Students angered by Spotify ban

first_imgStudents have expressed their shock this week at OUCS’s decision to ban the popular music sharing website Spotify.The University’s computing services, OUCS, attributed the ban to the excessive bandwidth that the program requires, especially when so many people are using it.The decision has not gone down well with students. “I was shocked when I realised there was a total ban,” said Finola Holyoak, a first-year student at Lincoln.Students were baffled when Spotify suddenly stopped working, and no explanation was sent out as to why such a popular site was banned. A second-year Economics and Management student describing it as “discrimination against music lovers… I hoped that it was a technical glitch, and that the university would be able to fix it. I never realised it was against the rules.”The University website states that “…the unauthorised use of peer-to-peer resource-sharing software on machines connected to the Oxford University Network is prohibited.”However, there are inconsistencies in the ban, as some students are still able to use Spotify in their colleges, whereas others cannot. In many colleges, students are able to access it via wireless, and in some it is even possible through the ethernet connection.A second-year law student at Magdalen said, “plenty of my friends still use Spotify, and to be honest I can see nothing wrong with that – it’s not as if every single person is on it every single hour of the day.”Another first-year music student argued that the site was a valuable research for his degree. “I use it loads. It’s the most comprehensive collection of classical music in one place. Much better than Naxos,” he said.Spotify, although legal, falls into the category of a ‘peer-to-peer resource-sharing software’. This means that the music is not located in a central memory bank, but rather on each user’s computer and the software allows users to share their music libraries with all other users.OUCS claims that the problem with allowing peer-to-peer software is that it requires an enormous bandwidth (the amount of data that can be sent and received on one connection).OUCS explains that, “Bandwidth that seems insignificant for one user will soon add up when scaled up to the many thousands of users connected to Oxford University’s networks. It is one thing attempting to justify a network upgrade on the basis of a genuine academic requirement, such as the petabytes of data expected from CERN when their latest collider comes online.”“Taxpayers and research councils tend to like to see their money being spent more wisely”, said one college IT Manager. He said that unlike a host of other sites which use up a lot of bandwidth, Spotify cannot be justified as being educational.Dr. Stuart Lee, Director of Computing Systems and Support at OUCS, did not wish to comment.last_img read more

