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Barclay banks OUSU Presidency

first_imgDaniel Lowe said of his election for VP Charities and Communities, “I’m incredibly happy that I managed to get elected when I had no campaign team and I had some very, very committed activists. I had no campaign manager, I’ve never run a contested election before, I’m incredibly shocked I managed to win.”The two-week campaign was marred by a series of fines imposed by the returning officer Oliver Linch for breaches of OUSU campaign rules. Jake Leeper’s campaign was fined eleven times and was ordered to pay a total of £82.25, including one fine of £10 for unauthorised election material. The Barclay campaign received three fines, amounting to £7.95. In one case, Barclay’s team was forced to pay a penalty of £2.50 after Barclay’s girlfriend, a Durham University student, posted a Facebook status urging people to vote for her boyfriend.The “Another Education Is Possible” slate faced a delay in launching their campaign after difficulties with poster printing. There was some confusion with stamping the posters, but Ben Kindler, candidate for International Students Officer said he felt his campaign was unaffected but the hold-up.Though both Presidential candidates campaigned under the promise to make OUSU relevant to the student body, Barclay has a big task to make this a reality.A Christ Church first year said she had no idea about what OUSU does. “I don’t know what OUSU actually does for me individually, I don’t know enough about the people involved. I could find out, but it’s not pinned up in front of my face.”A Hertford student added, “It’s quite important that we get represented to the NUS because that’s our main body, especially because of tuition fees going up, we need someone or some people to look after our interests. People aren’t interested because of the press it gets that it’s inefficient and doesn’t really do anything, but if that changed people would be interested.“Hertford recently voted to stay affiliated by quite a large margin so people want it to be better and really want to get involved.”Another student said, “It’s important that they’re a student governing body that represents who we are and protects basic rights of students to improve the standard of living.”One St Catz first year added, “I’ve not had much experience with OUSU and our JCR Committee seem to do everything for us. OUSU is not that present in our daily lives I guess. I don’t even know what they are responsible for.”Hertford’s husts were cancelled due to lack of interest.Sarah Burton, OUSU rep at Herford said, “I think this reflects the general indifference towards OUSU at Hertford at the moment. In a JCR meeting a week ago we came very close to disaffiliating. As OUSU rep for the last year I have been aware that Hertford JCR feels very disconnected to OUSU and has no idea, or little interest in, what they actually do.”However, many students interviewed by Cherwell felt that OUSU had an important role to play, but hadn’t yet filled its potential. One student commented, “I think the elections are quite important, but obviously there are a lot of problems with OUSU and it’s not representing the students as well as it should.”Lukas Wallrich at Merton added, “I think engaging students more into OUSU affairs should be a core task of those newly elected – including all OUSU reps.” David Barclay was elected the President of Oxford University Student Union following a closely fought campaign.1712 people voted for Barclay, whilst Jake Leeper gathered 1133 votes. 123 people wanted to re-open the nomination.2968 people voted in the election, just 15% of those eligible. The turn out was down 22% on last year’s election.Other candidates on Barclay’s slate to be elected were Alex Bulfin, VP Access and Academic Affairs and Katharine Terrell, VP Women. VP Charities and Communities went to the independent candidate Daniel Lowe and Tom Perry will be the next VP welfare.All the unopposed candidates were elected.David Barclay said, “I feel fantastic. I think [what swung] it was the team that we had. We had an incredibly diverse group of people across Oxford working incredibly hard for us and it was only through their efforts that we managed to get people turned out and to get people excited.“The next step is to remember that I have a degree. I have a meeting at 9.15 tomorrow to talk about my thesis. But once that is sorted out the next step is to work hard this year obviously to survive my degree and then start thinking about what we can do next year.”Barclay, who campaigned under the slogan, “Making Oxford work for students”, pledged to create a university-wide discount card, establish a housing fair in the town hall, and lobby the university for new OUSU headquarters in central Oxford.Katharine Terrell, VP for Women-elect said, “I feel really happy. Still a bit weirded out, it doesn’t feel quite real. Absolutely looking forward to getting stuck into the job. I’m just going to talk to a lot of people and make sure I know what I’m doing next year. I’m really excited.”last_img read more

