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Boyle, McGuire reflect on ‘unpredictable’ year in office

first_imgAs the academic year began with the elimination of campus-wide dorm access and culminated in a global health crisis, senior Elizabeth Boyle and junior Patrick McGuire led the student body through unprecedented changes, victories and losses as student body president and vice president, respectively.Despite the challenges they faced and the controversies that took place during their term, both Boyle and McGuire expressed deep gratitude for their experience.“I wanted to go to Notre Dame like my whole life, basically, and I never thought I’d be able to graduate and say that I had the honor the student body president,” Boyle said. “I just felt like I got to know the school in such a more genuine and unique way this year and I’m really grateful to all the students who let [McGuire] and I do that and who entrusted us to do it.”After a year in office, Boyle and McGuire reflected on their time as leaders, the challenges they faced, and the lessons they learned throughout their time in office.Inclusivity at workWhen Boyle and McGrath decided to run for office, they had a mission of empowering students of all different backgrounds, Boyle said.“Everyone’s Notre Dame experience actually looks vastly different,” Boyle said. “I think sometimes we come in and you’re expected to fall in love with your dorm, have to double major, graduate in four years, go abroad, have a research position –– and we learned that everyone’s path can look vastly different. So we focused on how we could best serve as a vessel to support students in all of their myriad interests and to make them feel welcome no matter their background.”To achieve this goal, Boyle and McGuire strived to foster inclusivity within cabinets and departments, and “welcome all voices” into the dialogue.“I just felt like student government was so different,” Boyle said. “It finally became a place that was so much more open to students, really made an effort to reach out and wasn’t as insular as it was before. We made it a place where it wasn’t scary to walk into the office, and you didn’t feel like you had to have been there and had to be a part of the friend group to be heard and be involved.”Both Boyle and McGuire counted this change of environment as one of their greatest achievements.“We’re so proud of have our team for the spirit of inclusion and welcome that they really foster this year,” Boyle said. “I think when you have people at the very top who are buying into that, who are going to be filled with grace, and patience and love, and are not going to take rash actions that are going to think things through that are pouring their full heart and soul into this work and inspires those below them to kind of do the same.”An ‘unpredictable’ and ‘tiring’ year When asked to describe the year in one word, Boyle said the year was “unpredictable” while McGuire described it as “tiring.”“Right before we took office, our advisor’s were like ‘Cool, cool, this was your platform, but everything you thought was going to be the focus of the year is like, going out the window,’” McGuire said. “That’s just the nature of things, like what you expected is never going to be what happens.”Such unpredictability was especially present during the spring semester because of the pandemic.“It was difficult because when everything seemed to really be falling apart, everyone was still on spring break all around the world,” Boyle said. “So it was hard to coordinate efforts and …  kind of react to it until everybody got back after spring break.”Notre Dame’s traditional culture sometimes made it difficult to enact changes, McGuire said.“It can be really hard to get stuff done at Notre Dame in terms of things that make learning great, like its culture and its cohesiveness,” McGuire said. “I think it can also make things difficult at times –– that applies even to the structure of the student union or the Constitution.”Despite the trying times they faced, Boyle and McGuire emerged with plenty of lessons. Boyle said serving as student body president taught her about leadership.“Being a leader, I think means knowing that even when those times are going to be tougher, the unpredictable things are going to come up, it’s kind of on you to carry your team through it and to do it with grace and love,” Boyle said. “So I’ll keep working on that for sure. But I’m really proud of the way that we all did that this year.”McGuire said his greatest takeaway from his time as vice president was the importance of assuming there are good intentions behind leaders’ actions.“My biggest lesson is the importance of assuming goodwill and the importance of relationships, because like, whether it’s an administrator or a student leader, no one pours themselves into a role like this if they don’t really care about what they’re doing, the people they’re serving,” McGuire said.Looking towards the futureBecause of the transition to a virtual semester, Boyle and McGuire were unable to see some of their projects come into fruition, like the Back the Bend 2020 –– the day of service in South Bend that was going to be held in April 25 –– and “Civics in Action” –– a dialogue group aiming to foster civic engagement in advance of the presidential debates. However, according to Boyle, the incoming Ingal-Galbenski administration might pick up these initiatives during their term.“I take a lot of comfort in the fact that they’re going to do a wonderful job and that I think they got a good foundation to start with,” Boyle said.In regards to the future, Boyle and McGuire said they hoped some of the positive changes they accomplished carry on in the next years, especially the improved relationship between student government and the administration.“I am really proud of the way that our entire team has worked with the administration this year because our team has been so vigilant of telling the administration that they have to include student voices. And I’ve been really impressed that they’ve listened to those complaints from students. It seems like they are moving in a direction of being better about that,” Boyle said.McGuire mentioned a change he hopes to see in the future: either paying or giving credit to student leaders. He believes this policy would allow marginalized students to participate in student government.“Elizabeth and I are in a privileged enough position that we can devote 20 to 30 hours a week to student government, we can afford not to support our families or have a job on the side. But that cuts out a lot of students,” McGuire said. “Student officers are doing it because they care, not because they’re getting paid for it. While it’s something that shows commitment, it does cut people out.”After reflecting upon tumultuous times, changes and unpredictability, Boyle and McGuire’s wish is to have made a positive mark at Notre Dame.“I hope when we’re all older and gray and thinking back on the 2019-2020 Student Government administration, you probably won’t remember what we did,” McGuire said. “I might not even remember what we did. But I just hope that people think we cared and we tried to make Notre Dame more inclusive and a more loving place.”Tags: commencement 2020, Elizabeth Boyle, Patrick McGuire, Student governmentlast_img read more

