Open letter criticises Oxford’s harassment policy

first_imgRegarding the allegations against Dr Ketland, the University said it does not comment on individual members of staff.Sarah Pine, OUSU VP Women, told Cherwell, “I decided to sign the letter because I share in the concern and dismay directed towards the information denied towards students at Oxford, as well as the decision to keep Ketland in contact with students while an investigation was ongoing. “Women, even Oxford women, experience harassment and relationship abuse so frequently, it is saddening that they cannot be sure that others will respond in the ways that will best support them.”Elena Cagnoli, Graduate Students Women Representative, explained her reasoning for signing the letter. “I signed the letter to urge the university to handle cases of alleged harassment more openly and carefully. The University’s duty of care towards its members, I think, demands such openness and attention toward the students’ welfare. The lack of information communicated to present and incoming students and the decision to keep the alleged harasser in institutionally mediated contact with students after the review began created a bad atmosphere amongst the student community.“In order prevent this from happening again, the University could and should, I think, adopt a non-prejudicial suspension policy during reviews of harassment allegations. Such a policy would be in line with its own statute and with its duty of care. I think that the faculty of philosophy has been supportive of the students’ concerns, as well as respectful of the need of privacy and due process. I am grateful to the faculty for its support, and I hope the University will join students and faculty in their efforts to make Oxford a better place for women philosophers.”The letter was first published on the blog Feminist Philosophers here and can be read in full here.Read Cherwell’s initial coverage of the inquest here. 135 students, OUSU sabbatical officers and alumni have sent an open letter to the Vice-Chancellor, expressing “concern and dismay” at the University’s handling of a student’s death.An inquest into the death of Charlotte Coursier heard that she had been harassed by Pembroke Philosophy tutor Dr Jeffrey Ketland. The inquest heard evidence that Coursier had recieved ‘crazy and rambling emails’ from Ketland before she took her own life. Dr Ketland remained an employee of the university while an internal review was conducted, and he continues to be employed at Pembroke.The open letter states, “We worry about the lack of information communicated to students. We further worry about the decision to keep Dr Ketland in institutionally mediated contact with students after the review began.”The 135 signatories includes 39 of Coursier’s fellow Philosophy BPhil students, and 24 Philosophy DPhil students. Sarah Pine, OUSU VP Women, Lucy Delaney, OUSU Women’s Campaign Officer, Rebekka Hammelsbeck, former OUSU Women’s Campaign Officer, and several organisers of the It Happens Here campaign also signed the letter.The letter criticises the university for failing to keep students informed about the review. It says, “The lack of comment has created a difficult atmosphere in the Philosophy Faculty. Some students now fear that harassment charges are not taken seriously. Others were upset to only learn of the situation in the national press.”Secondly, the letter suggests the university should have limited student contact with Ketland after the police issued a warning under the Harassment Act. It reads, “It is strongly in the interests of students not to be placed at undue risk of harassment. It seems to us that when harassment allegations are made against a member of staff, the University should limit their institutionally mediated contact with students whilst a review occurs.”As the letter notes, Ketland continued to have contact with students as the university conducted its review, urging “the swift adoption of such a suspension policy.” “A University review concluded in October. Its purpose was to inform senior members of the University of the circumstances of Charlotte’s death and to advise on any future steps. The findings of the review remain confidential but University is continuing to consider the most appropriate action as a consequence.”center_img A university spokesperson said, “The University can confirm it has received the open letter and has noted its contents. All University policies are kept actively under review.”On the question of communication with students, a spokesperson told Cherwell, “The Department of Philosophy has held a meeting with graduate students to inform of the outcome of the inquest into Charlotte’s death and to discuss any questions arising.”last_img read more

Wanee Festival Confirms Jam-Packed Lineup For 2017 Event

first_imgAfter accidentally leaking their lineup last week, Wanee Festival has formally revealed their initial roster of 2017 performing artists. As previously reported, Wanee will see headlining sets from Bob Weir (2 days), Widespread Panic, Trey Anastasio Band, Gov’t Mule and Dark Star Orchestra (2 sets). The festival will run from April 20th through the 22nd, at the Spirit of Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL.The full lineup includes Dr. John & The Nite Trippers, JJ Grey & Mofro, Les Brers, Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band, Blackberry Smoke, Leftover Salmon (music of Neil Young), Matisyahu, The Greyboy Allstars, Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass, Papadosio, Turkuaz, Pink Talking Fu (music of David Bowie & Prince), DJ Logic, Kung Fu, Pink Talking Fish, Bobby Lee Rodgers Trio, Devon Allman Band, Marcus King Band, Yeti Trio and Brothers & Sisters.There will also be a festival pre-party on April 19th, hosted by Butch Trucks & The Freight Train Band. You can see all of this info in the poster below, or on the festival’s official website.last_img read more

