaus was a 1947 graduate of Dillsboro High School. For several years she worked as a secretary for AAA in Cincinnati and also did bookkeeping for Stegemoller Electric and Plumbing in Friendship. Viola enjoyed crafting, gardening, and attending to her flowers and also did volunteer work for the NMLRA in Friendship. Viola was a member of the St. John Lutheran Church at Farmers Retreat where she participated in several facets of the church. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 15th at 1pm at the church with Pastor Gary Wickert officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 5pm to 7pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 12pm until time of services Wednesday at the church. Memorials maybe given to the Friendship Fire Department or the St. John Lutheran Church in care of the funeral home.