COR talks strategic planning, textbook rentals

first_img“We’re really excited about this,” he said. “We’ve done a lot but we’re still not quite there yet.”  Crawford said his talk would be centered on developments the College of Science is making in order “to enhance and expand research and enterprise.” Crawford said one of the goals was to cultivate Catholic tradition in the field of science. This particular initiative will be centered on the three Catholic pillars of truth, service and the common good.  “We don’t want to see this program fail,” he said. “We don’t want you to feel violated when you buy books.” “A lot of universities like Michigan, Stanford and [the Massachusetts Institute of Technology] were fighting for this opportunity,” Crawford said. “This is the first accelerator the U.S. government has invested in since 1982 and Notre Dame is going to build it.” “We’re going to be launching a program called Compassionate Care, largely for our pre-med students,” he said. “This will have our students partner with hospice care on the local level, but we will also be participating on the international level with sending a few students to Africa to do work in those communities.” “The first goal we have is to enhance and expand undergraduate research in our core disciplines,” Crawford said.  “That way every year will be different and it will help to expand our international collaborations,” he said. “The rental idea came up on the national level,” Kirkpatrick said. “We did a pilot study in fall 2009 and we’re going to be implementing across the country next academic year.”The program will allow students to pay a fee to rent the book for a semester for a price that is up to 50 percent off the price of the new book.  “The biggest plus to this program is the upfront savings,” he said. “This program also provides the incentive for professor to make the books more affordable for students because they verbally commit to use the same book for four semesters.” Crawford said even with the individual proposals, the College will continue to be involved in continuous development. This includes creating a new institute within the College for 2011 focused on pure mathematics. The institute “will bring in the best math professors from all over the world for a semester.” Director of Retail Operations for the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore Keith Kirkpatrick then took the floor to talk about a rental system for textbooks for the 2010-2011 academic school year. The plan features seven goals, most of which are centered around creating and providing more research opportunities for students within the College of Science. Kirkpatrick said he believes the price of textbooks is “out of control” and the rental program will help drive costs down. Crawford also said Notre Dame recently was awarded $3.5 million to build a new nuclear accelerator for the federal government. The Council of Representatives (COR) brought in two guest speakers at its meeting Tuesday to discuss the Strategic Plan initiative within the College of Science as well as the new service that will allow Notre Dame students to rent their textbooks. Dean Gregory Crawford from the College of Science discussed the strategic plan that is in the process of being implemented within the College. Crawford said he was there to see what the student leaders thought about the effort.“This is a really important step in having student input in academic decisions,” student body president Catherine Soler said. “This is about moving forward and forming good relationships.”last_img read more

Colleges discuss distribution of students

first_imgWith the March 4 deadline to declare a specific college approaching, students wandered up and down aisles of tables at Majors Night in South Dining Hall on Jan. 27. Along the way, they paused to inquire about specific majors in the five colleges that make up the University. Sam Gaglio, assistant dean of the Mendoza College of Business, said he was pleased by how students continued to explore academic opportunities. “Most didn’t have a predetermined track. That was what really demonstrated to me the opportunities of a Notre Dame education,” Gaglio said. Hugh Page, dean of the First Year of Studies, said enrollment numbers for each college are variables. “The first year at Notre Dame is a time of discernment and contemplative exploration,” Page said. “Enrollment numbers speak to the intellectual curiosity of our students and the unfolding of their journeys as they respond to the call of wisdom’s voice.” Page said he anticipates the College of Arts and Letters to enroll the most freshmen, followed closely by the Mendoza College of Business and the College of Science. Page said 28 percent of freshmen plan to enter the College of Arts and Letters, 26 percent the Mendoza College of Business, 18 percent the College of Engineering, 25 percent the College of Science and two percent the School of Architecture.Currently, Arts and Letters consists of 2,500 undergraduates. Mendoza has 1,780; Science 1,189; Engineering 950; and Architecture 250. Page said enrollment in engineering, science and business majors has increased, while the School of Architecture has seen consistent demand. Page said there is a deepening student interest in educational synergies involving coursework between other colleges and the College of Arts and Letters. “Contemporary issues such as sustainability, energy policy, global health, technology and values, ethics and business, peace studies and poverty studies require broad disciplinary exposure,” said Page. “That places students and faculty from all of these Colleges at what might be termed a ‘nexus of creativity,’ where the ideas and innovations that will shape the future are imagined.” Gaglio said students deciding which college to enter should consider their passions and what they wish to gain from their experiences. “To say one program will give you an advantage over another is an incorrect statement. What are you passionate about? Be excited, engaged and throw yourself into it,” he said. “Each is equally impressive and creates an advantage in your next endeavor.” John McGreevy, dean of the College of Arts and Letters, said a college should open significant intellectual and moral questions to students. “College is the perfect time to study and debate these great issues,” he said. “The ability to write, the ability to analyze data, and the ability to speak is of greatest use for any student after leaving Notre Dame.” For freshmen still deciding, Holly Martin, assistant dean of the First Year of Studies, said it is important to remember choosing a college or major is not the same as choosing a career. “The Career Center is happy to work with first-year students about possible career choices,” she said. “But it isn’t necessary to know what you would like to do as a future career when choosing your college or major.” Page said students change their minds often as coursework, conversations and intellectual exploration generate moments that lead to reevaluation. “A decision at or near the end of the first year at Notre Dame need not be seen as irreversible,” he said. It is crucial for students to follow their passions, Gaglio said. “You don’t ‘have’ to do anything except believe in what you study to be a success. The point is, the university education is your grounding, and then you specialize after that,” he said. “Continue your education. We learn our entire lives.”last_img read more

