The union organised a “rally” to beheld outside the College at 1pm on Wednesday 3 April. The exact reasons for his suspension were not revealed to Cherwell. The UCU alleged the charges were false, and also linked the suspension to the “recent overwhelming vote of no confidence in the Principal by Ruskin College UCU branch.” The Chair of Ruskin College UCU Desmond McDermott told Cherwell: “The meeting is part of the campaign to reinstate Dr Lee Humber who is a member of Ruskin College UCU branch and a trade union representative.” Founded in 1899, Ruskin College is an independent educational institution affiliated to the university. The Unirsity and College Union (UCU) organised a rally following the suspension of their representative at Ruskin College, Dr Humber on Monday 1 April by the Principal of Ruskin College, Paul Di Felice. “The issues referred to are not connected and, as they relate to internal matters, the College has no further comment to make on this.” In their press release, the UCU stated: “[the suspension] comes at a time when Ruskin College is supposed to be celebrating its 120th anniversary as a college that has strong links with the labour and trade union movement in Britain and internationally. The Business Development Manager at Ruskin, Nicki O’Shea,told Cherwell: “Further to the press release from thelocal branch of UCU, Ruskin College would like to clarify that the informationcontained therein is factually incorrect and represents the views of a smallpercentage of college staff. Members of Oxford’s Socialist Worker’s Party turned out to support the reinstatement. “UCU is calling for the immediate reinstatement of Dr Lee Humber and for the bogus charges against Lee to be dropped.”
In an effort to promote intercollegiate Special Olympics, Notre Dame hosted a soccer tournament last Sunday in collaboration with Western Michigan University and the University of Michigan. Senior Ted Glasnow, co-president of Special Olympics Notre Dame, said Special Olympics Unified Sports combines an approximately equal number of athletes with intellectual disabilities and athletes without intellectual disabilities on teams for training and competition. “Unified soccer avoids what can sometimes be the patronizing relationship between volunteers without intellectual disability and athletes with intellectual disabilities,” Glasnow said. “This event shows that the former is not the only party that can bring something to the table and highlights the equality that should exist in society in general.” Glasnow said the tournament took place Apr. 14 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Alumni Field. There were three games, and each team played the other two teams. The team from Western Michigan won the tournament, Michigan’s team came in second and Notre Dame placed third. The players dedicated eight weeks to training after the teams took shape in January, Glasnow said. He said the participation of the athletes was more important than the outcome of the games themselves. Glasnow said the soccer tournament, while perhaps only a small start, attests to the rising involvement in Special Olympics activities at the college level and the passion students bring to these activities. “A few years back, Special Olympics International did not think it was worthwhile to promote the type of volunteerism they do for younger demographics,” he said. “So, we felt the need to prove that college students can bring the same, if not more, passion to their service through Special Olympics.” Glasnow said his passion comes from serving as a coach of Special Olympics track and field since high school. He said events like the unified soccer tournament will galvanize colleges around the country to consider adding and expanding Special Olympics programs for their students, incorporating teams like the ones that participated in Sunday’s tournament into their full athletic lineups. “We are already working with schools across the country, in accordance with the Special Olympics nationa-l office, to spread the event even further,” Glasnow said. “Eventually, we hope to have state, regional and national collegiate Unified sports seasons.” Glasnow said he felt the event ought to have received more support from the Notre Dame student body. “Many friends and family members of the athletes showed up from the community,” he said. “But we had a disappointing number of students.” Glasnow said Special Olympics Notre Dame intends to continue and hopefully expand the united soccer event next year. “We are definitely going to have the event again next year,” Glasnow said. “We are hoping for at least four teams next year, but we are certainly shooting for as many as we can get.” Glasnow said Adidas and Special Olympics Indiana sponsored the tournament.
As we navigate through the last two months of a year that has been defined by such phrases as “unprecedented,” “the new normal,” and simply “it’s 2020,” it is challenging to focus on the future.But we must plan because the credit union industry is categorized as an “essential service,” deemed necessary to remain not only open, but relevant, nimble and useful for a nation that’s grappling with what is yet to come.In the blink of an eye in mid-March, we found ourselves halting all intended plans for the year as we were forced to take a detour through unchartered territory. We went from being an industry somewhat good at providing virtual financial services to needing to become experts at it, and fast. We stopped focusing on spring campaigns and turned our marketing efforts to round-the-clock and rapidly changing member and community communication wherein we provided messages of reassurance that we are still here for those we serve. And at times, we struggled to stand behind those words and take them to a new level, striving to live to the fullest extent of our industry’s mantra, “people helping people.”To sound like a broken record—it has been quite the year, to say the least. But I’ve always believed that when hardships are shared, we learn valuable lessons and can choose new opportunities to explore. This post is currently collecting data… ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr This is placeholder text continue reading »
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