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

Ghanaian trio in action as Mazembe win away in Champions League

first_imgGhanaian trio were in action for DR Congo giants TP Mazembe when they beat Botswana’s Mochudi Centre Chiefs 1-0 on Saturday in the CAF Champions League.Richard Kissi Boateng, Daniel Adjei and Solomon Asante were all in action as the Ravens won their CAF Champions League last 32, first leg tie in Gaborone.Boateng and Adjei started the away match for the former African Champions while Asante was a second half substitute.Mazembe secured the valuable away win 10 minutes from full time through their Tanzania striker Aly Samatta.Mazembe should have won the match by a wider margin but for the profligacy of their players in front of goal.Defender Jean Kasusula missed a 10th minute penalty while Samatta failed to convert a glorious opportunity after Asante made light work of three defenders. The Tanzanian striker shot into the side netting before making amends moments later with the only goal of the game.Boateng played the entire duration of the game, Adjei was substituted with three minutes remaining while Asante came on for Zambia international Jonas Sakuwaha in the 59th minute.Gladson Awako and Yaw Frimpong were not in action in the match.Ghanaian players have become an important part of the TP Mazembe team since they were signed by the rich DR Congo club in the off-season.They are expected to play a key role in their quest to win this year’s Champions League. The return leg will take place in Lubumbashi on 7 April.Robert Kidiaba – Eric NKULUKLUTA, Jean KASUSULA, Joel KIMWAKI, Richard KISSI BOATENG, Ilongo Patrick, Daniel ADJEI (Hervé NDONGA 87 th ), Tresor MPUTU (Given Singuluma 79 th ), – Aly Mbwana Samatta, Jonas SAKUWAHA (Solomon ASANTE 59 th ), Rainford Kalaba.last_img read more

Pjanić’s goal proclaimed as the most beautiful in 2012

first_imgFootball fans in Italy have chosen the goal of our national team player Miralem Pjanić, in the match between ”Lazio” and ”Roma” , as the most beautiful in 2012.Back then, Pjanić had decided to kick the ball in a straight forward motion towards the opponents’ goalkeeper. Pjanić was about 40 meters away from the goalkeeper, who tried but did not succeed to stop the ball. In this competition, Pjanić’s goal got 33% of the votes.last_img