Two students arrested after shot fired near Arlington Heights High School

first_imgLinkedin Elizabeth Campbell Facebook + posts Elizabeth Campbell Elizabeth Campbell Alumna joins ‘Survivor’ reality show in quest for a million dollars Twitter Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store ReddIt Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturday Linkedin Elizabeth Campbell Previous articleT Master Plan brings major changes to public transitNext articleStudent publishes children’s book, “The Howard Gardner Zoo” Elizabeth Campbell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Elizabeth Campbell is executive editor of TCU 360 and a senior journalism and political science double major. When not in the newsroom, she’s thinking about the news while probably watching TCU football or being a history nerd. Send her a tip if you have a story to share! Facebook ReddIt Breakdown: Cambridge Analytica, information warfare Elizabeth Campbell WATCH: Former Chief of Staff for Obama talks Trump administration, Democrats, liberal arts education Twitter CRES negotiates move to interdisciplinary unit amid student resistance printTwo juveniles are in Fort Worth Police custody after an Arlington Heights High School student shot a handgun during a fight in the McDonald’s parking lot across from the school Thursday afternoon, Sgt. Steve Enright said.  No one was hurt.Enright said a student fired a shot. Police originally believed another student picked up the gun then returned to school, however the gun later found in the second student’s possession turned out to be a CO2 air pistol, and not the pistol fired outside of the McDonalds. That student found with the air pistol was arrested, Enright said.Enright also said that the gun fired at the McDonalds is still missing.Clint Bond, the External & Emergency Communications Director for Fort Worth ISD, said that up to three students could be arrested.Witnesses said the fight happened around 1:45 p.m. while Arlington Heights students were on their lunch break.A receptionist at Boyd W. Douglas Podiatry, which is across the street from the McDonald’s, said she saw at least three teenagers running through the parking lot and a woman chasing after them. She also said that the woman then directed the police on which way the teenagers ran.At Arlington Heights, the campus was put into lockdown. By coincidence, the school had conducted lockdown drills earlier in the day.This letter was sent to parents of Arlington Heights students, saying that only a single shot was fired in the altercation.“We thought it was just another drill at first and then when we realized it was not a drill it was really scary,” freshman Savanna Gunn said. “We were all just huddled against the wall.”Junior David Dominguez said he knew the lockdown was real when his teacher started rushing to get students inside. Dominguez said he then ran outside as well to bring more students back into the building from their lunch break.Once inside, students remained on lockdown for almost two hours as they waited for news.“None of our teachers knew exactly what was going on,” said freshman Ella DeMott. “They just had to keep us in the classroom.”Gunn said that the students passed the time talking to each other on their cell phones.“We were all checking Snapchat and texting each other to spread the word about what was happening,” Gunn said.Police left the school around 3:45 p.m. and the lockdown was lifted before the students were dismissed for the day. Gunn said that there was continued supervision as students left school.“They walked us out to make sure we were safe,” Gunn said. “There were people posted everywhere.”[<a href=”//” target=”_blank”>View the story “The students of the Arlington Heights lockdown ” on Storify</a>]7:03 p.m.: This story was updated to reflect that the gun found on campus was a CO2 air pistol and not the weapon fired at the McDonaldslast_img read more

H100 Hosts Successful Farm to Table Dinner Benefiting Hillsides Teen Residential Homes

