Notre Dame News: Things to Know

first_imgUniversity in national spotlight over sexual assault cases In 2015, CNN released a documentary, “The Hunting Ground,” which examined how colleges and universities mishandle sexual assault cases. Featuring Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame, the documentary highlighted multiple cases where the University and the College failed to respond to reports by Saint Mary’s students who accused Notre Dame students of sexual assault. The documentary inspired activism by students, faculty and alumni to urge the College and the University to change their practices regarding sexual assault. In 2017, “The Hunting Ground” producer Amy Ziering spoke on campus at a Student Union Board event.University involved in legal battles In 2012, the University sued the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, seeking an exemption from the Obamacare requirement that employers provide contraceptive access. The suit and its appeals were ultimately unsuccessful. In 2015, ESPN sued the University for access to police records on student athletes accused of crimes. An appellate court sided with ESPN, saying NDSP was a public agency subject to open records laws, but it is unclear which records the network will get and when. As a result of the suit, a bill was introduced in the Indiana state legislature intended to clarify open records laws, but was vetoed by then-Governor Mike Pence.First official LGBT student organization formedIn 2013, campus saw the first meetings of PrismND, Notre Dame’s first official organization for LGBT students. Students had been attempting to start such an organization for decades, and after a months-long review of resources for the LGBT community at Notre Dame — resulting in a pastoral plan — PrismND was approved.Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, who built ND for 50 years, dies in 2015 During Hesburgh’s 30-year presidency, women were admitted to the University and laypeople to the board of trustees, and Notre Dame’s national profile rose. The Holy Cross priest — who was photographed arm-in-arm with Martin Luther King Jr. and said a Mass in the then-Soviet Union, was a campus institution — students considered it an honor to visit his office on the 14th floor of the library named after him. When he died at 97, U.S. presidents and Nobel Prize winners offered condolences. He left a legacy of civil rights activism and academic freedom in Catholic education, as well as a premier Catholic research university.Football team goes to 2013 national championship  After years of mediocre football at Notre Dame Stadium, the storyline changed dramatically in 2012, when the Irish posted a perfect regular season en route to a BCS National Championship Game loss to Alabama. A lights-out defense, led by Heisman Trophy runner-up linebacker Manti Te’o, propelled the Irish to the title game, but Notre Dame failed to mount a challenge in South Florida, falling 42-14 to the Crimson Tide on the season’s biggest stage.University starts new construction projectsThe past several years saw much construction and renovation. Campus Crossroads, a $400-million project that added academic departments and student spaces to the football stadium, began in 2014 and is scheduled to be completed in 2017. In 2015, Hesburgh Library began a renovation which gave several floors a more open plan. Two new dorm buildings, Flaherty and Dunne Halls, were built, as was McCourtney Hall, a research building. Jenkins Hall, which will house the Keough School of Global Affairs, is slated to open in Fall 2017.New college created for the first time in decadesIn 2014, the University announced the creation of the Keough School of Global Affairs, which will offer academic programs for undergraduate and graduate students, work with Notre Dame’s centers abroad and other internationally-focused institutes and offer a new Masters in Global Affairs.University adjusts Notre Dame Core CurriculumEvery 10 years, the University reviews its Core Curriculum, the set of courses that every student must take. The process began in 2014, briefly sparking fears that the University theology requirement would be reduced or eliminated. A Core Curriculum committee solicited ideas and feedback from the Notre Dame community and in November 2015 released its recommendations, proposing a revision that would reduce the total number of core courses and require students to take classes in broader categories such as “quantitative analysis” and “aesthetic analysis,” as opposed to math or fine arts. The University released a final report of changes to be implemented for the freshman class of 2022 in the fall of 2018. PE course replaced with Moreau First-Year Experience For decades, Notre Dame required its freshmen to pass a swim test or take swimming lessons, as well as complete a physical education course. For the incoming class of 2019 those requirements were eliminated to some controversy. The replacement was the Moreau First-Year Experience, a one-credit class that addressed aspects of wellness, cultural competence and student life.Biden, Boehner receive prestigious Laetare Medal amid outcry The Laetare Medal is considered one of the most prestigious awards for American Catholics. The 2016 medal was jointly awarded to Vice President Joe Biden and former Speaker of the House John Boehner, a gesture by University President Fr. John Jenkins to encourage bipartisan dialogue. The award sparked an outcry among students, alumni and conservative groups, who criticized the decision to award the pro-choice Vice President and the pro-death penalty Speaker. Both politicians attended the 2016 commencement ceremony and received the medal.Vice President Mike Pence speaks to 2017 graduates, students walk out in protestRather than hosting the sitting president as Notre Dame’s Commencement speaker during his first year in office — a decision that ignited controversy when Barack Obama spoke in 2009 — the University invited current Vice President and former Governor of Indiana Mike Pence to be its 2017 Commencement speaker. The selection of Pence as Commencement speaker was met with widespread protest across campus. Students cited Pence’s record on LGBT issues as a particular point of contention and organized a rainbow pride flag drive to show solidarity against Pence. These flags, a symbol of the LGBT community, were hung from windows throughout campus. During the Commencement ceremony, approximately 100 graduates stood and exited Notre Dame stadium as Pence began his address.Tags: Barack Obama, Campus Crossroads Project, Core Curriculum, ESPN lawsuit, Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, Keough School of Global Affairs, Laetare Medal, Mike Pence, Moreau First Year Experience, PrismND, The Hunting Ground, Welcome Weekend, Welcome Weekend 2017last_img read more

Inter Milan to open new contract talks with Lautaro Martinez

first_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 But Inter are desperate to keep the player and are willing to improve Martinez’s contract substantially in order to hike the price of any potential exit. The former Racing Club frontman is viewed by Barca as a long-term replacement for Luis Saurez at the Nou Camp, with the former Liverpool starting to have his fair share of injury problems. read also:Victor Moses delighted to be part of Inter Milan win: We’re a family United, meanwhile, are expected to sign a new central striker this summer after failing to replace Romelu Lukaku this season. The striker emerged as a January transfer window target for Manchester United and Barcelona, but now Inter are hoping to fend off any summer bids by upping the player’s release clause, according Mundo Deportivo. The 22-year-old has a contract with the Serie A giants until 2023, but there is a two-week window in July where he can leave for €111m, if that price is met.Advertisement Inter Milan are reportedly ready to open new contract talks with Lautaro Martinez in a bid to raise his exit clause beyond the €111million mark. Loading…last_img read more

Cardiff set for board meeting

first_img Press Association The loss of Moody has placed Mackay’s position under scrutiny but Press Association Sport understands the Scot has no intention of resigning, and the club have denied reports Mackay was asked to leave his post. Cardiff’s Malaysian owner Tan has handed Moody’s duties on an acting basis to 23-year-old Kazakhstani Alisher Apsalyamov. Apsalyamov is thought to be a friend of Tan’s son and appears to have no previous experience in football. He joined the club in February but his name does not appear on a list of key staff members on the club’s official website. Tan previously caused consternation among Bluebirds’ fans by changing the club’s playing kit from blue to red and heavily altering their crest in 2012. The club have yet to comment on the reasons for Moody’s removal, although it is believed Tan felt the club had overspent during the summer transfer window. The Cardiff City Supporters’ Trust has expressed its concern the club could lose their highly-rated and popular Scottish boss. Chairman Tim Hartley said: ”Fans will be concerned with the recent behind-the-scenes developments at Cardiff City which appear to put into question the future of our manager, Malky Mackay. ”Supporters are surprised that someone who appears to have little hands-on experience has been put in charge of transfers at the football club. ”Fans want Malky Mackay, who has done a fantastic job as manager taking the club to the Premier League, to remain at Cardiff City. ”We don’t want to see any action taken to undermine his position as manager and Cardiff City’s efforts to have a successful first season in the top division.” The meeting is believed to have been scheduled prior to Moody being suspended and subsequently placed on gardening leave, but that topic is certain to be on the agenda as he was one of manager Malky Mackay’s most-trusted lieutenants. Chief executive Simon Lim is expected to attend, but it is understood owner Vincent Tan will not be present. Cardiff are due to hold a board meeting on Monday in the wake of the removal of Iain Moody as head of recruitment, Press Association Sport understands.last_img read more

