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.
A pint costs more in Oxford pubs than anywhere else in the UK other than London, according to a new study.The average cost across Oxford for a pint is £4.57, second only to London’s £5.19.Carlisle was found to serve the cheapest pints, at an average price at £2.35 followed by Chelmsford at £2.60.The study, conducted by MoneyGuru, found that Edinburgh (£4.35), Bristol (£4.32) and Winchester (£4.30) also served some of the most expensive beer in the UK.A MoneyGuru spokesperson said: “Beer prices are a highly contentious issue in the UK with price hikes becoming more and more frequent.“At the end of 2017, the average pint of bitter rose above £3 for the first time in history, while lager now sits at £3.58.”The study also claimed that Dubai is the most expensive city for beer-drinkers in the world, with the average pint there setting them back £9, while at the other end of the scale, a pint costs just £1.17 in Prague.Last January, Oxford researcher Professor Robin Dunbar claimed that there are links between spending time at the pub and happiness.Dunbar said: “[My] study showed that frequenting a local pub can directly affect people’s social network size and how engaged they are with their local community, which in turn can affect how satisfied they feel in life”
Evansville Teachers Federal Credit Union paid out nearly $4 million to its members through consumer checking counts alone in 2018.The $3,797,732 returned to members through ETFCU’s premier checking accounts represent a 61 percent increase over the 2017 total. That included a return of 3% APY on balances of up to $20,000 for members who use Vertical Checking (up from a maximum of $15,000 in 2017); reward points on debit card purchases plus bonus ScoreCard reward points each month to Platinum Rewards Checking members, who can redeem for brand-name merchandise, travel, gift cards and more; and ATM-fee reimbursement anywhere worldwide up to $15 on both accounts.“Our mission is to provide the best value for our members,” ETFCU President and CEO Bill Schirmer wrote in a letter to members. “We do this through innovative products and services that provide real benefits on a monthly basis.”Members received $2,299,956 in interest on Vertical Checking, $1,099,583 in redeemable points for Platinum Rewards Checking, and $393,193 in ATM-fee reimbursements.ETFCU, which was recognized as Best in State for Banking and Credit Unions by Forbes in 2018, has grown to more than 205,000 members with assets of $1.8 billion. Schirmer was honored with the Indiana Credit Union League’s Professional Achievement Award in 2018, marking a first for an Evansville-based credit union leader.The credit union operates six offices in Evansville, along with Indiana locations in Fort Branch, Mount Vernon, Newburgh, Princeton and Vincennes, and Kentucky locations in Henderson and Owensboro (2). An office will open in Washington, Indiana, in the spring. For more information about ETFCU and its programs, go to etfcu.org. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Making Sense by Michael ReaganPresident Donald Trump said a bunch of crazy things this week.Nothing new there.I’m not referring to the global trade war he may have started on Thursday with his announcement that steep protective tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum could be coming as early as next week.I’m referring to the tougher gun control laws the president publicly floated on Wednesday during an unscripted discussion with bipartisan lawmakers in the White House.Sounding more like Nancy Pelosi than a lifelong friend of the National Rifle Association, the president suggested three steps he thinks would help to prevent future mass school shootings like the one in Parkland, Fla.He proposed raising the age limit to buy assault-type weapons like the AR-15 to 21, making background checks tougher on, 9all, 9gun buyers and taking guns away from people with mental problems.In the real world, where there are more than 300 million guns floating around the United States, Trump’s first two actions will do nothing but burden law-abiding gun owners.The president’s third idea – taking someone’s guns away for mental-health reasons and making them go to court to get them back – is especially outrageous.Forget the serious constitutional concerns about taking law-abiding citizens’ guns and doing the due process, 9,9later.Does Mr. Trump have any clue,9 how impossible it would be to determine who was truly crazy and dangerous and needed to have his or her guns seized?Does he realize the dangerous road his idea would send us down?