Last Sunday, a group of Brasenose undergraduates took the law into their own hands and apprehended three women on suspicion of robbery.Duncan Morrison, Matthew Osman and ‘Tricky’ Wilson performed a citizens arrest on three woman who had hidden in and later run from Brasenose.But police later confirmed that no crime had taken place and the women were allowed to go free.“Their brave vigilante action was all in vain,” said Theo Barclay, a Brasenose third year. “We viewed them as college heroes.”Thames Valley police confirmed that they had been contacted by a group of international students who were concerned about the theft of a games console, but explained that a misunderstanding appeared to have taken place.The girls entered Brasenose College, followed by a group of Asian exchange students, one of whom appeared to think they had taken his games console. There the girls caught the attention of Morrison and Osman, who thought that they were acting suspiciously.“We saw these pikeys in college trying to find an exit, going up and down stairs and trying to find a way out,” said Wilson.The group had been led to believe that the girls had taken a games console from one of the exchange students.“Someone beckoned me over and told me they’d stolen something,” said Wilson. “Someone said this girl had a knife.”According to Morrison, it was at this point that the girls became rude and he, along with a growing number of students, led the girls from close to the college library to the lodge area. Morrison took the step of asking the duty porter to step in.The situation escalated and the girls started to act confrontationally towards Morrison. “All I was trying to do was to diffuse the situation and get the poor man’s PSP back”, he said, “it was now that they became a bit more threatening in their behaviour.”One proceeded to push Duncan Morrison and this led the on duty porter to call the police and shut the college gate in order to stop the girls from fleeing.At this moment, the gate was opened by two shocked Brasenose students who saw the girls run past them.Morrison, Osman and Wilson gave chase onto the High Street. Morrison then spotted the girls, approached them and placed them under a citizen’s arrest. Wilson found a police officer who arrested the three girls and thanked the trio for their assistance.However, it later emerged that the police were originally contacted by the exchange students from McDonald’s on Cornmarket Street, and a spokesperson for Thames Valley police outlined that it was their understanding that the students believed a group of three girls had stolen the item.The spokesman added that it transpired that the owner of the console appeared to have simply misplaced the item, and that since there seemed to have been a misunderstanding about the incident, no further action would be taken by the police.On being told that no theft had taken place, ‘Tricky’ Wilson said that he felt “a bit hollow”.“I feel very conned,” he said, “conned by all of them.”But Brasenose students still praised Duncan Morrison’s spontaneous actions. Charlie Marr, a first year History undergraduate, commented, “Duncan displayed chivalrous, brave and courageous behaviour and deserves all the praise he can get.”Morrison explained that he “simply thought that it was the right thing to do.” He added that he was enjoying the praise of his fellow students and that it “was all in a day’s work”.
By MADDY VITALEBrianna Thomas created a petition on Change.org to give former and current students of the Ocean City school district a forum to air their grievances, concerns and allegations. She did so, she said, to give them an avenue to tell of alleged incidents at the hands of school faculty or fellow students.Thomas, who dropped out of Ocean City High School during the 2011-12 school year, said in an interview with OCNJDaily.com she was “outed” for being a lesbian, which led to bullying during her time in the district.“I like to tell people what I have been through and my experiences, because it may help someone else,” said Thomas, 24, formerly of Ocean City who now lives in Ventnor.Her petition, posted on April 22 on social media, contained a flurry of posts alleging sexual assault, inappropriate student-teacher relationships, bullying, harassment, acts that led to suicide, discrimination and unfair treatment by faculty.No one, other than Thomas, attaches a name to the alleged incidents. She explained that after former students reached out to her, they worked together to create the petition.She said the people who posted wanted to keep their anonymity for personal reasons because some may want to go to authorities, others want to remain unnamed.“Keeping their anonymity is important,” she said.The petition called on the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, the State Police and the FBI to look into the allegations outlined in a 6,000-plus word petition with numerous stories by the anonymous posters.On Wednesday night during the Ocean City Board of Education meeting, Thomas read a statement saying, in part, that the district failed its students and urged school officials to do more to help the students.“I have been here before, and I walked away from that call for action trusting that the new plans of the school board would protect students and encourage stricter enforcement of policies,” Thomas said. “I was 19 at that time. I am nearly 25 now. Following the school board meeting in 2015, Dr. (Kathleen) Taylor stated in an email that my experience was one she would never want a student to have.”She said that while she has not come before the board to speak of her issues for six years, she felt compelled to based on allegations of more recent claims.“I am once again before you, with some information that is eerily similar to what I experienced in this school district, and some information that disgusts me and saddens me on an entirely new level,” Thomas said. “These students deserve better.”Later in the meeting, School Board President Joseph Clark said on behalf of the board that the first thing the board did in response to the petition was contact the authorities.“We have read the petition posted on Change.org calling for law enforcement agencies to investigate the allegations in the petition,” Clark said. “We hear you and commend you for exercising your right to free speech and for the courage to petition to have the allegations investigated further.”He noted that the first action taken by the school administration and the board was to contact the Ocean City Police Department regarding the petition.“We have and will continue to fully cooperate and provide access to the police department and or the County Prosecutor’s Office for any impending investigation,” he said.Clark emphasized that while the district can’t change the past, it is “committed to taking additional steps to build upon the programs, trainings, support and intervention services, along with providing the necessary resources, which we have put in place over the past decade to ensure enduring change.”Clark noted that back in 2011, the district brought in professionals to educate the staff about teacher-student relationships, discrimination, boundary limits for staff and harassment.And through the years, partnerships with organizations such as the Ocean City Education Foundation have led to wellness programs and other initiatives to help students.The Ocean City Board of Education and members of the public listen to Brianna Thomas.Meanwhile, Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office Capt. Mike Emmer said that the Prosecutor’s Office is aware of the petition.