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ACS photo campaign to “debunk myths” on race

first_img“We want to elevate the voices of black students at Oxford.”This is the message behind a picture of thirteen black male Oxford students which has gained over one thousand likes on Facebook.Inspired by a similar initiative at Cambridge, which went viral on social media earlier this week, members of the African and Caribbean Society (ACS) posed in a series of images outside the Rad Cam in an attempt to encourage younger black students to apply to the University.The President of ACS, Renee Kapuku, told Cherwell: “We were inspired by our friends at Cambridge ACS who did an excellent job, setting out to debunk myths about black students at top institutions.“The main aim of our campaign is to celebrate the achievements of black students at Oxford, and to highlight that the subject of black student admissions is far more than just admissions statistics.She went on: “The theme is ‘rise’— we want to elevate the voices of black students at Oxford and prospective black students. Although the University has substantial access and Outreach programmes—indeed, they support a lot of our own student-led initiatives – we want to add more factors into the conversation.”Black students made up just 45 offers of the 2,555 made by Oxford for 2016 entry.In January, the Labour MP David Lammy accused Oxford of “unconscious bias” in its admissions process. But the campaigners hope the initiative will challenge perceptions that Oxford is an unwelcoming space for black students.The group organise shadowing days, vision workshops and an annual conference.Kapuku explains: “To us, we want to have real and relatable role models for younger black students, similarly to Cambridge. The common misconception is that Oxford isn’t a space accommodating to black students. The University’s Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Dr Samina Khan, has said previously that the University is “aware that there is still work to be done [admitting minority ethnic students], particularly in terms of offer rates to Black and Asian students.”“Of course there are various issues that we face—we must be realistic in our depiction. But it is still a space that black students can make room for themselves, and do well.”She highlighted outreach programmes targeted at students from underrepresented groups, to “help make Oxford an even more diverse community.”The photos from Cambridge’s ACS were brought even greater attention this week after being retweeted by the grime artist Stormzy.Members of Oxford ACS in front of the Bodleian Old LibraryRegents Park student Theophina Gabriel told Cherwell she took part in the photoshoot in the hope of “encouraging and empowering aspiring black students who have the potential to apply to Oxbridge but struggle to see themselves in these spaces. We were you and we are here.”Pembroke student Hope Aloye, who also took part in the photoshoot, told Cherwell: “To me it’s about showcasing the presence of Black students in such an old academic institution, celebrating our contribution to the university, and showing prospecting Black students that Oxford University is the place for them.“We deserve to take up space and will continue to do so.”last_img read more

OMG! Watch Sly Down Raw Eggs & Talk Up Rocky’s ‘Shredded’ Andy Karl

first_img Star Files Andy Karl Rocky Related Shows See Sylvester Stallone at his most adorable (yes, adorable!) as he talks to David Letterman about the Rocky musical. From poking fun at himself (“Das Musical? I thought I spelled it that way.”) to talking up star Andy Karl. (“We scoured the world! He has to fight and be in amazing shape.”) Watch to see the Hollywood heavy-hitter cheer on the Broadway show and offer up some amusing anecdotes about how it came to be. Oh, and did we mention the raw eggs???? Yo! They are great clips. Watch ’em!)) Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 17, 2014 View Commentslast_img

GFA denies Kwasi Appiah attachment reports

first_imgThe Ghana Football Association (GFA) has denied reports that Black Stars coach Kwasi Appiah will be undergoing an attachment to build his capacity ahead of the World Cup in Brazil.There are media reports that the Ghana FA has secured an attachment in Europe for Appiah to meet world class managers to understudy them and enhance his knowledge due to his inexperience at the world Cup.But Ghana FA spokesperson Ibrahim Sannie Daara on last Saturday’s Sports Link programme on Joy FM vehemently denied the story stating coach Appiah will not undertake any attachment.“Is true that coach Kwasi Appiah will visit some European clubs but it is not an attachment, you said capacity building, I will probably think that is the right word to use,” said Daara“He wants to go and share ideas with top coaches not necessarily to go on attachment, it looks like a student on internship.“He will go there and talk to some of the best coaches on how they prepare their teams and listen to their philosophy for matches and a lot more.”last_img read more

Police offer hefty reward to catch killer

first_img“A good kid, minding his own business, walking home from buying diapers for his sister’s baby – it’s unconscionable,” Cárdenas said. “There’s a lot of people who are afraid, but we’ve got to prove that what’s right will prevail. Hopefully, someone will come forward so we can nail this guy.” Losing Johnny proved so painful the family has since left Van Nuys and moved to Phoenix to leave bad memories behind. His mother, Maria Terrazas, looked at the oversized snapshot police brought to the news conference and touched her late son’s face. He never gave her a hard time, she said. He dreamed of going to college to become an architect so he could build her a house one day. He left behind sketches. Tears rolled down her face as she choked back sobs. “I only ask: If there’s a person who saw something, any detail, anything, please call,” Terrazas said. “Call, so there won’t be more kids like my son, struggling in the streets.” [email protected] 818-713-3738160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThe suspected shooter, described only as a teenage Latino wearing a gray hooded sweat shirt and white shorts, killed Johnny shortly after noon with several shots from a revolver at Van Nuys Boulevard and Sherman Way. The shooter dashed to a waiting white car driven by a second Latino and disappeared down Sherman Way. That was all the police knew in January and all they know now, they said. At the time, detectives suspected it might have simply been a case of mistaken identity over the way Johnny was dressed. Eleven months of investigation have brought them no closer to solving the case. “We’re in the same place we were a year ago,” said Los Angeles police Capt. Jim Miller, commanding officer of the Van Nuys Division. “At 12 noon on a Saturday, at one of the busiest intersections in all of Los Angeles and no one saw anything. This is very, very frustrating for our detectives.” And so he asked the council for what he views as a weapon of last resort: a reward for information leading to the suspects’ capture. While the money generally brings in more tips, he said, they’re often not accurate. But anything would be better than what witnesses have offered so far, said Councilman Tony Cárdenas, who represents the area. VAN NUYS – Johnny Cano was just walking home, bringing his nephew diapers, when two gangsters killed him in broad daylight – and no one knows why. Johnny, who turned 15 just four days before the unidentified killers shot him in the chest and head Jan. 6, was a good kid and a dedicated student. He died not because he said something, did something or claimed a neighborhood. He didn’t run with a gang, police said. After nearly a year of dead ends from witnesses, the Los Angeles City Council offered a $50,000 reward Monday, hoping the money will loosen silent tongues. “Someone had to see something,” said a tearful Roxana Cano, the victim’s 21-year-old sister. “Someone has to know something.” last_img read more