Oxford rowers claim they have been the victims of homophobic abuse and numerous attempts to force them from the river as tensions between rowers and houseboat residents escalate, Cherwell can report.Rowers from a number of different colleges allege that they have been targeted by houseboat owners who placed tacks on the towpath and thew eggs and tomatoes at them.Rowers have further alleged that residents have driven close enough to disturb the water in an attempt to capsize them, have intentionally driven into boats, and have hospitalised an Oxford town rower.These incidents have been brought up at the college rowing captain’s meeting, the minutes of which report that Oxford University Sabbatical Officer for Rowing Tom Coles “had been in contact with the police and the Environment Agency about the houseboats on the bottom stretch”.Describing one incident that occurred last term, University College team captain Ben Norbury told Cherwell: “Just as we passed the houseboats, our cox heard some splashes around our boat and then a bang as an egg hit our stern. Not really realising what was going on we kept rowing.“On the next lap, rowing up to the top again, in the same place, we saw two guys with a dog on the river bank. This time, apparently having depleted their stock of eggs, they just threw homophobic insults at us.“They began to follow us as we rowed to the spinning area, but gave up as we sped away. After spinning and rowing past them again we got similar shouting etc.”Norbury also claims that during one race last week a houseboat continued to sail down the middle of the river as a boat from St Catz college approached. The houseboat collided with the rowers as they turned, ripping off half the boat’s riggers. On rowchat.org, a forum for rowing discussion, one commentator said: “Barge driver clearly not a fan of rowing, ignored a load of marshals and then carried on afterwards without bothering to stop and see if anyone was hurt.”In a separate incident, a Wolfson college boat was intentionally rammed by a houseboat.Norbury believes that the boat that hit the St Catherine’s boat was only in Oxford temporarily, but that the boat that hit the Wolfson crew is permanently based here.Rowers believe that the houseboat owners hostility comes as a result of being disturbed by rowing crews, but could not understand why it had so suddenly developed this academic year.Mack Grenfell, a rower for University College, told Cherwell: “They claim that the antipathy is generated by us scraping/touching their boats with our blades.“I have been rowing for 3 and a half years, and I have got no idea why incidents are occurring now more than ever.“However, this happens relatively often unfortunately, but I think much less since all these major incidents. It’s odd though as to me this would be a minor issue.“My guess is that a lot of them hold resentment to the student population, or are just aggressive people.“Pretty much every day you’ll see loads of them drinking on the towpath, sometimes shouting at crews. Sometimes you’ll get a boat reeking of weed.”This was confirmed by Alastair, a houseboat owner resident on the Thames for over ten years, who said that rowers did knock into boats regularly and wake him up due to their use of megaphones to communicate, but that he accepted it as “part of life on the river”.He claimed that while most houseboat residents were content to share the river there were a small minority of “arseholes” who didn’t share that attitude, and that recently several “raging alcoholics” had moved their houseboat into the Oxford stretch of the Thames.Alastair alleged that they stole coal from other boats, threw beer cans around, and were regular drug users.Grenfell claimed the police “have a fat file on all the incidents”, but that they are unable to act as the water is not within their jurisdiction. He further stated that the incidents that took place of the towpath were considered by the police to be a “nuisance” and not worthy of investigation.Thames Valley Police have been contacted for comment.
50SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randall Smith Randall Smith is the co-founder of CUInsight.com, the host of The CUInsight Experience podcast, and a bit of a wanderlust.As one of the co-founders of CUInsight.com he … Web: www.CUInsight.com Details Welcome to episode 20 of The CUInsight Experience podcast. Hosted by Randy Smith, co-founder and publisher of CUInsight.com. I’m excited to introduce Caroline Willard, the President and CEO of the Cornerstone Credit Union League, as today’s guest! She’s also a board member of CUNA and one of my scuba diving and travel buddies. We’ll dig into gender diversity and the need for inclusion, innovation and disruption in credit unions, and much more! (We’ll do our best not to get distracted by chatting about traveling and diving.Early in our conversation, Caroline talks about Ronaldo Hardy’s gumbo analogy. Diversity is having all of the right ingredients on your counter. Inclusion is making sure they all make it into the pot. Equity is making sure that the ratios are balanced so that the dish turns out well. After sharing this powerful point, she explains that the push for transformation has to happen at all three levels (individual, credit union, and national). With that said, we need to start now instead of waiting for broader change at the national level.In addressing how credit unions respond to disruption, Caroline points out that they tend to adapt and lead with what’s important to their membership. She’ll give some specific examples of people and credit unions who are listening to their membership and responding by creating a different experience.We’ll also dig into the importance of having a safe space where people can share their opinions without holding back, the value of branching out to different disciplines, the difference between fearlessness and recklessness, and much more. Because we can’t resist, we’ll even touch on how traveling relates to Caroline’s professional life. Enjoy!Subscribe on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, StitcherHow to find Caroline:Caroline WillardPresident and CEO, Cornerstone Credit Union [email protected]witter | LinkedinShow notes from this episode:Check out all the great work Caroline and her team are doing at the Cornerstone Credit Union League.McKinsey & Company: Why Diversity MattersShout-out: Ronaldo HardyConference mentioned: Women’s Leadership ConferenceCaroline mentioned how they are doing executive searches at Credit Union Resources, Inc. Find out more here.Shout-out: Marcus CottonCaroline was on the senior management team at CO-OP Financial Services in her previous life.Shout-out: Dave BleazardShout-out: Crystal LongCaroline is a Myers & Briggs EMTJ. If I remember correctly I’m an INTP. What are you? Take the test here.Shout-out: Our friends at CUNA (Caroline is a board member).Shout-out: Karen Hart from the best DE class ever (Winter 2015). Find out how you two can become a CUDE here.Find out more about the CUNA Awareness Initiative here.Shout-out: Caroline’s rockstar team at the Cornerstone Credit Union League.Shout-out: Barb LowmanShout-out: To our friends at CUES. Caroline served on the board in the past.Book mentioned: Thinkertoys by Michael MichalkoBest album of all-time: Led Zeppelin IVBook mentioned: 10% Happier by Dan HarrisPrevious guests mentioned in this episode: Jill Nowacki (#4) (and episode #18), Maria Martinez, Samantha Paxson.You can find all past episodes of The CUInsight Experience here.And here is the picture we talked about. That is an active volcano behind us. Mount Agung on the island of Bali.Mount Agung – Bali, Indonesia (2017)In This Episode:[00:03] – Randy welcomes listeners to the 20th episode of the CUInsight Experience and introduces Caroline Willard.[03:02] – As a woman, CEO, and CUNA board member, what changes does Caroline see that the credit union industry needs to make?[04:12] – Caroline expands on her point that diverse people contribute to a conversation differently.[06:19] – We hear about whether Caroline thinks the push for transformation can happen at individual levels, or needs to come across all levels.[08:33] – Caroline shares her advice for someone who wants to get more involved in creating more seats at the table.[11:00] – Is Caroline’s advice on the subject any different depending on whether she’s advising a woman or a man?[13:59] – We learn about how credit unions across the board are responding to the current disruption that we’re seeing.[16:42] – Caroline talks about why growth is so important, both for credit unions and on a personal level.[18:31] – What is Caroline’s reaction to the phrase “but that’s the way we’ve always done it”? She answers, then talks about how she helps people on her team get more comfortable with change.[22:09] – Caroline discusses a belief currently held by credit unions that she thinks will fundamentally change in the near future.[23:59] – We hear about what inspired Caroline to take the gig as the President and CEO of the Cornerstone Credit Union League.[26:36] – Has Caroline’s inspiration changed at all over the course of her time on the job?[28:09] – Caroline talks about her leadership style, and how it has changed.[30:16] – One of the greatest strengths of Caroline’s team is that it’s grounded while still having new blood, she explains.[31:48] – What advice would Caroline give to a new leader trying to blend the old culture with the new culture?[33:46] – Caroline shares the sentence that her team has heard her say so often that they could finish it for her.[35:15] – Is there a mistake that Caroline made earlier in her career, or that she sees young leaders make often?[36:32] – Caroline talks about fearlessness and recklessness, and why the latter is dangerous.[38:53] – We hear Caroline’s thoughts on the relation between traveling and her professional life.[40:51] – Caroline had a spectacular failure that ended up turning out well, she explains.[43:31] – When Caroline runs into a problem, does she have a hack for flipping it around or looking at it from a different angle?[45:20] – Caroline chats about what she does on her (very rare) free days.[47:15] – Caroline answers the first of the rapid-fire questions: does she remember the first time that she got into memorable trouble?[47:58] – What daily routines does Caroline need to do or her day will feel off?[48:26] – Caroline’s favorite album of all time is Led Zeppelin IV.[49:05] – What was Caroline’s favorite concert of all time, and what’s on her bucket list?[50:30] – Are there specific books that Caroline has frequently gifted or recommended?[51:40] – What has become more (and less) important to Caroline as she has gotten older, and what advice would she give to her 25-year-old self?[53:08] – When Caroline hears the word “success,” who’s the first person who comes to mind?[54:15] – Does Caroline have any final asks or final thoughts for the audience? And how can they get in touch with her?