“We have seen it and we are reviewing the information that is contained in it,” he noted Wednesday. “We request that anyone who has any information on any crimes committed to please contact the Special Victims Unit of the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-465-1135.”Days before the Board of Education meeting, and a day after the petition was posted, school officials responded to the petition with a statement.“The Ocean City School District first became aware of the allegations of unsafe and unjust practices at Ocean City High School published in the change.org petition when that page was posted on April 22,” the statement reads. “The District immediately reached out to the Ocean City Police Department to request their review of the allegations and to offer our cooperation in any manner that was necessary.”The statement further states that “the Ocean City Police Department and the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office are in the process of reviewing the allegations.”“The physical safety and mental well-being of our students have always been among the Ocean City School district’s foremost concerns. The district has consistently maintained and enforced all anti-harassment, intimidation and bullying policies required by the Department of Education, as well as all reporting obligations for any student who is suspected to have been abused, neglected and/or missing.”The statement continues, “Any alleged incidents of harassment, intimidation and bullying are taken seriously and investigated consistent with the New Jersey Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act.”In 2015, the district formed an ad-hoc committee on Youth Mental Health to support student wellness in all the schools.Among the more recent steps taken were renovations and transformation of classrooms in the High School and Intermediate School into wellness centers, school officials said.“Ocean City School District takes seriously its responsibility to create a supportive school community,” the statement concluded. “We are committed to fostering a culture that supports the whole student and ensures each student’s safety, security and mental and physical health.”Ocean City High School Brianna Thomas, of Ventnor, addresses the Board of Education about a petition she started alleging wrongdoing in the school district. (Photos courtesy of Martin Fiedler, Just Right TV Productions)
Being a new freshman on campus can be a scary thing. Being a new freshman on the defending NCAA cross country team can be just as scary. But for freshman Craig Miller, who competes on the cross country and track teams for Wisconsin, it’s not scary at all. In fact, the Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Freshman of the Year just laughs about it.”I didn’t even know that was an award,” Miller said. “Coach told me that they named me and I was like, ‘What’s that?’ It’s pretty cool when you think about it.”A native of Lancaster, Pa., the three-time Pennsylvania state champion knew he would have some big shoes to fill here in Madison. As a newcomer to a cross country team that had won the Big Ten and NCAA title just a year earlier, he knew that he just had to do what he’s good at — running fast.”I’ve always been pretty fast,” Miller said. “When I was younger I played basketball and soccer, and that’s when I figured out I could run. So freshman year I decided to go out for cross country, and I think it was a pretty good decision.””Pretty good” is putting it mildly. After finishing fifth at the state cross country meet as a freshman, Miller went on to win the next three state titles. He holds the Pennsylvania state cross country record at 5,000 meters with a time of 14:56. In track, he was the 2004 and 2005 state champion in the 1,600 meters, setting the state record of 4:09.33. He took second in the mile at the 2005 Nike Nationals, running it in 4:07.19. He took third in the mile at the 2004 Adidas Nationals at 4:06.76. And at the young age of 15, he ran a 4:14.26 1,600-meter time to set a U.S. record for freshmen.”I had heard of what he could do,” head cross country and assistant track coach Jerry Schumacher said. “He was one of the best prep mile-runners in the nation. He had excelled at both state and national meets. When I got the chance to go out there and meet his family and watch him run … I knew he would fit in well here.”And so far that’s just what Miller has done. During the cross country season, Miller was one of the top six runners all year. He finished fifth on the team and 90th overall at the NCAA championships when the team finished as the national runners-up this past fall. He earned all-region honors with his ninth-place finish — good for fourth on the team — at the NCAA Great Lakes regional. During track season, Miller runs the opening leg of the distance medley relay. That team is picked to finish fifth this weekend at the NCAA Indoor Championships.”Looking at the times of some of the other relays, there’s no reason we can’t take home the title this weekend,” Miller said. “There’s only like three or four seconds separating the top six relays, so if each of us four can cut a second from our leg then we’ve got a shot at winning.”Winning is a huge reason Miller chose to come here to run for the cardinal and white. As one of the most heralded runners in Pennsylvania history, Miller wanted to come to a school to win. The reputations of both Schumacher and head track coach Ed Nuttycombe combined with UW’s 2005 NCAA cross country title made the decision a lot easier from Miller.”When [Schumacher] came out to visit me, I knew right away that I liked him,” Miller said. “He watched me run and met my family. I kind of knew after meeting him that he was a guy I would like to coach me.”There was one thing that some people back in Lancaster wondered after Craig had decided to go to Wisconsin. What about Brad, his twin brother who was literally a step behind him for much of their four-year career?”He’s running at Syracuse now,” Miller said. “The team isn’t as strong as we are, so I kind of get the upper hand there. We never really had that rivalry thing going on. He did his thing and I did my thing. But it was cool having a brother who you could relate to.”So Miller has the upper hand in a non-existent sibling rivalry. He already has being a member of a NCAA National Runner-up squad on his résumé — and a Big Ten Indoor Track Freshman of the Year to boot. After this weekend he could add an NCAA relay and possible team title to that list, something Miller longs for.”I love winning. That’s why I came here, because I knew that running at Wisconsin meant winning,” he said. “It’s hard to tell with running what will happen, but if all goes as it should there’s no reason that we can’t bring some hardware home with us.”
