2017 Notre Dame class council reviews

first_imgSophomore Class CouncilSophomore Class Council (SCC) started off the year with a Sophomore Class Cookout, the only exclusively sophomore event they hosted, in mid-September. Right before fall break, they held an event called “Midterm Munchies” which was a coffee and donut giveaway, with donuts from Dunkin’ Donuts. After fall break, SCC started to gain momentum, hosting a haunted house in the LaFortune Ballroom the Thursday before Halloween, for which they rented curtains and room dividers and bought decorations to create a Halloween feel. They also organized “Thanks a Latte,” an event that gave students the opportunity to show their gratitude for people in their lives. Members of SCC were in North Dining Hall selling cups with notes and a Starbucks gift card for $5 the Sunday before Thanksgiving. Students could buy the cups with Domer Dollars and write notes to their friends, and members of SCC delivered these gift cards to the recipients. SCC also planned a Christmas event in Sorin Room in LaFortune complete with a photo booth, cookie decorating and letter writing to the retired brothers of Holy Cross.The Gatsby Dance, SCC’s largest event which typically takes place in August or September, is on Feb. 24 this year since SCC wanted to host it in the new Dahnke Ballroom.“Class councils in general have a very important role,” Joe Witt, president of SCC, said. “It’s one aspect of the Notre Dame community that is overlooked. You learn that the Notre Dame community is significant, but we absolutely make progress in the familial and communal aspects of the class.” Senior Class CouncilSenior Class Council (SCC) started the year with the Senior Class Cubs Outing, which drew in more than 100 seniors at the Four Winds Field, and a Family Feud Night at Legends — an event that included beer specials, food and a Legends gift card for the winning team. In October, SCC hosted the Senior, Cider and S’mores event in LaFortune Ballroom where seniors pre-ordered Class of 2018 blankets. They also planned a Bowl Olympics in November and included a bus to shuttle seniors to the class outing at Chippewa Bowl where they could bowl with friends. As a holiday-themed event to wrap up the semester, SCC is hosting an ornament and blanket sale in the LaFortune Student Center.“It’s been a great opportunity to meet people within the senior class that I haven’t yet met within my previous three years,” Rebecca Wiley, SCC member, said. “I think seniors have been very receptive to the events thus far because everyone’s realized that this is the last hurrah and everyone’s trying to make the most of the time they have left.”This upcoming semester, SCC has a full-day ski-trip planned to Timber Ridge Ski Resort in Michigan on Jan. 27. As part of the package, transportation will be provided to get there and back and ski lifts are included for a set price. SCC is also hosting the 100 Days Dance on Feb. 3 in Duncan Ballroom, which will mark 100 days until graduation and will be a formal event with food and a cash bar.“I think we provide a good way for students to come together as a class, especially off-campus seniors who don’t spend a lot of time on-campus automatically, we provide opportunities to come together or do activities together,” SCC communications commissioner, Emily Gust, said. Junior Class CouncilJunior Class Council (JCC) started off the semester with smaller events like giveaways, but as the semester progressed, moved into high-level programming and inaugural events. During the week just before midterms, JCC hosted an Oktoberfest complete with root beer, hot pretzels and grilled bratwursts in front of South Dining Hall. After students came back from fall break, JCC hosted a letter writing event for their classmates abroad.“We like to intersperse our big events with giveaways so we can stay on people’s radars,” Dan Hopkinson, JCC vice president, said.In November, JCC hosted a chocolate-covered strawberry giveaway in LaFortune and arranged for a food truck and a hot-chocolate bar at Fieldhouse Mall. Their last programming event, a collaboration event with other class councils called “We’re Rooting for You,” involved root beer floats and motivational notes for students before finals week.“I think this is important because a lot of student government is focused on changing policy and a lot of abstract ideas,” Hopkinson said. “But class council is bringing ideas into action with events that people can go to.”For the upcoming semester, JCC will host more giveaways as well as bigger events in the new Duncan Student Center. They will reserve rooms in the center for a Junior Class Trivia Night during one Friday in Lent, where they will serve meatless food such as macaroni and cheese, mozzarella sticks and cheese pizza. JCC will also be hosting a March Madness championship game watch in the student center.center_img Freshman Class CouncilElections for Freshman Class Council (FCC) were held in September, with officers officially elected in October. Since then, FCC has already started planning events, such as a bonfire at Holy Cross Road. They also hosted a freshman class Christmas dance in Dahnke Ballroom, which had a turnout of around 200 people. For the last day of classes before finals, they are holding a prayer service at the Grotto.Some ideas that have been proposed for next semester are a freshman class spikeball tournament, a dance in mid-March preceding St. Patrick’s day and an Easter egg decorating event. FCC is also planning a trivia night in the LaFortune Ballroom.“One of the best perks about it is because within just the first couple of weeks you know one person from every dorm,” Sam Cannova, FCC president, said. “I found an opportunity to really find connection with the people of Notre Dame. I feel like Notre Dame has a great name and great reputation but with class council I found an opportunity to connect with people.”Tags: 2017 Student Government Insider, Class Councils, freshman class council, junior class council, senior class council, sophomore class council, Student governmentlast_img read more

