Record number of female speakers at Union

first_imgFor the first time in over two years, the Oxford Union has at least one female guest speaker confirmed for every debate. In an apparent effort to boost the diversity of the Union’s lineup, 40 per cent of all guest speakers this term will be female. This is the joint-highest inclusion of women in a termcard for the Union, equalling the gender balance of Michaelmas 2014. Three of this term’s debates will have either gender-balanced guest speakers or more women speaking than men, and five debates will include BME speakers.  In First Week, the Union will debate ‘This House Would Never Be An MP’, followed by topics including ‘This House Embraces Sex Work as a Career Choice’, ‘The Tobacco Industry is Morally Reprehensible’, and the argument that ‘Britain Owes Reparations to her Former Colonies’.Alongside speakers already announced, the Union has confirmed to Cherwell additional speakers including the American rock band KISS, author and Conservative politician Lord Michael Dobbs, Mexican acoustic guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela, singer-songwriter D’banj and actress Diane Kruger. “However, this is only a start. Although we have one of the most diverse lineups the Union has ever seen, this is something that we will be continuing to focus on in the future to offer the best speakers. It is not always easy to diversify a lineup when we’re living in a society which tends to encourage some groups to have their voices heard more than others. However, the Union is doing its best to be the change it wants to see.” Speakers previously announced for Trinity term include violinist Nicola Benedetti, ex-Formula One driver Mark Webber, West Indies cricketer Brian Lara, and Million Dollar Baby actress Hilary Swank. Self-proclaimed ‘Magician Impossible’ Dynamo, famous for apparently walking on the River Thames, and HBO host Bill Maher are also scheduled to make an appearance at the Union. President of the Oxford Union Olivia Merrett told Cherwell, “This term we have focused on diversifying our lineup, so that not only is the Oxford Union delivering the speakers everyone has come to expect, but is also ensuring that there really is someone for all our members. Zac Goldsmith, Member of Parliament for Richmond since 2010, Group Chief Executive of Barclays Antony Jenkins, and His All Holiness Bartholomew I, Archbishop of Constantinople are also confirmed to speak this term.Previously announced guest speaker War- wick Davis has now been confirmed for Monday 8th June. Davis will be speaking as part of the Union’s partnership with disabilities charity Scope, which last term saw Breaking Bad star RJ Mitte speak at the Union. last_img read more

Lyons Hall hosts 25th Mara Fox 5k Run

first_imgNatalie Weber | The Observer Participants of the 25th annual Mara Fox 5k Run sprint toward the finish line Saturday. The event is hosted by Lyons Hall in honor of Mara Fox, a former Lyons resident who was killed by a car in 1993.To honor Fox, who was a resident in Lyons Hall, former Lyons rector Sister Kathleen Beatty started a walk in Fox’s name. In the 25 years since Fox’s death, the event has grown into a campus-wide race to raise funds for a study abroad scholarship in Fox’s name. And on Saturday, Lyons Hall hosted the last official Annual Mara Fox 5K Run and 1 Mile Fun Walk.“We had the first real official campus-wide Mara Fox Fun Run for two reasons — not just for the scholarship, but also to raise awareness about drinking and driving,” Beatty said. “So we had a lot of the campus dorms came and supported it and came out. We had people from the community.”More than 150 people attended this year’s race, sophomore Caroline Cooper, one of the race’s organizers, said. The scholarship funded by the race has grown to $300,000 and benefitted 51 students studying abroad in Toledo.“I think [the race] is important because it helps raise money for the Mara Fox scholarship which allows students to study abroad in Toledo, Spain, which was one of Mara’s dreams,” Cooper said. “Students — since the year she died — have been able to go and live out part of Mara’s dream, so we definitely feel very lucky that Mara’s watching over us in Lyons, too.”Senior Matthew Heeder is one such scholarship recipient. He said he participated in the race Saturday to support the scholarship that helped him achieve his goal of traveling to Spain.“Really, I wouldn’t be able to go without that [scholarship],” he said. “So [it’s] just unreal to come out here and give back in some tiny part of that and meet the family and thank them in person.”Of the race participants Saturday, freshman Michael Lee was the top male finisher and freshman Brianna Carlson was the top female finisher. Terry McCarthy, Fox’s stepfather, also participated in the race this year, a tradition he has kept up since the race was founded.“It has been the main motivator for me to keep running all these years,” he said Saturday. “I will be running the 5k today at 83, for the 24th time, and this year I’ve run 20 races so far. And the thing that has sustained me has been this wonderful devotion that we still have for Mara.”Teresa McCarthy, Fox’s mother, was also in attendance at the race. She said she remembers Fox for her spirit and love of the University.“She was our youngest daughter — youngest of three girls — and time comes, she was a military brat and had been moved around all her life, so when she came to Notre Dame, she knew it was going to be for a full four years and she loved it,” she said. “She loved her roommates, loved her studies.”Cooper also said in an email that Saturday’s run is not “necessarily the last run,” though Lyons Hall is looking into other possible fundraisers in honor of Mara.“The fate of the run and future fundraising events for Mara are still in flux at this time but there will still be events for Mara in the future,” Cooper said.Terry McCarthy said the University has promised to keep the scholarship fund going.“Now the family of Mara Rose Fox is completely assured that the scholarship will continue in perpetuity and that makes us feel just wonderful,” he said. “But we will continue to come back to Notre Dame for special occasions — either with the international studies or with Lyons Hall. We are eternally grateful to the fact that Lyons Hall, 25 years, has made this their signature event and brought all of these people together in memory of Mara Rose.”Beatty said she hopes the race leaves a lasting legacy that encourages people to take their decisions seriously.“It’s good that people keep learning and take responsibility and make better decisions in life,” she said. “That’s I think the goal for all of us as human beings is constantly growing and greater awareness of what we’re supposed to be doing in our lives.”Tags: Lyons Hall, Mara Fox, Mara Fox 5k Traveling to Spain with her parents, Mara Fox fell in love with Toledo. She hoped to study abroad there, and planned to pursue a minor in Spanish. She was enamored with the language and wanted to serve in Spanish-speaking communities.But she never had the chance to realize her dreams.In 1993, while walking back to campus, the then-freshman was hit and killed by a car. According to the South Bend Tribune, the driver “was still intoxicated at the time of his arrest,” though he was never convicted of drunk driving.last_img read more

