The Chancellor of Oxford University, Lord Patten, has called for the cap on tuition fees to be scrapped.In a speech at the Independent Schools’ Council annual conference in London, Patten said the current limit was “preposterous”. Removing the current cap for British students’ fees (£3,225 per year) would, he said, help meet the cost of teaching students, and help to maintain the world-class status of universities such as Oxford.Patten remarked, “Speaking entirely for myself…I would be prepared to cap the present funding of our teaching grant if we were able as a result to set whatever tuition fee we wanted, provided that we could demonstrate that we were still guaranteeing needs-blind access with generous bursaries.”Patten noted that teaching an undergraduate at Oxford costs approximately £16,000, about half of which is currently met by publicly funded teaching grants and tuition fees.International students’ fees are not subject to a cap. For example, a student from overseas reading humanities or social sciences will have to pay £12,200 per year for 2010-11, as well as college fees. For sciences, the cost of tuition rises to £14,000 per year.Removing the cap on tuition fees for home undergraduates would create a system in the UK similar to that which exists in the USA. For the current academic year, Harvard is charging $33,696 in tuition fees. Princeton is charging $35,340 for the same period.Student reaction to Patten’s proposals has been mixed. Olly Richards, a second-year History student, reacted angrily. “I think it is a preposterous idea. The university is continually lambasted for not accepting enough state school students and this is a move which will further alienate this potential student base.”Ellie Taylor, a second-year Modern Languages student, disagrees. “We still pay very little relative to the actual cost of university education, and if it means that I receive the highest possible quality education, I would be prepared to pay more, provided those who genuinely could not afford the increase were protected.” An Oxford University spokesperson was keen to emphasise that Lord Patten’s views were not shared by the University, commenting, “The Chancellor was speaking in his own personal capacity. The University does not yet have a settled position on the fees question.“Our initial submission to the Browne Review made clear that the University is faced with significant underfunding of undergraduate teaching. We are clear, however, that the gap cannot be addressed by fees alone. We are also clear that whatever happens with fees, access must be regardless of finances. Any increase in fees would have to be matched by bursaries serving to protect the principle of needs blind access for all students.”Jonny Medland, OUSU VP (Access & Academic Affairs) commented, “We’re used to Lord Patten calling for the cap to come off fees but his ideas remain dangerous and irresponsible. An open market between universities risks deterring students from applying to the best institutions and undermining decades of work which Oxford has put into expanding access to the university.“The students of Oxford have voted in support of a progressive graduate contribution to higher education – this should be based on the ability of graduates to pay, rather than on the risk that they’re willing to take aged 18. Both Oxford’s local MPs agreed to our agenda on funding within 24 hours of the Browne Review being announced.”The Chancellor’s speech came in the same week as higher education institutions were told by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce) of the extent of cuts to their budgets. Oxford’s income will be reduced in real terms by 1 per cent from 2010-11.David Lammy, the Higher Education Minister, said, “These changes come after years of sustained investment. Higher education funding is up by 25% in real terms since 1997. Like everyone in the current financial climate, institutions have to do their fair share of belt-tightening.”Dr Steve Goddard, a University lecturer and Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Oxford East, reacted critically, commenting, “These cuts are a serious setback. Hugely important research may be hit and teaching budgets cut.”
