Privacy concerns over new student database

first_imgOxford University\’s decision to add students to the University\’s Development and Alumni Relations System database has provoked mixed reactions.An email was sent out to students on Thursday stating that the University will be adding information on all students to the new database \”in order to facilitate better communication and engagement for the entire Oxford community.\”However, students wishing to opt out of having their information migrated are given the opportunity to do so before the 4th May.This data includes name, contact details, date of birth, gender, marital status, nationality, supervisor, college advisor, programme of study and educational history. Academic results will not be transferred.The Development and Alumni Relations System (DARS) is an organisation devoted to relationship management, aiming to provide a common source of data on all alumni, donors, students and staff.It is said that details in DARS are held securely, and the data can then be used for networking purposes so that those who have left university can \”connect with other, like-minded alumni\”.The email sent to students also states that the data may be used by colleges, faculties, departments, administrative units, international offices, recognised alumni societies, and sports and other entities associated with the University.On the Oxford Alumni website, a number of benefits to inclusion in the DARS database are highlighted. Members will receive an Oxford Alumni Card, providing access to colleges and a range of exclusive discounts, be able to join any one of 170 worldwide alumni networks, and receive regular communication, including a subscription to alumni magazine Oxford Today.However, concern has arisen among some students over the extent to which their data will be shared.Ben Southwood, ex-President of the Libertarian Society, remarked that \”this looks like yet another example of the privacy-free age in which we seem to live; instead of giving us the option to opt-in, all Oxford students have to do is overlook an email and they could without their knowledge have various sensitive details published online.\”A spokesperson for Oxford University said, \”Alumni will not have access to the information held in DARS about current students and will not be able to use the database as a communication tool.\”\”Once NetCommunity is launched to all alumni (due in the coming months), people will be able to select their preferences for receiving communications from specific entities. You can opt out of receiving communications at any time by contacting the DARS team.\”last_img read more

Indiana casinos reopen with big changes

first_img Facebook Indiana casinos reopen with big changes By Network Indiana – June 16, 2020 0 490 CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Facebook Google+ Google+ Pinterest Previous articleTax Day deadline less than one month awayNext articleChild injured after running in front of vehicle Monday Network Indiana Twitter Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp WhatsApp (Photo supplied/Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians) (INDIANAPOLIS) — Indiana’s casinos are open for the first time in three months.The Indiana Gaming Commission shut down casinos a week before the rest of the state went into lockdown. They got the green light to reopen Monday morning, but with precautions. Casinos have redesigned floor plans and closed some slot machines and tables to comply with social distancing rules.You’ll have to wear a mask to play table games — masks are recommended elsewhere. Tables which are open will allow fewer players. Casinos will disinfect slot machines and dice for every new player, and break out new decks of cards on every shift.Customers will be asked at the door whether they’re experiencing any virus symptoms. All workers will undergo a daily temperature check, and Casino Association of Indiana president Matt Bell says some casinos have installed thermal cameras to check customers too.Poker rooms remain closed, and casinos aren’t allowed to resume concerts and other entertainment yet.Bell says based on other states, he expects a lot of pent-up demand, but he says it’ll take a while for casinos to get back to where they were before the shutdown. For now, they’re limited to half capacity. Casinos are under the jurisdiction of the Gaming Commission, not Governor Holcomb’s five-stage reopening plan for the rest of the state. The last virus restrictions are scheduled to be lifted on the Fourth of July, but the commission hasn’t said whether it’ll loosen casino restrictions then.last_img read more

