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Open letter criticises London Student closure

first_imgThe letter ends by demanding that university management “reconsider the scrapping of such an important and valued institution”.The newspaper will ceased to be funded by the University of London at the end of this year, as part of the restructuring of ULU, which is having its sabbatical officer positions abolished and is transferring it services and facilities to a ‘student centre’, to be run by the University. The decision to close ULU came as a result of a review of the federal students’ union undertaken by the University last year, following concerns raised by a number of College Students’ Unions about ULU. The report concluded that ULU had largely outlived its usefulness. However, funding for London Student, which is published by ULU, was not discussed in the report.Following the decision to close ULU, University of London Union president Michael Chessum requested that university managers provide a one-off payment of £54,000 spread across the university’s 19 constituent colleges, so that the newspaper would have time to secure alternative backing.In a meeting last week, the Vice Chancellors of Colleges turned down the request for funding, with the final decision going to a meeting of the University Trustees on 16 July.The newspaper has previously published stories that have been picked up by national newspapers. In 2006, London Student published a story exposing that the Mail on Sunday had offered student reporters money to record meetings of student Islamic societies, following the 7 July 2005 London Bombings. The paper also revealed that the leaving party of UCL’s provost Malcolm Grant had cost the college more than £17,000. London Student also experienced controversy, in 2013, when its annual election for editor was rerun, following complaints that the newspaper had been bias in its coverage of the election. The controversy centred on a ‘Random Facts’ section of the newspaper’s ‘Election Special’, which described one of the candidates, Katie Lathan, who was a deputy editor of the London Student at the time, as possessing “over 20 nominations from teams and societies across the University of London”. Meanwhile, another candidate, Oscar Webb, was described as never having “been involved with London Student.” Webb was eventually elected editor unopposed in the rerun of the election, after Lathan withdrew.In a statement, President of ULU Michael Chessum, said, “The University of London is engaged in an act of vandalism against organisations and activities that have taken students decades to build up. It costs peanuts to fund London Student, and it is profoundly sad that Vice Chancellors will not put forward funding for a vital source of community, news and scrutiny – but then of course, why would they?”Oscar Webb, the current London Student Editor, said, “London Student has been a necessary and valuable asset to the University for the past 60 years. As we’ve seen recently with the examples of the Garden Halls and some of the special collections, the current management at UoL seem intent on selling-off this legacy.”Max Needham, a student at Royal Holloway, commented, “To be honest, I don’t think many ordinary students will miss it. Most of the colleges have great newspapers anyway, which are more relevant to those who read them. At Royal Holloway we have The Founder and The Orbital, which have always been far more interesting than the London Student with their focus on events more local to our community. They often cover the big University of London stories anyway.”After shutting down student politics, the Univ of London now wants to silence student voice. Save @LondonStudent! http://t.co/CrCNPAWdnP— Aditya Chakrabortty (@chakrabortty) July 15, 2014 Several prominent journalists, including The Independent‘s Editor-in-chief Amol Rajan, have signed an open letter criticising the decision of the University of London to stop funding the London Student newspaper as “an affront to free thought”.The open letter, published in The Guardian, has been signed by London Student alumni; academic staff at University of London colleges and a number of professional journalists.London Student is the student newspaper of the University of London Union (ULU), and has existed in its current form since 1979. The university has had a student-run newspaper, funded by the University, since the 1920s.The newspaper claims to be the largest in Europe, with over 12,000 editions of the newspaper printed each fortnight during term time although the Norwegian student newspaper Universitas also makes this claim and has a circulation of 17,000 copies.The letter is signed by 17 former editors of the newspaper, as well as academic staff from various constituent colleges of the University of London and Imperial College London, which became independent from the University of London in 2007.The letter was also signed by professional journalists, including Aditya Chakrabortty, Senior economics commentator at The Guardian, Alexi Duggins, Editor-at-large of Time Out, Henry Langston, Editor of Vice News UK, Laurie Penny, author and contributing editor at the New Statesman, and The Independent‘s Rajan.In the open letter, it is claimed that “there are political overtones to the university’s abrupt planned closure of the newspaper”. The letter also adds that, “London Student is one of the few student-led outlets where students can learn and exercise the critical skills they will need to challenge orthodoxy and power; shutting it down is an affront to free and radical thought on campuses, and is an insult to future generations of students.”last_img read more

UCL Wrap (Late Kickoff): Champions Real Thrash Hapless APOEL To Secure Last 16 As…