Leaf-flower woes

first_imgBy Mark CzarnotaUniversity of GeorgiaWe all have our top weeds to deal with in the garden. One thatcontinues to move up my list is leaf-flower. These 6- to 18-inchannual weeds are a growing a problem in landscapes and thecontainer plant industry.Leaf-flower is a commonly used name for many Phyllanthus species.Some people in Georgia have misnamed them “mimosa weed” becausethe leaves of some resemble those of mimosa. Part of theEuphorbiaceae family, Phyllanthus is a big genus, with 700species worldwide. They’re mostly annuals, although some are weakperennials.Only a few are common in the continental United States. Mainly,they go by the names leaf-flower, Niruri, long-stalkedPhyllanthus, chamber bitter and Mascarene Island leaf-flower.Three boogersOnly three species are real problems in landscapes and nurseries:long-stalked Phyllanthus (P. tenellus), chamber bitter(P. urinaria) and Niruri (P. niruri).The name leaf-flower comes from the tiny flowers that arise fromthe axils (where the plants’ leaves emerge). Long-stalkedPhyllanthus is named for the long stems, or “stalks,” on whichits flowers arise from the undersides of the leaves.Chamber bitter and Niruri can be confused with long-stalkedPhyllanthus. In nursery containers and landscapes, chamber bitteris more of a problem. Niruri, much shorter at 6 to 8 inches tall,is better able to survive in the 2- to 4-inch environment of turfgrasses.A close cousin of spurge (Euphorbia species), the long-stalkedPhyllanthus can be extremely hard to control in the landscape.Like spurge, it germinates in hot, dry conditions of late springand early summer when the soil temperatures are warm.ToughOnce it’s established, Phyllanthus is extremely tolerant ofdrought. It can survive even the most inhospitable conditions.All Phyllanthus species can go from seed to flower in less thantwo weeks. And they can produce copious numbers of seeds. Eachplant can release thousands.Another characteristic that makes Phyllanthus such a problem weedis its high tolerance of dinitroaniline herbicides such as Preen,Surflan and Barricade. These pre-emergent herbicides are thebackbone of weed control in the container and landscape industry.Even when these herbicides are used, Phyllanthus has the abilityto germinate when other weeds can’t.One other dubious ability of Phyllanthus is its ability to spreadits seed by explosive force. When the fruits of the Phyllanthusspecies ripen, they explode to help disperse the seed.What to doOne of the most important cultural approaches you can use to helpcontrol Phyllanthus is to maintain a 2- to 4-inch layer of mulch.Phyllanthus seeds are small. Not many plants will survive if theyhave to penetrate a thick layer of mulch.Herbicides help control this plant, too. Postemergent herbicideswith the active ingredient diquat (Reward), glufosinate (Finale)or glyphosate (Roundup) will do a good job of controllingPhyllanthus after it has germinated.If you have severe infestations, consider using pre-emergentproducts. When trying to control Phyllanthus with pre-emergentherbicides, consider making at least two applications, inFebruary or March and in May or June, to cover the worstPhyllanthus germination window.Obviously, you can hand-remove small infestations, too. But beaware that Phyllanthus is prone to breaking off at the soil level.However you do it, try to remove all Phyllanthus plants from yourgarden, since each plant can produce a lot of seed. Good luck.(Mark Czarnota is a horticulturist with the University ofGeorgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Cairns’ Goldsborough gives families and retirees the Aussie dream

first_imgThe Mulgrave River at Upper Goldsborough is just one of the suburb’s drawcards.GOLDSBOROUGH is the perfect southern suburb for families and couples wanting to live the acreage dream. Cairns Property Office South principal Robyn Hawley-Whitton said the suburb had been rolled out stage by stage, and each stage was snapped up by owners with a vision for their lifestyles. “It’s the big Australian country dream,” Ms Hawley-Whitton said. “People want more space to get away from the small blocks of town. People who live here have a dream to move onto acreage. “The men want their sheds, and they know that you need a fairly large block of land to have a fairly large shed on it.” Ms Hawley-Whitton said there were two distinct buyers in the area. “It’s highly sought after by people who are looking for more room,” she said. “There are a lot of people who own here who work away from Cairns and want to retire to Goldsborough in a few years. A lot of people use it as an investment in the time in between. “There are also owners who are onto their second or third homes and are looking for a sizeable acreage. More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days ago“The properties here sell very quickly and the median price has risen very quickly.” She said Goldsborough’s proximity to Gordonvale meant it was very easy to get into town. “It takes about 35 minutes to get to the Cairns CBD,” she said. “There will be an upgrade to the Bruce Highway so that it’s four lanes outside of Goldsborough, which will make it an even faster journey into town.” Ms Hawley-Whitton said the views were “absolutely spectacular” over the surrounding hills and land, which was once covered in cane. “It’s a fairly affordable area compared to other parts of Cairns,” she said. “It’s close to very good schools and the area is prepared for a lot more infrastructure, including a Woolworths at Gordonvale, very shortly. “Compared to other parts of Cairns it has a very low crime rate, which is something people are looking for increasingly.”last_img read more