Buckingham Palace declined Cherwell’s request for comment.A member of St Benet’s JCR further explained to Cherwell why he believes the invited speakers to be problematic, commenting, “The Hall lobbied the University to remove the PPH opt out from the University admissions process, which probably means they should be more open to the greater diversity of students they’re going to get now people can’t elect not to be considered by a PPH.“They said it created a bad impression. When you applied to Oxford, you used to get an email asking if you wanted to opt out of being considered by any PPHs.“If the Hall campaigned to have the opt out removed so people could no longer chose not to be considered by a religious hall then they should have taken into account that people who would have previously opted out, for example gay people uncomfortable at the thought of attending a conservative Roman Catholic institution, would end up attending the Hall, and so should have made moves to provide welfare and a more inclusive atmosphere.”St Benet’s has made steps towards becoming more inclusive, with a board of trustees of the PPH voting unanimously on Thursday to formally confirm the decision to admit female undergraduate students for the academic year 2016 to 2017.Currently, St Benet’s has female graduate students, but no female undergraduates, as the six Benedictine monks that live and work in the Hall are not permitted to live with women. St Benet’s is the last PPH or College at Oxford that is not co-educational.Professor Jeanrond commented on the future admission of female undergraduates, “This vote means the happy end of a process. Last year the St Benet’s Trust decided to admit female graduate students, and we were delighted to welcome the first female graduate student doing an MSt course in Jewish Studies last October.“The reason why we are deciding now to admit undergraduate students has to do with our success in identifying a second building for St Benet’s. Our main site at St Giles houses a Benedictine community of monks. Therefore, the house offers male accommodation only.“The new house offered to us to buy by the Sisters of the Sacred Heart in Norham Gardens would allow us to accommodate both male and female students. I am very happy indeed that we now have the opportunity to transform St Benet’s into a coed college community within the Benedictine educational spirit. And I am encouraging female students interested in the subjects we teach to apply now for admission in October 2016.“My colleagues in Ampleforth Abbey, at St Benet’s Hall and I are actively engaged in fundraising to secure the funds for the acquisition of this new building. We hope to move into the new site already in October 2015.” Students at St Benet’s Hall have claimed that they were “emotionally blackmailed” by the Master of the Permanent Private Hall (PPH) to cancel an emergency JCR meeting called to discuss a boycott of a student dinner to which HRH Princess Michael of Kent had been invited to attend.St Benet’s Hall host a ‘common table’, where the Master, fellows of the PPH, the six Benedictine monks who reside in the Hall, and both graduate and undergraduate students eat together and have discussions.HRH Princess Michael of Kent was invited by the Master, Professor Werner Jeanrond, to attend one such pre-paid dinner in St Benet’s Hall. However, students had spoken out against this invitation, as, according to one undergraduate at the PPH who wished to remain anonymous, “[HRH Princess Michael] has a history of publicly expressing appallingly racist, classist, and elitist views”.The JCR called an emergency meeting to be held last Friday, where they planned to discuss a boycott of the dinner in protest against the PPH’s association with Princess Michael and to write and issue a statement clarifying the JCR’s opposition to her attending the dinner. This was intended to distance the undergraduate community at St Benet’s from the remarks Princess Michael has made on record about BME individuals.However, before the emergency meeting was to take place on Friday evening, Professor Jeanrond allegedly threatened both his resignation, and the loss of the new building necessary for the admission of female undergraduates in future years, if it went ahead. The emergency meeting was subsequently cancelled.A St Benet’s student, who wished to remain unnamed, explained, “The Master has informed us that if we are to speak out we will lose our new building and he will have to resign. We don’t believe that to be true. The Master said the Hall would lose all of its funding, we’d lose the new building, so women would be off the agenda, he’d have to resign, and Benet’s would have to shut down.”Speaking on the day of the planned emergency meeting prior to its cancellation, one St Benet’s JCR member told Cherwell, “We feel that this [the meeting and its aims] is of significance because, due to some members of the Hall making it clear that [they] felt unwelcome and ill-fitted to the atmosphere of the Hall, we have recently (in a very controversial JCR meeting) instituted a BME position on the JCR committee.” The student continued, “Furthermore, a significant majority of the JCR also want to move Benet’s towards being more progressive; we believe this move [inviting HRH Princess Michael to the PPH] significantly contradicts the Master’s publicly aired views, leading him open to accusations of hypocrisy, as he is reinforcing the toxic elitist image of St Benet’s, which so many of us who care about the image of the Hall want to address.”Professor Jeanrond told Cherwell, “St Benet’s Hall prides itself for its hospitality at its common table. Every Tuesday evening in term time students and fellows suggest guest speakers from very different parts of society and culture to address our table for approximately ten minutes. A member of our JCR has suggested we invite HRH Princess Michael of Kent, an invitation which the Hall has supported.“No member of the Hall has ever been coerced into dining. The decision on the admission of female undergraduate students to the Hall is entirely unrelated.”The dinner to which HRH Princess Michael was invited as the Hall’s guest took place last Tuesday. Students were not allowed to bring phones or cameras into the hall, and security was hired for the evening.Another controversial guest, Cardinal Raymond Burke, was welcomed to St Benet’s Hall on 28th May. Cardinal Burke’s attendance caused further anger amongst St Benet’s students, due to alleged homophobic comments he had made prior to his visit. Cardinal Burke was removed from the Vatican committee in 2013 for his “anti-gay” values, and in 2014 he claimed that children should not be exposed to same-sex couples.