HP and 3Com: The Cloud, China and $1 Billion for the New Enterprise

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#web alex williams Related Posts center_img The quarter begins today for the business world, and for Hewlett Packard it is the start of a new race. Especially as today officially marks the day it can start integrating 3Com into the company.3Com’s fiscal year ended May 30. Until now, the two companies have had to perform one of those elaborate dances that comes before the ceremony is official.It also marks another point in HP’s challenge to Cisco. HP has been catching up to the networking giant in the past year, preaching about a simpler network for the enterprise. Now we’ll see if the merger can help the company achieve that goal.Today marks a point in HP’s efforts to adapt to the changing nature of the enterprise. The company announced it would be spending $1 billion in restructuring to gear itself to provide enterprise services.Eyes on CiscoTaking a look back at the past year, you can see HP’s focus on Cisco. This is what HP Senior VP Marius Haas had to say in his opening keynote at Interop in May of last year:“Users are saying their networks are overly complicated, proprietary, expensive, and they are held hostage with no choices,” Haas said. “There’s no reason there can’t be change driven by industry standards that puts customers back in control. There needs to be a catalyst though, with the willpower to make that change in the industry. HP is going to be that driving force.”3Com saw the same seam in the market before being acquired by HP. It too talked about offering simple alternative to the complex, proprietary technology offered by Cisco.HP has HP ProCurve, its Ethernet switching product that has helped it become the number two vendor behind Cisco. 3Com is a long-time Cisco rival. Prior to the merger, 3Com offered three brands: small business gear, H3C enterprise equipment and Tipping Point security tools. So, where does this bring things today? HP is positioning itself for the changing nature of the data center and all the networking technologies that will be increasingly required as the stack moves to the cloud. Increasingly, we see vendors that are trying to assemble a soup-to-nuts portfolio that includes networking, servers, storage, virtualization and automated management. HP is undoubtedly restructuring, thinking how it can adapt and win in this period of massive disruption. 3Com fits into that plan. So, can they do it? ChinaFirst things first. One of the biggest challenges for HP will come with H3C, the alliance between 3Com and Huawei.From Twilight in the Valley of the Nerds:“One major part of 3Com that will be slower to digest than others is H3C, the former China-based joint venture between 3Com and Huawei that evolved into 3Com’s R&D engine. H3C was a prime attraction for HP in its pursuit of 3Com, both for its relatively inexpensive engineering personnel and for its account presence and market share in China.One reason for H3C’s success in China was that it was viewed as a Chinese company by China’s government. In China, that distinction is not insignificant. As China continues to pursue a policy of “indigenous innovation” that will see it favor companies and products of demonstrably Chinese provenance, HP’s ownership of a “Chinese company” might prove critical in allowing it to compete effectively for customer patronage in the country and to qualify for cost-saving government programs.”The reality is that every one of the tech giants has assorted challenges with its mergers. HP has its own challenges in China. How that will play out in the cloud is too early to tell. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Fire Stations to be Refurbished

first_imgFire fighters in some rural parishes will soon enjoy improved working conditions, as the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development moves to refurbish a number of fire stations.This was disclosed by State Minister in the Ministry, Hon. Colin Fagan, during his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives, on June 25.“Our fire fighters have, for years, been very patient with us as leaders. I want to extend my personal gratitude to them for having recognised the financial limitations of the Ministry over the years, and to assure them that strident efforts are being made to address the situation,” he said.Mr. Fagan informed that among those fire stations to undergo repairs is the one in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland. He said a technical team from the Ministry has visited the location and has carried out the necessary modifications to the original drawing and completed the proposals for the adjustments.“A structural engineer is working on a design, while other processes leading to and including tendering and selection of a contractor are expected to be completed within two months of the approval of the engineer’s drawing; thereafter work will commence,” he said.The Ministry is also advancing plans to renovate the St. Ann’s Bay Fire Station, which is due to start in August.In Manchester, minor repairs will be carried out on the Christiana Fire Station.Mr. Fagan said documentation for the commencement of the project is being prepared.Additionally, the roof of the Frankfield Fire Station in Clarendon is to be replaced. “The documentation for the start of that project is also presently being prepared,” the State Minister said.Contact: Athaliah Reynolds-Bakerlast_img read more