AGENDA Vanderburgh County Board of CommissionersJuly 31, 2018 3:00 pm, Room 301Call to OrderAttendancePledge of AllegianceAction Items Board Appointment Department Head ReportsNew BusinessOld BusinessJail Discussion Consent ItemsContracts, Agreements and LeasesSuperior Court:Dell Financing Lease Schedule for Cisco Phone Systems & Dell EquipmentProfessional Services Agreement with Kathlyn Dickens Economic Development Coalition of Southwest Indiana: July 2018 Monthly Report County Commissioners: Screening Labor Transfer Request Weights and Measures: June 15 through July 16, 2018 Monthly Report County Treasurer: June 2018 Monthly ReportCounty Auditor: 7/16-7/20/18 & 7/23-7/27/18 Claims Voucher Report Superintendent of County Buildings: Old Courthouse Boiler Hot Water Pump Repair QuoteCounty Engineering:Department Head Report Pay Request #42 U.S. 41 Expansion T.I.F. for the sum of $56,766.19Claims AdjournmentFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail Health Department:Business Associates Agreement with Connections Sign Language Interpreting Pre to 3 Project Coordinator/Liaison with Mikelle Rabuck under the Safety PIN Grant Purdue Extension Office: Phone UpgradeContract with SpectrumPhone and Internet Service and Maintenance Support Contract with ANCS Approval of July 17, 2018 Meeting MinutesEmployment Changes Veterans Council: New Management Letter Surplus Request: Health Department Computer Equipment County Clerk Filing Cabinets Circuit Court and Adult Probation Computer Equipment
WhatsApp St. Joseph County Fair has cancelled all in-person attendance Pinterest Pinterest Google+ Google+ Previous articleI&M bands and names newest batch of peregrine falcon chicksNext articleStarke County cancels 2020 4H fair Carl Stutsman CoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Facebook Below is a statement from the St. Joseph County Fair Board regarding their decision to cancel in-person attendance for 2020:With the best interest and safety of our St. Joseph County 4-H members, who have endured so much loss in recent months, The St. Joseph County Fair Board made the heart wrenching decision to cancel an in person fair for 2020.The St. Joseph County Fair Board reviewed every stipulation outlined in Governor Holcomb’s Back on Track Indiana plan and additional safety requirements to host in-person events distributed by Purdue University this past weekend. These requirements include, but are not limited to social distancing in buildings, barns, concessionaire and midway areas, face masks, PPE, temperatures of every person on the fairgrounds and additional contract tracing of all patrons. Given these strict rules, we have determined it is not financially or logistically feasible to safely host an in person fair this year. We do not feel that we can ensure safety in a socially distanced setting.We want to emphasize that 4-H is NOT canceled. We will be hosting a virtual fair to allow 4-Her’s to exhibit their projects and their efforts still be recognized. This decision came as a result of the social distancing requirements and inability to utilize exhibit halls, barns and show arenas. We are also still exploring options as a way to recognize our 10 year members, who are completing their 4-H career this year. More information will come from St. Joseph County Purdue Extension in the coming days and weeks.Please know, this decision did not come lightly. This is the most emotionally difficult decision the Fair Board has ever had to make. We look forward to being together in person again in 2021, and plan to come back stronger than ever. By Carl Stutsman – May 20, 2020 1 785 Twitter Twitter WhatsApp Facebook
(Photo supplied/School City of Mishawaka) UPDATE: Mishawaka police have arrested a 15-year-old for making the threat.The threat was made in the comments during the School City of Mishawaka School Board’s live meeting online.The Mishawaka Police Department issued a statement Thursday afternoon:The Mishawaka Police Department is investigating a threat that was made on Youtube Chat during the School City of Mishawaka School Board Meeting on Wednesday, February 24, 2021. Mishawaka Detectives secured a search warrant for Google concerning the social media post to shoot up the school. Google replied to the search warrant showing the account returned to a 15-year-old juvenile from LaPorte County. Mishawaka Detectives interviewed the juvenile with a parent present. The Mishawaka Police Department has forwarded the case to the St. Joseph County Juvenile Justice Center for Intimidation.The Mishawaka Police Department and School City of Mishawaka take every threat serious especially threats made toward our schools, the safety of our students and staff. We will use all means available to identify the individual(s) and hold them accountable.Mishawaka High School students were on e-learning Thursday after the school received a threat Wednesday night.Thursday had been scheduled to be the first day back in class for secondary students as part of the phased plan to return to in-person learning. Police: Teen who threatened to shoot up Mishawaka High School arrested Pinterest By Tommie Lee – February 25, 2021 0 285 IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Google+ WhatsApp WhatsApp Previous articleIndiana House to consider a change to current School Bus stop arm legislationNext articleNew vaccine-related information for women undergoing cancer screenings Tommie Lee Facebook Facebook Google+ Twitter Twitter Pinterest
