Exeter backtracks on housing guarantee

first_imgOne first-year undergraduate, who preferred to remain anonymous, told Cherwell: “We were basically sent an email saying ‘sorry, sort yourselves out’.“We haven’t been given proper access to any realistic alternatives, and have been told that the college can’t find any suitable housing.“I can’t realistically get private housing until I know I will have financial support, as I can’t afford it with my loan. Meanwhile, all the good houses are going.”The student also said that guaranteed accommodation was “a major factor” in their choice of college, as they “didn’t want to have to deal with private landlords”.Another fresher described the situation as “depressing”.“Telling us to find private housing at the end of Michaelmas is pretty irresponsible,” they said. “The main reasons I applied to Exeter were guaranteed accommodation and the central location.”Exeter students currently live in accommodation on the college’s Turl Street site, at the recently-opened Cohen Quad on Walton Street, and in four college-owned houses and a graduate block on Iffley Road. The college also has accommodation on Banbury Road, which houses visiting students as part of its exchange programme with Williams College.This is not the first time that Exeter College has failed to deliver on its guarantees for student accommodation. In 2016, 86 Exeter students were moved into Jury’s Inn, a four-star hotel in Wolvercote, after delays to the opening of Cohen Quad. Exeter’s JCR position of Domestic and Accommodation Officer is currently vacant, after no candidate stood in the recent elections.Neither the college nor the accommodation manager responded to a request for comment. First-year students at Exeter College have expressed outrage after a warning that they are unlikely to receive college accommodation in the next academic year.The college claims to guarantee its students three years of accommodation but as many as thirty current freshers may now need to seek private housing in their second year.At the start of eighth week, an email informed undergraduates them of “a potential shortfall of about 30 college bedrooms available for the next academic year, 2018-2019,” with “implications for those…currently placed between 146–176 on the housing ballot”.Students have expressed anger, telling Cherwell that they have been “left in the lurch”.On Friday of 9th week, Exeter students received another email, informing them of “the efforts the College is making to secure additional accommodation”.It said: “The Bursar is exploring what, if any, opportunities exist in Oxford for the college to lease a block of student accommodation for the 2018-2019 academic year.“The reality is that there is hardly any commercial student accommodation that would be acceptable to Exeter students, taking into account location, quality and cost.”Students were told that they “should be aware that the college may not succeed in finding additional accommodation… many of you may need to consider private letting”.Private letting is often more expensive than college accommodation. Analysis by Lloyds Bank earlier this year named Oxford the least affordable place to live in the UK.Students have expressed their frustration at the college for their handling of the situation.last_img read more

Bus safety tips

first_imgBy Faith PeppersUniversity of GeorgiaTo be certain children have a safe trip to school each day, trythese safety tips from the National Highway Traffic SafetyAdministration:* Make sure children get to the stop on time, wait far away fromthe road and avoid rough play.* Teach your child to ask the driver for help if he dropssomething near the bus. If a child stoops to pick up something,the driver can’t see him. Then he could be hit by the bus. A bookbag or backpack helps keep loose items together.* Make sure clothing has no loose drawstrings and backpack strapsare short, so they don’t get caught in the handrail or bus door.* If you think a bus stop is in a dangerous place, talk with yourschool office or transportation director about changing thelocation. Teach your child to get on and off the bus safely:1. When getting on, stay away from the danger zone near the busand wait for the driver’s signal. Board the bus single file.2. When getting off, look before stepping off the bus to be sureno cars are passing on the shoulder. Move away from the bus.3. Before crossing the street, take five “giant steps” out fromthe front of the bus, or until the child can see the driver’sface. Wait for the driver to signal that it’s safe to cross.4. Look left-right-left when coming to the edge of the bus tomake sure traffic is stopped. Continue to watch for traffic whencrossing.Other motorists pose the greatest threat to children traveling toschool. Most children are injured at bus stops by cars illegallypassing the bus.Drivers coming to a school bus from either direction must stopwhen the bus displays flashing red warning lights and extends thestop-signal arm. These signals show that children are getting onor off the school bus.Don’t pass until the flashing red lights and signals are turnedoff.Drivers traveling in the same direction as the bus are alwaysrequired to stop. In some states, but not in Georgia, driversmoving in the opposite direction on a divided roadway are alsorequired to stop.Never pass on the right side of the bus, where children enter orexit. This is illegal and can have tragic results.For more information, call the NHTSA Auto Safety Hotline(1-888-DASH-2-DOT) or visit the NHTSA Web site(www.nhtsa.dot.gov).last_img read more

Solskjaer searches for answers to save Man Utd season

first_imgRashford’s recent form has helped paper over United’s lack of depth up front after they opted not to replace Romelu Lukaku, who left for Inter Milan in August.United’s midfield looks desperately short of creativity in the absence of the injured Paul Pogba and with Jesse Lingard struggling to find his best form. Scott McTominay is also currently sidelined with a knee injury, depriving the side of steel.And despite boosting their defence with the signings of Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the summer transfer window at considerable cost, United do not look like a cohesive unit at the back.Maguire’s arrival has not had the same galvanising impact that Virgil van Dijk’s signing had at Liverpool, with United recording just three clean sheets in the Premier League this season. Only Norwich and Tottenham have had fewer.Solskjaer did not sound over-confident that the January transfer window would yield obvious solutions.“We are a young team and with the injuries we’ve had and illness it shows more and that’s something we are looking at,” he said.“If there is something there for us I’ve got the backing to do something but if it is not the right thing we won’t do anything.”Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish and Leicester midfielder James Maddison, as well as Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho, have all seen their names linked with a move to Old Trafford.The problem is that January is a notoriously difficult time to persuade clubs to part with their best players. Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has said nobody he wants to keep will be leaving the King Power Stadium this month.Alongside the constant speculation over Pogba’s future, Solskjaer may have another headache, with reports that veteran defender Ashley Young has opened talks over a move to Inter Milan.“We can’t weaken ourselves. We’ve got to strengthen ourselves if any movement is going to happen,” Solskjaer said.Share on: WhatsApp SolskjaerLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester United’s demoralising defeat against Manchester City in their League Cup semi-final laid bare their desperate need for reinforcements if they are to salvage anything from their stuttering season.United conceded three first-half goals in a match at Old Trafford for the first time since May 1997 on Tuesday in their chastening 3-1 first-leg loss against Pep Guardiola’s men.Bernardo Silva’s wonder strike, Riyad Mahrez’s cool finish and an own goal from Andreas Pereira put City well on course for a third straight final before Marcus Rashford gave the hosts faint hope for the second leg on January 29.The defeat was another stark reminder that United are light years behind the standards set by Premier League pacesetters Liverpool and defending champions City.Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said there would be no easy solutions as United attempt to claw their way back to the top of English football.“I’ve said before it is not going to be a quick fix and the two teams you are talking about are probably two of the best teams in the world,” he said.“That’s the task we have ahead of us, it’s something that we’ve started. You can see we are still a way off but we’ve started something that needed doing.”The problem is that the shoots of recovery are hard to decipher, with United short of technical quality and fight against City.United have had some impressive performances this season — including a 2-1 victory at City in the league last month, wins against Chelsea and Spurs and a draw at home against Liverpool.But they have stumbled badly against sides they would expect to beat, losing to Watford, Bournemouth, Newcastle and West Ham, and face a tough battle to qualify for next season’s Champions League.– United flaws –There are problems for Solskjaer to solve all over the pitch.last_img read more