Group considers relevant student initiatives

first_imgOn Wednesday evening, the Student Senate convened in LaFortune Student Center to discuss relevant issues and initiatives to the Notre Dame community.“We’re really focusing on trying to get the computer science class initiative through, [because] it would be a really positive thing,” Keough Hall senator and junior Kevin Coleman said.Passed unanimously by the Senate, the resolution will propose an introductory computer science course to the administration, which would fulfill a core-curriculum requirement for science.“This is something that, say, if you were a non-engineering major, it could still be helpful to know HTML or Java … I could really foresee this becoming a reality, and a really positive change,” Alumni Hall senator and sophomore Scott Moore said.Cavanaugh Hall senator and sophomore Ashley Calvani, proposed a reform to the grab-and-go paper bags.“It’s an annoyance to use those brown paper bags all the time, so perhaps we eliminate them and use reusable bags to carry around all the time and use in place of the brown paper bags,” Calvani said.The initiative suggests a reusable bag given to first year students at orientation. The reusable bags would be used each time a student utilized the grab-and-go service in the dining hall.“This could be super effective for those who use grab-and-go as their daily routine,” senior Matt Devine, student body vice president, said.“This could be a really great thing particularly at the grassroots level, and those would want to do it would do it,” Moore said.Student body president and senior Lauren Vidal gave an update on the new Student Nighttime Auxiliary Patrol (O’SNAP) pilot program.“They’re adding two new dispatchers to the O’SNAP program in order to promote efficiency within the pilot program,” Vidal said.Ridership went up significantly in November and December to nearly 1,000 riders per month, which almost triples the number of riders Safe Walk ever accommodated in a similar period.A number of events, such as hall elections in two weeks and Hall of the Year presentations in slightly over a month, are highly anticipated by members of the Senate.“It’s the only thing [I’ll say] but it’s the most important thing … the Fisher Regatta is officially 73 days away,” Fisher senator and junior Grant Humphreys said.The meeting concluded with a prayer in honor of Daniel Kim, the Notre Dame sophomore who recently passed away.“This is a true tragedy for the Notre Dame community … though [I] did not know Daniel personally, from what I have learned, he was a genuinely, genuinely kind human being who truly cared for his friends and family,” Vidal said.Tags: ashley calvani, computer science class initiative, grant humphreys, kevin coleman, Lauren Vidal, Matt Devine, scott moore, Senate, senate discusses initiatives, student senatelast_img read more

ND receives largest ever applicant pool

first_imgRepresenting 112 countries and 6,340 different high schools, the Notre Dame class of 2019 applicant pool set the record for most applications ever received for one class.“This incoming class continues the trend of being more global and diverse than any previous year,” Don Bishop, associate vice president of undergraduate enrollment, said. “Thirty-two percent of the new class will be U.S. students of color or international citizens and over eight percent will be the first in their family to attend college. Notre Dame is arguably the most nationally representative university in the United States.”Susan Zhu | The Observer Bishop said the approximately 2,015 freshmen arriving on campus are some of the most accomplished to ever come to Notre Dame. During their time in high school, 35 percent of the incoming class were heads of a student organization, while 45 percent were captains of a varsity sport and 50 percent were involved in fine arts, drama, music or dance.“The admitted students surpassed the previous exceptional academic records with even higher levels of achievement in leadership and service. We are inspired and impressed with the students who aspire to join the Notre Dame family,” Bishop said.According to the admissions office, Notre Dame uses a holistic admission process that considers students for their exceptional academic and intellectual promise and creativity, as well as their leadership and entrepreneurial records and sense of service to others.“This is another great class entering Notre Dame, selected from a record-breaking applicant pool,” Bob Mundy, director of admissions, said. “As in the past they are academically gifted, ready to engage our faculty in all areas. What is also important to us is the character and spirit that they bring to campus.“This class is full of students with many great gifts. I always like to remind them that Notre Dame is a place which will encourage them to develop and grow those gifts, but that the value of those gifts is not fully realized until they are shared with others — and they do that in so many ways.”“We are enrolling people who want to come to ND and develop a sense of purpose and have an impact during their life,” Bishop said.The Class of 2019 produced a yield rate of 56 percent, which measures how many students actually enrolled in the University after acceptance.“All by itself, that is a very high number, and among the best in the nation, but it also up from 53% last year,” Mundy said. “This reflects my staff’s great attention to identifying students who are good ‘fits’ for Notre Dame.”“I chose Notre Dame after a revelation,”Kevin Dingens, an incoming freshman, said.  The fact that Notre Dame touched me so deeply … is a testament to the extent of the University’s reach into the facets of your life past graduation. The first class athletic, social, and overall academic Notre Dame experience lasts beyond graduation to form an alumni community that is as strong as the student body itself. I want to be a part of that community.”Tags: Admissions, Bob Mundy, Class of 2019, Don Bishop, Notre Dame admissionslast_img read more

Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Starring Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad, Opens on Broadway

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 8, 2013 In addition to Bloom as Romeo and Rashad as Juliet, the cast of Romeo and Juliet features two-time Tony nominee Jayne Houdyshell as the Nurse, Tony winner Brent Carver as Friar Laurence, Tony winner Chuck Cooper as Lord Capulet, Christian Camargo as Mercutio, Justin Guarini as Paris, Roslyn Ruff as Lady Capulet, Conrad Kemp as Benvolio, Corey Hawkins as Tybalt and Geoffrey Owens as Prince Escalus. Star Files The first Broadway staging in 36 years, Romeo and Juliet is set in Verona, Italy, and tells the story of two young lovers whose noble families are locked in a bitter feud. They try to defy the circumstances that forbid their love, with heartbreaking results.  Romeo and Juliet The Broadway revival of William Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy Romeo and Juliet opens at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on September 19. Directed by five-time Tony nominee David Leveaux, the contemporary revival stars film star Orlando Bloom and two-time Tony nominee Condola Rashad as the play’s star-crossed lovers. View Comments Related Shows The creative team for Romeo and Juliet includes scenic design by Jesse Poleshuck, costume design by Fabio Toblini, lighting design by David Weiner and sound design by David Van Tieghem. Orlando Bloom Condola Rashadlast_img read more

Bill governing sale of hospital assets heads for final House approval

first_imgby Morgan True bill that shifts responsibility for overseeing the sale of hospital assets from the Department of Financial Regulation to the Green Mountain Care Board won preliminary approval Thursday in the House. The bill, H.596, is set for a final House vote Friday.The legislation is designed to ensure that if any of Vermont’s 14 nonprofit hospitals sell expensive equipment or facilities to for-profit companies that the price is fair and the money is used in a way that preserves their public benefit.Aerial view of the Fletcher Allen Health Care campus. Photo courtesy of FAHC.The current oversight rules were enacted in 2005 in response to the sale of nonprofit hospitals to private companies in several other states, Assistant Attorney General Elliot Berg said.At the time, there was governmental and public concern that a for-profit company might buy a portion ‘ or the entirety ‘ of one of Vermont’s hospitals, and the value it had accrued overtime as a charitable organization would be realized by the buyer, while the public benefit was lost, Berg said.For instance, if a nonprofit hospital that operated several satellite clinics that weren’t being run at a profit was sold, the buyer could sell off the clinics and pocket the proceeds, Berg said.The drive to more stringently monitor hospital asset conversions picked up steam in late 2011, when Fletcher Allen Health Care attempted to sell several outpatient kidney dialysis clinics to a New Hampshire subsidiary of Fresenius, a large dialysis product and service provider.The now-defunct Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities and Health Care Administration (BISHCA), then charged with issuing a certificate of need that new health care projects needed to obtain prior to implementation, announced it would reject the sale.The department found that Fresenius would not offer better quality dialysis care or contain costs more effectively than Fletcher Allen. Spending on dialysis services would have increased by more than $6 million under Fresenius ownership, while Fletcher Allen could continue to operate the clinics for less, according to officials.Current law requires oversight of such sales through an application process with Department of Financial Regulation and the Attorney General’s Office, but only when a sale amounts to $1 million and 40 percent of the hospitals total assets.Berg said he hasn’t seen a single application filed in the eight years the law has been on the books, because the threshold defeats the purpose of the law.The key is the ‘and’ in $1 million and 40 percent of total assets, which would likely be far greater than $1 million.For Fletcher Allen Health Care that would amount to roughly $200 million sale to trigger an application, Berg said. The Fresenius sale was worth $26 million.Lowering the threshold raised concerns from the hospitals, because the separate applications with the attorney general and the Department of Financial Regulation would become an onerous burden if they had to be filed regularly, said Jill Olson of the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems.Legislation tweaking the oversight process fizzled out during the last biennium, and a study committee comprised of the hospital association, the Attorney General’s Office and the Green Mountain Care Board took up the issue up over the summer.The study committee didn’t release a report, but all three members said they agree with the House bill.The new legislation would do away with the threshold, and streamline the application process into a report that hospitals would submit to the Green Mountain Care Board.It takes advantage of the existing certificate of need process ‘ now handled by the board ‘ and also requires hospitals to submit a report showing they’ve met certain criteria, said Michael Donofrio, an attorney with the Green Mountain Care Board.The cost threshold for a certificate of need is $500,000, meaning the universe of transactions the hospitals need to justify will expand. The hospital will report to the board, and the Attorney General’s Office could access those reports. Should the AG find that the public might be harmed by the sale, it could request more details.The bill would remove the public hearing requirement on the report submitted by the hospital to the board. A certificate of need requires a public hearing, and Donofrio said few, if any, applications were filed under the old statute, so no public hearings were held on hospital applications.The criteria set out in the bill requires that a hospitals to show that its governing body gave due diligence to the decision to sell and to selecting a buyer; the hospital will receive ‘fair market value’ for the asset; there are no material conflicts of interest for anyone involved; and no individual reaps a profit from the sale. The law would not apply to sales from one nonprofit to another.The oversight provided for in H.596 is ‘at least as extensive a review as current law,’ Berg said.last_img read more

