Exposed: the Union hacks haunted by their history

first_imgA presidential candidate in today’s Oxford Union elections was alleged to have brought the society into disrepute, with a potential speaker slamming him for “financial carelessness and duplicity”.Daniel Wilkinson, presidential candidate for the ‘Progress’ slate, found himself under fire following the invite of Professor Judith Buchanan. She claims he informed her that a debate she had been confirmed to speak on had been cancelled when it had, in fact, not.Wilkinson himself spoke in the debate, taking her potential slot. Buchanan went on to complain about Wilkinson’s behaviour to both the Union and his college.The society was later forced to pay out £202.90 on her pre-booked travel expenses.When approached by Cherwell, Wilkinson said that there was a miscommunication between Buchanan’s PA and himself, hence the confusion, and that a panel of the returning officer and their assistants had found that he had not brought disrepute to the Union.He added: “For the record, I was always in favour of reimbursement and honesty with the speaker, but as you may know the power to authorise such a decision resides only with the President. I informed the speaker, as instructed, that there was no longer a place for her in the debate; this had the unfortunate consequence that she misunderstood, believed me to have lied, and was therefore frustrated.”“I acted in accordance with my duties and received the brunt of the speaker’s anger for doing so, and to imply that my actions were autonomous and internally aimed at causing a situation such as this with a potential speaker is a fundamental misunderstanding of the facts.”Cherwell can also reveal that a candidate running on the ‘Refresh’ slate, Musty Kamal, has twice faced allegations of electoral malpractice while running in student societies. In the Union’s Michaelmas elections, Kamal was found guilty of electoral malpractice and stripped of his position on the Secretary’s Committee.Kamal – who received the most votes in the election – was found to have breached Rule 33(a)(i) by making an “illicit statement” – one that is “untrue or misleading” and is intended to influence the course of the election.A spokesperson confirmed to Cherwell that the statement in question was Kamal’s claim he was running as an “independent” candidate. Kamal told Cherwell: “I think it is important to remember that in their first term of Oxford not everyone is familiar with the Union rules and, to my mind, I misidentified the definition of the word ‘independent’.“As such, my naivety led me to believe that my manifesto could incorporate the word. Nevertheless, I have learnt from my technical mistake and if elected look forward to creating a more engaged and inclusive union.”In addition to this, Kamal was embroiled in further scandal while standing for election as general secretary at the London School of Economics (LSE) student union. In a story making the front page of LSE student newspaper The Beaver, Kamal is accused of breaking electoral rules by beginning his campaign before the official start date.When approached by Cherwell, Kamal did not address the allegations from his time at LSE.last_img read more

Syracuse walk-on Doyin Akintobi-Adeyeye bodies up with Rakeem Christmas in practice, builds on multi-talent background

first_img Published on March 3, 2015 at 2:17 am Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jesse At the beginning of the season, Rakeem Christmas would back down Doyin Akintobi-Adeyeye, rise up and effortlessly lay in two at the rim.But as the year wore on and opponents started keying on Christmas, more and more every game, Akintobi-Adeyeye did the same in practice.He started fouling the senior forward. Slaps on the arm. Bumps with his body. If Christmas made the shot, the contact came harder on the next play. Then harder until the center finally missed a jump hook, stared at Akintobi-Adeyeye out of the corner of his eye and readied for another rep.“When I first started guarding him in practice he wouldn’t even look at me after he scored,” said Akintobi-Adeyeye, who walked onto SU prior to the season. “But the coaches wanted me to challenge him and now he’ll look back and it’s like, ‘Oh, that’s how it is?’“And I just look at him like, ‘Yeah, let’s go.’”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFor Akintobi-Adeyeye, much of this year has been a blur. After picking up a basketball for the first time as a sophomore in high school, the sophomore could have never imagined that he’d be training with Christmas, traveling to places like Duke and North Carolina and dancing in the middle of the Orange’s huddle before every game.But that’s exactly what he’s done, and none of his roles have been more important than helping Christmas – who was honored on senior day before Syracuse (18-12, 9-8 Atlantic Coast) fell to No. 2 Virginia (28-1, 16-1), 59-47, on Monday night – grow into one of the country’s best low-post scorers.“He’s helped me a lot. I mean he’s a very strong, physical player,” Christmas said after the loss to Virginia. “He’s banging down there a lot with DaJuan (Coleman) not always there, so I mean it’s a great relationship I have with Doyin.”Before joining the Uniondale (New York) High School basketball team, Akintobi-Adeyeye had a lot of other hobbies.He was a swimmer that used his sinewy 6-foot-6 frame and long arms to thrive in backstroke. He studied hard with hopes of attending medical school in the future. And he competed with the school’s show choir – known as Rhythm of the Knight – singing and dancing to Michael Jackson and acting as the group’s co-president.Akintobi-Adeyeye is on the pre-med track with hopes of being an orthopedic surgeon and still performs, energizing his teammates with pregame moves as the unquestioned “best dancer on the team.”But the swimming has been fully replaced.“If you would have told me then that I’d play Syracuse basketball, I would have said you were insane,” Akintobi-Adeyeye said. “I would have said, ‘I’m going to the Olympics, 500-meter backstroke.’ Maybe not that, but definitely not basketball.”When he did take up the sport, Akintobi-Adeyeye said he stumbled more than he stood upright. But he soon loved it and found a new home in Archbold Gymnasium when he arrived at SU.That’s where he worked almost every day, shooting jump shots, faking out invisible defenders in the post and getting in shape while playing on the Syracuse club team. He couldn’t try out for the Orange as a freshman because his medical insurance expired but hung around the Carmelo K. Anthony Center in the summer leading into this year.That ultimately earned him a tryout, and Akintobi-Adeyeye impressed enough to make the team. And with DaJuan Coleman and Chris McCullough both out for the season – Coleman from the start and McCullough since Jan. 12 – the walk-on has been an essential part of Syracuse’s everyday function.“Doyin’s been just a blessing. He’s such a hard worker and he brings 110 percent and he gives Rakeem a different dynamic,” SU assistant coach Mike Hopkins said. “… No one really does well on Rak, but Doyin wants to help and knows how he can help.”Hopkins said that while Coleman resembled Duke’s Jahlil Okafor and SU backup Chinonso Obokoh is a shot-blocker like former Orange center Baye Moussa-Keita, Akintobi-Adeyeye shows Christmas how strong, undersized forwards will play him.Having that perspective has helped Christmas carry the Orange with 17.6 points per game this season and Akintobi-Adeyeye make noticeable improvements. He’s often the first SU player to take the court on game days to do dribbling drills and take free throws with team managers, and Hopkins joked that “Doyin may be the most improved player and then Rakeem.”And while Akintobi-Adeyeye says he’d love to parlay his time against Christmas into future playing time, he also takes pride in his role.When SU head coach Jim Boeheim subbed out Christmas with one minute left on Monday night, Akintobi-Adeyeye was the last player on the Syracuse bench to congratulate the senior on his last home game. Christmas lightly touched each of his teammates’ hands before passing up Akintobi-Adeyeye’s high-five.Instead, Christmas grabbed Akintobi-Adeyeye’s head with his right hand and tapped it against his own chest before looking at the walk-on.This time, straight in the eyes.“It’s sad that Rakeem is leaving after this year. We’ve gotten really close just working together all the time,” Akintobi-Adeyeye said.“… I bet they’ll find someone else for me to guard.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

SU men defeat Army, women fall to Black Knights in season-opening race

first_img Published on September 12, 2020 at 2:52 pm Contact Christopher: [email protected] | @chrisscargs The Daily Orange is a nonprofit newsroom that receives no funding from Syracuse University. Consider donating today to support our mission.Two Syracuse runners finished in first place Saturday in the team’s season-opening race, but the men and women split their meets against Army. The men defeated Army 15-50, while the women lost 33-26. The Orange’s race in West Point, New York, was their first since the men competed in the NCAA Cross Country National Championships in November.Syracuse upperclassmen controlled the dual meet. Senior Amanda Vestri finished first in the women’s three-mile race, and the top three runners for the men’s 7.5k race were upperclassmen. Redshirt senior JP Trojan also made his Syracuse debut, finishing first in the men’s race.Trojan finished with a time of 22:46.6 minutes in the men’s 7.5k race. Redshirt junior Nathan Henderson followed .6 seconds behind to finish in 22:47.0 minutes. Redshirt senior Joe Dragon finished at third in 22:48.9 minutes, while junior Silas Derfel and redshirt freshmen Alex Comerford finished at 22:49.6 minutes and 22:55.7 minutes, respectively. The Orange had racers fill the top nine at the meet overall. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDespite Vestri finishing first with a time of 16:42.2 minutes in the women’s three-mile race, her teammates didn’t follow as closely. Two freshmen from West Point, Georgia Jones (17:24.2) and Helen Shearer (17:37.2), placed second and third, respectively. Syracuse freshman Sarah Connelly placed at fourth with 17:43.3 minutes while sophomore Justus Holden-Betts (17:47.7) finished at fifth, but the rest of the top 10 was filled with Black Knights’ runners.Rachel Bonner, a 2019 All-Atlantic Coast Conference runner, did not participate in the race, which depleted the Orange’s depth and ultimately resulted in the women falling to West Point.The Orange men’s squad hopes to continue their high placement in future races. But the Orange women’s team must improve in placing near the All-Region Vestri. The ACC championship is set for October 30. Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more