In a move that may prove controversial with its literature fan subscribers, The Sunday Times has decided not to continue its nearly ten-year sponsorship of the Oxford Literary Festival.After disagreements with its sister paper The Times over the coverage of last year’s Festival, The Sunday Times has pulled both its financial backing and its name from this year’s Oxford Literary Festival. The Festival takes place every March and is known for attracting novelists, poets, journalists, and academics from all corners of the globe.The Times and The Sunday Times appear to have reconciled by agreeing to co-sponsor the Cheltenham Literary Festival, but the Oxford Festival has been left high and dry without a major newspaper sponsor until further notice. Fortunately for the local and international literary communities, the Oxford Literary Festival still retains over forty sponsors, including major corporate backers like Amazon, the Folio Society, and the Ashmoleon.“It’s disappointing that such a distinguished newspaper, with a track record for producing consistently high quality cultural coverage, would place corporate interests above long-term values in promoting access to the arts,” said Will Humphries, a postgraduate English student. “The people who will suffer from this decision are not only the paper’s loyal readers, but the writers and academics for whom this institution is a valuable forum for their work.”An undergraduate English student and former Times intern added, “I’d say this is typical of the paper, but this is really pretty shit.”Despite this setback, the Oxford Literary Festival is still set to go ahead between the 22nd and 30th of March next year. Speakers will include philosopher A.C. Grayling and Alex Rider author Anthony Horowitz.
Beloved String Cheese Incident keyboardist Kyle Hollingsworth recently revealed plans for his own Kyle’s Brew Fest to take place ahead of SCI’s run at Red Rocks, and, today, Hollingsworth has announced plans to bring his festival across the country. The first-ever Kyle’s Brew Fest in Asheville, NC is set to take place on July 2nd, serving as the official pre-party for the second night of SCI’s run in the musical city.Kyle’s Brew Fest Asheville will take place from 1-5 PM at New Mountain Asheville, and admission will get you in to see a Kyle Hollingsworth Band performance, a limited edition drinking vessel, craft beer tasting, and access to the Silent Auction. All proceeds will go to benefit Conscious Alliance.Tickets go on sale tomorrow, June 11th, at 10 AM, and can be found via Hollingsworth’s official website.
Erin Hoffman Harding, vice president for student affairs, announced additional information regarding residential life and dining options for the fall semester in a Thursday email to the student body.Students living in undergraduate residence halls will be required to wear a mask in all spaces in halls other than their personal room. In addition, daily midnight parietals will be enforced for at least the first three weeks of the academic year. Shared fitness rooms and kitchens will be available for students to use by appointment only.In regard to campus dining, North and South Dining Halls will offer takeout only. Students are encouraged to eat their meals in “tents on North Quad and South Quad, the LaFortune and Duncan Student Centers, the Pizza Pi patio, the concrete pads outside the Duncan Student Center, other outdoor campus locations or their residence hall rooms.”Due to the change in dining access, students will have more flex points added to their on-campus meal plan for the semester, and unused flex points in the fall will roll over to the spring semesterA McDonald Center for Student Well-Being survey where it was found that “82% of students are somewhat concerned or more, with 37% very or extremely concerned” for their emotional well-being. Hoffman-Harding said the University is increasing its health and safety protocols designed for students’ physical and mental health.Finally, the Student Activities Office updated its club and organization protocols and suspended student group travel and off-campus events, indoor choral activities, student dances, races and runs, and the student group concession stand program. Students are encouraged to partake in virtual programming, spend time outdoors and choose safe social options that will not harm their ability to wear masks or social distance.Tags: COVID-19, Erin Hoffman-Harding, fall updates, Residence Life
Nina MetzNina Metz, 94, of Oxford, died Wednesday, April 8, 2015, at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington, KS.Memorial services will be held at 10:00 A.M., Monday, April 13, 2015 at the Oxford Christian Church. No visitation is scheduled. A memorial has been established with the Oxford Christian Church Youth Mission Trip and may be left with Oxford Funeral Service. For further information please visit www.oxfordfuneralservice.com.Nina Jean Metz was born March 14, 1921 the daughter of Frank and Addie (Main) Owens in El Dorado, Kansas. She graduated from Oxford High School in 1938. Nina met Lloyd D. Metz while at a music get together. They were united in marriage on March 15, 1939 at the Oxford Christian Church. Nina was a homemaker who worked on the farm with her husband and enjoyed gardening.Surviving to honor her memory are her children, Dennis Metz and wife Marilyn of Wellington and Susan Gosselin of Oxford; grandchildren Dan Metz and wife Justina of Oxford, Wade Metz and wife Sheryl of Oxford, Jason Metz and wife Deann of Wellington and Wilbur Gosselin of Oxford, granddaughter Christina May of Salt Lake City, Utah, great grandchildren Lynsey Metz, Kelsey Metz, Anthony Metz, Bethany Metz, Jacob Metz, Logan Metz, Wyatt Gosselin and Erin May.Nina is preceded in death by her parents, loving husband Lloyd in 2008, siblings, Goldie Louise, Margaret Thomas, June Rader, Don Owens and twin sister Dorothy and James Owens.
