New College JCR is challenging its governing body’s proposal to stop offering Human Sciences.Sparked by the upcoming departure of the current Head of Human Sciences, the place of the subject within the College is being reviewed. As set out in a JCR motion, one of the reasons it might be discontinued is that, over the last six years, four Human Sciences students have received 2:2s and so, “It has not boosted our Norrington Score as much as some other subjects.”The point was raised by the JCR that ‘Norrington viability’ should not affect the diversity of subjects offered by New College. A member of the JCR also pointed out that two of the students who received 2:2s had previously rusticated on account of mental health issues.Other reasons to discontinue the subject included the fact that it would be difficult to find a qualified enough replacement and that the college is looking to reduce the overall size of the JCR.Andrew Wills, the JCR Academic Affairs rep, told Cherwell, “At the JCR meeting there were a few interesting points brought up such as the future of the course across the University if New College stopped offering it. The Norrington position was mentioned as a possible reason for College considering removing it, but I think that was more speculative rather than being based on any substantial evidence. We decided that we would let college know our opinion: that they shouldn’t cut the course (especially not for academic reasons); and that if they do decide to drop the course then we would quite like to know their reasoning for doing so. Personally, I don’t believe that the decision to bring this up now is at all influenced by the Norrington Table result; and I think that the JCR would be quite upset if it were as that isn’t at all what we as a college focus on.“I’ve spoken to some long-term members of the SCR and they strongly disagreed that the Norrington table came into it. The reasoning is more along the lines of the Human Sciences tutor is leaving, so now is the natural time to ask the question of whether college continue to offer HumSci, as a course, or not.“Apparently it’s a discussion that they have every time a tutor from a small course leaves. One of the fellows I talked to said that since we’re currently at the top of the Norrington Table there would be no need to do something as drastic as cutting courses to try and improve our position!”New College students contacted also expressed concern that the proposal may negatively affect the performance of current New College Human Scientists, as a temporary head of Human Sciences may not be the best qualified for the position.Human Sciences is a multidisciplinary course which studies the biological, social and cultural aspects of human life. It has an intake of 31 students per year across the University and New College is one of only 10 colleges to offer it as an undergraduate degree. Mark Griffith, Senior Tutor at New College, told Cherwell, “Prof. Chan, UL in Sociology and the Tutorial Fellow responsible for Human Sciences, is leaving and the College is reviewing the future of his post and the future of Human Sciences here. Governing Body will address the recommendations of its Academic Strategy Committee in 8th week. The Committee is still considering the matter.“Whatever the outcome, the College will ensure that teaching of the highest quality is provided for its existing Human Sciences undergraduates.”
Charles Flaherty will represent Puerto Rico in the alpine skiing category The Caribbean will be represented by only two nations at the Winter Olympic Games, so get ready to cheer as the opening ceremony gets underway from Pyeongchang, South Korea this Friday, Feb. 9th. Jamaica will compete in the bobsleigh and skeleton competitions while Puerto Rico will compete in Alpine skiing. Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian, Carrie Russell and Audra Segree are the first Jamaican women to qualify for the bobsleigh competition at the Games. Jamaica’s women’s bobsleigh team to compete at 2018 Winter OlympicsAnthony Watson is the first athlete to represent Jamaica in skeleton at the Winter Games. He received a late call-up to the competition after several countries declined places for the event. Jamaica’s contingent in South Korea will be completed by Chris Stokes, president of the Jamaica Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation; Leo Campbell, chef de mission; and Dudley Stokes, team captain. Jamaica’s sports minister, Olivia Grange, said she is confident of a podium finish for Jamaica. “I feel that the girls will make the podium,” was the minister’s optimistic assessment. Seventeen-year-old Charles Flaherty is representing Puerto Rico. The Games run from February 9 to 25.
Former college basketball assistant Lamont Evans gets 3-month prison sentence in corruption case Former USC basketball assistant avoids prison in recruiting corruption case According to Inner City Press, during the middle of Person’s proceeding Wednesday, one of the assistant U.S. attorneys in the back of the courtroom left, describing Preska’s lenient sentence, on the heels of the others coaches’ sentences, as a rebuke of the SDNY’s prosecution.Still, the coaches’ former universities claimed in victim-impact statements that the coaches’ actions damaged the schools and athletic departments’ respective reputations and could result in serious penalties from the NCAA for the universities.Previously, U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos appeared to concur with the schools, saying they, students and players were victimized by a scandal that showed that the bribes were exchanged in order to manipulate young athletes. Sentencing guidelines called for Person to get two years in prison, however of the three other coaches, two — former Oklahoma State and South Carolina assistant Lamont Evans and former Arizona assistant Emmanuel “Book” Richardson — were sentenced to three months, and the third, former USC assistant Tony Bland, also avoided prison, getting two years’ probation and 100 hours of community service. Former Auburn assistant basketball coach Chuck Person was sentenced Wednesday to community service during two years of supervised release, according to multiple reports, avoiding prison time for his role in a wide-ranging bribery scandal that rocked college basketball.Judge Loretta A. Preska, in sentencing Person, said “no purpose would be served by incarceration,” per The Associated Press . The former Tigers star and NBA player is the fourth and final assistant from a top Division I program to be sentenced in the far-reaching corruption case in U.S. District Court in the Southern District of New York.According to federal prosecutors, Person accepted $91,500 in bribes in return for steering top players to a financial adviser, who actually was cooperating with the government. Related News Former Arizona basketball assistant gets 3-month prison sentence in recruiting corruption case
Nora McNettNora I. McNett, of Wellington, died Thursday, January 16, 2014 at the Sterling House in Wellington at the age of 97.Nora was born the daughter of George and Leka (Luttrell) Randall on Saturday, April 15, 1916 near Dalton.On July 18, 1935, Nora and Kenith S. McNett were united in marriage in Wellington. Together they celebrated 57 years of marriage. She was a wonderful wife that loved her life on the farm.Nora was a Past Matron with the Order of the Eastern Star, Phoenix Chapter No. 159, Wellington for over 60 years. She was also a member of the Daughters of the Nile. Nora found great strength in her faith and was an active member of the First Christian Church, Wellington.Â Survivors include her son, Roger McNett and his wife Nancy of Wellington, son, Larry McNett and his wife Patsy of Wellington, daughter, Lindra Jindra and her husband Jim of Hesston, grandsons, Scott McNett of Wellington and Randy McNett of Wellington, granddaughters: Mitzi “Ze” Bernardinello and her husband Roberto of Wichita, Lisa Kline of Joliet, Illinois, Jeanette Shelton and her husband Chris of Pohattan, Virginia, Kristi Reimer and her husband Brian of Hesston, Lori Fisher and her husband David of Clovis, California along with 13 great-grandchildren.She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Kenith, brothers, Earl Randall and Carroll Randall and a great-grandson, Cory Reimer.A viewing will be held at the funeral home from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 21, 2014.Funeral services for Nora will be at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 22, 2014 in the chapel of Day Funeral Home, 1030 Mission Road, Wellington.Interment will follow at the Sumner Memorial Gardens, Wellington.A memorial has been established in her loving memory with First Christian Church. Contributions can be mailed or left with the funeral home.To share a memory or leave condolences, please visit www.dayfuneralhome.info.Arrangements are by Day Funeral Home & Crematory, Wellington.
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