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Magdalen JCR rejects new Brexit rep

first_imgMagdalen College JCR has voted against a motion to create a ‘Brexit Rep’ role on their JCR committee.The proposed representative would have provided a voice for “the minority of students in the JCR who supported ‘Vote Leave’ in the EU Referendum Campaign.”The proposer of the motion, Harry Forbes, said in the JCR meeting where the motion was discussed: “We have in our college a minority community that is discriminated against, prosecuted, and violated on a daily basis.“The lived experience of this minority of Brexiteers cannot be deterred by those of Remainiac privilege, with microaggressions, such as bringing in European foodstuffs.“I would grant to you that ethnic minorities do have representation of their identity-specific interests within the college, and, being tenant of our identity, the Brexit community needs to be recognised and celebrated by this college, not only as some private, marginalised group as we currently are, but as a heart of the community.”The motion failed with five votes in favour, 43 votes against, and no abstentions.Ben Hopkinson, JCR freshers’ rep, was present at the meeting and told Cherwell: “I think it’s important that we recognise the many minorities that contribute to Magdalen life.“However, creating a Brexit rep is a mockery of the minorities in Magdalen that actually face discrimination on a daily basis.“I’m proud of Magdalen for quickly voting down this mocking motion.”Another first-year student present at the meeting said: “The main crux of the issue for me was the appropriation of terminology associated with the LGBTQIAP+ community, especially when spoken in such a comedic tone.“It undercuts the serious nature of queer rights by continuing a history of making them the punchline to a joke.“Naivety is a privilege and, as such, I feel the speaker does not understand oppression.“Of course, his argument was difficult to justify from the start as a majority of Brits chose to leave the EU.“Yes, an understanding of our Brexit predicament is vital, but anyone who has the audacity to consider themselves a minority because of it is clearly just delusional.”A speaker in opposition of the motion at the meeting, said: “I think if the person who proposed the motion would like to organise a group of people who support Brexit in Magdalen, then he should do so in his own time.“But I don’t think it’s the place of the college or the JCR to start taking sides.”Forbes told Cherwell: “The motion for Brexit rep highlighted the proliferation of gratuitous reps for every imaginable grouping of students, and the atmosphere of hostility towards views divergent from the left wing consensus within student politics.“Sadly, but unsurprisingly, the motion failed, demonstrating the dominance of the the elites that this motion was intended to reveal.”last_img read more

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Lessons learned in first title chase pay off for Grabouski

