Queen’s sized Bedrooms

first_imgMembers of Queen’s College JCR have accused their President of using a provision which ensures tall people do not get attic rooms to fix the room ballot to obtain the best rooms for himself and his “mates”. Ashley McDermott, the JCR President, has dismissed the claims as “ludicrous” and, while admitting things could have been handled better, he said, “my conscience is completely clear”. He has responded to allegations that the process “wasn’t fair and that it was an excuse to give some of your mates good rooms,” by sending a 1,500 word email to the whole JCR denying that there had been “an outrageous abuse of power.” The ballot for rooms in the college was run by the Home Bursar’s secretary instead of the Home Bursar for the first time this year, along with McDermott. Following last year’s ballot that left students over 6ft tall stooping for a year in an attic room, the college invited submissions from students who felt they had a justifiable need of a certain room. After only one application was made on the grounds of height, the Home Bursar’s secretary asked McDermott to name all the tall people in college. He named several of his friends but he admits, “Unfortunately there were people who I missed out, and I apologise for this.” There was more dissatisfaction after it emerged that McDermott himself had made a submission to the Home Bursar but had refused to reveal the reasons behind it. He asserts that “as a matter of principle and personal preference I would not be able to stand up in front of the JCR and try to justify the personal reasons for which I applied for any particular type of room.” The requested room is in the illustrious Drawda Halls and contains a double bed. McDermott claims that it is not a particularly good room and that he is as entitled as anyone else to apply under the new rules. Stewart Robinson, ex-JCR president said that the JCR “should establish a proper policy” on the ballot adding that it, “should be the luck of the draw” for everyone, including the President. Amidst a jumble of double negatives, McDermott goes on in his email to “categorically deny that I have gone against neither the ‘spirit’ not (sic) the ‘letter’ of JCR policy,” and to promise that clearer guidelines will be drawn up in the future.ARCHIVE: 4th week TT 2004last_img read more

Briefs

first_imgn Starbucks’ US chairman and former chief executive, Howard Schultz will immediately replace chief executive Jim Donald. Starbucks said the leadership shuffle is part of a series of initiatives to help improve its performance.n What has been described as Britain’s first Polish supermarket has opened in Sunderland. The Polskie Food Company in Holmeside stocks a wide range of Polish bakery items and breads.n A new website, [http://www.foodanddrinkforum.co.uk], has been launched by The Food & Drink Forum. The aim is to help keep the industry up to date with support, training and development opportunities.n Bakers should consider capitalising on the growing trend for online shopping. Retail specialist, Actinic, found in a survey that respondents reported a 27% rise in the number of customers buying online at Christmas, compared to the same period in 2006. They also reported an increase in internet revenues of 46%.n Northern Foods announced on Friday 11 January, that its acquisition of a soup plant from Baxters Food Group would improve its production footprint in the UK.n Police have been investigating inapropriate, religious graffiti at Pentland Bakery in Herts. Pentland owner Mr Munir said the graffiti referred to Islam in an offensive way.last_img read more