Harvard Housing sets rents for 2018–19

first_imgHarvard University Housing (HUH) manages approximately 3,000 apartments, offering a broad choice of locations, unit types, amenities, and sizes to meet the individual budgets and housing needs of eligible Harvard affiliates (full-time graduate students, faculty members, and employees).  Harvard affiliates may apply for Harvard University Housing online at (click on “Start an HU Housing Application”).  The website also provides information about additional housing options and useful Harvard and community resources for incoming and current affiliates.In accordance with the University’s rent policy, Harvard University Housing charges market rents.  To establish the proposed rents for 2018–2019, Dr. Jayendu Patel of Economic, Financial & Statistical Consulting Services performed and endorsed the results of a regression analysis on three years of market rents for more than 10,000 apartments.  The data on apartments included in the analysis were obtained from a variety of sources including rentals posted on the HUH Off-Campus Housing website by private-market property owners, information supplied by a real estate appraisal firm, a local brokerage company, and various non-Harvard rental websites in order to provide comparable private rental market listings for competing apartment complexes in Cambridge, Boston, and Somerville.  The results of this market analysis and of other market research indicate that Harvard University Housing 2018–2019 market rents will increase 1 percent on average across the 3,000-unit portfolio relative to last year’s rents, although within the portfolio rents on some units have been adjusted up or down based on current market conditions.  As always, all revenues generated by Harvard University Housing in excess of operating expenses and debt service are used to fund capital improvements and renewal of the facilities in HUH’s existing residential portfolio.The rents noted in this article have been reviewed and endorsed by the Faculty Advisory Committee on Harvard University Housing* and will take effect for the 2018-2019 leasing season.2018–2019 rents for continuing HUH tenantsCurrent HUH tenants who choose to extend their lease for another year will receive, on average, a 1 percent rent increase, with actual increases ranging from 0 percent to 3 percent.  Heat, hot water, electricity, and gas, where applicable, are included in all Harvard University Housing apartment rents; internet service and air conditioning may also be included where available.Harvard University Housing tenants will receive an email in March 2018 with instructions on how to submit a request to either extend or terminate their current lease.  Tenants who would like additional information or help in determining their continuing rental rates for 2018–2019 may call the HUH Leasing Office at 617-495-1459.2018–2019 rents for new HUH tenants effective for the 2018-2019 leasing seasonThe annual market analysis for the 2018–2019 rents resulted in a recommendation that average rents for incoming tenants across the portfolio increase 1 percent relative to the prior year.  Because Harvard’s rent policy is applied on a unit-by-unit basis, market rental rates for some unit types and locations will increase, while others will experience no change or will decrease, based on current market conditions. Heat, hot water, electricity, and gas, where applicable, are included in all Harvard University Housing apartment rents; internet service and air conditioning may also be included, where available.10 Akron St.: studios $1,824–$2,070; one bedroom convertibles $2,334–$2,622.18 Banks St.: one bedrooms $2,220–$2,502; two bedrooms $2,652–$2,838.Beckwith Cir.: three bedrooms $2,490–$3,096; four bedrooms $2,832–$3,390.Botanic Gardens: one bedrooms $2,214–$2,346; two bedrooms $2,568–$2,718; three bedrooms $3,060–$3,258.472–474 Broadway: one bedrooms $2,178–$2,244.5 