first_imgJordan Grabouski (center) became a two-time Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified national champion this season, adding the 2016 trophy to matching hardware from 2011. At left is Clay Smith, president of Speedway Motors, title sponsor of IMCA Weekly Racing, and at right is Brett Root, IMCA president. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photography)BEATRICE, Neb. – The lessons he learned winning his first IMCA national championship paid off again this year for Jordan Grabouski.So did his success at a slew of early-season specials in Kansas and Nebraska.The Beatrice, Neb., hotshoe parlayed a division leading and single season career-best 33 feature wins and two local track titles into the 2016 Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified national title.“When I won my first national championship in 2011, the points really went down to the last weekend and I had to win my last race,” he said. “I had a better understanding that the point season was 50 races and was more patient this year.”“We only finished outside the top five eight times (in 51 starts) this year,” Grabouski noted. “A lot of that was because as you race more, you don’t put yourself in position to wreck or get a DNF.”“We’ve run a crate engine from Friesen Chevrolet for a couple years and that’s been a big boost for us,” he added. “We had another year where we didn’t have any problems engine-wise and that gave us more time to focus on other areas of our program where we need to improve or develop more consistency.”The Jet Racing Central Region king also topped local track point standings at Beatrice Speedway and Thunder Hill Speedway. He won 10 features at his hometown track and nine more at the Mayetta, Kan., speedplant.“We’ve always enjoyed racing with (promoters) Mike and Pam Conkwright at Thunder Hill. My brother lives in Kansas City so we could stay overnight with him and then race Sunday at Heartland Park Topeka,” Grabouski said. “Beatrice is my favorite track. It’s minutes away from home and I grew up watching races there.”Grabouski’s longest winning streak during his 2011 championship season was four; he set the tone early in 2016 with eight straight checkers between March 25 and April 15.After sweeping Sunflower Classic features at RPM Speedway and DirtFest main events at Salina Speedway, Grabouski won the Husker Duel at Beatrice, the Husker State Duel at Thayer County Speedway, opening night at U.S. 30 Speedway and the first Ice Breaker show at Eagle Raceway.Two starts later, he won his first-ever outing at Atchison County Raceway.“Running for the national championship wasn’t something we planned to do before the start of the season. It just happened,” Grabouski stated. “After winning eight in a row we thought maybe it was something we could pursue. Later in the year, when we figured it could be reality, we started racing four times a week when we could to make sure we got all our starts in.”Grabouski is now ninth on the all-time IMCA Modified wins list with 160 career checkers. He’s posted double figure feature win totals in seven of the past eight seasons.“A lot of drivers have won one national championship but not a lot have won two,” Grabouski said. “I told my crew we’d get through 2016 and then make some decisions about next year.”The City of Beatrice now has bragging rights as home to six IMCA Modified national championships, with Johnny Saathoff owning the other four. Des Moines, represented by Dave Farren, Bill Davis Sr. and Danny Wallace, had also had five.Starts: 51Wins: 33Additional Top Five’s: 10HIS CREW: Father Kent, wife Whitney, crew chief Jackson Weeks, Eric Ebeling, Josh Houseman, Steve Durman, Jordan Junker, Damian Anderson and Kevin Vanlaningham.HIS SPONSORS: GRT Race Cars of Greenbrier, Ark.; Friesen Chevrolet of Sutton; Fast Shafts of Des Moines, Iowa; Terry Phillips Racing of Springfield, Mo.; Wehrs Machine and Racing Products of Bangor, Wis.; Ricochet Shock Guards of Brush, Colo.; Keyser Manufacturing and Integra Shocks, both of Coopersville, Mich.; Strange Oval of Morton Grove, Ill.; Penner Insurance, Wrightway Hay Harvesters, Orange Bowl, Nippert Farms, J’s Grill and Pub, Nelson Tree Service, The Auto Shop and Twin Rivers Chrysler Jeep Dodge, all of Beatrice; PBS Rentals of Crete; Side Trek Bar & Grill of Harbine; Novotny Ag and Brynn Novotny Motorsports, both of Jansen; Schmidt’s Inc. and Schmidt Machine, both of Fairbury; Sasse Farms of Diller; Wojo Painting and Moock Trucking, both of Lincoln; Hergott & Traeger Farms of Gilead; VP Heartland of Manhattan, Kan.; Zeck Ford of Leavenworth, Kan.; Sweet Manufacturing of Kalamazoo, Mich.; Callies Performance Products of Fostoria, Ohio; Sybesma Graphics of Sanborn, Iowa; CPD Racing Shocks of Fort Dodge, Iowa; Real Racing Wheels of Independence, Iowa; Marshalltown, Iowa, Speedway; Total Power Batteries of Vista, Calif.; FK Rod Ends of Southington, Conn.; Kevko of Fairmont, Minn.; Speedwerx Headers of Forest Lake, Minn.; Simpson of Brownsburg, Ind.; Icon Pistons of Carson City, Nev.; Roscoe Carburetors, Roscoe, Texas; and Jones Pulley Systems of Ottsville, Pa.last_img read more

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O’Brien boost for Ireland

first_img The 26-year-old’s new central contract is a clear boost to the Irish Rugby Football Union, which confirmed the news in a tweet. The union had feared losing the imposing back-rower to the Top 14. O’Brien was a guest at Toulon’s Heineken Cup clash with Cardiff in Nice on Saturday as he weighed up a lucrative offer to join the cash-rich French giants. Press Association Instead he has pledged his future to home province Leinster and the Ireland national team. Ireland bosses will now turn their attention to O’Brien’s Leinster team-mate Jamie Heaslip, with the 30-year-old out of contract in the summer and also considering an offer from Toulon. O’Brien will miss the upcoming RBS 6 Nations with a shoulder injury, but his renewed commitment will increase IRFU confidence it can now convince Heaslip to follow suit. Ireland and Lions fly-half Johnny Sexton joined Racing Metro in the summer, leaving his national team bosses with no say on how frequently he plays. The 28-year-old was put through 13 games in 10 weeks in the build-up to Ireland’s autumn series, culminating in a hamstring injury that left head coach Joe Schmidt admitting Ireland had “lost control” of the player. O’Brien’s decision to stay put is another shot in the arm for Irish home comforts, with the IRFU proud of its player welfare initiatives that ensure its top stars are carefully managed to peak for international action. The IRFU announced that O’Brien has agreed a two-year deal that will see him remain at Leinster until at least June 2016. O’Brien said: “It is flattering to find yourself the subject of interest from some of the biggest rugby clubs in the world, but in the end I made a decision based on the standard mix of professional and personal considerations. Flanker Sean O’Brien has rejected the advances of Toulon to sign a new contract to stay with Leinster. “It was a very difficult decision but, with a World Cup next year and the fact that I believe Leinster can continue to win trophies, I have decided to commit my immediate future to the club. “I am very excited about what Ireland can achieve under Joe Schmidt, and I am confident that, under Matt O’Connor, Leinster will remain the power in Europe it has been over the past five or six years. “I want to acknowledge the professionalism of all those involved, including the overseas clubs with whom I had discussions, and thank Leinster and the IRFU for their commitment to me. “Finally, a word about the Leinster fans because their ‘voice’ represents an important consideration for players like me when it comes to making big career decisions such as this.” IRFU chief executive Philip Browne added: “Sean is one of world rugby’s stand-out talents. “He has proven for Leinster, Ireland and the Lions that he is world-class player, and we are delighted that Sean has committed his future to Leinster and Ireland for the next two years.” And Leinster chief executive Mick Dawson said: “We are delighted that Sean has signed a new IRFU contract which keeps him at Leinster up to the end of the 2016 season. “We were always hopeful that the environment we have created here at Leinster and the ambition of the club would be a strong factor in Sean’s decision. “He is a truly world-class player, and we are delighted that his future has now been put to rest.” last_img read more

