Students have overwhelming voted against a motion on whether OUSU should oppose the wearing of scholars’ gowns in examinations.In a consultation poll, 2126 students voted against the motion that OUSU should oppose the wearing of differential gowns in examinations, with 1214 in favour, and 33 abstentions. The poll was open for two days and received a total turnout of 3373—around 14 per cent of the student body.The results of the poll, which is non-binding, will be discussed and voted on in OUSU’s 1st week Michaelmas Council.The motion was proposed by Wadham students, Matilda Agace and Isobel Cockbur. Writing in Cherwell, Agace, Cockbur and Taisie Tsikas claimed that “the hierarchical gown structure is fundamentally in conflict with ideals of community and equality that the University espouses”. “Many students are made to feel uncomfortable and nervous by the presence of a visual reminder of what they might perceive as their academic inferiority,” they wrote.It was further suggested that scholars’ gowns, which cost £45, do not accurately represent academic achievement. An argument in favour of the motion on OUSU’s website argued: “prelims results are more of a reflection of a student’s educational background than their grade in Finals”.However, there has been strong opposition to the banning of scholars gowns. Writing in Cherwell, Thomas Munro said that it would be “perverse to deny those who have achieved academically the rewards of their success”.Munro further argued: “to remove the right to wear [scholars’ gowns] from those who have already achieved scholarships reeks of envy, rather than any real desire for reform”.It remains unclear if the poll will prove decisive on this contentious issue. Because the consultation was solely advisory, OUSU council could still technically vote to adopt the policy of opposing differential gowns in examinations in October.
Member credit unions of the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association and the New Jersey Credit Union League voted to approve the consolidation of the two trade organizations, PCUA President/CEO Patrick Conway said Thursday.He announced an affirmative vote of the trade groups’ memberships ratifies the definitive merger agreement approved by the boards of directors of PCUA and NJCUL in March.A total vote count was not released.The PA/NJ Credit Union Association will be open for business on Jan. 1, 2020 and become one the nation’s largest two-state trade organizations that will serve more than 520 credit unions.“This is an exciting day for credit unions in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey,” Jeff DeBree said, who serves as PCUA’s board chair and as president/CEO of the $174 million Penn East Federal Credit Union in Scranton. “I would like to thank my fellow PCUA and NJCUL board members as well as our member credit unions in both states for their support of this new organization.” ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »