Keble Warden ‘mightily sorry’ for undergrad accommodation cock-up

first_imgKeble offcials have apolgised to students for forcing students to delay their arrival in Oxford, though insist they will “make no apology for not consulting.”The apology came in an acrimonious open forum between students and staff, as they try to restore relations ahead of the coming year.Following a failure to complete fire saftey tests in the college’s graduate accommodation prior to the start of term, second and third year undergraduates at Keble College were told to “postpone their arrival in Oxford.”In an email sent by the college’s warden, Jonathan Phillips, on Monday of -1st week, the students were further told that “unless they [had] a compelling reason to be in College sooner,” they would only be allowed to take up residence at the college from Thursday 4th October.Wednesday’s open forum was held to allow students affected by the accommodation mishap to voice their concerns.Presided over by the warden, the forum was attended by Keble Bursar Roger Boden, Domestic Bursar Nick French, Senior Tutor Ali Rogers, and Welfare Fellow Nevsky Everett.About 30 members of the Keble JCR were also present.Noting the “considerable inconvenience” caused by the accommodation cock-up, Phillips said he was “mightily sorry”.However, he added: “We had no time to consult [students about the best course of action], and I make no apology for not consulting.”Students raised points about access, with one JCR member citing an email, dated 25th September, which explained: “In the circumstances we cannot accept as a compelling reason the fact that the only time you can be brought to College is at the weekend.”Students also called for improved communication, noting the unclear emails sent five minutes before the college office closed during -1st week.Phillips argued, that “the [college’s] motivation was good,” as they intended to communicate as quickly and clearly as possible, but acknowledged that there were still problems with the way in which information was distributed.Questions were also raised about the temporary closure of the hall and the O’Reilly Theatre, which started last week and will end during the Easter Vacation.Furthermore, there was discussion about college facilities, with MCR members being set to use JCR washing machines until the end of the month.A third year at Keble told Cherwell: “Since I had already committed to coming back early, I had to sleep on friends’ floors for six nights.“I had problems with storing my stuff as well, as my parents couldn’t take time off on the Thursday to help me move in.”Another third-year student added: “The general feeling in college in the past has been the administration does not prioritise its undergraduate students.“It was this discontent that meant the inconsiderate emails and delay in our return to college was disappointing, but not surprising, confirming what we’ve suspected all along.”last_img read more

PandaScore and PA Media: Putting esports on the map

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon Share Growth hungry PandaScore nets back-to-back client wins  July 20, 2020 Submit Share Winning Post: UK racing must put its best foot forward … July 20, 2020 GG.Bet scores ESL Counter-Strike & Dota 2 global partnerships July 15, 2020 Speaking at the recent Betting on Sports conference in September, Rich Duncan, Head of Business Development Racing & Sports Betting at PA Media, and Flavien Guillocheau, CEO at PandaScore, explained that esports has secured its place within the betting industry, and that digital platforms can’t afford to ignore its potential. In September, UK-based multimedia news agency PA Media announced its strategic partnership with esports data provider PandaScore which was aimed at sportsbooks across Europe and the United States.Explaining the importance of the strategic partnership, Duncan said: “From PA’s perspective, esports is different to traditional sports in the way that esports audiences consume content is very different as well. We recognised early on that in order to do esports right and to do it justice, we needed to partner with someone who really understood it  and was really doing it well. “At PA Media, we have 40 different sports, mostly ‘traditional sports’ at the moment, that we collect masses of live content for.  “Esports is ubiquitous now, if you look at it anywhere in the last two years, you will have heard something about esports, you may have heard stories in the news about prize pools on Fortnite etc. “Punters have begun to accumulate this idea tacitly that esports is something that is taking place, and that something is there which has huge potential. But when you begin to delve into that, you begin to see what the potential is, and some of the numbers are quite staggering. As a digital platform, we can’t ignore that, and obviously we want to be a part of it.”Meanwhile Guillocheau pointed out that the strategic alliance with PA Media has ‘put esports on the map.’ He added: The betting industry is an industry that relies very heavily on trust and integrity, and for us, partnering with a company is definitely a step forward in the right direction. It’s also allowed us to gain access to a large distribution network. “This type of partnership allows us to put esports on the map, and giving us a greater level of credibility and access to a more diverse network of customers. Esports is going to be around for a while, and so we have to distribute an esports product as much as possible.”last_img read more

Bantam Trackers struggle with games two and three at KIBIHT

first_imgUp next, the Bantam Trackers will be having a rematch tonight, Friday, against the Prairie Storm in the quarter-finals of the Tournament. Puck drop is 5:00 p.m. PST. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northeast B.C. Bantam Trackers are currently in Kamloops for the Kamloops International Bantam Ice Hockey Tournament.After winning game one of the Tournament on Wednesday, January 1, the Trackers have not had the best of luck since that game.For game two, on Thursday, the Trackers took on the North Zone Kings.- Advertisement -This game was close throughout, eventually leading to some overtime. Despite a strong play, the Trackers were unable to win as they fell 3-2 to the Kings.Then for game three, on Friday morning, the Trackers would go on to face the Balgonie Prairie Storm.In that game, the Trackers only managed to score one goal, falling a heavy loss of 5-1 to the Prairie Storm.Advertisementlast_img read more