Star Files Mark Strong(Photo: Pete Jones/ArenaPal) Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed from today. Mark Strong & Hope Davis Set for New David Hare PlayTony nominees Mark Strong (A View From the Bridge) and Hope Davis (God of Carnage) will lead the previously reported world premiere of David Hare’s The Red Barn at London’s National Theatre, writes U.K. journalist Baz Bamigboye. Directed by Robert Icke, the play is set in Connecticut and follows two couples whose car breaks down in a blizzard. The production is scheduled to begin previews on October 6 and officially open on October 17 at the Lyttelton Theatre. We’re keeping a close eye on this one—it’s being produced in association with Broadway and Hollywood heavyweight Scott Rudin.Harry Potter Star Slated for UnfaithfulMatthew Lewis, who appeared as Neville Longbottom in all of the Harry Potter films, has been tapped to star in the London premiere of Unfaithful. The blackly comic new play, also featuring Sean Campion (The Borgias), Niamh Cusack (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time) and Ruta Gedmintas (The Tudors), questions what it means to be lovers, partners and people. Directed by by Adam Penford and penned by Owen McCafferty, Unfaithful is set to run for a limited engagement August 25 through October 8 at Found111. Opening night is scheduled for August 31.Victoria Clark & More Tapped for Madame SousatzkaAn update on the Broadway-aimed Madame Sousatzka, from the notorious producer Garth Drabinsky. Main Stem favorites Victoria Clark, Montego Glover and Tsidii Le Loka (the original Rafiki in The Lion King) are currently involved in a workshop of the stage adaptation of the 1988 Shirley MacLaine movie. Penned by Richard Maltby Jr. and David Shire, the New York Post reports that tuner plans to open in Toronto this fall, before possibly heading to New York next spring.Josh Groban Drops Great Comet TasterJosh Groban has just released for digital download “Dust and Ashes” from the new musical Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812. Featuring music and lyrics by Dave Malloy, the track will be distributed by Reprise Records; the new musical will blaze into Broadway’s Imperial Theatre on October 18. And, just because it’s Friday, check out below Groban’s rendition of “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from Rodgers and Hammerstein ‘s Carousel. You’re welcome. View Comments Mark Strong
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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It seems everyone has a “package” that gives an extra bump in yield. Many of these packages contain micronutrients. In Ohio, because we generally have clay in our soil and reasonable levels of organic matter, we don’t regularly see a yield impact from applying micronutrients. So should we be concerned about micronutrients?Our soil tests are most reliable for pH, phosphorus and potassium. We usually use a combination of soil and tissue tests to determine micronutrient deficiencies. Soil pH can also help us know where to look for deficiencies. Table 1 outlines some situations in which to watch for these deficiencies. Table 1 Crop and soil conditions under which micronutrient deficiencies may occur. This taken from Table 23 of the Tri-State Fertilizer Recommendations. MicronutrientSoilCropBoron (B)Sandy soils or highly weathered soils low in organic matterAlfalfa and cloverCopper (Cu)Acid peats or mucks with pH < 5.3 and black sandsWheat, oats, cornManganese (Mn)Peats and mucks with pH > 5.8, black sands and lakebed/depressional soils with pH > 6.2Soybeans, wheat, oats, sugar beets, cornZinc (Zn)Peats, mucks and mineral soils with pH > 6.5Corn and soybeansMolybdenum(Mo)Acid prairie soilsSoybeans Typically we will see deficiencies occurring in small isolated areas of a field first. When these are noted, pull both a soil and a tissue sample. You can also consult a previous yield monitor map for losses. Nutrient deficiencies I have seen of late are potassium from the dry early conditions we had in 2012 and occasionally sulfur — neither of these are micronutrients however.Two sources for information on micronutrients are the Tri-State Fertility Recommendations for Corn, Soybean, Wheat and Alfalfa (http://www.extension.purdue.edu/extmedia/AY/AY-9-32.pdf) and the Field Guide for Corn, Soybean, Wheat and Alfalfa (http://estore.osu-extension.org/productdetails.cfm?PC=2845) a for sale item. The Field Guide also has excellent pictures of deficiencies.
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