first_imgGatherings H100 Hosts Successful Farm to Table Dinner Benefiting Hillsides Teen Residential Homes From STAFF REPORTS Published on Friday, June 27, 2014 | 11:12 am Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  H100, a philanthropic support group of Hillsides aimed at young professionals, hosted a successful Farm to Table dinner on June 22 that combined fine dining, friends, a stunning setting, and a good cause. The H100 Board, from left to right: Ava Herrera, social co-chair; April Danz, president; David Hitchcock, membership chair; Kristin Thorell, communications chair; Jennifer Brian, vice president and treasurer; and Lauralyn Deringer, social co-chair. Not pictured: Annie Brose, satellite homes liaison.Some 100 guests gathered at the picturesque Descanso Gardens in La Cañada Flintridge on the night of June 22 for Hillsides fifth annual Farm to Table Dinner. The event was sponsored by H100, a philanthropic support group of Hillsides aimed at young professionals. This one-of-a-kind event combined friends, fine dining, and a stunning setting while raising funds for Hillsides teen residential homes in the community.“This Farm to Table Dinner was our most successful to date,” said H100 President April Danz. “More than half of the guests were either new H100 members or those interested in learning more about Hillsides and H100. And we raised more than $4,000 for the girls and boys homes’ summer activities.”The evening began with a reception from 6:00 – 7:15 p.m. while guests mingled in the garden. Guests then sat down to dinner in the Rose Pavilion, a craftsman-style open air pavilion surrounded by 4,000 rose bushes.The dinner, catered by Patina at Descanso, was served family style on rows of farm house tables. The multi-course menu consisted of innovative and local farm-fresh foods. Courses were accompanied by wine pairings provided by Mission Wines. For the first course, diners enjoyed a salad of wild baby arugula, fava beans, pecorino, and lemon and a dish of seasonal vegetables in red quinoa. For the entrée, guests were treated to wild Atlantic salmon and grilled grass-fed hanger steak accompanied by sweet corn ravioli, sautéed rapini, and caramelized heirloom cauliflower. For dessert, guests had their choice of red raspberry lemon Bundt cake and mini chocolate mousse petit fours.During the dinner, Danz introduced the rest of the H100 board, which consists of Jennifer Brian, vice president and treasurer; Annie Brose, teen satellite homes liaison; Lauralyn Deringer and Ava Herrera, social co-chairs; David Hitchcock, membership chair; and Kristin Thorell, communications chair. The H100 founders are Scott Steuber and Jeff Welch. Danz also thanked the Farm to Table Committee, which consisted of board members Deringer and Herrera, Leticia Medina, and Nicola Wilkins-Miller, for their hard work.After dinner, Hillsides Director of Group Homes Ramona McGee spoke about Hillsides teen residential homes, which provide a safe and stable environment for teens in the foster care system or who face emotional or behavioral challenges.McGee then introduced a former resident of the homes and the teen’s mother. The mother explained that her daughter was “drowning” emotionally without the will to live before coming to live at Hillsides as a young teen. At Hillsides, the staff helped her overcome her difficulties and feel hope and joy again. “It took a team to do what my daughter needed done,” said the mother. ”I will be forever grateful for that. It was the absolute best thing for our family.” Her daughter agreed, stating that without Hillsides, “I would be dead, in jail, or in the streets.” Now 17, she recently graduated from high school and will attend college in August.After the program, guests donated toward specific wishes of the teens in the homes, such as bicycles and summer field trips.Sponsors of the event included Nadine and Tony Danz, Armen and Katherine Panossian, Rob and Emilie Hoyt, Kristin and Keith Thorell, Annie Brose and Chris Anzalone, April Danz and Kelly Johnson, Lauralyn Deringer, Ava and Ed Herrera, Matthew and Kim Bickell, Jimmy and Jennifer Garcia, Edward and Noelle Aloe, Don and Sally Clark, Elizabeth M. Short and Michael A. Friedman, and Rachel and Scott Steuber.Hillsides, headquartered in Pasadena, is a premier provider dedicated to improving the overall well-being and functioning of vulnerable children, youth, and families throughout Los Angeles County. H100 is one of three Hillsides volunteer support groups. For more information, please visit First Heatwave Expected Next Week Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News Business News Your email address will not be published. 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€18 million hangar will enhance Shannon’s role in global aviation