Williston fiber optic data center doubles capacity

first_imgRelated Company: FirstLightby Hilary Niles vtdigger.orgFirstLight Fiber is doubling capacity at its data center in Williston. The facility is one of the larger of FirstLight’s four data centers in Williston, Albany, NY, and Lebanon and Keene, NH. The expansion will increase data capacity at the Krupp Drive location without expanding the building’s footprint. No new employees beyond the current seven will be added.Formerly Tech Valley Communications, founded in Albany in 1994, the company rebranded as FirstLight in September 2013. In July, Tech Valley acquired Vermont-based TelJet Longhaul LLC — and with it about 190,000 miles of fiber optic cable, according to a news release.FirstLight now operates one of the largest and most dense fiber optic networks in upstate New York and Northern New England, with connections to Canada.The firm provides high-speed data, Internet, co-location and voice services to businesses and institutions in the region. Customers range from home businesses to banks, hospitals, universities and state and local governments, including the state of Vermont.Greg Kelly, FirstLight’s senior director of business development and data services, said the company’s data centers technically can accommodate customers from Hong Kong or Los Angeles. FirstLight’s business model, however, is to market itself regionally. Kelly founded TelJet more than a decade before it was acquired by FirstLight.Major institutions with heavy data needs can back up their data at any of FirstLight’s centers, or locate their primary data servers in FirstLight’s facilities, Kelly said. He added that the advantage of regional marketing is access: Clients are just a drive away from their servers.FirstLight is backed by Boston-based private equity firm Riverside Partners, which invested in Tech Valley in 2010. Riverside targets investments toward middle-market health care and technology companies.last_img read more

Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

first_imgThe Prairie Village community gardens will open for their fourth season this spring.Prairie Village sets informational meetings for community garden plots. Prairie Village has set three community meetings for people interested in renting a community garden plot for the 2015 season. The city expects to have a few 4’x20′ and 4’x10′ plots available at the Harmon Park community garden space, and on 4’x20′ plot at the Global Montessori space. People interested in being eligible to reserve one of the open spots much attend one of the three informational meetings. They will be: 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19; 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22; and 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 24. All of the meetings will be held at the Prairie Village Community Center, 7700 Mission Road. The larger plots cost $40 per season to tend. The smaller plots cost $20. The garden committee will hold a lottery drawing to assign the open plots in February. You must be a Prairie Village resident to be able to reserve a Harmon Park plot.Kansas City Christian senior commits to throw javelin in college. Kansas City Christian senior Holly Spencer on Wednesday signed a letter of intent to throw javelin for the Olivet Nazarene University track and field team next year. Olivet Nazarene is located in Bourbonnais, Ill.Memoir author Nadia Bolz-Weber scheduled to speak at Asbury United Methodist in Prairie Village. Lutheran minister and author of the New York Times best-selling memoir “Pastrix: The cranky, beautiful faith of a sinner and saint” is scheduled to speak at Asbury United Methodist Church in Prairie Village Thursday, Feb. 7. The event, which will begin at 7 p.m., is open to the public. Child care will be available at the event.Art mart scheduled for Roeland Park. The arts committee of Roeland Park is hosting its first annual “Lovey Dovey” Art Mart at Roeland Park City Hall on Feb, 5 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The event will showcase local jewelry, textile and assemblage artists. The event will support the local arts community and help shoppers find one of a kind gifts for Valentine’s Day.Rimann featured in how to pair drinks with Girl Scout cookies. Thinking of adult beverages to pair with your Girl Scout cookies? Mary Rimann and James Harrington of Rimann Liquors were recently asked for their suggestions on which beverages would work with various cookies. [Interested in pairing your Girl Scout Cookies with adult beverages? – KMBZ 98.1 FM]last_img read more

