Roberto Weeden-Sanz, Oxford Union’s President-Elect for Trinity Term 2015, has automatically resigned his post after allegedly failing to attend three Union meetings this term. Weeden-Sanz, a member of St Benet’s Hall, was elected unopposed as Trinity’s President in Michaelmas 2014.Under Union rule 23 (c)(ii)(2), “Any member of any Committee… having missed three ordinary meetings of that Committee without good reason in the same term, shall be deemed to have submitted his resignation from that Committee.”As a result, if the allegations are correct, the rule requires Weeden-Sanz to automatically resign his position as President-Elect.Under normal circumstances, Weeden-Sanz would be able to appeal the decision through a Special Adjournment Motion (SAM) to be debated at the next Public General Meeting. However, there are no further public general meetings scheduled for the remainder of Hilary term. Cherwell understands that the outgoing President, Lisa Wehden, is unlikely to call an emergency Public General Meeting before the end of term. It is therefore unlikely that a Public General Meeting could be held this term.Weeden-Sanz would therefore have to wait until Trinity term to appeal. As a result he would not be President over the entirety of the vacation. An anonymous source explained that such a situation for an incoming President is “infeasible”.Weeden-Sanz’s resignation would leave the Union without a President for Trinity term. It has been speculated, though not confirmed, that Librarian-Elect Stuart Webber from Somerville College could step in as President.Rule 38(b)(vi) states, “The President-Elect shall be succeeded by the Librarian, the Librarian-Elect shall be succeeded by the Treasurer, and the Treasurer-elect shall be succeeded by the Secretary.”In Trinity 2014, Mehrunissa Sajjad, the then Librarian-Elect, faced a similar procedure when she failed to attend three successive Library Committee meetings and had allegedly not given “good reason” for her absence formally. However the then President-Elect, Mayank Banerjee, proposed a SAM at a Public General Meeting to reverse the decision, a motion which subsequently passed after debate.According to Union rules, “good reason” for absence includes attendance at Public Examinations, “disabling or infectious diseases”, as well as other engagements deemed to be pressing, unavoidable or important to the Society “by two-thirds of those present at the first meeting held at least 168 hours after the absence”. It has been claimed that Weeden-Sanz missed one of the meetings because he was at his grandmother’s funeral.Roberto Weeden-Sanz was unavailable for comment.
A writer has called for a new memorial to Romantic poet and University College alum Percy Bysshe Shelley to be erected in Oxford.John Webster, a freelance writer from Headington, specialises in Romantic poetry studies.Webster has suggested that there should be a more public tribute to the poet in addition to the memorial at University College, below.The Lloyds Bank building on the corner of Cornmarket and High Street has been suggested as an option for a new memorial.After launching the campaign as a member of the Oxford Humanist Group, Webster spoke of the need for a more current memorial to Shelley.“With the support of the Humanist Group I am embarking on an initiative to create a new Shelley memorial in Oxford and I would like to invite support for it,” he said. “There is of course an existing memorial at University College but this is universally regarded to be very much of its time, and is also not universally accessible to the public.”Mr Webster said that his idea would be to place a plaque or sign near or close to the site of the original bookshop, where Shelley launched his famous 1811 treatise “The Necessity of Atheism”.“This is on the High Street, where now Lloyds Bank can be found, and the text could begin along the lines of the memorial to John Wesley in New Inn Hall Street: ‘In a bookshop on this site Percy Bysshe Shelley launched in March 1811 his treatise ‘The Necessity of Atheism’.”Webster said that he is aware “atheism makes some people cross and would not want to have anything that spoils anyone’s day but rather encourages and inspires.”University College’s memorial to Shelley was formally inaugurated in 1893, after the College agreed to a request by Lady Shelley to house it.The sculpture was intended to be placed in the Protestant cemetery in Rome, in which Shelley is buried, but it was too large for the plot.Among Shelley’s most famous poems are ‘Ozymandias’ and ‘Ode to the West Wind’.He died in 1822, aged 29, after drowning in a sudden storm on the Gulf of Spezia. The Univ memorial was designed by Edward Onslow Ford.
