A new report has found “a definite underlying subtext of racism” in British universities, according to its author, Dr Kalwant Bhopal, reader in education at the University of Southampton.The paper, due to be published June, found that an overwhelming number of academics considered race to be the biggest barrier to career progression.She said, “Speaking 20 years since the murder of Stephen Lawrence I am surprised at how little progress has been made. There are signs of improvement, but we are progressing in small steps.”She continued: “The statistics show that most ethnic minority academics are concentrated in post-1992 universities. But the problem of racism is widespread; it is not only confined to Russell Group or elite universities”.Of the 65 individuals surveyed, only two had reported that they considered gender a greater barrier than race to career progression, both of whom were from a mixed race background. It is thought that only one university in Britain – Liverpool Hope – has a Chancellor from an ethnic minority group.However, Bhopal said that her research had found that ethnic minority academics not only felt excluded from career progression, but discriminated against through more subtle means. She said that many of those surveyed reported that the body language or lack of eye contact of their colleagues had left them feeling excluded.“One of the individuals I interviewed recounted that some people were surprised to find that she was black after speaking over the phone”, she said. “Such forms of racism are very hard to prove”.A spokesperson for Oxford university told Cherwell, “We do recognize that black and other minority groups are under-represented at most academic levels. However, this is also true across most leading universities, higher education in general and in many other sectors“The overall proportion of Oxford University academic staff declaring themselves as black and minority ethnic is 6.3%, which compares with national figures for academic staff of 6.7%. 7% of the UK labour force identify themselves as BME”.In 2005, an internal Oxford report found serious failings in attracting minority candidates to administrative positions at Oxford, and recommended immediate action.However, Dapo Akande, a lecturer at St Peter’s College of African ethnicity, told Cherwell “I have worked in several universities in the UK and the US and have found each of them to be pleasant environments to work in. I would not say that race or racial discrimination has been a barrier to career progression in my case.”In recent months the university has undertaken a comprehensive audit of ethnic minority staff. The university also said that it reviews its Race Equality Policy on an annual basis, and has sufficient measures in place to ensure the wellbeing of its staff.Ibaad Aleem, a British-Pakistani student studying at Hertford College commented: “I wouldn’t think anyone would find race a deterrent from academia in the modern world”. He added: “Personally I don’t really think about the race of the people around me”.
On April 28th, funky L.A.-via-Chicago quintet The Main Squeeze will make their way to Boulder, CO’s Fox Theatre to celebrate the release of their stellar new album, Without A Sound. The album release party, presented by Live For Live Music, comes as part of the band’s nationwide spring tour in support of the new LP. According to guitarist Max Newman in an interview with L4LM, “This show’s going to be really sick. We’re in the process of doing all the live arrangements for our new tunes right now, and the way everything’s coming together has got us really excited.”The Main Squeeze Performs “Return Of The Mack” With Vulfpeck’s Antwaun Stanley At Fool’s ParadiseExplains Newman, “In the studio, I can lay down three or four different guitar parts, we can lay down three or four different synths, we can do a real bass and a synth bass, we can do a real drum set and add some electronic, hip-hop drums to fatten it up, stuff like that. So the challenge of taking this stuff live is, ‘how do we still portray the songs with that energy, but with just our five pieces?’ Boulder will be a great showcase for all these new arrangements. The town’s got a great music scene, our management is based out of Boulder, so that’s sort of becoming even more of a hot spot for us.”Without A Sound serves as a musical snapshot for the band, capturing their experience of relocating from The Windy City to the City of Angels. “Really, the whole thing is meant to capture our experience of moving to Los Angeles,” says Newman, “We started working on music right when we got out here. We didn’t really have a specific plan to make an album, necessarily, but we got here and had two months before we went out on tour and sort of realized—let’s just fuckin’ do this! Let’s capture this moment of arriving in L.A. It’s never going to be our first time living in this new place again. We figured as soon as we go out on tour and come back, a lot of that energy of having new surroundings dissipates since tour is this crazy grind, so the whole project was just about capturing that fleeting feeling.”***You can purchase tickets to The Main Squeeze’s Without A Sound album release show at The Fox Theatre in Boulder on April 28th here.***So far, the band has released three singles from Without A Sound: the highway-cruising “405,” the heavy rocking “Get At Me,” and synth-funk jam “Sweat.” You can listen to all three tracks below via Spotify: Stay tuned on The Main Squeeze’s Facebook page for new single releases each Friday leading up to the Without A Sound tour. For a list of tour dates, head to the band’s website. The Main Squeeze’s new album, Without A Sound will be available worldwide on April 28th. The album is available for pre-order now. Purchase tickets to The Main Squeeze’s album release show on April 28th in Boulder, CO here.[Cover photo via Phierce Photo – Keith Griner]
February 21, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditPrairie View (14-11, 10-2) vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff (3-22, 2-11)H.O. Clemmons Arena, Pine Bluff, Arkansas; Saturday, 8 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Prairie View looks for its fifth straight conference win against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Prairie View’s last SWAC loss came against the Alabama State Hornets 52-49 on Feb. 1. Arkansas-Pine Bluff lost 60-52 at Alcorn State in its most recent game. BIG MEN ON CAMPUS: Arkansas-Pine Bluff’s Markedric Bell has averaged nine points and 4.5 rebounds while Dequan Morris has put up 8.5 points and 4.3 rebounds. For the Panthers, Gerard Andrus has averaged 14.8 points and 5.1 rebounds while Devonte Patterson has put up 11.4 points and 4.8 rebounds.AWESOME ANDRUS: In 25 appearances this season, Prairie View’s Andrus has shot 55 percent.WINLESS WHEN: Arkansas-Pine Bluff is 0-22 this year when it scores 60 points or fewer and 3-0 when it scores at least 61.COLD SPELL: Arkansas-Pine Bluff has lost its last six home games, scoring an average of 50.8 points while giving up 61.7.DID YOU KNOW: The Prairie View defense has forced opponents into turnovers on an impressive 24.6 percent of all possessions, which ranks the Panthers 11th among Division I teams. The Arkansas-Pine Bluff offense has turned the ball over on 26.9 percent of its possessions (ranking the Golden Lions 353rd, nationally).___ Prairie View looks to extend streak vs UAPB For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Associated Press
Daniel Sturridge has pledged his future to Liverpool by signing a new contract which will keep him at Anfield until 2019.The new five-year deal is heavily incentivised and could net the Liverpool striker almost £40m.Sturridge’s pay packet is expected to soar from £65,000-a-week to beyond £150,000-a-week if he is playing and scoring regularly.Talks began at the end of last season and, despite the player’s representatives and the club being apart at the start of the month, common ground was found to tie Sturridge’s long term future to the Anfield club.As with all the contracts now on offer from Liverpool, the terms are performance-related and mean Sturridge will be rewarded financially for his progress on the pitch.The improved deal is a reflection of the strides Sturridge has made since arriving on Merseyside from Chelsea for £12m in January 2013 with 36 goals plundered in just 52 appearances. Sturridge has been sidelined for a month with a thigh injury sustained while with England and is unlikely to face West Brom tomorrow.“He has had a Grade One injury now for near on four weeks which is a long time,” said manager Brendan Rodgers.