Malaysia announces $58-bln stimulus package to cushion impact of coronavirus

first_img“This unprecedented situation of course requires unprecedented measures. So, my dear brothers and sisters, and the children of this beloved country… please bear with me and my friends in the cabinet and the government.”The new package largely includes one-off payments and discounts on utilities for people whose livelihoods have been affected by the pandemic, and to help small and medium-sized enterprises stay afloat and retain their staff.The government will also set up a 50 billion ringgit loan scheme for larger companies, which will offer guarantees of up to 80% of the sum borrowed to shore up working capital in the corporate sector.About 128 billion ringgit will be spent on public welfare measures, with 100 billion used to support businesses.The package is in addition to a 20 billion ringgit stimulus plan announced last month. Topics : Malaysia announced a stimulus package worth 250 billion ringgit ($58.28 billion) on Friday, its second in a month, to help cushion the economic blow from the coronavirus pandemic.The number of confirmed infections in Malaysia has doubled this week to over 2,000, the highest in Southeast Asia, with 23 deaths. The government has extended curbs on travel and movement until April 14 in an attempt to contain its spread.”We are a nation at war with invisible forces. The situation we are now facing is unprecedented in history,” Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin Muhyiddin said in a televised address to announce the support package.last_img read more

Action needs to be taken now regarding youth crime, says Barbados minister

first_imgStephen Lashley. Image via: nationnews.comBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) — Barbados Minister of Youth, Stephen Lashley, says there is a need to “take some action” as it relates to youth crime. Speaking on Monday evening at the launch of Endless Possibilities – A Job Attachment and Mentorship Programme, he admitted that the “vexing problem” of youth crime was not a new phenomenon, but noted it had been discussed in the 2004 report from the National Commission on Law and Order.Lashley told his audience: “Whether the action we take is perceived by others as too small a step, we need to let it be known we are taking steps in the right direction, recognising that we can only take many more steps and become like the Obadele Thompsons, the Usain Bolts and the Andrea Blacketts of this world only if all of us take that one step together.“The Barbados that many of us desire and wish to leave for our children and future generations is not one of utopia, based on idealism, but can be attained once we join together, both the public and private sectors, to counteract any negatives.”According to him, this new five-month programme, which will cater to 35 persons between the ages of 16 and 24, was one such step in the right direction. Stressing it was not conceptualised to compete with existing programmes, he pointed out that it was developed to ensure more young people had another access point to the job market.Acknowledging that Barbadians had overcome many challenges and had several accomplishments which enabled them to maintain a comparative advantage with many of the world’s nations, he expressed the view that citizens could not be satisfied to merely exist on past attainments.“There is still cause for alarm as every day, through the various mediums of reporting, we hear of another heinous crime, incidents of bullying permeating our school environment, seemingly lawless acts and cases of domestic abuse; all occurring at a time of the world’s greatest economic recession.“This is having a negative impact on our family, schools and particularly those most vulnerable – our children. We are also witnessing an erosion of our social fabric that once knitted us together as communities where people looked out for each other,” Lashley lamented.He also expressed regret that some people did not even know the names of their neighbours.The minister said thousands of teenagers between the ages of 16 and 18 leave school every year, some opting to further their studies, while others go in search of employment. He asked what happens to those who were unable to secure a place at an educational institution or a job.“It is these young persons who become unattached. They are vulnerable and can be lured into all types of deviant activity and behaviour. We must stop this trend now before it is too late,” he underscored.Lashley said young people had repeatedly called for employment and skills training opportunities and he told the business people that by being part of the Endless Possibilities Programme, they were investing in the future of the nation and safeguarding the viability of their businesses.“Our young people are speaking clearly and we the adults, the parents and the leaders should continue to engage them in discussion and seek, wherever possible, to create an environment for them to fully participate in the process of change,” he suggested.He maintained that the new programme would not be a panacea, but would offer the vulnerable, unattached person a chance to create limitless opportunities and provide the employer with an employee who had been properly trained for the workplace. The young people will also be assigned trained counsellors who will provide the necessary psycho-social support during the job attachment and mentorship period.The one-month orientation phase of the programme starts today, to be followed by a three-month job attachment and mentorship segment. The Ministry of Family, Culture, Sports and Youth will give the participants a weekly stipend and it is hoped that they will find permanent employment with the companies on completion of the programme.By Sharon AustinCaribbean News Now NewsRegional Action needs to be taken now regarding youth crime, says Barbados minister by: – November 2, 2011 38 Views   no discussions Share Sharecenter_img Share Tweet Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Josh Shaw scandal is all too familiar

