Saint Mary’s students celebrate Senior Week traditions

first_imgTo celebrate the bittersweet farewell to four years of college, Saint Mary’s seniors had the opportunity to participate in a series of events planned during the College’s Senior Week.One of the people in charge of planning these events was senior Sarah Connaughton, the president of class council.Connaughton said planning Senior Week has been a stressful yet enjoyable experience.“We had a Senior Week Committee that came together to help plan the various aspects and fundraising for the year,” Connaughton said. “We wanted to offer a nice mix of events in hopes that everyone can enjoy various aspects of the SMC community. A lot of people have put effort into making this week and we just want it to be a fun and relaxing week for all seniors to enjoy.”In the week approaching Commencement, seniors participated in a number of activities including an alumnae brunch, Belle tower tours, handprints in the tunnel and a final walk down the Avenue, Connaughton said.“Some of the events are more outgoing, but others are more reflective,” she said. “It’s special because it is a great way to appreciate all that SMC has given us during these past four years.”Connaughton said that she was most excited to add her handprint in the tunnel between Le Mans Hall and the Student Center.“I remember seeing those handprints from prior classes during my freshman year, so I am excited to make my own mark finally,” she said. “After the handprints, we have ‘Opening the Circle’ which is a tradition that pulls from the ‘Closing the Circle’ ceremony during freshman orientation. The last event of the day is ‘Party on the Island’ which will also be the last event of the week. It’s going to be a blast and it is the perfect way to end Senior Week with our fellow Belles.”The final walk down the Avenue as a class is typically a very emotional but beautiful moment for seniors, Connaughton said.Senior Allie Royce said this symbolic event is what she looked forward to most out of Senior Week.“The Avenue is obviously such a distinct part of Saint Mary’s and to be able to do one final walk with our entire class is a really meaningful tradition,” Royce said. “In a way, it’s the end of an era, so to be able to say goodbye with your best friends is so special. And then to add to the sentimental moment, we read letters from our family and friends. I know it’s going to be emotional, but I think it will be the part of Senior Week that sticks with me the most.”Royce said that although the week is all about “lasts,” she does not feel ready to say goodbye.“Saint Mary’s has been home for the past four years and there are so many little things I’ll miss about it, especially all of the people,” she said. “Sure, it’s sad and emotional to have that last walk down the Avenue, but I get more emotional when I’m reminded that my friends won’t be down the hall from me anymore.”Royce said even though this week feels sentimental and emotional, she was excited to spend it celebrating alongside her fellow graduating Belles.“I think these events are so special because it’s our time to celebrate our four years,” she said. “Within such a short amount of time, we’ve made so many memories, accomplished so much, overcome challenges and made a new place home. I love that we have an entire week as just seniors for one last go around.”Tags: Opening the Circle, SMC Senior Week, SMC Senior Week Committeelast_img read more