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Hertford becomes ninth college to create JCR class representative

first_imgHertford College JCR has passed a motion to create a ‘Class Rep’, joining eight other colleges with similar roles.The motion was passed on Sunday to give working class students an “explicit voice in issues and debates within the common room”.According to the JCR’s constitution, which was amended to cater for the new role, the class representative will “have overall responsibility within the common room to represent working class, low income, state comp educated, and first gen students so that they may participate as fully as they wish in university and college life without fear of offence, intimidation, or discrimination.”Grace Davis, who proposed the motion, said having a Class Rep was “about ensuring that Hertford is open to students regardless of their class background.“Representation goes a long way towards creating an inclusive atmosphere.“On a college level, this will create a position whose role it will be to address concerns for these students, and push the college to work on being more inclusive where it needs be.”One Hertford student, who did not wish to be named, said the vote “sent a message” to people who “feel like they don’t belong because of their background”.However, they added that the public nature of the meeting may have caused those opposed to the motion to “hold back”.Class Act – the Oxford SU campaign for low income, working class, first generation, and state comprehensive educated students – told Cherwell that they “wholeheartedly supports the creation of class officer roles on common room committees, which is why we have written a draft motion for common rooms to use and have held a meeting to support those looking to propose motions.“Creating class officer roles is an important step because, in our university’s collegiate structure, representation and support is essential at the college level as well as at the university level.”None of the three worst performing colleges for state school admissions – Christ Church, Trinity, and St. Peter’s – have a Class Rep or similar position on their JCR committee.Lotte Gleeson, New College’s Access Rep, told Cherwell: “Seeing more and more colleges appointing class reps normalises talking about class in Oxford.“Hopefully in the near future the idea of appointing a class rep will no longer be met with opposition, and we will see class reps at colleges with worse access statistics than Hertford, like New College.”The University’s problems surrounding access and class came to national attention in October when data uncovered by David Lammy MP from a Freedom of Information request showed that Oxford admitted more students from the Home Counties than all of the major Northern cities combined.Lammy is now lobbying Oxford to give students from underperforming schools lower grade offers than those at top private schools.In November 2016, St Hilda’s JCR established Oxford’s first class liberation officer.The motion described working class students as “a liberation group who were not represented by a specific liberation officer on the committee – we thought it was time to change that!”last_img read more

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Council Agenda: Army Corps Update on Ocean City Beach Replenishment Project

first_imgAn Army Corps of Engineers contractor is staging equipment for a beach replenishment project expected to begin April 14. A pipeline lands on the beach just south of 42nd Street in Ocean City, NJ.Representatives of the federal Army Corps of Engineers will update City Council on Thursday on the proposed schedule for a beach replenishment project between 36th and 59th streets in Ocean City, NJ.The report will be part of the public City Council meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. April 9 in Council Chambers on the third floor of City Hall.The project is tentatively scheduled to begin on April 14. Read more: South End Beach Project to Start and End Ahead of Schedule.Thursday’s council meeting also includes the following items that might be of interest:Skateboard Park Bids: City Council will consider a resolution seeking bids on construction of a skateboard park on a city-owned parking lot on the 500 block of Asbury Avenue. Read more: Ocean City Skateboard Park Still on Track to Open by Summer.Dredging Project Change: City Council will consider a request for a change in an already approved contract with a company hired to remove dredge spoils from a site that is filled to capacity. Wickberg Marine had been approved to transport the spoils to help cap a municipal landfill in Wildwood, but the company says it can save Ocean City $100,000 by transporting it instead to Tuckahoe Turf Farms.See the full agenda packet below.Download (PDF, 1.96MB)last_img read more

