Honorary fellowship for J.K. Rowling

first_imgExeter College has announced that its Governing Body has elected to grant J.K. Rowling an Honorary Fellowship.The announcement comes after Rowling made a visit to the college in February of this year. During her visit she was in conversation at the Sheldonian Theatre with Jeri Johnson, fellow in English and Sub-Rector at Exeter.The pair discussed the themes of ‘Mortality and Morality’ in Rowling’s work, including both The Casual Vacancy and The Cuckoo’s Calling, which was published in 2013 under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.Exeter’s statutes state that honorary fellowships are awarded to, “any distinguished person,” and Rowling has been added to a list of honorary fellows which includes Queen Sofia of Spain.In addition, there are a number of literary figures on the list who are alumni of the college, such as Martin Amis, Alan Bennett and Philip Pullman.Queen Sofia of Spain visited Oxford earlier this term to celebrate the 700th anniversary of the college.The College issued a statement on its website, saying, “Ms Rowling was elected in recognition of the extraordinary contribution she has made to the field of literature, and in particular to children’s reading and literacy.” A medic at Exeter said, “I understand the significance which the Harry Potter series has for many people, but it seems to me that making J. K. Rowling an Honorary Fellow is a bit like name-dropping.”Grace McGowan, a Fresher reading English at the College disagreed, explaining, “I think it’s a great way to recognize her achievement, especially as her books have got so many children to start reading.”This is not the first time that Rowling has been granted a fellowship to an organization. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a post for which she was elected in 2002. In total, she holds 6 honorary degrees, including ones from Harvard, Edinburgh, St. Andrews and Exeter, where she did an undergraduate degree in French and Classics.The release date for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a film based on a 2001 Harry Potter spin-off that Rowling wrote in aid of Comic Relief, was recently revealed as 18 November 2016.The book was billed as a textbook for Hogwarts in Care of Magical Creatures. Rowling has agreed to co-write the scripts, as she did for the Harry Potter film franchise.Exeter announced that it is “delighted Ms. Rowling has accepted and is pleased to welcome her to the Fellowship”.According to the college’s statutes, any person elected to hold an Honorary Fellowship is elected for life.last_img read more

Nearly 100 farm families receive century farming award

first_imgRushMahan1918Centennial RipleyOtte/Webster1866Sesquicentennial RipleyNaylor1846Sesquicentennial BartholomewGuinn1836Sesquicentennial FranklinFledderman1918Centennial RipleyObendorf1865Sesquicentennial JacksonRieckers1852Sesquicentennial DecaturKirchhoff1919Centennial CountyAward NameHomestead DateAward Type JacksonGoecker (Pfenning)1857Sesquicentennial JenningsElsner1919Centennial DearbornHopping1816Centennial, Sesquicentennial & Bicentennial JacksonBishop1914Centennial FayetteJack & Milah Frost1819Bicentennial BartholomewBurney1918Centennial SwitzerlandHall1908Centennial RipleyNarwold1866Sesquicentennial BartholomewLarry Speaker1908Centennial FranklinSiefert1869Sesquicentennial BartholomewThayer1854Centennial & Sesquicentennial Indianapolis, IN — Friday at the Indiana State Fair, Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch and Indiana State Department of Agriculture Director Bruce Kettler presented 96 farming families with the Hoosier Homestead Award, setting a new record in the program’s 40-year history.To be named a Hoosier Homestead, the farm had to be kept in the family for at least 100 consecutive years, and consist of more than 20 acres or produce more than $1,000 in agricultural products per year.Since the program was established in 1976, more than 5,600 families have received the award.“The vast majority of farms in Indiana are family-owned and operated,” Crouch said. “They are the foundation we rely on as a society, which is something we must never take for granted. It was an honor to recognize these families at the great Indiana State Fair.”Families were eligible for three different award distinctions. Based on the age of the farm, they received the Centennial Award for 100 years, Sesquicentennial Award for 150 years or Bicentennial Award for 200 years of ownership.Notably, the Bicentennial Award was presented to five families during Friday’s ceremony.“Seeing so many generational farming families all in one place was truly humbling,” Kettler said. “They are the lifeblood of our state, and recognizing their legacy and perseverance today was a tremendous honor.”The following list includes the area 2019 summer Hoosier Homestead Award recipients. ScottSmith1817Sesquicentennial & Bicentennial FranklinLogan1919Centenniallast_img read more

