‘Dirty protest’ against Somerville’s newly gender-neutral toilets

first_imgOver the Easter vacation, however, the urinals were boarded up and the new signage was attached to the doors with velcro, provoking heavy criticism from the student body.A Somerville student told Cherwell: “We can’t really be sure if this was a genuinely transphobic act or whether it was someone just being a bit stupid and inconsiderate after too many pints.“Either way, the urinals shouldn’t have been removed, we never asked for that. But to show your discontent with the clueless way college have dealt with the issue by doing this is very inconsiderate and could make some people feel really attacked.”LGBTQ+ Officer, Eilidh Wilson, told Cherwell: “It has been pointed out that the sentiment behind the act of vandalism may not have been one of hatred of transgender people or hostility to gender neutral toilets but rather frustration at the removal of the urinals.“This seems especially likely considering that the request of the JCR motion that was passed last term mentioned nothing about the removal of urinals. I personally supported keeping the urinals but college made the decision to remove them after the motion was passed.“Regardless of the motivations of the perpetrator/perpetrators, this act of vandalism comes on the back of an extremely important change to make college, especially the toilets, an inclusive space for trans people.“It has upset many LGBT students in college and has been received by some as a sign of intolerance and an alarming lack of sensitivity to the experiences of trans people.“Whoever is behind this is seriously failing to see the bigger picture: the loss of a urinal issimply not as important as trans rights.”Since the incident, transgender flags have been hung over what was the urinals in a mark of solidarity.Trans flags were hung where the urinals used to be in a show of solidarity. PHOTO: EVE WEBSTER A “dirty protest”, involving urination and vandalism, has been staged in the Somerville College bar’s toilets, which were recently made gender-neutral.The door of a cubicle in what was previously the male bathroom was inscribed with the words: “We want our fucking urinals back”. The vandalism was accompanied by a puddle of urine left on the floor.College members received an email from the decanal team the following day, which stated: “The College authorities take this matter exceedingly seriously and will not tolerate such behaviour.“Somerville prides itself on being an inclusive College and we expect all of our members to treat each other and the College with dignity and respect.”The email also urged members of the college to contact the deans with any information regarding the incident.Students also received an email from JCR president Niall Macklin, titled “I can’t believe you’ve done this.” The email requested that the perpetrator “refrain from being a barbaric idiot.”Niall’s email further read: “If you have a problem with the changes please use the wonderful democratic process that is the JCR general meeting and not dirty protests.”The incident follows complaints addressed to college officials made by JCR members, in particular LGBTQ+ officer Eilidh Wilson, over the new gender-neutral signs attached to the toilet doors over the vacation.Rather than stating “gender neutral”, as requested, the signs display traditional, binary symbols and make no reference to those who identify outside of the gender spectrum.The motion to make the toilets gender neutral, passed by the JCR last term, made no request to remove the urinals. It proposed to “ask college to replace the signs in the college bar and the dining hall with signs that say ‘gender neutral toilet with cubicles’ and ‘gender neutral toilet with cubicles and urinals’.”last_img read more

Local authority pensions seek independent cost monitor

first_imgIt followed work by Chris Sier, professor at Newcastle Business School and long-time cost campaigner, who has built on it in his role as chair of the Institutional Disclosure Working Group, which aims to develop a similar template for all asset classes. The UK’s local authority pension funds are seeking to appoint a third-party monitor for the system’s investment cost transparency tool.According to a tender published this week, the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) Advisory Board wants to speak to providers who can “design, build, host and support” a system for validating and checking submissions from fund managers.Few other details have been made public, but the initial contract would be for five years and worth more than £500,000 (€556,000), according to the tender notice.The LGPS last year launched an investment management cost disclosure template following consultation with asset managers and trade bodies. At the time, the advisory board said it expected an increase in disclosed costs of roughly 25% following its implementation. The LGPS Code of TransparencyIn its current form, the LGPS Code of Transparency is voluntary as it does not yet have the flexibility to incorporate costs specific to asset classes outside of listed equities and bonds.However, private equity managers have pledged support for the code, with several having told IPE they intend to comply as much as possible prior to a dedicated private equity template becoming available.More than 80 fund managers, service providers and asset pools have signed up to the disclosure code. The advisory board estimates that more than 95% of LGPS assets are covered by the code, and most new investment tenders include a requirement for providers to be signatories.The tender notice is available here.last_img read more

Double delight for Bale

first_img “It’s a massive honour,” the Welshman said. “To be voted by your peers is one of the biggest things in the game. It’s great to win it and I am delighted.” Ronaldo scooped both the young player and the main award in 2007, some 30 years after Andy Gray become the first professional to do so. Bale won the senior award two seasons ago when he shot to fame with a series of scintillating displays domestically and in the Champions League. But he has gone on to become an even better player since, transforming himself in to a goal scoring machine that has found the net 29 times for club and country so far this season. Bale’s talents on the pitch are worthy of praise, and his attitude off it has also been complimented. Coach Eric Harrison was awarded the Merit award for his role in bringing through the stars from Manchester United’s academy at the start of the 1990s. Arsenal Ladies midfielder Kim Little won the inaugural Women’s Player of the Year award. Little, 22, has been a regular at Arsenal since she joined from Hibernian at the age of 16 and last summer was a part of the British Olympic team at London 2012. This is the first time that the PFA have handed out a women’s award as next year will be the first season that females are allowed to join the organisation. Bale beat off competition from Luis Suarez, Robin van Persie, Juan Mata, Eden Hazard and Michael Carrick to win the senior gong for the 2012-13 season. The Welshman also took home the Young Player of the Year award, making him only the third player in history to receive both prizes in the same season. Press Associationcenter_img Tottenham forward Gareth Bale has rounded off a remarkable season by becoming the first player since Cristiano Ronaldo to do the double at the PFA Player of the Year awards.last_img read more