Keble College JCR has narrowly voted in opposition to the College’s provisional decision to burn a boat on its front quad ahead of Summer VIIIs, in a non-binding vote held this evening.The College’s Governing Body had voted last week to allow the Keble College Boat Club to burn an old boat in the centre of the College’s Liddon quad if the men’s first crew (M1) or women’s first crew (W1) finish Head of the River next week.Members of the JCR were presented with three options in an emergency motion at a JCR meeting earlier today. JCR members were asked whether they supported the burning of the boat, a celebration of the boat not based around burning, a rejection of the burning altogether, or abstention.50 students voted to reject burning the boat altogether, with 73 choosing to celebrate the boat without burning it. There were 120 votes in favour of burning the boat and four abstentions, leaving a narrow majority of three votes in opposition to the Boat Club proposal.One Keble JCR member, who did not wish to be named, told Cherwell: “It says something about Keble that we sent this motion to debate. We are not afraid to question even the most traditional of traditions. The debate that we had was well-mannered, mature and ultimately helpful for the whole college I think.“Everyone here supports the Boat Club and will be very proud if they gain headship but we also want to ensure that Keble’s values of progressiveness and modernisation are represented in everything that we do.”Keble MCR, which was polled on the question on Sunday, voted 21-18 against burning the boat. Both the JCR and the MCR motions were wholly advisory, with no power to mandate the Boat Club.Sven Jaeschke, the men’s captain of the Boat Club, told The Oxford Student: “The grass won’t be touched and we would use fire retardant blankets to further protect it. The old wooden boat that we intend to burn, however, hasn’t been used for over 40 years and is of almost no value anymore”The Governing Body voted in favour of burning the boat 12-9 with three abstentions, with JCR and MCR representatives not allowed to vote.Keble College Boat Club and Keble College JCR have been contacted for comment.
A DELIGHTED Donegal gymnastic team are on their way home with silver medals after an amazing performance at the prestigious London Festival of Gymnastics.Donegal gymnastics team scooped silver at the London Gymnastics Festival.The Letterkenny-based Finesse Gymnastics Display Team – 15 Donegal gymnastics ages 8-17 along with team coach and choreographer – are from all over the county.They train under the direction of team coach, Meganne Herron and team choreographer Linda Bennett. The girls qualified for the London festival of gymnastics back in May 2013. This qualification selected the top 60 teams from hundreds of teams across Ireland and Britain.The Finesse Team are the second ever Irish team to make the final stage of the festival.The team travelled to London on Friday last to compete in the event where over 1400 gymnasts participated. They competed against extremely stiff competition from across Britain and Ireland.The gymnasts performed to the very best of their abilities and executed an outstandingly solid and precise routine. Their wonderful performances led to event co ordinator, president of London Gymnastics approaching team manager, Tony King to inform him that the team had caused quite a stirr amongst other teams and coaches.This positive feedback was overwhelming. After this boast of confidence the gymnasts eagerly awaited the final results.The gymnasts were awarded with silver medals for their performance of their routine; Alice in Wonderland, just behind England’s Spirit who are coached by the same coaching team as Britain’s Got Talent winners Spellbound.This placing was accredited to Finesse’s execution, precision and clarity of theme throughout their routine. This is a huge feat for this young team especially as they are the first Irish team to receive this accolade.The team now are looking to set their sights on Europe and are aiming to qualify for European Championships in Italy in July 2014. Who knows what the future may hold for this young and talented team of girls!!! The team members are – Fiona Lafferty, Rachel Canning, Ellie King, Aoife O Connor, Molly Gallagher, Amber Beecroft, Cara Nulty, Orla Lonergan, Aoife Mc Carron, Ciara Beecroft , Adele King, Molly Nulty, Orla McCarron, Ailbhe Gallagher and Tori O Connor.DONEGAL GYMNASTS SHOCK LONDON TO TAKE SILVER! was last modified: October 20th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalFinesse Gymnastics Display TeamLondon Festival of Gymnastics