French finalists were dealt yet another blow last Thursday when the Chairman of Examiners and the Proctors issued a letter stating that the listening examination for this year was to be discounted. Students across the University are enraged that greater weight will be placed on the oral examination, claiming that this disadvantages candidates who are poorer at speaking than listening. There is further anger that their revision and teaching time over the past three years has been wasted on a part of the subject which will no longer have a bearing on their overall degree. The decision was taken after a flood of complaints from both students and dons criticised “shambolic” execution of the new style of listening exam, which took place in 0th week and was brought to wider public attention by Cherwell in 1st week. Students feared that muffled sound quality, poor video footage and tiny television screens could have reduced their overall marks by a whole class and some emerged from the exam room distressed at having answered less than 20% of the paper. However, the Junior Proctor, Ian Archer still claims, “the Examiners made every effort to ensure that this new-style examination ran smoothly.” A French finalist at Lady Margaret Hall expressed her disappointment at the “slap-dash attitude” of the French department in dealing with the shortcomings of the exam. She added that the Language Faculty “would struggle to organise a piss-up in a brewery.” A French don urged students to concentrate on preparing for the rest of the examinations rather than dwelling on the failings of the listening exam. It would seem though that the mood among language finalists is one of indignation and many already feel that they have been put through a “traumatising ordeal.”ARCHIVE: 3rd Week TT 2003
OSKALOOSA, Iowa – Still looking for a repeat winner, the Arnold Motor Supply Hawkeye Dirt Tour next takes traveling IMCA Modifieds to Southern Iowa Speedway and Knoxville Raceway for a pair of midweek shows.The Wednesday, July 19 feature at Oskaloosa pays $1,000 to win while the Thursday, July 20 Dynamic Drivelines Dirt Duel event at Knoxville totes a $1,500 top prize.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Side Biter Chassis North Central Region and Allstar Performance State points, as well as special series points, will be awarded both nights. The Knoxville show will be the final qualifying event for the 2017 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.While Jimmy Gustin, Todd Shute, Justin Kay and Tyler Droste own feature wins thus far, consistent Kelly Shryock sits atop the point standings heading to Osky.Shryock has posted top five finishes in each of the first four Hawkeye Dirt Tour features this season. Joel Rust has been almost as good and is just two points out of a tie for the series lead.Pit gates open at 5 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m. at Oskaloosa. Hot laps are at 7 p.m. and racing starts at 7:30 p.m.Spectator admission is $15 for adults, $7 for students ages 13-17 and free for 12 and under. Pit passes are $30.Also running at Oskaloosa will be IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts for all points, including track.More information is available by calling 641 521-0330 and at the www.oskyspeedway.com website.Knoxville, hosting Modifieds and Northern SportMods only, opens pit gates at 3:30 p.m. and the grandstand at 5:30 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:45 p.m. with racing to follow.Grandstand admission is $15 for adults, $10 for teenagers and free for kids 12 and under. Pit passes are $30. Tow is $75 for Modifieds and $50 for SportMods.More information is available by calling 641 842-5431 or 641 842-3220. Entry forms are also available at the www.knoxvilleraceway.com website under driver information/entry forms.Both the Oskaloosa and Knoxville programs will be broadcast by IMCATV.The seventh of nine Arnold Motor Supply Hawkeye Dirt Tour events this season is Tuesday, July 25 at Dubuque Speedway.Arnold Motor Supply Hawkeye Dirt Tour top 20 point standings – 1. Kelly Shryock, Fertile, 149; 2. Joel Rust, Grundy Center, 147; 3. Kyle Brown, Madrid, 129; 4. Todd Shute, Des Moines, and Jacob Murray, Hartford, both 119; 6. Tyler Droste, Waterloo, 111; 7. Jimmy Gustin, Marshalltown, 95; 8. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa, 92; 9. Clay Money, Penokee, Kan., 88; 10. Jesse Hoeft, Forest City, 86; 11. Corey Dripps, Reinbeck, 84; 12. John Emerson, Waterloo, 83; 13. David Brown, Kellogg, 80; 14. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo., 75; 15. Justin Kay, Wheatland, 73; 16. Tim Ward, Harcourt, 56; 17. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton, 55; 18. Kurt Kile, Nichols, 54; 19. Larry Herring, Lone Tree, 51; 20. Shane DeMey, Denison, 47.