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Mayor’s Update: Nov. 9

first_imgDear Friends,City Council last night approved the first reading of an ordinance that repeals the funding for the city’s proposed purchase of the Klause Enterprises property next to the Ocean City Community Center. My position on this issue has been the same from the beginning: I don’t want to see the property developed with more housing. I believe I’m representing the vast majority of citizens in this belief.I will ask representatives of the city to resume talks with all stakeholders. I want to make sure the city makes every effort to preserve the property before it’s too late.Residents in the neighborhood of our north end drainage project shared concerns about a property in the area that has no bulkhead – a potential limit to the effectiveness of the project. First, I want everybody to know that the project corrects many other failures in our aging storm drainage system that contribute to flooding in the neighborhood. Second, the project includes new street elevations that will help prevent tidal waters from breaching Bay Avenue. But most importantly, we are working with owners to make sure a continuous bulkhead is put in place along that section of bayfront.Our hydraulic dredging contractor continues to make good progress with work now complete at Clubhouse Lagoon and Bluefish Lagoon (on opposite sides of Waterway Road) and at Carnival Bayou and Venetian Bayou (on opposite sides of W. 17th Street). Work will now move into its final phase at Waterview near 34th Street. Mechanical dredging is finished at Snug Harbor and the Bay Bridge area near Ninth Street and at parts of Sunny Harbor. It will continue on the bayfront at Third Street and at other parts of Sunny Harbor and South Harbor. I’m excited to finally see tangible results from many years of hard work and investment in making our bay waters safe and accessible to all our residents and guests.Owners interested in learning more about contracting to have their private boat slips dredged can reach out to ACT Engineers at [email protected] on the neighborhood drainage project in the Fourth Ward will continue with activation of the pumping station at the end of 28th Street expected by the end of next week and at 30th Street and Haven Avenue the following week.Expect delays and detours along Bay Avenue between Second Street and Eighth Street for the next month as work crews lay pipe, pour concrete, elevate sections of the roadway and repave as part of the north end drainage project.I also want to congratulate Jon and Patty Talese. At an Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce awards ceremony on Tuesday, they will be named Citizens of the Year. The Taleses have contributed to the Downtown Merchants Association, the Ocean City Tourism Development Commission and other organizations throughout town. The ceremony on Tuesday also will recognize outstanding businesses in town. The Ocean City Board of Realtors has launched its Warmth for the Winter drive. They are collecting coats, sweaters, blankets, snow boots, hats, scarves and more for families in need.Donations can be dropped off at the Board of Realtors’ office at 405 22nd Street or you can call 609-399-0128 to arrange to have somebody pick up donations. Finally, I want to remind everybody that our annual Veterans Day ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Monday (Nov. 12) indoors at the Ocean City Tabernacle at 550 Wesley Avenue. I encourage everybody to attend and honor the men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.Warm regards,Mayor Jay A. Gillian Mayor Jay Gillianlast_img read more

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N.C. Man With Assault Weapon, Body Armor Arrested at Coast Guard Base

first_imgA North Carolina man was arrested at the U.S. Coast Guard base in Cape May for possession of an assault rifle and numerous rounds of ammunition.Dustin A. Peters, 25, of Wilmington, N.C., was charged with possession of assault firearms, unlawful possession of a handgun, possession of hollow point ammunition, high-capacity magazines and other weapons-related charges, Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Cape May City Police Chief Anthony Marino said in a joint press release.On Jan. 9, Peters was stopped by Coast Guard security for a routine security check on his vehicle at the entrance to the USCG Base TRACEN.During the check, Peters was found to be in possession of hollow point ammunition. He also had a handgun, an illegal assault rifle, numerous high-capacity magazines for the weapon, body armor and numerous rounds of ammunition, according to the release.It was determined during the course of the investigation that Peters came to the base to attend a graduation ceremony.U.S. Coast Guard Base TRACEN. (Photo courtesy Coast Guard Facebook page)Peters was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, unlawful possession of a machine gun, possession of an assault firearm, possession of a prohibited weapon, possession of hollow point ammunition and 10 counts of possession of high-capacity ammunition magazines.Authorities did not immediately disclose whether Peters was planning to do anything with the weapons.Peters was lodged in the Cape May County Correctional Facility pending court proceedings.The investigation was conducted by the Cape May Police Department, Coast Guard Police Department, Coast Guard Investigative Services, Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, and Federal Bureau of Investigation Joint Terrorism Task Force.Members of the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation Joint Terrorism Task Force were notified and responded to assist due to the types of weapons and ammunition found and that the incident occurred at a military base. Dustin Peters, 25, of North Carolina, was arrested at the entrance to the Coast Guard base in Cape May. (Photo courtesy Cape May County Sheriff’s Department)last_img read more

