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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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USC outreach programs affected by LAUSD teacher strike

first_imgStudent volunteers who are in the program work with teachers to schedule and plan sessions. The UTLA strike is asking for the school district to increase wages for teachers, hire greater support staff and lower the average classroom size. Schools with teachers joining the strike have gathered students into auditoriums for the duration of the school day, according Teresa Hudock. Gloria Hernandez, a School of Visual Arts and Humanities teacher at Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools, worked with TIRP in the fall, but does not plan to participate in the program this semester. “The teachers who are not overwhelmed by what’s going on with the strike — we have to make sure we get ahold of them and that they get signed up in the midst of this,”  Hudock said. “We have a way to leave them a message and say we know you’re on strike, but if you get your sign up in we’ll be ready for you when you get back.” “My teacher was super important in everything that we did in the classroom,” Gallagher said. “Effective communication and being able to rely on her was really important for us to do what we need to do. I can see that causing a lot of complications for the JEP volunteers.” The strike also affects the JEP service-learning program, which is sponsored by the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. JEP places approximately 2,000 students into local schools to mentor, teach and assist students each semester. But students will not be sent to LAUSD schools during the strike, according to Susan Harris, the JEP executive director. “It’s really difficult to sign up for TIRP when we don’t have a specific date to say they can come in,” Hernandez said. “I don’t know how far behind we’ll be. We don’t want to strike but [we’re] going to have to.” United Teachers Los Angeles, the union negotiating with LAUSD, rejected the district’s latest offer Friday. On Monday, nearly 32,000 LAUSD teachers took to the picket line. “If it’s resolved this week, we might not have any delay in our program at all,” Harris said. “It entirely depends on how long this goes on. If it goes on, we will try to plan other kinds of activities and we’ll send students to schools that aren’t unionized.” Nearly 32,000 teachers joined the strikes on Monday to demand higher wages, smaller classroom sizes and an increase in support staff in LAUSD public schools. (Photo courtesy of Inside the Issues Twitter Page)center_img Despite challenges, TIRP remains optimistic about gaining enough LAUSD teachers to sign up. USC community programs working with the Los Angeles Unified School District may face a decrease in the number of participating public school teachers this semester due to the teachers’ strike that began Monday. Sherman said that interactions between TIRP and LAUSD teachers have been hopeful. JEP is able to send its students to non-LAUSD partners, including parochial and nonprofit organizations, if the strike persists for long period of time. As a part of the USC Center for Active Learning in International Studies, TIRP invites USC students to teach international relations lessons in classrooms registered by local teachers  who sign up for the program. “I can definitely see [the strike] affecting students, not only the students in the classrooms but also the JEP volunteers,” said Kaela Gallagher, a freshman majoring in business administration who volunteered in the JEP House last semester.   “I just had a principal cc me on an email to every single one of her department heads requiring all of them to sign up,” said Markus Sherman, CALIS office program coordinator. “Things are still moving on a normal pace but it’s definitely this kind of looming bubble right now.” Nearly 50 percent of the teachers that participate in TIRP are from LAUSD, according to CALIS Director Teresa Hudock. Some teachers participating in the School of International Relations’ Teaching International Relations Program and the Joint Educational Program do not plan on signing up this spring because the strike has no set end date.last_img read more

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Six Argentina rugby players test positive for COVID-19

first_img WATCH US LIVE First Published: 5th September, 2020 12:27 IST LIVE TV Associated Press Television News Six members of the Argentina national rugby have tested positive for COVID-19.The players are asymptomatic and have been placed in managed isolation, the Argentina Rugby Union said in a statement Friday. It named the players as Emiliano Boffelli, Juan Cruz Mallia, Bautista Delguy, Bautista Pedemonte, Rodrigo Fernandez Criado and Lucas Bur.“After completing a new round of … tests in order to minimize the risk of contagion and be able to start the health bubble, the results yielded six positive cases of COVID-19 in the campus,” the statement said.The announcement casts further doubt on whether the four-nation Rugby Championship, involving Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, will take place this season.Southern hemisphere rugby body Sanzaar hoped the tournament might be able to go ahead in New Zealand between Nov. 7 and Dec. 12.South Africa is already considered unlikely to participate because of a lack of domestic rugby to prepare players for the test series.(Image Credit Pixabay) SUBSCRIBE TO UScenter_img Written By COMMENT Last Updated: 5th September, 2020 12:27 IST Six Argentina Rugby Players Test Positive For COVID-19 Six members of the Argentina national rugby have tested positive for COVID-19. FOLLOW USlast_img read more

