Empty seats at lectures and a lack of academic conversation in residence halls spurred discussion in Campus Life Council (CLC) Monday.The Council discussed possibilities for greater engagement outside the classroom and the intellectual environment on campus. “We are an extremely intelligent campus,” former student body president Grant Schmidt said. “We are very passionate about our studies. How do we expand on that?”Members of CLC debated how to bring a more intellectual environment to campus life outside of the classroom that would still preserve Notre Dame’s distinct identity. “We are getting a sense from juniors and seniors that they are just now realizing that they should be having friendships with their professors,” former student body vice president Cynthia Weber said. Creating more peer academic involvement during freshmen orientation would be a method to introduce this intellectual environment to students immediately, she said.Weber suggested that these conversations should could build an “opportunity to pursue service through scholarship” for students at Notre Dame who are looking towards graduate education. Council members steered away from specifically incorporating academic life in the residence halls around campus by holding more classes in dorm settings. “Looking at the residential system as a major piece of the puzzle in stimulating the intellectual life on campus is like trying to put out a fire with a water gun,” Sorin Hall rector Fr. Jim King said. The challenge is making the connection between the residence life and the culture of academia on campus, he said. Making academic events appealing to students is critical to developing an intellectual environment, members said. The Council identified a lack of interest as a problem rather than a lack of opportunities.“The value of a forum or of an event like the God Debate is that those stimulate discussion and are not just lectures,” Judicial Council president Ian Secviar said. Broadcasting important events through television and scheduling programs at more convenient times for students were proposed to engage more of the campus community. Council members targeted a combination of over-programming and a lack of advertising as the source of low attendance for lectures on campus. “It is a shame that we have so much at hand and so little being taken advantage of,” student representative John DeLacio said. “It’s frustrating.”
IN convincing fashion, after weeks of strong play, Oasis Cafe’s William Walker turned in his best performance to win The Tropical Woods and Wood Products (Pandit Lumberyard) inaugural tourney.With fabulous weather and environmental conditions, and with Captain Chen Deo electing to run two Flights of handicaps, 0-12 and 13-28, to accommodate the number of players in each category, all golfers were able to take full advantage of the course and turned in very competitive scores.The competition was stiff as it came down to the final holes to determine the champions, (prizes being awarded to the first two best net scores in each Flight).Club president, Aleem Hussain, was profuse in his praise for the new sponsor, Satesh Tewari, CEO of Tropical Woods and Wood Products, who took the honours for ‘Sponsor of first Tournament of the year’.President Hussain further indicated that already he has on schedule some 35 tournaments with some 30 more pending for 2020.He added that the LGC has a fantastic lineup of activities for 2020 and it is our goal to host a minimum of 60 events in the year – this will break the record set over the past several years and we expect it to be the best year for the club in recent history.Continuing his aggressive performance from the closing months of 2019, former LGC Executive Member – owner of Oasis Café – William Walker (69/12) dominated the 0 – 12 Flight, returning the overall Best Net score not only for his Flight, but for the entire tournament, with a clear three-stroke lead over any of the other golfers in both Flights.In his Flight, he left Club President Aleem Hussain to bring in the 2nd place with 72/10, and former Guyana Open champions Mohanlall Dinanauth in close 3rd place with 73/6, and Mike Mangal in 4th place with 76/8. Club Treasurer, Aasrodeen Shaw, returned 77/12, while former captain, Patrick Prashad, returned 79/8.Dinanauth also won the Best Gross prize and the specialty prize of Nearest the Pin.President Hussain produced a surprise-of-the-day win in taking the specialty Longest Drive prize (establishing that accuracy is a major factor in the game) – his accurate driving of the ball from the tee-box onto the fairway causing him to win over longer but less accurate drives.In the 13 – 28 Flight, former Guyana Open women’s champion, Shanella London, played extremely well (72/15) to earn the top position, beating Handsome Maxim Mangra (72/20) on the count back off a tie.Mangra has returned to the winners’ row after a little while. Other great performances were returned by head of Ansa McAl, Troy Cadogan (75/26); Macorp Exec, Jordi Pinol (76/28); former Club Vice President, Dr Philbert London (77/18); and former captain, Ayube Subhan (74/14).The player turnout was encouraging, as the entire MACORP team, led by CEO Guillermo Escarraga, as well as Miguel Oviedo and Carlos Carbo took part, in addition to former captain Brian Glasford, David Harry, Mahindranauth Tiwari, Ian Gouveia, overseas member Ramesh Amrud, and up and coming women’s contender Eureka Giddings.The sponsor was represented by members of the Tewari family – Satesh’s mother, daughter, son and wife (seen in picture with the winners).The family has given consideration to becoming the club’s newest member this year.
Download AudioThe Big Thorne Timber Sale lawsuit has been dismissed by a federal judge in Anchorage.Alaska U.S. District Court Judge Ralph Beistline granted summary judgment on Friday in favor of the defendants, and rejected every argument brought forward by the plaintiffs.The lawsuit isn’t necessarily over, however. The plaintiffs could appeal the decision to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and seek an injunction pending the outcome. The lawsuit was filed last summer shortly after the U.S. Forest Service made a final decision to move forward with the timber sale on Prince of Wales Island.The proposed timber harvest would include about 6,000 acres of old-growth rainforest. Environmental organizations say that acreage is critical habitat for deer and wolf populations.The Forest Service is moving away from old-growth logging, but the switch to second-growth will take time.Federal officials and pro-logging groups say old-growth harvests will need to continue during that transition for mills to survive.In his decision today, Beistline ruled that the plaintiffs failed to show that the Forest Service didn’t follow proper procedure before making its final decision.