first_imgTechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! WhatsApp Advertisement Pictured L-R Gerry Dillon, Operations & Development Director, Shannon Commercial Properties, Grainne McInerney, Property Development Manager, Shannon Commercial Properties and Deirdre Whitney, Property Manager, Shannon Airport.Pic Arthur Ellis.CONSTRUCTION is well underway on a new €18 million specialist aircraft painting hangar at Shannon Airport that will be capable of accommodating some of the world’s largest aircraft.Over 150 jobs have been created during the 14-month construction phase and the 92,000 sq ft building is on target to be completed by the end of the year.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The wide-body hangar is Shannon Group’s largest construction project to-date and is the first aircraft hangar to be developed in Ireland in almost 20 years. It will be leased to International Aerospace Coating (IAC), a leading global aircraft painting, interiors and graphics specialist.The project involves the construction of a steel-framed wide-body aircraft paint hangar and internal ancillary office space, workshops, plant rooms and storage space within the airport perimeter.It will be the only hangar in Ireland capable of accommodating multiple aircraft types up to and including, the world’s largest passenger aircraft. More than 190 metres of new taxiway to facilitate aircraft movements is also being undertaken as part of the project.Newly appointed Shannon Group chief executive Mary Considine said that Shannon has the largest hangar footprint of any Irish airport, with nine hangars.“These are fully occupied and this project is being undertaken to meet demand for additional space and fulfil our role in growing and expanding Shannon’s cluster of aviation businesses.“The development of such a major project demonstrates our commitment in this respect. It is part of an overall €100 million investment programme which the Group will have delivered for the region by the end of this year.”The project is partially financed by a loan from the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) whose mandate is to support regional development and economic activity in Ireland on a commercial basis.ISIF Head of Infrastructure and Credit Investments Donal Murphy said it was their second major investment in Shannon Airport, bringing total funding for enhancing its infrastructure to €26 million.“This investment demonstrates our ongoing commitment to regional development in line with the new ISIF investment strategy, announced earlier this year,” he added.Stressing the significance of the project Ray O’Driscoll, Chief Operating Officer, Shannon Group said the project contributes to Shannon Group’s strategy for developing its commercial property portfolio.“By the end of 2020 Shannon Group will have delivered over 900,000 sq ft of new or refurbished commercial property solutions at Shannon Airport and Shannon Free Zone,” he said.The new hangar will feature LED lighting, maximum transparent panels in the roof for natural light, an air recirculation system for the extraction system and a heat recovery system for exhaust air.SO, HOW BIG IS IT?The new hangar will be capable of accommodating three narrow-body aircraft at the same time.^ It’s the same size as 30 tennis courts^ It could accommodate 34,000 people^ It could fit 860 average saloon family      cars^ It could hold five Olympic-sized      swimming pools^ It has Ireland’s ‘widest door’^ 1,100 truckloads of concrete was used       in its construction Facebook Exercise With Oxygen Training at Ultimate Health Clinic Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Previous articleThree nights of Torch comediesNext articleGetting a second chance at life Staff Reporter Email RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Print Ann & Steve Talk Stuff | Episode 29 | Levelling Up NewsBusinessTransport€18 million hangar will enhance Shannon’s role in global aviationBy Staff Reporter – October 23, 2019 795 Limerick businesses urged to accept Irish Business Design Challenge Linkedin TAGSaviationbusinessClareLimerick City and CountyNewsShannonTransport Limerick on Covid watch list Twitterlast_img read more

Mary Coughlan among those who received 5,000 euro tax break

first_img WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton WhatsApp Pinterest Former Tanaiste Mary Coughlan has been named among eleven former government ministers who claimed almost 51 thousand euro in tax breaks for keeping second homes in Dublin.The ministers were entitled to claim tax relief on second homes in the capital, or on hotels or rented apartments, if they didn’t have a second propertyThe perk enabled ministers  to cut their tax bills by an average of €4,545.The number of ministers and junior ministers who claimed the dual abode allowance has dropped since the controversial scheme first came to public attention in recent years. Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Google+ Twitter Mary Coughlan among those who received 5,000 euro tax break Google+center_img Pinterest Facebook Facebook By News Highland – March 27, 2011 Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Previous articleHundreds take part in Altnagelvin protest marchNext articleMajor rise in those claiming car damage from potholes News Highland News Twitter Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad alsolast_img read more