“Hello 911? The guy next store is cutting his lawn sideways. He’s really crazy. You better come and take his guns away.”And my Congresswoman Maxine Waters thinks the president is mentally ill.Do you say, “I’m sorry, Mr. Trump, someone says you’re crazy? You have to give us your guns.”Trump’s gun control ideas are not worth the breath he spent on them.The most obvious reason the Parkland school tragedy happened was that the FBI and the local police screwed up – despite multiple warnings.A less obvious reason the shooter was not stopped before he could take 17 innocent lives was the “parental” failure of his mother and the family he lived with after she died last year.Those adults knew he was mentally ill, angry and dangerous, yet they did little to get him the help he needed.Few parents agree to have their kids treated for being mentally ill because it reflects poorly on them. Fewer still will turn their own kids into the police.But talk about bad parenting skills.The couple the teenage killer was living with at the time of the shooting knew he had a bunch of guns and did nothing to get them out of their house.They locked his weapons in a safe, but the shooter easily made a spare key for himself. Apparently, th,9e couple,9 never met a teenager before.Parkdale was a tragedy that could have been averted with, 9the, 9common sense that all parents should employ.A good friend of mine, a hunter who owns several, 9guns, was having trouble with one of his kids and had to put him on Ritalin.After the boy had an out-of-control moment, the father took every one of his guns out of the house and gave them to a friend to keep for him.If you have a kid you think is mentally ill, and you have guns in your house, you shouldn’t look to the government to solve the problem.You should, 9solve it, 9yourself. Remove the guns from, 9the, 9house. Don’t put them in a safe. Get them out.If we are not going to take responsibility for being good parents when it comes to guns, don’t be surprised when Donald Trump or the government takes that responsibility away from us.FOOTNOTE: Mike’s column is distributed exclusively by Cagle Cartoons newspaper syndicate. The CCO posted this article without opinion, bias or editing.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Women General Counsel Honored For Keeping Shideler’s Spirit AliveMarilyn Odendahl for www.theindianalawyer.comIn the shadow of the first woman attorney to become a partner at a large Indiana law firm, five female general counsel of publicly traded companies were honored Thursday for their achievements not only in the legal field but also for developing other women and minorities into leaders.The women were recognized by Barnes & Thornburg LLP at its 3rd Annual Shirley’s Legacy ceremony. Started in 2015, the law firm has annually remembered its late colleague, Shirley Shideler, by honoring female attorneys who reflect her trailblazing spirit.Shideler first joined Barnes as a legal secretary then became the first female associate at the firm in 1963 after completing her law degree in night school. She made partner in 1971, and in 1998 became the first woman to be president of the Indiana Bar Foundation.Although she died in 2003, she was very much a part of the evening reception. Several recalled memories of Shideler and marveled at how graciously she was able to accomplish so much for women.“I am very blessed to be able to walk in the shoes and stand on the shoulders of someone like Shirley,” said Sharon Barner, vice president and general counsel of Cummins Inc. “I feel very fortunate that I am able to do work that I am passionate about.”Along with Barner, the other 2017 Shirley’s Legacy honorees were Carrie Hightman, executive vice president and chief legal officer of NiSource Inc.; Cynthia Kretz, vice president and general counsel of Cook Group Inc.; Erin Roth, senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of Wabash National Corp., and Judi Sobecki, U.S. general counsel of The AES Corp.Each were introduced to the audience by a female attorney at Barnes and presented with an award encased in glass. The women were praised for being exemplary attorneys and leaders in the companies as well as their communities. In addition, they were applauded for cultivating and mentoring the next generation of leaders, especially among women and minorities.“We all have an obligation to help others and bring them up, whether it’s people that look like us or don’t look like us, whether people came from the same background as we did or from some other background,” Hightman said. “The more we can do that, the more that we can incorporate them in everything that we do in our jobs and in our lives, the better we’ll be in all respects.”As the Barnes’ attorneys pointed out, being a general counsel takes hard work and is a position that has to be earned every day. The five honorees were described as excelling in their field and setting an example for all corporate legal officers to follow.Kretz credited Shideler with shouldering a lot of the burden of getting women a place in the legal profession. And she noted that Shideler’s achievements have led to others looking beyond gender and paying more attention to what a person could do rather than who that person was.