3 May

Saucy Somerville demands striptease

first_imgSomerville JCR got more than they bargained for at last Sunday’s meeting, as JCR President John McElroy was mandated to perform a striptease.Birthday boy McElroy was ordered to perform a strip tease whilst singing a song, “preferably Abba”, in an emergency motion proposed by David Sankey and Stavros Orfanos.The motion was amended, stating that McElroy only had to strip to his boxers. The altered motion passed with only two objections, though McElroy challenged the mandate as his name had been misspelled.He said, “I thought I may have found a loophole when I discovered that my name had been spelt wrong in the first clause, but this was hastily corrected in an amendment – I was flattered by the tenacity of certain supporters of the motion.”At the end of the meeting, McElroy began his striptease though the meeting was closed by JCR chair Philip Sellar before he was able to complete the dance. McElroy said the striptease had been “thankfully brief and relatively modest.”He told Cherwell, “Stripping is not an activity in which I engage with any regularity, and my dancing is questionable at the best of times. Personally, not falling over was an achievement in itself…“I’m glad my birthday was able to provide the opportunity for something a little less serious.”Somerville JCR VP Iain Moss said, “At the end of the meeting the Chair asked him to begin his striptease. John, feigning tears, got as far as removing his tie and running it under his crotch before the vast majority of the 30-odd audience felt awkward and uncomfortable and elected to leave instead of being witness to this potential visual abuse.“Some however remained, myself included, and were definitely left wanting more…He was not forced any further than was decent, but those of us wanting a bit of indecency to lighten up JCR meetings (which had been heated of late), were disappointed.”McElroy’s girlfriend Ashleigh Grant said, “I have previously witnessed the presidential dancing, and in all honesty I was more worried about the effect this would have on the mental wellbeing of those watching, than the nudity itself. John has a fine pair of legs and I think that it was for this reason, rather than any other, that the motion was met with such enthusiasm.”She further commented, “As his girlfriend I cannot condone this practice, though as a member of Somerville JCR I fully support the inclusion of stripteases at the end of meetings, for the look of utter mortification alone.”One Somerville student who wished to remain anonymous, said, “Having never attended JCR meetings previously it was something of a shock to encounter the levels of depravity that were treated as merely a legislative procedure. John is a good friend of mine, and in any other context he – I once believed – would not have endorsed such debauched activities.“The JCR treated this as customary, but I was personally offended when John used the very tie that I had bought him as a birthday present in such a lewd and sexual manner.”McElroy said, “It remains to be seen what effect my ‘dance’ will have on attendance at future meetings.”last_img read more