Boyle delivers address, senators discuss election resolutions

first_imgElizabeth Boyle, a senior and student body president, delivered the annual State of the Student Union address to the student senate Monday night. The senate also discussed potential election reforms before the next election cycle begins in the spring semester. Boyle extended congratulations and thanks to the senate for their performance this semester so far before moving onto significant events from the semester relating to residential policy.“We started off the year with an announcement of new residential life changes, specifically the updates to the ID swipe policy.  I would like to specifically thank the Sophomore Class Council for the incredible leadership you have all stepped up to and for taking this conversation on,” she said. “The senate as well has been engaged with this since Day One by passing resolutions, bringing forth questions from their constituents and forming committees to come up with creative solutions. Additionally, on the executive cabinet end, our co-directors of student life, Abby Smith and Connor Whittle, have done a phenomenal job of expanding student engagement with administration specifically on the topic of residential life at Notre Dame.”Boyle also had high praise regarding recent efforts to be more inclusive on campus.“I have noticed an incredible growth in the way we as a student body truly embody the spirit of what it means to be Notre Dame— from an incredibly impactful Race Relations week hosted by Diversity Council and our director of Diversity and Inclusion Kenzie Issaac, to an increase in more inclusive student club like Acess-ABLE and even the physical presence of more ally stickers, pins and signs around campus, I feel that we are truly moving in a better direction,” Boyle said.She also commented on the administration’s efforts to create several new departments.“The executive cabinet added two new departments — Student Empowerment and Sustainability. We have been working more closely with NDPD to provide students with Know Your Rights materials, we have expanded campus access to the NYTimes,” she said. “Our director of Gender Relations Anne Jarrett has helped ensure that all student leaders will be GreeNDot trained, and our department of Community Engagement and Outreach led by Alex Yom has helped to redefine what it means to be a neighbor to the South Bend community.”Boyle also condemned recent incidents of hate speech on campus.“As we have discussed in senate, recent issues of hate targeted at members of our community, and specifically LGBTQ members of our Notre Dame community are repulsive and inexcusable. I decided to run for office in the first place because I want to make Notre Dame a home for all and I will continue to do that, but I cannot do that alone,” Boyle said. “It will take a coordinated effort of students, faculty, staff and administrators to push Notre Dame to be the truly Catholic — universal and accepting — place it was meant to be.”Boyle wrapped up her address calling for senators to rededicate themselves to their legislative duties next semester.“I challenge you to come back from this break with an intention to create policy and programming that will broaden what it means to be Notre Dame,” she said.Following the address, the senators switched their focus to discussing election reforms before the upcoming semester begins. The topic at hand was about the rules surrounding enumerated officials’ ability to endorse candidates.As of now, no person who was elected to serve in the Student Union may endorse a candidate, but certain officials who were appointed to their office are allowed to do so. This resolution sought to change that distinction for the following positions in the student union: Student Union secretary, parliamentarian, executive controller, Executive Cabinet department directors and Judicial Council president.Some senators had questions about the rules surrounding endorsements in the first place and their necessity.“What was the rationale behind stopping endorsements in the first place?” Keegan McArdle, a sophomore senator from Dunne Hall, said. “I don’t see why we have to stop it.”Samuel Delmer, a sophomore senator from the Dillon community in Baumer Hall, was one of the sponsors of the resolution and spoke about fairness as the catalyst for the resolution.“The rationale is to stop the divisiveness and make it more fair in an election,” Delmer said.There were some brief questions about self-endorsements by enumerated officials running for a different office. Patrick McGuire, a junior and the student body vice president, spoke about his personal experience running for office while a member of the Hall President Council.“I couldn’t say at Hall Council because I was Siegfried president that I’m also running for vice president, and you can’t in anyway imply that your office entitles you to the endorsement,” he said.Some senators expressed opposition to the current rules governing endorsements.“I personally think that’s kind of dumb that being at hall council just by the factor of being president that you can’t say to your hall ‘Hey I’m running.’ That seems to be an overly cumbersome restriction on your endorsement,” McArdle said. “You’re not necessarily using your office in that situation, so this might need to be revised further for exceptions like that.”It is tradition for the senate to propose electoral reform before the next semester begins as any legislation passed on electoral reform in the spring semester will not apply to that term’s elections. Because of this and the fact that senate was not available to meet again before January, some members of the senate wanted to pass the resolution so that the rules were the same across the board for the Student Union.However, after the discussion of the endorsement rules, the resolution failed to receive a majority and was rejected by the senate, one of the first resolutions of the year to be voted on and fail to pass.After this resolution’s failure, the senate moved two resolutions to order and passed both with minimal questions and discussion. The first resolution allowed the Judicial Council president and the advisor to the Judicial Council to help the vice president of elections decide if allegations of electoral misconduct are valid. The second resolution fixed a spelling error in the Constitution.The student senate will meet again in the spring to pursue new policy.Tags: Elizabeth Boyle, ND student senate, Patrick McGuire, Student government electionslast_img read more

