Battel at Queens

first_imgA fault in the IT system at The Queen’s College has led to widespread confusion among students over how much they are expected to pay on their battels for college meals.A number of students were faced with an unpleasant shock last week, as their charges for Michaelmas Term were considerably higher than expected.According to one student, “the IT office seems to have made a mess of a significant number of students’ battels”.Those who reported that they had been overcharged were initially assured by the college that they would be refunded, but further controversy arose when a subsequent email was sent out from the bursary, telling students that these refunds were now being withdrawn.This was on the grounds that the error had occurred because the computer system had charged students for meals for the last six weeks of Michaelmas up until 31st January, having not charged these meals to the previous battels.Benjamin Willis, one of the students who was initially promised a refund, told Cherwell that frustration among JCR members is widespread.Willis also described the treatment he received as “completely incompetent”, revealing that the college’s Academic Administrator had sent an email to all students about the mix up, but had inadvertently attached the private correspondence between him and a member of the college office.Queen’s JCR passed a motion last Sunday that would allow students to monitor their battels online.The Queen’s College bursary declined to comment on the affair.last_img read more

Military Vet Helps Police Catch Burglar

first_imgA military veteran put the brakes on an attempted burglary Monday morning, according to North Vernon Police.Authorities were notified of an alleged burglary in progress at the North Vernon VFW around 5:00 a.m.Police say a VFW member went to the building when he was notified that the alarm was going off. When the member arrived at the VFW, he found the suspected burglar inside the building. The member was able to detain the suspect until police arrived and took the man into custody.According to police, Jason Martin, 37, of North Vernon was charged with burglary of a commercial building.last_img

Revised Florida Stand-Your-Ground law is unconstitutional

first_imgPhoto Courtesy of Google On Monday, Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Milton Hirsch ruled that Florida legislators reached beyond their authority by amending the state’s Stand-Your Ground-Law earlier this. The change in the law would give prosecutors authority to disprove a defendant’s self-defense claim in attacking someone during a pre-trial hearing. According to Judge Hirach only the Florida Supreme Court has the authority to effect changes to the law. The law “cannot be legislatively modified” the judge wrote in his ruling.Since its inception under the administration of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush in 2005, the law which gives residents in the state the right to defend themselves by deadly force, usually by the gun, if they believe they are being attacked in or out their home has been controversial.The controversy peaked in 2013 when community watchman George Zimmerman was acquitted in the shooting death of North Miami teenager Trayvon Martin. Martin was on his way from a convenience store and walking to his father’s home in a Sanford, Florida, residential community when he was accosted by Zimmerman who assumed he was a criminal. Zimmerman’s defense claimed he shot Martin in self-defense because he felt his life was threatened by the teenager.Most state prosecutors opposed the law seeing it as a means for those accused of murder and other gun-related charges to be acquitted by claiming they were defending their lives by the act of violence.It is believed by the opponents of the law that the ruling by Judge Hirsch’s could be the beginning of other courts in Florida ruling likewise resulting in an appeal for the revised law to be reviewed by the Florida Supreme Court.Since the Travyon Martin shooting, and Zimmerman’s acquittal several attempts have been made by Florida Democratic legislators to repeal or change the law, arguing that it gives people with guns the right to shoot a victim indiscriminately, with a chance to be acquitted. However, Governor Rick Scott has remained adamant in not repealing the law.The Florida Supreme Court previously ruled that defendants in shooting cases who seek immunity from criminal prosecution under the law must offer solid proof they were acting in self-defense.Despite strong opposition from prosecutors and gun-control advocates, the Florida Legislature amended the original law to place the burden on state prosecutors to prove through convincing evidence that a defendant was not acting in self-defense. If prosecutors succeed in disproving the self-defense claim at the pre-trail hearing they would need to do this again at the actual trial.last_img read more