Lincoln chapel desecrated by ex-student

first_imgA former student of Lincoln College entered the college’s chapel,disrupted the altar dressing and shouted  abuse at the choir who were rehearsing. The incidienttook place at around 4pm last Sunday.Choir member Helena Wilde said thatthe woman “suddenly stormed in, looking very angry and purposeful”. Shecontinued, “She walked straight past us towards the altar, so we all assumedshe was a chapel warden, perhaps coming to set up for evensong.”The woman’s behaviour started to arousethe suspicion of the choir as she proceeded to noisily rearrange the candles andthe cross which were placed on the altar, before throwing them and the altarcloth onto the chapel pulpit. She then approached an electric keyboard in themiddle of the chapel which Senior Organ Scholar Paul Wingfield was using forthe rehearsal.Wilde recalled that she “bangedher hands down on the keyboard to make a terrible sound then shouted ‘My parentsgot married in this chapel’”. As she left through the antechapel the womanclosed the heavy wooden inner chapel doors, which normally remain open at alltimes. She said “Burn in Hell, you Catholic” to the Organ Scholar who was bythe organ in the antechapel at the time. She then slammed the outer chapeldoors.Fourth year Lincoln chorister Johnny Shipley followed thewoman out of the chapel to the front entrance of the college, where she wasattempting to shut the main college doors behind her. Shipley said that hetried to “reason with her” but she responded with confused comments, including theremark “Where’s Oliver Cromwell when you need a war?”The conversation continued on Turl Street, whereher comments to Shipley indicated that she was a former Lincoln student. “She said something aboutnot being allowed to sit Finals, and something about  medication,” Shipley said. The woman, who someof the members of choir estimated to be in her mid-twenties, also revealed heridentity when asked by Shipley.Lincoln College declined to disclose theidentity of the woman in the interests of her personal welfare. The woman hadtried to gain entrance to Lincolnat around 9.30pm on Saturday night. She asked at the porter’s lodge if shecould enter the chapel but, as it was after visiting hours, she was deniedentry. When she returned the following afternoon, porter Rohan Ramdeen said hehad no reason to suspect her intentions and allowed her to enter. Thecollege porters have now been made aware of the woman’s identity and willrefuse her entry if she attempts to make further visits to the college. Lincoln JCR President Ollie Munn said,“I was obviously concerned for the students involved but it seems that no one was hurt and thatnothing was badly damaged.” Choir members described the incident as  surreal” and Wilde admitted that they “wereall quite scared when it happened”. Chaplain George  Westhaver said that he did not think theincident had been “a cause of lasting distress” and confirmed that no chargesare being levelled against the woman as she did “no damage at all”. He added “puttingthings back in place took two minutes.”ARCHIVE: 3rd week MT 2005last_img read more

Help select Smith Campus Center furniture

first_imgRenovations are continuing on the Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center, and work is on schedule for a targeted completion date of fall 2018. The project is an important element of President Drew Faust’s common spaces vision — one that brings together students, faculty, and staff as a community in new and exciting ways.Your ongoing feedback has been most valuable in helping us to shape the vision and plans for the campus center. You are invited to share your thoughts on the furniture under consideration for fitting out the new center.We hope to select furniture that will best support the many activities that will take place at the campus center, including events, meetings, studying, eating and relaxing; and we want your opinion. Please sign up to view, test out, and evaluate the furniture in sessions to be held  Oct. 11–21 in our “showroom,” at the Smith Campus Center, located at 1344 Massachusetts Ave., opposite Harvard Yard. Sessions are available at various times throughout the day. Food and beverages will be provided for all participants.To register for a session, please visit: read more

Google and Hallmark Cards rank among Americas best employers for women 2018

first_imgGoogle (pictured), Hallmark Cards, Harvard University and Principle Financial Group are among the organisations recognised on the America’s best employers for women 2018 list, compiled by business media organisation Forbes and market research firm Statista.To compile the final list, which comprises 300 US-based organisations, more than 40,000 employees of organisations with at least 1,000 staff were surveyed, including 25,000 female workers.Respondents were asked to rate their organisation against criteria such as working conditions, diversity and whether they would recommend their employer to others, with notable gender gaps in responses being taken into account.Female respondents were also asked to rate their employers on areas such as parental leave, discrimination and pay equity.Banking and financial services organisation Principle Financial Group topped 2018’s list, followed by healthcare and social business Penn Medicine in second and packaged goods firm Hallmark Cards in third. Harvard University also made the top 10 to come in ninth place, while technology organisation Google ranked as 17th on the final list.Other organisations featured on the list include cosmetics business Estée Lauder Companies, clothes retailer H&M, Stanford University, homeware brand Ikea, professional services firm Deloitte and oil and gas organisation Royal Dutch Shell.The top 10 organisations are:Principle Financial GroupPenn MedicineHallmark CardsBayCareOregon Health and Science UniversityKeller Williams RealtyBoston Children’s HospitalProvidence Health and ServicesHarvard UniversityGwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS)Kerry Gumm, director of human resources strategy at Principle Financial Group, said: “It really does start with the culture of the organisation. It’s not about sequestering women off to a corner. It’s about elevating them and giving them the right resources and voice.“One thing no-one can do is assume that we’ve got it right. We should celebrate where we’re making progress, but at the same time recognise the workforce is changing significantly, how we work is changing rapidly.”last_img read more