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Speech: Health and Social Care Secretary’s statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 15 May 2020

first_imgCoronavirus press conference (15 May 2020)Good afternoon and welcome to Downing Street for the daily coronavirus briefing.I’m joined by the Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Jenny Harries, and by NHS England’s Medical Director for Primary Care, Dr Nikki Kanani.I want to take this chance to update you on the latest coronavirus data. 2,353,078 tests for coronavirus have now been carried out in the UK, including 133,784 tests yesterday. 236,711 people have tested positive for the virus, an increase of 3,560 since yesterday. 10,024 people are currently in hospital with coronavirus. This is a 13% fall from the same time last week.And very sadly, of those who tested positive, across all settings, 33,998 people have now died. That’s an increase of 384 since yesterday. And we mourn each one. The number of deaths is falling each day, in all settings thankfully, and we are past the peak of this virus.I want to take a moment to remind everyone about our plans for this second phase. We have set up the new COVID Alert Level System. That’s the five levels of threat – based on the R value and the number of new cases. The alert level in turn guides the social distancing rules, which are vital in our efforts to control the virus.A higher alert level means stricter rules. Throughout the lockdown, we have been at level 4 which means that Covid-19 is in general circulation and transmission is high or rising exponentially.But, thanks to your shared sacrifice, we’ve brought R down. Cautiously, carefully and responsibly, we are now in a position to start moving to level 3.We’ve set out the first of the 3 steps that we’ll take to carefully modify the social distancing rules and start to restore freedom to this country, all the while avoiding a disastrous second peak that could overwhelm the NHS.At each step, we will closely monitor the impact on R, on the number of new infections and on, of course, all available data. And we’ll only move to the next step when we judge it is safe to do so.In the first step, as of this week, if you work but can’t work from home, you should speak to your employer about going back in. People can now spend time outdoors and exercise as often as you like and you can meet 1 other person from outside your household in an outdoor, public place. But please keep 2 metres apart.This weekend, with the good weather and the new rules, I hope people can enjoy being outside but please stick with the rules, keep an eye on your family and don’t take risks.We’ve also updated what we’re asking people to do, which is to stay alert, control the virus and save lives.For the vast majority of people, staying alert still means staying at home as much as is possible. Working from home when you can, limiting contact with people, keeping your distance if you go out, 2 metres wherever possible, washing your hands regularly. This is still the single most effective thing that you can do to keep yourself safe and, of course, self-isolating if you or anyone in your household has coronavirus symptoms.By staying alert and following the rules, you can play a part in the national effort getting the R down and keeping R down, controlling the virus so that we can save lives, rebuild livelihoods and start to recover our freedom.last_img read more

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Reflections on the Marshall Plan

