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

Local ISP’s meet to discuss implementation of internet exchange point for Dominica

first_imgLocalNews Local ISP’s meet to discuss implementation of internet exchange point for Dominica by: – May 27, 2011 Sharing is caring! Photo credit: sciencereligionnews.blogspot.comLocal internet service providers (ISP’s) in Dominica met at the Garraway Hotel to form a tax force to implement an internet exchange point for the country.The meeting which is being hosted by the National Telecoms Regulatory Commission (NTRC) will allow service providers to exchange internet traffic locally.Officials say the ISP mean that Dominicans will pay less money and time for date exchange.Marpin 2k4, Sat Telecoms, LIME and Digicel were among participants in today’s workshop.Bevel Wooding-of Parquet Clearing House-a research institute that supports operations and analysis in the areas of internet traffic exchange.The Dominica Labour Party government has said it is supporting the implementation of an ISP for Dominica.Dominica Vibes News Share Sharecenter_img Tweet 13 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

Freshman Alex Steigelfest is emerging as one of Nicky Adams’ leaders for the future

first_img Published on October 1, 2019 at 11:13 pm Contact Tim: tnolan@syr.edu When Santa Monica (California) High School trailed 2-0 after allowing its second first-half goal, then-senior forward Alex Steigelfest watched as her teammates’ heads dropped.At halftime, she waited for head coach Jimmy Chapman to leave the huddle before stepping up herself. She wasn’t a captain, she wasn’t the team’s best player, but for one of the final times of her high school career, Steigelfest gave her go-to pep talk.“Regroup, gather your thoughts, focus on the game and nothing else,” Steigelfest remembers saying. “We are here for one purpose and one reason only, and that’s to win and give it your all.”Instead of its second defeat to Palos Verdes in several days, Santa Monica scored three second-half goals to capture its first South Torrance Holiday Tournament in school history. Steigelfest recorded an assist in the final and was named to the All-Tournament team.Now a freshman forward for Syracuse (2-6-2, 0-2-1 Atlantic Coast), Steigelfest has appeared in six matches, including a start and a career-high 73 minutes played against Fordham on Sept. 15. While she’s yet to make an impact on the stat sheet, she’s made an impression on her coaches and teammates as a leader – despite never being named a captain in her soccer career.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I would say it’s something that developed over time,” her father, David Steigelfest, said. “She’s always been very dedicated in soccer.”Steigelfest began playing soccer as a 5-year-old in Santa Monica. She displayed an unrivaled work ethic from the start, David said. However, she was also more reserved, unlike the typical captain in youth sports.Her freshman year of high school, Steigelfest solely played junior varsity. By sophomore year, she earned varsity minutes but didn’t start. The Vikings won their conference, the Oceanic League, behind tremendous leadership from their seniors, Steigelfest said. Leadership that was absent as Steigelfest became an upperclassmen. The following season, Steigelfest started occasionally but not consistently enough to wear the captain’s armband.Karleigh Merritt-Henry | Digital Design EditorWhile Steigelfest denies being disappointed when she wasn’t named a captain as a senior, David sensed she truly felt otherwise. He reinforced to his daughter that high school soccer wasn’t the “end-all, be-all.” She was a strong student and an accomplished violinist, but her first passion was soccer, and she had already committed to playing at SU.No designated captain on the Vikings took a real leadership role her senior year, Steigelfest said, so she decided to take initiative. She brought a whole new demeanor to the pitch, being much more vocal and energized like that January match against Palos Verdes.While David refuses to take credit, Steigelfest insists she’s just following her father’s example, who’s “been the boss throughout his whole life,” she said.David, the founder of esports-startup Super League Gaming, graduated from SU in 1989. One time, David took a picture of his daughter wearing a No. 44 jersey when she was four years old. She decided to follow him when she committed at the end of her junior year, in May 2018.From the first day of preseason at Syracuse, Steigelfest’s character made an impression on her teammates and coaches. Georgia Allen, whom head coach Nicky Adams has called the team’s “ultimate professional,” was particularly struck by the freshman’s awareness.“She’s very good at one-to-one, checking in with you,” Allen said.“Alex California,” as Allen refers to her, also struck a chord with the senior midfielder for her attention to detail. Steigelfest values tidiness of the locker room and accountability, regardless of a player’s role on the team.Adams was hesitant to speculate about Steigelfest’s future, but Steigelfest may one day get the armband she’s never had.“She has a lot of growth to do as a soccer player,” Adams said, “but as a person she’s got it handled 100%.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more