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Mallard’s Team of the Week — Nelson U17 Selects

first_imgThe Nelson U17 Selects look to be gearing up for the Kootenay Playdowns after posting a silver-medal result at the recent Slurpee Cup in Kamloops. The Selects, missing a few key players to injury, managed a silver medal against some top-calibre opposition. Staff and management at Mallard’s Source for Sports would like to salute the squad with Team of the Week honours. The team includes, back row, L-R, Cam Kuch, Taylor Stewart, Alex Hawes, Morag Paterson, Paige Mansveld, Sam Einarson, Bekka Schrader, Tasha Hewat, Brittany Wheeler, coach Justine Thielker and coach Cam Paterson. Front, Katarina Garbula, Melinda Halstead, Chloe Kuch, Rosie Porter, Brynn Forsey and Andrea Stinson.last_img

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Bombers enter boy’s soccer zones as the team to beat

first_img“In fact we have only had four goals against us and scored 42,” Spendlove adds.Second ranked Prince Charles Comets of Creston meet the winner of Golden and Trail’s J. Lloyd Crowe.”They are a real treat to watch . . .with a good solid defence, skillfull midfield and quick offence,” said Spendlove, who assists son Jamie on the coaching staff.”We only have four Grade 12’s in a squad of 24 players so the next few years look promising.”The two semi final winners advance to the Kootenay AA Final at 4:30 p.m.The Kootenay champ represents the region at the B.C. High School AA Boy’s Championships November 19-21 in Burnaby. The L.V. Rogers Bombers are the early favourite to capture the Kootenay High School AA Boy’s title when the zone tournament opens Saturday in Creston.The Bombers enter the six-team tourney as the top ranked team and get a bye into the semi final round Saturday, playing the winner of the Invermere’s David Thompson/Stanley Humphries of Castlegar contest at 1:30 p.m. at the Rec Centre Field in Creston.”The boys have done great this year and are looking and playing with lots of class and style (come Saturday),” said coach Dave Spendlove.”We lost only one game out of nine this season and that was due to injuries mounting up over the course of the tournament in Summerland.”last_img read more

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KOBE’S BACK, LORD NELSON & SUBTLE INDIAN HEAD POWERFUL LINEUP IN SATURDAY’S GRADE I, $300,000 TRIPLE BEND STAKES AT SEVEN PANELS

