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Ruskin cuts anger students

first_imgLast Friday Ruskin College students held an occupation following its Governing Executive’s curriculum review in which it decided to discontinue a large proportion of its humanities department without adequately consulting them. The Curriculum Review concluded earlier this year to reduce BA History and BA English Studies to single-year Certificates of Higher Education, after reducing its staff budget because of the “inadequate” financial situation of its main funding body, the Skills Funding Agency. Last October, it was decided that a report by a group of students would contribute to the decisions of the curriculum review. Students of the College were invited to meet three governors prior to the meetings with the Academic Quality and Standards Committee and the Governing Executive on Friday in order to discuss the concerns of the students. However Matt Bevington, a student at Ruskin, told Cherwell, “We felt that it was just a box-ticking exercise and that we weren’t listened to earnestly. Therefore, we decided to enter the meeting and silently observe. We entered the meeting and were told by three different people that we were not permitted to be there and had to leave. We refused. The meeting was then moved to a different room but we were unable to gain access before security was placed on the door to keep us out. We continued our protest outside – we banged on the door and windows, put up posters, stood in front of the window. The Curriculum Review was passed without contest.” A spokesperson for Ruskin College said, “The College went through a comprehensive curriculum review process from September. In this process we consulted with stakeholders through our committee structure, working groups and focus groups. This is a review of our curriculum for 2015/2016 to ensure that our programmes meet the on-going needs of prospective students.”last_img read more

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Dark Star Orchestra Announces New Year’s Run & Fall Tour

first_imgDark Star Orchestra has been a fan-favorite Grateful Dead-inspired act for decades. The group is a well-known road dog, extensively and regularly touring the country and bringing their exacting recreations of specific Grateful Dead shows to the masses. Today, the band has announced their plans to end 2018 with a four-date Cosmic New Year’s tour, ringing in 2019 at the Wellmont Theater in Montclair, New Jersey, on December 30th and 31st. These newly announced dates pair with the band’s announcement of a 16-date second leg of their fall tour.Focusing heavily on the East Coast, for their fall tour, Dark Star Orchestra will wind through New England’s familiar towns, including multiple-night stands in at Huntington, NY’s The Paramount; Richmond, VA’s The National; and Philadelphia, PA’s Electric Factory; as well as their return to Washington, D.C.’s The Anthem.Additionally, Dark Star Orchestra has plans into 2019, highlighted by their seventh-annual Jamaican Jam in the Sand festival, happening January 15th through 19th in Runaway Bay, Jamaica. Featuring a beachside stage and located at an all-inclusive resort, the destination festival features four nights of Dark Star Orchestra, plus two sets of The Wailers, and three sets from Green Leaf Rustlers. Limited packages remain with complete information available here.Check out the video below, of Dark Star Orchestra’s debut performance at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado, earlier this summer, where they took on recreating the Grateful Dead setlist from July 8th, 1978, 40 years to the day at the same stage the original set occurred.For more information about ticketing or the group, head to their website here.Dark Star Orchestra Fall 2018 Tour + Cosmic New Year’s Run: 9/27 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN9/28 – Riverside Theatre – Milwaukee, WI9/29 – The Vic Theatre – Chicago, IL10/1 – Monarch Music Hall – Peoria, IL10/3 – Mercury Ballroom – Louisville, KY10/4 – The Pageant – St. Louis, MO10/5 – Egyptian Room – Indianapolis, IN10/6 – Majestic Theatre – Detroit, MI10/8 – The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI10/10 – The Clyde – Fort Wayne, IN10/11 – House Of Blues – Cleveland, OH10/12 – Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA10/13 – Express Live – Columbus, OH11/9 – Lowell, MA – Lowell Memorial Auditorium11/10 – Ithaca, NY – State Theatre of Ithaca11/11 – Northampton, MA – Calvin Theatre11/13 – S. Burlington, VT – Higher Ground11/15 – Portland, ME – State Theatre, Portland, Maine11/16 – New Haven, CT – College Street Music Hall11/17 – Albany, NY – Palace Theatre11/18 – Peekskill, NY – Paramount Hudson Valley11/20 – Concord, NH – Capitol Center for the Arts11/21 – Jim Thorpe, PA – Penn’s Peak11/23 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount11/24 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount11/28 – Richmond, VA – The National11/29 – Richmond, VA – The National11/30 – Norfolk, VA – The NorVA12/1 – Washington, D.C. – The Anthem12/28 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory12/29 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory12/30 – Montclair, NJ – The Wellmont Theater12/31 – Montclair, NJ – The Wellmont TheaterView All Tour Dateslast_img read more