Student senate revises procedures, passes resolutions

first_imgStudent body vice president Becca Blais’s goals for this semester included some major reform of the Notre Dame student senate, including eliminating some aspects of parliamentary procedure and generally promoting greater efficiency of the body.“[Parliamentary Procedure] being removed from Senate has facilitated discussion,” Blais said. “We did retain the basic outline of meeting structure that [Parliamentary Procedure] provides and we do use it when it comes to voting, but other than that, it is totally out. We no longer have to deal with tedious motions of moving in and out of discussion, and Senators don’t have to be self-conscious about using the wrong motion or speaking out of turn in a debate. The removal of [Parliamentary Procedure] has definitely had a beneficial impact on Senate, especially in regard to flow of and access to discussion.”The first change Blais made was organizing senate into a number of smaller committees, each of which has a chairperson and meets weekly, beyond the senate meetings.“The committee structure has provided a critical lens for senators to view their topics, a small group for break-out discussion, and a bond between the senators,” Blais said in an email. “The four committee focuses have been applied to the topics that we discuss in senate, and they have been used to spur additional policy research by the senators outside of the larger senate meeting time.”Every senator sits on two committees, according to Blais, unless they are on the Campus Life Council.“Committees meet once a week to work on policy, and I meet once a week with the committee chairpeople to discuss those ideas and plans,” Blais said. “The break-out discussions have facilitated better large-group discussion within Senate, and they provide a forum for everyone to bounce ideas and have their voice heard. The bond has formed due to them having another level of interaction — the sustained interaction among the senators has facilitated some awesome friendships in senate.”Each committee has a clear, articulated vision and the reform has been effective in setting meaningful policy agendas in a smaller group setting, Blais said.“Structurally, I think that senate’s greatest accomplishment has been the reconfigure of what is means to be a senator and student leader at Notre Dame,” she said. “Senators have taken on huge leadership roles, and they have brilliantly risen to occasion.”In the 16 meetings since the Robinson-Blais administration took office, the student senate has passed 16 resolutions on a variety of topics, ranging from the elimination of some elements of parliamentary procedure to a resolution calling on University President Fr. John Jenkins to make Notre Dame a sanctuary campus.The student senate has also heard several presentations throughout the year and were one of the first student groups to hear about the upcoming renovations to North Dining Hall. Additionally, they heard from representatives from the Title IX office, the Career Center, the Office of Community Standards and the Office of Student Enrichment, among others.Outside of the weekly senate meetings, a number of student senators have begun getting dinners together in order to discuss a their different ideas, Blais said.All senators have undergone GreeNDot bystander training this year, which has yielded a positive reaction from the senators on the whole, according to a midterm survey Blais issued to the senators.Student body president Corey Robinson said senate had been undervalued, but he said he appreciates the reforms that were made.“When you see what [Blais] did with it — giving senators autonomy, giving them responsibility and telling senators they can address any issues they want to — they’re excited to draft resolutions.” Tags: 2016 Student Government Insider, Notre Dame Student Senate, Senate, student senatelast_img read more

Odds & Ends: Kelsey Grammer Set for Amazon’s Tycoon & More

first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Kelsey Grammer Tapped for Amazon PilotKelsey Grammer, who will return to Broadway’s Finding Neverland on January 19, is set to star in The Last Tycoon, a drama pilot for Amazon, reports Deadline. He joins Matt Bomer and Rosemarie DeWitt for the project, inspired by the life of Irving Thalberg, a film producer of the early 1900s. Grammer will take on the role of Pat Brady, a characted based on MGM co-founder Louis B. Mayer. An imposing big-shot producer? Not much of a stretch from Charles Frohman!Tyler Perry to Bring Passion to FoxAnother live musical telecast is heading to Fox next year…this one of biblical proportions. Stage and screen titan Tyler Perry will present a live, musical adaptation of the Last Supper and crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ…set in modern day New Orleans. The event, titled The Passion, will air on March 20, 2016 (Palm Sunday) and feature a cast of to-be-announced stars performing a variety of pop music.Off-Broadway’s Wilder Christmas ExtendsPeccadillo Theater Company’s A Wilder Christmas will now play off-Broadway’s Theatre at St. Clements through January 10, 2016. The show—a presentation of two rarely seen Thornton Wilder one-acts—opened officially on December 8. Dan Wackerman directs.Enter now to win!‘Tis the season of giving, and we want to give you some gift cards and a trip to New York to see Matilda! Broadway.com’s #MatildaSweeps ends December 20, and you have until December 23 to take a selfie with one of our cabs and enter our Taxi Top Selfie Sweepstakes. Come on; you don’t want to upset Miss Trunchbull… View Commentslast_img read more