first_imgIn June 1947, Gen. George C. Marshall — revered as the “organizer of victory” and Army Chief of Staff during World War II and now five months into his tenure as President Harry S. Truman’s Secretary of State — addressed the Commencement audience in Harvard Yard. Describing the devastation of Europe’s economies and societies, Marshall pledged the United States would do “whatever it is able” to help rebuild the continent and restore its “normal economic health,” without which there could be “no political stability and no assured peace” throughout the world.His speech marked a historic departure in American foreign policy.Marshall invoked no self-deprecating anecdotes or poetic metaphors to illustrate the importance of the occasion. Not for him were adjectives to describe the attributes the graduating students were expected to display. Duty was its own justification; it could only be impaired by embellishment.After a brief preface recalling that, as the graduates knew well, “the world situation is very serious,” Marshall outlined “the requirements for the rehabilitation of Europe.” Rarely looking up from the text he had carried to the podium in his jacket pocket, he offered a revolution in American foreign policy in the guise of a practical economic program. Toward the end of the speech, he apologized for entering into a “technical discussion” that had likely bored his listeners. Indeed, Commencement attendees, including Harvard President James B. Conant, would later confess they had not immediately understood the historical significance of what Marshall had outlined. He had in fact proposed a new design for American foreign policy.“Marshall’s premise was straightforward: Economic crisis, he observed, produced social dissatisfaction, and social dissatisfaction generated political instability,” writes Henry A Kissinger. File photo by Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerMarshall’s premise was straightforward: Economic crisis, he observed, produced social dissatisfaction, and social dissatisfaction generated political instability. The dislocations of World War II posed this challenge on a massive scale. European national debts were astronomical; currencies and banks were weak. The railroad and shipping industries were barely functional. Mines and factories were falling apart. The average farmer, unable to procure “the goods for sale which he desires to purchase,” had “withdrawn many fields from crop cultivation,” creating food scarcity in European cities.At the same time, a political and strategic challenge to democratic societies had come into being. Moscow established Communist dictatorships in every territory its forces occupied at the close of the war — up to the River Elbe in the center of historic Europe. Beyond the satellite states, Soviet-backed political factions were probing Western Europe’s political cohesion. To safeguard their political future, European democracies needed, above all, to restore hope in their economic prospects. “The remedy,” Marshall offered, was a partnership between the United States and its European allies to rehabilitate “the entire fabric” of their economies. To address the most immediate crisis, America would send its friends food and fuel. Later, it would subsidize modernizing and expanding industrial centers and transportation systems.Marshall’s so-called “technical discussion” was in fact a clarion call to a permanent role for America in the construction of international order. Historically, Americans had regarded foreign policy as a series of discrete challenges to be solved case by case, not as a permanent quest. At the conclusion of World War I, domestic support for the fledgling League of Nations foundered and the country turned inward. Declining to involve itself in the latent crises in Europe, American isolationism contributed to the outbreak of World War II. But America’s traditional attitude was up for debate again following the Allied victory.In his speech at Harvard, Marshall put an end to isolationist nostalgia. Declaring war on “desperation and chaos,” he invited the United States to take long-term responsibility for both restoring Western Europe and recreating a global order.George C. Marshall on Commencement Day, 1947Secretary of State George C. Marshall announced The Marshall Plan on Commencement Day 1947 in Harvard Yard. Many of the Marshall Plan’s proposals were based on lessons learned in overcoming the depression of the 1930s by closing the gap between economic expectations and reality in America. In that sense, the plan represented the global application of the New Deal. But it succeeded because it transformed common necessities into partnership. Marshall stressed that it would be “neither fitting nor efficacious” for America to try to direct Europe’s economic recovery “unilaterally.” Common objectives were necessary — and they had to reflect a broader vision of political order for Europe, the Atlantic region and, ultimately, the world. The Marshall Plan inspired a new international order by enabling the nations of Europe first to rediscover their own identities in its pursuit, then to go on to build systems transcending national sovereignty, such as the Coal and Steel Community and, eventually, the European Union.Luckily, Europe had leaders whose formative experience predated World War I, the most blighting impact of which was the continent’s loss of confidence in itself. But Konrad Adenauer (in Germany), Alcide De