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first_imgHarry’s the business Said Business School hired a man from East London to pose as Harry Potter for the day, brightening up luncheon at Christ Church. Tourists also claimed to have greatly enjoyed the spectacle. Patten for President Chris Patten, the current Chancellor of Oxford University may become the British candidate for the presidency of the European Commission. Mr Patten, alumnus of Balliol College, has given assurances that he intends to continue serving in his post at the university even if his presidential ambitions are fulfilled. By Debbie Moss. Showercam scam Following a report by Cherwell, St John’s College has informed Police of a webcam found in a shower in graduate accommodation. The culprit has still not been identified, but the police enquiry is ongoing. Greenfield out Oxford Professor, Baroness Susan Greenfield, has not been shortlisted for Fellowship of the highly prestigious Royal Society. Her omission rekindles the debate that she is being discriminated against because of her comments on sexism within the scientific field, and her celebrity status. By Harriet Mancey-Barratt. Motion squashed The controversial motion tabled at last Friday’s OUSU Council meeting to ignore the result of the recent referendum on higher education funding has been withdrawn. OUSU President Helena Puig Larrauri said she was “pleased that the council rejected the motion and remained committed to campaigning according to the wishes of Oxford Students.” By Alasdair Henderson. Internet Professor The University has named Helen Margetts as its first Professor of Society and the Internet. Margetts will begin work at the Oxford Internet Institute and take up her Fellowship at Mansfield College in October. By Mark Hobel Queuing for cash Wealthy businessmen seeking flats in highly sought-after new developments across the UK are paying students hundreds of pounds to queue for them. By Alasdair Henderson. Lastminute accident Martha Lane Fox, Oxford graduate and co-founder of, has been involved in a serious car accident on holiday in Morocco. Her father is a professor at New College. By Sonalini Gunasekera. Student sleeps in An impoverished American student at New York University spent seven months living in the library because he could not afford to pay rent. His university has now offered him free accommodation for the remainder of the year. By Rachel Von Simson. Odds on poetry Ladbrokes are offering odds of 5/1 on postgraduate Marcus Walker being made Oxford’s Professor of Poetry. There are only five candidates in the election. Walker told Cherwell he was “surprised and flattered” but wasn’t going to be put any money on himself. By Thomas Pursey.ARCHIVE: 1st week TT 2004last_img

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