University announces residential life updates, incentives for staying on campus

first_imgThe University announced in fall 2017 that — beginning with the class of 2022 – students would be required to live on campus for six semesters. As part of this statement, the Office of Residential Life also said they would be brainstorming incentives for Notre Dame students to stay on campus for their senior year. Now, the Division of Student Affairs released a finalized list of the updates in a statement first disclosed almost a year and a half ago. Erin Hoffmann Harding, vice president for student affairs, said the University approached their changes to residential life from three distinct perspectives.“I view this communication as a bookend to that original announcement,” Hoffmann Harding said. “Now having listened to students really for the past year and a half … we came up with these three groups, which [include] something specifically for seniors that would attract them back to campus, some things that we hope will benefit all students in very tangible [ways] and, thirdly, really thinking about the quality of hall life and how we can make that residential experience while students are a part of it — whatever year they are — as meaningful as possible.”Lina Domenella | The Observer One of the incentives aimed towards seniors is the implementation of a senior leadership program in addition to the pre-existing resident assistants, associate vice president for residential life Heather Rakoczy Russell said. “We wanted to consider what other leadership opportunities might be possible, both to further develop our students but also to attract back some rising seniors who we might otherwise have lost to off campus,” Russell said. Students who are selected for the leadership position, known as “Senior Fellows,” will receive a compensation package of $3,000 per year. Russell said the positions will allow seniors to lead both inside the residence hall and in the Notre Dame community at large.“One of those roles will be hall-based, and it will be unique to each residence hall since they are so unique,” Russell said. “The other leadership roles will be really grounded in various departments — whether it’s wellness or in student development, diversity and inclusion, internationalization, GreeNDot — so that there would be opportunities for students who want to serve in a more specialized way to be trained really as those fellows. … We hope those leaders would be chosen by the department in consultation with the rectors so that their citizenship both in the residence hall and at the University would be taken into consideration.”Another program intended to incentivize students to stay on campus is a $2,000 credit for students who commit to live on campus for their senior year as sophomores. The credit is limited to the first 250 applicants, and any student who does not follow through with their commitment will be fined $1,000, according to the release. Hoffmann Harding said the University hopes this will increase the presence of seniors in the hall community.“Our real hope there is to actually be part of that conversation we know students are having early in their sophomore year,” Hoffmann Harding said. “Really having received some marketing materials off campus, we simply want to name and let students know how much we value senior leadership in the hall. … We think it’s a really important time for students to know how much the residence halls and the University more broadly really values the presence of seniors.” In addition to incentives for seniors to live on campus, the Office of Residential Life also plans to introduce a number of updates to the Notre Dame dorm experience. One of these includes a commitment to update meal plans, Hoffmann Harding said.“Perhaps the single most significant thing that students said to us in feedback leading up to our initial announcement, and then talking about incentives, is how much of a difference more flexibility in the meal plan would make for their decision to live on or off campus,” Hoffmann Harding said. “Students really enjoy and love the dining options on campus, but like anything after you’ve been experiencing it for three and then four years, it might not have as much newness and novelty to it.”In conjunction with the meal plan updates, the University also plans to offer more full kitchens in new and renovated residence halls, allowing students and seniors specifically to explore cooking for themselves. The plan has typically been to include a full kitchen as well as food sales in new and renovated men’s dorms and a full kitchen on each floor in women’s dorms. However, Russell said Baumer Hall will include two full kitchens in addition to food sales. Russell said creating these communal spaces in new and renovated dorms is a priority, even if it means decreasing the number of beds open in a given dorm. “In the historic halls where we’ve done major renovations, we have followed that plan and been met with very positive reception,” she said. “Maybe the common spaces are different than they were before, but there seems to be a nice balance of quiet study, and group study, and gathering space and cooking space, and so it’s not at the detriment to something else. Usually what we’re losing in order to be able to do that is capacity, so we’re uncrowding residence halls in order to create better common space for students to gather and create community.”Another change is the elimination of coin laundry fees, making laundry free in residence halls across campus. The Office of Residential Life said in the press release that this change is the result of efforts by student government and awareness of the financial aspects of laundry.“Students have expressed discontent with the costs associated with residence hall-based laundry machines, and student government recently addressed this issue with the Board of Trustees,” the release said. “These costs disproportionately add a financial burden to students with greater financial need.”In addition, students who wish to live in a single room will no longer have to pay the $500 fee associated with living in a single. Russell said no longer charging for singles will further equate dorm experiences, as some halls simply offer more single rooms. “The up charge for singles is the only differentiated room cost that we have,” she said. “And what we have been mindful of in Residential Life is that there are some halls just by virtue of their construction that have an inordinate amount of singles, and sometimes what happens is that the students that end up with a single are not those who would have chosen a single but who find themselves at the end of room picks and those are the rooms that are still available. That seems like first and foremost an inequity in terms of them choosing those rooms … to the extent that it was something that was a detractor from the decision to remain on campus, better to eliminate it.” The University is also trying to standardize enforcement of parietals and alcohol procedures across all residence halls. The University will also work to widen the difference between on and off campus living experiences, the release said.“In the coming year, together with its partners in the Division of Student Affairs and across the University, the Office of Residential Life will draw clearer distinctions between residents of hall communities and those who opt to move out of them,” the release said. “Students who choose to leave will no longer enjoy all of the rights and privileges of residents (e.g., including participation on hall sports teams and presence at hall dances).” Russell said the goal behind this initiative is to make living within residence hall communities as special as possible for the residents.“What I’ve worried about over time is that if we say intentionally or unintentionally to our students, ‘When you move off campus, you can still continue to come to dances and community events and participate in hall sports and other things,’ then it doesn’t differentiate what that experience was when they were a member of the on campus community versus the off campus community,” Russell said. “So I think the right message to send our students, in fact, to prepare them for the real world, is for them to receive the message that there are rights and privileges that come with any community of which you’re a part, and both are good — they’re just different.”Hoffmann Harding said the goal of these policy updates is to make hall life a positive experience for all members of the Notre Dame community.“If we really do our jobs right and have listened carefully to students as we’ve tried to do, we want to attract students to stay with us during that last year,” Hoffmann Harding said. “But we’re worried about the experience of all students. We’re excited about some of these changes to try to be responsive to making hall life better. We think hall life matters, and the University wants to invest in that experience.”Tags: division of student affairs, residence hall, residential life, Six Semester Policylast_img read more