Renovation loans become a necessity after Hurricane Harvey

first_img 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Because of Hurricane Harvey, the latest home loan demand is focused around renovation.  Home renovation loan products aren’t new to the industry and many exist, but one of the best to assist credit union members struggling through natural disasters such as Hurricane Harvey is Fannie Mae’s HomeStyle® mortgage.  This particular home loan product provides a convenient and economical way for homeowners to make renovations, repairs, or improvements. Both purchase or refinance loans are available and we’re seeing more and more credit unions making this option available to members.The HomeStyle® loan is similar to a single close construction loan in that there is only one set of closing costs, and there is no second mortgage involved, and no remaining line of credit.  The member can obtain a first mortgage to finance up to 95 percent of the “as-completed” appraised value of the property rather than the present value.  This provides better financing solutions for the member than a second mortgage, home equity line of credit, or other, more costly financing methods with higher rates. continue reading »last_img read more

PODCAST: Personalized digital service

first_img continue reading » The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has not only elevated the importance of digital services, it has made clear the limits of self-service.While sheltering at home, many members are using digital banking for first time. But even for digital natives, the pandemic has made mundane interactions meaningful.In this episode of the CUNA News Podcast, sponsored by Symitar, a division of Jack Henry & Associates, Lee Wetherington explains why credit unions need to shift from self-service to personalized digital serviceDoing so will allow them to translate their people-helping-people philosophy into their digital channels, says Wetherington, Jack Henry’s director of strategic insight. Lee Wetheringtoncenter_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Johnson City K-8 annual food drive feeds 45 families

first_img112 boxes of food translates to feeding 45 families, or 250 people in the Johnson City area. On Thursday, support staff began loading their own vehicles full of boxes to make deliveries to families in need. Students and Staff collected non-perishable breakfast and lunch items like cereal, canned fruit, soup, and snack items. Each year during the months of November and December, the Johnson City K-8 school conducts an annual food drive to help families in need for the holiday season.center_img In addition to their collection efforts, the Choconut Center United Methodist Church has contributed approximately $1,800 worth of food for the drive. This year for its ninth year, students helped collect 112 boxes worth of food, the most they have ever collected.last_img

OnePlus Nord N100 Starts Receiving OxygenOS 10.5.1 Update, Brings Improvements to Camera and Bluetooth

first_imgOnePlus Nord N100 is receiving a new OxygenOS update bringing optimisations to touch input and improvements to the camera. The update is rolling out to users in Europe and the version number is OxygenOS 10.5.1. The new OnePlus Nord N100 update is incremental in nature, which means a small percentage of users will receive it initially, and a broader rollout will begin in a few days, after seeing if there are no more bugs.The company took to the forums to announce that the OnePlus Nord N100 is receiving a new OxygenOS 10.5.1 update in Europe. Eligible users can check for the update in Settings manually if they already haven’t received a notification. As mentioned, this one is an incremental update, so it may take a few days to reach all users.- Advertisement – The changelog suggests that the latest OnePlus Nord N100 OxygenOS 10.5.1 update brings an optimised touch and interaction experience improved system stability as well. The update improves the shooting experience with camera, the performance and stability of Wi-Fi transfers, and compatibility of Bluetooth.OnePlus Nord N100 was launched last month in Europe with a price tag of GBP 179 (roughly Rs. 17,300) for the lone 4GB RAM + 64GB storage model. Key specifications include a 6.52-inch HD+ display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 460 SoC, and a triple rear camera setup that houses a 13-megapixel primary sensor, along with a bokeh lens and a macro shooter. For selfies and video chats, there is an 8-megapixel camera sensor at the front. The OnePlus Nord N100 packs a 5,000mAh battery that supports 18W fast charging. OnePlus has confirmed that it would reveal the availability in North America at a later stage. There is no clarity on whether the OnePlus Nord N100 will launch in India or not.Is OnePlus 8T the best ‘value flagship’ of 2020? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