Cowperthwaite St.: studios $1,944–$2,196; one bedrooms $2,292–$2,292; one bedroom convertibles $2,352–$2,580; two bedrooms $2,658–$3,246.27 Everett St.: one bedrooms $2,424–$2,538; three bedrooms $3,228–$3,696.29 Garden St.: studios $1,686–$1,938; one bedroom convertibles $2,178–$2,442; two bedroom efficiencies $2,628–$3,000; two bedrooms $2,874–$2,946; three bedrooms $3,462–$3,750.Harvard @ Trilogy: suite $1,566- $1,728; studios $1,938–$2,112; one bedroom convertibles $2,610–$2,742; two bedroom efficiencies $2,970–$3,174.Haskins Hall: studios $1,812–$1,902; one bedrooms $2,022–$2,280.Holden Green: one bedrooms $1,932–$2,214; two bedrooms $2,184–$2,604; three bedrooms $2,748–$3,222.2 Holyoke St.: one bedrooms $2,226–$2,316.Kirkland Ct.: one bedrooms $1,998–$2,382; two bedrooms $2,622–$2,808; three bedrooms $3,258–$3,510.8A Mt. Auburn St.: one bedrooms $2,238–$2,364.Peabody Ter.: studios $1,836–$2,448; one bedrooms $2,190–$2,610; two bedrooms $2,484–$2,958; three bedrooms $3,720–$4,056.16 Prescott St.: studios $1,824–$1,866; one bedrooms $2,100–$2,262.18 Prescott St.: studios $1,728–$1,788; one bedrooms $2,088–$2,292.85–95 Prescott St.: studios $1,878–$2,052; one bedrooms $2,154–$2,496; two bedrooms $2,508.Shaler Lane: one bedrooms $2,040–$2,166; two bedrooms $2,472–$2,694.Soldiers Field Park: studios $1,980–$2,130; one bedrooms $2,178–$2,454; two bedrooms $2,622–$3,684; three bedrooms $3,060–$4,176.Terry Ter.: studios $1,902–$1,962; one bedrooms $2,088–$2,346; two bedrooms $2,544–$2,586.9–13A Ware St.: studios $1,830–$1,914; one bedrooms $2,118–$2,340; two bedrooms $2,574–$2,592.15 Ware St.: studios $2,076; one bedrooms $2,664; two bedrooms $3,156.19 Ware St.: two bedrooms $3,012–$3,102; three bedrooms $3,252.One Western Ave.: studios $1,992–$2,196; one bedrooms $2,076–$2,448; two bedrooms $2,544–$3,234; three bedrooms $3,474–$3,774.Wood Frame Buildings: studios $1,332–$1,788; one bedrooms $1,914–$2,664; two bedrooms $2,430–$3,624; three bedrooms $2,652–$5,106; four bedrooms $4,008.Written comments on the proposed rents may be sent to the Faculty Advisory Committee on Harvard University Housing, c/o Harvard University Housing, Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center 827, 1350 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138.  Comments to the committee may also be sent via email to [email protected]  Any written comments should be submitted by Feb. 9, 2018.The comments received will be reviewed by the Faculty Advisory Committee, which includes: Nancy Hill, Charles Bigelow Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education; William Hogan, Raymond Plank Professor of Global Energy Policy, Harvard Kennedy School; Howell Jackson, James S. Reid Jr. Professor of Law, Harvard Law School; Jerold S. Kayden, Frank Backus Williams Professor of Urban Planning and Design, Graduate School of Design; John Macomber, Gloria A. Dauten Real Estate Fellow, Senior Lecturer, Harvard Business School; Daniel P. Schrag, Sturgis Hooper Professor of Geology and Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering, Faculty of Arts and Sciences; and Meredith Weenick, Vice President, Campus Services (Chair), Harvard University.*The rents for tenants of Harvard University Housing are set at prevailing market rates, in keeping with the University’s affiliated housing rent policy.  This policy was established in 1983 by President Derek Bok based on recommendations from a study led by Professor Archibald Cox and the Committee on Affiliated Housing.  The original faculty committee determined that market rate pricing was the fairest method of allocating apartments and that setting rents for Harvard University Housing below market rate would be a form of financial aid, which should be determined by each individual school, not via the rent setting process.  Additionally, the cost of housing should be considered when financial aid is determined.last_img read more