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Clippers see Thunder, fan make shots

first_imgDurant also had eight assists. Serge Ibaka added 17 points and three blocked shots.“I thought that was probably as well as we can execute a game plan and execute on both ends of the floor, on offense and defense in the second half,” Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks said. “Seventeen assists and five turnovers in the second half, and we made them miss a lot of shots. I thought we played good throughout the game, but really did a great job in the second half.”The Clippers beat the Thunder 111-103 in Los Angeles on Nov. 8. But they missed their first seven shots in the rematch, fell into a quick 10-point hole and never dug themselves out of it.Los Angeles coach Doc Rivers noticed early that something was amiss.“In the first quarter, you could see we didn’t have it offensively,” Rivers said. “Everybody was kind of missing shots. We didn’t have any rhythm, no speed. When we don’t have any pace by anybody, you know that’s not a good sign. We didn’t tonight.”There were a couple of bright spots for the Clippers. In his return to his hometown, Blake Griffin scored 27 points on 12-for-23 shooting and also had 10 rebounds. He’s had a 20-10 double in 10 of the last 12 games, and has posted an NBA-high 100 such games since the start of the 2010-11 season.The Clippers’ Chris Paul also extended his NBA-record streak while finishing with 17 points and 12 assists. He has opened the season with 13 straight games in which he’s had at least 10 points and 10 assists. Magic Johnson held the previous record of 11 such games to open the 1990-91 season.“We just couldn’t get it going, honestly,” Rivers said. “I thought our offense our defense let us down by the end but at halftime, I thought it was still more of our offense. The way we’ve played the last couple of games, with the ball movement and all that – that was all gone tonight.”Los Angeles pulled within 81-75 in the opening minute of the fourth quarter, but Nick Collison’s three-point play and a jumper by Jeremy Lamb put the Thunder up by 11.Baskets by Los Angeles’ Ryan Hollins and Jamal Crawford made it a seven-point game, but Oklahoma City scored the next seven points and took its biggest lead of the game to that point at 93-79 on a free throw by Lamb with 7:11 left.Los Angeles didn’t cut the margin below double digits the rest of the game.Crawford scored 18 points for the Clippers, who hurt themselves at the free-throw line, finishing 7-of-15. Russell Westbrook scored 12 and Lamb added 11 for the Thunder.Oklahoma City took advantage of the Clippers’ early shooting woes to take a 13-3 lead just over five minutes into the game. Los Angeles struggled at times against the Thunder’s interior defense, as Ibaka and rookie Steven Adams each blocked a pair of shots in the first-half.Oklahoma’s City led by 13 before taking a 51-43 edge at halftime.Griffin, limited to six points in the first half, scored seven straight baskets for the Clippers during the third quarter and his 20-foot jumper pulled Los Angeles within 68-62. The Thunder rebuilt its lead with a basket from Kendrick Perkins, a three-point play from Durant and a 17-foot jumper by Ibaka. OKLAHOMA CITY >> Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder put on one of their best shooting displays of the season Thursday night and their fans seem to be following the team’s cue.Durant scored 28 points and the Thunder made 51.9 percent in beating the Clippers 105-91. But that pales in comparison to what Oklahoma City fans are shooting this week during a second-quarter promotion at Chesapeake Energy Arena.For the second straight game, and the fifth time during the 2013 calendar year, a Thunder fan hit a half-court heave to win $20,000 in a contest sponsored by MidFirst Bank.Brad Brucker, a 33-year-old business teacher at Piedmont High School, made the money shot two days after another fan, Cameron Rodriguez, hit from midcourt in a win over Denver. As Brucker left the floor, he was greeted and congratulated by recording stars Beyonce and Jay-Z, who watched from courtside seats next to Durant’s family.Brucker said the experience “didn’t feel real.”Durant joked after the game that “we might go broke after these guys, they’re hitting every half-court shot.” But he added it was fun watching fans hit those shots.Durant also enjoyed watching the Thunder post their second-best shooting outing of the season and lead all the way against Los Angeles in a matchup of Western Conference powers.Oklahoma City has won its first five home games of the season for the first time since 2004-05, when the franchise was in Seattle.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more