Oxford Union cuts standing committee to five officers

first_imgPoints in favour of the motion largely included the manageability of such a large committee and a desire to stray away from a lot of the bureaucracy currently present. There was also the concern of costs as Union committee members who work over the vacation are compensated with £8 per day, a figure that is set to rise to £12, and members are usually expected to commit to 10 vacation days. Today’s meeting was extremely well-attended with 87 people present at its height and many ex-officers coming back to make speeches both for and against the motion.  A Union spokesperson told Cherwell: “The decision to reduce the number of members of The Standing Committee was taken at a meeting of all members. It is hoped that this decision will make the Committee more efficient. This is also part of a wider group of reforms intended to improve the accessibility of the Union’s Committee.” An Oxford Union public business meeting on 11th February passed a motion for the “reduction in the Number of Elected Members of Standing Committee” from its current seven officers down to five. The Standing Committee is the Union’s governing body, which makes all major decisions concerning the running of the Society, and oversees the work of all committees. It is also a requirement to be an officer of the Standing Committee prior to running for the office of President. This comes as a direct overturn of the decision in Trinity 2017 where it was voted for the Standing Committee to be expanded from 5 members to 7. The policy which was implemented in Michaelmas 2017 caused controversy and led to an investigation as the then-president added two previously un-elected Standing Committee candidates as officers. However, his decision was later cleared and the seven-member Standing Committee has since been instituted.  This motion, proposed by the President James Price, Worcester College, passed 41-34 and is set to be implemented at the end of 8th Week of Hillary term 2021. However, those against the motion were concerned that this was an access issue, with a lack of opportunity especially for those who choose to run in the election independently without a slate. Image Credit: Topper the Wombat. License: CC BY-SA 4.0.last_img read more

Tedeschi Trucks Band Shares Intimate Dressing-Room Rendition Of “All My Friends”

first_imgAt the end of February and beginning of March, Tedeschi Trucks Band laid out a four-night, two-weekend residency at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. During their time there, the soulful twelve-piece recorded a special tribute to friends who’ve passed away with a beautiful cover of “All My Friends”. Originally penned by Scott Boyer, “All My Friends” first appeared on Cowboy‘s 1971 album, 5’ll Getcha Ten, later gaining even more fame with its appearance on Gregg Allman’s debut solo album, Laid Back, which was released in October of 1973.“All My Friends” was an appropriate choice for Tedeschi Trucks Band, who shared the video noting it was recorded with “memories of Gregg, Scott Boyer, and other dearly departed friends on their minds.” Tedeschi Trucks Band, as a major group within the extended and immediate Allman Brothers Band family, has felt the losses of musical icons heavily in the last few years. Gregg Allman, Col. Bruce Hampton, Butch Trucks all passed away last year, with Scott Boyer leaving this world in February of this year.Up until this February, Tedeschi Trucks Band had rarely played the Scott Boyer original. Following Boyer’s death on February 13th of this year, the group began reworking the song into their touring catalog, first playing it during their Valentine’s Day show at Red Bank, New Jersey’s Count Basie Theatre. The band would go onto play it three more times in February, with their last live performance of the cover falling on February 28th during a performance in Jackson, Mississippi.Tedeschi Trucks Band’s heartfelt and intimate backstage-rendition of “All My Friends” at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium was recorded as part of Shure‘s MOTIV Sessions, which features “Shure Artist Endorsers in unique locations recorded exclusively with MOTIV™ products and iOS devices.” You can take a listen to Tedeschi Trucks Band’s take on “All My Friends” below.last_img read more