first_imgHere’s what we know about the Josh Shaw situation: At some point between USC’s annual Salute to Troy dinner on Saturday and the Trojans’ Monday morning practice, the senior defensive back suffered two high ankle sprains. Shaw originally claimed that his injury was the result of rescuing his drowning nephew, a story that garnered him a considerable amount of praise.We also know that Shaw’s story is a complete fabrication. He admitted Wednesday that he made up the entire sequence of events and has since been suspended from the team indefinitely. Perhaps tellingly, Shaw even retained a high-profile defense attorney.A police report has surfaced from Saturday night that claims a man was seen jumping from a third-story balcony at an apartment near campus during an attempted break-in. Josh Shaw is named in the report as the boyfriend of an apartment resident, not as a suspect.That’s it. That’s all we know. We do not know how Shaw sustained his injuries, or why he lied to the world. We do not know if he committed or was involved in a crime.USC, the police, Steve Sarkisian and most of the country remain in what Sarkisian called a “holding pattern,” waiting for evidence on that front. But the big story is out there — Josh Shaw lied, and now it’s up to us to pick up the pieces.And as much as we all want to talk Trojan football, the media has embraced this “holding pattern” as well. So even though our epic rematch with Fresno State looms on Saturday, I still have to talk about Josh Shaw.Here’s the thing that bothers me — and forgive me for going out on a limb here — but something about this situation just doesn’t feel right. If Shaw injured himself in a manner that he would wish to hide from his coaches and university, or even, God forbid, in the course of a criminal act, why invent a story that puts you in the national spotlight? It just doesn’t make sense.It would hardly have been a blurb on ESPN’s radar if Shaw injured himself while going for a post-practice run, or helping a teammate move. Instead, he was named one of SportsCenter’s three stars of the night just hours before the questions about his injury began.Maybe what feels the worst about the Shaw story is how eerily familiar it seems.I still remember exactly where I was when the news of former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o’s fictional girlfriend broke — and I’m not exactly a big Fighting Irish fan. Now it seems as if the two stories will be permanently linked in the long history of college football scandals.We all remember the tragedy surrounding Te’o as he marched his way through a debateably Heisman-esque 2012 season. In a span of six hours, his grandmother and “girlfriend” passed away, leading to unparalleled media coverage of the rest of Notre Dame’s season.Now even if you believe — which I, politely, don’t — that Te’o was indeed an unknowing victim of an internet hoax, it’s important to remember that he admitted to never meeting the woman. At least by the dawn of the 2012 season, it’s fair to say he knew something was up. And yet he, and those closest to him, fabricated a story that turned him into a short-lived national hero. Just two years later Josh Shaw has done the same thing.The question no one can figure out, though, is why. Why would Manti turn himself into a media sensation and not quietly end the hoax before the season? Why would Josh Shaw, if not tell the truth, at least not fabricate a cleaner story?These guys had to know that even with a little digging their stories would start to show holes. A quick Google search cast doubt on Lennay Kekua’s existence. Similarly, the timeline of Shaw’s incident never quite added up. If Shaw left USC between 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. as reported, conservative estimates put him in Palmdale by 10:30 p.m. at the earliest. It’s certainly not impossible to believe that a 7-year-old child who could not swim was in the pool at such a late hour by himself, but it’s somewhat unlikely.This was apparently a qualm shared by USC Athletic Department officials, one of whom anonymously told Rivals.com that the school had serious doubts regarding Shaw’s story, and advised him against sharing it with the media. Still, Shaw went ahead and spread his lie to anyone who would listen.And people did listen, especially the sports media. He had to have known they would. He had to have known someone might investigate his story further. And he had to have known that when even the smallest crack showed in his story that the media would jump all over it. Sure, it’s sad that the impact of social media speculation permanently soiled Shaw’s reputation before anyone actually knew the truth. But that blame still has to fall on Shaw, who failed to learn anything from the Te’o debacle.Maybe we’ll never know what inspired Josh Shaw to come up with such an outrageous lie. At this point it could be anything from simply a poorly-thought-out cover-up to a not-so-slick grab at fame. As much as I’d love to know what was going through the 22-year-old’s head, it really doesn’t matter. Josh Shaw screwed up — plain and simple. And all he needed to do to avoid it was look back at history. Will Hanley is a junior majoring in political science and communication. He is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “Sports Willustrated,” runs Thursdays.last_img read more