Published on October 23, 2015 at 11:42 pm Contact Chris: [email protected] | @ChrisLibonati At the railing of SU Soccer Stadium, as some fans cleared out, a few stuck around to serenade Louis Cross.“We love you Louis, yes we do!” they chanted.In addition to the kids waiting for autographs, there were three fans, each holding a cardboard cutout head — one with Juuso Pasanen on it, another with Julian Buescher and the last with Ben Polk.After a 2-1 win against North Carolina State, Cross’ parents stood at the railing. Players, alumni and the fans with the signs posed for pictures. “It’s weird,” Cross said of being serenaded. “It’s great to have my parents out here as well for their last game to get a goal.”Cross’ front-post header with less than five minutes left in No. 15 SU’s (10-4-2, 3-3-1 Atlantic Coast) game against North Carolina State (8-4-3, 1-3-3) saved the Orange’s postseason hopes. Head coach Ian McIntyre and SU won 10 games for the fourth straight season after combining for just eight in the three seasons prior.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDespite two devastating losses to then-No. 2 North Carolina and then-No. 4 Clemson and a tie against Hartford, SU regained its footing against the Wolfpack after nearly 75 minutes of futility.“I’m sure as soon as I leave you guys, people will start telling me results,” McIntyre said. “It was important to get to 10 points. It keeps us in front of some very good teams.”SU was losing for seven minutes against N.C. State. Wolfpack players fumbled the ball around the 18-yard box with about 23 minutes left in the game. The ball finally landed on the feet of midfielder Julius Duchscherer, who kicked a slow-rolling shot into the bottom right corner.A group of five SU defenders and midfielders all looked in different directions after the goal. Cross had his hands on his knees. The 1-0 Wolfpack lead gave the game a familiar feel to both the UNC and Clemson games. Goals in the last 30 minutes during each of those contests downed SU, 2-1 and 1-0, respectively.“Come on, put it back,” McIntyre shouted about the ball to his players as they ran back to restart play.“To go down,” Polk said, “It was like, ‘Oh, uh oh, we need sort this out.’”Minutes later, Polk played the ball with his back to defenders. Not having seen a shred of space between the closing defenders behind him, Polk swung around and booted the ball. The defenders snipped any gap the ball could have rolled through.But only after the shot snuck into the bottom right corner of the net and past the shielded goalie.Polk’s goal warmed the frozen fans, who cheered a little bit louder.“It was one of them where I just took the touch and on a swivel just as fast as I could,” Polk said. “Lucky, I think it went through the kid’s legs.”Ten minutes later, the fans stomped the metal bleachers louder than they had all game as midfielder Liam Callahan crossed in a corner kick. The service found Cross, who headed in the last goal SU would need.Cross skirted all 10 players chasing him, running all the way across the field into a circle of teammates at the end of the bench.“A bit surreal, isn’t it?” Cross said. “The clock was running down and I saw space on the front post.”The goal allowed SU to leap Boston College in the ACC standings after the Eagles’ loss on Friday. After losing six starters, about 30 percent of its offense and its whole back line, two newcomers to SU’s starting lineup — Polk and Cross — teamed up to kick the Orange into the postseason again.A graveyard of popcorn boxes, rosters and other papers remained in the bleachers in the aftermath of Syracuse blowing two leads to tie Hartford 2-2 in double overtime.This time, fans filled the bleachers until the end and made their way to the railing to celebrate what could be SU’s last home game this season.“We’re a good team and there’s a chance we wouldn’t make the ACC tournament. We needed enough points,” McIntyre said. “It’s brutal. It’s great. It’s exciting. There’s still a lot to be played.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+