Another Oxfess called the name “the least funny joke [they’d] heard all year.”Sophie Kilminster, a regular attendant of Fuzzy Ducks, said the news had “hit [her] hard”.She told Cherwell: “The news that Fuzzy Ducks, the shining star of my midweeks, has moved to Emporium, the site of the saddest Valentines-evening I have ever had, has hit me hard. “Emporium is a fundamentally flawed club, the circular stage blocking off the tiny amount of fun that could happen in a club that seems to purposely play songs that have never been popular. “The replacement of something as wholesome as a Fuzzy Duck with a predator demonstrates how the Oxford club scene is literally being eaten alive by such a terrible change.” Oxford’s longest-running club night will be moving from Atik to Emporium, making way for Park End, Atik’s new Wednesday event.The move came about due to a new partnership between Encore Events, the company responsible for Fuzzy Ducks, and the company that owns Emporium, The Bridge, and TVC.According to Encore CEO, Toby Beers-Baker, Atik was no longer a suitable venue for Fuzzy Ducks due to the decrease in the number of students going out on Wednesday nights.Last week, the initial new name of the ATIK Wednesday night, Shark End, was changed to ‘Park End’. Cherwell understands that this switch came after objections from university sports teams.Beers-Baker told Cherwell: “Emporium is a much better size for the amount of students that go out on a Wednesday night nowadays, as over the last few years Atik would quite regularly have closed/empty rooms.”He also said that Encore’s lineup for the week will be “much stronger” now their events are being exclusively hosted at venues owned by the same company.He added: “Fuzzys will remain Fuzzys, as it has in its long history at Atik, Wahoo, The O2, Bath SU, The Carling Academy, and the Zodiac.“It’s the only brand in Oxford that has always moved venues successfully, and we’ll be taking the mentality, the crowd, the music, the DJs and THE DUCK [sic] with us to Emporium.“The layout of Emporium allows us to continue to provide different music on the different floors, and Emporium’s VIP area works perfectly as the new captains VIP.” An all-night reduction in the price of VKs, to £1.50, is the main difference to expect at Fuzzys in the coming term.A new club night at Atik, Shark End Wednesdays, will replace Fuzzy Ducks from Wednesday of freshers’ week (3 October). Shark End organisers Freddie Goodall and Sam Zappi promise to “shake up Oxford nightlife” with the new event.The pair told The Tab: “We want Oxford University students to get more back from their night with better content, more exciting acts and an overall better experience than what they are getting currently.“Change is good, and there will be a great amount of energy being put into the night.“We like working closely with the students, with sports clubs, societies and entz reps being integral part of our event planning.”However, reactions to the new event have been mixed, with one Oxfess suggesting a “first week boycott of ‘Shark End’”. The student added: “Wtf is that name is this a joke… #bringbackfuzzies.”
In 2008, when Lawrence Lessig was considering a run for Congress in California, the famed political strategist Joe Trippi agreed to run his campaign — on one condition.“He said, ‘You’ve got to promise me one thing,’” Lessig, now Roy L. Furman Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, recalled. “‘That you will get on the telephone for two to four hours every single day, between now and the day you decide you no longer want to be in government, and call people you’ve never met to ask them for money.’”The decision was an easy one. When faced with the hard reality of America’s money-driven campaign system, Lessig — like an increasing number of Americans — opted out.Despite a few infamous examples to the contrary, politicians themselves aren’t the problem, he says. Rather, what we’re witnessing is “not a corruption of the people within the institution, but a corruption of the institution itself,” Lessig told an audience Monday night.Lessig explored ways of fixing America’s campaign finance system in a discussion of his latest book, “Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress — and a Plan to Stop It.” The talk, held at Boston’s Hyde Park Branch Library, was part of the John Harvard Book Celebration, a semester-long series of events at Cambridge and Boston public libraries in honor of the University’s 375th anniversary.The framers of the Constitution intended to build a legislature “dependent upon the people alone,” Lessig said, quoting the Federalist Papers. Today, lawmakers depend less on the people than on the funders. Politicians develop a “sixth sense, a constant awareness of how what they do will affect their ability to raise money.”“The wrong attention draws Congress’ attention constantly away from what the framers thought they should be paying attention to,” he said.The widespread opinion that politicians are captive to major campaign donors partly explains why congressional approval ratings hover at a dismal 10 percent, Lessig said. Three-quarters of Americans think money buys results in Congress, a belief that erodes voter trust and participation in our political process, he said.Regardless of how loudly money talks, that money comes from an increasingly rarified group of Americans. Only 26 of 1,000 citizens gave more than $200 in the last election cycle, according to Lessig. One of 1,000 Americans contributed more than $10,000. Of all the money spent by so-called Super PACs this election cycle, 80 percent came from just 196 individuals. (For those in want of a handy slogan, that’d be “the .0000063 percent.”)Still, most Americans balk at the idea of campaigns underwritten by their tax dollars. Conservatives in particular, Lessig said, argue, “There’s something wrong with my money subsidizing your speech.”There is a middle ground, however: representative-funded campaigns. Connecticut, Maine, and Arizona’s state legislatures have all adopted systems that limit individual contributions, whether by allotting each citizen a tax-funded “voucher” to give to the campaign of their choice or by capping individual donations at $100.In Connecticut, 78 percent of elected representatives opted into the new system in the first year, according to Lessig. The next year, a bill to increase the state’s bottle deposit passed after having been stalled for 18 years. Freed from the influence of the bottle manufacturing industry’s money, the issue could finally come to real vote.“Imagine if we had legislation on the merits,” Lessig said.Recent Supreme Court decisions, however, have only increased the influence of corporate money on elections. Most criticism has centered on Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the 2010 decision that effectively created Super PACs (political action committees capable of accepting unlimited contributions for independent expenditures in campaigns). While Lessig predicted the court might soon reverse its position, he cautioned that limiting Super PACs wouldn’t be enough.“The day before Citizens United was decided, democracy was already broken,” he said. “Citizens United may have shot the body, but the body was already cold.”What the country needs, Lessig said, is a grassroots movement — like the Tea Party in 2009 or the recent Occupy protests — to force the issue of campaign finance reform onto the Beltway agenda.Americans on both sides of the aisle agree that the country faces pressing problems, from climate change to health care reform to the national debt. But none of those issues can be resolved, Lessig stressed, until we address the problems with the current political system itself.“We get no progress on any of these until we change this underlying corruption,” he said. “The alcoholic could be losing his liver, his job, his spouse. But what we all recognize is that he doesn’t solve any of those problems until he solves his alcoholism first.”The next lecture, “Stages of Reading: How Differences Between Better and Poorer Readers Develop,” will feature Vicki Jacobs, lecturer and associate director of the Teacher Education Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The lecture will be held March 22 at 6 p.m. in the Boston Public Library, Jamaica Plain Branch, 12 Sedgwick St.
The Blue Ridge Outdoors Roadshow was on the move again this weekend, and this time we visited Richmond, Va., for the Dominion Riverrock Festival. This celebration of all things outdoors takes place on and around Brown’s Island on the James River right in the middle of downtown Richmond.Dominion Riverrock is an annual outdoor celebration highlighting a variety of outdoor adventure sports, including: kayaking, SUP, mountain biking, slacklining, freestyle mountain biking, (deep breath), adventure racing, bouldering, and boatercross. It also includes ultimate air dog performance, a 5K mud run, bouldering, and concerts from top regional headliners. This bonanza of outdoor fun is exactly where Blue Ridge Outdoors wanted to be last weekend.We set up our booth on Friday and Saturday, and were overwhelmed at how many people came to visit us. From families to Trek Bicycle Pros, a variety of readers and supporters took the time to say hi to us and learn more about what we do here at BRO. Later, we did a prize giveaway drawing. One lucky individual took home a brand new Crazy Creek chair, while the other won a new ENO light setup. Luckily we were located right next to the freestyle slacklining competition, musical stage, and beer tent. Needless to say we had a great time.Our two lucky giveaway winners, Go Dukes!Thanks to everyone who came out to see us. Dominion Riverrock was better than ever, Hope to see you at the next Roadshow event.
Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has denied reports of a bust-up with Ashley Cole.The full-back was reported to have clashed with Villas-Boas ahead of Tuesday’s game against Napoli, for which he was left out of the starting line-up along with Frank Lampard and Michael Essien.Cole was said to have told his under-pressure boss that he didn’t feel he could win trophies because of the Portuguese’s tactics.AdChoices广告“It’s not true,” insisted Villas-Boas, who is reported to be planning to offload a number of the club’s senior players in the summer.Asked whether his players backed him, he said: “You don’t expect them to be jumping up and down with excitement when the manager doesn’t use them.Lampard is believed to be wanted by French club Paris St-Germain.“The club is more important than any individual. Full backing, part backing or whatever backing – it doesn’t matter.”Lampard, who has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge, is deeply unhappy at being overlooked for much of this season.Like Essien, he had to wait until the 70th minute to be introduced in Naples, where Chelsea’s 3-1 first-leg defeat left their Champions League future hanging in the balance.“In the end it is the decision of the manager and Frank accepts that,” said Villas-Boas.“Of course it is difficult for him. It is a difficult decision to take, but it is always taken in the best interests of the team.“Sometimes whatever you say to players is not enough to convince them your choice is the right one.“I don’t have any regrets about team selection. It was what I felt was completely right. The team was well set up.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook