A book begun in 1950 by former Keble History don Douglas Price, has just been published, 61 years after the book was first commissioned, and over a decade after the author’s death.A contract to edit the volume, entitled English Historical Documents 1558-1603, was issued to Price by the printing firm Eyre & Spottiswoode in 1950. However, Price had still not finished the book by the 1970s. He died on Christmas Day 1999.A Keble history alumnus who was taught by Price in the 1970s told Cherwell, “Its lateness was a running joke in the 1970s when Price taught me.”Dr Ian Archer, the current tutor in Early Modern History at Keble, undertook the task to bring his predecessor’s project to fruition. The book, covering the reign of Elizabeth I, was published by Routledge in June. Dr Archer says of the book, “It fills a gap in a series which is still in use by students.”In his preface to the completed volume, Dr. Archer writes: “When I approached Taylor & Francis, the publishers to which the series had descended, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the EHD project was still very much alive, as they were in the process of commissioning volumes to fill the gaps; they were very keen to see it in print, and I accepted their invitation to edit it.”Price left his entire estate to Keble when he died, and the naming of Café Keble, otherwise known as the Douglas Price Room, is a testament to his contribution to the College. Born in 1915, he was an undergraduate at Keble in the 1930s, and after his first degree went on to read for a B.Litt. In 1949 he returned as a history tutor and stayed at Keble until his retirement in 1982. He was Dean between 1950 and 1962.Dr Archer adds, “[Douglas Price’s] diaries reveal that he worked intermittently on the EHD volume, but he was all too easily diverted into college affairs, and the project stalled when he became overwhelmed by the sheer volume of his transcriptions and proved unable to make the cuts the publisher required.”“Douglas was an example of one of those old-style bachelor dons whose energies were engrossed by undergraduate teaching and the minutiae of college administration. It was a different era and the pressures to do research were less.”
Dame Elish Angiolini will replace Mr Andrew Dilnot CBE as as principal of St Hugh’s College this September.Angiolini has spent her career in the Scottish legal system, becoming the first woman to hold the positions of Solicitor General for Scotland and Lord Advocate of Scotland.She stepped down as Lord Advocate last May and currently chairs a Commission of Inquiry investigating how female offenders are dealt with in Scotland.Angiolini is an honourary professor at Aberdeen University, holding three honorary degrees. She was made a Dame last year in recognition of her ‘services to the administration throughout Scotland.’She is a QC and still acts as a legal advocate on the Scottish bar.The incoming principal revealed that she was enthusiastic to take up the position at St Hugh’s, an all female college until 1986.She stated, ‘Founded to give an excellent education to women who were otherwise excluded from Oxford, and now providing a focus for learning and scholarship for women and men from all backgrounds, St Hugh’s College has an inspiring history and an exciting future. I am eagerly anticipating joining the College and aim both to support and celebrate its important work.’Sara Polakova, JCR President at St Hugh’s, commented, ‘It was her friendliness, openness and down-to-earth attitude as well as progressive thinking that quickly made her our favourite candidate.‘I am very excited about having the privilege to work with her in the future as JCR president and I am confident that her warm personality along with astonishing experience as Lord Advocate will further develop Hugh’s as a college.’Current Principal, Mr Andrew Dilnot stated, ‘I am delighted that the College has elected such an outstanding figure as Dame Elish.Her pioneering achievements will be an inspiration to people both within and outside the College, and I very much look forward to welcoming her to Oxford.”
Local soccer team, the Nor’easters, made a visit recently to the Ocean City Tabernacle as part of their community outreach program.The soccer players took a break from their usual practices to work with the Ocean City Tabernacle’s Ark Preschool and Son Club students the week of May 9th– 13th. The week-long event was coordinated by Chris Economopoulos, Nor’easters Assistant Coach and Director of Operations & Academy. They not only played soccer with the kids and taught them some new techniques, but even spent time coloring in a few drawings.“Our experience with the Son Club and preschool was excellent. Everyone there was very welcoming and the kids were super excited to have us there!”- Chris Economopoulos“A few of the younger ones wanted to have a tea party with the guys and they played along, wearing hats and eating the imaginary food placed in front of them. It was so sweet to watch!”- Kristin Bender, Ocean City Tabernacle Interim Director of Program and OperationsThe Nor’easters participate in a community outreach program where they aim to provide a pathway for kids to play soccer in a fun and educational environment. This was the team’s first time working with the Ocean City Tabernacle, although in past years they have worked with many other local groups and others throughout South Jersey.During the team’s visit, they provided students with special codes for five free tickets to their opening game on Saturday, May 14th. The team provided the offer to soccer clubs, schools, churches, community programs, and local businesses around South Jersey. The games are a great way to bring families and the community together for an enjoyable experience, as well as give young children an interest in athletic activities.“We always strive to provide a way for our fans to attend our games and will look to do so in the future.”- Chris EconomopoulosFor more information on the Nor’easters and their upcoming games, make sure to visit their website at www.oceancityfc.com .