Over 2300 homes without power in Co Donegal

first_img 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North The ESB’s working to restore power to over 2300 of its customers in Co Donegal this morning.High winds battered many parts of the county overnight.Meanwhile Met Eireann has weather alerts in place until 10 this morning, warning of winds with gusts of up to 130 kilometres in western coastal areas.The Road Safety Authority is advising extreme care, with motorists advised to look out for debris on roads, and take extra care around cyclists and motorcyclists. Facebook Previous articleEllie Goulding in punch scareNext articleTDs and senators to discuss challenges faces rural Ireland News Highland Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Twitter Facebook Homepage BannerNews Google+ WhatsApp 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Pinterestcenter_img Twitter WhatsApp Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th By News Highland – February 24, 2015 Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Over 2300 homes without power in Co Donegal Google+ Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

5-year-old victim in Mall of America incident ‘showing real signs of recovery,’ family says

first_imgBanksPhotos/iStock(MINNEAPOLIS) — The family of a 5-year-old boy who was thrown from the third-floor balcony at the Mall of America released a hopeful update on Friday, saying that despite “a long road ahead,” the boy is “showing real signs of recovery.”“We have good news to share with you on this Good Friday,” the family said in a statement. “Our miracle child is showing real signs of recovery. New test results have been positive, though he remains in intensive care with a long road ahead. Our faith in God and our savior Jesus is strong, and we are gaining more reason for optimism day by day. We continue to appeal for privacy as we focus on our son, and thank you for respecting our wishes. Just know that we absolutely feel your overwhelming love, prayers and support, for they seem to be working. Thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts.”The incident occurred on Friday, April 12, when Emmanuel Aranda, 24, grabbed the child and tossed him down nearly 40 feet, leaving the boy with life-threatening injuries, including multiple broken bones and severe head trauma, according to charging documents.Aranda ran away from the scene, but police apprehended him at a nearby light rail station in Bloomington, about 10 miles south of Minneapolis. Officers said he appeared “calm” as he was arrested and never questioned why he was taken into custody.Aranda told investigators he was “looking for someone to kill, but it did not ‘work out,’” according to a probable cause document released Monday. He said he came up with a plan to “kill someone at the mall” on Thursday and indicated that he was angry because women at the mall had rejected him.“He said he planned to kill an adult, because they usually stand near the balcony, but he chose the victim instead,” the document said. “[He] indicated he had been coming to the mall for several years and had made efforts to talk to women in the mall, but had been rejected, and the rejection caused him to lash out and be aggressive.” Investigators said he repeatedly acknowledged he’d come to the mall with intentions to kill and signaled that he was “aware that what he was doing was wrong,” according to the charging documents.Aranda was previously banned from the mall for throwing water in a woman’s face and destroying property. Police said he also had a warrant for his arrest in Illinois on assault charges.Police said surveillance video from the scene showed Aranda entering the third floor of the mall and looking over the balcony several times before he approached the 5-year-old victim and his mother.The victim’s mother said she noticed the suspect getting “very close to them” and asked if she and her son should move, the documents said. Aranda remained silent as he lifted the boy up over the balcony, “without warning,” and threw him down to the first floor, according to the charging documents.Aranda didn’t appear to know the victim, said police.Aranda was being held on felony charges of premeditated murder, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.Aranda made a brief court appearance on Tuesday where bail was set at $2 million. His next court appearance was set for May 14.The 5-year-old was described on a crowdfunding page as a “full of energy” child who enjoys playing hockey with his brother and sister.A statement from the Mall of America last week said, “This was a senseless act and words cannot truly express our profound shock and sadness. Our immediate and only concern is for the well being of the family and the child, as well as for any individuals who may have witnessed the incident.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Hundreds of thousands of California residents brace for another planned blackout as high winds persist