Gasperi (in Italy), and Robert Schuman (in France) had preserved the conviction that had characterized Europe’s life before these self-inflicted catastrophes. They viewed their challenge not in technical terms, but as the fulfilment of a political vision based on a common cultural heritage.To British Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin, the Marshall Plan was “a lifeline to sinking men” that brought “hope where there was none” by giving recipients permission not only to overcome their present difficulties, but to imagine their future prosperity in cooperation with the United States. Paul-Henri Spaak, the Prime Minister of Belgium, called it “a striking demonstration of the advantages of cooperation between the United States and Europe, as well as among the countries of Europe themselves.” For this reason, French Foreign Minister Georges Bidault said, “The noble initiative of the Government of the United States is for our peoples an appeal which we cannot ignore.” And Dutch Foreign Minister Dirk Stikker anticipated the plan’s far-reaching impact, saying, “Churchill’s words won the war, Marshall’s words won the peace.”Not the least significant aspect of Marshall’s speech was that it facilitated Germany’s reentrance into the community of nations as an equal partner. This is why in 1964, Adenauer, concluding his tenure as West German Chancellor, praised Truman for extending the plan’s provisions to Germany “in spite of her past.” The Marshall Plan, Adenauer said, made Germany “equal” to “other suffering countries,” countering for the first time the notion among the Allied powers “simply to efface Germany from history.” The plan gave Germany economic assistance but, more importantly, “new hope.” “Probably for the first time in history,” Adenauer said of Marshall’s speech, “a victorious country held out its hand so that the vanquished might rise again.”An ingenious aspect of Marshall’s design was that aid was offered to all Europe, including the Soviet Union and its occupied satellites. Some of them — especially Czechoslovakia — were tempted. But Soviet leader Joseph Stalin rejected the offer on ideological grounds. He denounced the plan as economic imperialism — a “ploy” to “infiltrate European countries” — and forced his satellites to follow suit, thereby defining the fault lines along which the basic Cold War strategy of containment was to occur. As Moscow forcibly imposed its ideology on its sphere of influence, the Marshall Plan’s goals merged into a broader political one: the expansion of the concept of human dignity as a universal principle, and self-reliance as the recommended method of promoting it. While the Soviet system eroded gradually, Adenauer, De Gasperi, and Schuman helped to inspire the formation of the North Atlantic Alliance, the European Coal and Steel Community and, with the passage of decades, the European Union.Every generation requires a vision before it can build its own reality. But no generation can rest on the laurels of its predecessors; each needs to make a new effort adapted to its own conditions. In Europe, the Marshall Plan helped consolidate nations whose political legitimacy had evolved over centuries. Once stabilized, those nations could move on to designing a more inclusive, cooperative order.But subsequent generations occasionally took too literally Marshall’s description of the plan as “technical,” emphasizing its economic aspects above all else. In the process, they ran the risk of missing its political, indeed its spiritual, component. When America engaged in nation building in other countries, it found that political legitimacy had different foundations. As the United States tried to establish international order beyond Europe, economies remained vital. But the resolution of civil conflicts followed a rhythm beyond, and more complicated than, economic development. At times, attempts to apply literally the maxims of the Marshall Plan fractured the unity of America at home. Civil wars cannot be ended by economic programs alone. They must be transcended by a more comprehensive political vision.The complexity of this challenge gives Marshall’s speech new significance today. In a moment of crisis, he stood up, boldly outlining a vision of reconciliation and hope and calling on the West to have the courage to transcend national boundaries. Now, the challenge of world order is even wider. Instead of strengthening a singular order on a continent with established political systems, the task has become global. The challenge is to devise a system in which a variety of societies can approach common problems in a way that unites their diverse cultures. This is why there is a special significance for the sons and daughters of Harvard of a speech delivered almost two generations ago. Universities are the residuaries of cultures and, in a way, the bridge between them. Twin calls to duty have emerged after almost 70 years from Marshall’s Commencement speech: that America should cultivate, with Western Europe, a vital Atlantic partnership; and that this partnership should fulfill its meaning by raising its sights to embrace the cultures of the universe.Henry A. Kissinger ’50, A.M. ’52, Ph.D. ’54, and a former Harvard professor, was U.S. secretary of state from 1973 to 1977. A recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1973, he has authored more than a dozen books on foreign policy, international affairs, and diplomatic history.last_img read more