4 15 4 LIVE MONEY RAINBOW POOL OVER $1.5 MILLION ASHLEYLUVSSUGAR SEEKS SECOND TURF CLASSIC WINIn his last 21 races, Ashleyluvssugar has run in stakes 20 times, 16 against open company, winning six, including four Grade II events. Not too shabby for an eight-year-old California-bred gelding that might be long in the tooth but not short on class.Saturday, the son of Game Plan goes for his second victory in the $200,000 Unusual Heat Turf Classic presented by City National Bank, having won it in 2017.“He’s full of vim and vigor and still acts like he wants to run,” trainer Peter Eurton said of the durable bay, earner of $1,393,039 in a 30-race career, of which he has won 10. “As long as he’s healthy, which he is, he’ll continue to run and compete at this level.”The Turf Classic is one of four stakes Saturday showcasing California-breds, the others being the $$150,000 Sprint, the $150,000 Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Sprint and the $100,000 Turf Sprint Stakes.TWO EDDIES ON COURSE FOR CAL CUP TURF SPRINTEddie Truman hopes the buck stops with a good post position for Teacher’s Treasure in Saturday’s $100,000 California Cup Turf Sprint Stakes for three-year-olds at about 6 ½ furlongs on the downhill grass course.The chestnut gelding by Square Eddie-Corissa’s Birthday makes his stakes debut and his second start on turf after running third on Santa Anita’s unique venue on New Year’s Day when breaking from the No. 2 post position.“I think he’s going to move a couple lengths forward off that race, especially if he draws an outside post,” Truman said. “The two hole is such a disadvantage coming down the hill.”Edgar Payeras has ridden Teacher’s Treasure in each of his four races, winning one, with one second and two thirds. “He just lost his ‘bug’ and he’s been riding at Los Al, but he’s always worked this horse for me and my owners love him,” Truman said of the 24-year-old native of Guatemala.“The horse is a homebred so he’s kind of a Cinderella story. The owners are Larry Samovar and his wife, Carolyn, who campaign as Academic Farms. They’re from Ramona and I’ve been with them 35, 40 years.“We’re big supporters of the Cal-bred program, and to finally get this mare to Square Eddie has really showed she can produce a good horse.”D’AMATO COULD RUN THREE IN F&M TURF SPRINTPhil D’Amato plans to enter Barbara Beatrice, S Y Sky and possibly Lovely Linda in Saturday’s $150,000 Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf Sprint for older fillies and mares at about 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course.S Y Sky returns on a seemingly short turnaround, having run second as the 7-10 favorite on Jan. 10.“That was kind of the game plan for S Y Sky as long as she came out of the race good,” the trainer said of the five-year-old Grazen mare owned and bred by Nick Alexander. S Y Sky has never been out of the money in eight starts and favored in seven them, four at odds-on.“With all the weather we’ve been dealing with, and not being able to train them too hard, her last race was kind of a blessing. She’s doing well. She breezed this morning (four furlongs in 48.60) as did Barbara (four furlongs on the training track in a bullet 48 flat), and they should be ready to go.”Joe Talamo rides S Y Sky, while Tiago Pereira pilots Barbara Beatrice for the 20th time in what will be her 21st career race. Pereira rode her in her first race way back on Jan. 11, 2015, then three more before Talamo ended the skein, but has been on the seven-year-old gray daughter of Grazen bred by D’Amato for her last 15 races in a row.SANTA ANITA GUARANTEES $2 MILLION SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK 6 JACKPOTAlong with one dollar beers and sodas, fans have a guaranteed $2 million Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot today, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at Santa