Madeleine-Ellis Pietersen, a Magdalen student who launched the Hog Roast Café last weekened in Hogacre Common, commented, “I find it quite striking how little environmental activism there is amongst the student body given how many amazing and pioneering eco-projects there are in Oxford. Having said that, incredible projects like the OxCoop and Oxgrow were started predominantly by students. ““Lots of colleges are run in a hugely environmentally unfriendly way, and there is a reticence to be innovative — for example, despite huge grounds, Magdalen is hugely reticent to allocate land for student allotments, and the plots available are tiny.”A slight change in the employment of methodology might account for Oxford’s drop in the League Table over recent years. People and Planet explain on their website that “The methodology for People & Planet Green League 2013 is developed in close consultation with key sectoral stakeholders and has evolved gradually over the seven years since its first publication”. Criteria such as independence, transparency and uniform metrics are highlighted as particular areas of importance in the development of methodology. A spokesperson for People and Planet told Cherwell: “Oxford has some catching up to do with the rest of the higher education sector, particularly in actual performance and the areas of carbon management, ethical procurement and staff and student engagement.”“However, we’re hopeful that Oxford will be able to reverse this downward trend with the aid of Harriet Waters, the new Head of Sustainability at Oxford University, who comes from Oxford Brookes where she drove forward huge institutional changes in sustainability.”Chris Garrard, a postgraduate student commented that “Oxford is a hub for student campaigning alongside research that is having a powerful influence on international development and the environment. The trouble is, this positive activity becomes rather tainted when the Vice-Chancellor and others at the top set a tone of profit before people, and deals before ethics. Deals such as the one agreed with Shell, represent a conscious choice to invest in a more unjust and potentially unstable world that the current students will inherit. That’s enough to justify a fail.” A Green League Table of UK universities published by The Guardian placed Oxford 132nd in the country for environmental standards, dropping 13 places since last year. 143 higher education institutions were analysed in the ranking, which was topped by Manchester Metropolitan University, followed closely by Plymouth. The ranking, compiled by environmentalist website “People and Planet”, took into account factors such as Environmental Policy, Energy, Waste and Ethical Investment. Oxford was given a “fail” for its efforts across a whole range of these areas.In particular, Oxford fared poorly in the “Ethical procurement and Fair Trade”, “Waste and Recycling” and “Carbon Emissions” categories. Stronger points included “Ethical Investment” and “Student and staff engagement”. In total, Oxford Scored 22 points out of 70. A spokesperson for the University told Cherwell, “Although the University’s performance in the ‘green league’ is disappointing, this ranking omits some key environmental benchmarks. One of these is transport, which we have long prioritised with successful results. Fewer than 20% of staff and 5% of students working in the city centre now drive to work. Unlike many universities we also have a water management strategy to reduce water consumption and we are also devising strategies for biodiversity and sustainable purchasing.” “Nonetheless we recognise there is a lot of work to be done and we are looking very carefully at our sustainability impacts, dedicating up to £14 million to carbon reduction projects and annual grants of £100,000 to sustainable transport initiatives as well as £100,000 to other sustainability initiatives.”The University of Cambridge was ranked slightly above, at 113th, whilst London Business School and Heythrop College trailed at the bottom of the table.
We hope that today’s “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?IS IT TRUE that the Evansville Courier wrote a very insightful article on the status of professional sports in greater Evansville and concluded that for a number of reasons, that Evansville is stuck in the middle?…what middle sort of implied is that when it comes to sports whether college or professional is that Evansville is big enough to want to be a player but not big enough or rich enough to actually find sustainable success when it comes to big time sports?IS IT TRUE this comes on the end of a series of articles about the financial burden that the Ford Center has become in spite of some glowing consultant’s projections of prosperity and good times?…the reality is that the beautiful Ford Center is picking the taxpayer’s pockets for $9 Million per year with no end in sight?…with annual operating losses that approach $1 million the losses will continue even after the $127.5 million in bonds are paid off in 2038?…it would have been great if someone other than Andrew Smith and a few others had realized this before spending $127.5 million borrowed dollars?IS IT TRUE that the City-County Observer completed a cursory analysis of just how many professional sports teams have failed in Evansville and the number is a staggering twenty-four (24)?…the most recent team to cease operations in Evansville was the Icemen hockey team that left for the larger venue in Jacksonville?… Evansville has only had 2 professional basketball teams and both failed with the most recent team the Evansville Thunder playing in Roberts Stadium through 1986?…that is a whopping 32 years since Evansville has had a basketball team where players were paid?