first_imgGroup F:Manchester City 1-0 FeyenoordNapoli 3-0 Shakthar Donetsk Group H:APOEL Nicosia 0-6 Real MadridBorussia Dortmund 1-2 Tottenham Qualified Teams: Real Madrid join others like Besiktas, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City and Paris Saint Germain (PSG) European champions Real Madrid have qualified for the first knockout stage after they recovered from their Matchday 4 defeat to Tottenham by thrashing lowly Cypriot outfit APOEL Nicosia 6-0 in front of their home fans in Group H.The Los Merengues took a 4-0 lead in the first half courtesy goals from Luka Modric, Karim Benzema (2) and Nacho Fernandez before Cristiano Ronaldo added his brace to make the scoreline a whitewash.Tottenham will finish Group H at the top after they came from behind to beat their hosts Borussia Dortmund as second half goals from Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min overturned returning striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s first half opener.In Group E, Liverpool showed their defensive frailties again after they surrender a three-goal first half lead in their game against Sevilla at the Ramon Pizjuan Stadium in Seville. Goals from Roberto Firmino (2) and Senegal forward Sadio Mane had given Jurgen Klopp’s 3-0 lead into the interval but second half goals from Wissem Ben Yedder (2) and Guido Pizarro levelled proceedings for the Spanish side.In Group F, Manchester City continued their 100% record in the UCL this season following Raheem Sterling’s strike which gave Pep Guardiola’s men a 1-0 win over Feyenoord at the Etihad Stadium.Matchday 5 Results:Group E:Spartak Moscow 1-1 MariborSevilla 3-3 Liverpoolcenter_img Group G:Besiktas 1-1 FC PortoAS Monaco 1-4 RB Leipzig RelatedUCL Wrap: Holders Real Finally Beat Dortmund At Home; City, Spurs Win While Liverpool Record Another DrawSeptember 27, 2017In “UEFA”UCL Review: English Sides Dominate Last 16 Lineup With Liverpool’s QualificationDecember 7, 2017In “Europe”UCL Wrap: Madrid, Tottenham Clash Ends In Draw; City And Liverpool Secure Important WinsOctober 17, 2017In “Europe”last_img read more

Why the Giants can’t afford to trade Odell Beckham Jr., literally and figuratively

first_img With that said, New York does have a potential work-around if it has decided Beckham needs to be traded. (Presumably for locker-room reasons, or whatever, because there are no football or financial reasons to trade Beckham.)The Giants could use a post-June 1 trade designation, which would increase their cap savings to $17 million for 2019. The dead cap charge of $16,000 would remain, but it would be split over two years, with a dead cap charge of $4 million in 2019 and a dead cap charge of $12 million pushed back to 2020.That would provide New York some cap relief this season, in which 38-year-old quarterback Eli Manning carries a cap hit of $23.2 million. Manning — assuming he is not re-signed — would be off the Giants’ books in 2020 when that $12 million dead cap charge arrived.SN’s MOCK DRAFT: Giants get Eli Manning successor at No. 6Even under this scenario, though, the Giants essentially will have paid Beckham $21.459 million for 12 games in 2018, with the salary-cap impact being felt for an additional two years.Money management aside, Gettleman has one more reason to stand by what seems to be his word and keep Beckham. This is the GM who has been ripped by New York media and fans for, among other questionable roster moves, letting safety Landon Collins hit 2019 free agency. Gettleman, who was hired at the end of the 2017 season, needs to show some clarity in his approach to rebuilding a team that has a combined eight wins in two years after making the playoffs in 2016. His plan to replace Manning is not yet apparent. And evidently, his strategy in improving a defense that ranked 23rd in the NFL in points allowed per game last season does not feature three of the unit’s best players in Collins, Damon Harrison (traded to the Lions at the 2018 deadline) and Olivier Vernon, who was traded to the Browns.Yet if Gettleman were to trade Beckham a year after signing the receiver to a five-year contract — keep in mind that deal did not exactly come drama-free — it would be the biggest sign of discombobulation.Do you want the car or not? Would you sell?Of course not. Now, add three zeros to each of the above figures, and you can understand why an Odell Beckham Jr. trade in 2019 makes little to no sense for the Giants.MORE: Latest Odell Beckham trade rumorsThe Mercedes sale is not a perfect analogy. But in principle, it is part of the reason New York general manager Dave Gettleman, when asked about trade rumors surrounding the star wide receiver, told media assembled at the NFL Combine that the Giants “didn’t sign Odell Beckham to trade him.”Yet the speculation was fueled last week when CBS’s Jason LaCanfora reported “that for the right price, Odell Beckham can be had” and “Cleveland, Oakland and San Francisco are the teams I’ve heard most connected to Odell Beckham Jr.”The problems for the Giants when it comes to any scenario in which they trade Beckham in 2019 are, going back to the car analogy, the wasted cash spent to buy the Mercedes and the burden of money still owed to the bank.The $21,000 represents the $21 million the Giants have paid Beckham (signing bonus and 2018 salary) as part of the $41 million they guaranteed him at signing last summer on his five-year contract. That guarantee included a $20 million signing bonus, his 2018 salary of $1.46 million, his 2019 salary of $16.75 million and a small portion ($2.75 million) of his 2020 salary. The first $21 million is already in Beckham’s pocket.NFL FREE AGENCY: Best players available by positionThe $16,000 represents the $16 million in 2019 dead cap with which the Giants would be stuck should they trade Beckham this spring. The $5,000 gift card represents the $5 million in 2019 cap savings the Giants would get in trading Beckham, but those savings don’t impact the sunken cost that is the $16 million in dead cap.The rental car vouchers represent the draft picks the Giants presumably would receive in a Beckham trade. (Again, not a perfect analogy.)The point is, for a struggling franchise that has roughly $24 million in cap space with which to work in 2019, the dead cap charge that would come with a Beckham trade is too great. There is nothing the Browns, Raiders, 49ers or any potential trade partner can offer to relieve the Giants of that sunken cost.center_img You just purchased a $37,000 Mercedes. (Congrats!) You paid $21,000 in cash, because you have the financial means to flex that hard, but you still owe the bank $16,000.After driving your Mercedes for months, dealing with some mechanical glitches but still appreciating the car’s splendor, somebody asks whether you’re willing to sell it. As a return in the sale, that person offers you a couple rental car vouchers and a $5,000 Visa gift card, which your bank won’t accept as payment on the $16,000 you still owe.last_img read more