Organizers of Vancouver’s first indigenous-focused fashion week say the event will celebrate “cultural appreciation” for designers and creators who are used to seeing their work appropriated by others.Vancouver-born producer Joleen Mitton says the four-day showcase will feature collections from about 32 designers, most of whom are indigenous.The models are also mostly indigenous, and will include former and current foster care kids — a vulnerable group that often struggles with identity and self-acceptance, says Mitton, whose heritage is a mix of Plains Cree, French and Scottish.“A lot of these kids don’t feel that they’re visible because they’ve been discarded by their family a lot of times and obviously you don’t see indigenous people in media,” says the 33-year-old, who began modelling at age 15 and now works with disenfranchised youth in Vancouver.The July exhibit will feature emerging and established designers including Sho Sho Esquiro, Pam Baker and Jeneen Frei Njootli.And it comes as debate over cultural appropriation is especially fractious thanks to recent controversies in the art and literary worlds.An outcry over a white Toronto painter who embraced an Anishinaabe painting style forced the cancellation of her art show and sparked debate over the line between inspiration and theft.More debate followed with an editorial in the Writers’ Union of Canada magazine that dismissed the notion of cultural appropriation and encouraged writers to explore cultures and traditions that were different from their own.That also raised immediate protest, prompting the author and magazine editor Hal Niedzviecki to apologize and resign from his post as debate erupted in various media.Most notably, former National Post editor Ken Whyte branded the matter an assault on free speech and solicited donors on Twitter to establish an “appropriation prize.”Model and fellow fashion week organizer Ellena Neel says the issue is “complicated” for many outside of the indigenous community to grasp. And she finds herself constantly defending efforts to preserve indigenous culture.She says the Neel family has been especially entrenched in the debate since her great-grandmother, celebrated carver Ellen Neel, began making and selling Vancouver’s iconic totem poles in Stanley Park in the 1950s and 1960s.“With the introduction of mass production, cheaper totem poles and mass-produced totem poles started coming in from China and that started to affect her business,” notes Neel, a photographer and video artist.Indigenous creations — including clothing — are more than just crafts or hobbies, she adds. Clothes are often handmade and infused with meaning, identifying who you are, where you’re from and the First Nation you belong to.“From the West Coast, at least, we take great pride in wearing the crest from your clan and your family. For my sake, me and my brothers always take pride in wearing our thunderbird crest,” says Neel.Mitton’s modelling career took her through Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand and Korea during her impressionable teenage years, when she was asked to promote products that blatantly incorporated indigenous iconography.“I look at the photos now as a person who’s been through the fashion world…. it’s very infuriating. Those things have cultural attachment to them, spiritual attachment to them.”Mitton’s mixed heritage allowed her to pass as half-Asian, and when she returned to Canada in 2008, she struggled to reclaim her identity.“I wasn’t really happy. The fashion world itself is pretty shallow and oppressive,” says Mitton, whose career included campaigns for Kenzo, Vivienne Westwood, Lancome and Clinique.“I’ve partied with Mick Jagger, Jamie Foxx, Bradley Cooper (but) I wasn’t really proud of being a model. People would come up to me before, they would be kind of stoked: ‘Oh, you’re on this magazine,’ or ‘You’re on this shampoo bottle,’ or ‘You’re in this commercial in Asia.’ I was never super-comfortable about it.”Mitton began working with children in foster care as well as older girls aging out of foster care. She started mounting fashion shows to engage the older girls and teach them “to walk with pride and beauty”.Mitton now sees the positive influence fashion can have on a young person, and hopes she can inspire Canadians to know that high-quality, unique designs exist here at home.“You don’t have to buy that stuff from Urban Outfitters or Dsquared2 or any of that stuff, we’ve got that stuff already,” says Mitton.“If you like indigenous esthetic, buy it from those who create it and live it”The Vancouver Indigenous Fashion Week runs July 26 till July 29.———Online:http://www.ifwvancouver.com/