first_imgiStock(SAN FRANCISCO) — Mass blackouts will be affecting hundreds of thousands of California residents in an effort to prevent wildfires amid a forecast of hot and windy weather.The forecast poses a higher risk for damage and sparks on the electrical grid, which could contribute to “rapid wildfire spread,” Pacific Gas and Electric Co. said in a statement.About 179,000 customers in 17 counties in Northern California will be affected by the public safety power shutoff, or PSPS. The shutoffs will happen in waves in different counties, beginning at 3 p.m. local time.The peak high-winds period should end around noon Thursday in the Sierra Foothills, North Bay and San Mateo County and by noon Friday in Kern County, according to PG&E.After the high winds subside, technicians will inspect the de-energized lines to ensure they weren’t damaged and restore power as quickly as possible. The “vast majority” of customers should have electricity within 48 hours after the weather passes, according to PG&E.Southern California Edison also announced Wednesday afternoon that more than 308,000 customers could have their power cut, and San Diego Gas & Electric may cut power to 23,944 customers.PG&E began warning customers on Monday about the possibility of the second deliberate blackout this month.The heavy wind gusts during the last PSPS, which affected more than 2 million people, caused more than 100 instances of serious damage and hazard on PG&E’s distribution and transmission lines.In Southern California, the deadly Saddleridge Fire ignited on Oct. 10 near an electrical transmission line operated by Southern California Edison. The company had shut down some of its power lines, but not the one running through Sylmar in Los Angeles County.“The sole purpose of PSPS is to significantly reduce catastrophic wildfire risk to our customers and communities,” PG&E officials said in a statement on Monday. “We know that sustained winds above 45 mph are known to cause damage to the lower-voltage distribution system and winds above 50 mph are known to cause damage to higher-voltage transmission equipment.”The announcement of the most recent blackout drew anger from community members who criticized the power company for not working to find alternative solutions sooner.PG&E spokeswoman Tamar Sarkissian told ABC San Francisco station KGO-AM that it’s installing devices to divide the grid into smaller segments so blackouts are targeted in smaller areas.The company aims to end PSPS events within the next 10 years, PG&E President and CEO Bill Johnson said before the California Public Utilities Commission on Friday.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

An unusual VLF signature structure recorded by the DEMETER satellite

first_imgA type of electromagnetic phenomenon has been found in the electric VLF data measured by the low Earth orbit DEMETER satellite, which was nonidentified earlier as a different class of electromagnetic VLF events. The phenomenon, termed as “swallow-tailed whistler” (STW) after its shape, seems to be similar to a whistler, but following the main trace, an additional trace appears with monotonously increasing frequency. The secondary trace, lasting less than 80 ms within the recorded 20 kHz bandwidth joins at a given Starting Furcation Frequency. In a 7 month long time interval three series of strong STWs were found in a geographically confined search zone. Further, 10 weak STW periods have been identified by a thorough review of a 2 month long recording. Several STWs were found by the investigation of randomly selected DEMETER burst VLF recording acquired globally. On the basis of comparisons with previous studies, we can exclude that this phenomenon is generated by plasma processes in the vicinity of the satellite though the formation mechanism of this (ionospheric) signal is so far unclear. It is possible that this event type appeared in earlier records too, however, without identification.last_img read more