…the other pro basketball effort was called the Evansville Agogans and we would appreciate if any of our readers can enlighten us as to just what a Grogan is?IS IT TRUE Evansville started out with a bang in football landing an early franchise in the National Football League called the Evansville Crimson Giants?…the home team played against both the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers that still compete in the NFL?…since 1922 when the Crimson Giants folded Evansville has been home to the Bearcats, Titans, Express, Blue Cats, and Vipers all of which failed to sustain themselves?…the Vipers even moved their games to the Legion Park in Morganfield, KY which has a stadium that seats a couple of hundred before waiving the white flag of defeat?IS IT TRUE as the CCO has always said, “Evansville is a baseball town at heart”?…we do still have the unaffiliated Otters, there have been fifteen (15) pro baseball teams that called Evansville home that no longer exist?… the best and most professional were the Triplets that were an AAA farm team for the Detroit Tigers?…it was nice to see next year’s major league players this year but that all ended more than 40 years ago?…the other failed baseball teams in declining order were the Outlaws, White Sox, Braves, Bees, Hubs, Pocketeers, Little Evas, Black Sox, Evas, Yankees, Strikers, River Rats, Blackbirds, and Hoosiers?IS IT TRUE it is highly doubtful that there will ever be an AAA baseball team, an NFL franchise, any NBA basketball team, or even an affiliated high-quality hockey team in the near future?…the two things that may someday change that are population growth and income growth?IS IT TRUE we would like to thank The Diamond Galleria for partnering with HeartSaver, a program of the Heart Hospital at Deaconess Gateway to provide life-saving automated external defibrillators AEDs to the Tristate First Responders? … special thanks to The Diamond Galleria and its owners, Bert and Tyna Wheat, for hosting this special event in the store to highlight the program? … Sheriff Wedding, Police Chief Billy Boling, and Fire Chief Connelly were helping with this worthy community event along with the HeartSaver committee members and members of the Deaconess Foundation?IS IT TRUE our “Horse Racing Mole” has informed us that our readers should consider betting on Ricochet Bay to place in the 2nd race at today’s live meet at Ellis? …he also predicts that Victory Cigar will run a big race in the 6th race at Ellis today? …our “Horse Racing Mole” suggests that FREDSTWIRLINCANDY should do well in the 7th race? …he also suggests that you consider betting on LEO MEISTER across the board (win-place and show) in the 8th race? …he finally recommends that you only bet as much as you can afford to lose and enjoy the live racing card at Ellis today?IS IT TRUE that our publisher will be 75 years young at the end of this month? 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On Monday, Greensky Bluegrass announced an expansive nationwide 2019 fall tour, which will begin in early September and run through the beginning of November.The five-piece jamgrass outfit will open up their tour with a performance at Tuscon, AZ’s Rialto Theatre on September 5th, followed by stops at Phoenix, AZ’s The Van Buren (9/6); Los Angeles, CA’s Fonda Theatre (9/7); San Diego, CA’s Humphrey’s By the Bay (9/8); and the band’s previously announced three-night run at Morrison, CO’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre on September 13th-15th.Greensky will move forward with a performance at Des Moines, IA’s Brenton Skating Plaza on September 18th, followed by stops at Indianapolis, IN’s Garfield Park (9/19); Louisville, KY’s Bourbon & Beyond Festival (9/20); North Adams, MA’s FreshGrass Music Festival (9/21); East Aurora, NY’s Borderland Festival (9/22); Pelham, TN’s The Caverns (9/25); Columbus, OH’s Express Live (9/26); Richmond, VA’s Music At Maymont (9/27); Athens, GA ‘s Terrapin Recfest (9/28); and Salem, VA’s Salem Civic Center on September 29th.Moving into October, the band will continue with a performance at Memphis, TN’s Minglewood Hall on the 2nd, followed by shows at Birmingham, AL ‘s Avondale Brewing Co. (10/3); New Orleans, LA’s Joy Theater (10/4); and a special Halloween throwdown at Chicago, IL’s Chicago Theatre on October 31st. The following night, November 1st, the band will head to Kansas City, MO’s Uptown Theater, followed by a tour-closing performance at St. Paul, MN’s Palace Theatre on November 2nd.A fan-club presale lottery request period is currently underway. Tickets for Greensky’s 2019 fall tour go on sale to the general public beginning this Friday, June 7. Head to Greensky Bluegrass’ website for complete ticketing details.Greensky Bluegrass 2019 Fall Tour:9/5 – Tuscon, AZ – Rialto Theatre9/6 – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren9/7 – Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre9/8 – San Diego, CA – Humphrey’s By the Bay9/13 – 15 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre9/18 – Des Moines, IA – Brenton Skating Plaza9/19 – Indianapolis, IN – Garfield Park9/20 – Louisville, KY – Bourbon & Beyond Festival9/21 – North Adams, MA – FreshGrass Music Festival9/22 – East Aurora, NY – Borderland Festival9/25 – Pelham, TN – The Caverns9/26 – Columbus, OH – Express Live9/27 – Richmond, VA – Music At Maymont9/28 – Athens, GA – Terrapin Recfest9/29 – Salem, VA – Salem Civic Center10/2 – Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall10/3 – Birmingham, AL – Avondale Brewing Co.10/4 – New Orleans, LA – Joy Theater10/31 – Chicago, IL – The Chicago Theatre11/1 – Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater11/2 – St. Paul, MN – Palace TheatreView Tour Dates