“I have been blessed with those women and men in my career from day one who have supported and mentored me in this role,” Kretz said. “This is an opportunity not just to recognize Shirley but also everyone in this room who help each one of us help other people.”As a young associate at Barnes & Thornburg, Roth met Shideler and was invited to some of the infamous partners’ lunches that put Shideler at the table as the lone female among the men. Roth was most impressed that the male partners treated Shideler as an equal, wanted her to succeed and were not intimidated by her intellect.“I always looked at that as a very young attorney and thought, if I could be half of what she is, then I’ve done a really good job,” Roth said of Shideler. “Standing here and actually getting an award that has her name on it, means a great deal to me.”Sobecki indicated the work that Shideler started is not finished. The AES executive echoed both Kretz and Hightman, saying she benefited from the support of others and she had an obligation to do the same.“Most people who achieve any level of success in life couldn’t do it on their own,” Sobecki said. “(They) get help from the people around them and owe it to them to pay back and do everything they can to develop others, to show them the path to really achieving everything they can.”FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Gavel Gamut By Jim Redwinewww.jamesmredwine.comDO RIGHT WHILE WE HELP OURSELVESIf you read last week’s column (hey, I can dream can’t I), you know I am preparing to help the National Judicial College teach Rural Court Judges. Last week we talked about the theory that our law arises from our history and culture, our Volksgeist. Or as Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. (1841-1935) put it, “The life of the law has not been logic; it has been experience”.Posey County, Indiana has produced several influential thinkers on what our law should be and do, that is, what is the proper purpose of our legal system? Our most famous citizen was and still is Alvin P. Hovey (1821–1891). Hovey was an attorney, a Posey Circuit Court judge, a general and the only governor to ever come from Posey County (1889–1891). He also sat on the Indiana Supreme Court when it decided a poor person was entitled to the same protection of our laws as a rich person.Another of our famous predecessors was the brilliant and courageous Frances (Mad Fanny) Wright (1795–1852) who gave her entire adult life to an effort to free slaves and secure equal rights for women. Unfortunately, her good deeds were often overshadowed by her lifestyle. Still she fought for those who could not fight for themselves.Frances Wright’s companion and fellow traveler was former Congressman Robert Dale Owen (1801–1877). Owen knew Abraham Lincoln from having served in Congress in 1843–1847 while Lincoln served in Congress 1847–1849. Owen’s 1863 letter to Lincoln urging him to free the slaves is credited with influencing the President to issue the Emancipation Proclamation.Robert Owen and Alvin Hovey were also Posey County’s delegates to the Indiana Constitutional Convention of 1850–1852 that produced our 1852 Constitution in which our legal system demands fair and equal treatment regardless of a person’s ability to pay. The Preamble sets forth the first principle of our government is to establish justice and, as set forth in Article I, “That all people are created equal”.Article I, Section 12, guarantees equal justice to rich and poor alike:“All courts shall be open and every person for injury done to him in his person, property, or reputation, shall have remedy by due course of law. Justice shall be administered freely, and without purchase; completely, and without denial; speedily, and without delay.” While there are many reasons we need justice from our legal system, I suggest the two most important areas concern whether our government wants to lock us up or take away our children. Of course, there are many wealthy people who are charged with crimes and even some wealthy people who the rest of us believe should lose their children to state care. However, it is simply a fact that most people who go to jail are poor as are most parents whose children are removed by the courts.It is usually the poor and powerless who are caught up in the terrifying, confusing and expensive legal system. And frequently these poor people are not highly educated nor do they have friends in high places. They need help and both Indiana and federal law guarantee that help to them, including