Guardian recognises Oxford journalists

first_imgOxford publications and writers have been nominated in several categories at the 2011 Guardian Student Media Awards, as the panel drew up their shortlist this week.Cherwell itself is one of five contenders for Publication of the Year, and will go up against publications from Kingston, York and London universities. It has a history of success at the awards, having been nominated in the same category last year, and having won the award for Website of the Year in 2008.The Oxonian Globalist, the website of Oxford’s international affairs magazine, is nominated for Website of the Year in the 2011 awards, going up against publications from Birmingham, Warwick, Southampton and Liverpool.Individual Oxford journalists have also been recognised in the list of nominees. Lizzie Porter, who is editor of The Oxford Student for Michaelmas 2011, has been nominated for Reporter of the Year. Porter has already won the Anjool Malde Memorial Trust award for excellence in student journalism this year.If she wins the category, it will mark the second year running that an Oxford student is named Reporter of the Year, as Camilla Turner, former editor of Cherwell, won the accolade last year.In addition, Alex Dymoke, former joint editor of Isis, is in the running for Feature Writer of the Year, while Mehreen Khan (a History and Politics student at Trinity who writes a sports blog) and Helen Robb, a writer for Cherwell, are both contenders for Columnist of the Year.The final winners in each category will be announced at a ceremony on 23 November.last_img read more

Misfits Reunion Confirmed On Newly-Announced Riot Fest Lineup

first_imgAcclaimed Riot Fest has just released crazy fun lineups for their Denver and Chicago editions, bringing a bounty of artists out from September 2-4 in Denver, CO and September 16-18 in Chicago, IL. As promised, the late summer festival will see the reunion of Misfits, performing with Glenn Danzig for the first time in over 30 years.The full Riot Fest Denver lineup features Ween, Death Cab For Cutie, Jane’s Addiction, Sleater-Kinney, Nas, Deftones, Fitz & The Tantrums, Descendents, NOFX, Underoath, Bad Religion, Thursday, Tyler the Creator, Pepper, Jake Bugg, Motion City Soundtrack, Wold Parade and so many more.Meanwhile, the Chicago edition features Morrissey, Ween, Death Cab for Cutie, Rob Zombie, Social Distortion, Brand New, Nas, The Specials, Deftones, Fitz & The Tantrums, Jimmy Eat World, Descendents, Refused, NOFX, Bad Religion, Pierce The Veil, All Time Low, Underoath, Motion City Soundtrack, Thursday, Jake Bugg, The Hives, Death Grips, Chevy Metal and many more.There are also some intriguingly placed question marks on each lineup, suggesting a handful more big-name bands to be added to both. You can see both lineups below, and head to the fest’s website for details.last_img read more

Sing sacred, and hide the flute

first_imgIn 1636, when Harvard was founded, the Massachusetts Bay Colony had barely 10,000 settlers, and wolves howled at the edge of the endless forests.Making art at Harvard then was largely out of the question. In a Puritan world, art was subversion. For instance, the times required Edward Taylor (Class of 1671, and now considered a great metaphysical poet) to conceal his passionate verse in meditations on service to Christ. He saw his work as “a rich web that only the gospel markets afford.”Students at 17th century Harvard, preparing for the ministry, made art only by singing in chapel. The first documented concert at Harvard didn’t occur until 1771, and the first Commencement with a band came 10 years later.In the early 19th century, students singing in chapel were warned against “the irreverent fugue music of the day,” recalled General Oliver, a member of the Class of 1818. But his reminiscences for the Harvard Register included a confession: “Beneath my feather-bed, I used to conceal my flute,” because his strict Puritan father “was opposed to musical instruments generally.”Oliver went on to learn six instruments, a rebellious note that sounds sweet almost 200 years later. But the tale of the hidden flute was the story of art making at Harvard for many years: There wasn’t much, or it was covert.The curriculum — a strict regimen of Latin, Greek, and rhetoric — was closed even to what we know of as electives until after the Civil War. The first course in music came just before that, in 1855. John Sullivan Dwight, Class of 1832 and an early champion of music instruction at Harvard, called that course “the entering wedge, and we may all rejoice in it.”The walls were further breached as other “entering wedges” poked through: music as a subject (1864), freehand drawing and architecture (1874), and landscape design (1900).In 1926, Harvard inaugurated its Charles Eliot Norton lecture series on poetry and the arts. The next year, Harvard opened a new building for it crown jewel displaying the arts, the Fogg Art Museum.In 1931, the number of concentrators at Harvard College on the history of art was 142, considered a healthy figure. But by 1953 the number of concentrators had tumbled to 37, a sign to some observers that attention to the arts was waning — a consequence, they said, of the privations of the Great Depression and World War II.There was no mention of the visual arts in “General Education in a Free Society,” the 1945 study of undergraduate education commissioned by Harvard President James Bryant Conant, which guided curricular reform for the next three decades.But in 1956, an ad hoc group called the Committee on the Visual Arts at Harvard released a report recommending enhanced arts education for undergraduates, a visual arts center, a theater program, and having working artists on campus. The document, commonly known as the Brown Commission report, insisted that just “talking about knowing” was a medieval model of scholarship, and that “knowing and creating” belonged together.Teaching the history and theory of art is important, the report said, but so was the practice, “the actual manual process” of making art. After all, the report said, “the future artist has a place in Harvard College alongside the future doctor or lawyer.”The Brown Commission report made a difference, leading to building the Loeb Drama Center (1960) and the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts (1963). Harvard created a Visual and Environmental Studies program in 1968.last_img read more