The Herald’s five athletes to watch this semester

first_imgDon’t be the person that’s constantly asking “who’s that?” during a Wisconsin athletic event.Here are five names you should know before stepping foot on campus this semester.Corey Clement (football)Herald File PhotoIt’s Clement’s backfield now.After playing third-string his freshman season and backing up Heisman Trophy candidate Melvin Gordon in 2014, the junior running back now tops the depth chart heading into the 2015-16 season.Clement has already shown significant promise in the limited chances he’s received his first two seasons for the Badgers.He rushed for 547 yards as the third-stringer his freshman year and 949 yards backing up Gordon last season, averaging 7.0 yards per carry on his career.Badgers football: Clement uses spring to adjust to starting role, new coaching staffRegardless of Corey Clement’s shoe-size, it’s probably not big enough. With the departure of Melvin Gordon, arguably Wisconsin’s best running Read…He’s not the next Melvin Gordon, it’s likely nobody ever will be, but Wisconsin fans have reason to believe there won’t be a severe drop off in production from the running back position if Clement uses the successes of his first two seasons as a stepping stone for this one.Joe Schobert (football)Playing opposite the outgoing Vince Biegel, Schobert can at times go unnoticed, especially last season as part of a stacked linebackers core on the Wisconsin football defense.But the graduations of Derek Landisch and Marcus Trotter have left the middle linebacker positions open and has shifted the spotlight to the outside linebackers Biegel and Schobert.Schobert acts as the silent assassin, but he was anything but silent on the stat sheet last season and opposing offenses could certainly hear him coming off the edge snap after snap.He racked up 44 solo tackles and had 13.5 tackles for loss (third on the team), along with two forced fumbles and three sacks.The senior has worked his way up from Scout Team Defensive Player of the Year to a consensus all-Big Ten honorable mention last season.And for the Badgers, who finished with the fourth-ranked defense last season, Schobert will once again have to elevate his game and establish himself as one of the leaders of the defense.Lauren Carlini (volleyball)Junior setter Lauren Carlini (1) returns at the reigning Big Ten Player of the Year. Jason Chan/The Badger HeraldEver since Carlini set foot on campus in the summer of 2013, she’s had a profound impact on the Wisconsin volleyball program. Since then, the Badgers have advanced to the national title game her freshman season and the Elite Eight last season.Carlini was named Big Ten Player of the Year and Setter of the Year as a sophomore, the first second-year player to earn those honors.The 6-foot-1 setter averaged 11.23 assists per set last season, while stepping up on defense by averaging 3.03 digs per set — second-best on the team.The Badgers graduated six seniors last season, which forces Carlini to produce even more this upcoming season if she wants her team to reach the same level of success it did her first pair of seasons as a Badger.Carlini setting up for strong sophomore campaign For sophomore setter Lauren Carlini, it will be rather difficult to top her freshman year in Madison. The anchor of Read…After a superb freshman campaign and taking her play to a higher level last season, it will be fascinating to see if she can expand even further this year.Drew Conner (men’s soccer)Herald File PhotoOn a team filled with freshmen last season, then-junior Drew Conner served as a team captain for the men’s soccer team to help mentor and ease the adjustment for the younger players.Now, as a senior and a year of captainship under his belt and a more experienced squad, Conner will look to lead the Badgers to an improved campaign from 2014, which saw the Badgers go 3-12-3 and winless in conference play.Conner, a midfielder from Cary, Illinois, will also be vying for a chance to continue his playing career and move on to the professional level. He finished last season as the 73rd-ranked player in college soccer, according to Top Drawer Soccer.Leadership one of Conner’s strongest traits for men’s soccer teamAs of late, Wisconsin men’s soccer head coach John Trask has gotten some big-time names to come play for him Read…Conner started 17 games for Wisconsin last season, scoring two goals and tallying an assist. He also played the most minutes on the team.For the Badgers to get back to the NCAA Tournament, which they did in 2013 for the first time in 18 years, Conner will have to play a big role both on and off the field.Rose Lavelle (women’s soccer)At 5-foot-4, Lavelle is one of the smaller players on the pitch, but don’t let that fool you – she has more skill than almost any one of her competitors.The 2013 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, two-time all-Big Ten and 2014 NSCA first-team All-American is a spark in the midfield for the reigning Big Ten Tournament champion women’s soccer team.Wisconsin’s Lavelle at top of her classAlthough the Wisconsin women’s soccer program has had its fair share of talented first-year players in its 20 years of Read…Her goals scored dropped from six to two between her freshman and sophomore season, but both of her goals in 2014 were game winners.With Cara Wall, the team’s leading scorer last season, graduating, the team will need Lavelle to up her scoring and assisting from the midfield if they want a chance to repeat as Big Ten champions.The expectations won’t faze Lavelle, she’s succeeded not only as a Badger but on the game’s international stage as well. She won the Golden Ball (given to the tournament’s best player) at the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship and was named a finalist for the 2014 U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of Year.last_img read more

These Antoine Griezmann comments are sure to disappoint Manchester United fans

first_imgAntoine Griezmann has made it clear the rumours about his future are unfounded and he is still an Atletico Madrid player.The France forward has been linked with a big-money move to Manchester United, to link up with international teammate Paul Pogba, as Jose Mourinho builds a team able to compete for the Premier League.In fact, he spoke on television earlier this week claiming there is a ‘six out of 10’ chance he will move to Old Trafford – although he did admit the chance of his staying with Atleti is ‘seven out of 10’.And the 26-year-old has now cast further doubt on a potential move to the Red Devils, after posting a message on his personal Twitter account.Griezmann’s statement translates as: ‘All the rumours are unfounded, I’m still Colchonero [Atletico Madrid]. My destination will be established after discussion with my agent.’ Toutes les rumeurs sont infondées, je suis toujours Colchonero. Mon orientation sera etablie apres discussion avec mon Conseiller Sportif— Antoine Griezmann (@AntoGriezmann) May 26, 2017//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Obviously the statement does not completely rule out Griezmann linking up with Mourinho’s side, through it does mean this already-long transfer saga is set to continue for even longer. Antoine Griezmann: Will the France forward move to Manchester United? 1last_img read more