first_imgFurther debate on tuition fee changes has begun this week, as the role of the Office for Fair Access in approving the plans of universities commences.The Office for Fair Access (OFFA) announced today that every one of the 123 universities and university colleges in England intend to charge £6,000 or more per year to full-time undergraduates from 2012.In December, MPs voted to raise tuition fees to £9,000 a year only in ‘exceptional cases.’Yet the average proposed tuition fee currently stands at £8,679.20, with almost three quarters of institutions choosing to charge the maximum £9,000 for at least some of their courses.The deadline for universities to set their proposals was reached on Tuesday. It is now the responsibility of OFFA to consider and approve their access agreements, designed to widen intake amid fears that raising fees will have a negative impact on social mobility.The National Union of Students has commented in a statement that the government has to give the access regulator extended powers.NUS President Aaron Porter said, ‘Ministers have claimed that OFFA has the power to regulate fees, when in reality this process is nothing more than one of rubber stamping vice chancellors’ attempts to charge as much as they can get away with. With no one to stop them, universities are rushing to charge the maximum £9,000.’“Government ministers must take responsibility for the costly chaos they have created and take the entire scheme back to the drawing board before it causes irreparable damage to universities.’Liam Burns, who is due to take over from Porter in July, has described the new system as ‘complete chaos’.It has been argued that Oxford’s decision to charge £9,000 was necessary in order to preserve its prestigous reputation.Yet this is undermined by the fact that Oxford Brookes University – which is not in the top 40 universities according to the Guardian’s league table – also plans to charge the same fees. The University of East London, ranked second bottom, has stated that it intends to charge a flat rate of £9,000.However, one undergraduate said, ‘Raising tuition fees to £9,000 is a necessary step to keep Oxford a first rate university; however the extent to which access is increased will be the marker for how fair the system is, and from what I’ve heard so far, Oxford will have some of the largest schemes to improve access.’Ed Miliband, the leader of the Labour party, has said that at least 10% of university places for undergraduates would have to be cut to fund the coalition’s tuition fee reforms. This equates to 36,000 full-time places each year.However, Business Secretary Vince Cable warned that institutions regarded by ministers as overpriced could have places withdrawn.On the OFFA website, it is said that ‘for agreements submitted by yesterday’s deadline, we will issue all approvals at the same time. We aim to do this by Monday 11 July. We do not plan to provide any further comment on submissions before this date.’last_img read more

first_img× HOBOKEN — The transcript for the July 18 public hearing hosted by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers on NY Waterways permit application on Union Dry Dock is now available online.NY Waterway plans to turn the former Union Dry Dock property they purchased in November into their ferry homeport, where maintenance and refueling will take place. But city officials would like the property to be open space for the public.During the public hearing that was held at DeBaun auditorium, The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers heard from over 65 officials and members of the public, the majority of whom spoke against NY waterways permit application. They cited health, environmental, and quality of life concerns.To read about the hearing, see our article at transcript is 174 pages long. It can be found at read more

first_imgGreensky Bluegrass is gearing up for the release of their seventh studio album, All For Money, due out on January 18th, 2019 via the band’s own label, Big Blue Zoo Records. Yesterday, the jamgrass quintet shared a second track, “Do It Alone”, from the upcoming album, following the title track’s release earlier this month.The follow up to 2016’s Shouted, Written Down & Quoted, the new twelve-track record was recorded at Echo Mountain Recording in Asheville, NC alongside co-producers Dominic John Davis (Jack White’s longtime bassist) and Glenn Brown. Today, Greensky Bluegrass has shared behind the scenes footage of the band’s in-studio process as they record “Do It Alone”.Speaking about the new track, Paul Hoffman told NPR’s World Cafe,I’d been trying to write a windows-down rock and roll tune for a while. I got out an old guitar of mine, re-strung it, and immediately spit the song out. It’s meant to be an anthem.I ask myself, “Why do I do it alone?” It’s because I’ve got a whole room of thousands singing at the top of their lungs with me. Whenever I write something emotional that might be difficult to sing, I’m reminded of the fact the crowd is there. Hopefully, it’s a reminder for other people as well and we all have something to chant together.Watch Greensky Bluegrass’ behind the scenes footage of their recording process for “Do It Alone” below:Greensky Bluegrass – Behind The Scenes Recording Studio Footage[Video: GreenskyBluegrass]Greensky Bluegrass will celebrate New Year’ Eve at the iconic Riviera Theatre in Chicago from December 28th through the 31st. Then, in January, they’ll kick off an extended winter tour with special guests Circles