representation by an attorney. If the rest of us want to lock someone up or take away their children, the least we can do is follow the law ourselves and provide these people with legal assistance as our Constitutions demand. This is not only required by law, fair, just and reasonable, it is good for all of us. If the innocent are not locked up or the guilty are fairly sentenced or children are not removed when unnecessary or when necessary are removed carefully and with efforts to help the children and the parents, such justice is in our own self interest. In other words, not only is it right, it is smart and in the long run saves us money as it helps people recover so they may contribute to society. And it helps families remain united or reunite.If we can spend trillions on matters beyond our borders, we should not be mean-spirited and self-destructive with our own citizens. Plus, it complies with the law, especially those state and federal Constitutions some of us are fond of saying we revere.For more Gavel Gamut articles go to:www.jamesmredwine.comFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Earlier this year, the City of Evansville launched a major campaign, and its momentum continues to build.The Diamond Galleria, located on Evansville’s east side, has partnered with the city of Evansville in their “E is for Everyone” campaign. This October, The Diamond Galleria and owners Bert and Tyna Wheat celebrate four years as a local Evansville business, and they could not think of a better way to celebrate than continuing their mission to support Evansville.“If it wasn’t for this city and the people, Bert and I wouldn’t have been able to live out our dream of opening our own jewelry store as a couple. We want to share our story, so others can be inspired to strive for their dreams and Evansville can help them do it,” Tyna says.Drive by The Diamond Galleria at the corner of Burkhardt & Vogel day or night and see their large ‘e is for Engagement’ window display.“We are thankful for members like Bert & Tyna Wheat, owners of The Diamond Galleria, who have embraced the new branding ‘e is for everyone’ to show their community pride to both visitors and residents that Evansville and southwest Indiana is a special place to live, play and grow a business.” Christy Gillenwater, President, Southwest Indiana Chamber.The Diamond Galleria has given over $100k in charitable contributions and hosted 23 in-store charity events over the last four years. Bert & Tyna Wheat say that they’ve been able to give so much due to support from the community and the success of their business. When people shop The Diamond Galleria, they are shopping local and helping us do what we do.Bert said, “This community has done so much for us, so we feel it’s our duty to continue to help it thrive. We want Evansville to be the best it can be, and by participating in local charity, we’re able to do our part.”Check out The Diamond Galleria’s creative display and consider how you will contribute to the city’s campaign – because “E is for Everyone.”FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Photo 3: Gov. Holcomb offers remarks prior to bill signings for HEA 1001 and HEA 1002.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail Photo 2: Sen. Crider, Senate Pro Tem Long, Gov. Holcomb, House Speaker Bosma, and Rep. Soliday celebrate following the governor’s signing of HEA 1002, the state’s transportation funding bill. INDIANAPOLIS – Governor Eric J. Holcomb, joined by House Speaker Brian Bosma, Senate President Pro Tem David Long and other lawmakers, today signed into law a balanced budget and historic infrastructure funding.“Indiana lawmakers passed an infrastructure plan of historic proportions, putting our state in a strong position to finish what we started, maintain what we have and build for future growth. We did this all while maintaining a balanced budget and responsible reserves that will continue to diversify and grow our economy,” Gov. Holcomb said. “This achievement is marked by the spirit of collaboration that made this session a tremendous success for Hoosiers.”The biennial budget (House Enrolled Act 1001) and state’s transportation funding plan (House Enrolled Act 1002) gained final legislative approval late last week.