Inequality at A level

first_imgPressure is growing for more fair university admissions procedures. Recently, calls for reform have intensified after research showed pupils of independent schools are up to five times more likely to achieve the highest marks in their exams than their state school peers. The findings, reported in last week’s Cherwell, come as AQA, the UK’s largest exam board, has warned against proposals for creating a new A-level A* grade to pick out the very top pupils. A higher exam grade would increase the gap between the public and private sectors in education even further. Currently, in physics, the proportion of independent school pupils achieving top A level grades is double those in the state system. However unbalanced this figure is, an even more concerning 1.6% of comprehensive school pupils taking the A level gained enough marks for the equivalent of the proposed A* grade, compared to the 9% who would have qualified from independent schools. John Dunford, the general secretary of the Secondary Heads Association, also rejected the ‘super-grade’ option, declaring that releasing A level marks would achieve the same end as introducing a new mark. Oxford University say their admission requirements “are sufficient in determining suitable candidates.”ARCHIVE: 0th week TT 2004last_img read more

Larry Coryell, Legendary Guitarist And The “Godfather Of Fusion,” Dies At Age 73

first_imgWe’re sad to report that legendary fusion guitarist Larry Coryell has passed away in an NYC hotel room at the age of 73. Coryell had a remarkable impact on jazz music, such that he was known as the “Godfather Of Fusion” for his longstanding work in the field. More than 50 years after his first recordings, Coryell was still very active, and had plans to tour this summer with his band, The Eleventh House.Coryell adeptly predicted the rise of jazz fusion music in the 1960’s, contributing to the rise of the groovy genre before many others would catch up. His work brought jazz in the public eye, merging it with all sorts of influences to great effect. In turn, countless guitarists cite Coryell as an influence, and he was even sampled by progressive hip hop artists like J Dilla and DJ Shadow.Renowned fusion guitarist John Scofield penned the following tribute to both Coryell and Clyde Stubblefield, who passed away over the weekend as well:To get a glimpse into Coryell’s style, we present to you the album Spaces, which features the guitarist paired with Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, Miroslav Vitouš and Billy Cobham.Rest in peace, Godfather of Fusion.last_img read more

Peruvian President Swears In New Cabinet Members

first_img Peruvian President Ollanta Humala swore in three new ministers on May 14, amid questioning of the administration’s strategy against the Shining Path guerrilla group. The new members of the administration, who were sworn in at a ceremony held in the Gilded Hall (Salón Dorado) of Government Palace, were retired general Wilber Calle Girón, as Interior Minister, member of Congress José Antonio Urquizo, as Defense Minister, and small-business specialist Gladys Triveño Chan Jan, as Production Minister. Urquizo replaces Alfredo Otárola, who resigned, while Calle Girón, who was serving as deputy minister for policy at the Defense Ministry, is taking over the Interior portfolio from Daniel Lozada, who also resigned. The new ministers are the third to occupy their respective posts in only ten months since President Humala has been in office. The resigning ministers were sworn in on December 11, 2011. According to analysts, Humala seeks to calm the political atmosphere –heated by questioning of the administration’s strategy against the Maoist guerrilla group Shining Path, with these appointments. Only weeks ago, Shining Path caused the deaths of ten members of the security forces in coca-growing areas of the country. By Dialogo May 17, 2012last_img read more

Buy-bust nets ‘shabu’

first_imgBACOLOD City – Suspected shabu weighingabout four grams valued around P60,000 was seized in a buy-bust operation inBarangay 3. Claudine Alianza, Ged Weber, PJ Hechanova, and Gilberto Mallari were nabbed in an entrapment operation in Barangay 3, Bacolod City on Dec. 16. POLICE STATION 2/BCPO The 27-year-old Claudine Alianza,18-year-old Ged Weber, 27-year-old PJ Hechanova, and 26-year-old GilbertoMallari yielded the suspected illegal drugs, a police report showed. Police officers staged an entrapmentoperation which led to the arrest of the suspects around 6:10 p.m. on Dec. 16,the report added.center_img Aside from suspected shabu, a P200marked money and P300 cash were also recovered from them, police said.  The suspects were detained in thelockup facility of Police Station 2, facing charges for violation of RepublicAct 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PNlast_img read more