Broadway.com Culturalist Challenge! Rank The Top 10 Show-Stopping Numbers of the Broadway Season

first_imgThe Broadway.com staff is crazy for Culturalist, the website that lets you choose and create your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank.With the highly anticipated reveal of the 2016 Tony nominations, the results of the Broadway.com Choice Awards and a Magic Mike update (starring Channing Tatum holding puppies), this week has been quite the show-stopper for Great White Way buzz. Awards season has officially kicked into high gear, and the spirited debates, prediction pools and guesses about what delightful shenanigans Tony host James Corden will have up his sleeve on June 12 are keeping theater fans talking. But what about the big splashy Broadway musical numbers that made us speechless this season? Broadway.com Editorial Assistant Lindsey Sullivan kicked off this week’s challenge with her top 10! Now it’s your turn to push da buttons and tell us your picks!STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites and then click “rearrange list” (or, if you have nothing to rearrange, go right ahead and hit “publish”).STEP 2—RANK & PUBLISH: Reorder your 10 choices by dragging them into the correct spot on your list. Click the “publish” button.Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list.Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results next week on Broadway.com! View Commentslast_img read more

Three storm-damaged bridges reopen along Route 12A

first_imgThe Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) today opened three storm-damaged bridges along Route 12A that will provide area residents better access to both Route 100 and Interstate 89. A short segment of Route 12A in Roxbury just north of Carrie Howe Road still remains closed as both a culvert and a bridge still need to be replaced, but the three newly opened bridges allow Roxbury residents to travel north to Northfield as well as south to Randolph along Route 12A. ‘In all three locations, we were able to repair and reopen bridges that were damaged by Tropical Storm Irene,’ said VTrans Secretary Brian Searles. ‘These repairs allow residents of not only Roxbury, but also Granville and Braintree to have access to Interstate 89, which will return their travel ability to close to normal.’ Two of the three newly opened bridges are located along the northern segment of Route 12A ‘ one is in Northfield, the other is in Roxbury ‘ while the third bridge is located along the southern segment of Route 12A in Braintree. The newly opened bridges north of Roxbury Village also reestablish access to the Warren Mountain Road, a town highway that provides area residents with a connection to Route 100. The remaining closed segment of Route 12A just north of Carrie Howe Road will remain closed into the fall as neither the culvert nor the bridge can be repaired. VTrans plans to replace the culvert with a short bridge, and must also replace the damaged bridge with a new one. Work to design and engineer these structures is already underway.  Construction activity will begin later this fall. For up-to-date information on storm-related openings and closings, people can call the Irene recovery call center at 1-800-VERMONT or go to the Agency’s homepage at www.aot.state.vt.uswhere(link is external) they can sign up for alerts pushed to their mobile phone. You can also follow VTrans’ recovery efforts on both Facebook and Twitter.last_img read more