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (June 22, 2016)–A two-time graded stakes winner at Santa Anita this past winter, slow starting Kobe’s Back, along with sharp recent allowance winner Lord Nelson, and multiple stakes winner Subtle Indian, head a powerful field of eight sprinters in Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 Triple Bend Stakes at seven furlongs.First run as the Lakes and Flowers Handicap at Hollywood Park in 1952, the Triple Bend, named for owner Frank McMahon’s 1972 Santa Anita Handicap winner, will be contested for the 65th time on Saturday and be run for third consecutive year at Santa Anita. THE GRADE I TRIPLE BEND STAKES IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS Race 8 (of 9)                                                                                                       Approximate post time 5 p.m. PDT KOBE’S BACK: Notoriously tardy from the gate, he added blinkers three starts back and responded with a couple of impressive Grade II wins. On Feb. 7, he took the six furlong Palos Verdes and on March 12, he annexed the seven furlong San Carlos Stakes. In his most recent start on Kentucky Derby Day, May 7, he was away in customarily slow fashion and rallied well to be third, beaten 1 ¾ lengths, in the Grade II, seven furlong Churchill Downs. With a 10-3-2-2 record at seven furlongs and a 6-3-2-0 mark at Santa Anita, conditions would appear to be to order for the 5-year-old son of Flatter who has Santa Anita’s Grade I Breeders’ Cup Sprint on Nov. 5 at the top of his 2016 agenda. Owned by Lee and Susan Searing’s CRK Stable and trained by Peter Eurton, he’ll be accompanied for the 11th consecutive time by Gary Stevens on Saturday. With an overall record of 19-5-3-3, Kobe’s Back is the leading money earner in the field with earnings of $1,000,250. LORD NELSON: In his first start for B.Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm, Lord Nelson overcame a six month absence to run perhaps the best race of his career in winning a third condition allowance here on June 3 going six furlongs. Third to last year’s Eclipse Award winning sprinter, Run Happy, two starts back in the Grade I, seven furlong Malibu Stakes Dec. 26, Bob Baffert’s Lord Nelson was a winner at three of the Grade II, seven furlong San Vicente Stakes here on Feb. 1, 2015 and has been no worse than third in three tries at the Triple Bend distance. A 4-year-old Kentucky-bred colt by Pulpit, Lord Nelson earned a career-best 99 Beyer Speed figure in his most recent win and could be the horse to beat on Saturday. Clever Royal–Martin Pedroza–120Kobe’s Back–Gary Stevens–122Cautious Giant–Fernando Perez–120Lord Nelson–Rafael Bejarano–120Ambitious Brew–Kent Desormeaux–120Subtle Indian–Mike Smith–120Home Run Kitten–Joe Talamo–120Coastline–Tyler Baze–120First post time on Saturday, Gold Cup at Santa Anita Day, is at 1:30 p.m. Admission gates will open at 11:30 a.m. For scratches, late changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com. SUBTLE INDIAN: Although he’s the speed of the race, multiple stakes winning Subtle Indian, who shipped west from Oaklawn Park to run a solid second in the Grade II, 6 ½ furlong Kona Gold Stakes here May 21, would appear to be a question mark at seven furlongs, but with “Big Money” Mike Smith taking over for the first time, he merits added respect. Second, beaten a length with regular rider Ramon Vasquez up, he set torrid splits of 21.40, 44.20 and 1:08.60 in the Kona Gold and went under by a length at the hands of multiple stakes winner Wild Dude. Trained by Robertino Diodoro, it’ll be up to Smith to ration his considerable early zip. Owned by Mercedes Stables, LLC, 4-year-old gelding Subtle Indian, who has never run as far as seven furlongs, has seven wins from 10 starts and has earnings of $540,300. TOUGH FIELD OF EIGHT 3-YEAR-OLDS & UP TO CONTEST 65TH RUNNING OF THE TRIPLE BENDlast_img read more

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Garda Inspector says he hopes missing man is found safe and well

first_imgA Garda Inspector has said he hopes a missing Letterkenny man is found safe and well.Inspector Seamus McGonigle made his comments at Falcarragh District Court during the case of Matthew Lafferty.The 27-year-old has been missing since last Sunday when he was last seen on CCTV outside a hotel in Sligo. He has since made contact with his family but they are still unsure of his whereabouts.Mr Lafferty was due to be in court facing alleged in insurance charges.His solicitor Patsy Gallagher said “Matthew has been in the local media in recent days because we are not sure of his whereabouts and his family are very worried.”Judge Paul Kelly said that in the circumstances he would not issue a bench warrant. Garda Inspector says he hopes missing man is found safe and well was last modified: September 19th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:courtdonegalMatthew Laffertymissinglast_img read more

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Chelsea v Newcastle line-ups: Cahill left out, Blues trio return, three Magpies changes

first_imgGary Cahill has been left out of the Chelsea starting line-up for the game at Stamford Bridge, where Eden Hazard, Cesar Azpilicueta and the fit-again Victor Moses return to the side.Azpilicueta, rested along with Hazard against Swansea in midweek, captains the team.Antonio Rudiger stays in – and there is also a starting place for Danny Drinkwater.As well as Cahill, Pedro, Willian and Davide Zappacosta drop to the bench, where they are joined by Michy Batshuayi, who is back in the squad after injury.Newcastle, meanwhile, make three changes, with Javier Manquillo, Dwight Gayle and Mo Diame coming into their starting line-up.The Magpies are without Jamaal Lascelles, Paul Dummett and former Chelsea man Christian Atsu.Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger; Moses, Kante, Drinkwater, Fabregas, Alonso; Hazard, Morata. Subs: Caballero, Zappacosta, Cahill, Willian, Bakayoko, Pedro, Batshuayi.Newcastle: Darlow, Manquillo, Clark, Lejeune, Mbemba, Ritchie, Merino, Diame, Murphy, Perez, Gayle. Subs: Elliot, Yedlin, Hayden, Shelvey, Joselu, Mitrovic, Aarons. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Measuring Your Financial Health