San Jose, Oakland are latest California cities to enact bans on gas in new construction

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Utility Dive:Both the San Jose City Council and Oakland City Council [last week] approved measures to prohibit natural gas infrastructure in newly constructed buildings, adding to the growing list of more than 40 California cities to pass such ordinances.The San Jose measure, passed in an 8-3 vote, makes it the largest U.S. city to require all-electric new construction. That measure allows a “controversial exemption” however, enabling facilities that generate and store energy on-site to continue using natural gas, according to the San Jose Mercury News. Meanwhile, the unanimously-passed Oakland measure will apply to all residential and commercial construction, though developers can apply for “technology feasibility” waivers, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.These measures come on the heels of San Francisco’s all-electric construction ordinance passed last month. Nearly every major Bay Area city — including Berkeley and Menlo Park — have now approved such mandates.When San Francisco took action on natural gas construction in November, experts suggested it could hold enough weight to pressure similar legislation in neighboring cities — which it did. They also suggested such local efforts could push Gov. Gavin Newsom toward statewide action, particularly as the California Energy Commission considers updates to its building energy efficiency standards.And while California cities have led such measures — Berkeley made history as the first city to ban natural gas infrastructure in new buildings in July 2019 — the trend is beginning to spread across state lines.[Also last week], Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced an energy code update proposal to ban fossil fuels in new commercial and large multi-family construction. The proposal is a direct response to the city’s building sector emissions, which increased 8.3% in Seattle from 2016 to 2018. “As Seattle’s population continues to grow, the scale of our policy response to rising carbon emissions must grow even faster,” Durkan said in a statement.[Kristin Musulin]More: San Jose, Oakland join growing list of California cities to ban natural gas construction San Jose, Oakland are latest California cities to enact bans on gas in new constructionlast_img read more

Spice up your credit union marketing

first_imgby: Gillian HamesRecently, our friends over at CodeCondo shared an excellent piece on the benefits of referral marketing and the current tools available to any business wanting to implement a formal program. We couldn’t agree more: implementing a formal referral program, such as Spark, will allow your existing customers to promote your products or services to their friends with ease and convenience, and can reward them for doing so.We never get tired of seeing our name mentioned; it gives us an opportunity to talk about how great referral marketing is and how we at RewardStream can help businesses jump start their referral campaigns. Our platform allows users to send referrals through a variety of channels including social networks and offline word-of-mouth referrals. Our responsive design allows customers to access a referral program from any device at any time. We are living in a hypermobile age and approximately 70% of the users that engage with the referral programs we run do so through a mobile device so if you want to compete, you need to be responsive.We also offer impressive analytics, letting clients track the success of their program over time. Our platform can accommodate back-end IT integration, multiple languages and customer care support. Through our platform, rewards are issued to new customers for joining, creating a positive first impression with a brand. Existing customers can also be rewarded for the referrals they make, keeping an already loyal customer base happy and willing to refer again and again. continue reading » 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Helpers loot P473K worth of jewelry

first_imgBACOLOD City – Jewelry worth P473,500 were allegedly stolen by two persons in a house in Barangay 9, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental.Bernadine Genova complained of having been robbed to police around 5 p.m. on May 7. Police identified the suspects as Albert Vicente, 20, of Barangay San Antonio, Himamaylan City and Analyn Masola, 20, of Barangay Tan-awan, Kabankalan City – both helpers of Genova.Recovered from the suspects’ possession were a diamond ring, two pairs of pearl earrings, a necklace, and six watches. They allegedly took them around 8 a.m. the same day.Vicente and Masola were brought to the Kabankalan City police station./PNlast_img read more

