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

Public Memorial for Jonah Lomu

first_imgThe iconic winger died suddenly last week at the age of just 40.A public memorial service has been announced by the country’s prime minister.It’ll be at Auckland’s Eden Park stadium next Monday – a day before his private funeral.last_img

Josh Gordon deletes Instagram account after latest NFL suspension over substance abuse

first_imgJosh Gordon is an amazing player but has personal struggles that are real and with us ⁦@uninterrupted⁩ he really opened up and explained detailed his struggles— Maverick Carter (@mavcarter) December 17, 2019 Colin DCunha Written By This was far from Josh Gordon’s first suspension in the NFL. The former Super Bowl champion was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 2012. Just one season later, Josh Gordon was handed his first suspension for violation of the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. This suspension was then followed by a slew of suspensions. Josh Gordon served a one-year suspension in 2015, which was then followed by a move to the New England Patriots in 2018. In December that year, he was once again suspended for violating the NFL’s drug policy. Earlier this year, Josh Gordon was waived off by the Patriots. The Seahawks then opted to claim him off waivers at the beginning of November.Also Read | Drew Brees Makes NFL History As Saints Go Marching With 34-7 Win Over Rudderless ColtsAlso Read | NFL Playoffs: AFC, NFC Standings After Week 15 That Witnessed Multiple Records Being Made Last Updated: 18th December, 2019 17:18 IST Josh Gordon Deletes Instagram Account After Latest NFL Suspension Over Substance Abuse Seahawks wide receiver Josh Gordon has been handed an indefinite suspension for violation of the NFL’s substance-abuse and performance-enhancing drug policy. First Published: 18th December, 2019 17:18 IST Josh Gordon’s indefinite suspension from NFL has been followed by an indefinite absence from social media. The Seattle Seahawks wide receiver was suspended by his team after he was found in violation of the NFL’s substance-abuse and performance-enhancing drug policy. It now appears that Josh Gordon has deleted his Instagram page after his latest suspension.Also Read | Josh Gordon Handed Indefinite Suspension For Violating NFL’s Substance Abuse PolicySeattle Seahawks wide receiver goes missing from social mediaJosh Gordon featured for the Seattle Seahawks during the win over Carolina Panthers in their NFL Week 15 matchup. In fact, the former Super Bowl champion had an impressive 58-yard reception during that game. Incidentally, the Seattle Seahawks’ win over the Panthers also clinched their NFL Playoffs spot this season. However, it now appears that Josh Gordon will play no part in their Week 16 and Week 17 fixtures after his latest suspension.Also Read | NFL Pro Bowl 2020 Rosters: Baltimore Ravens Tie Pro Bowl Record, Lamar Jackson Leadscenter_img COMMENT SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE FOLLOW USlast_img read more