KISS Plays First Club Show In 20 Years With Performance At Hollywood’s Whisky A Go Go [Videos]

first_imgOn Monday night, KISS was at the infamous Whisky a Go Go in West Hollywood for a 12-song performance, in front of a crowd of lucky fans and (mostly) SiriusXM subscribers. The intimate performance acted as the first club show for the masked rock band in two decades, and came just four dates into their ongoing End Of The Road farewell tour, which began last Thursday in San Diego.For the band’s performance debut at The Whisky, the arena rock quartet gave attendees a mix of their biggest hits, starting with “Deuce” and “Shout It Out Loud” from their 1970s catalogue. KISS then turned to a newer tune in “Say Yeah” from 2009’s Sonic Boom. Next up was “Heaven’s on Fire”, a lesser-known song from 1984’s Animalize, followed by “Cold Gin”. Seeing the latter appear on the band’s setlist comes as somewhat of a surprise considering it was written by their former guitarist, Ace Frehley, who hasn’t quite been their biggest supporter in recent weeks.The show continued with “Lick It Up” and “War Machine”, before returning to their 70s-era hits in “Love Gun” and “Let Me Go Rock ‘N’ Roll”. Fans can watch the video below to see and hear the band’s performance of “Love Gun”.KISS – “Love Gun” – 2/11/2019[Video: Mike Brunn]The show continued with a trio of fan favorites including “Do You Love Me” and “Black Diamond” before closing with the climactic “Detroit Rock City”.KISS – “Detroit Rock City” – 2/11/2019[Video: Mike Brunn]Monday night’s performance was recorded, and is set to broadcast on SiriusXM’s KISS Army Radio channel (channel 30) on Tuesday afternoon at 5 p.m. ET.The band recently extended their global farewell tour with another leg of shows now set to continue until mid-September. The tour will pick up again on Tuesday night with a show at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA. Fans can head over to the band’s website for tickets to upcoming shows on what may or may not be the band’s final tour.Setlist: KISS | Whisky a Go Go | West Hollywood, CA | 2/11/2019Set: Deuce, Shout It Out Loud, Say Yeah, Heaven’s on Fire, Cold Gin, Lick It Up, War Machine, Love Gun, Let Me Go Rock ‘N’ Roll, Do You Love Me, Black Diamond, Detroit Rock Citylast_img read more

Faculty Council meeting held Aug. 31

first_imgOn August 31 the Faculty Council welcomed new members, reviewed history and policies, elected subcommittees for 2016–2017, and discussed the work of the Council in the new academic year.The Council next meets on September 14. The preliminary deadline for the October 4 meeting of the Faculty is September 20 at 12:00 p.m.last_img

ROTC students receive their commissions

first_img Bacow to seniors: Live to the fullest The cool climes didn’t dampen the spirits of the newly minted officers during their official joint Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) commissioning ceremony in Tercentenary Theatre on Wednesday. Seven Harvard undergraduates received their first military assignments during a celebratory service that included comments from Harvard President Larry Bacow, an address by Gen. Mark A. Milley, the 39th chief of staff of the U.S. Army, and rounds of hearty applause, handshakes, and hugs from family and friends.Bacow told the soon-to-be-commissioned officers they would carry the enduring values of “libertas and veritas — liberty and truth” upheld by the military and by Harvard, and head into the future “prepared for the life that awaits you both by the training you have received here and by the education and knowledge you have gained here.”Harvard’s 29th president called military service “the greatest demonstration of public service.” He said he hopes to strengthen the way in which Harvard acknowledges students and alumni who choose paths in the military, and to see more students receiving their commissions in coming years, “inspired and emboldened by the example set for them” by this year’s graduating seniors.“You are — and you always will be — part of Harvard College Class of 2019,” said Bacow. “But you stand apart from your classmates. Your courage and your selflessness are worthy of praise, and your devotion to the ideals that created the United States of America is an inspiration to us all. Today, we honor your choice and we honor your service.”,As part of the annual commissioning ceremony, the new officers pledge to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic” and to “bear true faith and allegiance to the same.”Before they took that solemn oath, Milley told the seniors their military service and leadership will require competence, humility, and an unwavering respect for the nation’s founding principles.“The idea that’s embedded in this oath that you are willing to die for, it says that everyone under those colors of red, white, and blue, under that flag, every one of us is born free and equal and you will rise based on your knowledge, your skill, your merit, and you are to be judged by the content of your character, not the color of your skin,” he said. “That is the essence of this country called the United States of America.”In addition to the oath, the new leaders received their first salute and had their insignias pinned to their uniforms by family members and friends.Harvard President Larry Bacow (left) and Gen. Mark A. Milley at the ceremony. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerArmy 2nd Lt. Grace Chao was swarmed by well-wishers after the service. An economics concentrator and a member of the Harvard women’s rugby team, Chao was selected to be an active-duty field artillery officer and will attend training in Fort Sill, Okla. “This is truly a dream come true for me,” she said. “I’ve watched three years of my best friends’ commissions and now it’s finally our day and I am just overjoyed that our families can be here too. The mission of Harvard College and the military is the same — to produce citizen leaders who serve selflessly — and I’ve learned how to do that at Harvard.”In addition to Chao, the new officers are Army 2nd Lt. Alannah O’Brien, Marine Corps 2nd Lts. Brandon Lee and Peter Hartnett, and Navy Ensigns Alana Davitt, Adrian Magana, and David Schachman.The day also included a commemoration for the Rev. Alan R. McLean, a member of the U.S. Marine Corps and a graduate of Harvard’s Class of 1966 who was severely wounded in the Vietnam War in 1967. McLean died in 2005. At Baccalaureate Service, president recalls dropping legal studies, turning to academia, and thriving Angela Merkel, the scientist who became a world leader Phi Beta Kappa ceremony honors 168 studentscenter_img Related ‘Duties of imagination’ are as important as acquiring and sharing knowledge, says orator Eric S. Lander In word portraits, those who know the German chancellor, Harvard’s Commencement speaker, explain her rise to longtime prominencelast_img read more

