first_imgConcerns are being raised by students of the University of Guyana (UG) Turkeyen Campus with respect to the newly introduced parking protocols that were established by the administration.The new regulations which were established includes a wheel clamping system that targets the vehicle of students.Guyana Times was told that barricades were placed on campus at a number of locations where the students would usually park their vehicles to attend classes. Now with the new system, only staff of the university are permitted to utilise those spaces.One of the signs at the Turkeyen CampusThe students related there is a calculated plan devised by the administration to have them cramped in the George Walcott Lecture Theatre (GWLT) parking lot. However, the disturbed students explained that the space cannot accommodate all of the vehicles, especially during the hours with the most classes when students struggle for a place to park.“Actually, the only place [that] we could park is at the GWLT parking lot, which is very much occupied, especially in the afternoon. If you park at the other places, then your vehicle will be clamped,” a student explained.This publication was also told that this decision was a unilateral one, and the student body was not informed about these changes. It was after some vehicles were clamped and signs were erected that they were notified.“This decision is the latest in a line of unilateral decisions that have been taken without consulting with the student body. We did not know about the decision until a sign appeared on campus. I think that the primary purpose of the university is a learning institution, and this is putting undue pressure on students,” another related.Meanwhile, many are more concerned about the wheel clamps which will be attached to vehicles that are parked in the now restricted areas.If the vehicles are clamped, students will be required to pay $3,000 for the clamp to be removed, and an additional $1000 for every day that the vehicle has been clamped. This, students say, is another way in which money can be extracted from them, and it adds to the large sums of money that are paid every academic year for tuition and administrative fees.It was reported earlier this year that the administrative body had made a unilateral decision to hike the administrative fees; one which the University of Guyana Students’ Society (UGSS) has condemned.Students were notified of the changes after they were told they would pay more for supplemental examinations. It was then announced that the fees were increased. In some areas, the approved rates were increased by 100 per cent. (Rupadai Seenaraine)last_img read more

first_imgIf only NBC could cancel this show as easily as it does all of its other losers. Three games may not be enough to judge a coach, but Charlie Weis supporters have to be alarmed. Weis proved in his first two seasons at Notre Dame that he can coach someone else’s talent on game day, but now it doesn’t look like he’s much of a recruiter. Weis succeeded the respected Tyrone Willingham, who is beginning to turn things around at Washington in his third season. Is it possible Willingham left the cupboard this dry, or did Weis fail miserably to recruit Notre Dame-caliber talent before and after his first two seasons? It’s too soon to tell, but according to one Sporting News source the Irish are shockingly weak on the offensive line. And that’s even with a quality center (John Sullivan) and tight end (John Carlson) recruited by Willingham. “That offensive line is the worst Division I line I’ve seen in a long, long time,” an AFC scout told Sporting News. Never fear, UCLA fans. No matter how bad the Bruins looked Saturday in Salt Lake City, they will win again this season. And soon. How can I be so sure? Simple. They have an Oct. 6 home game against Notre Dame on their schedule. As shocking as the Bruins’ performance was in a 44-6 loss to previously winless Utah, it doesn’t compare to the incredibly pathetic 0-3 start turned in by Notre Dame. The Irish aren’t just off to a three-game start duplicated only once before in their proud history, they haven’t even been competitive. If they had Appalachian State instead of Michigan State on their schedule this week, they’d still be 14-point underdogs. When they face USC later this season, they will be 35-point underdogs. At least. It says something that true freshman Jimmy Clausen is already starting at quarterback and Demetrius Jones has already decided to transfer because he felt betrayed by Weis. That means that prior to the previous two seasons, Weis was unable to recruit a quality athlete ready to step in when Brady Quinn moved on to the pros. That’s alarming, given that Weis’ expertise is on offense and he should have had the nation’s top prep quarterbacks just dying for a chance to go to Notre Dame. Give Weis credit for one thing, though. He showed character, setting a good example for his players and the program, after the Michigan debacle. By all accounts, he stuck around after the beating and answered all the negative questions for as long as reporters could dream them up. There aren’t many coaches who would do that, but Weis showed he at least understands the big picture – and what it means to be the coach at Notre Dame. “Justifiably so,” Weis said after the 38-0 loss to Michigan. “After you lose a game like that, the scrutiny that you come under after a game like that has to be expected. “It just comes with the territory.” The Irish haven’t scored a touchdown on offense this season. Under Weis, known as an offensive guru, the Irish are last in the nation in total offense (115 yards per game), scoring (4.3 points) and net yards rushing (minus-14). Those who hate the Irish are undoubtedly enjoying this. Those who resented what Clausen did as a 19-year-old senior at Oaks Christian High may manage a smile. For everyone else, however, it’s a sad day for college football. Notre Dame isn’t Notre Dame and that diminishes the sport. There’s no way UCLA or USC fans can feel the same sense of excitement, or accomplishment, when they watch their schools pound the Irish this season. Ratings silliness: Because the BCS continues to ignore the public outcry for a Division I playoff system, the top-25 rankings take on a seriousness and finality they don’t deserve. Want proof that not everyone who votes is either qualified or takes the time to carefully consider each spot in the rankings? Consider that UCLA deservedly fell out of the rankings after losing at Utah, but still garnered votes in both the AP and coaches’ polls this week. Consider that Michigan also fell out of the rankings, but still garnered some votes even after losing its opener to Appalachian State. Are you kidding me? A team worthy of the top 25 doesn’t get drilled by an 0-2 team starting its backup quarterback. A team worthy of the top 25 doesn’t get beat at home by a team that’s not even in Division I-A. What that means, basically, is that whoever voted for UCLA or Michigan just didn’t have time to figure out if unranked teams they weren’t familiar with deserved to crack the top 25. And considering this stuff has a bearing on the BCS bowl games, that’s not good enough. Watch out this fall: Here’s a stat that indicates Weis hasn’t done the job, recruiting-wise, entering his third season. And it’s a warning sign for teams that figure to be playing the biggest games in December and January. Florida, tremendously impressive and already ranked No. 3 by AP and the coaches, is starting 11 freshmen and sophomores. Fifty-seven of its 85 scholarship players are freshmen or sophomores. That’s amazing. Coach Urban Meyer appears to be right up there with USC’s Pete Carroll as the best coach and program builder in America. Rule change review: The NCAA was only trying to add a little excitement to what was becoming a boring ritual – kickers booming the ball out of the end zone – when it moved the ball back to the 30-yard line for kickoffs. But it should pay close attention to injuries if they begin to pile up from one of football’s most dangerous plays. An extra 5 yards for the kick-cover team to build up speed and sacrifice their bodies could be a dangerous thing. USC sophomore kick returner Vincent Joseph was hurt in Nebraska, and you can certainly make the case it was just a freak play that left him with a throat injury, but it’s a warning sign of what may be coming. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more