The String Cheese Incident always goes big for New Year’s Eve, and this past year at the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, CO was no exception. The band made their end-of-2016 one to remember by taking the stage in full tuxedos with Cirque de Soleil-style performers and a floating merry go round!As these performers flew through the air, the band played both “You’ve Got The World” and “Just One Story” to the delight of fans in attendance. Fortunately for those who haven’t gotten to experience this magic (or for those who want to re-experience it!), the band has shared pro-shot footage of their “Just One Story” routine.Check out the new video, streaming below.[Photo by Jake Sudek]
After months of anticipation, today, LOCKN’ Festival kicks off at Infinity Downs Farms in Arrington, Virginia, for the fifth iteration of the beloved festival. While we hope to see many of you guys there, for those of us who can’t make it to the festival this year, LOCKN’ had big news for fans yesterday with the announcement that they’ll be partnering with Relix and Youtube to live-stream the entirety of the festival. The webcast starts tonight at 7 pm (EST) and will run from 10 am to 2 am (EST) each day through to Sunday night. Better yet, with the support of Ben & Jerry’s and Airstream, the webcast will be available for a name-your-price donation, with 100% of the proceeds going to the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation, a local philanthropic organization that recently started the Heal Charlottesville Fund following the tragic events in the city during the rally of white supremacists earlier in the month, and Headcount, the nonpartisan organization well-known in our scene that works with musicians to increase participation in democracy.Tune Into The Webcast Here!As festival co-founder Peter Shapiro noted about the stream by donation, “We’ve been thinking about different ways that we can try and re-direct the energy in the Charlottesville area and do something positive for the community. We wanted to enable anyone anywhere across the globe to experience the music and the great vibes at LOCKN’ and at the same time help support the cause. Ben & Jerry’s, Airstream and YouTube each stepped up quickly so 100% of what we raise will go to the Charlottesville Community Fund and HeadCount. Both organizations do the below the radar work every day to help the world be a better place, so they were easy organizations to support right now.”Pete Shapiro On Charlottesville And How Nearby Lockn’ Hopes To Change The Narrative Next WeekWith LOCKN’s stacked lineup, those of us at home can look forward to catching Umphrey’s McGee, The String Cheese Incident, and The Disco Biscuits tonight. On Friday, the crown jewel of the day will be the highly anticipated Terrapin Station set, which will see Phil Lesh team with Bob Weir and The Terrapin Family Band to perform the classic Grateful Dead album. Friday will also see performances by Jim James, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Gov’t Mule, a solo set by Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band, Blackberry Smoke, Marcus King Band, Tauk, and more. Saturday sports a lineup featuring Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Keller Williams, Greensky Bluegrass, John Butler Trio, John Fogerty, Widespread Panic, and a repeat performance by Almost Dead, among others. Sunday will close the festival out with Keller Williams’ Grateful Gospel, Eric Krasno Band, Moonalice, JJ Grey & Mofro, The Revivalists, and two very special sets—Phil.moe, featuring Phil Lesh & Friends with moe., and The Avett Brothers with Bob Weir.You can check out LOCKN’ full schedule below (all times are Eastern Standard), and tune in here.[Photo: Josh Timmermans]
New York’s instrumental quartet TAUK is a band that defies classification, blending progressive rock, jazz, jam, and more to create a sound that is most definitely their own. The band is gearing up for their fall tour, which will see the group hit the Fox Theatre in Boulder, Colorado, on Saturday, September 30th with Skydyed tapped for support.Purchase tickets to TAUK’s show at the Fox Theatre in Boulder, CO, on September 30th here.TAUK has been on a steady climb since their early beginnings a decade ago. With the 2016 release of Sir Nebula—their third studio album—the quartet composed of Matt Jalbert (guitar), Charles Dolan (bass), A.C. Carter (keys), and Issac Teel (drummer) continued the impressive evolution of their sound. The group deftly synthesizes their love of the hip-hop, prog-rock, jazz, and electronic genres, layering sonic textures with ambient melodies to create music with endless possibilities. In a live setting, this translates into high-octane performances that mediate the line between gritty and upbeat, with each performance held together by the high-caliber musicianship of the band’s members.Out of nearby Fort Collins, Skydyed is a band on the rise in the Colorado music scene. Integrating rock, funk, and electronica into the group’s progressive and jam-heavy music, Skydyed incorporates plenty of breakbeats during their energetic live shows. The trio of Andrew Slattery (bass), Max Doucette (guitar), and Craig Babineau (drums) takes live instrumentation and uses electronic production to seamlessly blend it all together, bring both genres that much closer together for the masses to get down to.Tickets for TAUK with Skydyed at Boulder’s Fox Theatre on 9/30 are currently on-sale and can be purchased here. For show updates and additional information, join the Facebook Event page.[Photo: Daniel Ojeda]Enter To Win A Pair Of Tickets Below!