Onsite: Monday at the 2014 America’s Credit Union Conference

first_imgCUNA presents America’s Credit Union Conference this week in San Francisco, CA. Over 1100 credit union professional, including 230 first timers, are in attendance this year.  CUNA is kicking of their 100 million credit union memberships this week at ACUC as well.  Follow the “selfies” on twitter and submit your own at #100MM.Diana Dykstra the president and CEO of the California and Nevada Credit Union League started ACUC by welcoming everyone to San Francisco with a little history and fun facts. As Mark Twain said “the coldest winter he ever spent was a summer in San Francisco,” the city is living up to its reputation. There are 400 credit unions, with over 10 million members in California alone.Credit Union Magazine readers voted, CUNA’s interim president/CEO Bill Hample and Illinois Credit Union League president/CEO Sean Hession presented the Credit Union Magazine 2014 Credit Union Hero of the Year Award to Joni Senkpeil.  Joni is the director of small credit union development for the Illinois Credit Union League and has been a champion for small credit unions.The opening session capped off by keynote speaker Steve Farber. Steve is the president of Extreme Leadership Inc and founder of The Extreme Leadership Institute.  Steve is also the author of The Radical Leap which was named on of the 100 Best Business Books of All Time.Steve Farber’s presentation “Extreme Leadership: Your Radical Leap Forward at Work and Beyond” focused on being an extreme leader. Extreme leaders cultivate love, generate energy, inspire audacity and provide proof according to Farber.He stated the following:Cultivate Love: “Do what you love in the service of people who love what you do”Generate Energy: “What do I/we do here? What’s the ‘higher meaning and purpose’ in our work?’Inspire Audacity: “How are we going the change the world of our Members?”Provide Proof: “The golden rule is not supposed to be situational…. Often it is not the rule in business.  The great leaders get this… they get this on steroids.”Follow along at #ACUC and @cuinsight all week for live updates from San Francisco. 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randall Smith Randall Smith is the co-founder of, the host of The CUInsight Experience podcast, and a bit of a wanderlust.As one of the co-founders of he … Web: Detailslast_img read more

50-year members and senior counselors to be recognized at convention

first_img50-year members and senior counselors to be recognized at convention Attorneys who have achieved 50 years in the practice, even if they spent part of their careers in other states, can be recognized for their dedication and service.The Florida Bar will recognize veteran lawyers during a luncheon at The Florida Bar’s Annual Convention, Friday, June 19, at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek. Both 50-year members of The Florida Bar and senior counselors will be recognized at the luncheon.The senior counselor program, which was recommended by the Out-of-State Division, recognizes current active and inactive Florida Bar members who have practiced law for 50 years or more and have not previously been recognized by The Florida Bar for this accomplishment. Participants must write a letter stating their request to be considered for a 50-year senior counselor award and include a list of all state bar memberships held with both start and end dates indicated. The cumulative 50 years in legal practice must have been completed by January 1, 2020, for this year’s honors.Letters should be addressed to: 50-Year Senior Counselor Award, Attn: Cheri Wright, The Florida Bar, 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300, and must be received no later than April 15. For more information, contact Cheri Wright at Jan 21, 2020 Regular Newslast_img read more