Women’s World Cup 2019: Canada’s Christine Sinclair makes history, but Netherlands finishes atop Group E

first_img Women’s World Cup 2019: Updated group stage results and standings Jordyn Huitema then fired home through Sari van Veenendaal’s legs after running on to a Sophie Schmidt pass, but her strike was ruled out for offside.Netherlands had been second best throughout the first half but they took the lead in the 54th minute.Sherida Spitse delivered a free-kick from wide on the left wing and Dekker got in front of Kadeisha Buchanan to nod home a deft header.5 – Canada’s Christine Sinclair becomes only the second player to score at five Women’s World Cup tournaments (2003, 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2019), along with Brazil’s Marta. Legend. #FIFAWWC #NEDCAN pic.twitter.com/EDcbcSTfMx— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2019Within six minutes Huitema combined with Ashley Lawrence to set up Sinclair for a close-range finish that sent her into the history books behind Brazil great Marta.Netherlands claimed the points and top spot, however, as Van Lunteren raided down the right wing and delivered the perfect cross for Beerensteyn to convert the winner. Kenneth Heiner-Moller’s Canada hit back with an equalizer scored by captain Sinclair, but Beerensteyn arrived at the back post to score a 75th-minute winner for Netherlands.Canada was awarded a penalty in the second minute when Desiree van Lunteren clipped Janine Beckie’s heels, but, after consulting VAR, referee Stephanie Frappart decided the contact was outside the box and gave a free-kick instead. Related News Women’s World Cup 2019: Scotland ‘devastated’ by late collapse, Shelley Kerr sayscenter_img Christine Sinclair scored at her fifth Women’s World Cup but Canada finished second behind Netherlands in Group E after Lineth Beerensteyn scored the decisive goal in a 2-1 win for the Oranje.Netherlands’ Anouk Dekker rose highest in the box to score the opener in Thursday’s clash between two teams who had already qualified, with her side set to face 2015 runners-up Japan next thanks to their victory in Reims.  Key Opta Facts:- Netherlands has won Group E with a 100% record from their three games and have not trailed for a single minute in any of their matches so far.- Canada striker Christine Sinclair became only the second player to score at five Women’s World Cup tournaments (2003, 2007, 2011, 2015, 2019), along with Brazil’s Marta, who achieved the feat last Thursday.- Lineth Beerensteyn’s winning goal for Netherlands came just five minutes and 31 seconds after her introduction as a substitute – the second fastest sub goal at this year’s World Cup, behind only Jamaica’s Havana Solaun (3 minutes 55 seconds vs Australia).- Canada suffered its first group stage defeat at the Women’s World Cup since losing 0-1 to Nigeria in 2011, ending a run of five unbeaten games at this stage (W3 D2 L0).last_img read more


