University adapts graduation policy in wake of objections

first_imgThe open letter that was written in response to the decision requested that students be permitted to attend ceremonies at a later date, if necessary in smaller groups, thereby providing them with a choice.  This decision, according to Pro-Vice-Chancellor Martin Williams, was taken in response to the “strength of feeling across the University community” expressed by colleges, the Student Union, and an open letter to the University with 2,314 signatories.  Previously, the Degree Conferrals Office had communicated to students that those due to attend graduation ceremonies on 2nd and 9th May would have their degrees conferred in absentia. Students who graduate in absentia cannot be presented again in a traditional ceremony at the Sheldonian Theatre.  The University has today reversed its decision to confer all degrees in absentia, offering students that were due to graduate in May the opportunity to attend a degree ceremony at a future date.  Though the University aims to keep the ceremonies’ venues and format as true to tradition as possible, it is understood that postponed events will have to be “modified from their current form”.  Trinity College alumna Vivien Hasan, who wrote the open letter, told Cherwell: “We are delighted that the University has recognised the importance of this once-in-a-lifetime event, and would like to thank the 2000+ supporters who signed the open letter, particularly the 300+ who left written comments. I was so heartened to see support coming from all corners of the student and alumni body, and take this as a real testament to students’ appreciation of their journey at Oxford, and of its traditional forms of celebration.”center_img The degree ceremony, the open letter states, is “the final opportunity to partake in the rich traditions of the University as one of its student members.” Many “will have quickly left Oxford after their last examination, intending fully to return for this farewell to their tutors and to each other.” In response, an email sent by Pro-Vice-Chancellor Martin Williams this morning states that affected students will now be presented with the option to have their degrees conferred in absentia or to attend a future ceremony. Students who choose the latter must wait until the rescheduled graduation to obtain their degree certificate.  The letter began circulating among the Trinity community on Friday 17th April and has since spread to students, family members, and alumni across the University. In the written comments, many signatories highlighted the personal significance of experiencing the ceremony, while others criticised the University’s initial decision and lack of communication.  Detailed arrangements for the revised ceremonies are to be organised by a new working group, with more information to follow. Decisions are yet to be made regarding ceremonies from September 2020 onwards.last_img read more

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JSU seeks revenge on Tenn. Tech

first_img February 28, 2020 JSU seeks revenge on Tenn. Tech TEAM LEADERS: Jr. Clay is averaging 13.5 points to lead the charge for the Golden Eagles. Keishawn Davidson is also a key facilitator, maintaining an average of 9.1 points and 4.2 assists per game. The Gamecocks have been led by De’Torrion Ware, who is averaging 12.2 points and 5.2 rebounds.JUMPING FOR JR.: Clay has connected on 32.9 percent of the 140 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 7 of 27 over the last five games. He’s also made 72.7 percent of his free throws this season.WINLESS WHEN: The Gamecocks are 0-8 when they score 62 points or fewer and 12-10 when they exceed 62 points. The Golden Eagles are 0-13 when allowing 75 or more points and 9-8 on the season, otherwise.PASSING FOR POINTS: The Golden Eagles have recently created buckets via assists more often than the Gamecocks. Jacksonville State has 31 assists on 68 field goals (45.6 percent) over its previous three matchups while Tennessee Tech has assists on 49 of 75 field goals (65.3 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: Tennessee Tech as a team has made 8.3 3-pointers per game this season, which is second-most among OVC teams. The Golden Eagles have averaged 9.6 3-pointers per game over their last five games.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditTennessee Tech (9-21, 6-11) vs. Jacksonville State (12-18, 7-10)Pete Mathews Coliseum, Jacksonville, Alabama; Saturday, 8 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Tennessee Tech goes for the season sweep over Jacksonville State after winning the previous matchup in Cookeville. The teams last played on Feb. 13, when Jacksonville State made just nine 3-pointers on 20 attempts while the Golden Eagles hit 15 of 32 from distance en route to a one-point victory.center_img Associated Press For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

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Women’s hockey: Badgers slip to No. 2 after splitting weekend series with unranked Bemidji State

first_imgIn a major upset, the University of Wisconsin Women’s Hockey team (24-4-0, 14-4-0 WCHA) fell to the unranked Bemidji State Beavers (10-16-2, 7-9-2) on Bemidji’s home ice Friday. With this just their fourth loss of the season, the Badgers were unable to hold a 1–0 lead as Bemidji State netted two goals midway through the third period. Mekenzie Steffen opened scoring for the Badgers in the second period after a scoreless first, giving Wisconsin their first and only lead of the night. Despite the Badgers managing to fire off 29 shots on top of the goal from Steffen, they remained scoreless the rest of the game after an impressive performance from Bemidji State goalkeeper Lauren Bench.The goal that ended up as the game-winner for the Beavers came during a power play following an interference penalty by senior Captain Annie Pankowski.Men’s hockey: Badgers earn two points in shot-filled series against Michigan StateThe University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team (9-12-5, 5-6-5-2 Big Ten) had a subpar outing this weekend in East Lansing, Read…Unfortunately for the Badgers, the shot from Lydia Passolt — originally off target — was deflected into the net and ultimately won the game for Bemidji State.Friday’s matchup certainly came with a disappointing finish for the Badgers, but the team was able to bounce back on Saturday by shutting out the Beavers in a 4–0 victory.Lead by senior Sam Cogan — rattling off two goals within eight minutes of each other — the Badgers jumped out to an early lead. Wisconsin maintained this lead throughout the second game of the series, holding the Beavers scoreless.The Wisconsin defensive line led this effort for the Badgers, as goalkeeper Kristen Campbell faced just 16 shots all game. While this game served as a solid rebound for the Badgers after a shocking loss the previous game, it did not prevent the Badgers from facing negative repercussions from their slip-up.Wisconsin has continued to trail Minnesota within the WCHA standings all season long, despite the Badgers staying atop national rankings since the beginning of the 2018-19 season.Women’s hockey: No. 1 Wisconsin looks to continue offensive production on the road against Bemidji StateThe No. 1 University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team (23-3-0, 13-3 WCHA) heads to Bemidji, Minnesota, this weekend for a Read…This loss, unlike their previous losses, was enough to relegate the Badgers to No. 2 in the nation.While this is certainly not the worst position to be in, it does serve as a reminder that, despite their impressive record, the multitude of opponents able to challenge the Badgers is not small in number.Consistent play is necessary to remain atop the ranks of talented teams that stack the WCHA and NCAA as a whole.With three tough opponents left in the regular season, the Badgers will have to play well in order to recapture their No. 1 national title and secure a spot at a national title.The Badgers will be back in action at home Saturday and Sunday in the LaBahn Arena. They will face Minnesota State-Mankato in both contests and the games will both take place at 2 p.m. Saturday’s matchup will be on Fox Sports Wisconsin and can be listened to on Badger Radio Network, 100.9 FM. Sunday’s game can be heard on 1310 AM.last_img read more

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