Thaler cites merchant push-back, calls for Durbin amendment grassroots action

first_img continue reading » 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NAFCU Vice President of Legislative Affairs Brad Thaler on Thursday called on NAFCU members to contact their lawmakers and seek support for repealing the Dodd-Frank Act’s Durbin amendment through passage of the Financial CHOICE Act.“The House Financial Services Committee is expected to mark up the legislation as early as next Tuesday,” Thaler wrote in a message to association members. “It may see action on the House floor before the end of May. The merchants have launched a grassroots campaign to try to strike this provision from the bill.“NAFCU is asking each credit union to make as many contacts as possible from your executives, staff, volunteers or members in the next few days to the representatives of the districts where your credit union has a presence,” Thaler continued. “Now is the time for credit unions to take action and counter the merchants’ message and urge support for the Durbin amendment repeal.”last_img read more

Headlines and perspective: Facebook cryptocurrency

first_img continue reading » Facebook is planning to launch a cryptocurrency, run by the nonprofit Switzerland-based Libra Association in 2020, backed by some of tech’s biggest names. The focus is on financial inclusion for all.How it WorksThe Libra Association – an independent not-for-profit organization created by Facebook and based in Geneva – mints the currency and distributes it through authorized sellers.A consumer downloads a digital wallet from Calibra, then purchases Libra from an authorized seller’s site.With Libra, the user can make an online purchase, such as a subscription to Spotify, one of the corporate partners of the currency.Spotify then exchanges the Libra for dollars via a reseller, who then sells the currency back to the Libra Association. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Masters Moments: Phil Mickelson’s pine straw magic from 2010 win | Golf News

first_img We take a trip back to the 2010 Masters and Phil Mickelson’s incredible shot from the pine straw during his victory at Augusta National Phil Mickelson won the Green Jacket for a third time in 2010 with a three-shot victory in The Masters at Augusta National. Watch the 2020 contest live from November 12-15 on Sky Sports’ dedicated Masters channel By Sky Sports GolfLast Updated: 07/11/20 6:51am – Advertisement – Get Sky Sports Golf for £10 a month All four days of The Masters exclusively live. Get our £10 golf offer. Find out more here. Although Mickelson would run his eagle try a similar distance past the hole to the initial putt he faced, he made no mistake with the effort coming back to make birdie and extend his advantage.Mickelson added two further birdies over his final four holes to close out a bogey-free 67 and complete a convincing victory, with the win his fourth of five major titles during a distinguished career.Click on the video above to see Mickelson’s magic from the pines! Watch The Masters this November live on Sky Sports, with all four rounds exclusively live on Sky Sports’ Masters channel. Live coverage beings with Featured Groups from 12.30pm on Thursday November 12. – Advertisement – Phil Mickelson has only missed the Masters twice since his debut as an amateur in 1991 Phil Mickelson has only missed the Masters twice since his debut as an amateur in 1991

Trump admin reportedly still trying to get Chad Wolf confirmed in effort to save policies

first_imgAfter finally submitting his official nomination in August, passing that nomination through committee by a strict party line vote in September (where he again lied to senators), and then basically forgetting about it, CNN reports Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been approached about continuing to advance Unlawful Chad’s nomination to a full vote, “a move seemingly acknowledging both a forthcoming change in administrations and criticism that Wolf’s appointment was invalid,” the report said.The Trump administration officially submitted Unlawful Chad’s nomination only because his unlawful appointment risks any policy he’s signed his name to. And there have been quite a few consequential items. Just days ago, a coalition of states in fact sued Unlawful Chad over changes further decimating the popular and successful Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, saying he “lacked the legal authority to issue the memo … because he was never validly appointed to his position.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – It’s going to be work for the incoming Biden administration to reverse many of the outgoing administration’s immigration policies, but experts have noted that some of that could be eased because many of the policies have been found unlawful in court. In the case of the policy making it harder for working immigrant families to access green cards, “Biden’s attorney general could drop the appeal, letting stand the federal judge’s ruling that the Trump administration unlawfully created the public charge rule,” the American Immigration Lawyers Association said according to USA Today.“To make a long story short,” University of Texas law school professor Steve Vladeck said according to CNN, “I think the effort to have him confirmed is principally with an eye toward attempting to ratify all of the programs and policies that could be struck down by courts holding his acting appointment was unlawful.”Unlawful Chad didn’t deserve to be officially confirmed a year ago and he certainly doesn’t deserve to be confirmed now. The only reason why his name should come up in Congress is relating to investigations into his criminal behavior. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Gov. Wolf Signs First Two Law Enforcement Reform Bills