Will Eno’s The Open House Extends Off-Broadway

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on March 30, 2014 The Open House Related Shows The world premiere of Will Eno’s new off-Broadway play The Open House is to extend its run at The Romulus Linney Courtyard at the Pershing Square Signature Center after selling out its initial run. Directed by Oliver Butler and starring Carolyn McCormick and Peter Friedman, the show had been scheduled to play through March 23, but will now end performances March 30. View Comments The cast also features Hannah Bos, Michael Countryman and Danny McCarthy. Ever enigmatic Pulitzer Prize finalist Eno’s new play is described as follows: “Playwrights have been trying to write Family Plays for a long time. And typically these plays try to answer endlessly complicated questions of blood and duty and inheritance and responsibility. They try to answer the question, ‘Can things really change?’ People have been trying nobly for years and years to have plays solve in two hours what hasn’t been solved in many lifetimes. This has to stop.”last_img read more

Jake Gyllenhaal & Ruth Wilson Begin Previews in Constellations on B’way

first_img The production will feature scenic and costume design by Tom Scutt, lighting design by Lee Curran, sound design by David McSeveney and movement direction by Lucy Cullingford. Constellations tells the story of one relationship with infinite possibilities. It explores the boundless potential of a first encounter, free will and friendship. The play opened at the Royal Court’s Jerwood Theatre Upstairs in 2012, directed by Longhurst, before transferring to the West End. Oscar nominee Jake Gyllenhaal and Olivier winner Ruth Wilson begin previews in the American premiere of Constellations on December 16. Nick Payne’s new play is directed by Michael Longhurst and will officially open on January 13, 2015 at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Constellations Related Shows View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on March 15, 2015last_img read more

The Color Purple’s Jennifer Hudson Gets Lucky at Honeymoon in Vegas

first_img Star Files Honeymoon in Vegas Show Closed This production ended its run on April 5, 2015 Before American Idol and Dreamgirls movie favorite Jennifer Hudson makes her long-awaited Broadway debut in The Color Purple, she took a little trip to Vegas…by way of the Nederlander Theatre! The Grammy winner and her pal, Weight Watchers guru Elizabeth Josefsberg (below), took a field trip to see Josefsberg’s husband David in the hit musical Honeymoon in Vegas. After the show, the pair stopped backstage to meet Tony Danza, Rob McClure, Brynn O’Malley and the cast. Check out these sweet snapshots, then roll the dice at Honeymoon in Vegas on Broadway! Jennifer Hudson Related Shows View Commentslast_img read more

