Fifth Week Blues seem to of have presented themselves with unusual virulence if this week’s Cherwell is anything to go on.Oxford students have always been notably close to the edges of ‘functional’, so it’s debatable whether this apparent slide into criminal behaviour is really any surprise at all. Indeed, it is perhaps to be expected; perhaps the Oxford bubble is experiencing Britain’s famous social decay, but just a few decades late. Oxford lags behind other UK universities in terms of the prevalence of violent incidents. This could mean a number of things, not least that on the odd occasion when there is an interesting news week, we might horribly overreact.And to get seriously worried – or at least, getting het up about spiralling violence – does seem to be a bit of an overreaction. I agree wholeheartedly that night time attacks are a problem, but the more customary Oxonian behavioural issues on the other hand… throwing food and a little mix up with some fish? This week’s behaviour isn’t violent so much as childish.What should be concerning us, then, is that as a body of young adults we are incapable of acting any better than our little siblings. I’m tentative to suggest that I’d rather we had real incidents, but it would be nice to grow up a little bit.Of course, trashing rooms is not a victimless crime. Someone has to pay for the damage to both the property and to the university’s good name. That said, a spot of room trashing is hardly a recent development for Oxford. That it is no longer the preserve of the super-rich (and super-obnoxious) is perhaps a sign that the social side of Oxford is finally democratising a little bit and isn’t this what we all want?Despite how it may seem, for the most part we know how to behave. It’s true that when we get together in groups and have a drink or two we sometimes let this lapse a little bit. However, far more important than what goes on is the spirit in which it’s undertaken. Throwing something at a porter is an undeniably odious action and no doubt merits a little punishment and a thorough apology (although I suppose he already sent a nice bottle).A lack of foresight with a silly prank has unpleasant consequences – particularly if you’re a fish – but is a product of just that, a lack of thought, rather than a more severe behavioural problem. The lesson we have to learn from this week is to think before we do, and sooner rather than later, before the consequences do become more serious.
Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth advanced to the second round of the French Open with straight-game wins but it was curtains for Sameer Verma at the French Open in Paris on Wednesday.Saina, who finished runner-up in the Denmark Open last week, outclassed Japan’s Saena Kawakami 21-11 21-11 in the women’s singles, while defending champion Srikanth beat Hong Kong’s Wong Wing Ki Vincent 21-19 21-13 in the men’s singles match in the opening round of the World Tour Super 750 event.World No. 10 Saina will face either 2017 world champion Nozomi Okuhara of Japan or Spain’s Beatriz Corrales next. Fifth seeded Srikanth will meet Korean Lee Dong [email protected] puts up her trademark display; makes it look like a one-sided affair to eclipse Japan’s Kawakami S 21-11, 21-11 and progress to R2 of the #FrenchOpenSuper750 #IndiaontheRise pic.twitter.com/dON49OzGKdBAI Media (@BAI_Media) October 24, 20182017 Singapore Open Champion B Sai Praneeth also crossed the opening hurdle, beating Brazil’s Ygor Coelho 21-13 21-17 to set up a clash with Asian Games gold medallist Jonatan Christie of Indonesia.READ – Kidambi Srikanth brushes aside Wong Wing Ki Vincent Sameer, who had reached the quarterfinals last week, went down fighting 21-16 17-21 15-21 to Christie in a little over an hour match.Men’s doubles pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy defeated Korean duo of Min Hyuk Kang and Kim Won Ho 21-18 21-17. They will square off against either Chinese third seeds Liu Cheng and Zhang Nan or Danish combination of Mathias Boe and Carsten [email protected] gets on a winning note!Flamboyant display from the World No 6; defeat Hong Kong’s #WKVincent in straight sets securing a 21-19 21-13 win to progress into R2 of the #FrenchOpenSuper750#IndiaontheRise pic.twitter.com/MqxdYI02aMBAI Media (@BAI_Media) October 24, 2018Women’s doubles pair of Meghana Jakkampudi and Poorvisha S Ram also entered the second round after defeating Belgium’s Lise Jaques and Flore Vandenhoucke 21-12 21-12. The duo will face the fourth seeded Indonesian pair of Greysia Polii and Apriyani Rahayu.Men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty also had a good outing as they outwitted German combination of Jones Ralfy Jansen and Josche Zurwonne 21-13 21-15 in 35 minutes. They duo will cross swords with Chinese pair of He Jiting and Tan Qiang next.However, Satwiksairaj and Ashwini Ponnappa couldn’t get across the husband-wife combination of Chris Adcock and Gabrielle Adcock from England, going down narrowly 22-24 21-18 19-21 in mixed doublesTop seeded Chinese mixed doubles pair of Zheng Siwei and Huang Yaqiong ended the campaign of Rohan Kapoor and Kuhoo Garg with a 21-5 21-10 win.(With inputs from PTI)