first_imgGov. Wolf Signs First Two Law Enforcement Reform Bills Bill Signing,  Criminal Justice Reform,  Press Release,  Public Safety Calling them ‘new laws that make progress in keeping every Pennsylvanian safe,’ Governor Tom Wolf today signed House bills 1841 and 1910, which both passed unanimously in the House and Senate. The bills are the first two pieces of legislation from the governor’s comprehensive police reform executive actions announced in early June in the wake of the death of George Floyd when in Minneapolis police custody and subsequent protests in Pennsylvania and across the country.“A little over a month ago I met with leaders of Black communities in Philadelphia and Harrisburg to discuss ways we can improve law enforcement to make our commonwealth safer for every Pennsylvanian,” Gov Wolf said. “Today, I am signing two bills that will take steps toward achieving this goal.”Gov. Wolf was joined at the bill signing at the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) by Attorney General Josh Shapiro, members of the legislature and the Pennsylvania State Police, and Keir Bradford-Grey of the Defender Association of Philadelphia.PCCD Executive Director Mike Pennington welcomed the governor and provided an overview of the commission’s role in police reform.“As an agency, we answered the call the governor made last month to address reform,” Pennington said. “We’ve created a Racial and Ethnic Disparities Subcommittee under the Criminal Justice Advisory Committee here at PCCD. Keir Bradford-Grey of the Defender Association of Philadelphia will serve as our chair, and we look to have that subcommittee formed and convened within the next month or so.”I commend Governor Wolf and the General Assembly for establishing a mandatory, statewide database of police misconduct — a key change sought by reform advocates and a down payment on the improvements we still need to make. Today, Pennsylvania becomes one of the only states in the country to change its laws in the aftermath of George Floyd’s killing. I heard the community in October, and worked to bring a breakthrough coalition of law enforcement leaders forward to get this done,” said Attorney General Josh Shapiro. “This legislation will make all Pennsylvanians safer by preventing departments from unknowingly hiring officers with past records of misconduct, and it shows we can make meaningful improvements in our criminal justice system. We won’t stop pushing for change until inappropriate police-community interactions, like what we saw that day in Minneapolis, are as rare as they are unacceptable.”The governor signed at the event:House Bill 1841, sponsored by Rep. Harry Readshaw, which requires a thorough background check for law enforcement applicants prior to being employed and requires a law enforcement agency to disclose employment information. The bill also establishes an electronic database housed and maintained by the Municipal Police Officers’ Training and Education Training Commission (MPOTEC) that contains separation records of law enforcement officers.A hiring report that indicates the prospective law enforcement agency’s reason and rationale must be completed if a hiring law enforcement agency hires an individual whose separation record includes any of the following:Excessive forceHarassmentTheftDiscriminationSexual abuse or misconductDomestic violenceCoercion of a false confessionFiling a false reportA judicial finding of dishonestyHouse Bill 1910, sponsored by Rep. Dan Williams, which requires mental health evaluations with a focus on PTSD of law enforcement officers as a condition of continued employment. The evaluation may be upon request of a law enforcement officer or a police chief or within 30 days of an incident of the use of lethal force.The bill also requires training for police officers on trauma-informed care, use of deadly force, de-escalation and harm reduction techniques, community and cultural awareness, implicit bias, procedural justice and reconciliation techniques. Under the bill, magisterial district judges are required to complete, as part of their annual continuing education requirement, one course on the identification and reporting of suspected child abuse and court proceedings involving children.“A resounding cry for justice for all citizens has risen up throughout our commonwealth and our nation,” Rep. Dan Williams said. “The General Assembly has responded to this impassioned demand to protect the vulnerable by passing these two police reform bills unanimously and the governor by signing them into law.“I’m proud that my bill will enhance the training the police receive so they can better serve the public and expand the reporting system to protect children from child abuse. The swift passage of these bills and their enactment into law is a sign that police reform and child protection are not partisan issues.”“Just 36 days after a handful of Black legislators commandeered the Speaker’s rostrum on the House floor, a handful of police accountability bills were enacted in the wake of mass protests statewide that have inspired urgent and substantive legislative action when justice has demanded these measures for far too long,” said Rep. Chris Rabb.“I am so happy to have participated in the efforts that will lead to real reforms in policing throughout Pennsylvania,” Rep. Jason Dawkins said. “None of this would be possible without a coordinated group effort. I would like to thank my partners in the General Assembly, the Governor and everyone who has demanded change for helping to make that happen. There is more work to do and we are not backing down.”“I am so proud to have been part of this bipartisan, bicameral process to bring legislation to the Governor’s desk,” Sen. Jay Costa said. “Every corner of this state and in every one of our districts, citizens have called for reform. We’ve heard them, and we’re still listening. These bills are a step in the right direction for better outcomes in our criminal justice system, but they are just the first step. Our work continues. By enacting comprehensive reforms, I believe we can prevent the next tragedy.”“We are proud to advance legislation in a bipartisan effort that enacts essential reforms to policing in PA,” said Sen. Sharif Street. “The stressful nature of law enforcement mandates we assess and ensure the mental health and wellness of our men and women in uniform. Additionally, ensuring elevated standards of hiring for officers who have exhibited behavior egregious enough to amount to termination is an important measure in salvaging the integrity of law enforcement and restoring the public’s faith. This indeed would have saved the life of Antwon Rose who would have turned 19 years old on July 12. These are seminal policy initiatives that must be met with other comprehensive measures. We still have work to do.”Gov. Wolf also signed into law today:House Bill 1860, which amends the Urban Redevelopment Law to permit any municipality to establish a redevelopment authority. Specifically, this bill removes the definition of “city” from the law and replaces the references to a “city” with “municipality.” Further, the bill adds the term “incorporated town” to the existing definition of municipality.House Bill 2045, which authorizes the granting and conveyance of certain lands in Ohiopyle Borough, Fayette County in exchange for different lands in Ohiopyle Borough.Senate Bill 352, which establishes the Tax Exemption and Mixed-Use Incentive Program Act. Specifically, the bill authorizes local taxing authorities to provide for tax abatement incentives for certain deteriorated industrial, commercial, business and residential properties.Senate Bill 934, which amends the Human Services Code to require that all child care centers and family child care homes have an operable and properly maintained fire detection device or system within their facility that is regularly inspected and tested.Also, today Gov. Wolf vetoed House Resolution 836, which called for an end to his disaster declaration for the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a legal dispute to the resolution’s passage, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court sided with Gov. Wolf, calling the resolution “a legal nullity.” View the governor’s veto message here.Ver esta página en español. July 14, 2020center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Draghi: QE an ‘inducement’ to boost savings, does not damage pensions