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Behrami makes Watford move

first_img The Switzerland international completed his medical at the newly-promoted Premier League club and makes the move from Hamburg. A statement on Watford’s official club website said: “Watford FC is delighted to announce the signing of Switzerland international Valon Behrami on a three-year deal.” The 30-year-old, who was born in the former Yugoslavia, has previously played in the English top flight for West Ham between July 2008 and January 2011. Behrami has earned 59 caps for his country and has scored twice on the international stage. He has also previously played for Italian sides Genoa, Verona, Lazio, Napoli and Fiorentina. Watford have announced the signing of midfielder Valon Behrami on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Tuesday April 2nd Local Sports

first_imgFORT DODGE — The NIACC softball team swept 7th-ranked Iowa Central 11-4 and 12-0 in five innings yesterday in Fort Dodge. In the opener, Kaci Sherwood and Alyssa Laxson both had two homers to lead the Lady Trojans. In the second game, Kylie Sherwood fired a five-inning perfect game. NIACC is now 12-6 overall and 4-0 in the conference. They host 4th-ranked Kirkwood on Wednesday in a doubleheader that starts at 2 o’clock. MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Evan Turner had 13 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists off the bench, and the Portland Trail Blazers moved into a tie for third place in the Western Conference with a 132-122 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Rodney Hood led Portland with 21 points. GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA —- Top ranked Baylor outscored the Hawkeyes 24-15 in the third quarter and raced away to an 85-53 win in the regional final last night in Greensboro North Carolina, as you heard on AM-1300 KGLO. Iowa coach Lisa Bluder.Baylor connected on 54 percent in the opening half and outrebounded the Hawkeyes 24-15 to build a 14 point advantage at the break and the outcome was never in doubt after that. Bluder says it was a disappointing finish to a great season.Megan Gustafson had 23 points and nine rebounds but the Hawkeyes did not have enough balance to make it interesting.It was an emotional finish to a brilliant career for Gustafson who is Iowa’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder. On Monday, Gustafson was named a first-team Associated Press All-American.Mason City native Makenzie Meyer played 34 minutes, scoring only two points, both from the free throw line. She also had two steals and one assist. Iowa ends the season with a record of 29-6. AMES — After spending last season on the staff with the Indianapolis Colts Tom Manning returns as Iowa State’s offensive coordinator and inherits a unit with experience at several key spots. Brock Purdy is going through spring drills as the established starter at quarterback after taking over midway through his freshman season.For the first time under Matt Campbell the Cyclones have an experienced offensive line.Manning says a deep and experienced group of tight ends will help the offense give multiple looks.Spring drills for Iowa State will conclude on April 20th, with this year’s spring schedule not including a spring football game. TONIGHT:AM-1300 KGLO — Minnesota Twins at Kansas City — pre-game 6:30, first pitch 7:15center_img AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State freshman Talen Horton-Tucker intends to declare himself eligible for the NBA Draft after just one season with the Cyclones. Horton-Tucker announced his decision on Twitter, saying that it’s in his best interests to “start the next chapter” of his life. Horton-Tucker, a 6-foot-4 guard from Chicago, averaged 11.8 points and 4.9 rebounds a game for Iowa State in 2018-19. BOONE — The NIACC baseball team dropped their doubleheader at DMACC on Monday afternoon. DMACC took advantage of five errors in the opener, only connecting for three hits in a 9-2 victory. Ben Fitzgerald had a solo homer while Carson Parker knocked in the only other Trojan run. DMACC in the nightcap jumped out with a four-run first and capped things off with a three-run eighth in a 9-5 win. Fox Leum had a homer and two runs batted in while Anthony Catalano also drove in two. NIACC drops to 10-13 overall and 3-5 in the conference and is scheduled to travel to Dakota County Technical College this afternoon. EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have re-signed backup center Brett Jones. After joining the Vikings near the end of training camp via trade from the New York Giants, Jones started three games in 2018 until Pat Elflein returned from injuries. Jones can also play guard, where Danny Isidora and Josh Kline are currently the only players on the roster. Jones started his pro career in the Canadian Football League, until signing with the Giants in 2015.last_img read more

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