Misbah and Younis did more than serve Pakistan; they served cricket

first_imgBy Andy Bull‘A fine journey with him in the middle’SOME retirements leave you feeling older all of a sudden, as if time has just moved on in a leap. There were two such on Sunday night.Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan played their final games, a Test against West Indies at Windsor Park in Dominica.Younis is the last great batsman of his generation to go. Thirty men scored 4 000 runs in Test cricket in the 2000s. Among the other 29, you can still catch Chris Gayle swishing sixes in franchise cricket, see Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene on the county circuit.The rest are retired, have become coaches, commentators, administrators. Younis, who made his debut in 2000, was the only one still playing Tests. We are not on the brink of the new era anymore but so far into it the one just gone is a business only for historians.Of course they finished together. Younis and Misbah were one of the great partnerships. They started late, because Misbah became a regular member of the team only in 2009 when he was 34 but still scored more runs together than any other pair of Pakistan batsmen.In the long history of Test cricket, only two pairs scored as many runs in partnership at such a high average. Jack Hobbs and Herbert Sutcliffe were one, Justin Langer and Ricky Ponting the other.Then it is Misbah and Younis, 3 213 altogether, at 68.36. After Allah, his wife and his children, Younis was the one Misbah wanted to thank in his farewell speech. “It was a very fine journey with him in the middle,” he said. “My name will come with his and be remembered in history.”Younis was one of the finest players Pakistan have had, the first to score 10 000 Test runs, the first to score more than 30 Test centuries, his batting characterised by his bloody-minded determination to be “the last man standing” as he once put it, the one who “comes in and takes everything on his chest” when things get hard for the team. Younis was as tough as they come.He scored five centuries in the fourth innings, more than any other player in history. Since he started, Pakistan have won 28 Tests away from home, outside of the UAE. And in the 24 of those matches he played in, Younis scored 2 826 runs at 94.20, with 10 centuries. Steve Waugh is the only player with an away record anything like it.Then there is Misbah, a player who was pretty much the Pakistan Cricket Board’s last choice to be captain, who has led the team to so many firsts, mosts and onlys. Misbah, who won more Tests than any other Pakistan captain. Misbah, who never lost a home series. Misbah, who became the only captain in history whose team whitewashed England and Australia.Misbah yoked himself so tightly to the needs of the team his career seemed to become one long exercise in self-abnegation. He batted so slow they called him “Tuk Tuk” but who also scored, one carefree day, the fastest 50 in Test cricket and tied Viv Richards’ record for the fastest ton.If it had not been for Younis, Misbah would not have become captain. And if it had not been for Misbah, Younis would not have become Pakistan’s greatest batsman. The captaincy was meant to be Younis’s. He was groomed for it by the PCB chairman, Shaharyar Khan. He picked Younis to be Inzamam-ul-Haq’s deputy early in 2005.When the time came for him to take over, before the Champions Trophy in 2006, he refused to do it. He said he did not want to be a “dummy captain” and, though he never said it in public, the problem was that the selectors had insisted on picking Faisal Iqbal when Younis wanted Misbah instead. In 2007, when Inzamam stepped down, Younis refused the job again, because he was so upset by the fallout from the World Cup.“I am still hurt and upset at the sort of hostile reception we have got on our return,” Younis said. “When your family gets threatening calls and our effigies are burnt and our pictures put on donkeys, I can’t lead the team in such circumstances.”He finally took on the job in 2009 and won the World T20 that same year. He quit again after he was falsely accused of fixing by a Pakistani politician and his own players turned against him.He even began to suspect they were deliberately losing matches out of spite. In 2010 he was banned for life, part of a cack-handed effort by the PCB to clean up its team. It meant he missed their infamous tour of England that summer.(The Guardian).last_img read more