Anita.With Santa Anita guaranteeing a $2 million Rainbow Six Jackpot up until a designated mandatory payout (pending CHRB approval) on Feb. 2, a cascade of “new” money continues to pour into the popular 20 cent minimum wager, evidenced by Sunday’s “new” money handle of $520,286, which helped to create a total live money Rainbow Six pool of $1,540,495.For the third consecutive day, there will be a 10-race card today. Accordingly, the 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six will begin with race five, which has an approximate post time of 2:03 p.m. PT. For additional racing information and specifics on Santa Anita’s 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:MCKINZIE (OUTSIDE) WORKING WITH SHOW ME DA LUTE (INSIDE) MARLEY’S FREEDOM WORKING 5 FURLONGS FOR TRAINER BOB BAFFERTFAHAN MURA WORKING AHEAD OF THE PEGASUS WORLD CUP TURF INVITATIONAL NEXT SHARES WORKING AHEAD OF THE PEGASUS WORLD CUP TURF INVITATIONAL HEAVENHASMYNIKKI PREPARING FOR THE SAM HOUSTON F&M CLASSIC NEXT SUNDAY GAME WINNER WORKING 4 FURLONGS FOR TRAINER BOB BAFFERTACCELERATE’S FINAL PREP AHEAD OF THE PEGASUS WORLD CUP INVITATIONALCATAPULT’S FINAL WORK AHEAD OF THE PEGASUS WORLD CUP TURF INVITATIONALPATH TO PEGASUS: EPISODE 1PATH TO PEGASUS: EPISODE 2PATH TO PEGASUS: EPISODE 3“QUICK QUESTIONS” WITH RICHARD MANDELLA“SHEDROW STROLL” WITH BAFFERT’S FLOR DE LA MAR FINISH LINES: Flor de La Mar ran to her notices Sunday, winning her debut race by five lengths under Joel Rosario for Bob Baffert. A $500,000 daughter of Tiznow owned by Godolphin LLC, she paid $2.40 to win. “It was perfect,” Baffert said. “Rosario just sat on her and taught her how to rate off a horse, then finished up. It was a good schooling race for her.” Baffert would not commit to her next race, saying, “I’m taking my time with her. I just want to set her up for the Kentucky Oaks (May 3). That’s the plan.” As to undefeatedGame Winner’s four furlong workout Sunday in 48.60, Baffert said, “He’s right on schedule (for the San Felipe Stakes on March 9).” Monday morning, Baffert sent Santa Anita Handicap candidate McKinzie seven furlongs in 1:25.40. It was one of 258 recorded workouts, 56 on the training track . . . Santa Anita will be dark for live racing Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and resume live action Friday, Jan. 25 at 12:30 p.m. There will be simulcast racing on Thursday with free general admission and free parking. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. 1 63% Richard Baltas49 $391,415 31% 8 Win% 21% Richard Mandella14 16% 22 Peter Miller47 55% $669,250 $136,892 17 $102,611 58% 9 $379,448 13% 52% $455,722 TrainerMts TRUMAN HOPES TO ‘POST’ TURF SPRINT WIN 9% 12 $626,872 44% ITM% Mike Smith29 14 5 4 34% 17% 1 12% D’AMATO HAS THREE FOR F&M TURF SPRINT $170,718 1 5 Agapito Delgadillo25 4 8% 4 $460,210 9 3rd $472,720 7 Rafael Bejarano52 Ruben Fuentes43 1st 6 45% Heriberto Figueroa75 John Sadler33 51% ASHLEYLUVSSUGAR STILL SWEET ON RACING 7% 11 1 43% $204,314 5 1 1st 4 $251,080 21% SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 15 $477,349 10 3 42% 6 Martin Pedroza28 33% 8 15 6 $393,873 52% 43% Tyler Baze85 4 Geovanni Franco66 7 4 15 9 1 3rd 9 7 $567,860 44% $317,011 6 J. Keith Desormeaux27 5 17% $457,869 $91,194 13% JockeyMts 4 2nd $172,257 Joseph Talamo59 2nd 56% $209,838 4 5 Flavien Prat81 49% 6 42% 5 $80,456 Money Won 14% Assael Espinoza46 11 8 Doug O’Neill55 13 4 12 18% 15% 23% 6 6 18% 46% 21% 2 $594,791 40% Win% 41% 14% Joel Rosario85 15% 20% Jerry Hollendorfer39 5 4 27% 6 14% Steve Knapp22 Edwin Maldonado28 7 24% 41% $153,539 Jeff Mullins24 Bob Baffert31 William Morey24 6 5 5 8 5 4 26% 7 7 44% Kent Desormeaux39 9 14% 13 9 33% ITM% Drayden Van Dyke57 $1,013,602 10% 10 (Current Through Sunday, Jan. 20) Money Won Tiago Pereira48 66% 6 $140,650 4 4 4 4 3 $1,361,946 $395,555 18% 42% Mark Glatt23 6 $456,713 6 4 32% 4 7 1 29% 5 59%