Oxford University has said it hopes to obtain a possession order on the former power station in Osney “as soon as possible”, due to safety concerns after the Iffley Open House (IOH) project moved into the building on Sunday.Around 20 homeless people, accompanied by ten volunteers, claimed squatter’s rights on the property upon their arrival, following their eviction from the Volkswagen garage owned by Wadham College in which they had been living.The group stated that they wanted to “open up a dialogue” with the Said Business School, which, according to reports, is seeking to develop the former power station. The building was previously part of the Physics Faculty at Oxford, and has been described by the group as having been left “unutilized” during the seven years for which it has been derelict.In a statement given yesterday the University of Oxford said: “The Old Power Station is used to store thousands of items from the collections of the Museum of the History of Science and the Pitt Rivers Museum, and a project team has been working on these collections in a separate part of the building.“For some time we have prevented our staff from entering the part of the building which has been occupied by Iffley Open House because of a number of safety concerns, including the risk of falling masonry.“We will therefore be seeking an interim possession order as soon as possible, out of concern for the safety of the members of Iffley Open House.“We are very sympathetic to the plight of these homeless people who need somewhere safe to live and we will continue to speak to their representatives about how to resolve the situation.”In a press release IOH said they hoped “to stay for two months, and work with local residents to create a safe space which is just as successful as the original Iffley Open House”.IOH squatters were given notice from Wadham two weeks ago to the effect that they would have to leave the old VW garage owned by the college. This notice came despite the group’s claim that in January the leaseholders of the ground floor of the building, the Mid-Counties Co-Operative, had negotiated a lease to allow the squatters to stay until 10 April.Sandra Phillips, an IOH volunteer, said: “Ultimately, this is about providing housing for those who need it most – and we truly believe that the residents of Oxford believe in this cause as much as we do” read more
Austin Vogel | Daily TrojanKeeper Harrison James, a freshman majoring in creative writing, blocks a shot from a Bruin chaser during the USC-UCLA Quidditch game Saturday. USC lost to UCLA 150-40 after the Bruins made a quick grab for the snitch.
Three games into this 2016 season, the Wisconsin women’s soccer team sits at 1-1-1 with its only win coming against Illinois State in the season opener.In its most recent game, Micaela Powers’ second half goal drew Wisconsin 1-1 against UW-Milwaukee at home. Now, the Badgers host the Drake Bulldogs at the McClimon Track/Soccer Complex Sunday afternoon.Drake boasts a record of 2-0 after winning its first two contests against North Dakota State and University of Illinois-Chicago, respectively.Wisconsin averages 6.3 shots on goal a game this season compared to opponents’ 4.6, but hasn’t faced an offense of Drake’s caliber. The Bulldogs’ 2.5 goals per game eclipses Notre Dame’s 1.33 and Illinois State’s 0.33.Standing in their way is Badgers goalkeeper Caitlyn Clem who has 12 saves this season and only let in two goals. Her stalwart play is an anchor on defense and provides stability in the face of limited chances for opponents. If the Badgers can capitalize on their chances and Clem can keep up her performance, it could be enough.The Badgers, however, will face the task of slowing down Bulldogs forward Alex Freeman and midfielder Kayla Armstrong — both have scored two goals in as many games.Wisconsin’s goals came from Powers and Dani Rhodes in its first three matches, but look for midfielder Rose Lavelle to make an impact in upcoming games. Earlier this month, TopDrawerSoccer.com named Lavelle the No. 1 player in the country as a part of its women’s national top 100 rankings for women’s college soccer.Kickoff is 1 p.m. Sunday at the McClimon Track/Soccer Complex and can be viewed on BTN PLUS and will be the first meeting in history between the two teams. read more
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