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first_img5:19: Lab 181, Con 236, LD 36Report from the Union: Max Lewis of OCA standing on a table and claiming it was OCA campaigning that won Oxford West for the Tories. I’m off to bed. 4:54: Lab 162, Con 220, LD 35Some success for the Lib Dems at last, as they succeed in unseating Charles Clarke. That’s two former Labour Home Secretaries gone in one night. 4:51: Lab 157, Con 313, LD 33But Ed Balls survives. Just. 4:39: Lab 149, Con 198, LD 25Former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has been defeated in Redditch by Tory Karen Lumley by a huge majority: 5821 votes. So Evan Harris can take comfort from the fact that he didn’t do as badly has her. But then Harris’s partner didn’t claim porn films on Parliamentary expenses. 4:35: Lab 145, Con 188, LD 28We now have the figures for Oxford West. Lib Dem Incumbent Evan Harris lost to Tory Nicola Blackwood by fewer than 200 votes: 23 730 to 23 906, on a 6.9% swing. A few hours ago I thought the Lib Dems might end up controlling both Oxford constituencies. Now they have neither. Not a good night for them at all. 4:23: Lab 138, Con 179, LD 28 –  Oxford West falls to ToriesNo figures yet, but Evan Harris of the Lib Dems has been defeated by the Conservatives in Oxford West. 4:16: Lab 133, Con 168, LD 26Now just two of us left in the JCR. And the other one is asleep. 4:14 Lab 130 Con 166, LD 26‘Let’s speak now to two stars of the apprentice.’ God, the BBC are getting desperate. 4:08: Lab 122, Con 155, LD 23We’ve reached the halfway point, with 330 seats now declared. 4:10 is an exceptionally late time to reach the halfway point. Vernon Bogdanor again, claiming to know how David Cameron is feeling: ‘I knew David Cameron extremely well as an undergraduate.’ Dimbleby is giving the impression more and more that Bogdanor is there not so much to explain hung Parliaments as to explain Cameron. 3:49: Lab 114, Con 133, LD 22There’s going to be a recount of the Tory and Lib Dem vote in Oxford West and Abingdon, so we can’t expect a result for a while. 3:31: Lab 112, Con 104, LD 15 –  Oxford East Held by LabourMore bad news for the Lib Dems – Andrew Smith has managed to hold on in Oxford East, defeating Steve Goddard of the Lib Dems by 21,938 to 17,357. And we thought Cherwell’s endorsement would ensure victory for him…Oxford Town Hall exploded when the result was called. The sizeable, and severely sleep-deprived, OULC contingent were clearly delighted that it had gone their way.Smith thanked the students who had been involved in the campaign. He felt that their support in the previous “months and years had been really key to our victory here.”He also commented that “in the student wards I think there were far more votes for me and the Labour Party than people, including the student newspapers, were expecting.”3:30: Con 103, Lab 100, LD 14As an illustration of how disappointing tonight is for the Lib Dems, Lembit Opic, he of the asteroids and the Cheeky Girls, has lost his seat. Come to think of it, some Lib Dems might not consider Opik’s loss so disappointing after all. Nick Robinson: ‘there’s no doubt he [Cameron] will be very disappointed.’3:23: Lab 98, Con 92, LD 14Paxman’s citing reports that the Labour party is already talking to the Lib Dems about coalition or co-operation. They, by the way, are having a torrid night, and are already one seat down among those which have declared. Lib Dem dreams of 100+ MPs, or of coming second in the popular vote, are rapidly disappearing. 3:20: Lab 89, Con 87, LD 13Vernon Bogdanor, Professor of Government at Brasenose, has just been interviewed on the BBC for the third or fourth time tonight. Bogdanor’s a big dog in the political world, but is particularly in demand tonight, both because he tutored David Cameron while he was at Oxford and because he is the world’s leading expert on the British constitution, and so one of the best people to explain what might happen in the event of a hung parliament. He says Cameron was one of the best students he’s taught, and also that he’s cool and calm under pressure, which, he says, is essential in a politician. Paxman then goes on to bully a poor Tory candidate into talking about coalitions, which he resolutely refuses to do.  3:09: Lab 87, Con 79, LD 10The Union is thinning out as people go back to their colleges, but the Cherwell team is still at work, the editors finalising tomorrow’s edition in the offices and reporters waiting at Oxford Town Hall for the results announcement, which should come some time in the next hour. A press officer told us earlier in the evening that they were expecting to be able to announce by about 2:30, but the turnout has been so great that the count is taking much longer than originally anticipated. A dozen or so people are still watching in my JCR, fighting off sleep. We’ll see how many make it to the morning. 1:58: Lab 31, Con 15, LD 4Results coming thick and fast now. Fierce booing in the Macmillan room as Gordon Brown was re-elected, and plenty of shouts of ‘down with Brown.’ The Goodman library downstairs is much more subdued, apart from the people climbing in through the windows to avoid the £4 charge. It’s not looking like quite the night the Lib Dems were hoping for. 1:07: Lab 5, Con 2, LD 1The first Tory gain of the night comes in Kingswood, and the OUCA boys immediately launch into a rousing rendition of God Save the Queen, as a certain ex-president standing on a table necks champagne from the bottle. You have to see it to believe it. 00:25: Lab 3, Con 0, LD 0 Overheard in the Macmillan Room as Sunderland Central declared for Labour: ‘fucking socialists.’A press officer at Oxford Town Hall tells me that the Oxford East results should come through some time after 2am. Turnout has been much higher than normal, but there were none of the fights or queues that happened in other constituencies. There’s a small gaggle of Labour Club people hanging around outside the counting room, but nothing like as large as the huge OCA crowd at the Union. Lib Dems nowhere to be seen, apart from Henry Curr. 23:35: Lab 2, Con 0, LD 0The Union has been nominally divided into three areas for supporters of the three political partielast_img read more

