Significant work will be conducted on the masonry of the west side of Balliol College, it has been annouced. Alex Bartram, JCR President, informed students on Monday, only a day before students living in college next year would choose their rooms.Cherwell has learned that members of the last JCR Executive Committee were informed about this work by representatives from college at the end of their term in office, in Michaelmas, but that neither they nor college had informed the current JCR Executive about the planned restoration.The measures will affect the west side of Balliol during Michaelmas and Hilary of next year, totalling seventeen rooms overlooking Magdalen Street, on four staircases that are usually reserved for finalists.Although the actual stonework will be done offsite, the affected rooms will have their windows covered with plastic sheeting for a portion of the two terms and will be subject to an amount of noise described by College sources as “no more than the sound of soft rain.” Bartram agrees that this was “the source of the problem”, but emphasises that he “would not place the blame squarely on my predecessors, as they were not aware of the scale of the problem at the time, and its effects would be felt after their time in office and even their time at university for the most part.“Nevertheless, it’s impossible to avoid concluding that this was a fairly major failure of the JCR’s institutional memory, and a major oversight on their part.”Former JCR President Ben Marshall commented, “Everyone has now been told of the situation, it has been resolved in a perfectly reasonable way, and other than the later than desirable notice, the JCR has been in no way adversely affected.”In response to talks held between members of the current JCR Committee and the Domestic Bursar on Tuesday morning, it was agreed that those choosing to live in the affected rooms will be compensated to the tune of £65 for each term of restoration, an amount equivalent to 5% of the rental cost.Bartram described this as “a satisfactory and logical solution to the problem,” remarking that the College were “reasonable and open to suggestions, even urgent ones, and even expensive ones, from the JCR.”The student reaction has been muted. Sam Atwell, a second year PPEist, told Cherwell, “It is unclear how much of a problem this will be. However, with the system of dynamic room pricing recently introduced, I am surprised that the issue hasn’t been flagged up earlier.”Some students, however, were more ambivalent about the matter, such as Emily Troup, a second year CAAH-ist, who commented, “If it means that rooms are cheaper and people know in advance, then I can’t see it being a massive problem. Magdalen Street is ugly anyway.”Room viewing and choice will go ahead as planned.Balliol College is yet to respond to Cherwell’s request for comment.
Source = TravelManagers – Hoot Holidays TravelManagers’ Maria San Pascual (left) and Sandra Reucker (right) deliver donated cans of food to Pauline Tighe The Exodus Foundation’s Chief Operating OfficerTravelManagers and Hoot Holidays’ Christmas Elves Help Sydney Families in NeedWhile most Australian’s enjoyed their Christmas surrounded by family, swapping presents and indulging in a feast fit for a king; for Sydney’s homeless, poor and at-risk families, Christmas was not necessarily a time of joy.But thanks to the generous support of TravelManagers and Hoot Holidays who collectively donated over 200 cans of food to Sydney’s Exodus Foundation’s Christmas can drive, food parcels were delivered to disadvantaged Sydney families bringing some much-needed Christmas cheer.TravelManagers’ Product Executive Sandra Reucker, organized the can donation for its fourth consecutive year.“I was thrilled with the support received from my fellow national partnership office and Hoot Holidays teams. We collectively donated over 200 cans with a value of approximately $700, which included items of request such as casseroles, spaghetti, baked beans, tuna and pasta. The Exodus Foundation do such wonderful work within our community and it’s such a privilege to know that our contribution helped bring a smile to some of Sydney’s disadvantaged families, even if it was for just one day,” says Reucker.TravelManagers’ Executive General Manager Michael Gazal, applauds Reucker’s commitment to The Exodus Foundation.“TravelManagers’ philosophy of giving back to the community mirrors our business philosophy of going the extra mile. The opportunity for our team to do something that benefits those in need within our local community really sums up the culture of TravelManagers and we are extremely proud of that.”The Exodus Foundation supports those in need throughout Australia, not only at Christmas time but 365 days a year. To donate or to find out more about how you can help, please go to: https://donations.exodusfoundation.org.au/donate-today ENDSAbout TravelManagersTravel Managers operates in all Australian States and is a wholly owned subsidiary of House of Travel, Australasia’s largest independent travel company which has a forecast turnover of $1.5 billion for 2017. TravelManagers is a sister company to Hoot Holidays, also owned by House of Travel, and has more than 500 personal travel managers throughout Australia with a dedicated support team at the company’s national partnership office in Sydney. TravelManagers places all customer money in a dedicated and audited Client Trust Account which is separate from the general business accounts, ensuring client funds are secure and only used for client purchases.