MBB : Syracuse at Marquette breakdown

first_img Comments Beat writer predictionsTony OliveroMarquette 73, Syracuse 69Everything that could have gone wrong for this Syracuse team since its 18-0 start has gone wrong. It’s a true time of reflection, and against maybe the most overachieving team in the conference, the team that may be underachieving the most won’t have the mental fortitude on the road.Andrew L. JohnMarquette 76, Syracuse 73Seton Hall may have been the wake-up call Syracuse needed, but Marquette sees blood in the water.Brett LoGiuratoMarquette 81, Syracuse 72Panic. Spelled B-O-E-H-E-I-M. Point GuardScoop Jardine6-2, 190, JR.12.9 PPG, 5.6 APGDwight BuycksAdvertisementThis is placeholder text6-3, 190, SR.10.7 PPG, 3.9 APGBuycks is a steady senior point guard who has a 1.82 assist-to-turnover ratio. That doesn’t best Jardine’s 2.0 ratio, but heading into this game, Jardine has looked like anything but a seasoned point guard.Shooting GuardBrandon Triche6-4, 205, SO.10.3 PPG, 3.1 APGDarius Johnson-Odom6-2, 215, JR.16.5 PPG, 2.7 APGIt doesn’t get any easier for the top of the Orange’s 2-3 zone after Jeremy Hazell shredded it Tuesday. Johnson-Odom is perhaps the most underrated guard in the conference, and his slashing will test Triche and Scoop Jardine’s defensive will early.Small ForwardKris Joseph6-7, 210, JR.15.1 PPG, 4.9 RPGJimmy Butler6-7, 220, JR.15.5 PPG, 6.4 RPGButler led the Golden Eagles with 21 points on 50 percent shooting from the field and 100 percent shooting from the line in the tough loss to Connecticut Tuesday. He is the do-everything player who will log 33 to 38 minutes.Power ForwardRick Jackson6-9, 240, SR.13.1 PPG, 11.8 RPGJae Crowder6-6, 225, JR.13.0 PPG, 6.9 RPGCrowder could be the Golden Eagles’ X-factor against the SU zone, finding seams everywhere from the 3-point line to the block. He is a jack-of-all-trades who shoots 41 percent from 3, yet he hauls in seven rebounds per game.CenterFab Melo7-0, 44, FR.2.1 PPG, 1.9 RPGChris Otule6-11, 260, SO.4.8 PPG, 2.5 RPGOtule is one of the Big East’s young starting centers who most closely resemble Melo. He only plays about 14 minutes per game, but in those minutes the sophomore does much more than Melo, averaging close to five points per game on 60 percent shooting.CoachJim Boeheim848-296, 34 seasonsBuzz Williams74-45, 3 seasonsWilliams is 0-2 vs. Boeheim, but he has found a way of holding his own during his time in the Big East. He’s 27-17 in the conference since taking over prior to the 2008-09 season and has had success against some of the top teams in the league.Free throws• Saturday’s game will be played on National Marquette Day, a day designated for fans to show off their Marquette pride.• Marquette is 0-5 vs. Syracuse since joining the Big East prior to the 2005 season. Since then, the Golden Eagles have beaten Big East powers Connecticut, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Georgetown, West Virginia and Villanova.• Marquette’s four leading scorers have shot 108-of-269 (40 percent) from 3-point range this season. Syracuse has struggled to stop shooters during its current losing streak.Stat to know: 2006The last year Syracuse lost four consecutive games. SU will try to break its three-game losing skid against Marquette.Big number: 22The margin by which Marquette beat then-No. 11 Notre Dame inside the Bradley Center on Jan. 10. Published on January 26, 2011 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

School of Pharmacy adds new degree

first_imgPhoto from USC School of Pharmacy websiteThe USC School of Pharmacy launched a new bachelor’s of science degree in pharmacology and drug development starting this semester.The major primarily focuses on clinical pharmacology and will teach students about the basic receptor targets in the human body, how pharmaceutical drugs act on those targets and how one should think about a patient.The major was developed by Daryl Davies, a professor at the School of Pharmacy, and will make USC one of only five universities nationwide to offer an undergraduate program in pharmacology.Davies says that although many students are thoroughly prepared in the fields of biology, chemistry and biochemistry, they do not understand how to utilize all of these sciences when considering a patient.“We didn’t have a solid major that trained students how drugs worked in the body, why we need prescription drugs, why a particular dose works well in one person, but not well in another, why we have side effects and why is it that thousands of people die every year from drug-drug interactions and improperly prescribed drugs,” Davies said.The pharmacology degree intends to arm its students with the necessary skills for a future in their desired field.“The new major is designed to prepare USC undergraduates for advanced clinical training in health-related fields including pharmacy, medicine and dentistry,” said Michele Keller, the director of communications for the School of Pharmacy, in an e-mail to the Daily Trojan. “It will also lead to new opportunities for students who are considering careers in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries.”Some undergraduates students have already taken the opportunity to switch into the new major. Annie Xie, a sophomore who recently switched into the pharmacology program from biology, believes that the program is suitable for students with a wide variety of aspirations.“I think USC students might be interested to know that the pharmacology and drug development major is not exclusive to pre-pharmacy students,” Xie said. “I think that all future clinicians — doctors, nurses, dentists and pharmacists — could benefit from the classes offered in this major.”After graduation, Xie hopes to pursue a doctorate in pharmacy at USC, and she believes her major will thoroughly prepare her for the next step in her career.The new program also offers a number of new courses designed specifically for non-science majors, such as “Pharmacology and Sociology of Drug Abuse” and “21st Century Medical Issues and the Law.”last_img read more