first_imgMario Draghi has defended the European Central Bank’s (ECB) activist monetary policy, insisting it has not damaged pension funds and is, in fact, likely to lead to increased contribution and savings rates.The president of the ECB defended its policy of quantitative easing (QE) but said the institution would be wary of keeping interest rates at their current low level for too long.In a speech in Washington DC at the IMF, Draghi said he accepted that continued low interest rates could have “undesirable consequences” for economies with ageing populations, as it could not only lead to lower consumption over the lifetime of QE but over the saver and pension fund member’s lifetime.“For pensioners, and for those saving ahead of retirement, low interest rates may not be an inducement to bring consumption forward,” he said. “They may on the contrary become an inducement to save more, to compensate for a slower rate of accumulation of pension assets.”His comments contrast with warnings from industry association PensionsEurope, which recently said pension funds risked becoming “collateral damage” as QE progressed.Peter Borgdorff, director of Dutch healthcare scheme PFZW, has said his fund also raised concerns with Klaas Knot, Dutch representative on the ECB governing council, but that the council “did not listen”. Draghi argued that, even where QE was seeing savings eroded, it would not be in the “genuine interest” of savers if the ECB decided to give up on its mandate of a 2% inflation target.“On the contrary, the interest of long-term savers is that output be raised to potential without undue delay,” he said.“This is because their financial assets are always, in the final analysis, a claim on the wealth generated by the productive part of the economy.”He argued that it was in pension funds’ interest to see continued growth, as it increases the likelihood benefits can be paid in full.“At the same time, the more monetary policy is able to encourage investment, the faster interest rates will return into more normal territory,” he said.Draghi argued that a series of unconventional measures – the most recent of which was the launch of QE in March – had been required to stave off a period of low inflation.“Those measures have proven so far to be potent, more so than many observers anticipated,” he said.“But their potency is also because they have interacted with other policies that have put the economy and the financial sector in a better position to respond to our monetary impulses.”Dragi’s insistence that QE has not harmed European pension investors stands in stark contrast to rising liabilities and deficits, with both German airline Lufthansa and Bank of Ireland’s Irish defined benefit funds seeing a significant increase since the beginning of the year. Dutch actuaries have also warned that the low interest rates could see the cost of pensions rise by 10%.last_img read more