Pregnant Bindi Irwin Loves Maternity Jeans, Says She’s Never Going Back

first_img– Advertisement – Pregnant Bindi Irwin Jokes She’s Never Going Back After Trying Maternity JeansCourtesy of Bindi Irwin/InstagramLOL! Bindi Irwin is keeping it real during her first pregnancy with Chandler Powell and new moms can totally relate.In an Instagram post on Monday, November 9, the 22-year-old declared her love of maternity jeans, showing off her pair with a button-up. “Now that I know the comforts of maternity jeans, I don’t think I’ll ever be able go back,” she wrote in the accompanying caption. “Any other mamas out there that can relate? 💙”- Advertisement – Her followers confirmed that they, in fact, could related. “My kids are 9 and 3 and I still on occasion wear some of my old ones 😂,” one person commented.“I still wear my maternity pants and I haven’t been pregnant since 2016,” another one wrote. Meanwhile, someone else pointed out, “They are even better post partum ❤️.”The Bindi the Jungle Girl alum announced back in August that she and her husband were expecting their first baby. “Baby Wildlife Warrior due 2021,” she wrote in an Instagram at the time. “It’s an honor to share this special moment in our lives with you. Though I’m still in my first trimester, we really want you to be part of our journey from the beginning of this new life chapter. We couldn’t wait to share the news as this beautiful little being has become the most important part of our lives.”- Advertisement – “They’re enjoying every element of the pregnancy and feel beyond blessed to have so much support and love from their family, friends and fans,” the insider continued. “Bindi decided right from the get-go it would be great to share her entire pregnancy journey on social media, and Chandler’s been taking photos and helping her with the posts – as has her brother, Robert [Irwin], andmom Terri [Irwin].”Listen on Spotify to Get Tressed With Us to get the details of every hair love affair in Hollywood, from the hits and misses on the red carpet to your favorite celebrities’ street style ‘dos (and don’ts!) Since then, she’s seemed to thoroughly enjoy the journey, sharing all kinds of snaps along the way. On October 21, she showed off her growing stomach in an Instagram, writing “Dinner with the fam and baby bump. There are no words to describe how much I love our baby girl.”A source confirmed, exclusively telling Us Weekly that the couple is “walking on air” as they await the baby’s arrival.- Advertisement –last_img read more

H5N1 resurfaces in South Korean poultry

first_imgApr 4, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Agriculture officials in South Korea today confirmed that large numbers of chicken deaths at a commercial farm in the southwestern part of the country were caused by H5N1 avian influenza.An agriculture ministry official said plans were underway to slaughter about 308,000 chickens near the outbreak area, the Associated Press reported today. South Korea’s last H5N1 outbreak occurred just over a year ago, when the virus struck a duck farm in South Chungcheong province, according to a previous report from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).The outbreak site is an egg production farm in Gimje, about 162 miles south of Seoul, according to a report yesterday by Xinhua, China’s state news agency. The farm has about 150,000 chickens and produces 100,000 eggs per day. A report the country submitted to the OIE on Apr 2 said chicken deaths started increasing on Mar 29, and 3 days later 1,000 birds were found dead, which led the owner of the farm to notify veterinary services.Officials said eggs from the farm would be recalled and buried to prevent the spread of the disease, and eggs from seven other farms in the neighborhood will also be destroyed, Xinhua reported. The story added that there have been no reports of people becoming sick after eating eggs.Officials are obtaining blood samples from chickens, migratory birds, and foreign workers at the farm to determine the source of the outbreak, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported today. Kim Chang-Seob, the agriculture ministry’s chief veterinary officer, told AFP that an early spring outbreak was somewhat unusual, because most outbreaks occur between November and March.Kim said health officials suspect the virus may have come from migratory birds or perhaps infected workers who came from areas experiencing avian flu outbreaks. “The infected farm hires 11 foreign workers who came from Mongolia, Vietnam, and China,” he told AFP.See also:OIE reports on South Korean outbreakhttp://www.oie.int/downld/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/A2008_AI.phpJun 18, 2007, final OIE report on previous South Korean outbreaklast_img read more