Battle for places on Tipp team

first_imgTipp supporters can look forward to seeing a fresh, re-energised Tipperary team to face Westmeath tomorrow evening.The Leinster side travel to Semple stadium to face the Premier in the first round of the hurling qualifiers.Following in the wake of the disappointing 1-26 to 2-27 defeat suffered at the hands of Cork in a Munster quarter-final five weeks ago, Tipp have given championship debuts to goalkeeper Daragh Mooney and defenders Tomás Hamill and Joe O’Dwyer. Former Tipp hurling manager and Tipp FM analyst Ken Hogan says the starting 15 will be hoping to hold on to their jerseys for the rest of the championship.Throw-in is at 5 o’clock tomorrow evening at Semple and Tipp FM will have full live coverage in association with Mulcahy Car Sales Ardcroney, Nenagh and Spar Express, Maxol Filling Station, Turtulla. Thurles.last_img read more

Robin van Persie feeling terrible after Holland lose to Turkey

first_imgTurkey dealt a hammer blow to already faint Dutch chances of qualifying for Euro 2016 with a 3-0 home victory on Sunday which left the Netherlands in fourth place in Group A.First-half goals by Oguzhan Ozyakup and Arda Turan put the hosts in charge and 85th minute effort by Burak Yilmaz sealed the points for Turkey who moved two points above the Dutch into third spot.Last week’s shock loss at home to Iceland had already left the Netherlands in real danger of missing their first European Championship for three decades, but if manager Danny Blind was hoping for an immediate response from his players he would have been disappointed.It was another desperately laboured performance and they rarely looked like dragging themselves themselves back into the game after falling behind.With the Czech Republic winning to move ahead of Iceland, who play Kazakhstan later, the Netherlands can no longer finish in the top two and will have to win both of their last two games to have any chance of a playoff spot.Holland striker Robin van Persie admitted to feeling terrible after Sunday’s 3-0 Group A defeat to Turkey, but vowed to ensure victory in their final two games. Realistically, Holland not only need to win their games against bottom-side Kazakhstan and table-toppers the Czech Republic, they also hope that other results go their way.Overall, their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign has not at all gone to plan – four defeats in eight – with new coach Danny Blind’s first game resulting in a 1-0 defeat to Iceland last Thursday.On Sunday, Arda Turan inspired the Turks in his 57-minute spell on the field. A first-half blitz saw him set up a goal for Oguzhan Ozyakup and score one himself.A disappointed Van Persie, speaking to Dutch outlet NOS after the game, said qualification was no longer in the team’s hands and added: “It’s terrible. I think that’s really awful. “This whole qualification scenario looks very difficult, but we still have opportunities. We need to continue until the end anyway and win the last two games.”Burak Yilmaz rounded off the victory for Turkey with the third goal five minutes from time, with Van Persie, who had linked up well with the likes of Memphis Depay and Wesley Sneijder, saying: “Does this hurt? I guess you could say so, yes.”In the first half we had control despite the two unfortunate moments. We were good on the ball and created chances.”Daley Blind was the guilty man for Turkey’s second goal, as he had failed to control a throw-in before Arda managed to muscle himself through and slot past Jasper Cillessen.The Manchester United player’s father and coach Danny said: “We sell ourselves short by giving goals away so easily. “At the wrong times, in the early stages, we made mistakes. I had hoped that we would be better on the day.”–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more