He saved their games.In what was billed as the greatest 100 meter race ever, the lanky Jamaican did not disappoint. He pulled away from countryman and training partner Yohan Blake and American Justin Gatlin with a final few powerful strides, crossing the finish line as that rare sprint champion who didn’t need—let alone bother—to look at the scoreboard for confirmation of his win.But, oh, what a number glistened there: 9.63 seconds—an Olympic record.Asked what the win meant, Bolt wasn’t about to feign modesty. He won all three events he entered in Beijing four years ago—the 100, 200 and 4×100 relay—in world-record times.“It means,” he responded coolly, “I’m one step closer to becoming a legend.”“I’ve said it over the years that when it comes to the championships, this is what I do,” he added. “It’s all about business for me.”So much so that when a bottle flew out of the stands and landed a few lanes over, behind Blake just before the start of the race, neither man even took notice.“I came out there with one goal—get off to a good start and execute,” Bolt said. “Because the last 50 meters is where I shine.”Bolt knew going in that he wasn’t running against just the opponents in this race. Nor even to beat arguably the best field ever assembled for an Olympic finale. Nor to escape the long shadow of Carl Lewis, considered by many the greatest Olympian ever and, until Sunday night, the only man to successfully defend his 100-meter Olympic title.No, Bolt had to accomplish these things—and do them with enough substance and style to fill up the seats in Olympic Stadium and lure people back in front of their TV sets for another week. For all the interesting bits and pieces the events of last week generated, the truth is these games have been slow to gather momentum, sleepy one moment and electrifying the next. That’s no coincidence.Just as in Beijing, U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps was charged with the burden of entertaining the world during the first week and while he started slow, finishing fourth in his opening race, he finished fast. Had Bolt stumbled similarly after grabbing the baton, it’s anybody’s guess how steeply the nightly audience numbers would have fallen off.NBC claims an average of 34 million viewers each night, its best ratings since the 1996 Atlanta Games and highest for any non-U.S. Summer Olympics since the 1976 games in Montreal. Sure, the venues have been stars in their own right. It’s cool to watch beach volleyball being played in what’s normally the queen’s private gardens, or see archers fling arrows across the most hallowed pitch in cricket at Lord’s.But the stars on the track move the meter the most, and even the latest edition of the U.S. Dream Team has no illusion whose turf its occupying during the Olympics.Kobe Bryant & Co. caused a brief stir when they took their place alongside the 80,000 or so others packed into Olympic Stadium, but that was all. And when LeBron James was asked whether he’d gotten used to basketball for once not being the biggest game in town, he didn’t have to think long or hard.“Well, it’s not. This is,” James said, looking around at the full house. “This, and swimming. The whole world is going to watch this tonight. This is the biggest event of them all, right here.”And so it was, that too-good-to-be-true moment of sporting serendipity that turns out to be even better than billed. Impassive as ever, Bolt said no one should have been surprised.“This is what I do,” he said. “I enjoy putting on a show.”Good thing, too, since the 100 was just Bolt’s opening act. The finals for his favorite race, the 200, is Thursday night and the 4×100 is the last event on the track come Saturday night. Bolt will not only have to keep delivering results, he’ll have to find a way to entertain everybody in between. Judging by the way he threw the gauntlet at Blake, an earnest sort who’s become Bolt’s understudy, that won’t be a problem.“I’m not going to give this one to you,” Bolt called after the kid, who was already out of sight. “Maybe next year, or the year after that. But right now I need this to become a legend.“That’s my main event. That’s what I do,” he said finally. “I’m not going to let myself down.”Nor, it appears, anyone else in this wide Olympic world. by Jim LitkeAP Sports Columnist LONDON (AP)—It took him longer to get down on both knees and kiss the track than it did to glide over the most important 100 meters of it.Yet it’s everyone else with a stake in this overhyped and increasingly over-budget extravaganza—the International Olympic Committee, the London organizers, NBC, his sport and even his fellow competitors—who should be kissing the ground Usain Bolt walks on. STAR POWER—Jamaica’s Usain Bolt reacts to his win in the men’s 100-meter final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Aug. 5. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)