Crew members hurt when Via Rail passenger train derails in Saskatchewan

first_imgHUDSON BAY, Sask. – Via Rail Canada says two locomotives and a baggage car on a train going from Winnipeg to The Pas in northern Manitoba derailed overnight in a remote area of east-central Saskatchewan.The Crown rail company said Train 693 was carrying 16 passengers and five crew members when the accident happened shortly after 3:00 a.m. Thursday, 37 kilometres north of the town of Hudson Bay.Marie-Anna Murat, a Via spokeswoman, said the engines and baggage car in the eight-unit train ended up on their side.“All (five) passenger cars remained upright,” she said.Preliminary information showed two crew members suffered minor injuries. It also indicated no passengers were hurt.Via said everyone aboard was taken to the Hudson Bay Health Care Facility to be assessed and treated, if needed, and had all been discharged.Via was offering trauma counselling to passengers and crew, and set up a telephone hotline (1-877-747-0707) for people wanting information on family members who were on the train.Alexandre Fournier, a spokesman for the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, said the train was going about 50 km/h when it hit a section of track that had washed out.Murat said Via couldn’t confirm a washout.“I know there was flooding in the area, but the accident is under investigation and as of now we don’t know the cause. The area is very remote,” she said.Passenger rail service between Winnipeg and Gillam, Man., has been suspended until further notice.Fournier said TSB investigators were on their way to the scene.last_img read more

The FOLD literary festival draws the book world to Brampton May 36

center_img Up in the northwest end of Toronto next weekend — May 3-6 — you’ll find one of the most exciting literary events in town. Now heading into its third annual event, The FOLD, a festival that focuses on literary diversity, has been making waves. Thirty authors — from Omar El Akkad to Kim Thuy to Sharon Bala — will appear, and they’ve just announced a multi-year partnership with Audible. Going into this third annual FOLD, the Star asked founder Jael Richardson:Are you where you wanted to be at this point?I’m surprised at how well it’s been received on some levels. We get a lot of support, a lot of excitement and enthusiasm; I think we still struggle to get people to buy tickets, (but) some people and some communities are super excited and have latched on very quickly. There have been book clubs, people who said they thought it was for diverse people (only) — diverse authors for diverse communities. For change to really happen we have to get everybody to be seeing this as a festival that they can attend and want to attend. And I think we still have some room to grow in that area.” Facebook Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

One of them has been tortured another is surround

first_imgOne of them has been tortured; another is surrounded by armed men and trapped; and the third is hiding ten thousand miles away, in fear of his life. And what were their crimes? Telling the truth. Talk about a sick commentary on the modern world. For those who didn’t know, Ed Snowden is the young man who released evidence of the US government purposely trashing the Constitution that they swore to protect. Coming on the heels of the press surveillance, Verizon, IRS, and Boundless Informant scandals, his information on project Prism has capped off quite a run. Whether Americans still have the emotional strength to give a damn, or they are simply looking for reasons to believe, is another question, but this young man is a hero of the highest order. So is Julian Assange and so is Bradley Manning. They released the truth about what they saw happening. And the gigantic operations are threatening their lives because they do not want you to know the truth. Let me quote Jesus here: Everyone who does evil hates the light, and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does what is true comes to the light, that it may be clearly seen that his deeds have been wrought in God. So, who’s on which side of this issue? The haters of light proclaim that they see more than you do, know more than you do, and are wiser than you. And they go further: first demanding that you give them your money, and then that you thank them for keeping you in the dark. What would you think if someone who proposed that to you as a business deal? Yet, these people proclaim that they are empowered to do dark deeds by the great LAW. When questioned, they quote dozens of statutes and rulings and regulations. Yet, it all crumbles as soon as anyone refers to the original and paramount law. That “supreme law” reads: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated. That paramount law does not say, “unless you have appropriate statutes, or rulings, or executive orders, or international treaties, or other impressive scraps of paper.” It says shall not be violated. In response, they call you stupid, uneducated, and deceived. Then they will threaten you. Their threats, of course, have to be taken seriously. After all, they’ve purchased how many billion bullets in the past couple of years? And how many people have they tortured in Cuba? And how many violent, international kidnappings have they undertaken under the more pleasant term of “rendition”? And they claim to be righteous. Don’t you believe it. When Snowden, Assange, and Manning walk free, you can reconsider. But until these three truth-tellers are publicly thanked, these agencies – no matter how many dollars and guns and agents they have – are the enemies of light and truth. [A note to my religious friends: Don’t you dare try to say that these agencies are agents of God’s will. By doing so, you are calling Jesus a liar.] Paul Rosenberg The Dangers of Telling the Truth: Snowden, Assange, and Manning FreemansPerspective.comlast_img read more