Southerland impresses in win, grabs surprising 11 rebounds to lead SU

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 2, 2010 at 12:00 pm James Southerland’s over-the-top screaming as the point man on Syracuse’s full-court press elicited the thought of one name for Scoop Jardine. The verbal berating of the Kutztown in-bounder on the end-line and the rebounds added to the comparison. And when combined with Southerland’s surprising team lead with 11 rebounds on the night, it reminded Jardine and Kris Joseph of Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah. ‘We call him Joakim Noah because he was out there doing everything,’ Jardine said. ‘We need a player like that on this team who is going to take that role and play it to the best of his ability.’ A year after playing to the best of his ability as the freshman who lit up the scoreboard in SU’s 2009 season-opener with 19 points, Southerland let that spotlight slip to his competition for playing time at forward in freshman C.J. Fair. But Southerland made sure to have another high-level game in his second career exhibition opener with those double-digit rebounds in 23 minutes. The sophomore went 0-for-5 from behind the 3-point arc. SU starting center Fab Melo and backup big man Baye Moussa Keita were the two Syracuse freshmen big men expected to control the boards. But the wiry 6-foot-8 Southerland was in the right place at the right time for a slew of rebounds. On one of his four offensive rebounds, he put back a dunk on a Mookie Jones-missed 3-pointer.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text But more than that, in SU’s exhibition, there was an exhibition from Southerland that he hopes will help him see minutes in the competition at forward among him — Jones and Fair. He promises he will be able to rebound for SU head coach Jim Boeheim and the team this year, even if the 11 on Tuesday came against a team with its tallest starter standing at 6 feet 7 inches. ‘I feel like everybody on our team could score, so I felt like I needed to be the guy who was very active,’ Southerland said. ‘Hitting the boards, getting defensive rebounds and steals, fitting in. Because everybody on this team can score.’ In his postgame press conference, ‘active’ was a word that surfaced for Boeheim as well. He described the game as such roughly a half-dozen times and commended Southerland for his performance under the boards as such as well. ‘James did a good job on the boards, and they were an active group,’ Boeheim said. For Southerland, a year after playing the role of Fair in 2010, his focus simply came down to activity. Activity enough to become SU’s Joakim Noah. For one game, at least. Said Southerland: ‘That was my main focus — getting deflections, steals, rebounds, some blocks.’ Perfect from the line? Syracuse shot 100 percent from the free-throw line in Tuesday’s exhibition. Syracuse — yes, Syracuse — went 13-for-13 from the stripe in the game. But you would have never known it after listening to Boeheim’s postgame press conference. Despite being known as a program that year after year is one notorious for poor performances from the line — Syracuse shot 67.7 percent on free throws in 2009-10 — Boeheim didn’t touch on the subject after SU’s win. He didn’t even hint at it. It was a similar reaction from Joseph as the number failed to register with the junior small forward. When told SU was perfect at the line, Joseph looked shocked. ‘What?’ Joseph said. Joseph was 1-for-1 from the line, as Fair led SU by going 4-for-4. Jardine hit three, and Moussa Keita and Jones hit two. And from here on out, Joseph hopes the 20 minutes at practice the Orange devotes to the line will foster similar numbers to Tuesday’s. Numbers he will be sure to be aware of. ‘We practice free throws a lot, obviously, and they say that hard work pays off,’ Joseph said. ‘We sacrifice 20 minutes of practice toward free throws, 1-and-1’s and shooting twos.’ A business of T-shirt’s and bracelets Kris Joseph let it be known on Tuesday. For this Syracuse group, Big East champion isn’t enough. Joseph feels this group was supposed to — and should — have done more last season. After losing as the West Region’s No. 1 seed to eventual national finalist Butler, there is unfinished business to be taken care of. Business that was on display via the Orange’s warm-up shirts and on bracelets. Across the front of the shirt, it reads what Joseph and the bracelet read, ‘Unfinished Business.’ ‘In our hearts we feel like we could have gone further than we finished last year,’ Joseph said. ‘That’s why we call it ‘unfinished business.” [email protected]center_img Commentslast_img read more

Professor remembered for work in the humanities

first_imgRobert Dilligan, an associate professor emeritus of English, died last Monday after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 75.Dilligan will be remembered for his important work in unifying technology with the humanities. He received his P.h.D from the University of Wisconsin in 1970 and joined USC as an English professor that same year. His fields of expertise were in Victorian poetry and the use of computers for literary research. At the time of his retirement in 2005, he had taught at USC for 36 years.In addition to his work as a professor, Dilligan served as a director of data processing in the University’s Freshman Writing Program from 1979 to 1985. He also acted as the chair of the University Computing Committee, associate chair of the English department and a member of the editorial board for the journal Computer and the Humanities. He authored 19 books, on topics ranging from poetry to computing.His colleague Leo Braudy, a professor of English and American literature, spoke about his efforts to integrate computing with the humanities.“He was a pioneer in connecting literature with computers, and a pioneer in the digital humanities,” Braudy said. “He was a real forerunner.”Dilligan was awarded a Fulbright Grant in 1977 to research at the National University Computing Center University of Pisa. His daughter Elizabeth Lubin spoke about the memorable times she spent with her family because of their move to Italy.“That was a very special time for my parents,” Lubin said. “They took us kids to so many museums, and were really immersed in the Italian lifestyle. It was a really special time for our family, and that was possible because of his academic career.”Outside of the classroom, Dilligan was a gourmet chef, a world traveler and a marathon runner. He was well-known among the English department for dinner parties and poker nights.“He loved to cook, and so did I. He gave a lot of beautiful dinner parties,” William Brown, associate professor emeritus of English, said. “They had a fairly large dining room, and of course people would spill out into the backyard.”Dilligan is survived by his three children, Timothy Dilligan, Kathleen Dilligan and Elizabeth Lubin ’90; as well as his three granddaughters, Sarah Lubin, Grace Lubin and Ellie Dilligan.A memorial has been planned for Feb. 6 at Town & Gown.last_img read more