Piping along Working on a section of PVC pipe for the new manual water pump are, from left, Christopher D. Coey ’12, project co-leader (and former Harvard boxer) Toby Norman ’10, and Min Lee ’13. Photo by Sebastian Velez Does two weeks in the Caribbean sound inviting?Maybe not, if you have to bring work boots, floppy sun hats, mosquito repellent, and malaria pills.“A lot of socks,” added Matthew Mulroy ’12, “a lot of underwear.”A group from Harvard — mostly undergraduates, with Mulroy as a co-leader — toiled from Aug. 8 to 22 in the remote, impoverished Las Mercedes region of the Dominican Republic. It was a vacation, but with attitude.After deplaning in Santo Domingo, the party of 12 drove southwest in a crowded van. The six-hour drive toward the Haitian border delivered tantalizing views of the blue Caribbean, along with lush forests and verdant mountains. But conventional pleasures were not on the agenda.Instead of tourism, the group chose the joy of work, volunteering with Children of the Border, a nonprofit founded by Harvard graduate student Sebastian Velez. He prefers the term “voluntourism” for this kind of travel — a combination of new places and righteous work.Children of the Border’s clientele are the impoverished Haitian sharecroppers living along the Haitian-Dominican border. Alcoa Inc. built villages for the workers. By 1982, bauxite mining had ceased. Now Los Mercedes is riven by chronic disease, illiteracy, high infant mortality, and poor access to clean water.Some of the Harvard volunteers helped local laborers to refurbish a village well. They bought PVC piping and other materials with a $10,000 Projects for Peace grant written by Min Lee ’13.Other volunteers did house-to-house surveys on water use, contraception, and nutrition, part of a longer-term project to assess villagers.“Some people go to London or Paris or drink coladas on the beach,” said Velez, a seventh-year doctoral student in organismic and evolutionary biology. “But this type of student wants to do something real.”Language skills smoothed the way. Andrea Rivera ’13 translated for Spanish-speaking Dominicans working on the well. In villages of Haitian sharecroppers, Trisha Mathelier ’13, who speaks Haitian Creole, did some heavy linguistic lifting.The workdays, counting evening meetings on lessons and logistics, stretched to 14 hours or more. One night, for a few volunteers, work continued until 3 a.m., when a new manual pump finally sprayed water from 250 feet down. Ecstatic villagers, to celebrate the end of six weeks of labor, roasted a pig.The students and other Harvard participants paid their own way, about $900 each for flights, food, and lodging. They ate local cuisine (“delicious,” said participant Maureen George), slept three to a room, and got by — just fine, thank you — with tepid showers.Her shirts were soaked through in the first hour every day, said George, director of development for the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard, “as wet as if you were standing in the rain.” At 67 and a nonstudent, she was the trip’s outlier.“I was glad to get home to have a real washing machine, with hot water,” said George, “to get the red mud out.”Mulroy had his own cravings after getting back to the United States. “I wanted fast food,” he said.But in the end, these temporary workers ignored the trip’s discomforts. There were compensating rewards: working for a just cause (fresh water), getting a glimpse at another culture, and learning how to get along with others.“It’s probably more influential to me than 99 percent of the things I have done at college,” said Mulroy of the trip, which he co-directed with Toby Norman ’10. “The biggest thing is working with people.”That meant working with each other, as when, for the first two days, the van needed a group push to get jump-started. “Instead of taking it as a burden,” said Velez, “the students took it as an opportunity to bond.”Then there are issues surrounding working with people in the field, said Mulroy, given that language difficulties, cultural differences, and long travel times can lead to snags.To prepare, those going on the August trip attended a series of weekly “field preparation” workshops. Starting last fall, organizers also recruited students with expertise in international development, Spanish, Caribbean cultures, and Haitian Creole. “There was a lot of experience in this group,” said Mulroy.It helped, he said, that many of the volunteers were affiliated with the Harvard Project for Sustainable Development (HPSD), a multi-School Harvard group of which Mulroy is co-president.Some of those on the August visit were also veterans of a January work trip to Las Mercedes for DRwater, a purification and