Castle Mill: Grad accommodation under siege

May 3, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgDanny Waldman, the OUSU Rent and Accommodation officer, told Cherwell, “With a Council-set cap of 3,000 students allowed to ‘live out’, University-provided accommodation is clearly vitally needed.” Waldman added, “To drive over 300 students, many with families, into an already-saturated private housing market makes no sense.”Oxford University’s Head of Government and Community Relations, Margaret Ounsley, emphasised on the University’s website the “social and economic benefits brought to the city” by the development and argued that going with option three was “nearer the everyday reality of doing the right thing.” Ounsley paid tribute to the “neatly run” and “media-savvy” campaign of ‘One Floor Off’ group.Students from across the University have expressed concern at the estimated £30 million it would cost the University to remove the top floor, as well as provide alternative accommodation.Wadham SU condemned the action as “absolutely unacceptable” and passed a motion, which stated, “The University should do its best to provide aff ordable accommodation, not spend money tearing it down.” The SU mandated its president to write a letter to all Wadham academics urging them to oppose the motion. Some Wadham students encouraged the University to look at other, cheaper options, which could hide the Castle Mill development such as cladding the buildings or planting trees. Many drew attention to Oxford’s status as the UK’s least affordable city to live in when compared to average local wages, and suggested that this could only worsen the situation.CherwellTV covered the OUSU protest outside the Sheldonian on February 10th. Oxford students and residents have clashed over the upcoming Castle Mill vote by the University Congregation on February 10th, which is considering whether or not to demolish the top floor of the developement.The vote stems from the continued controversy surrounding the £21.5 million development, consisting of 439 units of graduate accommodation on Roger Dudman Way. The five-storey accommodation blocks are prominently visible from Port Meadow, a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Scheduled Ancient Monument. The vote will be taken by the Congregation, the University’s sovereign body, composed of almost 5,000 administrative and academic staff.The planning process for the development has been repeatedly criticised. City Council heritage officer Nick Worlledge raised worries in an internal report in January 2012 that the height of the blocks could impact the visual environment around Port Meadow, just a month before planning permission was given.An independent review, commissioned by Oxford City Council, found that whilst no breach in planning legal procedures had occurred, the consultation process had been inadequate. The Oxfordshire Green Party has also previously called the development a “horrendous blot on our historic landscape”.OUSU, as well as Oxford’s Vice-Chancellor, has repeatedly criticised the motion to remove the top floor of the blocks – one of the options given by the Independent Environment Assessment. In the first week of Hilary, OUSU agreed to oppose the campaign and on Wednesday 4th February the Council allocated £50 to materials for a demonstration outside the Sheldonian Theatre, where the vote will be taking place on February 10th.OUSU President Louis Trup has also raised concerns about the current campaign to remove the top floors of Castle Mill in light of the cost, as well as the signifi cant impact it would have on its graduate residents with families. In a reply to a Sunday Times article which emphasised the negative aesthetics of the developement, Trup tweeted the reporter, saying, “Really shoddy Castle Mill article from @JonUngoedThomas in @thesundaytimes – like the campaign, not listening to the students this aff ects”. He continued that he “would have happily explained that ‘option 3’ will negatively impact families, local residents, and grads if only you asked”.last_img read more

Boston College’s explosive offensive performance downs Syracuse, 12-2

September 16, 2020 0 Comments

first_img Published on March 31, 2018 at 7:42 pm Contact Eric: [email protected] | @esblack34 There was no doubt that Boston College’s Emme Martinez’s shot towards the foul pole had the distance. It was only a matter of whether it would stay fair. Once the ball bounced into the parking lot past left field, home plate umpire Chris Tehonica made his decision. Taking off his cap and waving it in the air in a circular motion, Tehonica signified that the hit was indeed a home run. Slumping her head and looking at the ground, Syracuse’s AnnaMarie Gatti signified that the game was over.A walk to the next batter knocked Gatti out of the game, and replacement pitcher Miranda Hearn’s second pitch was promptly deposited into the very same parking lot. Boston College had hit as many home runs in the span of three batters as Syracuse had hit all season. The rout was on.Syracuse (16-14, 4-7 Atlantic Coast) stayed with Boston College (15-15, 5-3 ACC) through the first three innings, but fell into a hole in the following three. After dropping its home opener 4-2 earlier in the day, the Orange failed to even take the lead during the second game of the doubleheader, eventually falling 12-2. Gatti didn’t allow many hard-hit balls to the Eagles, but was doomed by timely hits and control issues, leading to seven walks and two hit batters.“She looked good in the first three innings, control, command was there,” head coach Mike Bosch said. “Just a little bit of a crack. They got a walk, got a base hit, things kind of snowballed.”Boston College struck first against the senior, stringing together back-to-back hits in the top of the second after striking out twice to begin the frame. The Orange responded quickly, however, as a Neli Casares-Maher opposite-field single tied the game at one in the bottom half of the inning. A leadoff walk in the third started a minor rally for the Eagles, who used a stolen base to get into scoring position and score on a single through the right side of the infield.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe answer Syracuse had in the second inning wasn’t there in the third, and BC wasted no time in extending its lead in the following inning. Gatti looked poised to minimize the damage early in the fourth, allowing a base runner to get to third but tallying two outs in the process. An out would’ve gotten her out of the jam, but the righty instead walked the ensuing batter on four pitches. The walk was followed by two-straight RBI singles, a walk to load the bases and a second walk that drove in a run.“I felt on,” Gatti said. “Baseball and softball are weird sometimes, even if you’re on, sometimes the other team can be just as on as you.”Despite its deficit growing by three runs, the Orange wasn’t out of the game just yet. It bought a run back in the bottom of the fourth, thanks to another Casares-Maher RBI hit – this one off the top of the left field wall. That was all Syracuse managed in the frame, but the run at least stopped the momentum that had been growing on the Eagles’ side.With a shutout inning defensively in the fifth, the Orange’s attempt to grab back the game’s momentum could continue in the home-half of the inning, down only three runs. But Gatti hit the first batter she saw. The next batter, Martinez, hit a ball 20 feet over the foul pole in left. Following the home run, catcher Michala Maciolek broke the huddle the infielders had gathered in with a pat on Gatti’s back with her glove.The gesture of confidence did little for Gatti or the Orange, which found itself down 9-2 just two batters later. By that time, despite having three opportunities left to score, Syracuse was already out of the game. The team that had scored just two runs in the day’s first game was stuck at two runs in the second and wasn’t threatening to change that.“It’s definitely tough to get back into it (after allowing so many runs),” Bryce Holmgren said. “It’s in those times that we have to simplify the game, and instead of looking for one big swing, for one pitch, just get one and pass the bat along.”Instead, Holmgren said, SU chose to try to get back into the game individually as opposed to getting things going as a team. The Orange managed just one walk in the bottom of the fifth inning, and BC kept its offense rolling in the sixth. A bases-loaded single up the middle was misplayed into a bases-clearing hit the rolled to the wall, boosting the Eagles’ lead to 10.Needing an eight-run advantage to evoke the mercy rule and end the game an inning early, Boston College had scored more than enough against Syracuse’s struggling offense. SU went down without a fight in the bottom of the sixth, and the Eagles won in six innings.The Orange left seven runners on base to Boston College’s nine, but BC notched its hits when it needed them most.“They just capitalized on moments that were crucial,” Gatti said. “We have that ability as well. They did it today and we can do it tomorrow.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more