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New OMVA scholarship to help cover room and board costs for ROTC students

first_imgThe Office of Military and Veteran Affairs (OMVA) established a scholarship this year that will help cover the cost of room and board for Notre Dame ROTC students.Titled the Theodore M. Hesburgh ROTC Endowment of Excellence scholarship, the first award will likely be gifted in the next two or three years, Regan Jones, director of the OMVA, said. “This is one of the many pieces to the overall comprehensive military veteran strategy at the University,” Jones said. “[The OMVA has] been in business a year but we’re making great progress and really excited about the opportunities to support these students and to grow these populations on campus.”Jones said the scholarship, which was created with the help of a number of benefactors, represents an investment in ROTC students and ensures Notre Dame is attracting the nation’s top ROTC talent. “It’s not large enough to cover the cost of room and board for all ROTC students, so that’s the goal,” Jones said. “But it was an intermediate and an initial and an important first step to rally support from our alumni, families, students and friends to also give in support of this particular endowment to ensure the future of our ROTC program and students.”The scholarship will be awarded to ROTC participants who demonstrate exceptional performance in academic achievement, financial need, character and leadership qualities, Jones said. Incoming students will be eligible to apply for it through the normal financial aid process.“There may be incremental steps that include getting scholarships out to a small number of students initially based on the criteria I listed [or] it may include giving a percentage of the room and board cost to all students,” Jones said. “Eventually, absolutely it’d be our goal to have room and board covered for [all of] our ROTC students.”The federal government allots a number of ROTC scholarships to Notre Dame annually, but those only cover the cost of tuition and fees and not all of the allotted scholarships are utilized, Jones said.“What we’ve seen happen in recent years is that we’re not as a University maximizing the number of ROTC scholarships at Notre Dame,” Jones said. “And so as a result of that, we work closely with a number of campus partners and we’ve had great success with University donors that are rallying to support a scholarship for room and board for our ROTC students.”At Notre Dame, room and board costs an average of $15,410 per year, according to the Office of Financial Aid website. Junior Sammie Escamilla, an operations assistant at the OMVA, said the goal of the scholarship is to ease the financial burden of many ROTC students who acquire an average of up to $30,000 in student debt due to room and board expenses.“The cost of room and board here at Notre Dame is over $14,000 dollars which is not a little amount at all,” Escamilla said. “So if we’re able to help even one person who wants to come to Notre Dame to fulfill their Notre Dame education with this scholarship while they’re doing ROTC, I think it’s great because we’re setting up the service members … with a great future.”The Notre Dame Trident Naval Society (TNS) was one of the donors that made the endowment possible, Escamilla said, by donating over $3,000. Junior and president of TNS Michael Terranova said in an email that $2,000 of the $3,430 donated from TNS came from the organization’s own funds, while the rest came from money raised on Notre Dame Day. The donations were meant to help “as many cadets and midshipmen as possible,” Terranova said.“This is extremely important to many members of ROTC, because even though some of us are on scholarship from our respective military branches, room and board still presents a sizable financial burden,” he said. “As the endowment grows over the next couple of years, the scholarship will have a very positive impact on many cadets and midshipmen as it will lift some of this burden.”Jones said donors like TNS who contributed to the endowment are helping prolong the legacy of former University President Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, who was a “champion of supporting ROTC and the military.” The scholarship, named after Fr. Hesburgh, will be built to last and ensure the future of the ROTC program forever, Jones said.“It was that generous donor and the creation of this endowment that inspired our ROTC students who decided to donate their money they raised around ND Day to actually go toward this endowment,” Jones said. “… They know this is a gift that won’t support them, but what they’re investing in is the future of the ROTC program at Notre Dame.”Tags: Military, OMVA, Room and Board, ROTC, scholarship, Theodore M. Hesburgh ROTC Endowment of Excellencelast_img read more