Minnesota drops baseball series against Utah

first_imgMinnesota drops baseball series against UtahMinnesota has just one series remaining in its long home stand. Kamaan RichardsGophers Pitcher Trent Schoeberl scans the field at U.S. Bank Stadium on Tuesday, March 3. Nick Jungheim and Brendan O’BrienMarch 10, 2020Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe Gopher baseball team dropped a home series against Utah over the weekend, losing the final two games against the Utes after winning off a strong pitching performance Friday night.Friday — Minnesota 6, Utah 4Junior Max Meyer delivered another quality outing for the Gophers who fended off a late surge from Utah to earn a 6-4 victory in the series opener.For the third-straight start, Meyer recorded over 10 strikeouts, but on this night, he retired a career-high 15 batters. From the first inning, it was clear that Meyer was in command, striking out the first three batters he faced. The junior retired Utah’s first nine batters in order.Minnesota’s bats began to heat up in the third when sophomore Zack Raabe opened the scoring with an RBI single. The Gophers added another run in the fourth on a base hit from redshirt junior Drew Hmielewski and doubled their advantage to 4-0 the very next inning thanks to a two-run double from redshirt junior Jack Wassel.In the eighth, Meyer found himself in a jam when Utah scored three runs on a two-out double from sophomore Jayden Kiernan. However, Meyer stranded Kiernen at second, striking out the final batter he faced to complete his eight-inning performance.Redshirt senior Jordan Kozicky gave Minnesota two insurance runs with a two-out base hit in the eighth which became crucial when Utah junior Vinny Zavolta homered in the bottom of the ninth. Freshman Sam Ireland recovered to put out the next batter, ending the game and completing his first career save.Saturday — Minnesota 3, Utah 6A pitcher’s duel for most of the evening, Utah managed to score a pair of runs in the eighth and ninth innings while the Gophers’ comeback effort could not tie the game in the final frame.Getting the start, sophomore J.P. Massey pitched four innings, giving up a pair of runs. Junior Bubba Horton came in from the bullpen to start the fifth with his team trailing 2-0, and did his best to keep Minnesota within striking distance. The lefty tossed 3.2 innings, striking out four batters and allowing no runs on one hit. Equally impressive was Utah’s left handed pitcher, redshirt freshman Riley Pierce. In his start, he struck out nine batters, allowing no runs on four hits in six innings.With two outs in the eighth, freshman Trent Schoeberl came in to pitch and struggled, conceding a hit, a walk and a two-run double as Utah pushed its lead to 4-0. The Gophers finally got on the board with a RBI triple from Wassel in the bottom of the eighth and scored again on a Ireland ground out. However, another two-out, two-run double from the Utes tasked Minnesota with coming back from four runs down in the ninth. Minnesota’s hitters did their best to create some drama. Junior Easton Bertrand slapped a bases-loaded single into center field with one out, bringing the winning run to the plate. But that was the last hit the Gophers would manage as junior Jack Kelly popped out to end the game.Sunday – Minnesota 11, Utah 17The series finale proved to be difficult for the Gophers on the mound, giving up 17 runs on 18 hits and 14 walks.It was a back-and-forth battle in the early going as Minnesota and Utah were tied at five through four innings. But the Utes were able to attack the Gophers’ pitching and broke the game open with 12 runs from the fifth through eighth inning to take a commanding lead. Utah senior Chase Fernlund played an instrumental role at the plate, going 2-4 with four RBIs and two runs scored.Redshirt sophomore Drake Davis’ start was cut short in the top of the third after giving up four runs on seven hits. However, Davis’ day was not as bad as that of the Gophers’ relief, which combined to give up 12 earned runs, 11 hits and 11 walks while only striking out five. Two relievers – junior Ryan Duffy and freshman Michael Gurka – did not record an out.Despite the lack of pitching success, the Gophers had a good day at the plate, scoring 11 runs of their own on 16 hits. Raabe went 4-6 while redshirt freshman Otto Grimm drove in three runs on two hits.Now 6-10, Minnesota will finish up its time at U.S. Bank Stadium with two games against Creighton this week. The Gophers will then hit the road for a nine-game trip featuring Air Force, No. 4 Texas Tech and Michigan State.last_img read more

Why You Love That Ikea Table, Even If It’s Crooked

first_imgNPR: Have you ever spent a couple of hours working on a craft project — or a presentation for work — and then fallen in love with what you’ve accomplished? Do the colors you’ve picked for your PowerPoint background pop so beautifully that you just have to sit back and admire your own genius?If so, get in line: You’re the latest person to fall victim to the Ikea Effect.The name for this psychological phenomenon derives from the love millions of Americans display toward their self-assembled furniture (or, dare we say it, their badly self-assembled furniture) from the do-it-yourself store with the Scandinavian name.“Imagine that, you know, you built a table,” said Daniel Mochon, a Tulane University marketing professor, who has studied the phenomenon. “Maybe it came out a little bit crooked. Probably your wife or your neighbor would see it for what it is, you know? A shoddy piece of workmanship. But to you that table might seem really great, because you’re the one who created it. It’s the fruit of your labor. And that is really the idea behind the Ikea Effect.”Read the whole story: NPR More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more