Further rule violations mar first day of voting in NUS referendum

first_imgThe first day of voting in Oxford’s NUS referendum was made more dramatic by instances of rule violations on both sides.This morning the NUS issued an email to all NUSExtra card holders detailing the risks leaving the national union would have for those with cards. However, while NUS did not know of the rule, the email list was prohibited as the OUSU Returning Officer had ruled, “all NUS mailing lists are classified as excluded mailing lists and therefore cannot be used for campaigning during this referendum”.Around the same time, Louis McEvoy a campaigner in support of the movement to leave the NUS posted in the Christ Church JCR Facebook group a post urging students to vote to leave the NUS, “Don’t forget to vote in the NUS referendum today (unless you want to stay in. In which case, feel free to forget)”. Posting of this form also breaks OUSU rules concerning campaigning in closed groups.The NUS commented to Cherwell that “An email was sent to NUS Extra card holders who signed up to receive further communication from NUS. We feel we have a duty to inform card holders that they will no longer be able to access this service should students vote for their union to disaffiliate from NUS”. Indeed, the returning officer, Anna Mowbray, claimed she did not have any reason to believe the email was sent at the direction of the Yes campaign, but did note that, while some were unsure a non-University affiliated group could break election rules, this did constitute a rule violation. “According to the regulations, the official campaigns are responsible for the conduct of anyone who campaigns on their behalf”, Mowbray said. “Consequently, although the NUS are not part of Oxford University, sending out information that promotes the Yes2NUS campaign is part of Yes2NUS Campaigning. Therefore it does come under the remit of the election regulations.” The Yes campaign was also unaware of the email before it was sent. “This situation has arisen from miscommunication, rather than any intention to break rules. We in the Yes to NUS campaign did not know that NUS were planning on using their NUS Extra email list to remind students about our referendum. Similarly, NUS officers did not know at all about the ruling. Had we known it was something NUS were planning on doing, we would have told them about the ruling”, a Yes campaign spokesman said.This ruling by the returning officer is also why Louis McEvoy’s post broke the rules, for though McEvoy is a private individual unaffiliated with the official campaign, the No campaign is responsible for his actions.“Louis’ rule break was unfortunate but an innocent mistake – he isn’t officially involved with No Thanks NUS and wasn’t aware of the rules. As soon as we were informed of the post on the ChCh page we contacted him to get him to remove it and the matter was dealt with quickly and efficiently,” leader of No Thanks NUS Anne Cremin said.Though, the No side took a less forgiving tone with the NUS’s email violation. “We are disappointed by what appears to be a flagrant violation of the rules by the NUS. The NUS has demonstrated that it has no respect for the democratic rules of our student union” Cremin said.While McEvoy’s post is being dealt with internally, OUSU is trying to “find a suitable recompense for this email which clearly limits the fairness of the referendum by allowing one side a channel of communication that is not available to the other”, Mowbray said.This all follows an email from New College’s access rep in support of the Yes campaign, violating the same rules as the NUS.last_img read more

See The Lion King in Paris & More Disney Shows Across the Globe

first_img Tarzan (Hamburg, Germany) Ever wondered what a thunderous jungle cry sounds like in Deutsch? The Phil Collins and David Henry Hwang tuner swung into Hamburg in 2008, starring Anton Zetterholm and Elisabeth Hübert as Tarzan and Jane. The two secured the roles on the German reality competition Ich Tarzan, Du Jane. The Lion King (Paris, France) Pride Rock, meet the Eiffel Tower. The Lion King made its Parisian debut at the Théâtre Mogador in September 2007, where it became the City of Love’s longest-running musical. Take a look; there’s still plenty of Swahili thrown in, but not without some French. Whatever language, those puppets (and that grass on their heads!) are a spectacular sight. The Little Mermaid (Moscow, Russia) Ariel swam over to Moscow’s Rossiya Theatre in 2012 in a revised production adapted from a previous Dutch incarnation, where those rolling shoes were out and some serious updos were in. Here’s Natalia Bystrova showing us what part of Ariel’s world is like fathoms below the Arctic Ocean. Hint: it’s probably cold. Like, really really cold. Aida (Seoul, South Korea) Aida has received three major productions in Seoul, having first premiered in 2005. In the most recent mounting in 2012, pop star and Korean musical theater favorite Sonya took on the role of the enslaved Nubian princess, and belted her freaking face off. A big, flashy Elton John anthem is welcome in any language. In May 2015, Japan will get a taste of “Arabian Nights” when the hit Broadway musical Aladdin heads to Tokyo. In anticipation of the Alan Menken, Tim Rice and Howard Ashman tuner landing its first international production, we’re taking a look back at a few other Broadway hits that have brought Disney magic around the world (it’s a small one, after all). Check out a French king of the jungle, a Russian mermaid and more below! And get ready, because after a premiere in Berlin, a new version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame is getting ready to ring in a U.S. debut. Mary Poppins (Reykjavík, Iceland) As it turns out, “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” sounds pretty much exactly the same in Icelandic as it does in English. The practically perfect musical premiered in Reykjavik in February 2013 with Jóhanna Vigdís Arnardóttir in the title role. Take a look at the production and step in time, Nordic-style! Beauty and the Beast (Kyoto, Japan) Long before Aladdin’s carpet made plans to fly over to Japan, the dancing dishes and napkins of Disney’s first foray into musical theater crossed the Pacific and played Kyoto. In Japan, it’s quite possible that Belle reads about daring sword fights, magic spells and a prince in disguise down the column from right to left.center_img View Comments ¿Newsies…en español? Not quite the King of New York, but the King of Venezuela doesn’t sound too shabby. While there aren’t plans on the horizon just yet for a non-English language production of Newsies, here’s a bonus. Check out Broadway fan Wilfredo Parra as he belts out “Santa Fe” in Spanish, but not before showing off his collection of Playbills. Aladdin Related Shows from $57.50last_img read more

Happy Birthday, Something Rotten! The 10 Stages of Putting on a Musical

first_img7. Ready for Previews 3. First Costume Fitting Something Rotten! 6. Too Many Showmances  10. Early Call Time 2. Hearing the Score Live for the First Time Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 1, 2017 8. Opening Night Relief 9. Reviews Are In! Related Shows 5. Lousy Day at Rehearsal Brian d’Arcy James and the cast of ‘Something Rotten!'(Photo: Joan Marcus) 4. Great Day at Rehearsal Something Rotten! welcomed audiences to the Renaissance on April 22, 2015, and has been leaving everyone in stitches ever since. Helmed by Casey Nicholaw and boasting a cast of Broadway faves (Christian Borle, Brian d’Arcy James, John Cariani, Heidi Blickenstaff and Kate Reinders, to name a few), Rotten! received 10 Tony Award nominations and earned Borle his second win. To celebrate the tuner’s first eggcellent year on Broadway, here are the 10 stages of putting on a musical—Rotten! style.1. When You Get the Part View Commentslast_img read more