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Senate appoints Executive Council nominations, passes resolution supporting No Shave November

first_imgThe Notre Dame student senate met Wednesday to decide on the nomination of two new members to the Student Executive Cabinet for the remainder of the 2019-2020 Academic term. Student Body President Elizabeth Boyle, a senior, and Student Body Vice President Patrick McGuire, a junior, were patrons of the nominations.The nominated candidates were Katherine Wallace for director of academic affairs and Tiffanie Cappello-Lee for press secretary & director of communications. McGuire read the cases to be made for each of the candidates.“We have selected Katherine to be the director of academic affairs because she is a passionate, committed, experienced and talented student leader who serves with focus and enthusiasm,” McGuire said. “Katherine is a current member of the Academic Affairs Department who brings Executive Cabinet leadership experience as the director of athletics emeritus. Katherine, a member of the Notre Dame fencing team, is also a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council. She has served as a McWell Thrive leader and is a Notre Dame Monogram recipient. Katherine has performed in each of these roles with exceptional skill, diligence and leadership capability.”As Wallace was not present at the meeting due to a scheduling conflict, the Senate could not ask her any questions directly. McGuire addressed the potential concern about her absence by saying she would be available over email and a deputy director will later be appointed as well.“[I’ve] also had some good discussions about the fact that it’s important for a director to be at Senate which is a very genuine and important concern,” McGuire said. “Good thing is, even if in the future Catherine is unable to make meetings because of practice, we are also appointing a deputy director of Academic Affairs learners, so, if something like this were to happen again, there would still be representation from the department.”The Senate quickly moved through Wallace’s nomination and confirmed her. They then moved onto the next candidate, Cappello-Lee.“[Cappello-Lee] has a deep dedication to service, justice and excellence,” McGuire said. “On campus, Tiffanie [Cappello-Lee] has served as a research assistant in Dr. Michale Ferdig’s malaria genetics and genomics research lab and a co-coordinator for the Global Health Conference. Tiffanie [Cappello-Lee] is a Hesburgh-Yusko Scholar, a member of the Glynn Family Honors Program, and a Sorin Fellow in the Center for Ethics and Culture.”Beyond campus, Cappello-Lee does pro-bono consulting for Mercy Homes for Boys and Girls, conducted research on the environmental impact of dietary changes in China and water pollution’s impact on health in Hong Kong, and has conducted extensive research in Ottawa and Santiago, Chile, McGuire said.“She has also interned at the management consulting firm AArete,” he said. “Through these experiences, she has gained and honed her skills of marketing, team building, research, writing, and consulting — all skills that will prove essential to her role as press secretary and director of communications.”Cappello-Lee was present at the meeting, and Senate only had one question. Sam Cannova, junior class council president, wanted to gauge her decision-making process in a very specific, high-stress environment.“As I’m sure we all know, Notre Dame lies on the Indiana fault line,” Cannova said. “We have a Radiation Laboratory on campus. Further, one of the typical roles with the press secretary and director of communications is to cover all sorts of news. One of the frequent stories usually takes Elizabeth and a director of comms slash press secretary to the Radiation Laboratory. So, in the event that you were in the Notre Dame Radiation Laboratory with Elizabeth [Boyle] and Pat[rick McGuire], and an earthquake occurs, in which the exits are just like blocked, ceiling falls down, and you can’t get out, and there’s a radiation leak, but there are only two hazmat suits. What do you do?”After the audible laughter in the room had died down, Cappello-Lee answered the question.“That’s a very important question and very realistic,” Cappello-Lee said. “Ultimately, I would just give it to Elizabeth and Pat[rick], like that’s the type of person I am, and since they are good people, I’d probably want to save them.”There were no more questions regarding her nomination, and after she exited the room, the Senate confirmed her nomination.Following the nominations, the Senate heard from director of department of community and engagement director, senior Alex Yom, about promoting this year’s department events, including Converge.“So far this year, I’m sure you’ve all seen the South Bend adventure guide being posted,” Yom said. “So we’re trying to give more access for students of all years to understand the different restaurants and things to do in South Bend. In terms of civic engagement, we’re proud to have done the Converge kickoff, which had over 200 signups this year matching people from different political views.Yom said the department also worked with ND Votes on a voter registration competition, registering over 1,200 people across campus. Next semester, the department’s focus is will be on ensuring students have access to volunteering and internships in South Bend.“So we’ll be putting on the social concerns fair with the Center for Social Concerns …  and then the big idea actually that we’re all really excited about because the debate is going to be held on campus next year,” Yom said. “… We’re really excited to put together sort of like this debate facilitator model, building off of the success of Converge. We’re hoping [to] pair different dorms together and have debate facilitators trained in each dorm pairing, and basically have a sort of debate model up until the actual presidential debate next fall. So the Senate would be a huge help to publicize this in your respective residence halls and trying to recruit people.”Following the talk from Yom, the Senate voted to move a resolution recognizing and encouraging No Shave November to the floor. Sam Delmer, a sophomore senator from the Dillon community in Baumer Hall, was one of the patrons and presented the bill to the Senate.“The goal of No Shave November is to grow awareness by embracing our hair, which many cancer patients lose, and letting it grow wild and free,” Delmer said. “Members of the University community may participate by growing a beard, cultivating a mustache, letting those legs go natural … participation is by no means obligatory, but the recognition of the program offers important recognition of our community’s allyship with cancer patients and their families.”There were not many concerns with the resolution, but some wondered if the bill would be discriminatory against hairless people.“Delmer said the bill would not be discriminatory because shaving itself is the concern and not shaving because one does not have any hair to shave is acceptable,” he said.Following these brief concerns, the Senate motioned for the end of debate and passed the resolution.Tags: student senatelast_img read more

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New Clue Stage Adaptation in the Works

first_img You feel that? It’s the feeling of flames…flames on the side of your face. A new stage adaptation of the board game and 1985 movie Clue is in the works from Hasbro Inc. and The Araca Group. The film’s writer and director Jonathan Lynn will pen the play, with Hunter Foster set to direct. The world premiere will first bow at Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, Pennsylvania in May 2017 before embarking on a national tour.This marks Hasbro Inc. and the Araca Group’s second announced stage collaboration this year. In June, it was reported that the two were at work on a musical adaptation of Monopoly. No word yet if Hasbro is also looking into that Scrabble musical we’ve been dreaming about.In addition to Clue, Lynn wrote and directed the 1990 film Nuns on the Run; he also helmed My Cousin Vinny, The Distinguished Gentleman, The Whole Nine Yards, The Fighting Temptations and Wild Target. Foster, a Tony nominee for his performance in Little Shop of Horrors, has previously directed Company, Ain’t Misbehavin’, National Pastime, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Summer of ‘42, The Buddy Holly Story and It’s a Wonderful Life at Bucks County.A musical adaptation of the board game played off-Broadway in 1997. The 1985 film ‘Clue'(Photo: Paramount Pictures) View Commentslast_img read more

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