water-access project overseen by HPSD and Children of the Border. Months ago, said Mulroy, “We saw how well a volunteer group could do.”Preparation for the August trip also had a technical side. How do you fix a well’s diesel-fired electrical pump? How do you install a manual well beside it — one that villagers can afford to use? That took weeks of research by the undergraduates, said Velez, including consultations with experts at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.The work paid off. For one thing, the students devised a water level sounder, which is used to detect water levels, for $20. The usual cost is $1,000.Velez, Mulroy, and others have already started planning the next doing-good adventure, a trip in January to build a school in the same border region. A dozen Harvard volunteers will pay their own way, said Velez. “These are projects they feel good about,” he said.During the August trip, George wrote her family regular reports, including recounting the sadness she felt at experiencing a corner of the world that has so little and struggles “against so many odds.”“You can only do a little bit at a time,” said George. “But not to do that would be a crime.” Hospital bound Trip organizer and Harvard doctoral student Sebastian Velez (with wristwatch, center) gets ready to transport a child with minor burns to the hospital. He is founder of Children of the Border, a nonprofit in the Dominican Republic. Tight fit Dominican welder Yorky Segura Pérez makes a new well cap for the new manual water pump. Photo by Sebastian Velez Pipelines Helping Dominican workers with the well project are Christopher D. Coey ’12 (left, in white) and Toby Norman ’10 (back turned). Photo by Sebastian Velez School talk In Fond-Jeannette, Haiti, across the border from the Dominican region of Las Mercedes, village leaders discuss building a new school next year. It’s the latest project of Harvard’s Sebastian Velez, seated to the left. Photo by Christopher D. Coey ’12 First sip Nighttime, under diesel-powered electric lights, the newly installed manual pump sprays its first water. It took five hours of hard pumping and was the climax to six weeks of work. From left to right are Dominican workers Yorky, Salvador, and Julio. The celebration was a 3 a.m. pig roast. Photo by Sebastian Velez Lunchtime Two Haitian sharecroppers in Las Mercedes, Dominican Republic, get ready to make lunch for workers. Manita Disseron holds the fresh-killed chicken. Helping hands Tower of power The water tower at the well, where Harvard volunteers helped install a manual pump and repair a diesel-powered electrical pump. To the far right, in glasses, is project co-leader Matthew C. Mulroy ’12. Photo by Adrianna Stanley ’13
With Cambridge in autumn’s full embrace, the families of Harvard first-year undergraduates flocked to campus for the annual Freshman Parents Weekend, Nov. 7-8.The weekend featured activities designed to give parents a glimpse of the Harvard College experience. For most parents, this was the first time they’d been back to Harvard since dropping off their teens for the start of the academic year.“Our daughter was happy to see us, which made us happy,” said Segun Abegunrin.Abegunrin made the trip east with his wife, Desireia, from their home in Los Angeles to visit their daughter, Simone.“It’s wonderful to meet the roommates and the friends you have heard so much about over the past few months, and to meet their parents too,” Abegunrin added.In the past 10 weeks, freshmen have met and gotten to know their roommates, shopped for classes, and signed up for extracurricular activities; they are now getting through midterm exams.Approximately 2,000 family members participated in Freshman Parents Weekend, taking advantage of the opportunity to attend faculty presentations, tour the libraries and museums, and even sit in on classes.On Friday afternoon, Dean of Undergraduate Education Jay Harris led a discussion on the liberal arts and academic integrity, which are critical to the College’s mission of providing an “intellectual transformation.”“Knowing how to think, knowing how to analyze across disciplines, and to be able to recognize there are different ways of seeing the world and to do so with ethical decency and generosity — all of these are central elements of a liberal arts education,” said Harris, who is also the Harry Austryn Wolfson Professor of Jewish Studies. “Self-consciously, a liberal arts education and the program in General Education are designed to help students get ready for the lives they will live after college. And we do that by asking them to engage in specific areas of inquiry … to really be able to appreciate the complexity of the world in which they live, which is necessary for our future citizens and citizen leaders.”Though the Class of 2018 is a long way from graduation, Harris did tell parents not to worry about their son or daughter getting a job after college.Jay Harris, dean of undergraduate education, speaks to parents of freshmen about the liberal arts curriculum at Harvard College. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer“One of the things we hope you will take on as our partners in the education of your students is urging them to pursue their academic interests and pursue their academic love. All the studies show us that parents have anxiety about jobs and the economy, but don’t worry, they all get jobs,” Harris said, eliciting laughter from the crowd. “They get jobs in every sector of the economy whether they concentrate in English or physics or economics. So, please, encourage them to pursue things they are passionate about.”Later in the day, parents gathered in Sanders Theatre for a welcome from President Drew Faust and Harvard College Dean Rakesh Khurana. Faust highlighted themes from her recent “The Case for College” speech, which she delivered recently at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas. She told parents she wanted to emphasize the benefits that college provides because she has seen how it has “changed lives.”“College is one of the best, and one of the few chances that many of us will ever have to just follow our curiosity; to take a course in art or literature or genetics,” she told parents. “Encourage your child to use this extraordinary opportunity to explore. College is a passport to other places, other worlds, other times.”“Our goal at Harvard is not simply to prepare students for success in the job market,” said Harvard College Dean Rakesh Khurana. “Our goal is to create the conditions for their intellectual and social transformation, to ignite in them a sense of imagination and a vision for the future, to prepare them to be the citizens and citizen leaders for our global society.” Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerDuring Freshman Convocation at the start of the year, Khurana challenged the Class of 2018 to make their college experience “transformational” rather than simply “transactional.” Before their parents this weekend, Khurana emphasized how the transformational experience is at the heart of the College’s mission.“Our goal at Harvard is not simply to prepare students for success in the job market. Our goal is to create the conditions for their intellectual and social transformation, to ignite in them a sense of imagination and a vision for the future, to prepare them to be the citizens and citizen leaders for our global society,” he said. “We all worry about our children; the decision to have children is the decision to wear your heart on the outside of your body. This first year away at college brings new anxieties, but I don’t want you to feel anxious. We have confidence in your children, and as you encourage them to seek transformation, we are honored to play our part and guide them through this next chapter in their lives.”After the president’s and deans’ remarks, Harvard’s improvisation group, the Immediate Gratification Players, performed several improvised skits to add humor to some real-life college situations, including dealing with roommates, getting a bad grade, coming home for winter break, and the late-night phone call to home.The skits resonated with the audience; parents laughed at the familiar scenes. Dean of Freshmen Thomas Dingman then hosted a panel of College administrators who discussed the themes of the skits.
Alan Alda and Candice Bergen have known each other for decades, but have never worked together—until now. They are starring on Broadway in A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters, a title that Alda admits is potentially a bit misleading. “In spite of the title,” he says, “it’s not gooey and sentimental. It’s very tough, sometimes. And very funny. And there are only one or two actual love letters in the play.” The two have celebrated successful careers on the big and small screen, but there’s something special about being on stage together with just a table and two chairs. “Everyone who does it does it for the love of the work,” says Bergen. Have a look below, and catch the pair in Love Letters at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre; the two have just recently extended their run through December 18! Stacey Keach and Diana Rigg will now play December 19 through January 9, 2015, followed by Anjelica Huston and Martin Sheen from January 10 through February 15. Love Letters Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 14, 2014 Related Shows View Comments