Christ Church JCR to defy House on rainbow flag

first_imgChrist Church JCR has passed a motion to “collectively break” college rules and “fly the flag from their own room windows” after the House refused to fly the LGBT rainbow flag.The motion was proposed by Rachel McCafferty and seconded by Meltem Osman at the general meeting last Sunday night. It acknowledged “an increasing number of colleges fly the LGBT flag” but “the relevant [Christ Church] authorities rejected the student body’s request to fly the flag”.The Head of House, Christopher Lewis, told Cherwell, “We have a clear policy which is to fly the Royal Standard on royal occasions, the Christ Church flag on House occasions and the Union Flag on national occasions. We do not fly other flags.”The motion calls for the JCR to petition the House authorities to fly the rainbow flag for Oxford Pride in June. The motion also sees the JCR resolve to “provide flags via the Welfare/LGBT team” for students to hang from their windows in college.The motion further resolves to “pay resultant fines, if incurred by junior members, as a further demonstration of our collective action.”The JCR motion argues, “The LGBT flag symbolises diversity, acceptance, and equality… Should the first part of the motion pass, it will demonstrate that the majority of the JCR is committed to exercising its support for the LGBT community.”JCR Vice President Rosemary Brewin told Cherwell, “the College hasn’t yet been approached about the possibility of flying the gay pride flag… so we do not know what action they will take.”One Christ Church student told Cherwell, “Students seem to understand the difficult position Christ Church is in regarding flying the flag, given its affiliation with the Church. While I respect their opinion, us students would like the college to be able to show their support for the LGBT community, which is why we flew the flag over the boathouse on Thursday.”last_img read more

Which 10 States Offer the Lowest Mortgage Rates

first_img Housing markets and mortgage terms can vary significantly across the United States. Did you know that a potential homebuyer in one state might be able to get approved for a loan more easily than someone with a similar income and credit score who lives in another? It’s something to consider for homebuyers in the market to buy or refinance, the zip code can make a big difference in their mortgage.  A recent study by LendingTree analyzed data from its users in different states to see how the markets compare. The study looked at several factors in the home buying process, like average annual percentage rates (APRs), loan-to-value ratios, home loan amounts, and down payment averages. It also noted the spread between high and low APRs, to show how shopping around for a mortgage can help a potential buyer save money.The average interest rate for all 50 states is 4.84 percent, with California, New Jersey, Washington and Massachusetts offering the lowest, bottoming out at 4.74 percent. On the opposite end of the scale, New York, Iowa, and Arkansas offer the highest topping off at 4.96 percent. When it comes to down payments, West Virginia is the lowest, where the average buyer only needs approximately $15,000. However, the same buyer in New York will need almost triple that amount ($43,404) for the average down payment.Buying a home is a major investment and shopping around for loans can save a lot of money. If you want to narrow down the top 10 states for the lowest average mortgage rates, here are the results in order starting with California at 4.74 percent ending with Idaho at  4.89 percent: California New JerseyWashingtonMassachusettsUtahColoradoMarylandKentuckyVirginiaSouth DakotaTo find out which states offer the highest rates and more facts read the full report here. Down Payment homes HOUSING Lending LendingTree loans mortgage 2019-02-12 Radhika Ojha Share February 12, 2019 969 Views center_img Which 10 States Offer the Lowest Mortgage Rates? in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Newslast_img read more