“Today marks a monumental achievement for our state. Not only have we enacted another honestly balanced budget funding our key priorities, we have enacted an historic road funding plan for the next generation, cementing Indiana’s reputation as the Crossroads of America,” Speaker of the House Brian Bosma said. “Our long term road funding plan is comprehensive and sustainable, does not saddle our children with debt, and answers the call to direct all fees paid at the pump to roads. Unlike other states and Washington, D.C., we worked from a strong fiscal foundation to build consensus, support pro-growth policies and keep Indiana moving in the right direction.”The state budget funds several priorities outlined in Gov. Holcomb’s Next Level legislative agenda in January, including incentives to increase the amount of venture capital in the state, regional economic development, pre-K expansion, double tracking the South Shore Line in northwest Indiana, pay increases for law enforcement officers and more.HEA 1002 provides long-term funding to maintain state and local roads while finishing projects we have started and delivering the tools to invest in our future.“These bills work together to position Indiana for continued growth and prosperity,” Indiana Senate President Pro Tem David Long said. “Responsible fiscal management has been the foundation of our pro-growth economic environment for over a decade and this budget bill continues to advance those principles. When you combine that with a sustainable plan to fund our transportation infrastructure needs for the next 20 years, I think Indiana is continuing to send a message that we are a great place to live and do business.”Visit the 2017 Bill Watch webpage to view these and other bills the governor has signed into law.Photo 1: (Left to Right) Sen. Hershman, Senate Pro Tem Long, Gov. Holcomb, House Speaker Brian Bosma, Rep. Brown gather as the governor signs HEA 1001, the state’s biennial budget bill.
More than 1,700 Degrees and Certificates to be Awarded at Tonights Ivy Tech Southwest Commencement Commencement Speaker is U.S. Senator Joe DonnellyEVANSVILLE, IN- Ivy Tech Community College Southwest will award its graduates credentials at its 2017 Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 12, at 7 p.m. at the Ford Center. A total of more than 1,700 certificates, technical certificates, associate of science and associate of applied science degrees will be awarded to more than 1,000 students. Approximately 365 individuals will take part in the ceremony on Friday.Where: The Ford Center, Evansville, INWhen: Friday, May 12, 2017 at 7 p.m. (CST)Commencement Speaker: U.S. Senator Joe DonnellyHonorary Degree: Glen Muehlbauer, Vice President of Human Resources, Koch EnterprisesSpecial Guests: Dr. Russell Baker, Vice President of Academic Affairs and University Transfer Division, Ivy Tech Community CollegeThe public is encouraged to attend the free event and no tickets are required.Ivy Tech Community College estimates that nearly 19,375 credentials will be awarded at commencement ceremonies throughout the state taking place from May 6 to May 20. In addition to earning credentials, Ivy Tech students have earned thousands of credits to transfer to four-year institutions throughout the state, saving those students more than $38 million dollars in tuition costs.FOOTNOTE:-Student with wheelchair lift built by other students will receive diploma in standing position-Local industry leader to receive honorary degree for assisting Ivy Tech with business partnerships to develop Skill Up Program-Two student speakers – one a student graduating at age 18 from Associate Accelerated Program (ASAP); and one a student who already has bachelor’s degree and was in med school, then came to Ivy Tech — give their unique perspectivesFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Staff ReportTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS — Legislation that could lead to the expansion of broadband internet service in rural areas passed the General Assembly before the clock ran out on the session Wednesday.House Enrolled Act 1065, which is on its way to the governor for action, was the top legislative priority of the Indiana Farm Bureau in 2018.The bill authorizes the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission to study broadband expansion and tools to assist in its deployment. It also establishes a grant program for broadband deployment.The Farm Bureau said other bills that helped the state’s agriculture business, including:HEA 1089 – Makes changes to the authority of the St. Joseph River Basin Commission. Includes surveyors and Soil and Water Conservation District staff on the commission.HEA 1115 – Protects landowners from liability if someone goes through or on their property for the purposes of accessing a trail or greenway.HEA 1227 – Adds waterhemp, marestail, Palmer amaranth, Powell amaranth, smooth pigweed, rough pigweed and poison hemlock to the noxious weed list.HEA 1233 – Authorizes a study committee to review government programs and research related to non-point source impacts on water quality. It also approves the use of purple marks as a way to expand the options for marking the property to provide notice against trespassing.FOOTNOTE: TheStatehouseFile.com is a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail