NUS conference debates Holocaust commemoration

first_imgThe annual NUS conference began with controversy over the leading presidential candidate and ended with calls for Oxford to disaffiliate from the national union after that candidate was elected. In the meantime, the event dealt with issues ranging from climate change to Yik Yak’s role on campuses.Perhaps the most widely reported event of the conference, held in Brighton, was when Chester University representative Darta Kaleja argued against commemorating the Holocaust on the grounds that it would ignore other atrocities.“I am against the NUS ignoring and forgetting other mass genocides and prioritising others,” Kaleja said. “It suggests some lives are more important than others. When during my education was a I taught about the genocides in Tibet or Rwanda? It is important to commemorate all of them.”This was picked up by national and university media sources; though, it was also often taken out of context to imply Kaleja did not want to commemorate the Holocaust at all, rather than wanting it to be remembered with other atrocities.In the end, the calls for commemoration of the Holocaust passed along with the rest of the anti-semitism motion proposed by Oxford NUS delegates Oh Well, Alright Then. The Oxford representatives also proposed and passed a motion for the NUS to focus on mental health and made speeches throughout the conference, as well as running a popular live Twitter feed of the event.Earlier in the conference, members voted to move to ban Yik Yak and other anonymous social media platforms for being “not nice.” They also debated lobbying to ban legal highs and denied the movement for One Member, One Vote soundly, keeping the power centre of the NUS relatively small, which some derided as something that will “do wonders for the student engagement that they already didn’t have.”last_img read more

County Launches Free On-Demand Shuttle Service in Ocean City

first_imgCape May County Fare Free Transportation offers door-to-door service for Ocean City residents. (Photo courtesy Fare Free Transportation Facebook page) Cape May County is now offering free transportation within Ocean City at any time between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The shuttle service is available to anybody over age 18.The county’s Fare-Free Transportation Program has long provided the same service to seniors, the disabled, veterans and low-income residents. But appointments had to be made as much as three days in advance.The new program allows people to book a ride on-demand through an app and track the location of the shuttle as it arrives. The same services are available over the phone. Anybody can download the free “CMC On Demand” app to get started or call 609-889-3700 to schedule a ride.The new service is part of a pilot test to increase ridership in the county’s Fare-Free Transportation Program.last_img read more