PREMIUMJokowi’s plan to use B40 biodiesel by 2021 difficult to realize: Experts

Log in with your social account Linkedin Forgot Password ? Topics : Facebook Google LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Experts have expressed doubt about President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s plan to increase the palm oil content in biodiesel to 40 percent on a mass scale by next year from 30 percent at present. They say producers may fail to meet the increase in demand and the quality standards.Indonesian Bioenergy Expert Association (IKABI) chairman Tatang Herman said it would take more than a year to prepare for the processing facilities to enable them to meet the technical requirements to produce biodiesel with 40 percent palm oil content.“The preparation for B30 started back in 2014, and the regulation was issued in 2015. That provides a lot of time for producers to prepare. However, the decision to upgrade to B40 is way too sudden,” he said in a public discussion on Friday.In January, Indonesia began the mandatory use of B30 biodiesel, which contains 30 percent … Indonesia biodiesel palm-oil B30-mandatory-policy B40-fuel exports EU IKABI read more

Wisconsin beats Hokies for 7th consecutive win

first_imgRUSS COOK/Herald photoThrough a strong defensive effort Thursday, the Wisconsin women’s basketball team defeated Virginia Tech 61-50 at the Kohl Center, earning the Big Ten’s second victory in the second annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge.“This is a big win for our team. In my opinion, [it is] another statement game for our program,” UW head coach Lisa Stone said. “We’ve played some tough teams out of some tough conferences, and to be one of the only two to survive the Big Ten/ACC Challenge — on the women’s side — I’m very proud of our players.”The Badgers held the Hokies to just 52 points — 14 points below their season average — on 37 percent shooting from the field and 30 percent beyond the arc. Despite their best efforts, however, the Badgers couldn’t keep junior guard Lindsay Biggs from putting up a career high 22 points with 8-for-19 shooting from the field.“Defensively, I thought we were outstanding tonight,” Stone said. “Teah Gant and Ashley Thomas rotated on [Biggs], and she got her numbers, but she had to work for everything she got.”Offensively, sophomore guard Alyssa Karel led the way for the Badgers with 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting, including 3-for-4 from 3-point range.Despite needing two overtimes to defeat UW-Milwaukee in its last game, Wisconsin came out strong, riding an 11-1 run to a 36-27 lead at the half.The Badgers extended their lead to as many as 18 points with just over nine minutes remaining in the first half, and 17 points in the second half, but Virginia Tech kept fighting. The Hokies used added pressure on defense through a half court trap to battle back, but the closest they could get was within six points of the Badgers at 40-34 in the second half.“We kept digging ourselves in a hole,” Hokies’ head coach Beth Dunkenberger said. “When we turned up the notch on defense we were able to get back in the game. … I give some credit to Wisconsin — they played extremely hard.”Biggs helped the Hokies close the gap late in the first half of play, scoring the last 12 points of the half for Virginia Tech. But, as the second half started, Gant took over guarding Biggs and shut her down for an extended period of time.“[I tried to] just basically lock her up and stay in her shorts [and] make her put the ball on the floor because I know my teammates are there for the help,” Gant said.Junior guard Rae Lin D’Alie also added nine points for Wisconsin, and three others — juniors Mariah Dunham, Gant and Tara Steinbauer — pitched in with eight points apiece.“Once again, [we had] tremendous balanced scoring,” Stone said. “[We] sputtered a little bit against the half-court trap, but the bottom line is, I’m proud of the players for the way we handled it. They withstood it [and] got to the free-throw line in the second half.”Wisconsin improved to 7-1 with the victory and extended its winning streak to seven games — the most for the program since winning a school-record 15 straight during the 2001-02 season from Nov. 25 to Jan. 17.One of the keys to Wisconsin’s success has been its versatility, which showed again Thursday as the Badgers featured a big lineup, with Dunham playing as guard and Thomas and Lin Zastrow playing on the post offensively.Stone also was pleased with the overall play of her team, putting together a solid 40 minutes on both sides of the ball, including what she referred to as a “free-flowing offense” for the Badgers.“As a collective unit for 40 minutes, we put both sides of the ball together for the most part,” Stone said. “I’d like us to make all of our free throws, but the last couple games it’s kept us in it and won some games for us. Tonight we got there 29 times, which I like, but we’ve got to capitalize on those as well.”Following the win, Wisconsin will take a day off Friday before hitting the court again Saturday to prepare for its next game. The Badgers have an afternoon matchup Sunday against the Huskies of Northern Illinois at the Kohl Center.last_img read more

Looking back, moving forward: Syracuse crosses into 2014 offseason after disappointing exit from NCAA Tournament