Alvarez-Golovkin rematch back on for September

first_imgJury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial MOST READ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations FILE – Boxers Canelo Alvarez (L) and Gennady Golovkin pose with their promoters, trainers and actorhost Mario Lopez after a news conference at Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live to announce their upcoming rematch on February 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/AFPCanelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin will square off in their highly-anticipated rematch on September 15 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, boxing promoter Oscar De La Hoya said on Wednesday.“I’m happy to inform that we have a fight September 15!!!!,” De La Hoya tweeted. ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Celtics’ Irving coy on possible reunion with LeBron China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls “In the first fight, it was a respectful promotion, but in the second fight, with the positive test and the way Gennady had to scramble to be able to fight on May 5, he is very edgy. Canelo is very edgy, so I think that’s going to get things heated up.”The final terms of the agreement or details of the purse split were not released.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film The two fighters had been due to fight each other in Las Vegas on May 5 before the middleweight bout was canceled after Alvarez failed two drugs tests.So unified middleweight world champion Golovkin instead fought Vanes Martirosyan on May 5 in a one-sided fight that ended in less than two rounds. Martirosyan, who hadn’t fought in nearly two years, lost by second-round knockout at StubHub Center in Los Angeles.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownGolovkin and Alvarez fought to a controversial draw in their first meeting in September in a fight that generated 1.3 million pay-per-view buys and a $27 million gate — the third largest in boxing history. Many thought Golovkin won the fight but one judge scored it even and the other two were split between giving it to Golovkin and Alvarez.With Alvarez free to fight once his six-month suspension ends in August, the two rivals had been expected to fight again in September. But talks stalled because Alvarez’s camp were reportedly not happy with middleweight world champion Golovkin’s insistence on receiving a 50/50 split in revenues.The announcement comes a week after De La Hoya said that the talks for a rematch had ended and that Alvarez would likely fight Daniel Jacobs instead.Mexico’s Alvarez, 27, resumed training recently for what will be his first fight in almost exactly a year.Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler told Yahoo! Sports on Wednesday that he believes a rematch will generate more interest than the first fight. “It’s a much bigger fight with all the controversy that has gone on and no love lost between the guys,” Loeffler said.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more


Denis goes the extra mile for Pieta House with remarkable marathon challenge

first_imgDenis Sheridan took on the Dublin Marathon earlier today in aid of Pieta House, and has raised a whopping €1,175 for the charity.This is Kilmacrennan man’s first attempt at the Dublin Marathon, and when some of his friends suggested he take on the challenge, he decided to raise much-needed funds for charity to boot.“Too many people have been lost to suicide here in Donegal leaving families ruined dealing with unanswered questions,” Denis explained to Donegal Daily. The busy dad of two says it has been difficult fitting training into his already jam-packed schedule.“I lead a busy lifestyle running my own business, so I’ve had to juggle a lot of things trying to get all the training done in the last four months!“I trained with Milford AC, even though the training was tough I made a lot of new friends while doing it. So doing it for Pieta house makes it feel worth the effort.“Not only will the money help Pieta House, but we are sending out a strong message to people who may be struggling with suicidal thoughts that we want to help.” It is not too late to donate to Denis’ fund – if you’d like to help you can visit his GoFundMe page by following this link:https://www.gofundme.com/4ltzr8gDenis goes the extra mile for Pieta House with remarkable marathon challenge was last modified: October 30th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:DUBLIN MARATHONkilmacrennanPIeta Houselast_img read more