From tomorrow, off-season toll prices apply for motorcycles and personal vehicles

first_imgAfter the seasonal prices that were in force from July 1 to September 30 and related to motorcycles and personal vehicles (groups IA and I), from October 1 (from midnight from Friday to Saturday) for motorcycles and personal vehicles toll prices off-season toll prices are applied on motorways managed by Hrvatske autoceste doo (HAC) and Autoceste Rijeka-Zagreb (ARZ).The modality of seasonal prices for motorcycles and personal vehicles was introduced according to the recommendations and guidelines of the World Bank as part of business and financial restructuring, HAC points out, adding that the application of this measure did not lead to a drop in traffic on motorways. this year the number of vehicles increased by 8%, as a result of which the revenue from tolls increased by 5,58% compared to last year.The positive results of these measures affect the improvement of the company’s liquidity and the repayment of part of the loan from its own funds, and thus relatively less borrowing, HAC concludes.last_img read more

Cuomo fails test on the state education

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion For the past several years, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has unveiled a number of wrong-headed plans to evaluate public schools and school teachers. He had tried mightily to link teacher evaluation to student standardized test scores and has failed in every attempt. This was done at the exact same time that testing experts warned against using standardized tests in this manner and many colleges stopped using standardized tests as a measure for admission.In other words, Cuomo has wasted millions of taxpayer dollars to solve a problem that he created. From the moment he took office, Cuomo launched an all-out attack on the state’s schools and the teachers who work in them. He cut state aid by $1.2 billion in his first budget while pushing through a tax cap that resulted in school districts across the state cutting thousands of teaching positions while eliminating countless instructional and extracurricular positions. He demonized teachers, blaming them for students not attaining the preordained scores on standardized tests as part of his nonsensical teacher evaluation systems. He proclaimed that schools that didn’t live up to his expectations be given the “death penalty,” including the firing of all teachers and administrators assigned to these schools. At the same time, he extended the time teachers needed to serve in order to earn tenure, while threatening to withhold state aid (read tax dollars) from school districts that didn’t pass muster. His actions caused teachers to retire in record numbers over the past five years. At the same time, student applications to teacher preparation programs plummeted. Voila — teacher shortage. The state Legislature is considering a bill that will prevent the linking of teacher evaluation and student test scores as the basis of judging the effectiveness of teachers. This is the smartest move for education out of Albany in the past decade. John MetalloSlingerlandsThe author is a retired teacher and administrator, principal of Albany High School and adjunct instructor at the University at Albany and SUNY Plattsburgh.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Albany County warns of COVID increaseEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

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Unai Emery shuts down Mesut Ozil question after Arsenal’s defeat to BATE Borisov

first_img PLAY Comment Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Unai Emery dodged questions about Mesut Ozil after the defeat to BATE (BPI/REX)Unai Emery evaded questions about Mesut Ozil after Arsenal’s Europa League defeat to BATE Borisov.The Gunners slipped to 1-0 loss in Belarus which means they must win their return leg at the Emirates Stadium next week.Ozil, meanwhile, was left out of the squad once again despite training with his teammates in the build-up to the game.When quizzed about Ozil’s suggestion on Instagram that he was fit to play against BATE after suffering from an illness over the weekend, Emery replied: ‘Today, I think the protagonists are the players who are here.ADVERTISEMENT Read More SPONSORED by Metro Advertisement Advertisement Video Settings Full Screen About Connatix V67539 Skip Ad Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Read Morecenter_img Unai Emery shuts down Mesut Ozil question after Arsenal’s defeat to BATE Borisov ‘In respect to the players for this competition is to speak out the players who are ready to play today.’And when asked if Arsenal miss Ozil’s creativity after the defeat, Emery said: ‘Every player is okay to play. Today those that were here, we can win with them and we deserved that.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Last week we won and we played with the same players.‘For me, today there was no difference to the performance. We deserved to win but didn’t get the result.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘They were very organised defensively and they found the moment in the game.‘It’s not for one player or another. We can win with every player and lose with the same players.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Read More Top articles Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Skip Read More Coming Next Read More 1 min. story 1/1 Metro Sport ReporterThursday 14 Feb 2019 10:21 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link28Shares / last_img read more