first_imgCurrent ratio. The current ratio refers to your ability to meet short-term liabilities which include all of your debt repayments to be made in the current year. CURRENT RATIO = CASH OR CASH EQUIVALENTS/SHORT TERM LIABILITIES Asset-to-debt ratio. This ratio compares your assets to your total existing liabilities. Liabilities include home loans, car loans, credit card debt, etc. It is always desirable to possess more assets than debt. To calculate this ratio: ASSET-TO-DEBT RATIO = TOTAL ASSETS / TOTAL LIABILITIES Solvency ratio. This ratio refers to your ability to repay all existing debts using your assets in the case of an emergency. You may wish to use a net worth calculator prior to calculating this ratio. SOLVENCY RATIO = NET WORTH/TOTAL ASSETSDo not worry if these ratios seem complicated. There are numerous resources available to you that can help you to understand what each of these ratios mean. What is important is that you are aware of what you need to be considering when measuring your financial health!Being aware of your financial health will help you to meet your short-term and long-term financial goals while avoiding unreasonable amounts of debt. Financial experts recommend calculating your financial ratios on a yearly basis and making any adjustments to your spending and saving patterns that you deem necessary.Contact Jennifer at [email protected] Saving ratio. The saving ratio is perhaps the easiest to calculate and will provide you with insight as to how well your finances are managed and how likely it is that you can achieve your saving goals. SAVING RATIO = MONTHLY SURPLUS / MONTHLY INCOMEcenter_img By Kristyn Jackson, LMFT and Jennifer Hunter, Ph.D., University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension ServiceHave you ever heard someone discussing their “financial health?” Financial health refers to how well you are doing financially and is based on a number of factors. Much like you go to your family doctor for yearly check-ups, it is a good idea to perform a financial check-up from time to time.Unfortunately, many families often find it overwhelming to measure their financial health because of all of the factors included. What further complicates measuring your financial health is the fact that financial advisors and firms often recommend different ways of doing so. You can use more subjective measures of financial health such as your personal satisfaction with your financial status, the amount of financial stress you experience, and how financially independent you feel. However, you can also measure your financial health through more concrete measures.Capt. Pedro Rodriguez gives two thumbs up while running the 26.2 mile course of the Marine Corps Marathon Forward. Photo by Sgt. Bobby J. YarbroughProvided below is an overview of the various measures that a financial advisor may suggest calculating in order to measure your financial health. It is a good idea to calculate these values on a fairly regular basis, such as the beginning of a new year. If you have questions, do not be afraid to reach out to a professional advisor who can answer them.Liquidity ratio. Liquidity ratio refers to your ability to meet your necessary expenses when you are faced with an emergency such as an unexpected home repair or medical bill. It is recommended that you keep a 3 to 6 month emergency fund, meaning that an ideal ratio is between 3 and 6. To calculate this ratio: LIQUIDITY RATIO = CASH OR CASH EQUIVALENTS ON HAND / MONTHLY COMMITTED EXPENSES Debt-service ratio. This ratio refers to the percentage of your income that is designated to debt repayment and the percentage of income remaining for other mandatory household expenses and savings. Lower ratios represent better financial management. DEBT SERVICE RATIO = SHORT TERM LIABILITIES / TOTAL INCOMElast_img read more

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This Might Be A Perfect Description Of What Jim Harbaugh Looks Like

first_imgHead coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines gathers his team before the start of the game.ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 02: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines watches his team warm up before the game against the Florida Gators at AT&T Stadium on September 2, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)The best bit in sports radio is The Dan Le Batard Show With Stugotz‘s “What He Looks Like Game.” Le Batard, Stugotz and Co., with the help of their listeners, try to come up with perfect descriptions of what people in sports look like. Some examples:Paxton Lynch looks like the old school Tampa Bay Buccaneers logo.Vin Scully looks like the one real human in a Disney movie filled with animated talking animals.Dan Gilbert looks like the guy who shaves in the locker room mirror at the gym while totally nude.They’ve come up with one for Jim Harbaugh and, Ohio State fans, it’s pretty perfect, right?Jim Harbaugh looks like the guy who yells at his wife in front of everyone when they lose at Pictionary on gamenight pic.twitter.com/Whz6ERQVAI— What He Looks Like (@WhatHeLooksLike) May 8, 2016He totally does.last_img read more

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