Thieves hit Cowley students twice in a week

first_imgTHIEVES made off with thousands of pounds in electronic equipment after breaking into two student houses in the Cowley Road area last week.Police have urged vigilance against “opportunistic” criminals after two houses, both rented by Wadham students, were burgled while their occupants were out at parties.In the first incident, which took place last Saturday, thieves entered through the front door without causing any damage.One girl, who wished to remain anonymous, said she only noted valuables were missing when her housemate couldn’t find her laptop the morning after a night out. “We all went out to a bop, and it was the first time we’d all gone out at the same time,” she said. “We came back and all went to bed. There was no sign of forced entry. One girl noticed a laptop was missing the next morning and came to my room. We noticed that three laptops and an iPod were also gone.”The house did not have the correct level of security demanded by the insurance policy, meaning they may be unable to claim compensation for their losses. “We’re not sure if we can claim insurance,” she said. “There’s a certain grade of lock that you need in order to claim, and its quite a big issue.”The other burglary occurred in a house nearby, during which thieves entered through an open back window.According to one occupant, the house was empty at the time of the theft. “We went out at 11 and someone came back at 12 and the front door was open,” she said. “They took four laptops, a wallet, four MP3 players and a jewellery box.“The police came round and fingerprinted the house but they said there were glove marks, and so weren’t sure if there was much chance of catching the thieves.”Police have warned the students’ lax attitudes to security were partly to blame.Graham Milne, a Crime Reduction Advisor at Thames Valley Police, said, “Most burglaries are opportunist and happen due to insecurities. Something has probably been left open. Nine times out of ten its due to students.”Milne added that thieves were attracted by student houses due to the prevalence of expensive electronic equipment. “Students have what criminals want. Our advice is to keep everything out of sight and mark up your PC using UV pens so that if we recover it we can return it.”By Jake Whittallast_img read more

Extension School recognizes outstanding grads

first_imgEach Commencement, the Harvard Extension School recognizes the notable accomplishments of its top graduates and outstanding faculty with numerous awards and prizes. Recipients may demonstrate outstanding initiative, character, and academic achievement; show dedication to the arts or public service; or in regard to faculty, be lauded by their students for excellence in teaching.One honor, the Dean’s Prize for Outstanding Master of Liberal Arts Thesis, is awarded to a student whose graduate thesis embodies the highest level of imaginative scholarship. Through the years, A.L.M. thesis advisers from across the University (all of whom must have Harvard teaching appointments) have been singularly impressed with the work produced by their Extension School advisees: “tremendous body of work — better than many doctoral theses I’ve seen”; and “an important contribution … it should be published”; and on one biotechnology student, “the most impressive master’s student I have encountered … at Harvard.”In addition to the Dean’s Prize for Outstanding Thesis, there are four major academic prizes — the Phelps, Crite, Langlois, and Small prizes — as well as the Bok, Aurelio, Yang, and Wood prizes. Faculty are awarded the Bonanno, Conway, Fussa, and Shattuck awards.To see a list of 2009-10 Harvard Extension School prize and award recipients, visit the Extension School Web site.last_img read more

Baseball Hall of Famer Frank Robinson dies at 83

first_imgHis career didn’t end there, as he would go on to become the first black manager in the National League with the Giants (1981-84). He also managed the Orioles (1988-91) and the Expos/Nationals (2002-06), compiling a career record of 1,065-1,176 (.475) across all or parts of 16 seasons. Robinson finished his playing career among all-time leaders in multiple offensive categories including home runs (586), RBIs (1,812), runs scored (1,829) and walks (1,420). He is one of only three MLB players ever to have his number retired by three teams, along with Nolan Ryan and Jackie Robinson.“I always tried to do the best,” he said. “I knew I couldn’t always be the best, but I tried to be.” We are saddened by the loss of Frank Robinson, a Hall of Famer, 2-time MVP and MLB’s first African-American manager. He was 83. pic.twitter.com/tYDZGMWAfd— MLB (@MLB) February 7, 2019Robinson crafted a Hall of Fame career from deft skill with the bat and a fiery personality. Those attributes allowed him to finish his playing days with 586 home runs — fourth-most ever at the time and now 10th on the all-time list. He later became MLB’s first black manager with the Indians and eventually guided four franchises in four different decades. Affectionately nicknamed “Pencils” for his thin stature growing up, Robinson was born in Beaumont, Texas, but spent his high school years in Oakland, Calif., where he played basketball alongside Hall of Famer Bill Russell. Robinson finished his career outscoring Russell on that same team.But basketball wasn’t for Robinson, who went on to sign with the Reds out of high school for $3,000.From the moment he broke into the majors, he was one of the best players in the game.Robinson was named the NL Rookie of the Year in 1956 after hitting 38 home runs and driving in 83 runs. The 38 homers were the most by a rookie until Mark McGwire hit 49 for the Athletics in 1987. The mark has been bested only three times since Robinson set it. Aaron Judge of the Yankees (52) and Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers (39) both surpassed it in 2017.A fierce competitor, Robinson played 10 seasons in Cincinnati making six All-Star teams and winning the MVP award in 1961.He would move on to the Orioles in 1966, where he would win an MVP in his first season with the club — becoming the only player to win the award in both leagues — as he led the team to a World Series victory while winning the Triple Crown with a .316 batting average, 49 home runs and 122 RBIs. He would win two World Series titles in his six years with the Orioles.We mourn the loss of Hall of Famer and Orioles Legend Frank Robinson. #Frank20 pic.twitter.com/4yy4lV2U4N— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) February 7, 2019He was so intense, he chewed out his Orioles teammate Paul Blair — one of the best fielders in the game — for missing a fly ball. Robinson went on to say, “I believe that every ball that stays in the park ought to be caught.”While Robinson was fiery on the field, he was even more so off it as he fought for civil rights for much of his playing career especially once he moved to Baltimore. After witnessing the city’s segregated housing and discriminatory real estate practices, Robinson became an enthusiastic speaker on racial issues.Robinson also was outspoken about white pitchers not being openly rebuked for throwing at black batters.MLB’s statement on the passing of Hall of Famer Frank Robinson: pic.twitter.com/JeV7JCfAfS— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) February 7, 2019After he was traded to the Indians in 1974, he was named the team’s player-manager in 1975. He would manage the Indians for two years before he was fired. Baseball Hall of Famer and trail blazer Frank Robinson died Thursday in Los Angeles, MLB announced Thursday. He was 83.Per the New York Daily News, Robinson died after a battle with bone cancer.last_img read more