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head around it all, but I know it leaves a bitter taste in my mouth.”After Visa complications, Mitullah’s funding was withdrawn.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

Corelation Conference: 5 secret places San Diego locals love

first_imgBetween the information-packed conference sessions, the cocktail reception Wednesday night and dinner aboard the USS Midway Thursday night, there’s plenty to keep attendees of this week’s 6th annual Corelation User Conference busy.However, for those who are able to carve out a little extra time, there are plenty of interesting things to see in San Diego. If you’ve already visited the world famous San Diego Zoo or sipped cocktails on the deck of Hotel Del Coronado, here are five attractions you’ve probably never heard of that are well worth the trip.Located at 3549 Union Street in the Mission Hills area of San Diego, Harper’s Topiary Garden has been a top attraction for more than 15 years. It’s located in front of a private home and is maintained by the homeowners. More than 50 amazing botanical sculptures are on display.For those interested in haunted houses, The Whaley House, located at 2476 San Diego Avenue near the Old Town area, is a must-see attraction. It was built in 1856 by Thomas Whaley using bricks from his own brickyard. Over the years, there have been numerous reports of hauntings by docents, visitors and even television star Regis Philbin.There are plenty of places to find Mexican food in San Diego, but perhaps none so interesting as Lucha Libre Taco Shop. This local institution serves up delicious food in a Mexican wrestling motif. There are two locations, one at 1810 W. Washington Street, and one at 3016 University Avenue.For unusual food instead of an unusual motif, it’s hard to beat Crazee Burger, located at 3993 30th Street. In addition to traditional beef burgers, this restaurant serves burgers made from buffalo, alligator, venison, ostrich, camel, elk, wild boar and duck.Dr. Seuss fans may not know that Theodore Geisel lived most of his life in San Diego. And, there are several locations around town that celebrate the children’s author. Scripps Park, located on the ocean at 1100 Coast Blvd. in La Jolla, is home to a rare Monterey Cypress tree that was his inspiration for the Lorax tree. And when you see it, you’ll understand why – it looks exactly like the book’s illustrations. Geisel could see this exact tree from his home. La Jolla is also home to Legends Gallery, which sells Dr. Seuss paintings and sculptures, and Geisel Library on the campus of the University of California, San Diego.The Corelation User Conference runs May 16-18 at The Westin San Diego. 22SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

WLAX : Despite No. 3 ranking, Orange still has mistakes to correct during daunting stretch of games

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Kailah Kempney didn’t feel Syracuse was at its best Thursday against Notre Dame.The freshman scored five goals and the Orange came away with a 16-10 victory over the No. 6 Fighting Irish, but Kempney wasn’t satisfied.‘We’re proud of the win, but it wasn’t a great win,’ the freshman attack said in a phone interview Thursday. ‘We know we could have done a lot better. We had a lot of mistakes.’No. 3 Syracuse (7-2, 2-0 Big East) will aim to fix those mistakes as it continues a grueling stretch of three games in five days. The Orange will play its second game in that span on Saturday at 1 p.m. when it takes on Rutgers (7-4, 2-1) in the Carrier Dome. SU caps off the five-day challenge against Dartmouth on Monday.The Orange has endured some challenging weeks so far this season, playing two games in four days three times already. The first time, SU dropped both games to then-No. 6 Virginia and No. 1 Northwestern in late February. Three days after losing to the Wildcats, the Orange edged then-No. 5 Florida in double overtime. And in March, Syracuse beat then-No. 4 Maryland and then-No. 20 Towson in a four-day stretch.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe three-game stretch provides challenges for the Orange to remain sharp. Still, despite being the most difficult stretch in terms of frequency of games, SU head coach Gary Gait doesn’t feel it is the toughest Syracuse has faced this season.The Orange opened the season with five games against top-12 teams including three straight against teams in the top-five. Gait said facing that high level of competition in the Orange’s brutal early-season schedule was his team’s biggest test thus far.‘There were top-five teams we were facing back-to-back-to-back, three in a row and that was the toughest stretch of maybe any team in the country so far,’ Gait said. ‘Going from Northwestern to Florida to Maryland, that was a tough, tough stretch.’But SU attack Katie Webster said this series of games is just as difficult.And Webster said those first five games against top-five teams helped prepare Syracuse for anything it faces this season, including these three games.‘This stretch is going to be probably just as difficult,’ Webster said. ‘When we played the tougher teams we didn’t play as much. Still, these next two teams are very good and we’ve got to play with them and not get tired.’Syracuse has taken some unique steps to get ready for each game. With only one day off between games, the Orange has had to prepare a little for Notre Dame, Rutgers and Dartmouth.On Friday, SU will focus its preparation on Rutgers, watching some film of the Scarlet Knights. The Orange will also have a practice, though Webster doesn’t expect it to be overly intense as the team tries to stay fresh.And that could be good for Kempney. Even after scoring five goals against the Fighting Irish, the attack is still recovering from a knee injury suffered against the Wildcats on Feb. 29.Kempney said Thursday she still isn’t 100 percent, but the freshman is eager to get back on the field Saturday to help SU extend its six-game winning streak. The Orange’s game against Rutgers serves as a chance for the team to get better.‘Having a game on Saturday just gives us an opportunity to get back on track and get back to where we were and fix all those little mistakes that we made tonight,’ Kempney [email protected]center_img Published on April 6, 2012 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more