17 Sep

UW will host tourney

first_imgThe Wisconsin volleyball team anticipated hosting the first and second rounds of the NCAA tournament based on their 4-0 finish to end the season, gaining second place in the Big Ten with a record of 15-5 in the conference and 23-6 overall.Nevertheless, there was still a sense of tension in the Lund Family Dining Room at Camp Randall as head coach Pete Waite and his squad awaited the tournament selection announcements Sunday.But in the end, the Badgers got what they wanted, and will host the first two rounds of tournament action as the No. 11 overall seed with Valparaiso, California, and Loyola (Ill.) traveling to Madison.”Being able to host is always fantastic. Our crowd’s been great all year and it gives our kids another boost where they just play at another level,” Waite said.Valparaiso and California will face off in the first round as the Badgers are slated to play Loyola (Ill.), the very same Ramblers’ team that Wisconsin beat 3-0 (30-27, 30-26, 30-25) in the first around of last year’s tournament, which was also played at the UW Field House.Despite a losing record on the season at 13-17, Loyola (Ill.) squeaked into the tournament with an automatic bid by upsetting UW-Milwaukee 3-1 (30-26, 30-18, 24-30, 30-23) in the Horizon League Championship.If the Badgers advance after hosting the first two rounds, they will then travel to College Station, Texas, as they were placed in Texas A&M’s regional bracket along with the Aggies and the No. 6 seed Notre Dame.Aside from Wisconsin, six other Big Ten teams made the tournament — tied with the Pac-10 for the second most that a conference boasts in the tournament this year to the Big 12 (seven).With a perfect 20-0 conference finish, Penn State earned the No. 2 overall seed and could very well host all of their games at State College until the Final Four at San Antonio.Also in the State College regional is Minnesota — a Final Four team from a year ago, but not even in the top 16 seeds this season.Elsewhere, No. 13 seed Ohio State will also host the first two rounds at Columbus.Purdue was right behind the Buckeyes with the No. 14 seed, but will not have the advantage of hosting, as they will travel to Chapel Hill, N.C., with the UNC Tarheels as host.Regardless of the match-ups, Wisconsin is simply excited to have the opportunity to host and anxious to tip off the tournament against Loyola (Ill.).”I think it’s a pretty good route,” Waite said of his team’s possibility of playing in an NCAA regional for the second-straight year. “I think you’re going to meet top teams everywhere you go. Every team has its own focus right now and our focus right now is Loyola.”Wisconsin will definitely look to its Elite Eight run of last year and hope to duplicate it again this year.”Last year, we won three of our last four matches and came up with a great run in the NCAA Tournament,” said Waite. “I certainly think we can do it again with the right focus.”last_img read more

28 Dec

DONEGAL FOOD CHAMPIONS INVITED TO APPLY FOR FOOD COAST BRAND

first_imgSome well-known Donegal food business owners pictured with members of staff at Donegal Local Enterprise Office at a photo shoot to highlight, that businesses in the county can now apply to join the Food Coast Network and to use the Donegal Food Coast Brand.Businesses in Donegal associated with the food sector, will soon be able to demonstrate how they champion Donegal food by applying to use the Donegal Food Coast Brand and by joining the Food Coast network.The initiative is the latest step in the roll-out of the Donegal Food Strategy and will allow businesses in Donegal to seek to obtain use of The Food Coast branding.This, says Eve-Anne McCarron, Executive with The Food Coast – Donegal’s Good Food Initiative, will permit businesses to demonstrate that they are either a Donegal-based producer or a business sourcing produce from Donegal producers. “When Donegal Local Enterprise Office launched The Food Coast – Donegal’s Good Food Initiative – the object was to support development, growth and raise awareness of Donegal’s food sector.Now the initiative is on track to further raise awareness of food from within the county – through the launch of The Food Coast Brand – giving local enterprises an opportunity to clearly demonstrate that they champion Donegal food,” she said.Eve-Anne explained that Businesses in Donegal, can now seek to obtain use of The Food Coast branding and she believes there is already a strong desire among those working in the food-sector in the county to highlight their pride in Donegal produce.“The initiative aims to assist the food and drink producers and manufacturers of the region, the retailers supplying local produce and the hospitality outlets working with locally sourced ingredients. By contacting Donegal Local Enterprise Office – Primary producers, Value Added Processors, Retailers, Restaurants and Food Service Businesses – can all now apply to use the Food Coast Brand and to join the Food Coast Network.”Strict criteria will apply, but the Food Coast executive says she believes the new branding will be much-coveted among those working across the spectrum of the food sector in Donegal.“In a short space of time, The Food Coast has become a central platform for establishing Donegal as a “Food County” – a place with a vibrant food culture and food economy.Donegal Local Enterprise Office and Donegal County Council are keen to ensure that The Food Coast – Donegal’s Good Food Initiative – continues to create employment and contributes to sustaining the county’s local economy,” Chief Executive of Donegal County Council, Seamus Neely said.Anyone seeking further information on the Food Coast Brand can contact Eve-Anne at [email protected] or call 07491 60735 DONEGAL FOOD CHAMPIONS INVITED TO APPLY FOR FOOD COAST BRAND was last modified: August 26th, 2015 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:donegalFOOD COAST NETWORKlast_img read more