Around The Sun, Billy Strings, and Cris Jacobs Band, with stops at famed venues across the country including The Ryman Auditorium, The Beacon Theatre, The Anthem, The Tabernacle, and more.REMAINING FALL TOUR DATES:December 28 – Chicago, IL – The Riviera Theatre #December 29 – Chicago, IL – The Riviera Theatre #December 30 – Chicago, IL – The Riviera Theatre %December 31 – Chicago, IL – The Riviera Theatre – “Three Sets of Greensky Bluegrass”*w/ The Lil Smokies^w/ Lindsay Lou#w/ The Jeff Austin Band% w/ Horseshoes & Hand GrenadesWINTER TOUR DATES:January 10 – Albany, NY – Palace Theatre *January 11 – Philadelphia, PA – The Met Philadelphia *January 12 – New York, NY – Beacon Theatre *January 16 – Covington, KY – Madison Theater *January 17 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium *January 18 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant *January 19 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle *January 22 – St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Landing Terrace ^January 23 – Charleston, SC – Charleston Music Hall ^January 24 – Knoxville, TN – The Mill & Mine ^January 25 – Raleigh, NC – The Ritz ^January 26 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore Charlotte ^January 27 – Charleston, WV – Mountain StageJanuary 29 – Portland, ME – State Theatre #January 30 – Boston, MA – House of Blues #January 31 – Jim Thorpe, PA – Penn’s PeakFebruary 1 – Washington, DC – The Anthem #February 2 – Washington DC – The Anthem #February 5 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues #February 6 – Columbus, OH – Express Live! #February 7 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE #February 8 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore DetroitFebruary 9 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit*w/ Circles Around the Sun#w/ Billy Strings^Cris Jacobs BandUPCOMING FESTIVAL APPEARANCES:December 7 – 11 – Puerto Morelos, Mexico – Strings & SolApril 11 – 14 – Las Vegas, Nevada – Bender JamboreeView All Tour Dates[H/T Jambase]last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ UPDATED: Jan. 30, 2018 at 12:14 a.m.Nearly three weeks ago, Sofya Golubovskaya was in Moscow, Russia, preparing to leave the only place she ever called home. Her future involved playing tennis for Syracuse, a team that had recruited her since the summer of 2017.It was a “spontaneous decision,” Golubovskaya said.Golubovskaya arrived in Syracuse on Jan. 10 and was playing her first collegiate match 11 days later. Since joining the team, Golubovskaya has racked up three convincing wins, including two 6-0 doubles victories, to help contribute to SU’s 3-0 record to start the season. While her talent was on display in matches against Niagara and Colgate, her health will be a major factor in deciding her role for this team. She’s battled an unspecified leg injury early this season.SU head coach Younes Limam first met Golubovskaya at an International Tennis Federation tournament in Finland last summer. After watching her play three singles matches, Limam wanted Golubovskaya on his team.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It was a no brainer to recruit her,” Limam said, “We knew she would have a big impact on this team from the start.”Limam met with Golubovskaya and her family after the tournament. Before she met Limam, Golubovskaya had never considered coming to America for the long-term. The only time she was ever in the United States was a trip to Miami when she was 11 years old.“My mom told me ‘Maybe you want to change something in your life,’” Golubovskaya said, “and I was like ‘yeah, let’s do it.’”Although she had made up her mind to attend SU after meeting Limam, Golubovskaya had to wait to be cleared by the NCAA. She needed to take the SAT, be approved by the NCAA clearinghouse and be admitted into Syracuse.She took a gap semester after her spring 2017 high school graduation in which she spent the vast majority of her time preparing to play American tennis. In late December, Golubovskaya was cleared by the NCAA and Limam told his players that she would officially join the team for the spring semester.At first, Golubovskaya was hesitant to bond with the team, junior Gabriela Knutson said.Golubovskaya is the only freshman on a team stacked with a sophomore, four juniors, a senior and a graduate student. Activities like cheering for teammates were new for her, Knutson said, because she was not accustomed to doing that in Russia.“We didn’t act like she was some new person when she arrived,” Knutson said, “she became one of us right away.”In her first singles match of the season, Golubovskaya handled Niagara’s Andreea Peteau with her backhand in a smooth two-set victory. That win gives her confidence to keep being aggressive and competing in the future, she said after that singles win.After cruising to a 6-0 doubles win alongside Libi Mesh on Friday against Colgate, Golubovskaya said she could “barely run or walk.” She received treatment directly after the match, but said it didn’t help her right away. Though she did not compete on Sunday against Columbia, Limam is hopeful Golubovskaya can begin practicing by Tuesday.“There are going to be good and bad days,” Liman said. “She just has to communicate with all of us how she is feeling.”CORRECTION: In a previous version of this post, Masha Tritou was misidentified in a photo caption. The Daily Orange regrets this error. Comments Published on January 29, 2018 at 11:09 pm Contact KJ: [email protected] | @KJEdelmanlast_img read more