St Antony’s student reverses decision to drop out in support of Gilbert Mitullah’s campaign

first_imgA St Antony’s College student who decided to drop out of Oxford in order to help finance the education of Kenyan masters student Gilbert Mitullah has now reversed their decision.Layo London threatened to commit “academic suicide” on Thursday, pledging to donate the money that would have been spent on her Trinity term Art History MA fees to Mitullah’s campaign. But now Mitullah is £4,000 away from his fundraising target, London has said “it is likely that I will stay on at Oxford.”In a video posted on YouTube, she said she felt she has the freedom to reapply to university and wanted to “test the limits of my privilege” by leaving to support Mitullah. She urged people “not to blame Gilbert. He is a lovely individual, I am committed to fighting this because it’s so much bigger than him”.Commenting on London’s decision, Mitullah told Cherwell: “I have mixed feelings about it. It’s ironic that she is the only African student in her masters course, leaving so that the first and only Kenyan in his course would stay, there are no winners here. Actually, the University and both of us lose. So I am not happy about it, I have urged her to stay and complete her studies because there is a greater benefit for us, but I cannot compel her to make any decisions. I am still wrapping my head around it all, but I know it leaves a bitter taste in my mouth.”After Visa complications, Mitullah’s funding was withdrawn. Since the start of a campaign to crowdfund the £25,000 required to continue his masters degree, Mitullah has attracted the support of a variety of groups including Rhodes Must Fall and the Oxford University Africa Society, and the Oxford and Cambridge Society of Kenya.Support comes in part because of his work as a legal aid lawyer and education innovator, becoming a member of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers Community.To date Mitullah has managed to pay £13,800 of the £25,000 needed to stay. He will be meeting with the warden of St Anthony’s College in order to request an extension.But in regards to his College, Mitullah told Cherwell: “My department has been very supportive and helpful, especially my supervisor. But my College has offered little support if any, I felt attacked and harassed by the people supposed to be safeguarding my welfare.“We need more BME Junior Deans, people with the power to assist BME students and greater access and funding for students from Sub Saharan Africa. An officer should be assigned to colleges to help students in financial distress to fundraise. What Layo had done in a week could have been done easier and earlier with College support.”Layo London and Oxford University have been contacted for comment.last_img read more

Wagner runs through Pakistan tail as NZ clinch 2-0 series win

first_img(REUTERS) – Neil Wagner ripped through Pakistan’s tail with three wickets in six deliveries to help New Zealand dismiss the visitors for 230 and secure a 138-run victory on the final day of the second Test at Seddon Park in Hamilton yesterday.The victory also wrapped up the series 2-0 for Kane Williamson’s side, their first series victory over Pakistan since 1985, after they won the first match by eight wickets in Christchurch.“We were under pressure; they’re a very strong side and are not number two in the world for no reason,” Williamson said in a televised interview. “They showed that today, but we were able to stick at it and get the result.”The fifth day had meandered along for the first two sessions as Pakistan openers Azhar Ali and Sami Aslam looked to give themselves a base from which to challenge the 369-run target.The pair put on 131 for the first wicket before stand-in captain Azhar (58) got a thick inside edge to a looped delivery from left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner and played on, just before tea.The visitors, however, with 211 runs needed from 34 overs in the final session and with nine wickets in hand, changed their approach after the break and decided to attack.Once Babar Azam (16) was dismissed in the same fashion as his captain shortly after tea the shackles were broken.Aslam was caught nine runs short of a maiden Test century at mid-off by Williamson off Tim Southee, and when power-hitting wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed (19) was run-out to reduce the visitors to 199 for four, momentum had swung back towards the hosts.Southee and Matt Henry made the most of the second new ball to extract some swing and seam with Asad Shafiq caught at point from a leading edge from Henry, before Younus Khan was given out lbw to Southee on review for 11 after he failed to play a shot.Wagner then ran through the tail with Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz both caught by wicketkeeper BJ Watling for ducks, before Tom Latham produced a brilliant catch at forward short leg to dismiss Imran Khan and end the match and series.“We came in and knew the target was a big one but we wanted to have a good partnership up front and then see what we could do after that,” Azhar said.“We had that partnership but couldn’t really get the run rate going and I think we probably left a little too much to do in the last session.”Pakistan had not lost a series since they were beaten 2-0 in Sri Lanka in August 2014, winning five and drawing two, which included one drawn series in England earlier this year that gave them the top Test ranking before India moved past them.NEW ZEALAND 1st innings 271 (J. Raval 55; S. Khan 4-99) PAKISTAN 1st innings 216 (B. Azam 90no; T. Southee 6-80) NEW ZEALAND 2nd innings 313 for 5 decl. (R. Taylor 102 n.o., T. Latham 80) PAKISTAN 2nd innings (Overnight: 1-0; Target: 369 runs)S. Aslam c Williamson b Southee 91Az. Ali b Santner 58B. Azam b Santner 16S. Ahmed run-out 19Y. Khan lbw b Southee 11A. Shafiq c Nicholls b Henry 0M. Rizwan not out 13So. Khan c Nicholls b de Grandhomme 8M. Amir c Watling b Wagner 0W. Riaz c Watling b Wagner 0I. Khan c Latham b Wagner 0Extras: (b-4, lb-3, nb-1, w-6) 14Total: (all out, 92.1 overs) 230Fall of wickets: 1-131, 2-159, 3-181, 4-199, 5-204, 6-218, 7-229, 8-230, 9-230.Bowling: T. Southee 24-6-60-2, M. Henry 19-5-38-1, N. Wagner 20.1-4-57-3 (nb-1 w-2), M. Santner 16-2-49-2, C. de Grandhomme 12-5-17-1, K. Williamson 1-0-2-0.last_img read more