Students promote awareness for Relay for Life

first_imgPurple hair extensions, purple clothing and purple desserts in the dining halls will flood campus this week to promote fundraising and awareness for the Notre Dame Relay for Life, which will take place Apr. 12 and 13. Freshman Teresa Kennedy, honorary student chairperson for Notre Dame’s Relay for Life this year, the Relay committee is hosting Purple Week 2013 through Friday to engage students in its larger mission on campus. The funds raised through Notre Dame’s Relay for Life in April will go toward cancer research at the American Cancer Society, Kennedy said. “[Purple Week] really has a dual purpose because first, all the funds raised go to the Relay and the money we collect there,” Kennedy said. “It’s also a way to get people interested in the Relay and make it interactive, since all of these events are so public and hard to ignore.” Notre Dame Relay for Life chairperson Jessica Brookshire said the committee’s 2013 fundraising goal is $175,000. One of the most visible Purple Week activities is the sale of paper cutout feet, which can be purchased at locations all over campus for $1 each. Last year, paper feet sales raised $6,082 for the Relay, Brookshire said. “It was a great fundraiser as far as dollars raised, but also [for] the awareness it brought about for the event,” Brookshire said. Marc Burdell, an Alumni Association director and this year’s honorary faculty chairperson for the Relay for Life, said the paper feet have both symbolic and monetary value for the project. “Many of the buildings on campus sell these purple feet for $1 and they’re put up all over campus to build a kind of path that leads to the Relay for Life in April,” Burdell said. “For the first time this year, students can purchase feet with Domer Dollars at the Huddle and Reckers.” Kennedy said she is looking forward to “Wear Purple” day on Thursday, when community members are encouraged to dress in purple clothes to show support for the project. “It will be interesting to see how many people there are that day who are willing to back up this cause and really get behind it,” Kennedy said. “It’s two months ahead of the Relay still, but it will be great to see the purple as a visible sign of support.” Purple is “the identifying color for [cancer] surivivors,” Kennedy said, and she can include both herself and Burdell in that category. Kennedy survived a rare form of tissue cancer and Burdell overcame a serious lymphoma diagnosis. Burdell said he thinks of his position as honorary chairperson as an opportunity to connect with others who are affected by cancer. “I was diagnosed about three and a half years ago, and before that, I was healthy,” Burdell said. “I had never even been in the hospital. I went from being unaware and unaffected to being a pretty severe cancer patient. “Now, I can talk about patient advocacy and what people can do to support each other. I find myself today leading a normal life, and as chairperson, I hope to help others understand what I’ve gone through and let them know that they can be empowered to get through it too,” Burdell said. Kennedy said she was involved with the national Relay for Life in high school and that she’s pleased to have the opportunity to participate in the Notre Dame version of the event. “I’m glad I get to share my experience about what I went through with other people here, and I hope people will be able to come to me for support if they or someone they know has cancer,” Kennedy said. “I’m an example that you can lead a totally normal life after a cancer diagnosis.” Purple hair extensions will be sold in the Coleman Morse center on Friday, and purple feet will be sold all week across campus. Notre Dame’s Relay for Life will take place from Apr. 12 to 13 at the Compton Family Ice Arena. Information about the event can be found at read more