Bonds insists off-field stuff not daunting

first_imgBarry Bonds insisted he’s unfazed by all his off-the-field issues and is ready to resume his pursuit of the home run record. “Let them investigate. Let them, they’ve been doing it this long,” Bonds said Tuesday after his first spring training workout with the San Francisco Giants. “It doesn’t weigh on me at all – at all. It’s just you guys talking. It’s just media conversation.” The slugger arrived at the Giants’ training site in Scottsdale, Ariz., more fit than in recent years following a productive winter of conditioning. Noticeably absent were his two personal trainers, Greg Oliver and Harvey Shields, who no longer can be with the slugger at the ballpark. Bonds, who spent the weekend in Las Vegas for the NBA All-Star game, was flanked by his two publicists and a Major League Baseball security guard assigned to him. Bernie Williams rejected the Yankees’ offer of a minor-league deal and will wait to see if a guaranteed job opens up for him on the team. Yankees manager Joe Torre spoke with Williams last week and tried to reach him, without success, on Sunday. “Bernie told me he had talked with Joe. Other than the invite, there wasn’t any information that led him to believe he would be a member of the team,” Williams’ agent, Scott Boras, said Tuesday. “He’s continuing to work out, will wait to see if their position changes.” Zambrano, Cubs deal Carlos Zambrano and the Chicago Cubs agreed to a $12.4 million, one-year contract Tuesday, avoiding salary arbitration by striking the deal just before the scheduled hearing. Zambrano earned $6.5 million last season while going 16-7 with a 3.41 ERA and 210 strikeouts. He asked for $15.5 million in arbitration, while the Cubs countered at $11,025,000 – more than any player has been awarded. “I feel good, ready to go,” Zambrano said. “I’m ready to lead this team to the championship, to win in this city.” Ichiro ponders future Ichiro Suzuki discussed the possibility that he might become a free agent for the first time. Seattle’s sleek, six-time All-Star and perennial Gold Glove outfielder said “It is possible I will go to free agency” after the 2007 season. Suzuki’s $44 million, four-year deal ends this fall. This is the first time in his 15 years of professional baseball with Seattle and with Orix in Japan that he’s playing the final season of a contract. “I have never had the choice to choose for myself which road I want to take,” Suzuki said through interpreter Ken Barron. “So if you ask me is it possible that I will go to free agency, yes, it is possible. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img He joked with new teammate Barry Zito in their corner space of the clubhouse, then the 42-year-old Bonds made his way through the room and greeted outfielder Jason Ellison, infielder Rich Aurilia and pitcher Matt Morris. He shagged fly balls and hit five home runs in batting practice, including a shot to the berm in right-center on a fastball from No. 2 starter Matt Cain. “He’s an incredible talent,” new Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “He showed it today on the first day.” Bonds still could be indicted if a federal grand jury determines that he perjured himself when testifying in 2003 in the BALCO case that he hadn’t knowingly taken performance-enhancing drugs. Williams passes last_img read more