US Navy, JMSDF VBSS Teams Build Unity aboard USS John S. McCain

first_img View post tag: build US Navy, JMSDF VBSS Teams Build Unity aboard USS John S. McCain Training & Education Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy, JMSDF VBSS Teams Build Unity aboard USS John S. McCain View post tag: Naval View post tag: Aboard View post tag: Navy “Every boarding event comes with risk,” said John S. McCain’s Commanding Officer Cmdr. Chase Sargeant. “In a real world boarding, Sailors would be going into the unknown, whether compliant or non-complaint, inspecting for illegal drugs, weapons, and human trafficking.” This is a skill we need to hone. I believe it is the nature of the Navy to be prepared for anything and today’s exercise helped keep our team sharp.”The exercise began with JMSDF sailors from the Japan Ship Ashigara (DDG 178) boarding John S. McCain which was already engaged in the scenario. The team leader, JMSDF Lt. j.g. Rikiya Akahane, climbed the pilot’s ladder from a small craft, immediately drew his weapon and scanned for contacts before signaling his team members to come aboard. Once the entire Japanese VBSS team had successfully made it aboard and set up a perimeter around the boat deck, they met up with Lt. j.g. Joseph Travers and the U.S. Navy VBSS team.“The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force boarders were fantastic,” said Travers, leader of the John S. McCain VBSS team. “There was a bit of a language barrier, but our collective understanding of close quarter combat vastly outweighed it.The combined forces split into two teams. Team one began the accent to the pilothouse, where they would question a simulated captain and review the ship’s logs, while team two made its way through the rest of the ship, checking for hostile contacts.After team one’s inspection of the ship’s logs and interview of the captain, they returned to the boat deck, which team two had secured in preparation for their arrival.Both teams then separated back into full U.S. Navy and JMSDF teams as the small craft returned alongside John S. McCain to retrieve the Sailors and return to the Ashigara.Still fully immersed in the exercise, Akahane prepared to depart the U.S. Navy destroyer and knelt in front of the pilot’s ladder that descended into his team’s boat with his weapon drawn, remaining vigilant.Finally, Akahane holstered his weapon and shared a gracious farewell handshake with Travers.“Thank you very much for inviting us to conduct this training,” said Akahane. “This was a great experience for me, and also my team. I look forward to similar operations in the future.”“Today’s exercise has expanded my already tremendous confidence in the ability of not only my own VBSS team, but also that of the JMSDF,” said Sargeant.The oceans remain the most vital component to global commerce. Conducting maritime interdiction and sanction enforcement using VBSS teams as the main element is a crucial part of the U.S. 7th Fleet’s mission of supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.“The day’s operations were a success, not only for the United States Navy, but our friends and allies, the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force,” said Sargeant.[mappress]Press Release, July 30, 2014; Image: US Navy View post tag: VBSS The Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) was the stage for a compliant boarding exercise involving visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) teams from U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), July 27, as part of exercise Malabar 2014.center_img View post tag: teams View post tag: News by topic View post tag: JMSDF Share this article View post tag: U.S. View post tag: McCain July 30, 2014 View post tag: Unitylast_img read more

Teddy Hall gym closed after student damage

first_imgSt Edmund Hall has closed its gym following an incident which may have caused upwards of £1,000 worth of damage to the college gymnasium.In an email sent by the MCR President, David Severson, to the MCR body, the reason behind the gym closure was elucidated to students. “College has decided to close the gym for two principle reasons:“1. The ongoing issues of disregard for gym etiquette with specific reference to weights left scattered, equipment moved out of place without return, and exclusive behaviours such as changing within the gym.“2. They see that this context provided the climate for a recent incident, whereby one of the newly established radiators installed with the recent renovations to the gym was knocked off the wall.”The College Welfare Committee held a meeting where the incident, and the context referred to in the first point, were discussed at length. The result of the meeting was that JCR and MCR representatives were informed by the College that over £1,000 worth of damage had been done to the gym, and that the Domestic Bursar had received numerous complaints for etiquette misconduct.The College Domestic Bursar, Jayne Taylor, and the College Dean, Robert Whittaker, responded to the damage caused by proposing that the gym be closed for one week, beginning Monday 2nd March.In Severson’s email, the reason for this proposed closure was cited “as an incentive for gym members in our community to hold one another accountable for the behaviour and resulting incident [seen in the College gym recently]”.Severson continued, “Both the JCR and MCR representatives were not in a real position to ‘combat’ the decision, as it were, given the information that was laid on the table.”He requested that all gym users “work together to exercise proper gym etiquette, and call each other out when improper behaviour occurs in order to facilitate a more cohesive and comfortable environment in what is a very small space.”Severson told Cherwell, “I do think the closure was unfortunate, but probably appropriate, as my understanding is that such measures have been implemented by other colleges in response to etiquette issues (the damage to our gym being extra cause) like Wolfson to great effect.”Wolfson College confirmed that it closed its gym five years ago, but did not specify the precise reason for this closure.A statement released to Cherwell by Claire Hooper, the Communications Officer for St Edmund Hall, said, “The Gym was closed for operational purposes to complete essential maintenance, and has now reopened.”The St Edmund Hall JCR President declined Cherwell’s request for comment.last_img read more