first_imgMoving forwardChris McCullough is considered by many to be one of Syracuse’s best recruits since Carmelo Anthony. The 6-foot-9 power forward is absurdly athletic, should be lethal in the zone and is a superb shot blocker from IMG Academy. He left Brewster Academy earlier in the season due to a violation of school rules.He’s the third-ranked power forward in the country and received offers from Florida, Rutgers, Providence and St. John’s, but opted to play for SU head coach Jim Boeheim.He’ll be expected to contribute right away next season. With C.J. Fair, Baye Moussa Keita and potentially Jerami Grant gone, McCullough will be counted on to score in the frontcourt, and will likely get minutes alongside Rakeem Christmas and DaJuan Coleman.Kaleb Joseph, meanwhile, is coming off a high school championship and is the 16th-ranked point guard in the Class of 2014. Regardless of whether Tyler Ennis stays, Joseph said he’s prepared to play immediately, and plans to bring a winning mentality to the team.“Especially for point guards, how you will your team to win games is how you’re measured as a player,” Joseph said. “That’s your job, to lead your team to wins.”Joseph is somewhat of a mix between the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook and Reggie Jackson, according his trainer PJ Frappier and SU assistant coach Mike Hopkins. He’s quick off the dribble, is a skilled passer and sound defender and is improving his jump shot.Better every yearChristmas arguably improved more than any other Syracuse player this season.Early in the year he looked hesitant around the basket, but once he started looking for his shot, his game expanded and his repertoire grew. He flaunted an improved baby hook, some decent post moves and served as a great target for Ennis.Christmas showed the ability to dominate in the 2-3 zone, blocking nearly two shots per game and altering shots regularly. He had difficulty staying out of foul trouble, often picking up his third and fourth personals early in the second half.Next year, Christmas will likely see a spike in minutes and be more involved in the offense. He was knocked a lot in his first two years at SU, but is now starting to come around as a player.Undecided underclassmenEnnis knew the question was coming.“Have you given any thought to when you’re going to make your decision about the NBA?”“Not yet,” Ennis said without skipping a beat. “I haven’t thought about it.”Whether Ennis or Grant bolt for the NBA remains to be seen. And if both players leave, Syracuse will have two massive holes to fill.Ennis was Mr. Clutch for most of the season. He always wants the ball in the final seconds, and the Orange will need someone to assume that role if he leaves. If Ennis stays, though, he and Joseph will provide a formidable one-two punch.If Grant declares for the draft, SU will need McCullough and Michael Gbinije to provide a decent amount of offense. Grant’s athleticism will be hard to replace and Orange fans will be deprived of the rim-rattling dunks he busted out regularly this season. But if he stays for his junior year, Grant will join McCullough to form one of the better frontcourts in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Comments Looking backC.J. Fair’s decision to return put Syracuse in position for its successful start to the season, but he doesn’t have any choice now — he’s off to the NBA.Fair gave Syracuse one of the best four-year careers in program history, and leaves the Orange part of the second-winningest class in SU history after a second-team All-American campaign.This season, he took on an entirely different role than he had during his first three seasons at SU. With a revolving door of stars including Rick Jackson, Kris Joseph, Dion Waiters and Michael Carter-Williams leading the team for the first three years of his career, Fair was a glorified role player who did the dirty work and filled up the stat sheet. But in his senior year, it was all his team.He played more minutes than anyone else in the Atlantic Coast Conference with a usage rate of 27.9 percent. When the offense stagnated, as it often did, the Orange gave the ball to him on the wing and let him go to work.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEfficiency-wise, it made for a rocky season. He had the fourth most turnovers in the conference, but ranked seventh in the league in scoring and points produced, while also maintaining his elite defensive play and excellent rebounding.“They’re two guys that are great leaders and you learn so much from them,” SU guard Trevor Cooney said of seniors Fair and Baye Moussa Keita, who will also depart. “They’re two guys that you love hanging out with and you love to play for.”The year without shootersIt’s hard to win with just one 3-point shooter, especially when that 3-point shooter isn’t really all that reliable.The statistics tell a weird story about Cooney’s career, and that’s fitting for the guard who had a weird season. He still made more 3s than anyone else in the ACC, but also attempted more. Cooney finished third in the ACC with a 37.5 3-point percentage — not bad, except only three ACC players attempted enough 3s to qualify.He was inconsistent all season — he was shooting close to 50 percent from beyond the arc throughout nonconference play — but had his worst game at the worst time. He barely saw the floor in the second half against the No. 11-seed Flyers in the third round of the NCAA Tournament, and Syracuse failed to make a 3 for the first time in nearly 20 years.“It’s tough to lose like we did tonight when you just don’t play well,” Cooney said after the game.March is all that mattersAfter back-to-back years with extended Tournament runs, Syracuse reverted back to its old ways with an opening-weekend exit. The Orange has only reached the Elite Eight twice since winning the 2003 National Championship, and has been bounced before the Sweet 16 in three of its last eight Tournament appearances. In all of those exits, SU has been a No. 5 seed or better.“Everybody has different expectations and different, you know, goals or where they want to go,” Boeheim said at a press conference at First Niagara Center in Buffalo on Friday. “It’s just the way it kind of is.”It will be impossible to forget 25-0, the win against Duke in the Carrier Dome or Tyler Ennis’ buzzer-beater against Pittsburgh, but that was all rendered meaningless in the grand scheme of the 2013–14 season. They’re great standalone moments, but now only serve as a reminder of what could have been — and all that matters for the Orange is what it can do in the NCAA Tournament. Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on March 26, 2014 at 1:11 amlast_img read more