Leahy Center for Rural Students established at Lyndon State College

first_imgSource: Lyndon State. 5.18.2010 When Lyndon State College was accepted as one of five New England schools to participate in the Nellie Mae Education Foundation’s Project Compass initiative three years ago, the focus was on increasing the college retention and graduation rates of first-in-family, modest-income students (FFMI). In the midst of these efforts, project leaders discovered that there is very little information about the specific needs of and best practices in serving rural students—a surprising discovery, given that one fifth of the nation’s public school students are enrolled in rural school districts. The college also realized that there are many more students capable of pursuing a post-secondary education than those who do and that the College could best serve these students by coordinating with local PK-12 education providers to create a regional PK-16 network.Towards these ends, thanks to the efforts of Senator Patrick Leahy, Lyndon State College is pleased to announce the creation of the Patrick and Marcelle Leahy Center for Rural Students. President Carol A. Moore announced the creation of the Leahy Center for Rural Students at the College’s 2010 commencement ceremony May 16.The central question to be answered by The Leahy Center for Rural Students is what are the expectations of FFMI students relating to their education and careers and when do those expectations solidify. Many potential FFMI students never see themselves as college graduates or perhaps assume they cannot afford a college education, even when they have the potential to thrive in the college setting. It is well known that a college degree increases the lifetime earning capabilities of an individual many fold, so it is important for these students to understand the options available to them and to support the students and their families as they navigate the unfamiliar territory of pursuing a college education. President Carol A Moore presents a certificate to Marcelle and Senator Patrick Leahy naming the Patrick and Marcelle Leahy Center for Rural Students at Lyndon State College commencement Sunday, May 16, at the College.The Center for Rural Students began an in-depth longitudinal panel study this past fall under the direction of former Lyndon Prof. Rod Zwick, which will be carried on now by Center Director Heather Bouchey. The study will expand beyond the College to include students attending seven area schools that have been identified as the pilot schools in the creation of a regional PK-16 network. Ultimately, the findings of this study will inform how teachers, parents, schools administrators, business leaders and community members can work together in supporting students towards their full learning and career potential.The initial study will follow students individually and as a group from fifth grade through four years post-high school, to learn what influences a student’s decisions regarding higher education. “It is critical to understand where the college/no college decision is made,” said Zwick. “We need to help students make that decision in an informed way and encourage them to make their own individual education aspirations fit with their own future plans.”While not all careers require a four-year degree, most now need some sort of continuing education or training. While much is known about how urban students make these choices, little is known about rural, FFMI students. The Center for Rural Students will play an important role in changing that reality.On Friday June 18, The Patrick and Marcelle Leahy Center for Rural Students will be hosting a Vermont Education Summit at Lyndon State College for educators and community leaders from across the state to discuss how we can work together at the local and state level to help every Vermont student achieve their full potential along the PK-16 spectrum. This conference is being sponsored by AT&T. For more information, contact Heather Bouchey at 802-626-6444 or [email protected](link sends e-mail).last_img read more

Rogers City candidate forum sees strong turnout

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisUPDATED: 3:04pm  Katy Conklin did not jab at Ken Radzibon or Erik Stone’s suspensions throughout the night. Radzibon addressed the issue during a question from the audience. The sentence has been retracted. WBKB regrets the error.Rogers City — Just over 80 people packed into the Rogers City Theater on Tuesday night to learn more about their local elections ahead of the August primary.The League of Women Voters hosted their second of three candidate forums in Northeast Michigan. In the race for the the Register of Deeds in Presque Isle County, Vicky L. Kowalewsky had the stage to herself as Darrin C. Darga could not attend. Democratic candidates for state representative of the 106th district, John Norton and Lora Greene were on hand to field questions on various issues.The pinnacle of the evening focused on the race for Probate Judge in Presque Isle County. Erik Stone, Katy Conklin, and Ken Radzibon are the candidates. Stone was unable to attend the forum due to a mandatory meeting involving work. He did leave a statement to be read. Both Conklin and Radzibon were asked several questions involving specific programs affecting a probate judge, experience, time management, organizations they belong to, and even the legalization of Marijuana, one of the top ballot issues in November.“I think that marijuana is a drug or substance that as long as somebody is not driving and out on the road, a small amount for personal use is okay,” said Candidate Katy Conklin.“The problem with that folks is that unlike alcohol where you can take a breathalyzer test and it can be determined the level of alcohol is such that it would be a danger to drive,” said Radzibon. “There is no good test right now to determine the level of marijuana and how that might impact your driving.”During a question in the forum, Ken Radzibon addressed the issue of being suspended while serving as probate judge. Radzibon was suspended for 90 days in 1998 for a violation of Michigan Rules and Professional Conduct. Erik Stone was also suspended in that same year for 180 days. Radzibon talked about his years of experience, in regards to his years of practice and formally serving as probate judge of Presque Isle County for 24 years. Conklin went into detail about experience as well as her community outreach as Executive Director of Hope Shores Alliance.The race will certainly be tight going into the primary. All three candidates are qualified and ready to make it on the ballot in November.To find out more information about your local primary election, please visit the Secretary of State Website to see what will be on your ballot in August. (https://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,4670,7-127-1633-49313–,00.html)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious What’s Trending for July 16Next Ford recalls 550K vehicleslast_img read more